Ologies

By Alie Ward

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 Dec 5, 2018
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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.


Episode Date
Selenology (THE MOON) with Raquel Nuno
01:21:20

Are we crazier during a full moon? What is the Moon made of? Can we move to the Moon? Was the Moon landing a hoax? What's up with all those craters? Planetary geologist and selenologist Raquel Nuno loves the Moon and sits down to answer approximately 1 million of Alie's shameless questions. Gaze into the sky with newfound understanding and appreciation for our glowing buddy in the sky. Also: a burst bladder and a drunk moose.

Raquel Nuno's website and Instagram @thespacegeologist

More links at www.alieward.com

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris and Jarrett Sleeper

Theme song by Nick Thorburn



Dec 11, 2018
Classical Archeology (ANCIENT ROME) with Darius Arya
01:12:07

If you LIVE for drama, you will LOVE dead Romans. Wars, murders, opulence and uprisings: a little something for everyone. Classical Archeologist and TV host Dr. Darius Arya dishes about priceless garbage piles, lead poisoning, ancient political scandals, pottery graveyards, unearthing sculptures, tomb discoveries, what's under European cities, and how Roman society was a little like America these days. But also a lot different. And what we can learn from it.

Dr. Darius Arya's website, DariusAryaDigs.com. He's also on Twitter and Instagram @DariusAryaDigs

More links at www.alieward.com

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn


Dec 04, 2018
Microbiology (GUT BIOME) with Elaine Hsiao
01:16:49

LOVE YOUR GUTS. 90% of your serotonin is made in your guts and you have hundreds of trillions of friends clinging to you at all times. Microbiologist Dr. Elaine Hsiao is a total badass who runs her own lab investigating the role of the gut biome in behaviors. She sat down to chat about anxiety, depression, elusive fecal transplants, autism, epilepsy, kombucha promises, autoimmune disorders, probiotics and more. Alie fanned out pretty hard and asked all of the questions about how your beloved, simmering insides affect your brain. It's gut-busting, mind-blowing info.

Check out Dr. Elaine Hsiao's lab or follow her on Twitter @pipethero

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Nov 27, 2018
Grateful-ology (GRATITUDE) is not totally a real word
00:15:40

A (perhaps) much-needed refresher course on last year's gratitude minisode. As a friend of a friend's hairdresser once said: "It's hard to be hateful with a plateful of grateful." Is it? In this pre-holidays quickie episode, Alie is grumpy as hell and decides to research the neuroscience of gratitude. Does it work? Who's studying it? Does she need to buy a journal? Find out how jotting down things you don't hate on the back of a receipt or opening a secret Twitter account may be worth more than whatever you get in your office Secret Santa exchange.


Learn more about the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Nov 20, 2018
Food Anthropology (FEASTS) with Katherine Spiers
01:13:11

Loosen your belts and tuck a napkin under your chin because feasting season is here. Katherine Spiers -- journalist, food anthropologist and host of the wondrous culinary history podcast Smart Mouth -- lets Alie belly up for a buffet of questions about winter gatherings, Thanksgiving myths, stuffed peacocks, green bean casseroles, potato backstories, Friendsgivings, the hazards of deep frying, the eels of Jesus, some stuffing horrors and more.


Listen to Smart Mouth (perhaps the episodes with Alie "Lobster Roll" Ward & Steven Ray "Corndogs" Morris?)

Katherine Spiers's website, Twitter & Instagram. Her brand new podcast network is TableCakes.

Special thanks to poet and writer Kenzie Allen (@cerena on Twitter) for the insight & resources on Native perspectives of Thanksgiving.

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

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Nov 13, 2018
Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE) with Phil Torres
01:07:21

Doomsday. The apocalypse. The End. Join scholar, author and professional existential risk philosopher Phil Torres for a surprisingly jovial romp through different "Oops we're screwed" scenarios that will lead to the destruction of the planet or extinction of our species. (Not to be confused with lepidopterologist/butterfly man, Phil Torres.) Find out where we're at on Ye Olde Doomsday clock, if any of us should have babies, if AI will destroy us, pop-cultural Antichrists, Black Mirror, simulations, technology as friend or foe, why voting matters (lookin’ at you, America) and how to remain chill in the face of doom. Also: the hottest underground bunkers on the market.


Phil Torres is on Twitter @Xriskology and his website is www.risksandreligion.org

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

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!

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Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn


Nov 06, 2018
Corvid Thanatology (CROW FUNERALS) with Kaeli Swift
01:13:01

Crows have funerals? CROWS HAVE FUNERALS. The inky black bird with the big brain warns and maybe mourns around their fallen friends and Dr. Kaeli Swift is here to tell us all about it. As an avid wildlife researcher and corvid specialist, she's observed death behaviors that will shock you to your bones and ruffle your hackles -- while somehow also making you cry about peanuts. Also: so much inspiration to keep being yourself and to work hard toward what you love. She is a hero.


Dr. Kaeli Swift's Blog, YouTube, Twitter & Instagram

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 30, 2018
Somnology (SLEEP) Part 2 with Dr. W. Chris Winter
01:10:34

Have you listened to Part 1 yet? No? Go on, git. Go do that.

