The Story Collider

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Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of ...Show More
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Mental Health: Stories about having crises of the mind - Part 1

30:25 | May 17th

This week we present two stories about people’s struggles with their own mental health.Part 1: After passing out on the NYC subway, comedian Mike Brown is forced to take a deeper look at his mental health.Part 2: Emily Yarrison survives her suicide a...Show More
Moms of Science: Stories about being mothers and scientists

35:15 | May 10th

his week we present two stories of scientists becoming mothers.Part 1: Heather Williams trades in her physicist labcoat for motherhood, and wonders if she can return.Part 2: Mary Garcia-Cazarin discovers she's pregnant just as she is offered a presti...Show More
Confidence: Stories about finding your voice

25:09 | May 3rd

This week we present two stories about people finding strength in their own voice.Part 1:  A parent-teacher conference leads Eugenia Duodu to question whether she can be a scientist. Part 2: At 13 years old Misha Gajewski has to undergo a jaw surgery...Show More
The Joy of Cats: Stories about our feline friends

30:12 | Apr 26th

This week, for National Pet Parents day, we bring you two stories of our relationships with our cats.Part 1:  In a battle over her apartment's air quality, cat foster mom Tracy Rowland discovers how to use her kitten's parasite as a weapon.  Part 2: ...Show More
Older and Wiser: Stories about growing up

24:52 | Apr 19th

This week we present two stories of the children we used to be and how they grew up.Part 1: As a sixth grader, Anna Neu decides she's going to fall in love at science camp.Part 2: At age nine, Anicca Harriot plans to study both the heart and space, b...Show More
Limelight: Stories about being the voice of science

31:44 | Apr 12th

This week we present two stories about scientists who became the face of the scientific community.Part 1: When conservation scientist Laura Kehoe writes about a surprising chimp behavior, the media takes it wildly out of context and the situation spi...Show More
Peace: Stories about searching for solace

35:03 | Apr 5th

The week we present two stories of people being confronted with chaos and looking for peace.Part 1: Overwhelmed by setbacks as she pursues her academic ambitions, Tricia Hersey discovers an unexpected solution to her stress.Part 2: Cell biologist Sar...Show More
New Places: Stories about being somewhere new

32:31 | Mar 29th

This week we present two stories about being the new one in a new place.Part 1: After moving to a brand-new school in the seventh grade, Edith Gonzalez struggles to maintain her straight-A status with a new, scary biology teacher.Part 2: When social ...Show More
Ocean Adventures: Stories about the swashbuckling high seas

31:34 | Mar 22nd

This week, we are presenting two stories from people who took to the open ocean.Part 1: As an irresponsible 17-year-old, Brian D. Bradley volunteers to spend two days living at the bottom of the ocean for a research study.Part 2: As an undergrad, Ber...Show More
Teamwork: Stories about working together

26:25 | Mar 15th

Part 1: A power outage on campus leads physics student Zoya Vallari to take a stand against her university's female-only curfew.Part 2: Firefighter Nick Baskerville is eager to prove himself when he arrives on the scene of his first fire.Zoya Vallari...Show More
Circles: Stories about coming back around

28:46 | Mar 8th

This week we present two stories about times in which everything came full circle.Part 1: In the middle of a school day, science teacher Brittany Beck passes out in her classroom, leading her to reflect on what got her here.Part 2: Inspired by her gr...Show More
Mentors: Stories about who helps us find our way

35:43 | Mar 1st

Part 1: As a brand-new professor of physiology, John Redden is eager to help students, but soon realizes it’s more complicated than he thought.Part 2: Biologist, Sarah Fankhauser’s relationship with her adviser changes when she joins her lab as a gra...Show More
Inspiration: Stories about what inspires us

31:21 | Feb 22nd

This week, we’re presenting two stories from scientists about the people and places that inspired them.Part 1: Just before she leaves for her dream opportunity to teach marine science on the Red Sea, Latasha Wright gets a call that puts her plans in ...Show More
Heredity: Stories about where we come from

25:33 | Feb 15th

This week, we present two stories about people understanding their links to their past.Part 1: A question that Laura Spink asked her parents as a kid comes up again when her own child begins to ask similar questions.Part 2: After Denise Coberley brin...Show More
In Love with Science: Stories about Loving Science

33:42 | Feb 8th

This week, we’re presenting two stories from people who made science their one and only..Part 1: Parmvir Bahia struggles to appease her parents’ desires for an Indian son-in-law while also satisfying her own desires to be a scientist.Part 2: Monica D...Show More
Danger: Stories about life-threatening situations

29:03 | Feb 1st

This week, we’re presenting two stories from scientists who found themselves in potentially life-threatening situations.Part 1: Ralph Bouquet goes off script during a psychology research study with uncomfortable and revealing consequences.Part 2: Ali...Show More
Courage: Stories about standing up for yourself

38:31 | Jan 25th

This week, we’re presenting stories about the courage to be the person you were meant to be.Part 1: The lessons that Margaret Rubega learns from her dad about fighting back are put to the test when he becomes the one she must stand up to.Part 2: In f...Show More
Acceptance: Stories about belonging

36:10 | Jan 18th

This week, we’re presenting stories about the struggle to find acceptance — whether it’s at Space Camp or in the United States of America.Part 1:  Computer scientist LaShana Lewis’s childhood dream of attending Space Camp starts to feel far away — un...Show More
Stress: Stories about being under pressure

30:19 | Jan 11th

This week, we’re presenting two stories about stressful situations in science. Part 1:  Due to stress in her personal life, TV writer Joey Slamon develops a cyst in an unfortunate place.Part 2:  As a biochemistry PhD student,  Kellie Vinal has worked...Show More
Just a Number: Stories about age and science

31:14 | Jan 4th

This week, we’re presenting two stories about age, and what it means to feel either too old or too young to become a scientist.Part 1:  Miserable at her corporate job, Michelle McCrackin begins to dream of a career in wildlife biology.Part 2: Volcano...Show More
Carpe Diem: Stories about seizing the day

28:33 | Dec 29th, 2018

In our last episode of 2018, we’re presenting two stories about facing challenges head-on and seizing the day.Part 1: .On the eve of his first big talk at a major international conference, ecologist Kevin Burgio discovers there’s something seriously ...Show More
New Friends: Stories about unexpected connections

38:59 | Dec 21st, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about unexpected friendships in science, whether they’re formed in the field or at Burning Man.Part 1: Looking to connect with new people, mathematician Seth Cottrell sets up an ‘Ask a Mathematician’ booth at Burni...Show More
Science vs. Love: Stories about the battle between head and heart

34:19 | Dec 14th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about times when science gets in the way of love — or vice versa.Part 1: Jacqueline Trumbull is preparing for a career in research psychology when she gets a call from a casting agent for The Bachelor.Part 2: Psych...Show More
Science Gets Personal: Stories about science getting real

30:18 | Dec 8th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting two stories about times when science got personal and research started to hit home.Part 1: After years of suffering, Phillip Comella discovers the cause of his “excessive bathroom breaks” while working on his thesis in bio...Show More
Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments

25:12 | Nov 30th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting two stories about pivotal moments in science when everything suddenly becomes clear.Part 1: When puppeteer Raymond Carr gets the opportunity of a lifetime, to work on a big-budget show about the evolution of dinosaurs, he ...Show More
Parents: Stories about moms and dads

32:06 | Nov 23rd, 2018

This week, in honor of the start of the holiday season, we're presenting stories about parents — and the ways our relationships with them intersect with science.Part 1: As a kid, Dan Souza finds it hard to appreciate his mother’s nursing expertise un...Show More
Getting In: Stories about making the grade

26:50 | Nov 16th, 2018

It’s that time of year — application season. So this week, we’re presenting two stories about the (literal and figurative) struggle to be accepted.Part 1: The only thing standing in the way of Jennifer Landa’s dreams of studying art in college is her...Show More
Pregnancy: Stories about the science of having a baby

34:34 | Nov 9th, 2018

In this week’s episode, we’re presenting two stories about the science of pregnancy.Part 1: An expert in oxytocin, the hormone released during birth,  Bianca Jones Marlin is determined to have a natural birth — even as the hours of labor add up…Part ...Show More
Bodies: Stories About the Skin We're In

29:50 | Nov 2nd, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about our relationships with our bodies, in all their shapes and sizes.Part 1: Born without a right pectoral muscle due to Poland syndrome, John Trumbo has always felt defective, but then he discovers a possible so...Show More
Fear: Stories of daring adventures in science

32:42 | Oct 26th, 2018

This week, in honor of Halloween, we're presenting two stories about facing fears for science.Part 1: As a newly minted PhD student in geology, Erik Klemetti starts to question his decisions when Aucanquilcha, a 20,000-foot volcano in Chile, proves d...Show More
Rescue: Stories about taking care of others

30:45 | Oct 19th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about times when science comes to the rescue — or not, as the case may be. Part 1: When science writer Kate Sheridan falls in love with a man who suffers from paralyzing headaches, her background in neuroscience he...Show More
Cancer Sucks: Stories from cancer survivors

31:31 | Oct 12th, 2018

This week, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're presenting two stories from cancer survivors.Part 1: Gail Thomas clashes with her oncologist while deciding how to fight her cancer.Part 2: As a marathon runner, Pierce McManus prides himsel...Show More
Sense of Touch: Stories about the power of contact

27:07 | Oct 6th, 2018

This week, we're presenting two stories about the power of touch.Part 1: While working on a book about the sense of touch, science journalist Sushma Subramanian experiments with haptic technology to connect with her long-distance fiance. Part 2: Nick...Show More
Overwhelmed: Stories about being in over our heads

25:45 | Sep 28th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about times when science is just too much.Part 1: Fiona Calvert is a crier — but when she starts her PhD, she promises herself she’ll never cry in front of her colleagues.Part 2: After graduating with his PhD, Shan...Show More
Science Saved My Life: Stories about life-saving passion

31:46 | Sep 21st, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about passion for science that keeps us going, even in the face of overwhelming struggle. Part 1: When Cailin Gallinger struggles with her gender identity in college, her volunteer position in a plant lab becomes a...Show More
Following Directions: Stories about improvising

31:01 | Sep 14th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about the difficulties of following instructions -- whether it's medical advice or a recipe. Part 1: Science writer Cassandra WIllyard is frustrated by the restrictions put on her during her pregnancy.Part 2: Comed...Show More
Expectations: Stories about surprising discoveries

39:08 | Sep 7th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about what happens when our expectations don't match up with reality.Part 1: Married neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik are surprised by what they learn when they investigate deception at a p...Show More
Trials by Fire: Stories about difficult paths to science

30:52 | Aug 31st, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories from scientists who faced unusually difficult paths to science. We all know it's hard work to become a scientist. But for some folks, even getting to that point where you can pursue your science education can seem ...Show More
Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 2

