Following in the tradition of the Wisconsin Idea – that education should influence people’s lives beyond the classroom – Badger Talks brings the latest discoveries from UW–Madison directly to the residents of Wisconsin. The program connects faculty, staff and graduate students from across campus with citizens, communities and organizations, highlighting engaging topics that spark conversation and aim to enrich a person’s everyday life. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Badger Talks Live has been engaging with audiences virtually through weekly livestream events hosted on Facebook and YouTube. Now, fans of the popular discussion series can tune into a bi-monthly podcast featuring a personal glimpse into the work and lives of select Badger Talks presenters, as they gear up for their live talk. The podcast is hosted by Ben Rush, a graduate student in nutrition and host of the Deeper Than Data science podcast.