Now if you have, this Part 2 is a bonanza of problem solving from neurologist and somnologist Dr. W. Chris Winter. He'll cover: if you should be taking sleep supplements or pills, sleep talking, apnea, why sleepiness makes us hungry, narcolepsy, the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation, how to lucid dream, the dangers of shift work and some tactics to lull yourself to dreamland without any medications. ALSO: I share a family secret: my mom's insomnia buster -- newly dubbed the "Sleepy Fancy Nancy" -- that has literally never failed me.


Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic

Dr. W. Chris Winter's book

Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc


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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 23, 2018
Somnology (SLEEP) Part 1 with W. Chris Winter
01:13:46

Birds do it. Bees do it. Why the hell can't we do it? Called "The Sleep Whisperer," neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. W. Chris Winter joins Alie for a thrilling 2-parter about why we need sleep, the ideal amount of it, what sleep does to the brain, insomnia, sleep stages, ideal bedtime conditions, and even the historical lore around sleep paralysis. Next week, we'll answer listener questions about everything from sleeping pills to brain performance to insomnia cures to apnea to sleepwalking to parenthood and shift work. Think of it as a free seminar to fix your life. Maybe.


Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic

Dr. W. Chris Winter's book

Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc


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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 16, 2018
Surgical Oncology (BREAST CANCER) with Donna-Marie Manasseh
01:22:15

(Bonus: I bleeped any curse words so you can share this episode with your kids and your grandma.)

Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh spends 12 months a year as a tumor hunter, saving lives. She is brilliant, uplifting, hilarious and a hero, quite honestly. She sat down in her Brooklyn office to talk about prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, when to get screened, what to do if you feel something weird, how to look forward to mammograms, how men can help family members stay informed, self-care and how she unwinds. Also: getting help with boob honkery, and rubbing rocks on your pits. This episode might be required listening for literally ... everyone. All the people.


Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh is the Chief of Breast Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center

A few Breast Cancer Awareness resources: cancer.org, breastcancer.org, komen.org


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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn


A portion of Patreon donations this month will be donated to breast cancer research.




Oct 09, 2018
Ologiesology with Alie Ward (1-Year Anniversary Episode)
01:07:21

Ever wanted to know how an episode of Ologies is made? Are you curious to learn about your host Alie Ward’s journey into science communication and beyond? If you need to know how Dad Ward does it all each week, this episode is for you.

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 05, 2018
Functional Morphology (ANATOMY) with Joy Reidenberg
01:12:24

Ever poked at roadkill? Watched videos of whales exploding? Drooled over a curio cabinet full of claws & bones? Peered into a jar with a pickled toad? Then this one is for you. Arguably the world's most famous comparative anatomist (and pretty-much-also functional morphologist) Dr. Joy Reidenberg pulls up a chair at Mt. Sinai Hospital to talk about her fascinating backstory, exploding whales, taxidermied chipmunks, dead toadfish, animal's weird anatomy and its function and how it might help human health. She is absolutely amazing and you will become obsessed with her work.


Dr. Joy Reidenberg on Twitter & Facebook

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn


Oct 02, 2018
Myrmecology (ANTS) with Terry McGlynn
01:22:22

Cult-leader queens. Bullet ant stings. Kitchen pest hacks. The dynamics of a billion-sister megacolony. Dr. Terry McGlynn sits down to have a BIG discussion about itty-bitty creatures. Learn about tropical ants, urban ants, how they walk on water, which ones are picky eaters, which ones make weird sounds, what ant movies are bunk, and some self-help takeaways. Also: sniffing your relatives before deciding to kill them.

Dr. Terry McGlynn's website

Dr. Terry McGlynn on Twitter @hormiga

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Sep 25, 2018
Egyptology (ANCIENT EGYPT) with Kara Cooney
01:20:43

After a decade of fandom, Alie finally meets famed Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney -- and forgets her equipment. They meet again for a spirited history lesson on ancient Egypt: the pyramids, the monarchs, the dynasties, the cats, the corpses, the curses. Kara also lays out the history of female kings and their parallels to modern Western politics, what it's like to talk to a mummy, and why we should stop overworking. Also: lost dongs and transparent toilets. This episode is one for the ages.


Dr. Kara Cooney's Facebook page

Dr. Kara Cooney on Twitter & Instagram

Pre-order "When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt," released Nov. 6 2018

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Sep 18, 2018
Conservation Technology (EARTH SAVING) with Shah Selbe
01:23:27

THIS IS UPLIFTING, I PROMISE. And it might just make you switch careers. As a bookend to last week's Oceanology episode, Conservation Technologist Shah Selbe chats about saving the planet with some well-intentioned technology. Wind turbines, solar cars, and all the ways in which sensors, drones, recycled smartphones and real-time data reporting can help conserve species, spaces and communities that are threatened. Hear inspiring tales of travel, art, adventure and putting engineering to good use from a former rocket-science turned professional do-gooder.

Also discussed: crocodile astrology, fishing vests and hippo power displays.


Conservify.org

Shah Selbe on Twitter and Instagram

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn


And check out the podcast Flash Forward, hosted by Rose Eveleth: www. flashforwardpod.com. So good!

