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Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers - researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, cops, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious, but they're all true and all very personal. Welcome to The Story Collider!

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    • 4.4 • 780 Ratings

Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers - researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, cops, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious, but they're all true and all very personal. Welcome to The Story Collider!

    Healing Power of Nature: Stories about finding peace outside

    Healing Power of Nature: Stories about finding peace outside

    Being in nature can have a powerful effect on our body and mind. It’s like a tonic for our well-being. Research has found that it reduces blood pressure, stabilizes our heart rate, and decreases the production of stress hormones. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers discover just how therapeutic nature can be.
    Part 1: Geography and Environmental Sciences Professor John Aubert is having a hard time connecting to his now teenage daughter.
    Part 2: Sarah Luchini may be in over her head, literally, as she tries to cross a river while hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
    John Aubert is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences at American River College in Sacramento, CA. After realizing that his family and friends were finally getting tired of hearing his stories, he was ecstatic to discover that he could tell them to strangers! He has taken the stage at numerous Moth Story Slams and has been a featured storyteller for Capital Storytelling, Story Collider, Six Feet Apart Productions, and Artists Standing Strong Together. In addition to storytelling, John’s other interests include movies, hiking, fly fishing, and volunteering in his community.
    Sarah Luchini is Marketing Specialist at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. She is responsible for coordinating the Institute's internal and external marketing efforts to grow awareness and engagement, as well as developing and implementing marketing plans in support of the organization’s mission to inspire science, learning, and community for a changing world. Prior to joining Schoodic Institute, Luchini worked as Lead Graphic Designer at Downeast Graphics & Printing, a print and graphics studio where she worked seamlessly in print and web-based design. Luchini holds a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Lesley University College of Art & Design, with a background in fine art and art history. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Maine, Boston, and Florence, Italy, and she has worked in art galleries in Massachusetts and along the Maine coast. Born and raised in Ellsworth, Maine, Sarah has a passion for outdoor recreation and exploring her local landscapes. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being out on the trails hiking and biking, or paddleboarding at home with her cat, Murray (yes, Murray always wears a life vest!).
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    • 26 min
    Overachieving: Stories about going above and beyond

    Overachieving: Stories about going above and beyond

    This week we’re being the opposite of overachievers and re-running some classic Story Collider stories. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers are dedicated to going the extra mile for science.
    Part 1: As a new, super competitive, graduate student Aditi Nadkarni thinks she has the perfect way to impress her advisor and labmates ... until one night it spirals a tiny bit out of control.
    This story originally aired on July 28, 2013.
    Part 2: While completing a community service requirement in high school, comedian Wyatt Cenac puts a drunk driving simulation to the test.
    This story originally aired on September 10, 2016.
    Dr Aditi Nadkarni is a biomedical scientist, market research and business strategy consultant, artist and storyteller who is passionate about science awareness, human and civil rights, access to education and bridging disparities in healthcare.
    Wyatt Cenac is a comedian and a former correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He has also released multiple standup specials, most recently on Netflix, and appeared on film and TV. He regularly hosts a standup evening in Brooklyn called “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac.” Follow him on Twitter @wyattcenac.
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    • 35 min
    Unconventional Friendships: Stories about unlikely pairs

    Unconventional Friendships: Stories about unlikely pairs

    Science is filled with weird and wonderful bonds, like Bubbles the African Elephant and Bella the Black Labrador or potassium and argon. In this week’s classic episode, both our storytellers share stories of times when they made an unexpected connection.
    Part 1: Journalist Jon Ronson is excited when he hears about some 'sentient' robots, but when he goes to interview them he finds both less and more than he ever expected.
    This story originally aired on March 10, 2013.
    Part 2: When The Colbert Report calls about her research, marine biologist Skylar Bayer finds an unexpected collaborator and friend in the fisherman helping her get scallops.
    Skylar Bayer (she/her/hers) is a marine ecologist, storyteller, and science communicator who lives in Alaska. Her scientific research focuses on marine ecology, bivalves, aquaculture, and extension. She completed her Ph.D. in the secret sex lives of scallops, a subject that landed her on The Colbert Report in 2013. She is an alum of the Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and has been a producer for The Story Collider since 2014. She is a co-editor of the upcoming anthology of personal stories from scientists with disabilities and medical conditions, Uncharted: how scientists navigate, health, research, and bis, soon to be published by Columbia University Press.
    This story originally aired on April 12, 2019 in an episode titled “Limelight.”
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    • 33 min
    Strength in Numbers: Stories from Latasha Wright

