187 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

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 26 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.

    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

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Gluteology (BUTTS) with Natalia Reagan

    Gluteology (BUTTS) with Natalia Reagan

    Yes, an entire episode on butts. Primatologist and anthropologist Natalia Reagan joins to chat about the caboose: why do we have butts? Why do we like butts? How do we appreciate ours even more? She drops knowledge on bidets, wiping, twerking, the mystical field of Rumpology, how our derrieres have our back, plus butt dimples, and crack formations. Also: some personal revelations and getting back on your feet after a curveball. This one is goofy as hell and you’re in for more puns than you’ll know what do do with. 

    Follow Natalia at Twitter.com/Natalia13Reagan and Instagram.com/Natalia13Reagan 

    Natalia’s website: https://nataliareagan.com

    A donation was made to https://projectchimps.org/

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

    More links at: alieward.com/ologies/gluteology

    If you want a bidet, here's a code for 10% off: HelloTushy.com/ologies

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

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Molecular Biology (PROTEINS + SCIENCE COMMUNICATION) with Raven “The Science Maven” Baxter

    Molecular Biology (PROTEINS + SCIENCE COMMUNICATION) with Raven “The Science Maven” Baxter

    This one’s got it all: teeny tiny cellular factories, obscure trivia, historical gossip, sick beats, mitochondrial relevancy, viral popularity, a backstory that with charm you to death, sports cars, lab coats, smelly vats, Space Camp and mysteries of the brain. Raven The Science Maven has a background in molecular biology and is getting her Ph.D in Science Communication and shares stories from both disciplines, while Alie generally does her best to suppress high pitched noises of excitement. Learn to appreciate your proteins and pick up some ADHD tips and noodle analogies while you’re here. That’s so Maven!

    Follow Raven at https://www.instagram.com/raventhesciencemaven or https://twitter.com/ravenscimaven

    Raven’s website: scimaven.com and YouTube 

    A donation was made to Projectforawesome.com

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

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

    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

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Carobology (NOT-CHOCOLATE TREES) with Megan Lynch

    Carobology (NOT-CHOCOLATE TREES) with Megan Lynch

    You might only know carob as not-chocolate, which is a tragedy of its disco-era branding. This tough, gnarly, drought-resistant plant is the real-life Giving Tree, explains passionate Carobologist Megan Lynch. Dripping with leathery banana-shaped legume pods, this tree quietly dots suburban streets but has kept people alive through wars and famines, can feed livestock, makes beautiful furniture, and might cure ailments from neurodegenerative diseases to the dark depths of your irritable bowels. Oh also? It can stand in for chocolate if you need it to. LET’S SHOW SOME RESPECT. Megan also chats about the #DisabilitiesinSTEM movement, academic gatekeeping, and making science more accessible. And cheesecakes. 

    Follow Megan Lynch at Twitter.com/May_Gun 

    Megan’s website: http://meganlynch.net/

    A donation was made to STEMd.org

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

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

    Buy Megan’s album! “Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me” 

    Other Ologies episodes mentioned: Matrimoniology (MARRIAGE), Sexology (SEX), Entomophagy Anthropology (EATING BUGS), Corvid Thanatology (CROW FUNERALS), Molecular Neurobiology (NEUROTRANSMITTERS), Experimental Archeology (ATLATLS)

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

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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Economic Sociology Pt. 2 (MONEY/FREAKONOMICS) with Steven Levitt and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

    Economic Sociology Pt. 2 (MONEY/FREAKONOMICS) with Steven Levitt and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

    Part 2 is here! Gamestop, #stonks, Universal Basic Income, how to incentivize things that are good for us, whether or not kids should have an allowance, Trekonomics and more. Economist, professor and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt joins to chat about everything from being cheap and what decision making costs our minds to the worth of the Amazon rainforest. Rising economics star and Harvard Fellow Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman graces us with her thoughts on the subreddit WallStreetBets, how we measure the health of the economy, dealing with bullies, and Gossip Girl. Hey, watch out: you’re about to like Economics. 

    Follow Anna Gift Opoku-Agymen at Twitter.com/itsafronomics and Instagram.com/itsafronomics

    Follow Steven Levitt at Twitter.com/stevendlevitt or Twitter.com/Freakonomics

    A donation was made to RISC: risc.uchicago.edu

    Steven’s podcast is People I (Mostly) Admire: https://freakonomics.com/pima/

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

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

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    • 54 min
    Economic Sociology Pt. 1 (MONEY/FREAKONOMICS) with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman and Steven Levitt

    Economic Sociology Pt. 1 (MONEY/FREAKONOMICS) with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman and Steven Levitt

    Choices! Trade-offs! Money! How much should you save? And how much should stimulus checks be? Don’t be scared by the term “economics,” especially since it doesn’t end in -ology. This 2-part Economic Sociology bonanza addresses the behavior that motivates the fiscal systems of the world, from avocado toast to retirement funds. Economist, professor and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt joins to chat about why we learn too much of the wrong math and how everything from marriage to dinner parties involves little choices rooted in economic principles. Rising economics star and Harvard Fellow Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman graces us with her thoughts on macroeconomics, human capital, when to outsource your work and how she realized she loved Econ. Also: how these interviews helped me make one of my life’s biggest decisions. 

    Follow Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman at Twitter.com/itsafronomics and Instagram.com/itsafronomics

    Follow Steven Levitt at Twitter.com/stevendlevitt or Twitter.com/Freakonomics

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

    Steven’s podcast is People I (Mostly) Admire: https://freakonomics.com/pima/

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

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

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

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    • 1 hr 18 min

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