Sep 11, 2018
Oceanology (OCEANS) with Ayana Johnson
01:15:32

Are plastic straws really that bad? What's the oldest message in a bottle? Any scuba vs. snorkel strategies? Does sunscreen kill coral? Can we reverse ocean warming in our lifetime? In a conversation with ocean and policy expert Dr. Ayana Johnson, Alie struggles with finding a balance between the wonders and the bummers. For the first 15-20 minutes, learn weird ocean trivia, why we love the sea, and facts about the ocean's depths and beauty. Then, we get to the sad stuff: ocean health, climate change, acidification, pollution, policy and what we can all do.

If you've been feeling helpless, this episode gives you all the tools you need to understand and help our friend, the World Ocean.

Also: some great information about whale pee.


Dr. Johnson's OceanCollectiv.co

Dr. Johnson on Twitter @ayanaeliza and Instagram @ayanaeliza

Dr. Johnson's website: ayanaelizabeth.com

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn



Sep 04, 2018
Ferroequinology (TRAINS) with Matt Anderson
01:03:37

Trains. Locomotives. Choochoos. Bullet trains. Hyperloops. Subways. How fast can they go? How did they change American history? Why do people love them? What should we do with all that abandoned track? Can you marry a train? What's it like to shovel coal into a steam engine?

Alie went off the rails at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan talking to an official ferroequinologist and curator Matt Anderson -- who confessed to some youthful railroad mischief, delivered a succinct slice of U.S. History, has train movie recommendations and discussed cars vs. trains in the great transportation debate. Also, why transporting isn't always about the trains.


The Henry Ford Museum Railroad Exhibit

September 15: Camp Ologies in Portland

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 @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Aug 28, 2018
Bonus Minisode: Kalology -- Your Letters
00:43:41

As a companion to Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) Alie reads your thoughts about appearance and beauty culture in this, a bonus minisode. You wrote in about how make-up is a creative outlet, how beauty standards can be an oppressive time suck, about hairy pits and culture clashes, money burdens, appearances in different professions, trans and non-binary perspectives, and what you wish the next generation did differently. Y'all made Ol' Ward tear up more than once, and it's an honor to share your stories.


Dr. Renee Engeln's work

"Beauty Sick," the book

Camp Ologies tickets, September 15 in Portland

Dr. Crystal Dilworth's TEDx Talk

To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com


More links at www.alieward.com/ologies


Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn

Aug 21, 2018
Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln
01:38:25

We love it. We hate it. BEAUTY CULTURE.

Looking good can make us feel decorated, empowered and more confident -- but why?

And why are certain groups subtly told to "make-up" for their appearance?

What's the line between self-care and oppression?

Psychologist and beauty-researcher Dr. Renee Engeln shines a huge bright floodlight on the sometimes ugly machinery of the billion-dollar beauty and "fitness" industry. This is an episode for make-up lovers, haters and the millions of us confused about being both at once. It's also an opportunity for dudes to learn just how how skewed the standards are. Buckle up -- this ologist will change the way you see the world, others and hopefully, yourself.


With the companion Bonus Minisode: Kalology -- Your Letters

Dr. Renee Engeln's work

"Beauty Sick," the book


Camp Ologies tickets, September 15 in Portland

To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com

More links at www.alieward.com/ologies


Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn

Aug 21, 2018
Oology (EGGS) with John Bates
00:57:40

The biggest eggs! The smallest eggs! The people arrested for stealing the most eggs! Oologist Dr. John Bates gave Alie a tour of the egg vault at the Field Museum of Chicago and it was a barrage of beautiful sights and shocking facts about bird butts. Get ready for speckly eggs, falcon tales, delicate treasures, pigeon mysteries, modern research with old artifacts, Easter bullshit, and whether or not you can hatch chickens from grocery store eggs. Also the carnival ride Alie will never ever ever go on.


Field Museum of Chicago

The Book of Eggs

To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

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More links at www.alieward.com/ologies


Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn

Aug 14, 2018
Ophthalmology (EYES) with Reid Wainess
01:22:55

75% of adult Americans have wonky vision of some kind, your host included. Longtime pal and real-life eye surgeon, Dr. Reid Wainess answers all the questions that you never bring up during appointments. He and Alie chat about how eyes are just little cameras in your skull, glasses vs. contacts, Lasik, why we cry, some boggling ER stories, how marijuana effects eyeballs, floaters, cataracts, eye color, dogs in goggles and more. Also: what happens if you choke under pressure and pick the wrong options in an eye exam? HOW SCREWED ARE YOU?


Dr. Reid Wainess's practice

If you're in LA and and want Dr. Wainess to be your eye doc: 1-800-898-2020

To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter

Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com


More links at www.alieward.com/ologies


Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn





Aug 07, 2018
Epidemiology (DISEASES) with Erins Welsh & Allmann-Updyke of This Podcast Will Kill You
01:29:46

TWO epidemiologists-named-Erin -- and hosts of the stellar This Podcast Will Kill You -- chat with Alie about historical horror stories, THE plague, cholera cocktails, flu shots, tick bombs, milkmaids, witch trials and more as they share their infectious enthusiasm for disease ecology. How much should you wash your hands? What's the best way to flirt with a stranger on a bus? Why are people scared of vaccines? What conspiracy theory enthralls Alie? So many questions with uncomfy, but fascinating, answers.


