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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.
 
Emily and Raquel are two average American citizens who enjoy critiquing the things they love: specifically, Korean dramas. They started a podcast for those who would like to critique along with them and encourage you to watch the shows, listen to this podcast, then let them know what you think!
 
Imagine reading your favorite steamy romance novel... with your mom reading over your shoulder. Ellen and her mom set out to do just that with this book club and they want you to join in. It's fun, it's swoony, and it's awkward. Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Twitter: @notyourmomsrom Facebook: fb.me/notyourmomsromancebookclub Podcast: notyourmomsrom.buzzsprout.com Not Your Mom's Romance Book Club is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to su ...
 
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How ya like them apples?! Well, liquified. And fermented. Author, podcaster, cider-maker and globally lauded beverage historian Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist, is an enthusiastic champion of this tragically overlooked drink, and he joins with a bushel full of facts, well-spun yarns and tasting tips. Belly up for a foaming glass of friendly competi…
 
We've started a new drama! This week we watched episodes 1-4 of 'Move to Heaven' and designated this month 'Big Sad September' because it looks like we're gonna be crying during every episode of this beautiful K drama. Cry along with us as we review effectively compelling cliff-hangers, when to break hard truths to the forgetful, and sleuthing with…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the toxic workplace, terrible exes, and trust issues in If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. Plus, how we used our break and some truly terrible segues. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Not Your Mom's Romance B…
 
HAPPINESS RESEARCH, straight up. What is happiness? How do our circumstances affect happiness? Why is the word “gratitude” kinda cringey? What can we do to feel better? Should we feel guilty for feeling happy? When is positivity “toxic?” Yale cognitive scientist, Eudemonologist, and host of The Happiness Lab podcast Dr. Laurie Santos chats about ho…
 
It's time to review the 'Another Miss Oh' finale episodes! But wait! There's more! We're also ready to get in all that bonus material! Join us this week as we talk specific moments, abruptly created and concluded drama, and, for some reason even we don't understand, flex our limited knowledge about plumbing. And then as a combo treat just keep on l…
 
Art meets science! Problems meet solutions! Climate change meets … hope? In this atypical episode, things get casual as hell as Alie sits down to talk about the Drawdown Design Project: an illustration non-profit started by filmmaker, Emmy-nominated television editor and longtime friend Andy Hall. When he’s not having to edit Alie on Innovation Nat…
 
This week Emily and Raquel reviewing episodes 13-16 of 'Another Miss Oh'. Join us here as we chat about the justifications and ramifications of opting for single-parenthood, well handled secondary character arcs, and some character arcs we're ready to go ahead and throw right out. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playon…
 
Ellen and Mom are joined by a BEVY of listeners for another Free For All! And this Free For All went particularly off the rails and we were here. For. It! Plus, the debut of a new little feature for the show... Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@g…
 
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. You loved her Oceanology episode and now she is in your feed to address everyone’s agonizing internal question: IS MY CARBON FOOTPRINT BS?! I don’t drop a lot of podcast episodes into my precious Ologies feed, but this topic was so wonderfully covered by Dr. Johnson and co-hot Alex Blumberg that I had to do it. And as a…
 
It's another review of Another Miss Oh! Join us this week for episodes 9-12 where we chat about relationship power imbalances, a life flashing before one's eyes, and a Boys' Night Out that feels like it was written by a boy. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playonk.com), give us a hey by email (playonkpodcast@gmail.com)…
 
YA LIKE BEES? You will -- after this short, edited-for-all-ages Smologies cut of our classic Melittology episode featuring President of the Urban Beekeepers Association, Amanda “Mandy” Shaw. We chat about honeybees vs. native ones, hives vs. nests, honey, how to become a beekeeper, social structures, why a queen becomes a queen, how to keep Mason b…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the saxaphone songs, summer trips, and super-sized box of condoms in People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Plus, our upcoming fall reading list! Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Not Your Mom's Romance Book Cl…
 
Cultural burns. Prescribed blazes. A healthy forest. What exactly is “good fire?” Let’s ask Indigenous fire scientist Dr. Amy Christianson, who is a co-host of the podcast ...Good Fire. This wonderfully generous and informed scholar took a quick break from her Canadian wilderness vacation to fill me in on Indigenous history, collaborations between …
 
We're back with our second week reviewing 'Another Miss Oh' where we cover episodes 5-8. This week we discuss toxicity so rampant it became the word of the day, being honest with one's support system, and the Anti-Bus Stop Girl. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playonk.com), give us a hey by email (playonkpodcast@gmail.…
 
Ellen and Mom are joined by author and friend of the show Rosie Danan to talk about all the relationship, religion, and rabbi in her book, The Intimacy Experiment. Plus, we grill Rosie about her plans for her next book! Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromanceb…
 
As Smashmouth said, “My world’s on fire, how ‘bout yours?” Why yes, Mr. Mouth, it is, indeed, on fire. As so many of us around the globe are sharing in this burning sensation, what better time than now to sit down and fire off a lot of questions at Fire Ecologist, Dr. Gavin Jones. We talk about what fire is, how hot it burns, fire trends, tinderbox…
 
