129 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.

Ologies with Alie Ward Alie Ward

    • Science

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.

    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

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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 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

    Sponsor links: TakeCareOf.com (code: ologies50); TheGreatCoursesPLUS.com/OLOGIES; betterhelp.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/nephology

    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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 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

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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 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

    Sponsor links: thegreatcoursesplus.com/OLOGIES; ZOLA.com/ologies (code:SAVE50); betterhelp.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/diabetology

    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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 59 min
    Bisonology (BUFFALO) with various bisonologists

    Bisonology (BUFFALO) with various bisonologists

    Bison bison! Not just something to holler into the sky, but also the scientific name for North America's majestic wild bovines that once roamed the plains in the tens of millions. What's up with their humps? On what occasion do they wear capes? What noises do they make? How many are out there? What are the best ways to help them? In this special episode, you get 4x the usual number of ologists as we talk to archeologist Dr. Ken Cannon, wildlife biologist Dr. Dan McNulty, Alie's cousin Boyd and his wife Lila Evans, of the Blackfeet Tribe, who are bison ranchers based in Northern Montana. Also, once and for all: is it buffalo or bison? And can Alie hug one? 

    A donation went to: Inter-Tribal Bison Council (ITBC) https://itbcbuffalonation.org

    Sponsor links: Gabi.com/OLOGIES; stitchfix.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/bisonology

    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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Futurology (THE FUTURE) with Rose Eveleth

    Futurology (THE FUTURE) with Rose Eveleth

    "The future's not ours to see..." OR IS IT? Professional futurologist Rose Eveleth -- host of the podcast Flash Forward -- endures all kinds of breathless questions from Alie about shiny metal and implanted microchips and biohacking and population density curves and flying cars and equality and utopias and the Jetsons and technology and nuclear fusion and whether or not our phones are spying on us and if we should have kids or dogs. Also: how long do we, as a species, have on Earth? Despite some grim conditions, find out why Rose remains an optimist and get fired the hell up about making the future better for everyone. 

    Follow on Rose Eveleth via www.roseeveleth.com

    Listen to her podcast at www.flashforwardpod.com

    Donations went to: https://www.genderpodcast.com/grant and the Magnolia Mother's Trust at Springboardto.org

    Sponsor links: takecareof.com/ologies (code: OLOGIES50); thegreatcoursesplus.com/ologies;  betterhelp.com/ologies (code: OLOGIES)

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/futurology 

    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

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

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

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show.

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

Nicvic26 ,

Love Love Love This Podcast

I have learned so much from this podcast. Thank you for making learning fun again!!!!!!!! 🤓

Liamr0y ,

ALIE we love you and your genius friends!

I’ve been loving every minute of your podcasts. You and all the experts you’ve brought on have shed light on some really interesting fields in this world I never knew existed. If only my high school teachers could have made learning as fun as you do. Will 10/10 be recommending this podcast to all my friends in first year Uni who aren’t sure what to do with their life.

Side note, I googled Alie Ward cause I was curious what you looked like and to no surprise you’re gorgeous. Keep killin it and up these amazing podcasts they’re my daily listen :)

- Liam R

jessjam94 ,

I hated podcasts before this happened

I never enjoyed listening to podcasts, I found most were boring and rambled on about things unrelated to the topic...or the topics just weren’t as interesting as they sounded. I started listening to Ologies because the cover page art appealed to me, though I had very low hopes. I swear on my life I have never stopped listening since. I don’t know how she does it but Alie makes the seemingly insignificant, very significant... a whole episode on flags?? What?? Please just listen to one episode and your life will forever be a million times better. Thank you Alie for what you do, you make life interesting and I don’t know what I would do without this podcast!

Top Podcasts In Science

Listeners Also Subscribed To