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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: Making Sense of Life. He has won prizes for his writing from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Zimmer has appeared on radio shows such as This American Life and Radio Lab. Help keep us going! If you love the podcast, please donate here: http://www.patreon.com/thestorycollider

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Trials by Fire: Stories about difficult paths to science

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Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration

August 8th, 2018

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Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self

August 3rd, 2018

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Loneliness: Stories about finding friends

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July 20th, 2018

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This week, we're presenting stories about surprising revelations or events in science.

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Responsibility: Stories about leadership

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Pride: Stories about coming out in science

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Unfamiliar Territory: Stories about journeys to new places

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June 15th, 2018

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Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds

June 8th, 2018

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Coming of Age: Stories about growing up

June 1st, 2018

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Science Fiction: Stories about aliens and zombies

May 25th, 2018

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Different: Stories about standing out in a crowd

May 18th, 2018

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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.

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In Honor of Mother's Day: Stories about moms

May 11th, 2018

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This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we present two stories about science and moms! 

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Identity: Stories about figuring out who we are

May 4th, 2018

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This week, we’re presenting stories about identity, whether its an external sense of cultural identity or an internal sense of self.

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Challenges: Stories about overcoming obstacles

April 27th, 2018

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This week, we’re presenting stories about overcoming obstacles and breaking down barriers -- whether those barriers are institutional or written into our genetic code.

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Dreams: Stories about ambition

April 20th, 2018

27:05

This week, we're presenting stories about scientific ambitions and dreams -- and the ways in which they meet reality.

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Fight or Flight: Stories about confronting threats

April 13th, 2018

30:38

This week, we present two stories about confronting threats -- whether it’s actual physical danger or a threat to your career.

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Science Communication: Stories about spreading the word

April 6th, 2018

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This week, we present two stories about communicating science, whether it's through journalism or over a fragile Skype connection.

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New Beginnings: Stories about starting over

March 30th, 2018

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This week, we present two stories about fresh starts and new beginnings in science.

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Women in Science: Stories about defying expectations

March 23rd, 2018

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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 …

Generations: Stories about passing science down

March 16th, 2018

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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 …

In Honor of Pi Day: Stories about math

March 9th, 2018

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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.

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Innovation: Stories about creative ideas

March 2nd, 2018

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This week, we present two stories about original ideas and creative solutions in science -- from a Rube Goldberg machine to using hookworms to treat …

Double Lives: Stories about loving both science and art

February 22nd, 2018

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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. 

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Black Holes: Stories about dark times

February 16th, 2018

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This week, we present two stories about dark moments in science.

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Heartbreak: Stories about times science breaks our hearts

February 9th, 2018

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Recovery: Stories about responding to crises

February 2nd, 2018

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Good and Evil: Stories about the science of gray areas

January 26th, 2018

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This week, we bring you two stories about the science of morality. Or morality in science. Either way you want to look at it.

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Bad Days in the Field: Stories about fieldwork frustrations

January 19th, 2018

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Origin Stories: Stories about paths to becoming a scientist

January 12th, 2018

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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.

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Math Problems: Stories about struggles with math

January 5th, 2018

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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.

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Home: Stories about science and community

December 8th, 2017

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This week, we present two stories about finding community with science.

Part 1: Keoni Mahelona leaves his home in Hawaii in pursuit of science.

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The Science of Growing Up: Stories about coming of age

December 8th, 2017

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This week, we present two science stories about becoming the people we're meant to be. 

Part 1: Research technician Jean Ansolabehere finds herself …

Life and Death: Stories of loss and resilience

December 8th, 2017

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This week, we're presenting two stories about loss and resilience in science.

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Doubt: Stories about moments of uncertainty in science

December 8th, 2017

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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.

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Psychotropic Substances: Stories about altered states

December 1st, 2017

30:09

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 …

The Bats and the Bees: Stories about winged wildlife

November 24th, 2017

25:43

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.

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Reflection: Stories about our sense of self

November 17th, 2017

30:59

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 …

DNA: Stories about family

November 10th, 2017

31:26

This week, we bring you two stories about science and family, from a biochemist and a neuroscientist.

Part 1: Biochemist Katie Wu is lactose …

Maternal Bond: Stories about moms and their kids

November 3rd, 2017

30:59

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 …

Pressure: Stories about stressful situations

October 27th, 2017

28:17

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, …

Adaptation: Stories about survival

October 20th, 2017

28:19

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 …

Invisibility: Stories about hiding in plain sight

October 13th, 2017

29:06

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 …

Perception: Stories about tricks of the mind

October 5th, 2017

24:24

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 …

Migration: Stories about journeys home

September 28th, 2017

28:41

This week, we bring you two stories about long journeys home, from an Iranian-American biologist and a psychologist who survived Chernobyl.

