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Ologies with Alie Ward
Ologies with Alie Ward
Alie Ward

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full... more

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Smologies #42: TREES with J. Casey Clapp

Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? Which trees can you use to make syrup? Do bananas really grow... more

13 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Field Trip: I Chased the 2024 Eclipse with Umbraphiles

Come along like a frog in my pocket for an adventure to see an eclipse. After last week’s Heliology episode... more

10 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
Heliology (THE SUN/ECLIPSES) with India Jackson and Michael Kirk

Sunset flimflam! Auroras! Eclipse tips! Let’s get to know the center of our solar system, the Sun, as the... more

03 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Smologies #41: PELICANS with Juita Martinez

Spine mysteries, face purses, limericks, flim flam, flags, dive bombs, sibling rivalries, and more! The warm and wonderful pelicanologist Juita... more

30 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Disgustology (REPULSION TO GROSS STUFF) with Paul Rozin

Taboos. Intolerable foods. Sad songs. Sexy kinks. Candy that looks like poo. Let’s get a little gross, shall we? The... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Field Trip: Alie’s Mystery Surgery!

Where have I been? What surgery did I have? Am I going to die? I took you along for the... more

21 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Smologies #40: HAIR with Valerie Horsley

Peach fuzz. Chin hairs. Mammalian ponytails. WHY DO THEY HAPPEN. Yale researcher and associate professor Dr. Valerie Horsley stops by... more

18 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Oikology (DECLUTTERING) Encore with Jamie & Filip Hord + Joe Ferrari

Why does clutter happen? How can we get rid of it and how will it affect us psychologically if we... more

12 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Functional Morphology (ANATOMY) Encore with Joy Reidenberg

Ever poked at roadkill? Watched videos of whales exploding? Drooled over a curio cabinet full of claws & bones? Peered... more

05 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Smologies #39: ANCIENT ROME with Darius Arya

Classical Archaeologist and TV host Dr. Darius Arya is back for a smologized version of this classic episode to... more

02 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Black Hole Theory Cosmology (WHAT ARE BLACK HOLES?!) Part 2 with Ronald Gamble, Jr.

Part 2! Black hole suns, black hole movies, wormholes, time travel, matter evaporation, scientists being bitches, risk-taking advice, Italy’s favorite... more

28 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Black Hole Theory Cosmology (WHAT ARE BLACK HOLES?!) Part 1 with Ronald Gamble, Jr.

How big are black holes? Is time elastic? What is spacetime foam? Why is there a place called “elsewhere?” Enjoy... more

21 Feb 2024 · 48 minutes
Smologies #38: CARNIVORES with Rae Wynn-Grant

Ah, charismatic megafauna! Teeth, claws, fur, poop, hibernation, hiking, nature preserves, and living your childhood dreams with Alie’s longtime -ologist... more

17 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Hydrochoerology (CAPYBARAS) with Elizabeth Congdon

CAPYBARAS! Blocky faces. Chill vibes. Spa days. Finally. Hydrochoerologist, Dr. Elizabeth Congdon, leads us into the muddy pond of Rodents... more

14 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Theoretical & Creative Ecology (SCIENCE & ECOPOETRY) with Madhur Anand

Environmental models! Poetry! Scientists who are poets! Novelists who are scientists! Art + science = an actual -ology. Creative... more

07 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Smologies #37: PROTEINS + DNA with Raven “The Science Maven” Baxter

This one’s got it all: teeny tiny cellular factories, mitochondrial relevancy, what big smelly vats of poop have to do... more

03 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Evolutionary Anthropology (METABOLISM) with Herman Pontzer

Let’s explore our human machinery. And talk about Brazilian butt lifts. Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and metabolism researcher Dr. Herman... more

31 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Carcinology (CRABS) Part 2 with Adam Wall

Hairy crabs! Shell swaps! Carcinization! Will we all evolve to be crabs? What’s with having one giant claw? Why would... more

24 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
Smologies #36: FEATHERS with Allison Shultz

Plumage! Dance battles! Possible holographic disco birds? Natural History Museum of LA ornithology curator Dr. Allison Shultz is a professional... more

20 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Carcinology (CRABS) Part 1 with Adam Wall

Claw hands! Beady eyes! Pinching forces that could crack your skull! Gentleman, scholar, curator of the Natural History Museum’s crustacea... more

16 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Ethnoecology (ETHNOBOTANY/NATIVE PLANTS) with Leigh Joseph

The what, where, and who of native plants is … ethnobotany! Which is under the umbrella of Ethnoecology! The wonderful... more

09 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Smologies #35: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING with Iddris Sandu

At just 22, Iddris Sandu’s life story was already legendary. This Architectural Technologist learned to program at the age of... more

