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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'...Show More
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Acarology (TICKS) with Neeta Pardanani Connally

1:19:56 | Jun 5th

Ticks: They’re tiny. They’re thirsty. They’re drooling vectors of various illnesses and they want nothing more than to cuddle up to your darkest crevices. In the episode, learn how to remove a tick, if you should spray your yard and with what, how la...Show More
Addictionology (ADDICTION) with Erin Parisi

1:31:30 | Apr 23rd

"Addiction doesn't have to be a bummer!," quoth addictionologist Erin Parisi, who has some uplifting and hopeful tales from her professional life. But content warning: it's definitely not a day in the park. Tune in for some info on alcohol dependence...Show More
Biogerontology (AGING) with Caleb Finch

51:49 | Feb 5th

How long can we live? How much of aging is genetics vs. environment? What does oral hygiene have to do with brain health? What causes Alzheimer’s? How do turtles and naked mole rats live so long? Are there any proven strategies for living a longer li...Show More
Ornithology (BIRDS) Encore Presentation with James Maley

54:34 | Dec 25th, 2018

Birds! Horned screamers! Winged pirates! Just in time for the Audubon's winter Christmas Bird Count (which goes until Jan. 5) here is an encore presentation of an early episode. Professional bird-person and all around cool dude James Maley joins Alie...Show More
100th Episode: Best Life Advice from Ologists + 100 More Ologies

24:05 | Aug 14th

ONE HUNDRED EPISODES, kiddos. From slimy hagfish coils on the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space. Into our brains and out a bird butt and beyond. Ol' Dadward reflects on the past 100 episodes by distilling the 5 best peptalk lifehack self-help...Show More
Saurology (LIZARDS) with Earyn McGee

1:07:44 | Aug 6th

Saurologist and professional lizard scientist Earyn McGee visits Alie to go on a little lizard hunt, then they hunker down to chat about everything from tiny chameleons to drooling dragons, venomous thiccbois, legless lizards, geckos’ antigravity gri...Show More
Graphology (HANDWRITING/FORGERY) with Sylvia Kessler

1:03:29 | Jul 31st

Is it weird to have different handwritings? How do you forge ancient documents? What pen should you use to write checks? Who is the greediest person in American history? Forensic document examiner Sylvia Kessler met up with Alie in the back of a Nebr...Show More
Cnidariology (CORAL) with Shayle Matsuda

1:21:31 | Jul 25th

Will changing your sunscreen save coral reefs? What even IS a coral? Where do they grow and what do they eat and why are they so pretty? Is it reefs or reeves? The wonderful and charming coral biologist and cnidariologist Shayle Matsuda of the Hawaii...Show More
Disinfectiology (BLEACH) with Evan Rumberger

52:00 | Jul 16th

It lives under your sink and may have saved your life but… WHAT THE FUNK IS BLEACH? Hot off of a beaker-laden lab tour, Alie chats with Dr. Evan Rumberger, a bleach scientist, about his work, his history, what bleach IS, what it turns into, and how ...Show More
Nomology Part 2: (THE CONSTITUTION): Let's read the whole friggin thing.

1:21:17 | Jul 10th

Have you ever read every word of The U.S. Constitution? You don't have to, because ol' Dadward here is about to read it into your ears and give little sidenotes to make sure we both understand it. This episode is a follow up to Nomology with law ...Show More
Nomology (THE CONSTITUTION) with Franita Tolson

1:30:19 | Jul 2nd

If you've never read The Constitution, you're like most of us. What does it even say?! Most Americans aren't law scholars, which is why we sat down with a Dean of USC's Gould School of Law, Professor Franita Tolson, to have her give us the crib sheet...Show More
Cabinology (CABINS) with Dale Mulfinger

59:05 | Jun 25th

Log cabins, woodsy getaways, A-frame cuties, cottages, tiny homes, lake houses: WE GET INTO IT. World famous Minnesota architect, author, professional cabinologist and human delight Dale Mulfinger sits down to discuss everything from what makes a cab...Show More
Disease Ecology (LYME/TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES) with Andrea Swei

1:12:54 | Jun 18th

Lyme Disease! Powassan virus! That Lonestar tick meat allergy! Paralysis ticks! Acarology taught us all about the eight-legged villains that aim for our crevices, but Disease Ecologist Dr. Andrea Swei offers a deep dive under the skin to learn more a...Show More
Island Ecology (ISLANDS) with Andy Kraemer

48:30 | Jun 11th

What IS an island? How do birds and plants and mammals GET there? Why do we like going to islands? Dr. Andy Kraemer studies how life populates and survives on hunks of remote rock and chats all about the Galapagos Islands -- where he does his researc...Show More
Psychological Traumatology (PTSD & STRESS) with Nicholas Barr

1:28:05 | May 28th

What happens to the brain under extreme stress? Why do past traumas haunt us? What kind of therapies work for veterans? And what can we do in day-to-day life to be more resilient to adverse experiences? Traumatologist and social worker Dr. Nicholas B...Show More
Behavioral Ecology (REPRODUCTIVE TRADEOFFS) with Amy Worthington

47:44 | May 21st

Why do we bone? Why should we have kids? When should we have kids? Crickets might answer all these questions. Dr. Amy Worthington of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska studies "life history tradeoffs:" when to allocate resources to reproduction ...Show More
BONUS Minisode: Preview of Alie on Bill Nye's "Science Rules!"