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Attachment: Stories of powerful bonds

September 22nd, 2017

28:05

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 …

Identification: Stories about who we are

September 15th, 2017

41:19

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 …

Chemistry: Stories about falling in love

September 8th, 2017

38:20

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 …

Metamorphosis: Stories of radical change

September 1st, 2017

31:38

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 …

Exploration: Stories about facing new challenges

August 25th, 2017

27:17

This week, we present two stories of exploring new territory, from communicating with chimpanzees to swimming in the Red Sea.

Part 1: While working …

Boiling Point: Stories of reaching points of crisis

August 18th, 2017

27:21

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 …

Zoology: Stories about wild animals

August 11th, 2017

36:15

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.

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Epidemic: Stories about medical crises

August 4th, 2017

29:36

This week, we present two stories of medical crises, from New York in the 1980s to the present-day opioid epidemic.

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Magnetism: Stories about attraction

July 28th, 2017

32:22
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 …

Death: Stories about untimely ends

July 21st, 2017

26:34
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. …

Evolution: Stories about evolving as people

July 14th, 2017

26:32
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 …

Friction: Stories of difficult relationships in science

July 7th, 2017

31:27
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 …

Independent Research: Stories of setting off on our own

June 30th, 2017

28:36
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 …

Oil: Stories from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

June 23rd, 2017

29:53
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 …

Paternal Bonds: Stories about dads

June 16th, 2017

32:08
This week, we present stories of science and fatherhood. Part 1: As a teenager, comedian Gastor Almonte seeks answers about some of the scientific …

Symbiosis: Stories about teamwork

June 9th, 2017

28:19
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 …

Early Childhood Development: Stories about growth

June 2nd, 2017

27:40
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 …

Working Memory: Stories about how memory shapes us

May 26th, 2017

40:34
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 …

Standard Deviation: Stories about unusual encounters

May 19th, 2017

25:32
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 …

Maternal Instinct: Stories about moms

May 12th, 2017

33:31
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 …

Hard Science: Stories about journeys into physics

May 5th, 2017

22:19
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 …

Syzygy: Stories of celestial alignment

April 28th, 2017

23:22
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 …

Resistance: Stories about fighting oppression

April 21st, 2017

26:18
Part 1: Environmental engineer Siddhartha Roy is baffled when the state of Michigan insists the water in Flint is safe to drink despite his …

Transformation: Stories about changing states

April 14th, 2017

28:37
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. …

Technological Advancements: Stories about the ways technology impacts our lives

April 7th, 2017

29:54
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. …

Observational Error: Stories about the overlooked

March 31st, 2017

31:57
Part 1: Neuroscientist Qi Lin struggles to connect with friends and colleagues when she can’t escape her scientific mindset. Part 2: When defense …

Isolation: Stories about loneliness

March 24th, 2017

39:28
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 …

Habitat Loss: Stories of changing environments

March 17th, 2017

41:23
Part 1: Ecologist Evon Hekkala travels to Madagascar to help protect a village from a man-eating croc. Part 2: Criminologist Stan Stojkovic receives …

In the Field: Stories about venturing into the wild

March 10th, 2017

31:08
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 …

Natural Habitats: Stories of finding where we belong

March 3rd, 2017

28:06
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 …

Predators: Stories about confronting danger

February 24th, 2017

30:54
Part 1: Drew Prochaska decides to confront his fear of sharks -- by going swimming with them. Part 2: Attorney Heather Cucolo must navigate the …

Fear Response: Stories about conquering fear

February 17th, 2017

34:10
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, …

Oxytocin: Stories of love gone wrong

February 10th, 2017

28:00
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 …

Research: Stories about the places studies take us

February 3rd, 2017

29:28
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 …

Outliers: Stories of unusual outcomes

January 27th, 2017

31:32
Part 1: A series of unfortunate events reveals something off about molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam’s sense of smell. Part 2: Hillary Savoie’s …

Baseline: Stories about starting points

January 20th, 2017

28:44
Part 1: Bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko tries to use her science training while reporting her sexual assault. Part 2: Engineering student Selam Gano …

Excited State: Stories about exhilerating experiences

January 14th, 2017

23:00
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 …

Exposure: Stories about new experiences

January 6th, 2017

28:42
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, …

Adam Becker: The Solar System

December 30th, 2016

16:41
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, …

Mary Ann Allen: My Friend Lovey

December 23rd, 2016

15:21
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 …

Rebecca Brachman: Deadly Mistake

December 16th, 2016

18:26
Neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman is working late one night alone in the lab when she accidentally sticks herself with a needle full of deadly toxin. …

Emily Grossman: Crying in Science

December 9th, 2016

15:24
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 …

Amanda Buch: My Father's Brain

December 2nd, 2016

13:45
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 …

Matt Hartings: My Bacon Number

November 25th, 2016

16:29
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. …

Chiara Mariottini: Lost in Translation

November 18th, 2016

14:10
Italian neuroscientist Chiara Mariottini struggles to fit in when she moves to New York City. Chiara Mariottini has a PhD in Neurophysiology from the …