04 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Alieology (YOUR HOST): an Ask-Me-Anything Goofy Hang

It’s like a whole episode of secrets. And your questions. And your podmom, Jarrett, hanging out in a guest room... more

27 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Smologies #34: PENGUINS with Tom Hart

Do penguins have flippers or wings? What’s up with pebble gifts? Are they squishy or dense? And why why why... more

23 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Lemurology (LEMURS) with Lydia Greene

How did these tree-hopping furry angels evolve to be the cutest thing in the world, objectively speaking? They have saucer... more

20 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Quasithanatology (NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES) with Bruce Greyson

Tunnels of light. Unconditional love. Visions of dead aunts. And a lot of questions. What happens when you die… ... more

13 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Smologies #33: SCORPIONS with Lauren Esposito

Scorpions: the victims of undue shade. A handful of people on planet Earth have a PhD in scorpions and Dr.... more

11 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Syndesiology (CONNECTIONS) with James Burke

He’s the guy pointing to a NASA launch behind him, in the most legendary shot in television history. He’s a... more

06 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Audiobook Mixtape 3: Gift Ideas from the Ologists’ Brains

You like Ologists. Ologists write books. You like books, so let’s dive into a new, curated sampler platter from your... more

29 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Smologies #32: CLOUDS with Rachel Storer

Cumulus! Lenticular! Venti sugar-free stratocumulus stratiformis translucidus undulatus! Those light and fluffy things that hang overhead weigh thousands of pounds... more

25 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Abstract Mathematology (UH, IS MATH REAL?) with Eugenia Cheng

Math wants to be friends. Let mathematician, author and Abstract Mathematologist Dr. Eugenia Cheng introduce you to a secret world:... more

22 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Road Ecology (ROAD KILL) with Ben Goldfarb

Deer in headlights! Alligators in crosswalks! A possum in the oven? If you love wildlife, this is a must-listen to... more

15 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Smologies #31: INDIGENOUS COOKING with Mariah Gladstone

Dig in for a bite-sized episode about how native foods aren’t just a part of a past, but an essential... more

11 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes

November 6-12 is GAR WEEK! What is a gar, you ask? Picture: A long snout. Hundreds of teeth. Scales that... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Neuroparasitology (NATURE ZOMBIES) with Matt Simon

What’s on your mind? ZOMBIES. The planet is full of mind-controlling foes, and “Plight of the Living Dead” author Matt... more

01 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Smologies #30: SPIDERWEBS with Randy Lewis

Invisible but stronger than steel. Complex architectural marvels. Things that stick to your face. Spiderwebs are much more than just... more

30 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Teratology (MONSTERS) with W. Scott Poole

Frankenstein’s Monster! Hungry ghosts! Moaning bloodsuckers! Goat draining goblins. Babadooks. Gorilla-whales. Slasher films. Body horror… and what these folk stories,... more

26 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Pomology (APPLES) with Susan K. Brown

Green, yellow, striped, red, shiny, russet. Tart, sweet, sour, crunchy. Big, small, wild, heirloom, cultivated. How will you like them... more

18 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Smologies #29: PUMPKINS with Anne Copeland

PUMPKIN PUMPKIN! Not only a thing to scream while passing a patch, but also the name of the book by... more

14 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Witchology (WITCHES & WITCHCRAFT) Part 2 with Fio Gede Parma

More witches! History! Lore! Wardrobes! Movie trivia! And some advice from your elders? Part 2 is here with the wonderful,... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Witchology (WITCHES & WITCHCRAFT) Part 1 with Fio Gede Parma

IT’S HERE. Witches. Not just a witch expert, but also a witch. Author Fio Gede Parma has been a practicing... more

04 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
Smologies #28: AGING with Caleb Finch

How long can we live? How much of aging is genetics vs. environment? How old are your cells? What can... more

30 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Benthopelagic Nematology (DEEP SEA WORMS) with Holly Bik

Weird little mouths! Hairy skin tubes! Demon nematodes! Antarctic explorer and Nematologist Dr. Holly Bik charms us into loving deep... more

27 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Gustology (TASTE) with Gary Beauchamp

Sweet! Salty! Umami? What’s up with MSG? Why do you like your coffee black? Come down to flavortown and let’s... more

20 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) Part 2 Encore with Katie Mack

Dr. Mack returns with a new introduction and updates on… listener questions! The universe, dimensions, asteroid bags and cosmic vertigo... more

12 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
Smologies #27: MARS with Jennifer Buz

The Red Planet. A mysterious dusty orb millions of miles away. Our emergency escape bunker. Alie sits down with Dr.... more

08 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) Part 1 Encore with Katie Mack