11:11 | May 16th

Announcement: BILL NYE HAS A PODCAST. And Alie's his first guest. Bill Nye’s on a mission to change the world, one phone call at a time and yer ol’ Dadward VonPodcast is first in the chair helping field questions. Yes she is freaking out about this a...Show More
Mycology (MUSHROOMS) with Tom Volk

1:16:22 | May 14th

Mushrooms! Psilocybin! Humungous fungus! Black mold! Foraging! The incredibly charming and warm Dr. Tom Volk, world-renown mushroom expert, welcomes Alie into his office to dive deep into the underground world of fungal enthusiasts and touch on patho...Show More
Bufology (TOADS) with Priya Nanjappa

1:09:05 | May 7th

Toaaaaads! Friend or foe? Dive into a toad hollow with bufologist and charming human Priya Nanjappa, who is a wealth of knowledge and a font of affection for toads. Which toads are the biggest, the most poisonous, the history of the cane toad, toad l...Show More
Minisode: All of My Secret Travel Trips + Some Updates

19:38 | Apr 30th

THAT'S RIGHT IT'S A MINISOHDA FROM MINNESOHDA. On the last stop of a six-state Midwest tour interviewing -ologists for future episodes, your ol' Dadward Von Podcast was going to serve up a re-run this week. HOWEVER, I love you all too much and instea...Show More
Hagfishology (HAGFISH) with Tim Winegard

1:13:21 | Apr 16th

Hagfish: these floppy hot dogs of the deep sea deserve our undying respect. Tim Winegard is a professional hagfishologist (YES IT'S A WORD) at Chapman University, and he dishes on the world's slimiest treasures. Prepare to hear about swift escapes, s...Show More
Scorpiology (SCORPIONS) with Lauren Esposito

1:09:02 | Apr 9th

Scorpions: the victims of undue shade. If you've ever wanted to impress a date with weird facts THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU. A handful of people on planet Earth have a PhD in scorpions and Dr. Lauren Esposito is one of them. She spills the beans on h...Show More
FIELD TRIP: How to Change Your Life via the Natural History Museum of LA

35:45 | Apr 2nd

After last week's heavy episode, Alie takes a little break with a Field Trip to one of her favorite places, the Natural History Museum of LA County. Hop in her pocket to hear about singing trees, hungry harpy eagles, architectural antelopes, crows th...Show More
Victimology (CRIME VICTIMS) with Callie Rennison

1:30:17 | Mar 26th

In a world saturated with CSI spinoffs and true crime documentaries, we look at a criminology subset focusing not on the pathology of the killers, but on the victims of crime: their experiences, vulnerability, survival rates, statistics, trauma, and ...Show More
Astrobiology (ALIENS) with Kevin Peter Hand

1:22:43 | Mar 19th

ALIENS! EXTRATERRESTRIALS! MARTIANS! Let's. Get. Into. It. The phenomenal Dr. Kevin Peter Hand of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dishes on the oceans of distant moons, methane rivers, E.T., ice crusts, what might be out there, the timeline of possi...Show More
Ludology (VIDEO GAMES) with Jane McGonigal

1:16:56 | Mar 12th

Video games! Tabletop games! IRL role-play gaming! The ... lottery? Dr. Jane McGonigal is a video game developer, TED speaker, bestselling author and total badass with a deep knowledge of how games -- and especially video games -- can motivate, sooth...Show More
Etymology (WORD ORIGINS) with Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist Podcast

1:00:18 | Mar 5th

The brilliant and dazzling Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist podcast and person who technically for a living researches the origins of language and thus is an etymologist, visits Alie's apartment to chat about various word origins, gender in la...Show More
Thermophysiology (BODY HEAT) with Shane Campbell-Staton

1:23:53 | Feb 26th

This episode, and Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton, are a true joy. The UCLA professor, host of the Biology of Superheroes Podcast and Thermophysiologist talks about big animals vs. little ones, lizard storms, dinosaur blood, hibernating bears, why you swea...Show More
Personality Psychology (PERSONALITIES) with Simine Vazire