Emily and Raquel have started a new drama! We watched the first four episodes of 'Another Miss Oh' (or 'Another Oh Hae Young') and now we're here this week to talk about appropriate workplace behavior, whether or not any finance laws have actually been broken, and who we ship versus who deserves to be in jail. Leave a comment or sign up for our new…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the daydreams, donuts, and delicious hero in Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. Plus, we close out the NoYoMo Beginners' Guide to Reading Romance by sharing the picks for books when you need a good cry and when you need a good laugh. Today's podcast is sponsored by Sweet Talking Rancher by Kate Pearce! Come hang out with us! Twitter/In…
 
Ohaaay another edited-down, classroom-friendly Smologies! About... toads! Are they frogs? Do they have arms? What do they eat? How long do they live? What’s with the warts? Amphibian enthusiast Priya Nanjappa joins with a toadally awesome episode that will change the way you crouch down and shake hands with your tiny backyard grumpa.(And for the fu…
 
Biological mysteries solved with numbers! Graphs! Patterns! Data points! Systems biology! You never knew it existed, yet it’s keeping us alive. Systems Biologist Dr. Emily E. Ackerman join to chat about why the field appealed to her, how her work shifted during the pandemic, why she wants to scream at Excel sometimes, how computing might replace sp…
 
It's time to discuss a whole bunch of bonus stuff for '18 Again'! In this episode we for some reason disagree with the casts' opinions of their own characters, remember what we were like as 18 year olds, and really go off the rails while playing "Who's That Face". Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playonk.com), give us a…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the beloved neighbors, bathroom renovations, and bad parenting in Love at First by Kate Clayborn. Plus, we go over diverse stories and LGBTQ+ representation in our NoYoMo Beginners' Guide to Reading Romance! Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmo…
 
We’re BACK! With a fresh new episode to light up your life and butt. World renowned firefly expert Dr. Sara Lewis of Tufts University joins to share her love of a bug that many think is merely a mythological delight. Learn how these tiny animals illuminate the night, the dos and don’ts of firefly observation, how to take good firefly photos, femme …
 
We watched the final four episodes of '18 Again' and we are ready to review them! To be completely honest, we went a little off the rails this episode and spent some time rewriting parts that probably didn't need to be rewritten, but boy howdy did we have a good time doing it. Listen along as we try to establish an emotional-journey-timeline, get c…
 
Ellen and Mom are joined by listener Raquel to discuss the science, statistics, and swoony statements in The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. Plus, we get to know Raquel better and talk about the paranormal, fanstasy/sci-fi, and mystery/suspense recommendations in our NoYoMo Beginners Guide to Reading Romance. Come hang out with us! Twitter/I…
 
Here in our third episode reviewing '18 Again' we cover episodes 9-12. Join us as we drag the incorrect ways to handle your relationships when you've been de-aged, briefly lament getting Scooby-Doo when what you were hoping for was Veronica Mars, and how to develop a relationship that empowers everyone involved. Leave a comment or sign up for our n…
 
Yes, a double dose of short, all-ages episodes to launch Smologies! We cleaned up the full version and polished it into a safe-for-work digest of dinosaur facts and tales from a paleontologist with Dr. Michael Habib. Learn about the economics of a dino dig, his favorite beasts, cloning from amber samples, which museum dinos are real vs. fakes, Jura…
 
Introducing… SMOLOGIES. Smaller, shorter, G-rated episodes cut from your favorite classics. Listen to Smologies in classrooms, around people whose language is squeaky clean, and in safe-for-work settings. You get bite-sized info in a jiffy, and I get to reserve my filthy language for our longer, regular episodes that drop on Tuesdays. In this episo…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the rakes, ruinations, and riding astride in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. Plus, we list out the clean and HOT reads in our NoYoMo Beginners Guide to Reading Romance. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebo…
 
Lemon sharks! Goblin sharks! Bonnet sharks! Whale sharks! And ...sawfish? WE NEEDED A BIGGER BOAT. One shark episode was not enough, during this: The Week of the Shark. Sure, Alie just got married a few days ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t throw together this bundle of wonder with a few of the incredible researchers from Minorities in Shark Sci…
 
SHAAAARKS. Leading shark researcher Dr. Chris Lowe dishes about bad shark PR, behind-the-scenes Jaws trivia, his thoughts on Sharknado, surfing safety, immune system marvels, cannibal twins, shark personalities, sea sex, and knife teeth in this, an encore-but-refreshed episode with your newly married pod-dad. Alie learns that sharks are not the oce…
 
This week we are reviewing episodes 5-8 of '18 Again' and having just a bunch of fun watching this drama! Listen here as we chat about how teaching is the wrong career if you're just in it for the cash, the life changing practice of believing people the first time they say no, and the importance of returning a hug promptly. Leave a comment or sign …
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the bickering, banter, and "baby's" in The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Plus, we begin the NoYoMo Beginner's Guide to Reading Romance by talking about rom-coms and historicals! Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Not Your M…
 