35:16 | Aug 29th, 2018

This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show at Caveat in New York City, as part of the Underground Science Festival. Rather than the speeches we typically hear on this topic, our storytel...Show More
Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 1

50:57 | Aug 28th, 2018

 This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show in New York City, "Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients," which was part of Caveat's first annual Underground Science Festival. Rather ...Show More
Leaving Home: Stories about the places we're from

33:08 | Aug 24th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about leaving home in pursuit of science.Part 1: After being raised as a creationist, Jennifer Colbourne falls in love with evolutionary science.Jennifer Colbourne is a graduate student at York University where she...Show More
Help: Stories about desperate situations

33:16 | Aug 17th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about times when we’re overwhelmed and feeling alone. Sometimes, in science, we need help. Sometimes that help is hard to find. And sometimes it comes from an unexpected place.Part 1: As a first-year teacher, Matt ...Show More
Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration

28:33 | Aug 8th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about unconventional solutions and things that seemed like a great idea at the time!Part 1: Author Kate Greathead sets off on a cross-country drive to escape her anxiety. Part 2: After years of studying worms, Trac...Show More
Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self

38:27 | Aug 3rd, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about what happens when our own brains keep us from being fully ourselves. Part 1: When storyteller Sandi Marx begins to develop cognitive symptoms of lupus, she worries she'll lose the aspects of her personality t...Show More
Loneliness: Stories about finding friends

34:23 | Jul 26th, 2018

his week, we're presenting stories about the struggle to find friends. Science can be a lonely job -- but it can also connect us to others in ways we'd never imagine.Part 1: Feeling isolated in her new job as a particle accelerator operator at Fermil...Show More
Surprises: Stories about the unexpected

34:33 | Jul 20th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about surprising revelations or events in science.Part 1: When he receives a call from the vet, writer Matthew Dicks is startled to learn that his dog is in surgery -- and that he agreed to it the night before.Part...Show More
Mortality: Stories about confronting death

33:44 | Jul 13th, 2018

This week at The Story Collider, we're presenting two stories about confronting death.Part 1: Science communicator Anthony Morgan receives an invitation to be vacuum-sealed to the bottom of a helicopter -- for science!Part 2: As a medical student, El...Show More
The Science of Dating: Stories about sex and romance

33:36 | Jul 6th, 2018

This week, we're presenting two stories about the science behind dating, ranging from a neuroscientist's attempts to use brain scans and personality tests to determine her compatibility with a rapper to a comedian's mishaps with a "penis-numbing spra...Show More
Responsibility: Stories about leadership

35:33 | Jun 29th, 2018

This week, we're presenting two stories about responsibility in science. Whether we're working in a classroom or the White House, we all have some level of responsibility for others. And sometimes we have to ask ourselves -- are we doing enough to li...Show More
Pride: Stories about coming out in science

29:41 | Jun 27th, 2018

To close out Pride Month this week, we're sharing a special bonus episode featuring stories about coming out in science! Part 1:  Science educator Charlie Cook experiments with coming out to students. Charlie Cook is a non-binary stand up comedian by...Show More
Unfamiliar Territory: Stories about journeys to new places

29:49 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In this week's episode, we're presenting stories about venturing into unfamiliar territory, whether it's an isolated community in Alaska or the Costa Rican island of Chira.Part 1: Journalist Arielle Duhaime-Ross finds common ground with an Alaskan co...Show More
In Honor of Father's Day: Stories about complicated dads

35:51 | Jun 15th, 2018

This week, we're celebrating Father's Day by sharing stories about complicated relationships with dads.Part 1: After her father, a well-known intellectual, passes away, neurobiology PhD student Eva Higginbotham tries to live up to his academic standa...Show More
Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds

30:11 | Jun 8th, 2018

This week we're sharing stories about love that stands the test of time, transcending illness, differences, and even death. In other words -- break out that box of tissues, y'all.Part 1: Writer Alison Smith reconnects with her estranged father after ...Show More
Coming of Age: Stories about growing up

27:02 | Jun 1st, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about coming of age. Bildungsroman, if you will. (Thank you, eleventh-grade Honors English!) These storytellers will share stories about growing up and finding their identities -- whether it's within their family, ...Show More
Science Fiction: Stories about aliens and zombies

29:55 | May 25th, 2018

This week, we take a journey into science-fiction to find out if aliens can master the science of empathy and zombies can bring a couple closer together.Part 1: Chase Masterson's role on Star Trek Deep Space 9 inspires her to think about how she can ...Show More
Different: Stories about standing out in a crowd

27:19 | May 18th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about being different, and the ways our differences can become our strengths. Part 1: Growing up, Amanda Gorman is determined to eliminate her speech impediment. Part 2: An aspiring scientist brought up in a family o...Show More
In Honor of Mother's Day: Stories about moms

27:48 | May 11th, 2018

This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we present two stories about science and moms!  Part 1: Marine biologist Jessica Hoey tries to keep her daughter’s belief in mermaids alive. Part 2: Jamie Brickhouse begins to notice some startling changes in his ...Show More
Identity: Stories about figuring out who we are

28:51 | May 4th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about identity, whether its an external sense of cultural identity or an internal sense of self. Part 1: Mathematician and comic book writer Jason Rodriguez feels torn between separate cultural and professional ide...Show More
Challenges: Stories about overcoming obstacles

32:11 | Apr 27th, 2018

This week, we’re presenting stories about overcoming obstacles and breaking down barriers -- whether those barriers are institutional or written into our genetic code. Part 1: Aletha Maybank's childhood experiences with institutional racism inspire h...Show More
Dreams: Stories about ambition

27:05 | Apr 20th, 2018

This week, we're presenting stories about scientific ambitions and dreams -- and the ways in which they meet reality. Part 1: Planetary geologist Sara Mazrouei misses out on a dream opportunity -- because of where she was born. Part 2: Working in con...Show More
Fight or Flight: Stories about confronting threats

30:38 | Apr 13th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about confronting threats -- whether it’s actual physical danger or a threat to your career. Part 1: Climate scientist Kim Cobb is exploring a cave in Borneo when rocks begin to fall. Part 2: Neurobiologist Lyl Tomli...Show More
Science Communication: Stories about spreading the word

27:43 | Apr 6th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about communicating science, whether it's through journalism or over a fragile Skype connection. Part 1: Science journalist Judith Stone worries about causing conflict when she writes about cultural differences aboar...Show More
New Beginnings: Stories about starting over

25:01 | Mar 30th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about fresh starts and new beginnings in science. Part 1: Mari Provencher's family is rocked by changes -- starting with her mother's decision to become an entomologist. Part 2: Three years into a great faculty posit...Show More
Women in Science: Stories about defying expectations

30:26 | Mar 23rd, 2018

This week, in honor of Women's History Month, we're presenting two stories about women in science and the unique challenges they face. Follow us on Twitter @story_collider this week as we feature highlights of other stories from women in science from...Show More
Generations: Stories about passing science down

29:38 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about science and wisdom passed down through generations. Part 1: Ted Olds fears he’ll fail to graduate after his parents sacrificed to send him to engineering school. Part 2: Kayla Glynn’s challenging relationship w...Show More
In Honor of Pi Day: Stories about math

29:39 | Mar 9th, 2018

This week, in honor of Pi Day on March 14, we're presenting two stories from mathematicians. Part 1: After a reluctant start, mathematician Ken Ono makes an unexpected discovery. Part 2: Mathematician Piper Harron deals with harassment after standing...Show More
Innovation: Stories about creative ideas

30:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

This week, we present two stories about original ideas and creative solutions in science -- from a Rube Goldberg machine to using hookworms to treat an illness. Part 1: In the ninth grade, Adam Ruben and his friends create a Rube Goldberg machine for...Show More
Double Lives: Stories about loving both science and art

26:40 | Feb 22nd, 2018

This week, we present two stories about being torn between love of science and a love of art. Part 1: Saad Sarwana tries to juggle careers in physics and comedy.  Part 2: Jean Zarate is torn between science and music until a tragic event brings both ...Show More
Black Holes: Stories about dark times

28:35 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about dark moments in science. Part 1: Astrophysicist Jesse Shanahan tries to uncover the mysteries behind both the black holes she studies and her own chronic pain. Part 2: Comedian Sarah Pearl checks into a psychia...Show More
Heartbreak: Stories about times science breaks our hearts

26:14 | Feb 9th, 2018

This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we're presenting two stories about heartbreak in science. Part 1: Rattled by a recent heartbreak, neuroscientist Prabarna Ganguly makes a mistake in the lab. Part 2: Marine ecologist Kirsten Grorud-Colvert bond...Show More
Recovery: Stories about responding to crises

33:15 | Feb 2nd, 2018

This week, we're p​resenting stories about the ways we respond and recover to dire situations in science, whether it's cancer or sexual assault.​​​​​​ Part 1: Biochemist Melanie McConnell encounters unexpected resistance when she tests an experimenta...Show More
Good and Evil: Stories about the science of gray areas

30:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

This week, we bring you two stories about the science of morality. Or morality in science. Either way you want to look at it. Part 1: Political scientist Ethan Hollander interviews a Nazi war criminal. Part 2: As a graduate student, Cather Simpson wa...Show More
Bad Days in the Field: Stories about fieldwork frustrations

24:47 | Jan 19th, 2018

This week, we bring you two stories about frustrations in the field, whether it's a failure to find dinosaur fossils or a struggle with a painful medical condition. Part 1: Paleontologist David Evans and his team start to feel defeated after three da...Show More
Origin Stories: Stories about paths to becoming a scientist

31:55 | Jan 12th, 2018

This week we present two stories about the inspiration behind scientists' careers. Part 1: Kate Marvel's dream of being a genius takes her to Cambridge to study astrophysics. Part 2: When Joe Normandin begins to question his sexuality as a teenager, ...Show More
Math Problems: Stories about struggles with math

27:58 | Jan 5th, 2018

This week, we present two stories about the struggles "math people" face. Part 1: Lew Lefton tries to succeed as both a math professor and a math comedian. Part 2: Vanessa Vakharia faces her first day as student teacher of a math class. Lew Lefton is...Show More
Home: Stories about science and community

32:48 | Dec 8th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about finding community with science. Part 1: Keoni Mahelona leaves his home in Hawaii in pursuit of science. Part 2: After growing up wealthy, Chuck Collins' thinking is transformed by his work with mobile home park...Show More
The Science of Growing Up: Stories about coming of age

28:21 | Dec 8th, 2017

This week, we present two science stories about becoming the people we're meant to be.  Part 1: Research technician Jean Ansolabehere finds herself falling in love with a woman in her lab. Part 2: As a child, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman is told ...Show More
Life and Death: Stories of loss and resilience

