Ologies with Alie Ward

Alie Ward

science, comedy, "society & culture"
Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondentRead more
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Best Episodes

Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP) with Monica Torres

Oct 27, 2020

"Badass female morticians for the win"



What happens when you die? Cosmically, no one knows. But cosmetically, Desairologist Monica Torress knows everything. This friendly Phoenix funeral director shares her secrets for giving the dearly departed the greatest glam on their “special day.” She chats practical preservation techniques,Read more

Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) Encore with Anne Copeland

Oct 28, 2020

" Pumpkins are berries, y’all"


HERE IS SOME SAFE, COZY COMFORT: a platter of pumpkins. We have a new episode up this week: Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP) but if that's toooo spooky: This 2019 Cucurbitology episode is an Ologies all-time favorite. Also? It helped launch sweet, sweet Anne Copeland’s book to the top of the seasonalRead more

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Space Archaeology (SPACE JUNK) with Alice Gorman

Dec 8, 2020

"When does the present end and archaeological study begin?"


Gaze into the cosmos and wonder at broken satellites, retired rockets and shattered contraptions. Archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman is a leading expert on orbital debris and chats about what’s up there, how it got there, and how to get it down. Strap in for a chat about everything from Sputnik toRead more

Vaccine Infodemiology (COVID-19 IMMUNITY) with Jessica Malaty Rivera

Jan 5, 2021

"The dangers of pandemic fatigue"

The Coronasode we’ve been waiting for! Vaccines. Finally. But what does this mean? Vaccine Infodemiologist and science communication lead for The COVID Tracking Project, Jessica Malaty Rivera specializes in infectious disease epidemics and the surge of misinformation that accompany them. The veryRead more

Urban Rodentology (SEWER RATS) with Bobby Corrigan

Jan 12, 2021

"What would it take to wipe out an entire rat population?"

RATS: They love pizza. They invade taquerias at midnight. They scurry. They cuddle. They outsmart. They inspire movies that inspire musicals. Proving that not just woodsy megafauna can be charismatic, rats have lives we would never suspect. Globally-lauded Urban Rodentologist Dr. Robert Corrigan,Read more

Anthropodermic Biocodicology (HUMAN LEATHER BOOKS) with Megan Rosenbloom & Daniel Kirby

Oct 21, 2020

"Bold choice: binding your memoirs in your own skin "

Anthropodermic bibliopegy is a long, fancy way of saying “HUMAN SKIN BOOKS” and the study of confirming or debunking them is … Anthropodermic Biocodicology. For this skin-crawling, history-trawling Spooktober episode, we chat with the absolutely wonderful and charming medical librarian and expertRead more
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