Wes Hazard: Everything Is Wrong

November 11th, 2016

14:30
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 …

Amy Oestreicher: Life Without a Stomach

November 4th, 2016

19:20
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, …

Jana Watson-Capps: Shark-Infested Waters

October 28th, 2016

16:31
Biologist Jana Watson-Capps struggles with feeling in over her head in her scientific career. Jana Watson-Capps is an Associate Director of the …

Herman Pontzer: Burning Calories

October 21st, 2016

16:19
Anthropologist Herman Pontzer spends time living among a Hadza hunter-gatherer tribe in order to see if they burn more calories than a typical …

Layne Jackson Hubbard: Still Myself

October 14th, 2016

13:06
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 …

Aparna Nancherla: By Any Means Necessary

October 7th, 2016

15:33
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 …

Patrick Freeman: Elephant Time

September 30th, 2016

14:16
Patrick Freeman is studying elephants in Namibia when he receives terrible news. Patrick Freeman is a Research Assistant at the Carnegie Institution …

Rachel Yehuda: Cause and Effect

September 23rd, 2016

18:19
To discover why some survivors of trauma experience PTSD and some don't, scientist Rachel Yehuda must convince a community of Holocaust survivors to …

Ira Flatow: The Sound of the Falls

September 16th, 2016

23:15
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 …

Wyatt Cenac: Driving Drunk for Science

September 9th, 2016

16:30
While completing a community service requirement in high school, comedian Wyatt Cenac puts a drunk driving simulation to the test. Wyatt Cenac is a …

Paula Croxson: How Cold Is Too Cold?

September 2nd, 2016

16:20
Neuroscientist Paula Croxson is determined to finish her first open-water swimming race -- despite the dangers. Paula Croxson is a neuroscientist at …

Ben Lillie: The Truth About My Grandfather

August 26th, 2016

18:49
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. …

Elana Lancaster: The Egg & the Equinox

August 19th, 2016

13:24
In grade school, Elana Lancaster gets into trouble when he questions his student teacher's science. Elana Lancaster is a health educator and …

Skylar Bayer: The Hummingbird of Doom

August 12th, 2016

16:06
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 …

Aaron Wolfe: The Inseminator

August 6th, 2016

13:26
Aaron Wolfe seeks meaning through labor at a kibbutz dairy farm -- and finds himself tackling some rather unexpected tasks. Aaron Wolfe is a moth …

Jo Firestone: A Sex Education

July 29th, 2016

10:39
When comedian Jo Firestone goes to college, she starts to worry she has an STD -- even though she's never had sex.

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MaryAnn Wilbur: Two Pregnancies

July 22nd, 2016

11:03
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 …

Henry Duffy: 97 Days On Pitcairn Island

July 15th, 2016

12:58
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 …

Nathan Boll: What Else Is Out There?

July 8th, 2016

12:14
Nathan Boll was an excellent physics student -- up until the day he suddenly dropped out. Nathan Boll is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology …

Nitin Ron: Babies and Mountains

July 1st, 2016

12:46
Newborn and premature baby specialist Nitin Ron learns a surprising lesson from one of his young patients. Nitin Ron is a neonatologist (baby doctor) …

Emily Mullin: Losing My Voice

June 24th, 2016

15:46
In high school, Emily Mullin dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist -- until her voice mysteriously begins to disappear. Emily Mullin is a …

Jeff Sparr: Obsession

June 17th, 2016

13:03
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 …

Amanda Duffy: A Picture of My Brain

June 10th, 2016

12:23
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 …

David Russell: In The Name Of Love

June 3rd, 2016

18:21
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 …

Rochelle Williams: Potential

May 29th, 2016

16:18
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, …

Steve Crabtree: Painting A Nuclear Submarine

May 20th, 2016

18:59
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 …

Brion Randolph: Curiosity Saves The Cats

May 14th, 2016

12:10
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 …

Dawn Fraser: The Mission

May 6th, 2016

13:34
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. …

Bill Harwood: How A Chemist Becomes A Cop

April 29th, 2016

13:27
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 …

Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nigeria

April 22nd, 2016

17:29
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. …

Chris Duffy: A Comedian Walks Into Some Neuroscience

April 15th, 2016

11:57
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 …

Kia Salehi: Control

April 8th, 2016

10:20
A young neuroscientist seeks control through an eating disorder. Kia Salehi is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in …

Amanda Stockton: The Girl With The Big Nose

April 1st, 2016

12:51
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 …

Dan Daneshvar: Making The Death Call

March 26th, 2016

11:23
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 …

Joe Palca: 175 Riverside Drive

March 18th, 2016

14:16
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 …

Erika Engelhaupt: Fear Of Flying

March 12th, 2016

12:47
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. …

Maryam Zaringhalam: Cheating My Way To Smart

March 5th, 2016

12:48
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 …

Jonaki Bhattacharyya: Losing Control

February 26th, 2016

18:35
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 …

David Putrino: Medical Records

February 20th, 2016

14:32
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 …

Saad Sarwana: The Math Test

February 12th, 2016

10:27
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 …

Rachel Fairbank: Scientist Or Subject?

