404 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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    • Science
    • 4.9 • 21.9K 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.

    Psychedeliology (HALLUCINOGENS) Part 1 with Charles Grob

    Psychedeliology (HALLUCINOGENS) Part 1 with Charles Grob

    Magic mushrooms, LSD, ayahuasca ceremonies, DMT, ketamine: take a trip into the science and research of hallucinogens. Renowned psychiatry professor and psychedelics researcher Dr. Charles Grob of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center sits down to talk about ethnobotanical origins of psychedelics, how much LSD is too much LSD, what juices are squirting in the brain when you're tripping out, who should NOT take psychedelics, talking to dead people, antidepressants and mushrooms, the murky history of psychedelic research, and future paths of study that may help the world. Next week, wall-to-wall listener questions and some tales from your internet dad’s own  journey.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Disability Sociology (DISABILITY PRIDE) with Guinevere Chambers

    Disability Sociology (DISABILITY PRIDE) with Guinevere Chambers

    Sexuality and disability! Invisible illnesses! Airline frustrations! How many of us are disabled! July is Disability Pride Month, and professor, researcher, activist, and Disability Sociologist Guinevere Chambers joins to bust myths and provide perspective on everything from the history of ableism to sign language to eyeglasses, the criminal justice system, caregiving, how to ask for what you need, handling curious strangers, disclosing disabilities, where ADHD and autism come into play, and how to follow this study path.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Puffinology (PUFFINS) with Jill Taylor

    Puffinology (PUFFINS) with Jill Taylor

    What exactly IS a puffin? Who are they related to? Are they disco birds? WHY are they so cute? Should you kiss one? Throw one? Are they in danger? Get up in a blanket burrow and listen to field researcher and legit Puffinologist, Jillian Taylor, give us all the details on who eats them, if they are neat freaks or not, their surprising life expectancy, and how they make their long marriages work. Also: the toilets with the best views, Star Wars trivia, a cereal lore, and who should NOT become a puffinologist.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Andragogology (300TH EPISODE SPECIAL) with Alie Ward

    Andragogology (300TH EPISODE SPECIAL) with Alie Ward

    Boy howdy hot dang, Ologies has hit its 300th new episode! In celebration of this milestone, we’ve turned the tables and lead editor Mercedes Maitland hosts this episode with special guest… Alie Ward! We talk about Alie’s twists and turns finding her way into a career in science communication, selling art to child actors in LA, how she built Ologies from a small indie podcast into a chart-topping favorite, why it’s important to give adults a fun space in SciComm, putting yourself out there, how fear can kill curiosity, what it takes to be a science communicator and so much more. Buckle in for Mercedes’ debut as a host and find out whether she can be trusted to carry this beloved Fabergé egg we know as Ologies.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Culicidology (MOSQUITOES) Part 2 with Fhallon Ware-Gilmore

    Culicidology (MOSQUITOES) Part 2 with Fhallon Ware-Gilmore

    Part 2 of mosquitoes is here! Now that you know WHY they would like to eat you mosquito expert and Culicidologist, Dr. Fhallon Ware-Gilmore of the CDC gives us SOLUTIONS. How do we avoid bites? Why do they itch so much? Which repellents are safe for whom? What should you use in your yard? Does climate change mean an ongoing hellscape thick with mosquitos? Could Jurassic Park happen? What if mosquitoes were to, say… go extinct? Also: how do we learn to love these things that vex us?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Culicidology (MOSQUITOES) Part 1 with Fhallon Ware-Gilmore

    Culicidology (MOSQUITOES) Part 1 with Fhallon Ware-Gilmore

    They’re gorgeous. They’re picky moms, and tremendous flirts. They are sparkly. And they drink blood. We hopped on the line with mosquito researcher, medical entomologist, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officers, and Culicidologist, Dr. Fhallon Ware-Gilmore to chat about mozzies. Why do skeeters bite you, specifically? Which ones should we watch out for? Why do they make high-pitched sounds? WHAT DO THEIR HELL MOUTHS LOOK LIKE? And how can I learn to love them? But also, how can I keep them away from me? Scream in your date's face and drink blood, if you’re a mosquito, because things are about to heat up. Next week: we’ll cover diseases and repellents, just for you.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21.9K Ratings

21.9K Ratings

Dknybaseball ,

One of my fav podcasts!!

I’ve been an avid listener since the RadioLab crossover episode last year! I love learning interesting stuff in the fun ways Alie presents them! I hope someday soon there will be an episode about Chipmunkology because my 2-year old daughter adores them (she calls them “Munks”) & I’d love to share a Smologies episode with her!

meena1313 ,

Thank you!

I have been absolutely obsessed w Ologies for the past six months :)) I’m gonna be a third year in college studying Environmental Studies and Sociology, which can get kinda depressing at times— but this podcast reminds me that there are really amazing scientists doing really great work (esp w conservation) that gives me hope that we’ll be alright!! plus it gives me the chance to learn about things that are out of my majors too, which is always lovely. thank you!!!

(also would LOVE to hear an episode ab environmental sociology, urban sociology, or our food systems!!!)

SgtRoid ,

Thank you for this show

My favorite podcast by far. It’s the only one I will rewind if I miss something. As of July 2024, I’ve only just made it to the 2019 episodes, but every show is captivating. Thank you for making my brain happy!

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