192 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

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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.

    Ursinology (BEARS) with Chris Morgan

    Ursinology (BEARS) with Chris Morgan

    Grizzlies. Pandas. Black bears. Chonkers. The episode you’ve begged for with scientist, explorer, and Ursinologist Chris Morgan. Why are bear ears so cute? What’s up with hibernation? How do you play nice with bears? What is it like to hug them? How creepy is Teddy Ruxpin? Panda patterns, fat bear competitions, tooth nubbins, land “bridges,” camping tips and more with host of “The Wild” podcast and your new favorite bedtime story teller. Also: bear butt plugs. Really. 

    Listen to The Wild podcast: https://www.kuow.org/podcasts/thewild

    Follow Chris Morgan at Twitter.com/morganwildlife and Instagram.com/chrismorganwildlife

    A donation went to https://www.wildlifemedia.org/

    To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

    Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

    Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com

    More links at www.alieward.com/ologies/Ursinology

    Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris & Jarrett Sleeper 

    Music by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Oology (EGGS) Encore + Bonus Material with John Bates

    Oology (EGGS) Encore + Bonus Material with John Bates

    This encore includes tons of previously cut and never-before-heard bonus material (and maybe an eggregious number of sidenotes) about how perfect and weird eggs are. The biggest eggs! The smallest eggs! The people arrested for stealing the most eggs! Oologist Dr. John Bates gives Alie a tour of the egg vault at the Field Museum of Chicago and it was a barrage of beautiful sights and shocking facts about bird butts. Get ready for speckly eggs, falcon tales, delicate treasures, snake nesting, pigeon mysteries, modern research with old artifacts, Easter trivia, and whether or not you can hatch chickens from grocery store eggs. Also the carnival ride Alie will never ever ever go on.

    Field Museum of Chicago

    The Book of Eggs

    To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

    Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

    Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com

    More links at www.alieward.com/ologies/Oology2

    Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris & Jarrett Sleeper 

    Music by Nick Thorburn

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Fanthropology Pt. 2 (FANDOM) with Meredith Levine

    Fanthropology Pt. 2 (FANDOM) with Meredith Levine

    PART 2 with legit professional Fanthropologist Meredith Levine. In this thrilling conclusion, we take Patreon questions and address stans vs. fans, cults and fandom, how fan fiction circumvents the studio system, how showrunners feel about fan suggestions, fangirling, fanboying and a novel term for that plus a bonus tables-are-turned interview about your weird dad’s favorite stuff. Fanthroplogy: a riveting field. Once again, WHO KNEW? Meredith did. 

    Listen to Part 1 here: alieward.com/ologies/fanthropology

    Follow Meredith Levine at Twitter.com/meredithgene or @MeredithGene on Clubhouse. 

    A donation was made to Partners in Health's and the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health’s work to reduce maternal mortality in Sierra Leone's Kono District via: http://pih.org/hankandjohn

    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    More links at: http://alieward.com/ologies/fanthropology

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

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

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

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    • 47 min
    Fanthropology (FANDOM) with Meredith Levine

    Fanthropology (FANDOM) with Meredith Levine

    Why does some music give us butterflies? Why do we loooove certain comic books, social media accounts or TV characters? What story does your toothpaste tell? Legit professional Fanthropologist Meredith Levine is a fount of fandom knowledge and we chat all about everything from cosplay to K-Pop, Star Wars, Frasier, Trekkies, fan-fic, how influencer culture works, the algorithms, and how loving what we love is a form of self-care. WHO KNEW? Meredith did. 

    Follow Meredith Levine at Twitter.com/meredithgene or @MeredithGene on Clubhouse. 

    A donation was made to Partners in Health's and the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health’s work to reduce maternal mortality in Sierra Leone's Kono District via: http://pih.org/hankandjohn

    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    More links at: http://alieward.com/ologies/fanthropology

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

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

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

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

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    • 1 hr
    Nephrology (KIDNEYS) with Samira Farouk

    Nephrology (KIDNEYS) with Samira Farouk

    What’s in pee? Should you donate a kidney to a stranger? Which hurts worse: childbirth or kidney stones? Why are some kidneys the size of footballs? March is World Kidney Month and before you shrug it off: 15% of adults have chronic kidney disease -- and most don’t even know it. This episode could save a life. Transplant Nephrologist Dr. Samira Farouk chats about how nephrology is for cool kids, how transplant chains work, legends about bathtubs filled with ice, how dialysis works, where nephrology ends and urology begins, how much water you should drink and why kidney punches aren’t allowed in boxing. Also: asparagus pee  and #NephMadness. 

    Follow Dr. Samira Farouk at Twitter.com/ssfarouk or @nehmadness 

    Check out #NephMadness and nephmadness.com 

    Interested in being a living donor? Here’s some info.

    A donation was made to the American Association of Kidney Patients, AAKP.org

    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    More links at: http://alieward.com/ologies/nephology

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

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

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

    Follow Dr. Samira Farouk at Twitter.com/ssfarouk or @nehmadness 

    Check out #NephMadness 

    Interested in being a living donor? Here’s some info.

    A donation was made to the American Association of Kidney Patients, AAPK.org 

    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    More links at: http://alieward.com/ologies/nephology

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

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

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

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Cicadology (CICADAS) with Gene Kritsky

    Cicadology (CICADAS) with Gene Kritsky

    They are numerous. They are patient. They are COMING for the United States in droves this spring: They are cicadas. *The* Cicada guy Dr. Gene Kritsky joins to chat all about the annual cicadas you may see every summer vs. the periodical ones that cycle through the states in broods of giant numbers. Learn how they survive underground for decades, what they are doing down there, all about their lifecycle, who eats them and why, plus get inspired to take a cicada safari, download Cicada Safari, and appreciate their sexually desperate songs, which can be as loud as an ambulance. By the end, you’ll want to don a bug costume and hitchhike to the Midwest. (Don’t do that.)

    Dr. Gene Kritsky’s new cicada book: Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition

    Download the Cicada Safari app at the Apple Store or Google Play Store. 

    Gene’s website: genekritsky.com

    Also see CicadaMania.com, and follow Instagram.com/CicadaMania 

    A donation was made to Mount Saint Joseph’s cicada research in the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences

    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    More links at: alieward.com/ologies/cicadalogy

    Gene’s wife Jessee J. Smith is a silversmith who makes bug jewelry. Check it out! 

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

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

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

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

    Support the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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