February 5th, 2016

13:23
While being treated after an accident, Rachel Fairbank struggles with not being the researcher. Rachel Fairbank received her bachelor's in biology …

Abhishek Shah: Waste Disposal

January 29th, 2016

10:53
Abhishek Shah takes a simple job to pay for school--toxic waste disposal. Being a biomedical engineer, Abhishek Shah knows everything about physics, …

Brian Kennedy: The Back-Up Plan

January 22nd, 2016

12:45
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 …

Kaća Bradonjić: The Nature Of Space And Time

January 17th, 2016

13:40
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 …

Ali Mattu: My Brother The Trekkie

January 8th, 2016

17:17
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 …

Anna Nicanarova: Playing Sick

January 1st, 2016

9:47
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 …

Tom Levenson: Henry

December 25th, 2015

18:20
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 …

Adam Foote: The Sea Urchin Massacre

December 18th, 2015

22:12
Adam Foote confronts the problem of obtaining sea urchins in land-locked Pittsburgh...during a polar vortex. Adam recently graduated with a Master's …

Neer Asherie: The Milk Heist

December 11th, 2015

11:54
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 …

Rachel Pendergrass: A Bad Day At The Aquarium

December 4th, 2015

11:09
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 …

Alan Guth: Stumbling To Inflation

November 28th, 2015

18:35
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 …

Adam Rogers: Separating Cells

November 22nd, 2015

14:59
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 …

April Salazar: The Heart Adapts

November 13th, 2015

14:27
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 …

Jimmy Wohl: Calmfidence

November 6th, 2015

16:43
As a musician and writer Jimmy Wohl thought he was the ultimate creative, then he encounters a pharmaceutical marketing campaign. Jimmy Wohl is a …

Erik Vance: Is This Biology?

October 31st, 2015

13:27
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 …

Aerin Jacob: Lessons From The Man With A Machine Gun

October 23rd, 2015

18:10
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 www.beforetheabstract.com/ Aerin …

Nicole Ferraro: The Summer Of West Nile

October 16th, 2015

11:34
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 …

Teppei Katori: Becoming American

October 9th, 2015

17:39
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 …

John Rennie: The Downside Of Being The Boss

October 2nd, 2015

19:39
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. …

Adriana Salerno: A Different Kind Of Problem

September 25th, 2015

15:42
As a mathematician, Adriana Salerno is used to solving problems, but depression is something else entirely. Adriana Salerno is originally from …

Brittany Bushnell: A Neuroscientist With A Brain Tumor

September 18th, 2015

12:48
Just after beginning a graduate program in neuroscience, Brittany Bushnell gets an unexpected look at her own brain. Brittany Bushnell has a BS in …

Nate Charles Troisi: Family Chemistry

September 11th, 2015

13:14
A chemistry set is the perfect opportunity for Nate Charles Troisi to connect with his engineer father. Nate Charles Troisi is an award winning …

David Moinina Sengeh: Whose Story Is It?

September 4th, 2015

12:37
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 …

Tara Lagu: Quitting The Lab To Save The World

August 28th, 2015

14:15
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 …

Karen James: I Could Be an Astronaut

August 21st, 2015

15:49
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 …

Erica Ferencik: My Dad & His Mice

August 15th, 2015

13:34
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 …

George Church: Playing With Fire

August 7th, 2015

11:51
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 …

John Dimandja: The First Day Of Class

July 31st, 2015

14:23
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 …

Diana Reiss: Who is training who?

July 27th, 2015

10:51
Early in her career researching dolphin intelligence Diana Reiss began wondering, "Who is training who?" Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist and a …

Uzma Rizvi: Being an Archaeologist

July 19th, 2015

15:29
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 …

Brian Wecht: The Littlest Experiment

July 13th, 2015

16:38
For physicist Brian Wecht, his new baby is the perfect opportunity--to do experiments. Brian Wecht studies theoretical particle physics and string …

Jessica Henkel: Stuck

July 6th, 2015

17:16
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 …

Carter Edwards: Brontosaurus Claus

June 27th, 2015

17:46
Not even the truth about Santa Claus and George Washington could prepare Carter Edwards for what happened to Brontosaurus. Carter Edwards' work has …

Rose Eveleth: Looking For Help

June 19th, 2015

12:21
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 …

Virendra Singh: Farm To School

June 12th, 2015

16:26
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 …

Sean Carroll: What Would Stephen Hawking Do?