34:13 | Dec 8th, 2017

This week, we're presenting two stories about loss and resilience in science. Please note: Our first story this week contains graphic depictions of violence. Part 1: Anthropologist Andrew Oberle barely survives an attack by the chimpanzees he was stu...Show More
Doubt: Stories about moments of uncertainty in science

24:16 | Dec 8th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of doubt in science, from a mysterious illness to imposter syndrome.  Part 1: A sudden illness casts doubt on whether Maia Pujara will be able to finish her neuroscience PhD. Maia Pujara received her Ph.D. in Neurosc...Show More
Psychotropic Substances: Stories about altered states

30:09 | Dec 1st, 2017

This week, we present two stories about psychotropic substances, from a study on the impacts of magic mushrooms on cancer surivors to a comedian's spiritual epiphany. Part 1: Actor Gail Thomas is invited to take part in a study testing mushrooms as t...Show More
The Bats and the Bees: Stories about winged wildlife

25:43 | Nov 24th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about the challenges of studying winged wildlife, from bats to honey bees. Part 1: Cylita Guy finds unexpected adventure when she studies bats in the field. Part 2: Rachael Bonoan discovers she may be dangerously all...Show More
Reflection: Stories about our sense of self

30:59 | Nov 17th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about the things that make up our sense of self, from our appearance to our memories. Part 1: On the verge of losing her teeth, Jean Le Bec travels abroad to find a solution. Part 2: Science writer Michael Lemonick i...Show More
DNA: Stories about family

31:26 | Nov 10th, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories about science and family, from a biochemist and a neuroscientist. Part 1: Biochemist Katie Wu is lactose intolerant, but her mother won't believe her. Part 2: Neuroscientist Oliver Vikbladh and his family look for ...Show More
Maternal Bond: Stories about moms and their kids

30:59 | Nov 3rd, 2017

This week, we present two stories about the mother-child relationship intersecting with science, from a daughter and a mother.  Part 1: Actor and writer Erica Silberman tries to find a place for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Part 2: When Pat Furlong’s...Show More
Pressure: Stories about stressful situations

28:17 | Oct 27th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of scientists under professional and academic pressure, both in the field and in the lab. Part 1: In China, ornithologist Sam Snow and his colleague gather as much data about a species of bird as possible -- but it c...Show More
Adaptation: Stories about survival

28:19 | Oct 20th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of adapting to survive, from a cancer survivor's creative solution to the after-effects of his treatment to an Iraqi who becomes a computer scientist to survive the war. Part 1: Ben Rubenstein survived cancer, but no...Show More
Invisibility: Stories about hiding in plain sight

29:06 | Oct 13th, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories of invisibility, from a man looking to escape his identity to a marine biologist who feels invisible to her colleagues. Part 1: Richard Cardillo escapes his problems by joining a Catholic mission in Peru, where he ...Show More
Perception: Stories about tricks of the mind

24:24 | Oct 5th, 2017

This week, we present two stories from science journalists about the ways the ways we perceive -- or misperceive -- the world around us.  Part 1: When science journalist Eli Chen begins to have doubts in her relationship, she tries to control her fee...Show More
Migration: Stories about journeys home

28:41 | Sep 28th, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories about long journeys home, from an Iranian-American biologist and a psychologist who survived Chernobyl. Part 1: Biologist Maryam Zaringhalam is visiting her family's home country of Iran when the travel ban goes in...Show More
Attachment: Stories of powerful bonds

28:05 | Sep 22nd, 2017

In this week's podcast, two chemists try to balance their love and their science, and a mother must choose her newborn daughter's surgeon. Part 1: Heather Abbott-Lyon falls in love with another physical chemist, but can they solve the two-body proble...Show More
Identification: Stories about who we are

41:19 | Sep 15th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about identity, from a neuroscientist's encounters with racism to an OB-GYN's struggle with her feelings about motherhood. Part 1: After a thoughtless remark from a colleague, neuroscientist Devon Collins reflects on...Show More
Chemistry: Stories about falling in love

38:20 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about science intersecting with love -- in both fortunate and unfortunate ways. Part 1: Nothing can come between Lindzi Wessel and her new boyfriend, David -- except maybe herpes. Part 2: Marine biologist Skylar Baye...Show More
Metamorphosis: Stories of radical change

31:38 | Sep 1st, 2017

In this week's episode, we bring you two stories of scientists experiencing radical change, whether at home or in 1980s Berlin. Part 1: Nadia Singh decides she doesn’t want children, believing it will detract from her scientific career, but then her ...Show More
Exploration: Stories about facing new challenges

27:17 | Aug 25th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of exploring new territory, from communicating with chimpanzees to swimming in the Red Sea. Part 1: While working as a schoolteacher, Jeff Braden gets a phone call out of the blue from a renowned chimpanzee expert. P...Show More
Boiling Point: Stories of reaching points of crisis

27:21 | Aug 18th, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories of scientists reaching points of crisis. Part 1: Rashawn Ray’s trajectory as a sociologist is forever changed by the murder of Philando Castile. Part 2: Ecologist Marcelo Ardón Sayao turns to both science and relig...Show More
Zoology: Stories about wild animals

36:15 | Aug 11th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of encounters with wild animals, from a seal named Crystal in Antarctica to a flatulent rhino in South Africa. Part 1: Science writer Ed Yong is confronted by a flatulent rhino while on safari. Part 2: In Antarctica,...Show More
Epidemic: Stories about medical crises

29:36 | Aug 4th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of medical crises, from New York in the 1980s to the present-day opioid epidemic. Part 1: During his residency training, pediatrician Ken Haller comes across a disturbing X-ray. Part 2: Neuroscientist Maureen Boyle's...Show More
Magnetism: Stories about attraction

32:22 | Jul 28th, 2017

In today's episode, we bring you two stories about attraction, from the neuroscience of prairie voles to a physics love story. Part 1: Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki is surprised when an acting exercise challenges her beliefs about love and attaction. P...Show More
Death: Stories about untimely ends

26:34 | Jul 21st, 2017

This week, we present two stories about death in science, from a university lab to a crime lab. Part 1: To make ends meet as a student, Cris Gray takes a high-paying job in a lab… and finds out why it’s so high-paying. Part 2: Chemist Raychelle Burks...Show More
Evolution: Stories about evolving as people

26:32 | Jul 14th, 2017

Part 1:  Adam Andis was raised as a creationist, but grows up to become an evolutionary biologist. Part 2: In grade school, Angel Yau excels at science -- because her mom does all her work. Adam Andis is a PhD student at Yale University School of For...Show More
Friction: Stories of difficult relationships in science

31:27 | Jul 7th, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories of difficult professional relationships in science, whether in the field or in the lab. Part 1: As a young biology student, Margot Wohl is excited to spend a summer in the field, but her male colleague expects her ...Show More
Independent Research: Stories of setting off on our own

28:36 | Jun 30th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about young scientists setting off on their own. Part 1: As an undergrad, Frank Stabile lands an exciting summer research position in D.C., but soon he starts to notice something’s not right. Part 2: As a teenager, D...Show More
Oil: Stories from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

29:53 | Jun 23rd, 2017

This week, we bring you two stories from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, one from a native Louisianian scientist and the other from a fourth-generation Louisiana fisherman.  Part 1: Louisianan scientist Estelle Robichaux struggles to deal wi...Show More
Paternal Bonds: Stories about dads

32:08 | Jun 16th, 2017

This week, we present stories of science and fatherhood. Part 1: As a teenager, comedian Gastor Almonte seeks answers about some of the scientific terms he hears around school. Part 2: Medical student Usman Hameedi struggles to live up to his father’...Show More
Symbiosis: Stories about teamwork

28:19 | Jun 9th, 2017

This week, we present two stories about working together, whether it's to accomplish a scientific mission or save a life. Part 1: Yael Fitzpatrick and her theater technician friends attempt to save a sea turtle. Part 2: As the only black woman on a t...Show More
Early Childhood Development: Stories about growth

27:40 | Jun 2nd, 2017

This week, we present two stories of learning experiences connected to early childhood, from an expert in maternal and infant health discovering the reality behind her research to a first-grader striving to be one of the "smart kids." Part 1: Psychol...Show More
Working Memory: Stories about how memory shapes us

40:34 | May 26th, 2017

This week, we present two stories of how memory impacts our lives, our families, and the way we see ourselves. Part 1: When Jirard Khalil is twelve years old, his mother suddenly starts to change. Part 2: A teacher’s social experiment lands fifth-gra...Show More
Standard Deviation: Stories about unusual encounters

25:32 | May 19th, 2017

Part 1: Late one night in the ER, doctor Bess Stillman treats a patient with an interesting dilemma. Part 2: As a teenager, science writer Brendan Bane becomes obsessed with collecting poisonous pets. Bess Stillman is an emergency physician and write...Show More
Maternal Instinct: Stories about moms

33:31 | May 12th, 2017

In this week's episode, we present two stories of science and motherhood, just in time for Mother's Day. Part 1: Developmental biologist Pam Feliciano tries to understand her autistic son. Part 2: Science writer Katharine Gammon thinks she’s gone int...Show More
Hard Science: Stories about journeys into physics

22:19 | May 5th, 2017

Part 1: When Sarah Demers gets a work-study job working on a particle detector, she has no idea what she's in for. Part 2: After being discouraged from pursuing science, Katy Rodriguez Wimberly searches for her place in the military and as an actor. ...Show More
Syzygy: Stories of celestial alignment

23:22 | Apr 28th, 2017

Part 1: Bryony Tilsley and her husband are planning a local astronomy event when their family undergoes a big change. Part 2: Eclipse chaser David Baron discovers the real magic behind a total solar eclipse. Bryony Tilsley, along with her husband Rob...Show More
Resistance: Stories about fighting oppression

26:18 | Apr 21st, 2017

Part 1: Environmental engineer Siddhartha Roy is baffled when the state of Michigan insists the water in Flint is safe to drink despite his scientific evidence. Part 2: Sociologist Ada Cheng learns a surprising lesson about resistance while studying ...Show More
Transformation: Stories about changing states

28:37 | Apr 14th, 2017

Part 1: Geneticist Sebastian Alvarado reconnects with his love of comic books by attempting to shrink ants. Part 2: Inspired by his favorite novel, third-grade Danny Artese attempts to turn himself into a plant. Sebastian Gaston Alvarado went into sc...Show More
Technological Advancements: Stories about the ways technology impacts our lives

29:54 | Apr 7th, 2017

Part 1: Blind athlete Simon Wheatcroft finds a way to run marathons by himself. Part 2: Worried she won't ever be able to commit to one field of study, Dale Markowitz decides to go all in on a neuroscience project. Simon Wheatcroft’s utilization of t...Show More
Observational Error: Stories about the overlooked