Listen to This Podcast Will Kill You: https://thispodcastwillkillyou.podbean.com

Follow TPWKY on Twitter

More links at www.alieward.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter

Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com


Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn

Jul 31, 2018
Selachimorphology (SHARKS) with Chris Lowe
01:16:09

SHAAAARKS. Leading shark researcher Dr. Chris Lowe dishes about bad shark PR, behind-the-scenes Jaws trivia, his thoughts on Sharknado, surfing safety, immune system marvels, cannibal twins, shark personalities, sea sex, and knife teeth. Alie learns that sharks are not the ocean's sociopaths but true evolutionary marvels who suffer from sensationalized reputations and sometimes inside-out butts. Listen up as a science primer during this, the holy Week of the Shark.

(Note: the study of sharks can is also called elasmobranchology, a distinction which could also include skates and rays. Both -ologies are difficult to spell.)


Dr. Chris Lowe's SharkLab at Cal State University Long Beach

Track sharks and fish and turtles at Scattn.org

Dr. Lowe's Twitter and Facebook

More links at www.alieward.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter

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Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn





Jul 24, 2018
Malacology (SNAILS & SLUGS) with Jann Vendetti
01:10:48

Crazy dongs! Gardening tips! Snail-based beauty products! Weather the LA heatwave and slug along with Dr. Jann Vendetti of the Natural History Museum of LA County as she gossips with Alie about some sensual slug lovemaking, Gold Rush lore, urban snails, beer bingeing and why you should stop and high five (high one?) a gastropod for evolving into such an interesting critter. Also: should you adopt a rabbit-sized pet snail?


Watch Dr. Vendetti on the The Curiosity Show

S.L.I.M.E project at the NHM.org

More links at www.alieward.com/ologies

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc.

Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter

Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com

"The Snail Song" ending lullaby by Maple Leaf Learning

Editing by Steven Ray Morris

Music by Nick Thorburn

Jul 17, 2018
Areology (MARS) Part 2 with Jennifer Buz
00:56:17

Last week we got a big thicc primer on ol' Mars, that dusty desert doomsday cabin millions of miles away. This week, Alie continues the conversation with areologist Dr. Jennifer Buz and asks your Patreon questions about whether we could landscape Mars to look like a golf course, what a water balloon fight on Mars would be like, and if people in Jennifer's lab quote science fiction. Plus we hear directly from Kim Staney Robinson on the moral quandaries of inhabiting the red planet and explore the question: "Why is Elon Musk so horny for Mars?"


Definitely take a gander at Dr. Jennifer Buz's website JNNFR.BZ

Follow Jennifer on Instagram

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! AND ALSO SWIMSUITS.

Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Jul 10, 2018
Areology (MARS) Part 1 with Jennifer Buz
01:06:53

The Red Planet. A mysterious dusty orb millions of miles away. Our emergency escape bunker. Alie sits down with Dr. Jennifer Buz to talk about what Mars’s DEEEEAL is, why we send rovers there, good science fiction, so-so science fiction, double egg yolks, the poetry of the moon Phobos and some of the best science dreams perhaps ever recorded. Jennifer is maybe the chillest areologist on this planet and an absolute gem.


You're going to want to look at Dr. Jennifer Buz's website JNNFR.BZ

Info on the 2020 rover workshop via JPL

OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! AND ALSO SWIMSUITS.

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Jul 03, 2018
MINISODE: Aestaology (SUMMER) should be a word
00:21:25

Melons. Fire. Waterfights. It's finally summer and Alie's into it. So with this solo mini-ep, learn about a few ologies that are not real but should be such as aestaology (summer) & hydropolemology (waterfights). Also discussed: a few ologies that are in fact real, like cucurbitology (melons), pyrotechnology (humans chillin' and grillin' around a fire) and lampyridology (fireflies.) Just a little buffet o' facts to get you excited about summer.


OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! AND ALSO SWIMSUITS.

Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram

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More links at www.alieward.com

Jun 26, 2018
Deltiology (POSTCARDS) with Donna Braden
00:54:27

Why were postcards invented and why do they still exist? Why do we lie to people and say our lives are better than they are? Alie stopped into the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and talked to curator of 40 years, Donna Braden, about her work with the postcard collections -- as well as her musings about how emotions impact memory, why Americans love to hit the open road and what the biggest postcard you're allowed to mail is. Listen while riding off into the sunset or sipping tea on a porch and then send someone you love a giant postcard because you can.


The Henry Ford Museum Postcard Archive

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Jun 19, 2018
Rhinology (NOSES) with John Craig
01:08:41

Allergies. Nose jobs. Smell nostalgia. Street drugs. Septum piercings. Snoring. Hang on to your faces because Dr. John Craig goes deep and shares why he's so passionate about rhinology. You'll have a whole new relationship with your whiffer, appreciating what happens behind your nas-holes and coming away with some strategies to combat hay fever, Afrin addiction plus: a very legal substitute for illegal party drugs. Also: why you may want to shove a crayon into your nose.


Dr. John Craig's YouTube Channel

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Jun 12, 2018
Phonology (LINGUISTICS) with Nicole Holliday
01:03:13

Vocal fry. Code switching. Black Twitter. Valley girls. Culture vultures. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TALKING. Alie battles traffic to sit down with linguistics professor Dr. Nicole Holliday about intonational phonology: how tones and pitch help us bond with others and construct identities. Inspired in part by former President Barack Obama's masterful linguistic variability, Dr. Holliday's work focuses on how language is used in the crossing and construction of racial/ethnic boundaries. She graciously fielded tons of questions for a fascinating dive into the nuances and strict grammatical rules of African American Language, cultural appropriation, our educational system, honoring your identity, what not to wear in Paris and the roiling debate over who is the best rapper. Also: Alie is maybe a lizard person.


