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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.

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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.

    Spheksology (WASPS) with Eric Eaton

    Spheksology (WASPS) with Eric Eaton

    Wasps!? Don’t even THINK of skipping this one, my beautiful chickens. You’re about to change your outlook on the most maligned winged sky babies, and we are delighted that author, bug dude, and spheksologist Eric Eaton is about to change your mind and fill your heart with respect and appreciation. Hunker down for fig critters, bejeweled zombie queens, bug corsets, underdogs, BBQ tips, gardening secrets, stinger myths and snack vaults. Just because homicidal hornets make headlines doesn’t mean you know squat about the real life of the beautifully diverse world of wasps, from the teeny tiny to the large and legendary. Wasps: they’re not dicks. 

    Check out Eric’s websites:

    http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

    https://twitter.com/bugeric 

    https://bugguide.net/user/view/189

    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/quarantinology

    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 now… MASKS. 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

    Transcripts by Emily White of https://www.thewordary.com/

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Quarantinology (UM, WHAT HAPPENS NOW?) with Various Ologists

    Quarantinology (UM, WHAT HAPPENS NOW?) with Various Ologists

    Lifted restrictions! Discarded masks! Vaxxing & relaxing! Parties. Variant confusion. FOMO while also dreading events. Worry about strangers. Grief for a cancelled year. WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE? We’ve got you covered. As infection rates go down and restrictions lift in the U.S., you may feel: relieved, overjoyed, nude without a mask, guilty about surviving, conflicted about gatherings, or mourning a loss. We gathered a small army of experts to chat about historical quarantines and recovery periods, vaccine rates, economic projections, the mental state of healthcare workers and the grief that can follow an historical event. Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley (of Gastropod) join to chat about researching their stellar new book “Until Proven Safe,” Jessica Malaty-Rivera updates us on vaccine rates and variants, Dr. Mike Natter checks in from New York and thanatologist Cole Imperi gives step-by-step instructions for taking care of your brain during transitions and “shadowlosses.” I hope this episode serves you well; I just really needed to make it. 





    Pre-order Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley’s book Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine. More info https://untilprovensafe.com/

     

    Follow Nicola https://twitter.com/nicolatwilley and Geoff https://twitter.com/geoffmanaugh

     

    Follow Cole Imperi at instagram.com/imperi and instagram.com/americanthanatologist

    Thanatology episode with Cole Imperi: alieward.com/ologies/thanatology

     

    Follow Jessica Malaty-Rivera on instagram.com/jessicamalatyrivera and https://twitter.com/jessicamalaty 

     

    Vaccine Infodemiology episode with Jessica Malaty-Rivera: alieward.com/ologies/vaccineinfodemiology

     

    Follow Dr. Mike Natter on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike.natter

     

    Diabetology episode with Dr. Mike Natter: alieward.com/ologies/diabetology

     

    Donations were made to: https://covid.giveindia.org, 500WomensScientists.org, and The School of American Thanatology at https://www.americanthanatology.com/

    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/quarantinology

    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 now… MASKS. 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

    Transcripts by Emily White of https://www.thewordary.com/

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Wildlife Ecology (FIELDWORK) with Corina Newsome

    Wildlife Ecology (FIELDWORK) with Corina Newsome

    Human-sucking mud holes. Beautiful birdsongs. Early mornings. Eyeball gnats. Stunning vistas. The long-awaited episode with ornithologist Corina Newsome is finally here and we talk all about the day-to-day-realities of being a Wildlife Ecologist. She dishes about working in zoos, getting her masters, housing for grad students, nest checking, birding apps, camera traps, #BlackBirdersWeek, and more. She is hilarious, informative, and dedicated to her work in avian conservation and truly has the best laugh. Also: saxophones in the bushes and whether or not animals are laughing at her. 