31:57 | Mar 31st, 2017

Part 1: Neuroscientist Qi Lin struggles to connect with friends and colleagues when she can’t escape her scientific mindset. Part 2: When defense attorney Michael Perlin interviews individuals who were not competent to stand trial, he makes a startli...Show More
Isolation: Stories about loneliness

39:28 | Mar 24th, 2017

Part 1: On an expedition to Antarctica, journalist Alok Jha ends up trapped on the ice for days. Part 2: Neuroscientist Rita Tavares attempts to analyze her romantic problems with science. Alok Jha is a journalist, author and broadcaster, focusing on...Show More
Habitat Loss: Stories of changing environments

41:23 | Mar 17th, 2017

Part 1: Ecologist Evon Hekkala travels to Madagascar to help protect a village from a man-eating croc. Part 2: Criminologist Stan Stojkovic receives a letter from an incarcerated man who killed two people when he was a teenager. Evon Hekkala was born...Show More
In the Field: Stories about venturing into the wild

31:08 | Mar 10th, 2017

Part 1: As a grad student, Liz Neeley falls in love with the order of science, but when she heads into the field, she’s forced to confront messy reality. Part 2: Criminologist Heith Copes gets close to his subjects when he studies meth users in rural...Show More
Natural Habitats: Stories of finding where we belong

28:06 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Part 1: Born and raised in Brooklyn, naturalist Helen Cheng leaves the comfort of the city to venture out into the field. Part 2: Ecologist Thom Young-Bayer makes the tough decision to leave science after his life changes course. Helen Cheng is once ...Show More
Predators: Stories about confronting danger

30:54 | Feb 24th, 2017

Part 1: Drew Prochaska decides to confront his fear of sharks -- by going swimming with them. Part 2: Attorney Heather Cucolo must navigate the complicated psychology surrounding her sex-offender clients. Drew Prochaska is a two-time Moth StorySlam w...Show More
Fear Response: Stories about conquering fear

34:10 | Feb 17th, 2017

Part 1: Mark Pagán combats his phobia of flying in an unusual way. Part 2: Military surgeon Rob Lim must perform surgery in the middle of a sandstorm in Iraq. Mark Pagán is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, multimedia artist, and writer best kn...Show More
Oxytocin: Stories of love gone wrong

28:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

Part 1: MIT Museum education coordinator Faith Dukes wonders if there’s something wrong with her when she fails to couple up. Part 2: Cara Gael O'Regan is startled when she tests positive for syphilis. Faith Dukes is the Education Coordinator at the ...Show More
Research: Stories about the places studies take us

29:28 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Part 1: As a teenager, Bri Riggio struggles to understand her eating disorder and connect with her psychologist father. Part 2: Seth Baum, an expert in global catastrophic risk, makes waves when he suggests a solution to the threat of nuclear winter....Show More
Outliers: Stories of unusual outcomes

31:32 | Jan 27th, 2017

Part 1: A series of unfortunate events reveals something off about molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam’s sense of smell. Part 2: Hillary Savoie’s daughter is born with a rare genetic mutation. Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist who just r...Show More
Baseline: Stories about starting points

28:44 | Jan 20th, 2017

Part 1: Bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko tries to use her science training while reporting her sexual assault. Part 2: Engineering student Selam Gano returns to her father’s home country of Ethiopia with the hopes of providing clean water to the village wh...Show More
Excited State: Stories about exhilerating experiences

23:00 | Jan 14th, 2017

Brian Mackenwells tries to smuggle something onto the vomit comet, and Jess Thom learns the best way to explain her Tourette's to someone new. Brian Mackenwells currently works at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics as the Public Engagement ...Show More
Exposure: Stories about new experiences

28:42 | Jan 6th, 2017

Part 1: Journalist Erika Check Hayden travels to Sierra Leone and sees ebola up close and personal for the first time. Part 2: As a child, psychologist Ali Mattu suffers from paralyzing social anxiety. Erika Check Hayden is an award-winning San Franc...Show More
Adam Becker: The Solar System

16:41 | Dec 30th, 2016

Though Adam Becker loved science as a kid, he struggled in school -- until he met first-grade teacher Mrs. Brown. Adam Becker is a writer, astrophysicist, and science publishing troublemaker. He is currently writing a book about the sordid untold his...Show More
Mary Ann Allen: My Friend Lovey

15:21 | Dec 23rd, 2016

When biologist Mary Ann Allen gets a chance to study Down syndrome, the disorder her dear childhood friend had, she jumps at the chance, but the results aren't what she expected. Mary Ann Allen is a Sie post-doctoral fellow at the University of Color...Show More
Rebecca Brachman: Deadly Mistake

18:26 | Dec 16th, 2016

Neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman is working late one night alone in the lab when she accidentally sticks herself with a needle full of deadly toxin. Rebecca Brachman is a neuroscientist, playwright, and screenwriter. She obtained her PhD at Columbia U...Show More
Emily Grossman: Crying in Science

15:24 | Dec 9th, 2016

When geneticist and science communicator Emily Grossman is invited to discuss women in science on TV, she doesn't know she'll be debating a legendary Internet bully. Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First i...Show More
Amanda Buch: My Father's Brain

13:45 | Dec 2nd, 2016

When Amanda Buch's beloved father is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, it sparks a passion in her for neuroscience. Amanda Buch is a budding neuroscientist and visual artist who draws inspiration from the intersection of brain biology and creativit...Show More
Matt Hartings: My Bacon Number

16:29 | Nov 25th, 2016

Chemist Matt Hartings is excited -- and a little frantic -- when he receives an unexpected invitation to talk about the science of bacon on The Today Show. Matt Hartings is a chemist who works at American University. When he's not being bossed around...Show More
Chiara Mariottini: Lost in Translation

14:10 | Nov 18th, 2016

Italian neuroscientist Chiara Mariottini struggles to fit in when she moves to New York City. Chiara Mariottini has a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Florence, Italy. She graduated at the end of 2007 and moved to NYC in January 2008. Sh...Show More
Wes Hazard: Everything Is Wrong

14:30 | Nov 11th, 2016

Standup comedian Wes Hazard's dangerous chronic illness rears its head while he's on stage one night. Wes Hazard is a Boston-based comic & storyteller who was named 1 of '5 Boston Comics to Watch' by the Boston Globe. His first book 'Questions for Te...Show More
Amy Oestreicher: Life Without a Stomach

19:20 | Nov 4th, 2016

Amy Oestreicher is a normal teenage theater nerd... until the day her stomach explodes. Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-wi...Show More
Jana Watson-Capps: Shark-Infested Waters

16:31 | Oct 28th, 2016

Biologist Jana Watson-Capps struggles with feeling in over her head in her scientific career. Jana Watson-Capps is an Associate Director of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, where she serves as chief-of-staff and head of strategy. Ja...Show More
Herman Pontzer: Burning Calories

16:19 | Oct 21st, 2016

Anthropologist Herman Pontzer spends time living among a Hadza hunter-gatherer tribe in order to see if they burn more calories than a typical Westerner. Herman Pontzer, professor of anthropology at Hunter College in New York, investigates the human ...Show More
Layne Jackson Hubbard: Still Myself

13:06 | Oct 14th, 2016

Layne Jackson Hubbard wakes up in a hospital room with a head wound and no memory of how she got there. Layne Jackson Hubbard is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and is the founder of MindScribe, a startup compa...Show More
Aparna Nancherla: By Any Means Necessary

15:33 | Oct 7th, 2016

When comedian Aparna Nancherla's science fair project goes awry, she and her fellow students make some unethical choices. Aparna Nancherla is a standup comedian and writer who has written for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and appeared on “Totally Bia...Show More
Patrick Freeman: Elephant Time

14:16 | Sep 30th, 2016

Patrick Freeman is studying elephants in Namibia when he receives terrible news. Patrick Freeman is a Research Assistant at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology. He specializes in sub-Saharan wildlife ecology and is pass...Show More
Rachel Yehuda: Cause and Effect

18:19 | Sep 23rd, 2016

To discover why some survivors of trauma experience PTSD and some don't, scientist Rachel Yehuda must convince a community of Holocaust survivors to let her study them. Rachel Yehuda is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School o...Show More
Ira Flatow: The Sound of the Falls

23:15 | Sep 16th, 2016

As a young science reporter at NPR, Science Friday's Ira Flatow accepts a challenge to record what it sounds like to go over Niagara Falls. Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday, heard weekly o...Show More
Wyatt Cenac: Driving Drunk for Science

16:30 | Sep 9th, 2016

While completing a community service requirement in high school, comedian Wyatt Cenac puts a drunk driving simulation to the test. Wyatt Cenac is a comedian and a former correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He has also released multipl...Show More
Paula Croxson: How Cold Is Too Cold?

16:20 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Neuroscientist Paula Croxson is determined to finish her first open-water swimming race -- despite the dangers. Paula Croxson is a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she researches the brain mechanisms and chemicals that are resp...Show More
Ben Lillie: The Truth About My Grandfather

18:49 | Aug 26th, 2016

After his grandfather passes away, Ben Lillie learns the surprising truth about his life -- from Wikipedia. Ben is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York's theater district. He is co-founder and artistic d...Show More
Elana Lancaster: The Egg & the Equinox

13:24 | Aug 19th, 2016

In grade school, Elana Lancaster gets into trouble when he questions his student teacher's science. Elana Lancaster is a health educator and storyteller who lives in Brooklyn. He's a Moth Slam winner, and co-hosts and co-produces the monthly show Tak...Show More
Skylar Bayer: The Hummingbird of Doom

16:06 | Aug 12th, 2016

Skylar Bayer's dreams of a career in scientific scuba diving are put in jeopardy when her heart begins acting strangely. Skylar Bayer is a PhD candidate studying the secret sex lives of scallops in the great state of Maine. Due to a mishap involving ...Show More
Aaron Wolfe: The Inseminator

13:26 | Aug 6th, 2016

Aaron Wolfe seeks meaning through labor at a kibbutz dairy farm -- and finds himself tackling some rather unexpected tasks. Aaron Wolfe is a moth grandslam winning storyteller, writer, filmmaker, and obsessive fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. ...Show More
Jo Firestone: A Sex Education

10:39 | Jul 29th, 2016

When comedian Jo Firestone goes to college, she starts to worry she has an STD -- even though she's never had sex.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
MaryAnn Wilbur: Two Pregnancies

11:03 | Jul 22nd, 2016

While she's 26 weeks pregnant, OB-GYN MaryAnn Wilbur treats a woman who is also 26 weeks pregnant -- and about to go into labor. MaryAnn Wilbur is currently an editorial fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine and a practicing OB/Gyn at the Dim...Show More
Henry Duffy: 97 Days On Pitcairn Island

12:58 | Jul 15th, 2016

As a student, Henry Duffy jumps at a chance to do research...on the second most remote island in the world. Henry Duffy is a conservationist with a particular interest in the marine environment and a background in tropical marine ecology and fisherie...Show More
Nathan Boll: What Else Is Out There?

