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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Oct 31, 2023

We're delving into a crucial topic: toxic chemicals in the products we use to enhance our beauty.

In this episode, we discuss:


  • What are some toxic chemicals in cosmetics?
  • Understanding the Link between Toxic Chemicals and Health Conditions
  • Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals


  • Thank you for tuning in!...

Jul 15, 2021

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Jun 17, 2021

In honor of Megan Thee Stallion's THOT Shit release, we talk about hoe shit, the history of being considered a hoe, the politics of body autonomy, and the practice of pleasure activism. We get into the origin of the word, the work of pleasure activists, the history of control over black women's bodies, and how to ways...

Jun 8, 2021

The narrative about being single is often seen as monolithic. Every single person is expected to want a relationship. There are stereotypes about educated Black women and their desires. In this episode, we two Black women share their story.


In this episode we discuss: 

  • Family and friends putting pressure on single...

May 12, 2021

As we continue our conversation after Teacher Appreciation week and celebrate Mental Health Aware Month this May we discuss recruiting and retention in the teaching profession with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson who dives into the topic of teacher's mental health and how to create better spaces for teachers.

Dr. Valerie...