A special encore as your dad hastily preps to wed your podmom, Jarrett. Refresh your brain about your heart, then stay tuned for a new secret at the end. Love! Romance! Intimate relationships! Marriage! Divorce! Remarriage! Clowns! This episode has it all. The wonderfully warm Dr. Benjamin Karney of the UCLA Marriage lab has been studying romance a…
 
Emily and Raquel Started a new drama! We watched the first four episodes of '18 Again'! If that sounds like it might be in someway related to, perhaps inspired by, the Hollywood movie '17 Again' then you are absolutely correct. Listen here as we talk about young parenthood, staying on the correct side of potentially creepy romances, and dealing wit…
 
Ellen and Mom are absolutely thrilled to chat again with audiobook narrator extraordinaire and NEW AUTHOR, Chris Brinkley about his new book My Story of Us: Zach. We also talk about other stuff because Mom is a steam engine that likes to go off the rails. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Faceb…
 
UFOs are real. Straight up. There are unidentified objects flying around — but does that mean they’re aliens? Two experts in the research and culture of Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) -- science journalist/author Sarah Scoles and Dr. Kate Dorsch, a scholar in the History and Sociology of Science -- joined Alie moments after Friday’s breaking n…
 
This week we're chatting about all our bonus info and feelings about 'My Mister'! Listen here as we talk about choosing to change personalities, subverting age expectations in k dramas, and refusing to award the awards we invented based on very made up criteria. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playonk.com), give us a h…
 
Ellen and Mom talk about the dancing, drama, and dialogue in the CINEMATIC CLASSIC that is Girls Just Want to Have Fun, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. Plus, Ellen schools Mom and the breakdown of a dance movie. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsro…
 
Wasps!? Don’t even THINK of skipping this one, my beautiful chickens. You’re about to change your outlook on the most maligned winged sky babies, and we are delighted that author, bug dude, and spheksologist Eric Eaton is about to change your mind and fill your heart with respect and appreciation. Hunker down for fig critters, bejeweled zombie quee…
 
We've finished 'My Mister' and we're talking all the finale stuff in this episode! This week we discuss characters doing the right thing even when it's hard, how to be properly proud of loved one's accomplishments, and how good it feels to get an unexpectedly satisfying character arc. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (pl…
 
Ellen and Mom talk about the politics, princes, and public opinion in Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Plus, ineffective movie-going partners and having no life. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Not Your Mom's Romance Book C…
 
Lifted restrictions! Discarded masks! Vaxxing & relaxing! Parties. Variant confusion. FOMO while also dreading events. Worry about strangers. Grief for a cancelled year. WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE? We’ve got you covered. As infection rates go down and restrictions lift in the U.S., you may feel: relieved, overjoyed, nude without a mask, guilty about sur…
 
It's time for our review of 'My Mister' episodes 9-12! This week we fixate on brainstorming ways to fix a seemingly doomed relationship, discuss the terrifying consequences of getting on the bad side of a capable lawyer, and the benefits of making friends with one's neighbors. Leave a comment or sign up for our newsletter on our website (playonk.co…
 
Ellen and Mom talk about the fist fights, feels copped, and first-class flights in Managed by Kristen Callihan. Plus, how being related to an airline pilot ain't all it's cracked up to be. Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebookclub@gmail.com Not Your Mom'…
 
Human-sucking mud holes. Beautiful birdsongs. Early mornings. Eyeball gnats. Stunning vistas. The long-awaited episode with ornithologist Corina Newsome is finally here and we talk all about the day-to-day-realities of being a Wildlife Ecologist. She dishes about working in zoos, getting her masters, housing for grad students, nest checking, birdin…
 
We're back for our second episode reviewing 'My Mister' and this drama has now fully hooked us and our emotions in. This week we dive into how to maybe not mansplain feelings to people dealing with trauma, how close we are to forsaking our worldly possessions for monk-hood, and how we would approach fighting against a distractingly beautiful loan s…
 
Ellen and Mom discuss the Gaelic, girls with grit, and guys in gowns in The Bride by Julie Garwood. Plus, what we have been up to during the break! Today's podcast is sponsored by Undercover Duke by Sabrina Jeffries! Come hang out with us! Twitter/Instagram: @notyourmomsrom Facebook Group: Not Your Mom's Facebook Group Email: notyourmomsromancebook…
 
Dongs. Schlongs. Peters. Intromittent organs. Gamete cannons. Biologist, gonad researcher, and Phallologist Dr. Emily Willingham joins to chat about peckers big and small, plain and fancy, barbed, coiled, colossal, pickled, and efficient. Also on the agenda: how the pressures of masculinity affect self-image, what actually contributes to a partner’…
 
We have started a new drama! This week we watched the first four episodes of 'My Mister' and we are ready to start chatting about this very beautiful and very melancholy drama. Join us as we discuss potentially redeemable but currently toxic characters, irredeemable and forever toxic characters, and the small emotional bribes that will keep us comi…
 
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