155 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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    • 4.9, 115 Ratings

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.

    Toxinology (JELLYFISH VENOM) with Anna Klompen

    Toxinology (JELLYFISH VENOM) with Anna Klompen

    Jellyfish stings: what are they and why do they hurt? And who studies them? Toxinologist Anna Klompen, that’s who. Speaking from her lab in Kansas, surrounded by jellies, the self-described professional jellyfish nerd invites us into her scientific Polyp Parlor to chat about barbs, neurotoxins, quick sting fixes, panty hose, the deadliest jellies, the harmless ones, pee, her favorite moments in science and the species that have her heart forever. Also: how and why to “find a way.” 

    Anna Klompen’s jellyfish venom website gelatinoussting.com

    Follow her at Twitter.com/gelatinoussting or Instagram.com/gelatinoussting

    A donation went to SkypeAScientist.org

    Look at this Jelly Cam! https://www.vanaqua.org/visit/live-cams-jelly-cam

    Sponsor links: kiwico.com/ologies

    For more links: alieward.com/ologies/toxinology

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Medusology (JELLYFISH) with Rebecca Helm

    Medusology (JELLYFISH) with Rebecca Helm

    What even *is* a jellyfish?! How do they eat? What are they made of? Can we eat them? Your new favorite Medusologist, Dr. Rebecca Helm, is a ray of human sunshine in the depths of the deep sea. Truly one of the finest biology conversations you may ever hear. Get ready for PacMan ghosts, pet jellyfish, the biggest and smallest jellies, new band names, live medusas, secret formulas to incite jellyfish puberty, and the lengths that she will go to to see a jelly bloom. And next week, your ears will fill with Toxinology as we explore jellyfish VENOM. Duck into the Polyp Parlor; this is a duo not to be missed. 

    Dr. Rebecca Helm’s Jellyfish Blog and website: https://jellybiologist.com/

    Follow her at Twitter.com/rebeccarhelm or twitter.com/rebeccarhelm

    A donation went to The Vancouver Aquarium: www.vanaqua.org

    Look at their Jelly Cam! https://www.vanaqua.org/visit/live-cams-jelly-cam

    Sponsor links: kiwico.com/ologies

    For more links: alieward.com/ologies/medusology

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Minisode: Listeners Interview Alie

    Minisode: Listeners Interview Alie

    Update! This episode posted on Tuesday per usual, then somehow un-published itself! Weird. Harrumph!

    It’s been a rough week for ol' Dadward VonPodcast, including a technical difficulty that left her behind, so she asked listeners if they would rather have a bizzaro minisode that involved a 30-40 minute rant about raw tomatoes or an AMA, and guess what: here’s both, sort of. There was quite a bit of rambling an editing to make it a minisode, but we hope you enjoy. 

    This is just a weird summer porch hangout, answering your most asked questions about everything from relationships to work process, procrastination, tips to younger selves, potato recipes and more. So sit back and enjoy this, a big glass of lemonade made from the lemons that bonked Alie in the face. 

    A donation will go to a soon-to-be-announced science grant project. 

    Sponsor links: hellofresh.com/80ologies; stitchfix.com/ologies

    For more links: alieward.com/ologies/aperiology 

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 35 min
    Aperiology (MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY) with Joseph Saunders

    Aperiology (MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY) with Joseph Saunders

    Lights! Cameras! Arachnids! And lizards and bees and beetles. Macro photography is like magic: curved glass gives an entirely new take on the world, from dust on a cricket’s brow to a curious mantid stare to the elegant symmetry of spider whiskers. Joseph Saunders is an Oklahoma-based wildlife photographer whose larger-than-life photos of bugs and reptiles will make you realize just how little we appreciate the creatures on our window sills and skittering up our porches. We talk shop about cameras, bug hunts, lenses, patience, Moth Week, BlackAFinSTEM, and also getting into nature with different mobility concerns. Alie is a shameless, rabid fan of Joseph and asked Patrons to help concoct an -ology to describe the art + science of his macro photography. Aperiology now exists to describe the tiny aperture used to keep these creatures in focus, and the huge world it opens up to us.

    Support Joseph’s photography at Patreon.com/jdmonroe

    Joseph’s website: https://paraherpetologica.com/

    Follow Joseph at www.instagram.com/reelsonwheels

    Follow him at Twitter.com/jdmonroe210 or twitter.com/BlackAFinSTEM

    A donation went to the American Chronic Pain Association: www.theacpa.org/ 

    Sponsor links: kiwico.com/ologies; 

    For more links: alieward.com/ologies/aperiology 

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Agnotology (IGNORANCE) with Robert Proctor

    Agnotology (IGNORANCE) with Robert Proctor

    Yes, there is an -ology for that. Dr. Robert Proctor is a Stanford professor of the History of Science and co-edited the book “Agnotology: The Making & Unmaking of Ignorance,” having coined the word 30 years ago. We chat about everything from the true evils of tobacco marketing, to the sugar lobby, to racial injustice, horse vision, the psychology of the Flat Earther movement, which countries have the highest rates of climate denial, empathy, how to navigate difficult conversations and why it's critical to dismantle the systems of willful ignorance, starting locally. 

    Dr. Robert Proctor’s book, Agnotology

    Donations went to: SavingBlackLives.org; The National Black Law Students Association, and the Public Health Advocacy Institute 

    Sponsor links: takecareof.com/ologies25 (code: ologies25); helixsleep.com/ologies

    For the list of books he mentions + more links, see: alieward.com/ologies/agnotology

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Bryology (MOSS) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Bryology (MOSS) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

    An instant classic. You’ll listen on repeat as world-renowned author, botanist, Indigenous ecology professor and bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about her passion for moss. Cozy up for the most beautifully doled-out information about hidden worlds, overlooked mysteries, botanical drama, forests in miniature, Native peoples’ uses for moss and philosophies about science and ecology. Dr. Kimmerer, author of “Gathering Moss” and “Braiding Sweetgrass,” will change the way you see mosses forever, will inspire you to wear a loupe on a rope, and will soothe your soul with her beautiful voice and prose. Also bathmats, lawns and smoothies made of moss? We discuss. 

    Follow Dr. Kimmerer at facebook.com/braidingsweetgrass

    Look for her books at independent bookstores or wherever books are sold (including Amazon): “Braiding Sweetgrass” and “Gathering Moss” 

    Donations went to the ESF’s Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

    Sponsor links: kiwico.com/ologies; hellotushy.com/ologies

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/bryology

    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 uh...bikinis? Hi. Yes. 

    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: http://Patreon.com/ologies

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Jessamy Harris ,

Smiley Jellyfish Lover

Just finished the medusology episode and it had me grinning from ear to ear the whole way through. I now want to go and study jellyfish for the rest of my life! Thank you Alie for making such a fun and interesting podcast for me to look forward to every week - I’m going to badger all my friends to listen too. I love this podcast!!

KiwiDalang ,

Reasons to love ologies

Intelligent interviews with people who are passionate about the things that they study. The podcast reveals what’s fascinating about a most wide-ranging collection of subjects

CamShenanigans ,

Obsessively curious

I’d procrastinated both leaving a review and listening to the volitional psychology episode.
Never have I been so called out, validated, and fantastically engaged all at the same time by an episode. Every lil aside with fact checking, clarifying, and of course the personal musings and metaphors are tiny gems I will never not savour in the many mounting hours this podcast has worked into my week. Thank you Alie x

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