June 4th, 2015

13:19
Sean Carroll gets a fabulous job offer—to work with Stephen Hawking—twice. Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physics at the …

Carl Hart: My Cousin's Meds

May 27th, 2015

14:42
When neuroscientist Carl Hart meets with his cousin he wonders about what he now knows about psychiatric medication and society, and whether his own …

David Kipping: Falling To Other Worlds

May 19th, 2015

12:38
A near-fatal accident on a mountain leads exoplanet hunter David Kipping to a new goal. David Kipping is an astronomer based at the …

Chris Gunter: My Prosthetic

May 11th, 2015

13:54
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 …

Bradford Jordan: The Brain In The Trunk

May 1st, 2015

12:09
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, …

Renee Hlozek: Who Looks Like A Scientist?

April 24th, 2015

10:50
An offhand sexist comment enrages Renee Hlozek, and leads her to dig into how her colleagues really view people who aren't the stereotypical …

Elin Roberts: The Bacon Sandwich

April 17th, 2015

16:46
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 …

Jon Ronson: Jon Ronson Vs Jon_Ronson

April 11th, 2015

17:42
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 …

Molly Payne Wynne: An Accomplice To Fish Murder

April 3rd, 2015

12:29
A summer job in Yellowstone National Park isn't quite what Molly Payne Wynne had been expecting. Molly is the Monitoring Coordinator for the …

Bianca Jones Marlin: It's Because She's Black

March 27th, 2015

11:59
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 …

Hillary Rea: A Standard Pregnancy

March 16th, 2015

12:53
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 …

Adam Becker: How To Save Your PhD Supervisor

March 6th, 2015

18:08
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 …

Erin Barker: Plants And People

February 27th, 2015

14:14
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 …

Obehi Janice: Gather And Murmur

February 20th, 2015

11:35
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 & …

Indre Viskontas: The Man Chart

February 12th, 2015

13:27
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 …

David Epstein: Holographic Supplements

February 4th, 2015

12:23
Sports writer David Epstein tracks down some surprising health claims circulating in the football world. David Epstein is author of the recent New …

Tara Clancy: Adventures In Babymaking

January 29th, 2015

18:15
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 …

Suze Kundu: A New Pair Of Shoes

January 22nd, 2015

12:54
Suze Kundu is forced to abandon dancing for materials science, until materials science comes to the rescue. Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow at …

Bethany Brookshire: A Perfect Mentor

January 12th, 2015

12:24

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. …

Justin Cameron: A Dangerous Trick

January 3rd, 2015

22:18
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 …

Alex Bellos: Your Favorite Number

December 26th, 2014

17:08
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 …

Ed Yong: Questioning A Hero

December 16th, 2014

19:33
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 …

Annalee Newitz: Honoring The Dead

December 11th, 2014

13:34
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 …

Steve Zimmer: Less Than One Percent

December 2nd, 2014

11:33
Against the odds, animal-loving kid Steve Zimmer attempts to rescue tadpoles in jeopardy. An aging yuppie from the midwest, Steve Zimmer was …

Shayle Matsuda: My First Expedition As A Man

November 25th, 2014

13:51
Marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a transgender man while on assignment in the Philippines. Shayle Matsuda researches sea …

Brian Fisher: Living With The Pygmies

November 16th, 2014

12:23
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 …

Matineh Eybpoosh: Being Good

November 4th, 2014

16:11
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 …

Jeffrey Schell: Caught In The Rip Current

October 27th, 2014

18:52
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, …

Nisse Greenberg: What's In A Name

October 19th, 2014

12:06
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 …

Karen Hopkin: Who's The Donor?

October 9th, 2014

14:50
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 …

John Rennie: Crazy Mail

September 27th, 2014

20:59
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 …

Edward Frenkel: The Test

September 21st, 2014

20:44
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. …

Meredith White: How To Write A Testimony

September 13th, 2014

13:26
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 …

Nelson Lugo: A Simple Magic Trick

September 5th, 2014

12:15
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 …

Emily Caudill: Fading Notes

August 29th, 2014

17:58
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 …

Erika Engelhaupt: The Science Of Speeding

August 22nd, 2014

17:19
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 …

Stephon Alexander: Physics Dreams

August 15th, 2014

13:35
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 …

Daniel Miller: Black Holes

August 8th, 2014

17:21
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 …

Daniel Engber: Distracting Mark Cuban

August 1st, 2014

17:48
Daniel Engber risks derailing his PhD by constant daydreaming, until his neuroscience research gives him a idea that will revolutionize the NBA. …

Eugene Lim: Colliding Universes

July 25th, 2014

19:51
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 …

Ainissa Ramirez: Science Vs Football

July 18th, 2014

15:36
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 …

Annalise Kaylor: A Room Full Of Odds

July 11th, 2014

14:05
A cancer diagnosis is only the start of the collapse for Annalise Kaylor, but she finds support in an unexpected community. Hailing from the …

Allison Hartshorn: Common Ground

July 4th, 2014

12:29
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 …

Jodi Beggs: Kindergarten tycoon

June 27th, 2014

20:46
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 …

Kathleen Raven: Hearing

June 20th, 2014

13:59
Science writer Kathleen Raven's unexpected loss of hearing takes her on a journey with modern technology. Kathleen Raven writes for Reuters Health …