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Jun 05, 2018
Cynology (DOGS) with Brandon McMillan
01:16:06

Your best friend is a hairy beast and that's something to celebrate. This episode is a little different in tone and let's just say GOOD LUCK NOT CRYING, SUCKERS. Alie sits down with "Lucky Dog" host Brandon McMillan, who cares more about saving shelter mutts than he does about the 3 Daytime Emmys he's won for doing it. Learn about his Hollywood drama-worthy backstory that led to being one of the world's most celebrated dog trainers, plus how to calm anxious pups, breeders vs. shelter rescues, and how and why dogs help our brains and save our lives. Dogs 4 president 2020.


For more info, see:

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Brandon's non-profit to provide service dogs to veterans is called ARGUS. I said Angus; how embarrassing.

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Clip credits:

“I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel” is from the world’s best movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Who let the dogs out? Baha Men did.

May 29, 2018
Lepidopterology (BUTTERFLIES) with Phil Torres
01:18:59

Butterflies are gross. Yes they are delightful and beautiful and part of any idyllic picnic-scape but lepidopterologist, TV host and jungle explorer Phil Torres is here to gossip about how shamelessly disgusting our favorite bugs actually are. Learn their secrets, their mating habits, how they turn themselves into goo and then into another creature, what moth os the most goth, what flowers to plant to attract them, the scariest thing about the jungle and what it feels like to help discover new species. Also butterflies get sloppy drunk and we talk all about it.

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Phil-Torres.com

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Xerces.org has resources on native plants

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May 22, 2018
Trichology (HAIR) with Valerie Horsley
01:17:32

Peach fuzz. Chin hairs. Mammalian ponytails. WHY DO THEY HAPPEN. Yale researcher and associate professor Dr. Valerie Horsley stops by California to chat with Alie about the nature of hair and why it grows in the wrong places, the causes and remedies for hair loss, the grossest museum ever, and why we love and hate and need our hair as animals. Also: Dr. Horsely's decision to run for office and Alie's disgusting confessions, per usual.


Dr. Valerie Horsely is on Facebook and Twitter

The Horsely Lab at Yale

Action Together Connecticut

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May 15, 2018
Dendrology (TREES) with J. Casey Clapp
01:28:40

Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? How old can they get? Are there any tree stories that will make me cry? Spoiler: YES. Possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp, shows Alie his many tree tattoos, explains how roots communicate to each other, addresses "crown shyness" and schools Alie on the mental health benefits of tree proximity. Also: banana facts and Casey f*cking hates apples.


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May 08, 2018
Fearology Pt. 2 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth
00:58:59

FEAR. Anxiety. Stress. Dread. It's all the same dang thing, as it turns out. Biologist and fear expert Mary Poffenroth is back for Part 2 of what has been one of the most helpful interviews of ol' Alie Ward's life. Learn how super successful people approach fear, Mary’s scariest hour, plus answers to all of your questions about night terrors, self-spookery, sharks' bad PR image to how likely it is that a snake will bite your butt. Plus: the best thing about following your passions in life. If this episode helped you at all, consider telling friends about it so we can all get over being chicken sh*ts and, as Mary would say "die with great stories."


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May 01, 2018
Fearology Pt. 1 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth
01:13:49

Every day, your brain tries to save your life by being terrified. Thanks, brain! Also, calm the f*ck down, brain. Alie hunted down Mary Poffenroth, an expert in the biological and sociological causes/effects of fear and it is riveting. This real life FEAROLOGIST (which is a real word) talks about how fear is literally killing you, the difference between stress and fear, how to get along with your co-workers, friends, or partner better, and how to talk to your brain when it has needlessly pulled the fire alarm. Part 1 of a 2-part series that will honestly change your life.


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Apr 24, 2018
Radiology (X-RAY VISION) with Varshana Gurusamy
01:09:31

Hey, kiddo, it's what's INSIDE that matters -- like your guts and bones and squishy brain and intestines and stuff. Meet Dr. Varshana Gurusamy: diagnostic radiology resident, Texan and amazing person with great stories. You'll learn the difference between an MRI and an ultrasound, between a CT scan and a CAT scan and why you should not put big things in orifices that you might not be able to retrieve them unaided. You'll want to hug a radiologist ... as soon as they take their lead gonad shield off.


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Apr 17, 2018
Evolutionary Biology (DARWINISM) with John McCormack
01:00:21

Celebrate your lucky mutations with an episode about natural selection, agonizing boat trips, redemption stories, olde timey inter-family marriages, how much money you can make playing videos games, finch beaks, whether or not cave men are kinda hot and how to live on a small island with your soulmate. Evolutionary biologist and the director of the Moore Lab of Zoology, John McCormack, chats about all things evolution and gives Alie a new appreciation for how genetic blips can be hidden strengths.