1:17:19 | Feb 19th

WHO ARE WE? Personality researcher & psychology professor Dr. Simine Vazire dishes about introverts, extroverts, self-esteem, sociopaths, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Buzzfeed quizzes, yearbook inscriptions, trusting people, screwing up your kids,...Show More
Matrimoniology (MARRIAGE) with Ben Karney

1:32:25 | Feb 12th

Love! Romance! Intimate relationships! Marriage! Divorce! Remarriage! Clowns! This episode has it all. The wonderfully warm Dr. Benjamin Karney of the UCLA Marriage lab has been studying romance and intimate relationships for 20 years and sits down t...Show More
Cheloniology (SEA TURTLES) with Camryn Allen

1:24:05 | Jan 29th

If you think you like sea turtles, get ready to become wildly obsessed with them. Cheloniologist Dr. Camryn Allen met up with Alie on a tropical island (ok, in a hotel room on a tropical island) to chat about flipper slappings, turtle rodeos, nesting...Show More
Testudinology (TORTOISES) with Amanda Hipps

1:12:41 | Jan 22nd

What's a tortoise? What's a turtle? Why do they live so dang long? What's up with their junk? Wildlife biologist and testudinologist Amanda Hipps studies gopher tortoises and dishes about turtle nomenclature, cliques, dicks, behavior, burrows, evolut...Show More
Snow Hydrology (SNOW & AVALANCHES) with Ned Bair

58:37 | Jan 15th

It's tiny! It's beautiful! It's cold! It can kill you. Snow and avalanche expert Dr. Ned Bair meets up on a bench during a layover to chat about the beauty of snowflakes, the best ammo for snowball fights, firing cannons at mountainsides, avalanche f...Show More
Felinology (CATS) with Mikel Delgado

1:24:34 | Jan 8th

We love them. We live with them. We are mystified by them. Alie hunted down professional cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado who dishes on everything from toilet training to feral taming to neonatal kittens to cats eating our dead bodies to domesti...Show More
Minisode: Ologies Upgrades & Changes for 2019

08:14 | Jan 8th

A few things are changing in the world of Ologies and I just wanted to take a few minutes in this bare-bones minisode to lay 'em out. Transcripts and bleeped versions will be available in the next month or two, donations are going to specific Ologist...Show More
Entomophagy Anthropology (EATING BUGS AS SUSTAINABLE PROTEIN) with Julie Lesnik

1:21:27 | Jan 1st

DO YOU CARE ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE? Okay cool. No matter what your diet, get this episode in your ears. Entomophagy Anthropologist Dr. Julie Lesnik -- an enthusiastic expert on bug eating -- breaks down the human past, present and future of insect cuis...Show More
Mixology (COCKTAILS) with Matthew Biancaniello

1:09:09 | Dec 18th, 2018

Foraging, infusing, shaking, stirring: this one's got it all. How do you make weird, fancy drinks at home? How much booze should you buy for a party? What drinks do bartenders hate to make? How can you avoid a hangover? What are the best mocktails? F...Show More
Selenology (THE MOON) with Raquel Nuno

1:21:20 | Dec 11th, 2018

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...Show More
Classical Archeology (ANCIENT ROME) with Darius Arya

1:12:07 | Dec 4th, 2018

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 scand...Show More
Microbiology (GUT BIOME) with Elaine Hsiao

1:16:49 | Nov 27th, 2018

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 b...Show More
Grateful-ology (GRATITUDE) is not totally a real word

15:40 | Nov 20th, 2018

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 an...Show More
Food Anthropology (FEASTS) with Katherine Spiers

1:13:11 | Nov 13th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE) with Phil Torres

1:07:21 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 extin...Show More
Corvid Thanatology (CROW FUNERALS) with Kaeli Swift

1:13:01 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 obser...Show More
Somnology (SLEEP) Part 2 with Dr. W. Chris Winter

1:10:34 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
Somnology (SLEEP) Part 1 with W. Chris Winter

1:13:46 | Oct 16th, 2018

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...Show More
Surgical Oncology (BREAST CANCER) with Donna-Marie Manasseh

1:22:15 | Oct 9th, 2018

(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,...Show More
Ologiesology with Alie Ward (1-Year Anniversary Episode)

1:07:21 | Oct 5th, 2018

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 pa...Show More
Functional Morphology (ANATOMY) with Joy Reidenberg

1:12:24 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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-a...Show More
Myrmecology (ANTS) with Terry McGlynn

1:22:22 | Sep 25th, 2018

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, wh...Show More
Egyptology (ANCIENT EGYPT) with Kara Cooney

1:20:43 | Sep 18th, 2018

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...Show More
Conservation Technology (EARTH SAVING) with Shah Selbe

1:23:27 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 ca...Show More
Oceanology (OCEANS) with Ayana Johnson

1:15:32 | Sep 4th, 2018

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, Al...Show More
Ferroequinology (TRAINS) with Matt Anderson