    Follow Corina Newsome at https://www.instagram.com/hood__naturalist or https://twitter.com/hood_naturalist 

    Her website:https://corinanewsome.wixsite.com/hoodnaturalist

    A donation was made tohttps://www.skypeascientist.com/

    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/wildlifeecology

    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 now… MASKS. 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

    Transcripts by Emily White of https://www.thewordary.com/

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Phallology (PENISES) with Emily Willingham

    Phallology (PENISES) with Emily Willingham

    Dongs. Schlongs. Peters. Intromittent organs. Gamete cannons. Biologist, gonad researcher, and Phallologist Dr. Emily Willingham joins to chat about peckers big and small, plain and fancy, barbed, coiled, colossal, pickled, and efficient. Also on the agenda: how the pressures of masculinity affect self-image, what actually contributes to a partner’s pleasure, what can cause willies to go wonky (and how to get back on track,) life beyond the binary, and sensual turtles. Stick around to the end for friendly fellatio advice from penis-owners; boy howdy it’s a hard episode to pass up. 

    Follow Emily at: Twitter.com/ejwillingham

    Her website: http://www.emilywillinghamphd.com/

    Purchase her book Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis

    A donation was made to https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/phallology

    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 now… MASKS. 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

    Transcripts by Emily White of https://www.thewordary.com/

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Pinnipedology (SEALS & WALRUSES) with Luis A. Hückstädt

    Pinnipedology (SEALS & WALRUSES) with Luis A. Hückstädt

    Seals. Sea lions. Walruses. Walrus dongs. Classic Ologies. We sit down with Luis A Hückstädt, PhD and talk about blubber, ocean currents, psychedelic teeth, whisker tech, receding ice, boops, snoots, barks, butt nubbins and whether or not that one seal from the video actually felt bashful about getting that fish cake? Or was it a sea lion? Which is which? Spoiler: you’ll find out in this episode of Ologies: Pinnipedology.

    Follow Luis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/luishuckstadt 

    And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lahuckst/ 

    A donation from this episode went to https://www.feedingnunavut.com/ 

    and also to www.alaskasealife.org 

    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

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

    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 now… MASKS. 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

    Transcripts by Emily White of https://www.thewordary.com/ 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Bonus Feed Drop: Implicit Bias on the REAL GOOD podcast

    Bonus Feed Drop: Implicit Bias on the REAL GOOD podcast

    Ohulloh! This is not your regular Ologies episode (which will come on Tuesday per usual.) It’s actually not an Ologies episode! This is a fun little bonus GUEST podcast we're dropping in our feed. Real Good is a show that started during the beginning of COVID to highlight different non-profits helping with the pandemic — but soon revealed that many problems that became so acute during quarantine had existed in people's lives for a long time prior. We care a lot about the issues they address (race, class, gender, mental health, affordable housing, etc.) so we were down to partner up with Real Good and share an episode of theirs with the always thoughtful, kind, and generous Ologies audience in our own feed.

    This is the second episode of their second season entitled "Just Admitting It Isn't Enough with Lynda Negron.” Lynda served as program director of an anti-implicit bias training organization. If you dig the show you can subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.

    https://www.stitcher.com/show/real-good

    And this Tuesday, get ready for the usual Ologies fare, as we deep dive with the most boopable aquatic beasts. Burbye. 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr

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You know that thing where people ask you “living or dead, who would be your top 3 dinner party guests” Ali, you have made my list. I love you’re podcast so much and am convinced you could make even the driest of dinner party chat absolutely fascinating. Thank you.

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… Also listen to this podcast because it’s awesome. I discovered Ologies through Wine and Crime and boy howdy has it been a treat for my brain. I started out as a pick the episodes that were directly related to me and ended up bingeing them all it was that good. The only downside is I thoroughly regret all my career choices and want to retrain immediately in all the sciences.

So if you’re a teacher, student who needs informed career choices or a scared millenial in their 30s in need of an escape from the anxiety of a pandemic to hear a bunch of soothing voices talk everything from bees to constitutional law this is for you 12 out of 10 would recommend.

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Ologies rules

I love love love this podcast. It’s so engaging! I had to ditch some other podcasts to make room for this one in my life. The guests are always interesting, and Alie’s quirky asides are awesome. I love the fact-checking too. Don’t ever change, dad-girl!

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