Moore Lab of Zoology

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Apr 10, 2018
Gynecology (NETHER HEALTH) with Philippa Ribbink
01:20:29

Let's get intimate with the mechanics of nether parts via a frank chat with the calmest, coolest gyno in Portland, Dr. Philippa Ribbink. She visited Alie's weird hotel to chat about vaginas (vs. vulvas), self-care, mental health, imposter syndrome, trans care, childbirth, body image, the accuracy of assault statistics, grooming, hygiene and more. NO QUESTION WAS TOO DELICATE, FOLKS.

Language alert: In considering the inclusion of trans women, I opted for the use of the term "women's health" and "women" -- as gynecology is currently (yet antiquatedly) defined. In so doing, I fucked up and overlooked and excluded non-binary and trans men friends in that language and I'm so so so sorry. Some amazing Ologites alerted me to this and I just want to say I'm so so sorry that the language I used (women/lady) made anyone feel unseen. So please know that trans inclusion was on my mind, but I'm super embarrassed to have missed the mark and overlooked the non-binary community and trans men community. I see you, I love you, and I care a bunch, and I will strive to do better when it comes to inclusionary language. Curiosity and compassion are so key to social health, and as you know I'm all about asking smart people dumb questions. So thank you for patience as we all learn new things and evolve into an even more inclusive, better-linguistically-equipped society. Please continue being patient and kind to each other and as always, keep your mind open to learning new things, whether it's about snake butts or bee dancing or the origins of the Universe or another person's perspective. Learning shit is cool. 


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Apr 03, 2018
Zymology (BEER) with Quinton Sturgeon
00:52:55

If you like booze, you'll love... fungus! Alie goes Rogue and takes a field trip to a brewery in Newport, OR where she smells vats of bubbling beer slop and learns about the microorganisms that are the workhorses of the brewing industry. Learn about yeasts, how beer is made, the hardest part about being a beer maker, the thick history of beer, some home brewing tips and also a nugget about bungholes. Let's get yeasty.


Special thanks to Shannon Feltus and Boni Dutch for the hook-up and the road trip to the coast.

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Mar 27, 2018
Melittology (BEES) with Amanda Shaw
01:14:01

BEES! Hives, honey, and how to keep them as outdoor pets. Meet melittologist and President of the Urban Beekeepers Association, Amanda Shaw. She and Alie cozy up in a weird hotel in Portland to chat about honeybees vs. native ones, how to become a beekeeper, social savagery that rivals Game of Thrones, if you should eat honey to deal with seasonal allergies, what happens in the drone zone (hint: boning) and how we can SAVE THESE FRIGGIN BEES. Also: what happens when 15,000 bees go through a carwash.


For more on Amanda Shaw, see WaggleWorksPDX.com

Portland Urban Beekeepers

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Mar 20, 2018
Museology (MUSEUMS) with Ronnie Cline
00:59:03

Museums! Mummies! Paintings! Hot dogs! Alie sits down with her dear internet friend and museologist Ronnie Cline, who manages 30,000 artifacts over 22 California State Park Museums. Get the hot gossip about behind-the-scenes museum life, vintage ghosts, following your dreams, changing the tone of history and the time Alie ruined a 16th Century Dutch portrait. Also: why Jack London is your new dead celebrity crush.


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Mar 13, 2018
Gizmology (ROBOTS) with Simone Giertz
00:34:00

YouTube's Sh*tty Robots machine-maker, very funny human being, professional tinkerer and potential astronaut Simone Giertz hops in Alie's car to hang out in a sketchy Hollywood alley and chat. Topics covered: the definition of a robot, artificial intelligence, the gateway to her thirst for engineering power, plastic animals, and topless grandmas.

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Mar 06, 2018
Mythology (STORYTELLING) with John Bucher
01:12:17

Superhero movies. Bastardized fairy tales. The psychology of celebrity. Star Wars. And yes, some ancient Greek and Roman myths. Professional mythologist and screenwriting consultant John Bucher spins some yarns and unravels some mysteries behind what makes a good story, and why we so desperately need them. Also: rethinking your own life's narrative and gaining a greater appreciation for Elvira. Trust me.


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Feb 27, 2018
Teuthology (SQUIDS) with Sarah McAnulty
00:57:32

Squids. Cuttlefish. Octopusseseses. The world's most impassioned squid nerd, Sarah McAnulty, gets locked in a basement with Alie to talk about cephalopods, alien DNA, camouflage, invisibility cloaks, why cute things make us insane, terrible mating strategies, cute and clever ones and why she is so charmed by squid. Also addressed: Philly accents and the Kraken.

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Feb 20, 2018
Sexology (SEX) with Shan Boody aka Shannon Boodram
01:11:33

Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Also sex. Buckle up, Ologites, because clinical sexologist and author Shannon Boodram (known for her sex educational YouTube channel ShanBoody) chats with Alie about sexual identity, how a friggin' vagina works, how to get over slumps, love languages, monogamy vs. open relationships, dating in the wake of #metoo, some fun with prostate orgasms, foot fetishes and why relationships can be like pizza. Then at the very very end Alie talks about the weirdest sex dream she's ever had SORRY.