Moran Cerf: Finding Fear

June 13th, 2014

15:41
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 …

Sarah Schlesinger: Experimental Treatments

June 5th, 2014

20:31
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 …

Marjorie Winther: Lighting A Fire

May 29th, 2014

11:48
As a science teacher, Marjorie Winther has both entertaining and troubling times with her students, but when she brings them to the South she …

Margaret Geller: Mapping The Universe

May 22nd, 2014

17:20
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 …

Abby Rabinowitz: Surrogate storytelling

May 7th, 2014

18:51
Journalist Abby Rabinowitz embarks on a journey through India's burgeoning surrogacy industry in search of a missing baby. Abby Rabinowitz teaches …

Sara Seager: A New Search For Life

May 1st, 2014

16:32
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 …

Jack El-Hai: Too Close To The Subject

April 23rd, 2014

17:23
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. …

Baratunde Cola: The Comeback

April 16th, 2014

14:04
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. …

Nick Hud: The Origin Of Life

April 9th, 2014

13:47
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 …

Amy Cuddy: Passing As Myself

April 2nd, 2014

23:15
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 …

Shannon Cason: The perfect solution

March 26th, 2014

12:40
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, …

Deena Walker: Just Like My Sister

March 18th, 2014

14:57
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 …

Charles van Rees: Suffering For Science

March 12th, 2014

14:27
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 …

Amy Dixon: The Caretaker Look

March 4th, 2014

15:46
Amy Dixon is passionate about becoming a hospice nurse, but finds she can't fully understand what the families she works with are going …

Rabiah Mayas: Identical Twins

February 25th, 2014

12:02
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 …

Jesse Dunietz: Star of the science team

February 18th, 2014

15:37
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 …

Skylar Bayer: Phoning Home From Alvin

February 11th, 2014

15:01
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. …

Tonia Pinheiro: Double dose

February 4th, 2014

13:49
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 …

Brad Lawrence: The end of the world

January 29th, 2014

13:01
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 …

Rowena Fletcher-Wood: Diffraction

January 21st, 2014

18:04
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 …

Kishore Hari: We will rock the Earth

January 13th, 2014

15:50
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 …

Julian Parker: A plane nerd

January 6th, 2014

12:46
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, …

Anna Wexler: A crucial choice

December 30th, 2013

14:56
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 …

Saad Sarwana: A muslim, a physicist, and a comedian...

December 23rd, 2013

10:23
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 …

David Epstein: A turn on the track

December 16th, 2013

12:34
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 …

Danielle N. Lee: Working twice as hard

December 9th, 2013

15:21
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, …

Pete Etchells: The next level

December 1st, 2013

15:07
Psychologist Pete Etchells' father inspired him -- to hate neurons. Pete Etchells is a lecturer in biological psychology at Bath Spa University, UK, …

Craig Lehocky: Do you always talk like that?

November 24th, 2013

14:54
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 …

Special Episode - Outtakes! (And a request for help)

November 22nd, 2013

9:15
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 …

Saswato R. Das: Wrong number

November 18th, 2013

16:52
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 …

Deborah Blum: A taste of nature

November 3rd, 2013

14:22
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. …

Victor Hwang: Spacecraft are never late

October 28th, 2013

13:38
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 …

Eliza Strickland: Lost in the deep

October 20th, 2013

16:16
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 …

Emily Graslie: From landscapes to taxidermy

October 14th, 2013

12:14
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 …

Alan Lightman: More than just the equations

October 6th, 2013

14:17
From a (mostly) successful model rocket launch to a missed opportunity by Richard Feynman, Alan Lightman learns that the equations aren't the whole …

Robin Dessel: Sex and the nursing home

September 29th, 2013

15:46
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. …

Stephanie Nothelle: A last cup of coffee

September 22nd, 2013

14:27
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 …

Aviva Hope Rutkin: Sensory substitution

September 15th, 2013

14:32
For her masters thesis in science writing, Aviva Hope Rutkin starts writing about sensory substitution -- a way of swapping in one sense for another. …

Richard Pollack: The wobbly table

September 8th, 2013

16:10
Richard Pollack finds himself moderating an uneasy negotiation between Israelis and Jordanians, as part of an international effort to stem a scourge …

Darcy Burke: The mountain lion book

August 24th, 2013

13:25
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 …

Aditi Nadkarni: How to impress your graduate advisor

July 28th, 2013

16:02
As a new, super competitive, graduate student Aditi Nadkarni thinks she has the perfect way to impress her advisor and labmates ... until one night …

Kimberly Rae Miller: Let's fix dad

July 21st, 2013

12:35
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 …

Sara Peters and Peter Aguero: Praying for a seizure

July 16th, 2013

18:01
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. …

Ben Moskowitz: Cheating the snake

July 15th, 2013

12:19
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 …

Alex Brown: The nature of time and meningitis

July 7th, 2013

13:24
Science writer Alex Brown's philosophical education becomes very practical when he is diagnosed with meningitis. Every week the Story Collider brings …