12:14 | Jul 8th, 2016

Nathan Boll was an excellent physics student -- up until the day he suddenly dropped out. Nathan Boll is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the National Academy of Sciences and a Space Policy Graduate Fellow in the Elliot ...Show More
Nitin Ron: Babies and Mountains

12:46 | Jul 1st, 2016

Newborn and premature baby specialist Nitin Ron learns a surprising lesson from one of his young patients. Nitin Ron is a neonatologist (baby doctor) and loves high altitude trekking and mountaineering. He is an associate professor of pediatrics at N...Show More
Emily Mullin: Losing My Voice

15:46 | Jun 24th, 2016

In high school, Emily Mullin dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist -- until her voice mysteriously begins to disappear. Emily Mullin is a freelance science writer interested in telling stories that explore the intersection of health and humanity....Show More
Jeff Sparr: Obsession

13:03 | Jun 17th, 2016

Jeff Sparr finds an unexpected purpose after his life is torn apart... by a case of jock itch. PeaceLove co-founder Jeff Sparr is a man on an audacious mission -- a mission to make mental illness cool. Not cool to have, but cool to support. A family ...Show More
Amanda Duffy: A Picture of My Brain

12:23 | Jun 10th, 2016

Neuroscientist Amanda Duffy gets some surprising news about her brain when she volunteers to be a control in an MRI study. Amanda Marie Duffy is a graduate student at Brown University pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Her research is focused on und...Show More
David Russell: In The Name Of Love

18:21 | Jun 3rd, 2016

In high school, David Russell joins a hospital apprentice program in order to get close to his crush. David Russell is a librarian, bookseller and storyteller who is thankful to live in Georgia after spending 28 years in the Buffalo area. He hosts St...Show More
Rochelle Williams: Potential

16:18 | May 29th, 2016

As a PhD student, Rochelle Williams faces barriers to a career in engineering. Rochelle Williams is a Louisiana girl, Spelman woman, and lover of all things football. No stranger to implicit and institutional biases, she is an advocate for women of c...Show More
Steve Crabtree: Painting A Nuclear Submarine

18:59 | May 20th, 2016

Steve Crabtree gets an unusual start to his career: watching paint dry. Steve Crabtree left school aged 15 in 1985 and started work as a painter & decorator in Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited in Barrow in Furness, where he painted nuclea...Show More
Brion Randolph: Curiosity Saves The Cats

12:10 | May 14th, 2016

Brion Randolph's journey to becoming a doctor begins with a box full of kittens. Dr. Brion Randolph is currently the Chief of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia. He joined CTCA as a medical oncologist an...Show More
Dawn Fraser: The Mission

13:34 | May 6th, 2016

While working as a census taker in 2010, Dawn Fraser is taken by surprise when her partner asks her for a favor. Dawn J. Fraser is a storyteller, educator and and nationally acclaimed speaker based out of New York City. She is the Host of the live sh...Show More
Bill Harwood: How A Chemist Becomes A Cop

13:27 | Apr 29th, 2016

As a young chemist working for the state crime lab, Bill Harwood is unexpectedly called to a crime scene. Lt. Bill Harwood is the director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. He has over 26 years of experience in forensics and law enforcement...Show More
Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria

17:29 | Apr 22nd, 2016

A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States. Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of be...Show More
Chris Duffy: A Comedian Walks Into Some Neuroscience

11:57 | Apr 15th, 2016

After reading about scientific theories of humor, comedian Chris Duffy decides to see if those principles can make his act better. Chris Duffy is a NYC-based comedian who performs across the country. His shows have been featured in The New York Times...Show More
Kia Salehi: Control

10:20 | Apr 8th, 2016

A young neuroscientist seeks control through an eating disorder. Kia Salehi is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in neuroscience and mathematics. For two years after graduation she worked as the lab manager for a neuroscience ...Show More
Amanda Stockton: The Girl With The Big Nose

12:51 | Apr 1st, 2016

Growing up on a cattle ranch, Amanda Stockton dreams of searching for life elsewhere in the universe. Dr. Amanda Stockton is an assistant professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work walks th...Show More
Dan Daneshvar: Making The Death Call

11:23 | Mar 26th, 2016

To study a dangerous disease, Dan Daneshvar asks families to consider donating their loved one's brains. Dan Daneshvar received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with Concentrations in Cognitive Ne...Show More
Joe Palca: 175 Riverside Drive

14:16 | Mar 18th, 2016

A series of incidents propels Joe Palca to a career in sleep research. Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. He comes to journalism from a science background, having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cr...Show More
Erika Engelhaupt: Fear Of Flying

12:47 | Mar 12th, 2016

Erika Engelhaupt gets a dream reporting assignment. There's just one problem--she has to take a small prop plane just like the one that she almost crashed in years ago. Erika Engelhaupt is a science writer and editor. At the time of this show, she is...Show More
Maryam Zaringhalam: Cheating My Way To Smart

12:48 | Mar 5th, 2016

Maryam Zaringhalam's scheme to cheat her way into the smart class makes clear a huge flaw in the education system. Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist and graduate student at The Rockefeller University. In the lab, Maryam tinkers with parasit...Show More
Jonaki Bhattacharyya: Losing Control

18:35 | Feb 26th, 2016

Jonaki Bhattacharyya ventures out into rugged Canadian wilderness to research wild horses — but can does she have what it takes to survive? This story was produced as part of the Springer Storytellers series. Hear and read more at www.beforetheabstra...Show More
David Putrino: Medical Records

14:32 | Feb 20th, 2016

While working at a hospital, David Putrino finds a surprise in his own medical records. David is a Physical Therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He has worked as a clinician in the US, UK and Australia, studied computational neuroscience at Harvard ...Show More
Saad Sarwana: The Math Test

10:27 | Feb 12th, 2016

Saad Sarwana is finally about to win a high school award, but in his way is a math problem even the teacher got wrong. Saad Sarwana grew up in Pakistan, and moved first to Canada and then eventually to the US to attend graduate school in Physics. He'...Show More
Rachel Fairbank: Scientist Or Subject?

13:23 | Feb 5th, 2016

While being treated after an accident, Rachel Fairbank struggles with not being the researcher. Rachel Fairbank received her bachelor's in biology from Cornell University, did some graduate work in the developmental biology program at Baylor College ...Show More
Abhishek Shah: Waste Disposal

10:53 | Jan 29th, 2016

Abhishek Shah takes a simple job to pay for school--toxic waste disposal. Being a biomedical engineer, Abhishek Shah knows everything about physics, chemistry and biology. He applies the same fundamentals to his stand up comedy and storytelling to im...Show More
Brian Kennedy: The Back-Up Plan

12:45 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Brian Kennedy is forced to take a job in his local pharmacy to finance his theater dreams. Brian Kennedy is a writer/storyteller living in NYC. He's written for The Huffington Post and performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigad...Show More
Kaća Bradonjić: The Nature Of Space And Time

13:40 | Jan 17th, 2016

Physicist Kaća Bradonjić's view of time is shaped by her experience as a war refugee. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Kaća Bradonjić is a theoretical physicist living and working in Massachusetts. Her research on the nature of space, time, and...Show More
Ali Mattu: My Brother The Trekkie

17:17 | Jan 8th, 2016

Psychologist Ali Mattu didn't know what he wanted to be as a kid, but his older brother helped him find inspiration in Star Trek. Ali is a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders where he specializes ...Show More
Anna Nicanarova: Playing Sick

09:47 | Jan 1st, 2016

Anna Nicanarova pretends to be sick to get out of a test, but how far will she take the ruse? Anna Nicanorova is Director of Annalect Labs -- space for experimentation and rapid prototyping within Annalect. Anna is Co–Founder of Books+Whiskey meetup ...Show More
Tom Levenson: Henry

18:20 | Dec 25th, 2015

Used to the controlled uncertainties of his work, science writer Tom Levenson is forced to confront the dramatic uncertainty of whether he’ll be able to adopt a son. Tom Levenson writes books (most recently The Hunt for Vulcan) and makes films, about...Show More
Adam Foote: The Sea Urchin Massacre

22:12 | Dec 18th, 2015

Adam Foote confronts the problem of obtaining sea urchins in land-locked Pittsburgh...during a polar vortex. Adam recently graduated with a Master's degree in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is very grateful to his sea urchin friends ...Show More
Neer Asherie: The Milk Heist

11:54 | Dec 11th, 2015

When he discovers his milk has been stolen from the dorm fridge, Neer Asherie has to resort to extreme science measures to find the culprit. Neer Asherie is a professor of physics and biology at Yeshiva University. He received a B.A. and M.A. in natu...Show More
Rachel Pendergrass: A Bad Day At The Aquarium

11:09 | Dec 4th, 2015

Rachel Pendergrass gets her dream job: talking to visitors in an aquarium, but dealing with the questions are not what she expected. Rachel Pendergrass is a storyteller, writer, actor, and science communicator native to the Atlanta area. She is a co-...Show More
Alan Guth: Stumbling To Inflation

18:35 | Nov 28th, 2015

Alan Guth is working on a fairly typical research paper, when he accidentally makes a huge discovery about the origin of the universe. Alan H. Guth is the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Ins...Show More
Adam Rogers: Separating Cells

14:59 | Nov 22nd, 2015

Adam Rogers gets an exciting opportunity to work in a marine biology lab, and see if he really wants to be a biologist. Adam Rogers is articles editor at WIRED, where he edits features about miscellaneous geekery and runs the science desk. His featur...Show More
April Salazar: The Heart Adapts

14:27 | Nov 13th, 2015

Facing an incredibly important decision, April Salazar is infuriated by way scientific information about reproduction is distorted. April Salazar is a writer and storyteller. She's written for The New York Times and has shared stories on The Moth pod...Show More
Jimmy Wohl: Calmfidence

16:43 | Nov 6th, 2015

As a musician and writer Jimmy Wohl thought he was the ultimate creative, then he encounters a pharmaceutical marketing campaign. Jimmy Wohl is a writer and musician from New York City. He performs in many shows throughout the region, is the host of ...Show More
Erik Vance: Is This Biology?