Feb. 22 Portland dinner ticket link with Alie Ward and Thanatologist Cole Imperi

Shanboody on Twitter and Instagram

Shan's YouTube channel

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Feb 13, 2018
Gelotology (LAUGHTER) with Lee Berk
00:54:28

The. Study. Of. Laughter. It exists, and it's called gelotology. In one of the oddly more somber episodes, Alie sits down with Dr. Lee Berk, a doctor who is "serious about laughter" and has dedicated decades to hunting down how humor affects the body. Learn about what makes a joke a joke, the science behind happiness, why you laugh when you're nervous, if comedians are naturally depressed or if that's a myth, and why some people get paid to tickle rats. Gelotology is an actual science and as Alie learns, it really is no laughing matter.


Heads up, Alie will be in Portland Feb. 22 for a dinner event with Thanatologist Cole Imperi! Ticket link: http://bit.ly/2DtJAbB

Dr. Lee Berk’s website 

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Feb 06, 2018
Ichthyology (FISHES) with Chris Thacker
01:06:17

ALL. ABOUT. FISH. Hilariously charming fish expert and LA County Natural History Museum Curator of Ichthyology, Dr. Christine Thacker, sits down with Alie in a basement full of several million jars of fish to chat about the worst fish husbands, the weirdest mating behaviors, the scariest fish, the nicest fish, the tiniest fish, how they breathe, how you can help reverse global warming, and whether you should pee in wetsuits. I love her so much and so will you.


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Editing by Steven Ray Morris

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Friands on YouTube via Everyday Gourmet TV

Tracy Morgan’s appreciation of biodiversity on Animal Planet’s “Tanked”


Jan 30, 2018
Herpetology (SNAKES, FROGS, ETC.) with David Steen
01:10:16

Sea turtles, frog storms, Indiana Jones trivia, the triumph of will that was Snakes on a Plane, plus dissembling your anti-sneck feelings with Dr. David Steen. Learn more about what makes a herp a herp, the unfortunate etymology behind the ology, and why you'll be a rebel by loving snakes. A great episode for those who want to conquer their fears with science and logic, and also who grew up romping around and turning over logs.


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Jan 23, 2018
Sports & Performance Psychology (ANXIETY & CONFIDENCE) with Sari Shepphird
01:20:32

Sweaty palms before a date. Racing heart during a presentation. Needing a diaper while delivering a wedding toast. We've all been there. On the heels of New Year's resolutions, sports & performance psychologist Dr. Sari Shepphird explains confidence vs. performance anxiety, the origins of perfectionism, how much social media is too much, self-sabotoage and also dishes on strategies that athletes use to perform under pressure. Also: why you should holler the F word when you're nervous, why being authentic is always the best policy and the perils of professional darts.

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Jan 16, 2018
Hematology (BLOOD) with Brian Durie
00:48:18

Bloooood. In this special episode, Alie sits down with Scotsman and hematologist Dr. Brian Durie to talk about blood: what it is, and what can go wrong. As an oncologist, Dr. Durie is a leading researcher in multiple myeloma, a disease that's deeply affected Alie's family. So learn about what's in your blood and how doctors are finding new cures and therapies for the people diagnosed with blood cancers. Also learn about the most scientifically chill way to live your life, what foods to avoid, whether or not Coachella is too crowded and some handy fish slang.

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Jan 09, 2018
Glycobiology (CARBS) with Michelle Dookwah
00:45:01

Carbohydrates: no longer just for your piehole. Stuff some knowledge into your ears with sugar scientist Michelle Dookwah and learn how your cells use carbs to communicate, the whys behind your winter cravings, the hot goss on the keto diet, and how much sugar you should really be eating. Also: B-movies about biology and the weirdest thing Alie ate today.

Jan 03, 2018
Cosmology PART 2 with Katie Mack
00:37:38

Listener questions! The universe, dimensions, asteroid bags and cosmic vertigo with the amazing Dr. Katie Mack. Part 1 was a primer on all things cosmological, from particle physics to black holes, so listen to that first then hop to this episode to get all your questions answered.

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Dec 19, 2017
Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) with Katie Mack, Part I
01:31:16

Stars. Black holes. THE GAWDANG UNIVERSE. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Katie Mack (@astrokatie) joins to tell us her most embarrassing moments as a cosmologist, to debunk some physicist myths and give the nuts + bolts of everything form particle physics to gravitational waves and existential mysteries. Walk away with cocktail party comprehension of everything from the itty-bitty quarks that make you to the neutron stars banging together across the cosmos. More than anything, get perspective about your life on this, our little pale blue dot.


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Dec 12, 2017
Entomology (INSECTS) with Lila Higgins
00:55:45

Buuuugs. We cover perhaps Alie's favorite ology ever with an ologist who changed her life. Meet Lila Higgins: the self-professed "bug geek" with passion more infectious than a glassy winged sharpshooter mouth. (That will make sense later.) We talk about clowns in the forest, badgers, Hare Krishnas, solitary bugs vs. social ones, why wasps are such dicks and why it's totally fine to kiss a cockroach and eat a cricket.

See Lila's TEDX Talk: http://bit.ly/2AQpaeO

Follow her at Instagram.com/colilaoptera

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Music by: Nick Thorburn

Production help: Jason Scardamalia

Dec 05, 2017
Minisode: Grateful-ology is not a real word...
00:15:08

As a friend of a friend's hairdresser once said: "it's hard to be hateful with a plateful of grateful." Is it? In this pre-holidays quickie episode, Alie is grumpy as hell and decides to research the neuroscience of gratitude. Does it work? Who's studying it? Does she need to buy a journal? Find out how jotting down things you don't hate on the back of a receipt or opening a secret Twitter account may be worth more than whatever you get in your office Secret Santa exchange.