Susannah Cahalan: Patient #217

June 30th, 2013

13:22
Three years after a mysterious illness nearly drove her insane and took her life, Susannah Cahalan visits a patient with the same rare, dangerous …

Elna Baker: Nerd day

June 24th, 2013

14:37
Elna Baker's grade school reputation faces it's greatest threat: her engineer father's enthusiasm for homework. Every week the Story Collider brings …

Justin Werfel: Robotics lessons from termites

June 17th, 2013

13:36
A physicist decides that the best way to make progress on his robotics project is to go to Namibia to study termites. Every week the Story Collider …

Seth Mnookin: Science vs. feelings in the fight over vaccines

June 10th, 2013

16:04
Science writer Seth Mnookin set out to write a book on whether vaccines were dangerous, but discovered the issue was more complex than he'd thought. …

Mike Nitabach: I was supposed to be a lawyer

June 3rd, 2013

12:20
As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael Nitabach feels the pull of law school, and goes. But he had another surprise coming. Every week the …

Esther Perel: Science & sexuality

May 27th, 2013

11:02
Esther Perel's career gets an unexpected boost from the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, …

Mara Wilson: A love affair of a lifetime (with science)

May 20th, 2013

16:14
As a kid, Mara Wilson is decidedly uninterested in science, but as she grows up she starts to look for answers in new places. Every week the Story …

Meehan Crist: My mother's brain

May 13th, 2013

21:33
When Meehan Crist was a child, her mother hit her head. It was only as an adult that she discovered that her mother was covering up something far …

Daniela Schiller: A new last memory

May 5th, 2013

14:08
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller studies the emotional components of memory. In her previous story her research helped her begin to understand her …

Moran Cerf: Being dead while being alive

April 21st, 2013

15:29
Moran Cerf's life is spun around when a computer glitch declares him dead -- but that's nothing compared to what happens when a real funeral comes around.

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Andrew Revkin: My lucky stroke

April 14th, 2013

16:09
When he begins showing strange symptoms on a jog though the mountains, science writer Andrew Revkin discovers just how close to death he is.

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Sarah Everts: Bitten in a foreign country

April 7th, 2013

13:47
While visiting Guatemala Sarah Everts is bitten by a dog, so she goes looking for a rabies shot. But coming home to Canada is when the real problem started.

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Stuart Firestein: A mentor with a nose for science

March 31st, 2013

16:02
After a career as a theater manager, Stuart Firestein takes a biology class, which leads him to a completely new life, and a lot of salamander noses.

Paula Croxson: When your grandmother forgets who you are

March 24th, 2013

13:20
When Paula Croxson began to study memory as a neuroscientist, she also learned a new way of thinking about her grandmother's failing memory.

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Jess Zimmerman: The Gorilla In the Room

March 16th, 2013

12:53
Writer Jess Zimmerman discovers the dangers of dating a philosopher of neuroscience who thinks he knows what's really happening in her head.

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Jon Ronson: A journalist interviews a robot

March 10th, 2013

15:26
Journalist Jon Ronson is excited when he hears about some 'sentient' robots, but when he goes to interview them he finds both less and more than he ever expected.

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Andre Fenton: The twisting road from basic brain research to helping malaria patients

March 3rd, 2013

14:39
André Fenton always wanted to do research at the most fundamental level -- to uncover basic truths about memory and how it works, never mind how …

Robin & Samantha Henig: The rules of writing with your daughter

February 24th, 2013

15:00
Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter, Samantha, decided to write a book together about life as a twentysomthing. There was just one problem -- how to handle the bits you don't want to talk about with your mother?

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Colin Jerolmack: How a sociologist became The Pigeon Guy

February 17th, 2013

17:19
Colin Jerolmack was floundering in grad school until he found deep insights into human nature... from pigeons.

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Kelly & Zach Weinersmith: Two nerds fall in love

February 10th, 2013

16:07
Biologist Kelly Smith and comic artist Zach Weiner were having trouble dating, until they met online and realized what they each needed was another …

Anica Rissi: Confessions of a fourth-grade science fraud

February 3rd, 2013

11:53
Anica Rissi realizes the true purpose of her science project: to increase her popularity. But how far is she willing to go?

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Tara Clancy: A bartender from Queens learns theoretical physics

January 27th, 2013

10:40
Tara Clancy's worry over making bad life choices leads her to think about all the things she doesn't know -- and from there, obviously, to theoretical physics.

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Heather Berlin: Can a scientist believe in life after death?

January 20th, 2013

12:37
Her grandmother's death forces neuroscientist Heather Berlin to think hard about what she believes, and why.

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Anna Rothschild: Feeling love in your gut

January 6th, 2013

11:09
Anna Rothschild tells the most adorably gross love story you'll ever hear.