13:27 | Oct 31st, 2015

Erik Vance searches for the real meaning of biology while chasing porcupines. Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer replanted in Mexico as a non-native species. Before becoming a writer he was, at turns, a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an enviro...Show More
Aerin Jacob: Lessons From The Man With A Machine Gun

18:10 | Oct 23rd, 2015

With her truck stuck in the mud in the Serengeti, Aerin Jacob learns three important lessons. This story was produced as part of the Springer Storytellers series. Hear and read more at Aerin Jacob is a Postdoctoral Fellow a...Show More
Nicole Ferraro: The Summer Of West Nile

11:34 | Oct 16th, 2015

A remote disease comes very close to home for Queens resident Nicole Ferraro. Nicole Ferraro is a writer, editor, and storyteller living in NYC. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, Story Collider Magazine, The Frisky, Mr. B...Show More
Teppei Katori: Becoming American

17:39 | Oct 9th, 2015

A Japanese particle physicist struggles to find his place (and learn English) in the American midwest. Teppei Katori is an experimental particle physicist and a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. His major interest is neutrino physics, espe...Show More
John Rennie: The Downside Of Being The Boss

19:39 | Oct 2nd, 2015

John Rennie finds it’s great to be editor in chief of Scientific American, but not when all the ingredients of sarin gas are in his office. John Rennie is a science writer, editor, and lecturer based in New York. Viewers of The Weather Channel know h...Show More
Adriana Salerno: A Different Kind Of Problem

15:42 | Sep 25th, 2015

As a mathematician, Adriana Salerno is used to solving problems, but depression is something else entirely. Adriana Salerno is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where she received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simon B...Show More
Brittany Bushnell: A Neuroscientist With A Brain Tumor

12:48 | Sep 18th, 2015

Just after beginning a graduate program in neuroscience, Brittany Bushnell gets an unexpected look at her own brain. Brittany Bushnell has a BS in psychology from the University of Washington, and is currently working on her PhD in neuroscience at Ne...Show More
Nate Charles Troisi: Family Chemistry

13:14 | Sep 11th, 2015

A chemistry set is the perfect opportunity for Nate Charles Troisi to connect with his engineer father. Nate Charles Troisi is an award winning storyteller and solo performer originally based in Melbourne, Australia and now based in NYC. He's written...Show More
David Moinina Sengeh: Whose Story Is It?

12:37 | Sep 4th, 2015

When reporters call to cover David Moinina Sengeh's work, that should be a good thing, but it depends on what story they want to tell. David Moinina Sengeh, born and raised in Sierra Leone, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. His res...Show More
Tara Lagu: Quitting The Lab To Save The World

14:15 | Aug 28th, 2015

Tara Lagu's passion for beating her high school rival in the science fair turns into an unusual medical career. Tara Lagu, M.D., M.P.H, is an Academic Hospitalist in the Center for Quality of Care Research and Department of Medicine at Baystate Medic...Show More
Karen James: I Could Be an Astronaut

15:49 | Aug 21st, 2015

A surprise email leads a biologist to NASA. Dr Karen James (@kejames on Twitter) is a biologist at the MDI Biological Laboratory, where she combines DNA-based species identification ('DNA barcoding'), with public participation in scientific research ...Show More
Erica Ferencik: My Dad & His Mice

13:34 | Aug 15th, 2015

Erica Ferencik's father left his family to pursue his obsession with finding monogamy in the animal kingdom. Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and essayist Erica Ferencik is the author of the comic novel, Cracks in the Foundation and the best-sel...Show More
George Church: Playing With Fire

11:51 | Aug 7th, 2015

George Church learns a lesson on the power of nature the hard way. George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Studies, and Director of, which provides the wor...Show More
John Dimandja: The First Day Of Class

14:23 | Jul 31st, 2015

Professor John Dimandja is confused when his class begins snickering on the first day -- until he realizes it's because they weren't expecting him to be black. John Dimandja is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Spelman College. A native of Oxfor...Show More
Diana Reiss: Who is training who?

10:51 | Jul 27th, 2015

Early in her career researching dolphin intelligence Diana Reiss began wondering, "Who is training who?" Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist and a marine mammal scientist, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Gra...Show More
Uzma Rizvi: Being an Archaeologist

15:29 | Jul 19th, 2015

At a checkpoint in Iraq, not knowing if she'll get through, Uzma Rizvi reflects on what it means to be an archaeologist. This story was produced as part of the Springer Storytellers series. Hear and read more at Uzma Z. Rizv...Show More
Brian Wecht: The Littlest Experiment

16:38 | Jul 13th, 2015

For physicist Brian Wecht, his new baby is the perfect opportunity--to do experiments. Brian Wecht studies theoretical particle physics and string theory and is the co-founder of The Story Collider. Additionally, he is half of the musical sketch duo ...Show More
Jessica Henkel: Stuck

17:16 | Jul 6th, 2015

Ecologist Jessica Henkel finds the keys to her research truck missing, as it's parked on a remote beach with one of the biggest tides of the season about to come in. Jessica is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Nation...Show More
Carter Edwards: Brontosaurus Claus

17:46 | Jun 27th, 2015

Not even the truth about Santa Claus and George Washington could prepare Carter Edwards for what happened to Brontosaurus. Carter Edwards' work has appeared in Mathematics Magazine, Hobart, The New York Times, and others. His debut collection of fict...Show More
Rose Eveleth: Looking For Help

12:21 | Jun 19th, 2015

Rose Eveleth always wanted to be fiercely independent. But sometimes being too independent has its downsides. Rose Eveleth is a writer, producer, and designer based in Brooklyn. She's dabbled in everything from research on krill to animations about b...Show More
Virendra Singh: Farm To School

16:26 | Jun 12th, 2015

Virendra Singh is responsible for carrying on his family's farm, but he begs his parents to be allowed to go to school. Virendra was born in a farmer's family in northern India. He experienced and learned engineering challenges while growing up on th...Show More
Sean Carroll: What Would Stephen Hawking Do?

13:19 | Jun 4th, 2015

Sean Carroll gets a fabulous job offer—to work with Stephen Hawking—twice. Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focu...Show More
Carl Hart: My Cousin's Meds

14:42 | May 27th, 2015

When neuroscientist Carl Hart meets with his cousin he wonders about what he now knows about psychiatric medication and society, and whether his own life is a success. Carl Hart is a member of the faculty at Columbia University, jointly-appointed in ...Show More
David Kipping: Falling To Other Worlds

12:38 | May 19th, 2015

A near-fatal accident on a mountain leads exoplanet hunter David Kipping to a new goal. David Kipping is an astronomer based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where he researches extrasolar planets and moons. He is currently f...Show More
Chris Gunter: My Prosthetic

13:54 | May 11th, 2015

Geneticist Chris Gunter worries about passing on a rare condition to her son. Chris Gunter is a human geneticist by training, and a science communicator by choice. She earned her Ph.D. at Emory University and then moved up and down the east coast, en...Show More
Bradford Jordan: The Brain In The Trunk

12:09 | May 1st, 2015

Bradford Jordan finds there's more to the brain his dad brings to show his class than just how cool it is. Bradford Jordan is an actor, improviser, storyteller and facilitator. He is a lead teacher at the Peoples Improv Theatre in New York, where he ...Show More
Renee Hlozek: Who Looks Like A Scientist?

10:50 | Apr 24th, 2015

An offhand sexist comment enrages Renee Hlozek, and leads her to dig into how her colleagues really view people who aren't the stereotypical scientist. Dr. Renee Hlozek is the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics in at Pr...Show More
Elin Roberts: The Bacon Sandwich

16:46 | Apr 17th, 2015

A simple interview about a bacon sandwich turns into a national, then international nightmare. Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate science communicator producing activities and programs f...Show More
Jon Ronson: Jon Ronson Vs Jon_Ronson

17:42 | Apr 11th, 2015

When Jon Ronson discovers a twitter account pretending to be him, he sets off to find it's creators. Jon Ronson is a British nonfiction author, documentary maker and screenwriter. His books, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goat...Show More
Molly Payne Wynne: An Accomplice To Fish Murder

12:29 | Apr 3rd, 2015

A summer job in Yellowstone National Park isn't quite what Molly Payne Wynne had been expecting. Molly is the Monitoring Coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, an unprecedented collaborative effort to restore 11 species of sea-run fis...Show More
Bianca Jones Marlin: It's Because She's Black

11:59 | Mar 27th, 2015

On the first day of grad school for her PhD, a fellow student tells Bianca Jones Marlin that she doesn't really belong there. Bianca Jones Marlin is a neuroscientist and doctoral candidate at New York University, School of Medicine. She received dual...Show More
Hillary Rea: A Standard Pregnancy

12:53 | Mar 16th, 2015

Hillary Rea enjoys her job as a "standard patient" helping to train medical students, until she's asked to sub in on a birth gone quite wrong. Hillary Rea is a Philadelphia dwelling comedian and storyteller, and the host of the storytelling shows Tel...Show More
Adam Becker: How To Save Your PhD Supervisor

18:08 | Mar 6th, 2015

When Adam Becker realizes a visiting film crew is made up of geocentrists, he has to prevent them from exploiting his adviser's work. Adam Becker is a cosmologist, a journalist, a programmer, and a science publishing troublemaker. He hails from a tin...Show More
Erin Barker: Plants And People

14:14 | Feb 27th, 2015

Erin Barker's attempt to save a college relationship leads her to a plant biology class where the professor brought an ax to class. Erin Barker is senior producer of The Story Collider and a host of its live show in New York. She is the first woman t...Show More
Obehi Janice: Gather And Murmur

11:35 | Feb 20th, 2015

Obehi Janice's family struggles to understand a death their doctors can't explain. Obehi Janice is a writer, actress, and comedian. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has trained with Shakespeare & Company and ImprovBoston. Her essays inc...Show More
Indre Viskontas: The Man Chart

13:27 | Feb 12th, 2015

Neuroscientist Indre Viskontas and her friends turn to science to find the right way to date. Indre Viskontas is a neuroscientist and opera singer. She is also the host of Inquiring Minds, an in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics,...Show More
David Epstein: Holographic Supplements

12:23 | Feb 4th, 2015

Sports writer David Epstein tracks down some surprising health claims circulating in the football world. David Epstein is author of the recent New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, an exploration of the genetic basis of athleticism. He is curren...Show More
Tara Clancy: Adventures In Babymaking

18:15 | Jan 29th, 2015

The joys and dangers of getting pregnant for Tara Clancy and her wife. Tara Clancy is a writer and performer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review and The Rumpus. She is also a winner of The Moth GrandSlam storyte...Show More
Suze Kundu: A New Pair Of Shoes

12:54 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Suze Kundu is forced to abandon dancing for materials science, until materials science comes to the rescue. Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, where she shares her love of Materials Science and Engineering with anyone that wi...Show More
Bethany Brookshire: A Perfect Mentor

12:24 | Jan 12th, 2015

Lost after arriving at grad school, Bethany Brookshire is happy to finally find a perfect mentor. Bethany Brookshire has a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy from The College of William and Mary, a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake...Show More
Justin Cameron: A Dangerous Trick

