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.
Syndesiology (CONNECTIONS) with James Burke
He’s the guy pointing to a NASA launch behind him, in the most legendary shot in television history. He’s a science historian and Apollo Program correspondent. He’s the creator, host, and writer of the long-running program “Connections.” He is a science communication hero to millions and a global treasure. He is James Burke, and he chats about how connected historical events are, and how connection between humans is vital. We also talk about Napoleon’s toothpick, dog pee, shipworms, writer's block, TV shoots, and his new Connections season on Curiosity Stream. Also: (surprise!) they gave me a spinoff called “Quick Connections.”
Audiobook Mixtape 3: Gift Ideas from the Ologists’ Brains
You like Ologists. Ologists write books. You like books, so let’s dive into a new, curated sampler platter from your favorite guests’ books.. Fill your ears with dark carnivals, boney catacombs, Rocky Mountain bears and wolves, flies you should love, maggots that make you beautiful, fungus that might be evil, why you should not care what other people eat, queer dolphins, invisible moose, monkey facts, fitness/mental health tips, and how to save money at the salon. Let this melange of literary snippets serve as a refresher of favorite episodes, a teaser for ones you haven’t heard, or just a gentle nudge toward a bookshop. (Or the link below to buy online.)
Smologies #32: 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, what makes it rain, whether sailors delight at red skies at night, why clouds are never square and where we can find diamond rain.
Abstract Mathematology (UH, IS MATH REAL?) with Eugenia Cheng
Math wants to be friends. Let mathematician, author and Abstract Mathematologist Dr. Eugenia Cheng introduce you to a secret world: the artsy and emotional side of math. Dr. Cheng helps answer the age-old and (recently viral) question, “IS MATH REAL?” We chat about Fibonacci sequences, golden ratios, common core, loving thy neighbor, slide rules vs. calculators, imaginary numbers, the nature of zero, infinite cookies, and more. Turns out that math can change your relationships and permeate your every thought.. if you let it. Also: wtf, Barbie?
Road Ecology (ROAD KILL) with Ben Goldfarb
Deer in headlights! Alligators in crosswalks! A possum in the oven? If you love wildlife, this is a must-listen to avoid killing critters with your car. Ben Goldfarb wrote the book on road kill and we chat about: wildlife crossings, skunk smells, moose impacts, ocelot facts, what to do if you see roadkill, how to avoid making more of it, and whether it's okay to pick up a dead thing. Ben is an award-winning science journalist with a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and I’ve waited LITERAL YEARS to talk to him about this topic as he wrote his latest book: “Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet.” Also: flip phones, sleep hygiene, and how to ask your boss for a raise.
Smologies #31: INDIGENOUS COOKING with Mariah Gladstone
Dig in for a bite-sized episode about how native foods aren’t just a part of a past, but an essential and exciting aspect of the future. We talk flower bulbs, acorns, sunflower butter popcorn, frybread debates, mushroom foraging tips, corn magic, puffball mythology, decolonized diets, Instapots and – most importantly – food sovereignty with the WONDERFUL Indigikitchen cooking show host and environmental scientist Mariah Gladstone.
Keeping my busy mind at ease
Nothing pleases me more than having you keep my very busy and distracted brain (?undiagnosed ADHD) calm with all your new topics… what made me write this in?? When I was listening to birds of prey walking my dogs and noticed a local eagle (or falcon) sitting watching me and silently thanking me for spreading knowledge!
Local is south west Victoria, Australia!
Grief. Thank you Ologies.
Hey Allie. Thank you for all you have said about grief and for normalising the discussion on it. Your vulnerability and openness about this topic will forever be a huge part of me healing myself after the death of a friend. The episode you did as a follow up to death about grief where you were just sitting on a street corner has done so much for me. I even use it as a soother when I feel like nothing is fair and I want my friend back. You and Cole remind me each time I listen back that this death is a part of her life. Loving her is a special part of my life always that will continue to grow and evolve. Over the year and a bit it has been since her death I have looked over a message she sent saying, that “we will do this life together no matter what”, with guilt, sadness, emptiness and hopelessness. Your podcast solidified my trust in my friends love and the knowledge that yes, we will do this life together no matter what. Our relationship will continue to grow. My love for her will grow and my appreciation for the openness and vulnerability of this podcast will too. Thank you Ologies for helping me to learn about my relationship with my friend and for telling me to eat fried chicken after grief. X
I don’t actually listen to this podcast.
I’m deaf, I don’t listen to any podcasts, but my husband does, and he stole my phone while I was asleep so he could review this podcast twice. He loves listening to people talk about their passions! He also thinks Dr Tim Heard should be investigated as a potential guest ologist, to talk about Australian native stingless bees.