131 episodes

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

    Volitional Psychology (PROCRASTINATION) with Dr. Joseph R. Ferrari

    Volitional Psychology (PROCRASTINATION) with Dr. Joseph R. Ferrari

    “Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator,” quoth Dr. Joe Ferrari, a charming, hilarious expert on the subject. The research psychologist, author and DePaul University professor sits down for a truly delightful exploration of why we procrastinate, how prevalent it is, when it becomes harmful, some myths about procrastination, why it’s similar to gambling, how decision-making can feel paralyzing, how to trust your own abilities, and most importantly -- what to do if you’re a chronic procrastinator. Also: how and why you should embrace failure. Oh and a weird ASMR pencil trick. 

    Dr. Ferrari’s book “Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done” 

    A donation went to: www.vasculitisfoundation.org

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    California Academy of Sciences on March 5; Natural History Museum of LA County March 6; SXSW EDU on March 11

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/procrastination

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Jarrett & Dr. Nick’s Sunday livestreams: mixer.com/mygoodbadbrain

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cryoseismology (ICEQUAKES) with Celeste Labedz

    Cryoseismology (ICEQUAKES) with Celeste Labedz

    Glaciers: Where are they? What are they made of? What happens when chunks splinter off into the sea? There are ICEQUAKES? CalTech Cryoseismologist Celeste Labedz sometimes wears a cape with her snowpants and spends part of her career shooting explosions into giant chunks of ice and recording the seismic activity, analyzing the rivers that flow through glaciers, and keeping tabs on glacial melt. Also discussed: the most goth way to honor a glacier, and whether or not you should visit them IRL. 

    Follow Celeste at Twitter.com/celestelabedz or Instagram.com/celestelabez

    A donation went to: https://theiagd.org 

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    More links at alieward.com/ologies/cryoseismology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

     

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 57 min
    Genealogy (FAMILY TREES) with Stephen Hanks

    Genealogy (FAMILY TREES) with Stephen Hanks

    Histories, mysteries, memories and families: it’s time to clamber up our ancestral trees. Author and genealogist Stephen Hanks -- who teaches genealogy classes in Portland, Oregeon and has contributed to PBS genealogy documentaries -- sits down to chat about what ignited a passion for learning about his own history. Also: how to find your family through census records, county archives, death certificates and more, plus which DNA tests he’s taken, our most recent common ancestor, and how America can try to heal from its past. Also: capes, detectives and hairy fanny packs. 

    Stephen Hanks books: “1619 -- Twenty Africans,” and “Akee Tree”

    Publisher: Inkwater Press

    A donation went to: BlackPast.org

    Sponsor links: StitchFix.com/ologies; Kiwico.com/ologies; LinkedIn.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/genealogy

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Nephology (CLOUDS) with Rachel Storer

    Nephology (CLOUDS) with Rachel Storer

    Cumulus! Lenticular! Venti sugar-free stratocumulus stratiformis translucidus undulatus! Those light and fluffy things that hang overhead weigh thousands of pounds and form under all kinds of conditions. Cloud doctor and nephologist Dr. Rachel Storer chats about why she loves clouds, the different varieties of them, weather modification, sun dogs, bad emojis, tornado chasing, flim flam, conspiracy theories, cloud tattoos and diamond rain. Also: the common factor in whoopee cushions, boob implants and your lunch.  

    Follow Dr. Rachel Storer at Twitter.com/cloudsinmybeer 

    A donation went to: WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund

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    More links at alieward.com/ologies/nephology

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 56 min
    Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 2 with Dr. Mike Natter, MD

    Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 2 with Dr. Mike Natter, MD

    Diabetic diabetologist and wonderful person Dr. Mike Natter, MD is back to answer all of your questions about blood sugar, the cost of insulin, pancreas transplants, keto, glucagon, how exercise can save your life, his most meaningful interactions with patients, pudding theft, and the best place to cry at work. Also: why you should always keep frosting in your purse.

    This episode is swear-free and okay for all ages, and a bleeped version of Diabetology Part 1 can be found at this link. 

    Follow Dr. Mike Natter at Instagram.com/mike.natter or at Twitter.com/mike_natter

    A donation went to: JDRF.org 

    Sponsor links: LinkedIn.com/ologies; HelloFresh.com/ologies10 (code: ologies10)

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/diabetology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 1 with Dr. Mike Natter, MD

    Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 1 with Dr. Mike Natter, MD

    Your blood sugar can make you happy, moody, sweaty, unconscious and possibly even homicidal. In this episode, Dr. Mike Natter dishes about how blood sugar works, what insulin does, and how prevalent diabetes is in all of its various forms. Also: keto vs. vegan, hypoglycemia, cyborg organs, owl hoots, gestational diabetes, type 1 vs. type 2 and ... does Gwyneth drink her own pee? Also: the emotional side of the disease and how to help those in your life who are diabetic. 

    Next week, the doc addresses your questions, from diets to diagnoses to infuriating insulin prices. 

    Follow Dr. Mike Natter at Instagram.com/mike.natter or at Twitter.com/mike_natter

    A donation went to: beyondtype1.org

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    More links at alieward.com/ologies/diabetology

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

ccoulson3216 ,

Delightful and addictive

This is my favourite podcast. Alie Ward is charming and so funny as the host. Her interviews with experts are full of great questions, joyful excitement and amazing asides. I have learnt so much from this and love recommending it to others. As a psychologist I have delighted in having clients set listening to ologies as a homework task in treating their depression through behavioural activation. Thanks Alie and Ologies Team for making this gem. I hope you never run out of ologies to cover!

SC hammer ,

A marvellous podcast

This podcast makes my middleaged brain bigger and brings so much joy. Ally’s description of the appearance of some bats in the Chiropterology episode will stay with forever and will cause random bursts of laughter whenever I bats are brought to my mind. Just listen I order to be better an smarter. Thanks to my brilliant daughter, Grace, for bringing Ally to my attention.

MelbourneBecks ,

Fun, informative and well narrated

I’m super new to pod casts so I’m two years behind most ologites but I’m catching up fast. Never EVER in my life would I have anticipated arriving home after a long commute wishing that I had just a few more minutes of driving so I could finish learning about everything ology related. Thank you Alie for bringing these lessons into my day, you rock! If you ever find yourself in Melbourne Australia mi casa su casa ☺️

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