22:18 | Jan 3rd, 2015

Sword swallower Justin Cameron gets an unexpected lesson in anatomy and medicine. Justin is a product manager and mobile app designer who works on search engines and secure email products. Before that, he was an itinerant technical writer, hacker, an...Show More
Alex Bellos: Your Favorite Number

17:08 | Dec 26th, 2014

Alex Bellos is surprised that people ask him what his favorite number is, so he decides to ask everyone what theirs is. Alex Bellos is the author of the popular science bestsellers The Grapes of Math and Here's Looking at Euclid. In a previous life h...Show More
Ed Yong: Questioning A Hero

19:33 | Dec 16th, 2014

Ed Yong is ecstatic to get an interview with his hero, Sir David Attenborough, but he's not prepared for a lesson in what having a science hero really means. Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer. His blog Not Exactly Rocket Science is hosted by...Show More
Annalee Newitz: Honoring The Dead

13:34 | Dec 11th, 2014

Annalee Newitz comes to terms with grief while exploring the remains of a mysterious ancient city. Annalee Newitz is the editor of io9, and author most recently of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass ExtinctionLearn more abou...Show More
Steve Zimmer: Less Than One Percent

11:33 | Dec 2nd, 2014

Against the odds, animal-loving kid Steve Zimmer attempts to rescue tadpoles in jeopardy. An aging yuppie from the midwest, Steve Zimmer was originally an academic economist and is currently a programmer, but not before working 5 years in an NYU immu...Show More
Shayle Matsuda: My First Expedition As A Man

13:51 | Nov 25th, 2014

Marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a transgender man while on assignment in the Philippines. Shayle Matsuda researches sea slugs as an MSc candidate at the California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco State University. ...Show More
Brian Fisher: Living With The Pygmies

12:23 | Nov 16th, 2014

Alone in the African rainforest and on the brink of death, entomologist Brian Fisher finds help from an unexpected source. Dr. Brian Fisher is a modern day explorer who has devoted his life to the study and conservation of ants and biodiversity aroun...Show More
Matineh Eybpoosh: Being Good

16:11 | Nov 4th, 2014

Married young and used to giving up her own dreams, Iranian student Matineh Eybpoosh moves to the U.S. to study civil engineering—and a whole new world opens up. Matineh Eybpoosh was born in Oroumieh, a town that carries the scent of apples and the g...Show More
Jeffrey Schell: Caught In The Rip Current

18:52 | Oct 27th, 2014

Oceanographer Jeffrey Schell finds himself in a race against time when he encounters swimmers stuck in a dangerous rip current. Jeffrey M. Schell is an associate professor of oceanography with Sea Education Association, a renowned study abroad organi...Show More
Nisse Greenberg: What's In A Name

12:06 | Oct 19th, 2014

While teaching a math class, Nisse Greenberg is troubled by his student's name, and his own. Nisse Greenberg is an educator and storyteller who eats mostly vegetarian. Sometimes he eats wings because wings are really good. When he applied for a visa ...Show More
Karen Hopkin: Who's The Donor?

14:50 | Oct 9th, 2014

A panicked day leads Karen Hopkin to wonder if her sperm donor really is the father of her child. Karen Hopkin is a freelance writer and the creator of the Studmuffins of Science calendar. Karen received a PhD in biochemistry in 1992, and then traded...Show More
John Rennie: Crazy Mail

20:59 | Sep 27th, 2014

As an editor at Scientific American John Rennie delighted in the weird correspondence they received, but then one letter crossed a line. John Rennie is a science writer, editor, and lecturer based in New York. Viewers of The Weather Channel know him ...Show More
Edward Frenkel: The Test

20:44 | Sep 21st, 2014

When Edward Frenkel is told he won't be accepted to a Russian university because his father is Jewish, he decides to take the admissions exam anyway. Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joi...Show More
Meredith White: How To Write A Testimony

13:26 | Sep 13th, 2014

Marine scientist Meredith has to navigate a whole new world when she's called upon to testify in front of the Maine legislature in support of a crucial bill. Meredith White is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East...Show More
Nelson Lugo: A Simple Magic Trick

12:15 | Sep 5th, 2014

Nelson Lugo has a brilliant idea for his grade school talent show -- use chemistry to do a simple magic trick. It did not go over well. Nelson Lugo is a Magician, Sideshow Artist, and Batman enthusiast. He was featured by TimeOut NY as a New York Ent...Show More
Emily Caudill: Fading Notes

17:58 | Aug 29th, 2014

Musician Emily Caudill's life-saving chemotherapy treatment causes her to lose her hearing. Emily Caudill is a songwriter and musician from Louisville, Kentucky. In 2011, while she was working in special education, and as a music therapy intern, Emil...Show More
Erika Engelhaupt: The Science Of Speeding

17:19 | Aug 22nd, 2014

Erika Engelhaupt is on a road trip out to DC when suddenly they're pulled over and her boyfriend is arrested. She'll need science to vindicate her man. Erika Engelhaupt is a science writer and editor. At the time of this show, she is about to start a...Show More
Stephon Alexander: Physics Dreams

13:35 | Aug 15th, 2014

Physicist Stephon Alexander feels overwhelmed until the father of quantum gravity himself helps him find inspiration in his subconscious. Stephon Alexander is the Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. Steph...Show More
Daniel Miller: Black Holes

17:21 | Aug 8th, 2014

At four years old, Daniel Miller became one of the youngest people in the state of Texas ever to testify in court -- against his own mother, for sexual assault. As an adult, he struggles for stability, but finds hope in physics. (Warning: this story ...Show More
Daniel Engber: Distracting Mark Cuban

17:48 | Aug 1st, 2014

Daniel Engber risks derailing his PhD by constant daydreaming, until his neuroscience research gives him a idea that will revolutionize the NBA. Daniel Engber is a columnist for and Popular Science, and a regular contributor to the New York...Show More
Eugene Lim: Colliding Universes

19:51 | Jul 25th, 2014

Cosmologist Eugene Lim is pulled into another world when he goes to help teach after the earthquake in Haiti. One day, Eugene Lim decided to dump his Mech Eng. degree to do physics for a living. So he went and obtained a PhD in astronomy at the Unive...Show More
Ainissa Ramirez: Science Vs Football

15:36 | Jul 18th, 2014

Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez never connected with her brothers' love of football until she unexpectedly ends up writing a book about it. Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist, who is passionate about getting the general public exci...Show More
Annalise Kaylor: A Room Full Of Odds

14:05 | Jul 11th, 2014

A cancer diagnosis is only the start of the collapse for Annalise Kaylor, but she finds support in an unexpected community. Hailing from the northwoods of Wisconsin, Annalise Kaylor planned to live in an RV and travel around the country when she made...Show More
Allison Hartshorn: Common Ground

12:29 | Jul 4th, 2014

A relationship bridging the divide between scientists and artists is reflected in a fight over where to store tomatoes. Alison graduated with a BSc in Astrophysics from Newcastle University. Leaving for London to seek her fortune, she worked for seve...Show More
Jodi Beggs: Kindergarten tycoon

20:46 | Jun 27th, 2014

Jodi Beggs's mother greatly underestimates how well her kindergartener understands economics. Jodi Beggs is an economist and writer whose focus is on making economics accessible and interesting to both students and a general audience. Jodi is current...Show More
Kathleen Raven: Hearing

13:59 | Jun 20th, 2014

Science writer Kathleen Raven's unexpected loss of hearing takes her on a journey with modern technology. Kathleen Raven writes for Reuters Health and blogs about sustainable agriculture for Scientific American. As an independent writer based in Atla...Show More
Moran Cerf: Finding Fear

15:41 | Jun 13th, 2014

When he misses the opportunity to work with one of the most famous patients in neuroscience, Moran Cerf takes an unorthodox approach. Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist at NYU and Northwestern University. Prior to his career in opening and studying brain...Show More
Sarah Schlesinger: Experimental Treatments

20:31 | Jun 5th, 2014

Immunologist Sarah Schlesinger must try to save her mentor's life with his own work in cellular immunity. Sarah J. Schlesinger MD is a clinical investigator and immunologist at The Rockefeller University who has spent more than 20 years working in th...Show More
Marjorie Winther: Lighting A Fire

11:48 | May 29th, 2014

As a science teacher, Marjorie Winther has both entertaining and troubling times with her students, but when she brings them to the South she discovers a whole new side of them. Marjorie Winther has been performing stories and comedy for over ten yea...Show More
Margaret Geller: Mapping The Universe

17:20 | May 22nd, 2014

As a grad student, Margaret Geller is invited to a private island off the coast of Maine by legendary physicist John Wheeler and his wife, for a trip she'll never forget. Margaret Geller is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astr...Show More
Carl Zimmer: Safety Carl Versus Gamera

24:57 | May 14th, 2014

Science writer Carl Zimmer grew up loving monster movies, but he never guessed a real monster would show up in his own backyard. Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times. He's the author of a dozen books, including Parasite Rex and Evolution...Show More
Abby Rabinowitz: Surrogate storytelling

18:51 | May 7th, 2014

Journalist Abby Rabinowitz embarks on a journey through India's burgeoning surrogacy industry in search of a missing baby. Abby Rabinowitz teaches writing at Columbia University, where she earned her MFA in nonfiction writing. Her work has appeared i...Show More
Sara Seager: A New Search For Life

16:32 | May 1st, 2014

In the midst of her search for life on other planets, astrophysicist Sara Seager's own world is shattered when her husband is told he has stage three cancer. Professor Sara Seager is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist. She has been a pioneer in...Show More
Jack El-Hai: Too Close To The Subject

17:23 | Apr 23rd, 2014

Writer Jack El-Hai worries about his own state of mind when he spends time in the files of the psychiatrist who examined Nazi leaders. Jack El-Hai is the author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meet...Show More
Baratunde Cola: The Comeback

14:04 | Apr 16th, 2014

Doomed to be the waterboy after tearing his ACL, engineering student Baratunde Cola is determined to make it back to his college's football team. Bara Cola is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Georgia Tech, and...Show More
Nick Hud: The Origin Of Life

13:47 | Apr 9th, 2014

For years, chemist Nick Hud struggles to share his work with his Catholic mother, until he finds help from a surprising source. Nicholas Hud was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.S. from Loyola Marymount University, his Ph.D. from UC...Show More
Amy Cuddy: Passing As Myself

23:15 | Apr 2nd, 2014

After a terrible head injury, Amy Cuddy wakes up in the hospital to find she's a different person. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and Harvard Business School Associate Professor who studies how snap judgments and nonverbal behavior affect people ...Show More
Shannon Cason: The perfect solution

12:40 | Mar 26th, 2014

Shannon Cason turns to science to save his tumultuous marriage. Shannon Cason is a writer and storyteller. He has shared his stories on large stages, in dive bars, and in small living rooms all around the country. Shannon is a Moth GrandSlam winner; ...Show More
Deena Walker: Just Like My Sister