1:03:37 | Aug 28th, 2018

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...Show More
Bonus Minisode: Kalology -- Your Letters

43:41 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 hai...Show More
Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln

1:38:25 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 oppress...Show More
Oology (EGGS) with John Bates

57:40 | Aug 14th, 2018

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...Show More
Ophthalmology (EYES) with Reid Wainess

1:22:55 | Aug 7th, 2018

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...Show More
Epidemiology (DISEASES) with 'This Podcast Will Kill You's' Erins Welsh & Allmann-Updyke

1:29:46 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 infect...Show More
Selachimorphology (SHARKS) with Chris Lowe

1:16:09 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Malacology (SNAILS & SLUGS) with Jann Vendetti

1:10:48 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 snai...Show More
Areology (MARS) Part 2 with Jennifer Buz

56:17 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 Mar...Show More
Areology (MARS) Part 1 with Jennifer Buz

1:06:53 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 y...Show More
MINISODE: Aestaology (SUMMER) should be a word

21:25 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 ar...Show More
Deltiology (POSTCARDS) with Donna Braden

54:27 | Jun 19th, 2018

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...Show More
Rhinology (NOSES) with John Craig

1:08:41 | Jun 12th, 2018

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, apprecia...Show More
Phonology (LINGUISTICS) with Nicole Holliday

1:03:13 | Jun 5th, 2018

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...Show More
Cynology (DOGS) with Brandon McMillan

1:16:06 | May 29th, 2018

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 shelt...Show More
Lepidopterology (BUTTERFLIES) with Phil Torres

1:18:59 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Trichology (HAIR) with Valerie Horsley

1:17:32 | May 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Dendrology (TREES) with J. Casey Clapp

1:28:40 | May 8th, 2018

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 c...Show More
Fearology Pt. 2 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth

58:59 | May 1st, 2018

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 a...Show More
Fearology Pt. 1 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth

1:13:49 | Apr 24th, 2018

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...Show More
Radiology (X-RAY VISION) with Varshana Gurusamy

1:09:31 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 be...Show More
Evolutionary Biology (DARWINISM) with John McCormack

1:00:21 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Gynecology (NETHER HEALTH) with Philippa Ribbink

1:20:29 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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, t...Show More
Zymology (BEER) with Quinton Sturgeon

52:55 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Melittology (BEES) with Amanda Shaw

1:14:01 | Mar 20th, 2018

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 be...Show More
Museology (MUSEUMS) with Ronnie Cline

59:03 | Mar 13th, 2018

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 ghos...Show More
Gizmology (ROBOTS) with Simone Giertz

34:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 int...Show More
Mythology (STORYTELLING) with John Bucher

1:12:17 | Feb 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Teuthology (SQUIDS) with Sarah McAnulty

57:32 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 st...Show More
Sexology (SEX) with Shan Boody aka Shannon Boodram

1:11:33 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 sl...Show More
Gelotology (LAUGHTER) with Lee Berk

54:28 | Feb 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Ichthyology (FISHES) with Chris Thacker

1:06:17 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 w...Show More
Herpetology (SNAKES, FROGS, ETC.) with David Steen

1:10:16 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
Sports & Performance Psychology (ANXIETY & CONFIDENCE) with Sari Shepphird

1:20:32 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Hematology (BLOOD) with Brian Durie

48:18 | Jan 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Glycobiology (CARBS) with Michelle Dookwah

45:01 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Cosmology PART 2 with Katie Mack

37:38 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) with Katie Mack, Part I

1:31:16 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 ph...Show More
Entomology (INSECTS) with Lila Higgins

55:45 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 ab...Show More
Minisode: Grateful-ology is not a real word...

15:08 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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 stu...Show More
Cosmetology (GLAM/GROOMING) with Alysha Sherri Marcantonio

1:08:42 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 boot...Show More
Ornithology (BIRDS) with James Maley

53:42 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 surprisi...Show More
Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) with Cole Imperi

1:23:16 | Oct 31st, 2017

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 buri...Show More
Minisode: Fall Ologies! ... Fallogies?

08:16 | Oct 24th, 2017

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. alieward.com/ologies Instagram....Show More
Horology (WATCHES) with Cameron Weiss

40:20 | Oct 18th, 2017

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 timekee...Show More
Gemology (CRYSTALS & GEMS) with Kelly Sitek

55:18 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 addre...Show More
Paleontology (DINOSAURS) with Michael Habib

47:21 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 co...Show More
Primatology (MONKEYS & APES) with Kate Gilmore

1:15:16 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 erron...Show More
Volcanology (VOLCANOES) with Jess Phoenix

57:01 | Sep 19th, 2017

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, ...Show More
Episode 0

04:35 | Sep 4th, 2017

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: @Olo...Show More