111 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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    • 4.9, 7.7K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

fungushuntress ,

One of a kind!

One day, a little over a year ago, I developed an interest in dendrology. I listen to music and podcast on my headphones all day at work, so I decided to try searching for a podcast or youtube lecture on the subject. When I searched in podcasts, I didn't actually expect to find anything that focused on dendrology specifically... but low and behold!! You had an entire episode, basically a one hour crash course on the subject!! It was exactly what I was looking for, and the ONLY dendrology episode. Thank you for going out on a limb and creating such a diverse podcast.
Needless to say, I fell in love with Ologies, and every episode motivates me more to become a scientist. (I'm 30 yrs old and just within the last year decided to become a scientist, and about a year ago I narrowed it down to mycology!)
Your weekly reminder to ask smart people dumb questions fuels my curiosity about the universe.

Also, thanks for cross-pollinating with This Podcast Will Kill You. Between your two podcasts, I get weekly lessons in science, medicine, history, evolution, human culture, and humor, and all from well-spoken people.

DeGrande23 ,

Learn and love!

Those interesting topics and her happy soothing voice makes my drive to work something I can enjoy! I rage no more because I am too busy listening and learning! Thanks Ali! I look forward to every episode!

G the Librarian ,

College-Ologies

I’m a college librarian and I teach a course on research skills. For their first assignment, I asked my students to select an episode of Ologies and use what they learned as a springboard to choosing a research topic for the class, because so many Ologies interviews demystify scientific and academic research and make it exciting. For their final assignment, they made their own five-minute podcasts using their research. Their podcasts were great, and I’ve heard from several students that they have continued listening to Ologies and other podcasts. Thanks, Dad Ward!

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