14:57 | Mar 18th, 2014

When anxiety begins to overtake her, biology student Deena Walker begins to worry she'll end up just like her mentally ill sister. Deena Walker is a postdoctoral fellow at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine where she studies the molecular mechanisms of add...Show More
Charles van Rees: Suffering For Science

14:27 | Mar 12th, 2014

Charles Van Rees desperately pursues a bird through the desert for the sake of data. Charles van Rees is a conservation biologist and PhD student at Tufts University. His research in biology focuses on how ecological research can be used to integrate...Show More
Amy Dixon: The Caretaker Look

15:46 | Mar 4th, 2014

Amy Dixon is passionate about becoming a hospice nurse, but finds she can't fully understand what the families she works with are going through--until one day. Amy Dixon is a registered nurse with over sixteen years of experience in critical care, ho...Show More
Rabiah Mayas: Identical Twins

12:02 | Feb 25th, 2014

An accidental revelation causes Rabiah Mayas to question her identity. Rabiah Mayas, PhD, is madly in love with science and driven by life’s questions, large and small. As Director of Science and Integrated Strategies at the Museum of Science and Ind...Show More
Jesse Dunietz: Star of the science team

15:37 | Feb 18th, 2014

Jesse Dunietz wasn't thrilled to be the one assigned to the music portion of his high school science team -- the one part of the team that was definitely going to lose. Jesse Dunietz is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon Universit...Show More
Skylar Bayer: Phoning Home From Alvin

15:01 | Feb 11th, 2014

Marine biologist Skylar Bayer faces her fears to go on a deep-ocean dive aboard the Alvin submersible, and ends up getting more than she expected. Skylar Bayer is a native to the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. She has been pursuing a career in mar...Show More
Tonia Pinheiro: Double dose

13:49 | Feb 4th, 2014

Tonia Pinheiro is conflicted when her doctor's instructions seem dangerous. Tonia (tone-ya) Pinheiro is a Wake Up! Artist (sm) and founder of Wake Up! Works and ISEEU Theater. She's a diverse and dynamic improvisational actor, singer, and sound heale...Show More
Brad Lawrence: The end of the world

13:01 | Jan 29th, 2014

For a young Brad Lawrence, fears of a nuclear apocalypse are put into perspective by his mother, at first intentionally. Brad Lawrence is a host of And I Am Not Lying, Best In Show, and has also hosted for The Moth. He has performed to sold-out house...Show More
Rowena Fletcher-Wood: Diffraction

18:04 | Jan 21st, 2014

As a chemistry student, Rowena Fletcher-Wood has to reconstruct the structure of chemicals, and a relationship with a friend, by interpreting complex data. Rowena Fletcher-Wood is a keen science communicator and doctoral researcher in materials chemi...Show More
Kishore Hari: We will rock the Earth

15:50 | Jan 13th, 2014

When Kishore Hari is hired to run a new science festival he thinks he has the perfect plan, but the reality was much more than he expected. Kishore Hari is the Director of the Bay Area Science Festival, an annual celebration of science in San Francis...Show More
Julian Parker: A plane nerd

12:46 | Jan 6th, 2014

After abandoning a love of flying, a former military officer gets behind the controls of a plane for the first time. Growing up in an army family, Julian failed to resist the urge to follow in his father's footsteps, but after a short but brilliant m...Show More
Anna Wexler: A crucial choice

14:56 | Dec 30th, 2013

There is one rule more important than any other in an fMRI experiment: no metal. But a stuck piercing makes aspiring neuroscientist Anna Wexler make a crucial choice -- end her career, or face possible serious injury? Anna Wexler is a documentary fil...Show More
Saad Sarwana: A muslim, a physicist, and a comedian...

10:23 | Dec 23rd, 2013

Pakistan-born physicist Saad Sarwana gets a visit from the FBI. Saad Sarwana grew up in Pakistan, and moved first to Canada and then eventually to the US to attend graduate school in Physics. He's a professional physicist by day and an amateur standu...Show More
David Epstein: A turn on the track

12:34 | Dec 16th, 2013

When tragedy strikes his high school friend, David Epstein vows to find out what happened. David Epstein is author of the recent New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, an exploration of the genetic basis of athleticism. He is currently an investi...Show More
Danielle N. Lee: Working twice as hard

15:21 | Dec 9th, 2013

As a woman of color working in science, Danielle N. Lee has always encountered challenges. But she doesn't expect the email she receives one morning, or the events it sets in motion. Dr. Danielle N. Lee is a biologist and outreach scientist. Her rese...Show More
Pete Etchells: The next level

15:07 | Dec 1st, 2013

Psychologist Pete Etchells' father inspired him -- to hate neurons. Pete Etchells is a lecturer in biological psychology at Bath Spa University, UK, and a science blogger for the Guardian's psychology blog, Head Quarters. When he was growing up thoug...Show More
Craig Lehocky: Do you always talk like that?

14:54 | Nov 24th, 2013

While studying bioengineering, Craig Lehocky discovers he's different from the other students. Craig Lehocky's tinkering runs deep. He currently develops surgical robots as an M.D. / Ph.D. student at CMU and University of Pittsburgh. Before that, he ...Show More
Special Episode - Outtakes! (And a request for help)

09:15 | Nov 22nd, 2013

The Story Collider needs your help! Our initial funding is coming to an end, and we need your help to keep going. It doesn't take a lot, $1/podcast will go a long way. As a thanks if you donate, we'll give you a special podcast with some of the story...Show More
Saswato R. Das: Wrong number

16:52 | Nov 18th, 2013

A wrong number to a friend in Sri Lanka leads Saswato Das to the final interview with a famous science fiction writer. Saswato R. Das has written about science and technology for more than two decades for publications that include the Economist, Scie...Show More
Jim O'Grady: You, me, and the monkey

0:00 | Nov 10th, 2013

Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of ...Show More
Deborah Blum: A taste of nature

14:22 | Nov 3rd, 2013

At age 7, Deborah Blum starts a mystery when she interrupts her parent's dinner party. So their guest, famed biologist E.O. Wilson, investigates. Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist, author and blogger, is the Helen Firstbrook F...Show More
Victor Hwang: Spacecraft are never late

13:38 | Oct 28th, 2013

What's the worst that can happen when you let a recent college grad command a $330 million spacecraft? Victor Hwang is a New England born nerd. After graduating from Tufts, he helped build ground telescopes, fly spacecrafts, and chased a dream to bec...Show More
Eliza Strickland: Lost in the deep

16:16 | Oct 20th, 2013

Science writer Eliza Strickland discovers that in the race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench the most important thing is what they leave behind. Eliza Strickland is an editor for the magazine IEEE Spectrum, where she was assigned the daunting beat ...Show More
Emily Graslie: From landscapes to taxidermy

12:14 | Oct 14th, 2013

How does a landscape artist become the host of a popular science show on YouTube? For Emily Graslie it started with pictures of a wolf head on Facebook. Emily Graslie graduated from The University of Montana with a BFA in painting in 2011. Her relati...Show More
Alan Lightman: More than just the equations

14:17 | Oct 6th, 2013

From a (mostly) successful model rocket launch to a missed opportunity by Richard Feynman, Alan Lightman learns that the equations aren't the whole story. Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist. He has served on the faculties of Harvard...Show More
Robin Dessel: Sex and the nursing home

15:46 | Sep 29th, 2013

When two residents of her nursing home fell in love, sexual rights advocate Robin Dessel had to decide how the staff would handle their rendezvous. Robin has over 25 years of experience at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, and oversees vision care, memor...Show More
Stephanie Nothelle: A last cup of coffee

14:27 | Sep 22nd, 2013

Stephanie Nothelle loves volunteering at her local nursing home, but she doesn't know what to do when one of the residents says, "I die today" and asks for a last cup of coffee -- against doctor's orders. Stephanie Nothelle is an Internal Medicine re...Show More
Aviva Hope Rutkin: Sensory substitution

14:32 | Sep 15th, 2013

For her masters thesis in science writing, Aviva Hope Rutkin starts writing about sensory substitution -- a way of swapping in one sense for another. But her work leads to a mysterious Dr. Bach-y-Rita and a whole new way of knowing someone. Aviva Hop...Show More
Richard Pollack: The wobbly table

16:10 | Sep 8th, 2013

Richard Pollack finds himself moderating an uneasy negotiation between Israelis and Jordanians, as part of an international effort to stem a scourge of houseflies. Richard Pollack is a public health entomologist serving academia (Harvard School of Pu...Show More
John Rennie: The lab safety officer

0:00 | Sep 1st, 2013

Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of ...Show More
Darcy Burke: The mountain lion book

13:25 | Aug 24th, 2013

Darcy Burke's mother gave her a book on mountain lions, and it had the effect that every science writer wishes their book will have. Kind of. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more and subscribe to ou...Show More
Aditi Nadkarni: How to impress your graduate advisor

16:02 | Jul 28th, 2013

As a new, super competitive, graduate student Aditi Nadkarni thinks she has the perfect way to impress her advisor and labmates ... until one night it spirals a tiny bit out of control. Aditi Nadkarni is a New York-based cancer researcher and a freel...Show More
Kimberly Rae Miller: Let's fix dad

12:35 | Jul 21st, 2013

Kimberly Rae Miller's family had a secret: her dad was a hoarder. But when she begins digging into the research on hoarding, she finds it's not nearly as simple to fix as she'd hoped. Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer living in New York City. She haswr...Show More
Sara Peters and Peter Aguero: Praying for a seizure

18:01 | Jul 16th, 2013

Sara Peters has epilepsy, but no drugs seem to help. So she agrees to be hooked up to a machine at the hospital for days, in hopes of inducing the one thing she and her husband, Peter Aguero, dread the most: a seizure. Recorded at TEDMED 2013. Video:...Show More
Ben Moskowitz: Cheating the snake

12:19 | Jul 15th, 2013

When Ben Moskowitz gets to take special classes in elementary school, he's excited at first, but then he starts to realize there might be something different about him. Ben Moskowitz is from Glen St. Mary, Florida. He works as an audiovisual preserva...Show More
Alex Brown: The nature of time and meningitis

13:24 | Jul 7th, 2013

Science writer Alex Brown's philosophical education becomes very practical when he is diagnosed with meningitis. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more here: Alex Brown has a...Show More
Susannah Cahalan: Patient #217

13:22 | Jun 30th, 2013

Three years after a mysterious illness nearly drove her insane and took her life, Susannah Cahalan visits a patient with the same rare, dangerous condition. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more here...Show More
Elna Baker: Nerd day

14:37 | Jun 24th, 2013

Elna Baker's grade school reputation faces it's greatest threat: her engineer father's enthusiasm for homework. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more here: Elna Baker is a w...Show More