396 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
    • 4.9 • 21.7K 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.

    Minisode: Some Small/Smol Announcements

    Minisode: Some Small/Smol Announcements

    A short little episode to tell you about a change we're making to Ologies that I am genuinely very pumped about, as well as some weird secrets I did not intend to tell. But my point is that you can now have a kid-safe show and feed that is safe for kids and classrooms and a road trip with your shy parents.

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    Editing by Mercedes Maitland of Maitland Audio Productions, Jacob Chaffee, and Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media

    Managing Director: Susan Hale

    Scheduling producer: Noel Dilworth

    Transcripts by Aveline Malek

    Website by Kelly R. Dwyer

    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    • 17 min
    Genocidology (CRIMES OF ATROCITY) with Dirk Moses

    Genocidology (CRIMES OF ATROCITY) with Dirk Moses

    The world is confusing, but there are experts in everything. In our least funny episode ever, we thankfully convinced a global expert, professor, researcher, author, and Genocidologist (it’s a real word) Dr. Dirk Moses to answer the questions that we may secretly have: What exactly is genocide? How long has it been happening? Is it a war crime? Is it a crime of atrocity? Who makes up humanitarian law? What's self-defense — and what's offense? How is it litigated? Whose business is it? Why do we do this to each other? What can be done? It’s a dense, long episode with lots of asides for history and context, but it might be just what you need to give you perspective on the conditions — and cycles of trauma — that can lead to crimes of atrocities.
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    Read his book, “The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression”
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    Other episodes you may enjoy: Indigenous Fire Ecology (GOOD FIRE), Indigenous Cuisinology (NATIVE FOODS), Indigenous Pedology (SOIL SCIENCE), Ethnoecology (ETHNOBOTANY/NATIVE PLANTS), Bryology (MOSS), Black American Magirology (FOOD, RACE & CULTURE)
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    Editing by Mercedes Maitland of Maitland Audio Productions, Jacob Chaffee, and Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media
    Additional producing and research by Mercedes Maitland
    Managing Director: Susan Hale
    Scheduling producer: Noel Dilworth
    Transcripts by Aveline Malek
    Website by Kelly R. Dwyer
    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Smologies #43: CICADAS with Gene Kritsky

    Smologies #43: 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, why some cozy up underground for 17 years while others get moving 4 years quicker, plus get inspired to take a cicada safari, download Cicada Safari, and appreciate their songs, which can be as loud as an ambulance. By the end, you’ll want to don a bug costume and take a road trip to one of the 18 states expecting a periodical emergence this spring!

    • 25 min
    Foraging Ecology (EATING WILD PLANTS) Encore with @BlackForager, Alexis Nikole Nelson

    Foraging Ecology (EATING WILD PLANTS) Encore with @BlackForager, Alexis Nikole Nelson

    Mustard gossip. Knotweed recipes. Cow parsnips. Serviceberry appreciation. Hogweed warnings. Dead man’s fingers. The incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining Alexis Nikole Nelson a.k.a. @BlackForager walks us through Foraging Ecology with a ginormous bushel of tips & tricks for finding edibles at all times of the year, from blossoms to fungus. Belly up for this encore detailing invasive snacks, elusive mushrooms, magnolia cookies, mugwort potatoes, violet cocktails, foraging guides, weed trivia and tips to avoid poisonous berries. Also: finding community, history, land stewardship and why foraging is important, empowering and quite tasty.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Columbidology (PIGEONS? YES) Part 2 with Rosemary Mosco

    Columbidology (PIGEONS? YES) Part 2 with Rosemary Mosco

    The thrilling conclusion of PIGEONS, with Columbidologist and author Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon comics. It’s wall-to-wall listener questions and you’ll hear all about bonded pairs, the fate of the extinct passenger pigeon, the best cinematic pigeons, how to help their nubby feet, gender reveals gone very wrong, Las Vegas mysteries to boil your blood, and so much more. Also: did I just see a wedding bird escapee?

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Columbidology (PIGEONS? YES) Part 1 with Rosemary Mosco

    Columbidology (PIGEONS? YES) Part 1 with Rosemary Mosco

    You love pigeons. You might not know it yet. Espionage! Fancy breeds! Internal GPS! Weird feet! Should you be afraid of them? Should you adopt one? Pigeon advocate, comic artist and author of “A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching,” Rosemary Mosco finally joins to answer all of our questions in a beautifully mellow and melodious wall-to-wall pigeon exploration. I loved every minute of making this one and if you stick around for the secret, I’ll take you behind-the-scenes. Listen, then sit on a bench and watch your new friends.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21.7K Ratings

21.7K Ratings

MoonflowerFarm ,

A little shot of dopamine

I’ve been listening to Ologies since the beginning, and continue to tell everyone about my favorite show. I appreciate that Dad Ward is so open about her mental and physical health struggles, and takes time to herself when she needs. I’m going through a phase of depression and its to encouraging to hear someone so amazing also struggles upon occasion. I know that I can rely on Ologies for a shot of dopamine to give my brain at least a little boost. Thanks Ali for being you. Keep up the boundless curiosity.

Radical Weft ,

My favorite Podcast

I love this podcast and so does everyone I recommend it to. I’m glad Smologies has its own place but I definitely just listen to Ologies on car rides with my son through his early teens. The swearyness (I don’t think that is a word) makes science seem more fun and engaging.

ClaireRoseWrites ,

ClaireRoseWrites

This is one of my favorite podcasts ever. I learn while getting all my lil chores done and Alie is a genuine delight.

Alie is a fantastic interviewer with genuine interest in her guests, and each guest is passionate and fascinating. The show is also cut really well. If the guest assumes a lot of prior knowledge in the subject matter, Alie adds plenty of asides for the listeners so that we’re all able to follow along and there is no barrier to entry.

Brava, Alie and team. You are my favorite dad. Also, thanks for making Smologies its own show page. We love that for you and for us.

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