    Strength in Numbers: Stories from Latasha Wright

    In this week’s episode, we have not one, but two stories from Story Collider’s board member Latasha Wright. This is her fourth story featured on our podcast and her fifth story she’s told for The Story Collider!
    Part 1: Biologist Latasha Wright is at work one day when she suddenly begins to experience intense pain.
    Part 2: Just before she leaves for her dream opportunity to teach marine science on the Red Sea, Latasha Wright gets a call that puts her plans in jeopardy.
    This story originally aired on February 22, 2019 in an episode titled “Inspiration.”
    Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in Cell and Molecular Biology. After her studies, she went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co­authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. In 2011, she joined the crew of the BioBus, a mobile science lab dedicated to bringing hands­ on science and inspiration to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Through the BioBus, Latasha was able to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages. In 2014, the BioBus team launched an immersive, un­intimidating laboratory space called the BioBase, a community laboratory model. At the BioBase students are encouraged to explore their scientific potential through in­-depth programming and hands­-on experimentation. Latasha has lead the efforts in establishing this community laboratory model, and hopes to build on its success in other communities. The efforts of the BioBus’ team to promote science education to all communities in New York City has been recognized by numerous news outlets, including the WNYC science radio program Hypothesis. Additionally, Latasha has been featured as NY1’s New Yorker of the Week.
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    • 39 min
    Phobias: Stories about fears

    Phobias: Stories about fears

    If someone tells you they’re not afraid of anything, they’re a liar. As the wise Nelson Mandela once said: "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." In this week’s episode, both our storytellers face their fears, no matter how irrational.
    Part 1: Steve Whyte decides to try exposure therapy to overcome his fear of germs.
    Part 2: Dave Kalema realizes he’s failed to outrun his lifelong fear of addiction.
    Steve Whyte thought he had it all figured out until he left the womb. He was Elf #2 in the Old Greenwich Elementary School production of Twas The Night Before Christmas. Later, lured by the prospect of big money, Steve joined the improv world, and can be seen at the Magnet Theater in Chelsea. For money he edits video, and for fun he plays the drums.
    Dave Kalema is a digital storyteller and upcoming filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Most recently, he was the founder of Coin Flyp Media, a video-first media company for the untold, personal stories of change that athletes experience after sports. As a former college athlete and National Champion, Dave used the power of video to help former college, NBA, NFL, and Olympic athletes share personal stories of reinvention. Dave is a 2-time StorySlam Champion at the Moth and is currently working on his first documentary. He is passionate about using visual storytelling to highlight where change meets identity and belonging for underrepresented voices.
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    • 31 min
    Out of Place: Stories about feeling like an outsider

    Out of Place: Stories about feeling like an outsider

    Not to get too emo and Simple Plan lyrics on you, but have you ever felt out of place? Like somehow you just don't belong and no one understands you? Well, you’re not alone. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share stories of a time when they felt like the odd person out in science and in life.
    Part 1: Kevin Allison’s ADHD diagnosis sheds new light on why he always feels like he’s left out of the loop.
    Part 2: Diana Li feels isolated while studying squid in Mexico.
    For photos, transcripts, and more information on our storytellers, see our website here.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
780 Ratings

780 Ratings

emmanoodles3 ,

Where have you been all my life!?

This podcast is truly inspirational. As a PhD student in a STEM field myself, I find it can be very difficult to relate my work and passions to those who are not in the same area of research. This podcast is not only entertaining, but really serves to bridge the gap between the science community and the general public in a way that is both engaging and entertaining. My favorite part of the podcast, however, is the host Erin Barker. She is FANTASTIC! Her commentary and personal stories add a whole new level of empathy and comedic relief that really make this podcast stand out from all the others.

YourGrandmom ,

It went too far when a fake doctor gets to give advice as a real doctor

I normally enjoy this show and appreciate that it has a lining of science to the stories. I enjoy listening to something that can educate or inspire me and possibly change my view point. But I am signing off this podcast after the latest episode with “Dr.” Howard Lieberman. He is not a doctor and admits it in the first sentence, yet goes about telling his Covid story and promoting vaccines as a doctor. While I don’t care if someone promotes Covid vaccines, I care that the show has stooped low enough to dangerously give medical advice from an imposter who even goes as far as saying he is now a specialist. This is absolutely wrong.

Perkcasso ,

Still a great show

There are still great stories being told. It still has good sound and production quality. The hosts are still amiable and enjoyable. Just like anything, it’s not for everybody.

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