173 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.

    Alligator Ecotoxicology (GATOR POISONS) with Laura Kojima

    Alligator Ecotoxicology (GATOR POISONS) with Laura Kojima

    Alligators, crocodiles and … a shut-down nuclear weapons plant? The excitement never ends when you’re Laura Kojima, an Alligator Ecotoxicologist. A longtime reptile cheerleader, Laura has passion to match some truly bananas stories about field work, tail smacks, gator jaws, mercury levels, swamp boats, and crocodilian evolution, overbites, and locomotion. Her incredible work keeps people -- and the gators -- safer in toxic waters and she recalls her favorite alligator bite and the one animal that sent her to the hospital. Also discussed: jorts & gator crotches.   

    [Audio note: the connection was a little spotty so please forgive occasional static!]

    Follow Laura Kojima Twitter.com/laurakojima and Instagram.com/laura.kojima 

    A donation went to the WCS wild Siamese Crocodile conservation

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    More links and info at alieward.com/ologies/alligatorecotoxicology

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    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Awesomeology (GRATITUDE FOR LITTLE THINGS) with Neil Pasricha

    Awesomeology (GRATITUDE FOR LITTLE THINGS) with Neil Pasricha

    Gratitude: what’s the deal? Does it really make us happier? Even when the world seems terrible? Or is being appreciative a bunch of hokey flim-flam? Author Neil Pasricha started a blog of 1000 Awesome Things in 2008 and it led him down rabbit holes looking into the science of gratitude and how to better survive some really tough times. Learn about your new morning ritual, how much of happiness is genetically determined, why you should sniff a tree, honeymoon drama, simple appreciation, singing while making dinner, the gambles you take while scrolling, and how your brain means well -- but can make you miserable on purpose. Also, buy one more cactus. 

    Follow Neil Pasricha at Twitter.com/NeilPasricha and Instagram.com/NeilPasricha

    Neil’s website: Neil.blog

    3 Books Podcast: https://www.3books.co/

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

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Biological Anthropology (SEXY APES) with Lara Durgavich

    Biological Anthropology (SEXY APES) with Lara Durgavich

    Sexy apes: you’re one of them. And Biological Anthropologist Dr. Lara Durgavich joins to chat about everything from monogamy to PMS, male birth control pills, freezers of orangutan urine, imposter syndrome and testosterone, how the Pope makes you buy more tampons, which species has better sex, pancakes vs. boners, and boobs as a life preserver. It’s wall to wall gonad gossip and just may change the way you see yourself, you hairy, horny beautiful beast. 

    Follow Dr. Lara Durgavich at Twitter.com/tinkeringprim8

    A donation went to pasa.org/

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    More links and info at alieward.com/ologies/biologicalanthropology

    Neuroendocrinology episode with Dr. Daniel Pfau: alieward.com/ologies/neuroendocrinology

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Indigenous Fashionology (NATIVE CLOTHING) with Riley Kucheran

    Indigenous Fashionology (NATIVE CLOTHING) with Riley Kucheran

    Fashion! Trends! Not really! This lively chat with Riley Kucheran, an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion, covers everything from the history of industrialized clothing manufacture to current Indigenous designers he loves, political statements through beadwork, Indigenous art markets, and a dissection of Coachella headdresses. From Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Nation, Riley also describes his experiences climbing the corporate ladder in the fashion retail world vs. learning from elders and advising younger students during land-based education, while tanning hides in the bush. Also: uniforms, the good and the bad. 

    Follow Riley Kucheran at Twitter.com/RSKucheran or Instagram.com/RSKucheran 

    A donation went to Dechinta.ca 

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    More links and info at alieward.com/ologies/indigenousfashionology

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Pedagogology (SCIENCE COMMUNICATION) with Bill Nye

    Pedagogology (SCIENCE COMMUNICATION) with Bill Nye

    BILL NYE. That’s right. Bill Freakin’ Nye sits down to get grilled by your Dadward (that’s me, Alie) all about Pedagogology, the art and science of science communication. How did the modern day hype man of facts and wonder get his start? What does he love about his job? What are the most important elements of spreading knowledge? WHICH TIE IS HIS FAVORITE TIE? We chat about everything from comedy to TV crews, what he thinks about when he goes for walks, taking risks to follow your dreams, advice from Carl Sagan, tackling climate change, what makes him optimistic and … how to be the next Bill Nye. Truly one of my most cherished episodes; it brought me to tears. Enjoy. And listen to Bill’s own podcast, Science Rules! With Bill Nye. 

    For more on Bill Nye, see https://billnye.com/

    Follow Bill Nye at Twitter.com/BillNye, Instagram.com/BillNye or TikTok.com/BillNye

    A donation went to www.planetary.org

    Listen to Science Rules! With Bill Nye at AskBillNye.com or wherever you get podcasts!

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) Encore with Anne Copeland

    Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) Encore with Anne Copeland

    HERE IS SOME SAFE, COZY COMFORT: a platter of pumpkins. We have a new episode up this week: Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP) but if that's toooo spooky: This 2019 Cucurbitology episode is an Ologies all-time favorite. Also? It helped launch sweet, sweet Anne Copeland’s book to the top of the seasonal cookbook charts last year. 

    “Pumpkin, Pumpkin!” is not only a thing to scream while passing a patch, but also the name of author and human delight Anne Copeland's gourd opus. Yes, she's so charmed by pumpkins that she dedicated a whole book to exploring their folklore, history, planting protocol, care, and cooking. On a lark, Alie stops by her house in the rural hamlet of Yucaipa, California to chat about everything from creation myths surrounding pumpkins to Anne's favorite recipes, how to make a pumpkin last longer on your porch, the secret medicinal properties of pipitas, why humans might need to go bananas on Halloween, how to propose via pumpkin, and the big flimflam Anne needs the world to know about the pumpkin origin story. Also: who is Jack and why does he have a lantern?

    Anne Copeland's book "Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Hints and Good Eating" is available via Amazon 

    And on Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/books/pumpkin-pumpkin-folklore-history-planting-hints-and-good-eating/9781719980982

    A donation went to Shriners Hospitals for Children

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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