Nov 22, 2017
Cosmetology (GLAM/GROOMING) with Alysha Sherri Marcantonio
01:08:42

Skin care! Beard care! History! Grooming! Men's concealer! Make-up! And most importantly: what is self-confidence and where does it come from? The incredibly charming Alysha Marcantonio has been Alie's make-up artist for years and stepped in the booth to dish about HOW IN THE HECKERS she always has perfect skin (Alysha, not Alie), what it's like to hear all the gossip on set, creature prosthetics vs. glam squad and why beauty truly does come from the inside. Emotionally and from a molecular level.


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Nov 14, 2017
Ornithology (BIRDS) with James Maley
00:53:42

Birds! Horned screamers! Winged pirates! Professional bird-person and all around cool dude James Maley joins Alie to talk about bird mating, monogamy, the cult of ornithology, absurd birds, parrots that are smarter than your friends' kids, a surprising fact about owl ears and history's most tragically zealous bird nerds. If you love birds, you'll be at home. If a bird did you dirty, you'll open your heart and learn to love again.


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Music: Nick Thorburn

Nov 07, 2017
Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) with Cole Imperi
01:23:16

Hoooo boy. We're all up in death and dying's bizness and to Alie's shock, it's not a bummer. Confront and perhaps OVERCOME existential anxiety as we discuss not only the science of death but the nature and goddamn beauty of life. Everything from burial methods, the latest in eco funerals, what a funeral director hates most, how gnomes die, and how to regret less. Meet your new favorite thanatologist and oddly, get the guts to be the you you want to be.


For more on Cole Imperi: www.hellocole.com

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Music by Nick Thorburn

Production by Steven Ray Morris



Oct 31, 2017
Minisode: Fall Ologies! ... Fallogies?
00:08:16

It's hot and Alie is nostalgic for fall. So here's a mini episode on the world's best autumn ologies to cozy up your week. Considerate blood bats, pumpkin hacks, leaf phenology, and ... Real. Life. Zombies.


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Music by Nick Thorburn

Oct 24, 2017
Horology (WATCHES) with Cameron Weiss
00:40:20

Million-dollar watches, World War II's role in watchmaking, and how much caffeine a watchmaker drinks. Twenty-something horologist Cameron Weiss also dishes about mechanical vs. quartz, little tiny springs, patience, S-Town and the history of timekeeping. Also we address rap lyrics and some existential boolsheet.

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Music by Nick Thorburn

Oct 18, 2017
Gemology (CRYSTALS & GEMS) with Kelly Sitek
00:55:18

Professional gemologist Kelly Sitek talks about adventures in mining, the chemical composition of different gems, breaks down the test taking process for gemology and gives advice on haunted stones. We also spill some tea on cultured pearls and address the psychology and neurological merits of crystals/the placebo effect. Whether you are a staunch skeptic or all about woo-woo, you may end up shoving a crystal down your pants just for good luck. A.k.a. neural top-down control of physiology.


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Oct 10, 2017
Paleontology (DINOSAURS) with Michael Habib
00:47:21

Did Ross Gellar ruin being a paleontologist? What's the hot goss on dino feathers? How did some dinos have four wings and which costs more: a used sedan or a dinosaur? Featuring guest Michael Habib of the Natural History Museum of LA County. Also covered: why Alie used to feel meh about dinos (DON'T JUDGE) and the realities of cloning. Oh and penis implants.


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Music by Nick Thorburn

Editing/production by Jason Scardamalia



Oct 04, 2017
Primatology (MONKEYS & APES) with Kate Gilmore
01:15:16

Settle in with Alie Ward and guest Kate Gilmore, a professional primatologist and lead keeper of the great apes and Old World monkeys at the Los Angeles Zoo. Learn about chimpanzee mating, why zookeepers don't wear FitBits, primate DRAAAMA, the erroneous philosophy behind truck nuts and what happens in the middle the night at the zoo. Also get some good info on primate conservation and how to be a friend to orangutans.


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Music by Nick Thorburn

Mixing and final production by Jason Scardamalia


Sep 26, 2017
Volcanology (VOLCANOES) with Jess Phoenix
00:57:01

In this first episode of Ologies, Alie Ward chats with volcanologist Jess Phoenix who also happens to be running for Congress. Learn how hot magma is, how volcanoes are formed, how screwed the Pacific Northwest is, what thrills Jess about volcanoes, and what to do if surrounded by horse bandits. Also: some valuable information about haunted lava tubes.

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Follow Jess Phoenix on Twitter @JessPhoenix2018

Music by Nick Thorburn

Production by Jason Scardamalia and Steven Ray Morris 

For more info and links, visit alieward.com/ologies

Sep 19, 2017
Episode 0
00:04:35

Comedy podcaster and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people dumb questions to learn about their professional obsessions.


Music: Nick Thorburn 

Production: Jason Scardamalia, Dustin Marshall, Steven Ray Morris

Instagram: @Ologies

Twitter: @OlogiesPod

Sep 04, 2017