Stars. Black holes. THE GAWDANG UNIVERSE. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Katie Mack (@astrokatie) re-introduces us to this 2017 episode along with... more

05 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
LIFE ADVICE Encore: For anyone who is tired & needs some hacks

Alie takes a teeny tiny break from her vacation to reintroduce you to this laid back, super helpful fan favorite... more

29 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Smologies #26: POOP with Rachel Santymire

Yep. Here it is. A kid-friendly episode on… poop. Camel poop. Rhino poop. Dog poop. Cat poop. Your poop. The... more

25 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Etymology (WORD ORIGINS) Encore with Helen Zaltzman

The brilliant and dazzling Helen Zaltzman pops in with some new asides in this encore episode of Ologies. Helen, host... more

22 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 2 Encore with Mike Natter

Wrapping up our Diabetology 2 parter encore, diabetic diabetologist and wonderful person Dr. Mike Natter, MD is back with a... more

15 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Diabetology (BLOOD SUGAR) Part 1 Encore with Mike Natter

Dr. Mike Natter hosts this encore episode of Ologies (hosted by Alie Ward), it's a classic 2 parter: Diabetology about... more

10 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
Minisode: Dadward Takes a Break

Listen, kids... give your father a break, okay? Sponsors of Ologies Transcripts and bleeped episodes Become a patron of Ologies for as little... more

10 Aug 2023 · 7 minutes
Neurotechnology (AI + BRAIN TECH) with Nita Farahany

Machine poets. ChatGPT fails. Neurological surveillance. Brain implants that treat depression. Is it scary? Cool? Let’s firehose some questions at... more

02 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Sciuridology (SQUIRRELS) with Karen Munroe

Flying squirrels. Fox squirrels. Giant squirrels. Tiny ones. Grey ones. Black ones. Fluorescent ones? Alie is losing her mind talking... more

26 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Molecular Neurobiology (BRAIN CHEMICALS) Encore with Crystal Dilworth

Hi! I’ve been in the hospital with pneumonia! But enjoy this banger of an encore about: Serotonin! Dopamine! Norepinephrine! Neurotransmitters:... more

20 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Smologies #25: LIGHTNING with Chris Giesige

It’s a kid-friendly episode on … thunder and lightning: very, very frighteningly interesting! Wildfire researcher and lightning scientist Chris Giesige... more

19 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Curiology (EMOJI) Part 2 with Various Emoji Experts

The thrilling conclusion of all-things-emoji! Eggplants, peaches, jumping ska dudes, gray hearts, family emojis, what NOT to text your Southern... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Curiology (EMOJI) Part 1 with Various Emoji Experts

Thumbs up? Thumbs down. Skulls of joy. And so many expressions of pain and comfort. This, my babies, is the... more

06 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Field Trip: Birds of Prey and Raptor Facts

Grab your stuff and hop in our van full of weirdos to check out Boise Idaho’s finest attraction: a 580... more

29 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Smologies #24: SHIPWRECKS with Chanelle Zaphiropoulos

Ahoy matey, we’ve we’ve brought ye another ensmol’d episode of Ologies (which just means cleaned of filth and cut for... more

26 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Native Melittology (INDIGENOUS BEES) with Krystle Hickman

Honeybees get all the attention, but native bees are the underbugs to root for. Photographer, author, and National Geographic Explorer... more

22 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Pectinidology (SCALLOPS) with Samantha Lynch

They clap. They swim. They have dozens of eyes and 2 million babies. They are scallops. Pectinidologist Dr. Samantha Lynch... more

14 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Smologies #23: MAMMALS with Danielle N. Lee

Here we are with the smol (shorter, cleaner, kid-friendly) version of another Ologies classic, in this case: Mammals. You’re one.... more

13 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Fire Ecology (WILDFIRES & INDIGENOUS FIRE MANAGEMENT) Mega Encore with Gavin Jones & Amy Christianson

Once again: the world is on fire. As wildfires burn across Canada and their smoke pours down the continent, we... more

08 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 22 minutes
Black American Magirology (FOOD, RACE & CULTURE) with Psyche Williams-Forson

What’s the difference between Southern cooking and “soul food?” Is there a correct type of mac and cheese? And whose... more

31 May 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Field Trip: A Hollywood Visit to the Writers Guild Strike Line

Jump in, we’re going to the Valley to talk to cool, funny screenwriters about ... Artificial intelligence-drafted scripts! Trillion-dollar companies... more

26 May 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Acaropathology (TICKS & LYME DISEASE) Updated Mega Encore with Neeta Pardanani Connally & Andrea Swei

It’s 2-for-1! Ticks AND Lyme: together in one helpful, disgusting, gossipy, empowering episode. This pair of episodes is about tiny,... more

