Legion of Leia Podcast Ep. 67: This Phenomenal Life Author Misha Blaise and Science Fun Facts!
On this week’s Legion of Leia podcast episode 67, my co-host Anastasia Washington and I welcome author Misha Blaise! She’s got a great new book out called This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected With Our Universe. The book is full of science fun facts and her beautiful illustrations. You guys are going to love this! After a series of crazy technical difficulties, the podcast is ready for a listen! This week we freak out Anastasia by telling her how close our DNA is to birds, learn about how putting your hands in the soil can actually make you feel better and the microbial cloud that connects us to everything. I’m not going to explain it here, but listen in and find out why Anastasia has many tiny Idris Elbas all over her face.
This is one of those books that is going to have you pulling out your bookmarks. I got halfway through before I started ripping up receipts and marking every page. (I ran out of bookmarks. Don’t judge.) It’s absolutely fascinating, and so is the reason this book came about. Misha was working on another one before this and there is a good reason this is the one that got published.
Entertaining, colorful, and deceptively full of facts, This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. From the vast galaxies above to the miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, and we share the same biochemical basis of life with all living beings on earth, from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale. Whimsically hip illustrations elucidate wild science-based facts, from the unexpected intimacy we have with fungi on a daily basis, to the similar ways that humans and birds learn to communicate. Powerful evidence of our interconnection with nature combined with beautiful artwork will inspire the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.
Check out the podcast below and let us know what you think! We would love you to subscribe and leave us good feedback on iTunes, and as always, may the Force be with you!