7 episodes

Ologies → Smologies. It’s all of the science, with none of the swearing! Smologies are shortened, kid-friendly episodes of the award-winning science podcast, Ologies, which covers topics from Toads (Bufology) to the Moon (Selenology) and everything in between. Enjoy clean and witty bite-sized science delights as host Alie Ward asks Ologists of all kinds smart – and sometimes silly – questions. Get to know the charming and diverse array of experts who share not only their wisdom, but also their lived experiences.

Smologies with Alie Ward Alie Ward

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Ologies → Smologies. It’s all of the science, with none of the swearing! Smologies are shortened, kid-friendly episodes of the award-winning science podcast, Ologies, which covers topics from Toads (Bufology) to the Moon (Selenology) and everything in between. Enjoy clean and witty bite-sized science delights as host Alie Ward asks Ologists of all kinds smart – and sometimes silly – questions. Get to know the charming and diverse array of experts who share not only their wisdom, but also their lived experiences.

    TOADS with Priya Nanjappa

    TOADS with Priya Nanjappa

    Ohaaay another edited-down, classroom-friendly Smologies! About... toads! Are they frogs? Do they have arms? What do they eat? How long do they live? What’s with the warts? Amphibian enthusiast Priya Nanjappa joins with a toadally awesome episode that will change the way you crouch down and shake hands with your tiny backyard grumpa.

    • 24 min
    SPACE JUNK with Alice Gorman

    SPACE JUNK with Alice Gorman

    Gaze into the cosmos and wonder at broken satellites, retired rockets and shattered contraptions. Archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman is a leading expert on orbital debris and chats about what’s up there, how it got there, and how to get it down. Strap in to hear about everything from Sputnik to flaming garbage b*****g us, collision potential, space harpoons and the most adorable space rubbish. Also: steaming hot cruise ship gossip.

    • 24 min
    DINOSAURS with Michael Habib

    DINOSAURS with Michael Habib

    In this throwback episode originally aired on our grown-up Ologies feed, we hear dinosaur facts and tales from a paleontologist with Dr. Michael Habib. Learn about the economics of a dino dig, his favorite beasts, cloning from amber samples, which museum dinos are real vs. fakes, Jurassic Park flimflam and more.

    • 19 min
    FIREFLIES with Sara Lewis

    FIREFLIES with Sara Lewis

    We’re back with another fresh episode of Smologies to light up your life and your butt. World renowned firefly expert Dr. Sara Lewis of Tufts University joins to share her love of a bug that many think is merely a mythological delight. Learn how these tiny animals illuminate the night, femme fatales, pink glowworms, secret languages, artificial lights, why Western states can chill out with their lightning bug envy, and how you can ensure the world stays aglow with these beloved bugs.

    • 22 min
    OCEANS with Ayana Johnson

    OCEANS with Ayana Johnson

    Just in time to celebrate World Oceans Day, let’s dive into this fan favorite: Are plastic straws really that bad? Why is the sea salty? How do currents work? Do you have to be a marine biologist to help save the ocean? (Spoiler: No!) In a conversation with ocean and policy expert Dr. Ayana Johnson, Alie finds a balance between the wonders and the bummers. First, we learn weird ocean trivia, why we love the sea, and facts about the ocean's depths and beauty. Then, we get to the sad stuff: ocean health, climate change, acidification, pollution, policy and what we can all do.

    If you've been feeling helpless, this episode gives you all the tools you need to understand and help our friend, the World Ocean.

    • 25 min
    THE MOON with Raquel Nuno

    THE MOON with Raquel Nuno

    In this throwback to our first ever Smologies episode - originally aired on our grown-up Ologies feed - planetary geologist and selenologist Raquel Nuno chats about when the moon formed, what its made of, how moon phases work, gravity, conspiracy theories debunked, the far side of the moon, lunar caves and why she pulls out the telescope to stare at the sky every night.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

VanIsleSarah ,

Alli is sooo cool!

My 8yo tends to "fall asleep" on the way home and then watch shows in our Tesla after everyone else has gone in the house (she’s my fourth child; don’t judge). I went out to tell her to get off the screen yesterday, only to find her fully reclined, listening to Smologies. 🥰 I obviously left her to it, and when she came in, she immediately asked to see a photo of a California pink glow worm, because "Sara said we had to!" "Oooh, it looks a bit like a chiton," said my west coast kid.
Today she put on the dinosaurs episode on our way to school, pronouncing "Alli is sooo cool!" and then "I love all her voices!" (so there, recent Ologies reviewer!). So stoked on Smologies being its own podcast! 🤗

Delle Monache ,

Love!!!!

Thanks to this podcast no matter the subject, our class discussion everyday spins off daily into a vortex of tangents from fish to black holes, bread to volcanoes! This incredible podcast reminds my students and I that learning is about beauty, humility and a vast interconnection of stories! You directly have changed the endless passion and possibilities alive in my classroom ! We love you Ali!

MizzB9 ,

Thanks for helping me rear my baby nerds!

I’ve been a die hard, mercy wearing, sticker slapping Ologite forever. I’ve connected fellow nerd adults and my (teenaged) students to the original feed. But to be able to offer up this secure feed to my elementary aged children is SO EXCITING!
Thanks for helping me rear my baby nerds like a true altruist!

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