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Technologically Speaking - Season One(10)

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) invites listeners to take a deep dive into the science of homeland security and meet the experts on the frontlines of keeping America safe.

Technologically Speaking is a podcast series that delivers insightful, thought-provoking, and unscripted conversations about timely national security challenges and the scientific solutions S&T is developing to tackle them. We even sprinkle in some behind-the-scenes stories, personal anecdotes, little-known facts, and technology tidbits so you can get to know S&T, and its people, a little better.

These casual conversations are unlike anything S&T has done before, but innovation is in our DNA.

Cover photo for the collection "Technologically Speaking - Season One"
  • A Very Nasty Insecticide You Don't Want in Your Food

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    Season 1, Episode 1. This wide-ranging and enthralling episode, hosted by S&T’s John Verrico, features Jessica Cox, Program Manager for Chemical Threat Characterization at the Chemical Security Analysis Center. Jessica kicks off the first season…
    Jul 19, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 2: The Bomb Squad Is Not an Afterthought

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    Technologically Speaking host Dee Saini is joined by Byung Hee Kim who shares how her time in the military prepared her for her current role as S&T’s Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS) program manager. Tune in to this episode as…
    Jul 25, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 3: The First Responder Group Doesn't Just Do Widgets

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    Host Dee Saini sits down with fellow Seattleite Paul McDonagh to discuss the stories beyond the “widgets” and how Paul came to lead not only S&T’s First Responder Capability R&D portfolio, but also the First Responder Resource Group—where he…
    Jul 29, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 4: The Three-legged Stool

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    Host John Verrico sits down with Arun Vemury, program manager in the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Biometrics and Identity Technology Center, to discuss facial recognition performance and fairness. They dive into how the technology…
    Aug 05, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 5: Getting Creative About How to Get the Message Through

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    Host Dee Saini chats with Office of Science and Engineering program manager Sridhar Kowdley about testing technology in the New Mexico desert at JamX 2022, a field exercise where S&T evaluated tactics and technologies that help responders better…
    Aug 16, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 6: You Don’t Just Get the Nose with the Dog

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    With the help of program manager Guy Hartsough, our host John Verrico sniffs out the many ways S&T’s Detection Canine Program improves counter-IED (improvised explosive device) efforts. You’ll learn about the hard science behind the “art” of…
    Aug 19, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 7: Speed up the Clean up

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    Technologically Speaking has a sobering and important conversation about preparing for chemical and biological contamination. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, the impact of such an event would be staggering. S&T exists, in part, to…
    Aug 26, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 8: We Have to Prepare to Be Surprised

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    Technologically Speaking host John Verrico sits down with Matthew Moe, Program Manager of the Probabilistic Analysis for National Threats Hazards and Risks, or PANTHR, program. Matthew recounts getting the call to study the virus that causes COVID…
    Sep 02, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Episode 9: People Are Still Sort of Where It’s At

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    Host John Verrico is joined by Richard “Rik” Legault, PhD, who serves as Senior Advisor for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences for S&T’s Social Sciences Technology Center (SS-TC). Discover all that SS-TC does to support programs and…
    Sep 08, 2022 Department of Homeland Security
  • Bonus Episode: Let’s Get the Science Guys in There

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    In this very special bonus episode, hosts John Verrico and Deepak Saini are joined by S&T’s new Under Secretary, Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov. He has previously served at the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration and is…
    Oct 27, 2022 Department of Homeland Security