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Robin Abrahams: A rabbit's personality

December 16th, 2012

9:02
A neighbor's gift of two baby rabbits leads Robin Abrahams to a new view of, and fascination with, personality. "Do you not understand that I am a …

Lawrence David: An extreme self-study

December 9th, 2012

14:16
Having lost his ambition to be a scientist, Lawrence David embarks on one more research project -- to collect and study his poop. Every day. For a …

Abby Pond: A quiet moment

December 2nd, 2012

16:20
When her dad is diagnosed with cancer, Abby Pond is sent on a journey home, across the world, and into a new science. "He said, 'Why are you sitting here waiting for me to die. This is dumb.' So he kicked me out."

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Arran Frood: A therapeutic trip

November 25th, 2012

13:25
Arran Frood is a science writer who specializes in writing about studies of psychedelic drugs, but a routine story turns personal when he finds himself in a study of MDMA and therapy.

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Adam Wade: Volcanic chemistry

November 18th, 2012

14:10
In high school, Adam Wade falls for his lab partner, but is led astray by dreams of golf team greatness.

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Heather Swain: The last hours of a rabid woman

November 11th, 2012

13:18
When Heather Swain is told she has rabies, that turns out to be the least strange part of her experience. "Who wants to grow up saying their mother …

Steve Mirsky: Why would you have a masters in chemistry?

November 5th, 2012

15:55
Questions arise when Steve Mirsky is introduced to his friend's new girlfriend, and he relies on his past experience to help -- specifically his degree in chemistry. "It's almost like you're army buddies.... It's …

Ari Daniel Shapiro: Narwhal tagging in the arctic

October 28th, 2012

15:36
As a grad student, Ari Daniel Shapiro has to tag some narwhals to collect data. The problem: it's in the arctic, the devices have never been tested, …

Brooke Borel: My dog's heart

October 21st, 2012

12:33
A science writer is challenged when her dog comes down with a case of heartworm -- and then the medication goes wrong. "As I'm leaving, the vet says, 'Oh, by the way: Don't go on the internet. It'll only freak you out.'"

Rory Scholl: What I want is to smile again

October 14th, 2012

12:05
Rory Scholl has to show up on day one to a new job -- with a severe case of Bell's Palsy. "When I said this to one of my co-workers I slurred my …

Christine Gentry: Four lessons from my dad

October 7th, 2012

17:01
Christine Gentry's rural, Vietnam vet father rarely talked about important issues, but a series of remarkable moments with animals and nature teach her four lessons she'll never forget. "Lesson number 2: Aint no use …

Diane Kelly: Confronting death on the road

September 30th, 2012

20:08
After turning to a unique field of study -- erections -- Diane Kelly turns to an even more unique source for her research material -- roadkill. "When you open up an animal, there is all kinds of awesome in there."

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Caroline Howe: A life in trash

September 23rd, 2012

14:44
A trip to India to work for an environmental program leads Caroline Howe to a new passion: trash. "I was the first to arrive, so obviously I was the …

Greg Walloch: A walk in the park

September 16th, 2012

14:24
A late-night excursion to a party turns absurd and then terrifying as Greg Walloch, who has cerebral palsy, can't jump the fence around Tompkins Square Park.

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Sara Peters: Waiting for a seizure

September 9th, 2012

15:20
With her epilepsy medication failing, Sara Peters checks into a hospital with one goal: make the scariest thing in her life happen again.

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Tim Manley: A superhero goes to the hospital

September 2nd, 2012

12:16
As a six-year old, Tim Manley has to go to the hospital with a mysterious illness. Fortunately, he has his superpowers and his trusty sidekick -- his …

Love in a biophysics lab -- in memory of Michelle Dobrawsky

August 30th, 2012

12:45
We just heard the terrible news that Michelle Dobrawsky passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. Michelle was one of our first storytellers and a great friend of the show and we’re devastated by the loss. …

Margot Leitman: The last thing I heard

August 13th, 2012

11:41
Margot Leitman faces down doctors, friends and uncertainty when she suddenly loses hearing in one ear. "If I’ve gone deaf, for real, that means the …

George Lombardi: Don't go in the water

July 29th, 2012

17:44
In the Indian Ocean, doctor George Lombardi makes use of the most important lesson his mother ever taught him: floating. "Let me give you one of the morals early on: No bonding experiences with somebody you're about to …

Madeline Huberth: The turtle and the fish

July 22nd, 2012

10:04
Madeline Huberth confronts the imminent death of a classroom goldfish while navigating the dangerous social waters of junior high. "Why could …

Christopher Roussi: Sufficiently advanced magic

July 15th, 2012

12:26
After becoming ill during a trip to Ecuador, DARPA researcher Chris Roussi seeks medical advice from a local expert: a shaman. "Here I am, an engineer-scientist, and here's this educated man spouting the worst kind of …
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