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A podcast about museums, science and storytelling, hosted by Emily Graslie. ExploreAStory is supported by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

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    • Natural Sciences

A podcast about museums, science and storytelling, hosted by Emily Graslie. ExploreAStory is supported by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

    Tyrone's Search for the Giant Rat

    Tyrone's Search for the Giant Rat

    Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery had heard rumors of a giant coconut-eating rat living somewhere, elusively, in the Solomon Islands. But after five years of searching, all he had to show for it was a mysterious poop. 
    That is, until the giant rat fell from the sky. 
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    This story was covered extensively by the press; read the article on FieldMuseum.org or check out additional coverage here: http://bit.ly/2LOJoHQ
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    This episode concludes Season 1 of ExploreAStory! I hope you've enjoyed listening so far. We're taking a break, but in the meantime I'd love to hear from you so feel free to send any feedback or suggestions to ExploreAStory at Fieldmuseum dot Org. 
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    ExploreAStory is written and hosted by Emily Graslie, produced by Sheheryar Ahsan and Brandon Brungard, with music by Jason Weidner, and made with support from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

    • 21 min
    Kevin Discovers a Virgin Birth

    Kevin Discovers a Virgin Birth

    In which we discuss the peculiarities of shark reproduction.

    • 23 min
    Aimee and Emily on Science Storytelling

    Aimee and Emily on Science Storytelling

    This episode is part serious discussion about effective science communication, and part hilarious stories from Aimee's past life as a middle school teacher. An A+ mix.

    • 21 min
    Molly's Gerbils (and Ancient DNA)

    Molly's Gerbils (and Ancient DNA)

    Would you ever think that calling up a natural history museum and asking for their 'crusties' would be a legitimate scientific request? Well, it is, and that's what Dr. Molly McDonough does. She studies mammals and their DNA, sometimes pulling out the genetic code from animals that have been dead for more than a hundred years.
    For those of you (like me) who have ever scratched your head thinking 'what the heck is DNA anyway?,' Molly gives a GREAT explanation in this episode!

    Molly stands in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History gerbil collection, surrounded by specimens in drawers. photo c/o Molly McDonough
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    ExploreAStory is written and hosted by Emily Graslie, produced by Sheheryar Ahsan and Brandon Brungard, with music by Jason Weidner, and made with support from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

    • 20 min
    LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 2)

    LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 2)

    2/2. Check out last week's episode for the first half of the program!

    • 34 min
    LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 1)

    LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 1)

    Over a hundred people joined us for a meetup at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin back in January, and dozens shared personal stories of memorable moments spent in museums, in nature, and while exploring the world around them. Here's part 1 of 2 from that afternoon.

    • 37 min

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