17 May 2023 · 2 hours, 32 minutes
Invisible Photology (INVISIBILITY CLOAKS) with Greg Gbur

Invisibility cloaks. Transparent frogs. Stealth bombers. Gorilla mischief. Theoretical optical physicist and Invisible Photologist Dr. Greg Gbur joins Alie to... more

10 May 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Stem Cell Biology (CELLS MAKING CELLS) with “Science Sam” aka Samantha Yammine

How do our bodies build our bodies? What does a stem cell look like? How do they know what to... more

03 May 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Smologies #22: REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS with David Steen

This shorter, kid-safe edit of the classic Herpetology episode features frilly gills, frog tornadoes, legless lizards, and reasons to appreciate... more

01 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Delphinology Part 2 (DOLPHINS) with Justin Gregg

Wow. It gets weirder. Military dolphins, dolphins on drugs, sensory deprivation, deciphering dolphin language, the search for alien life, and... more

26 Apr 2023 · 54 minutes
Delphinology Part 1 (DOLPHINS) with Justin Gregg

Giant brains! Communication mysteries! Infamous sensuality! Dolphins are here to blow your relatively tiny mind with their squeaks, clicks, cliques,... more

19 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Field Trip: My Butt, a Colonoscopy Ride Along & How-To

Come check out my butt with me! 1 in 16 people in the U.S. will have colon cancer, and 0... more

13 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
Chickenology Part 2 (HENS & ROOSTERS) with Tove Danovich

We’re back for Part 2! If you missed Part 1, start there for the chicken basics and then come back... more

05 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
Chickenology Part 1 (HENS & ROOSTERS) with Tove Danovich

Yes, Chickenology is a real word. And we have questions. Such as: should you get a chicken?! Chicken-haver and author... more

29 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Smologies #21: SLEEP with Chris Winter

A G-rated, kid-safe Smologies edit all about getting your Zzzzzs. Neurologist and somnologist Dr. W. Chris Winter is an expert... more

28 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes

What’s inside that boarded up house? Should you explore an abandoned mall? A vacant factory? And how much of an... more

23 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Chronobiology (CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS) Encore + 2023 Updates with Katherine Hatcher

Ahh, Daylight Savings Time: does it mess up your brain? What time should you go to bed? Are you sleeping... more

14 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Smologies #20: FISHES with Chris Thacker

Ichthyology is not easy to say, but fish are easy to love. Dr. Chris Thacker will get you so thrilled... more

14 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Detroitology (DETROIT) with Aaron Foley

Why an episode on Detroit?! It’s got a great story. Standalone, this episode is a fascinating look at a metropolis... more

08 Mar 2023 · 1 hour,
Field Trip: An Airport Full of Neuroscientists

I’m at the airport and there are hundreds of brain scientists everywhere. So I swallowed my dignity/anxiety and approached strangers... more

02 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
Environmental Toxicology (POISONS + TRAIN DERAILMENT) with Kimberly K. Garrett

Chemical spills, historical disasters, water quality, airborne toxic events, clear gasses, White Noise, dead fish, dark clouds, chemistry tests, trench... more

22 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Melaninology (SKIN/HAIR PIGMENT) with Tina Lasisi

Skin color! Hair texture! Biological anthropology! The incredibly informed and infectiously funny Dr. Tina Lasisi joins to chat sunscreen, ashiness,... more

16 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Scotohylology (DARK MATTER) with Flip Tanedo

It’s invisible. It’s mysterious. It’s all around us – and no one knows what it is. Let’s have a fun... more

08 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Laryngology Part 2 (VOICE BOXES) with Ronda Alexander

Part 2 is here! Pull up a seat for singing techniques, baby talk, baritones, whistle notes, stroke recovery, vibrato, Julie... more

01 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
Laryngology Part 1 (VOICE BOXES) Ronda Alexander

Voices! Singing! Anxiety busters! Breathing! The absolutely magnetic, charismatic Laryngologist and surgeon Dr. Ronda Alexander makes her long-awaited Ologies debut... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Aperiology (MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY) Encore with Joseph Saunders

Lights! Cameras! Arachnids! And lizards and bees and beetles. Macro photography is like magic: curved glass gives an entirely new... more

18 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Oneirology Part 2 (DREAMS) with G. William Domhoff

Part 2 is here: Lucid dreaming! Teeth falling out! Medications and dreaming! The source of creativity! Even how to clean... more

11 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Oneirology Part 1 (DREAMS) with G. William Domhoff

WHY do we dream? What do dreams mean? What parts of our brain are working after-hours? We sought out UC... more

04 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
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Field Trip: An Airport Full of Neuroscientists
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I’m at the airport and there are hundreds of brain scientists everywhere. So I swallowed my dignity/anxiety and approached strangers about the... more