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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.
 
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Yep -- it’s detective work! But instead of crime scenes, environmental scientist, marine biologist and Forensic Ecologist Dr. Tiara Moore travels the world to sample the sea and the soil looking for the ghosts of larvae past, whispers of frog spit, fungal traces in loamy soil, and the unseen forces that lead to algal blooms and toxic tides. She als…
 
Two very different groups of teens, two very different types of monsters in this horror-adjacent teen dream double-bill. Joining us this week is The Independent Chief Film Critic Clarisse Loughrey to talk about what these two outliers have in common, the true horror of being a teenager, and the how these films have aged. Produced and presented by A…
 
You’re six to ten times LESS likely to catch COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated, and thus less likely to infect others. Great! But what about breakthrough cases? Who’s at risk for them? How many folks haven’t gotten vaccinated? Should pregnant people get the ol’ jab, what might happen with transmission rates in 2022, yearly booster questions, the ethics…
 
Wolf howls, wolf packs, wolf history and more! November 23 is the dog appreciation holiday Wolfenoot so we’re dishing up a puppy-sized and kid-friendly Smologies with lupinologist and Princeton professor Dr. Brigette vonHoldt. Learn about wolf populations, canine family dynamics, Game of Thrones direwolves, if wolves howl at the moon, myths and tru…
 
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer Freddy Krueger seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death. Joining us this week is film critic, author and scholar Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn to go into the gore, dream logic of Wes Craven's masterpiece, how Nancy stands out from other final girls…
 
Who’s on it? What’s on it? And why does the interface feel like you’re on a prank show? Scicomm host, vlogger, author, internet friend, and TikTok-maker Hank Green stops in to chat about learning the language of the algorithm, dopamine, duets, data concerns, idealized selves, self-expression, mental health, authenticity, work/ life boundaries. And …
 
Arnie thought he'd met the perfect girl. Turns out, she had a body by Plymouth and a soul by Satan. Joining us this week is film critic and our Stephen King correspondent Dr. Kelli Weston to go into the terrifying teen angst of Christine (1983). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The F…
 
PAIN. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can we hurt less? Which hurts more, a kidney stone or heartache? Why does chronic pain persist? Can we turn down our pain dials? To answer these huge questions, pain psychologist Dr. Rachel Zoffness enthusiastically explains the brain, pain and how to retrain it. She is an unabashed neuronerd and a…
 
Wicked lover, Sloppy Seconds Pod co-host and Dragula alum Meatball the drag queen stops by to chat all about this Wicked casting announcement! We dive into our feelings about the leading ladies and who we want to see play the rest of the roles (Rosie O'Donnell and Jada Pinkett Smith as everyone??). For bonus interview with Meatball: www.patreon.com…
 
Boy howdy... Squid games. We know we weren't the only ones watching Squid Game and thinking, "Do squid play games?" Hence we combined the study of squids (teuthology) and games (ludology) to make Teuthological Ludology with everyone's favorite squid expert: Dr. Sarah McAnulty from the 2018 Teuthology episode. We reunited on mic to discuss things li…
 
This is the shorter, cleaner, smologized version of our full length Veterinary Biology episode https://www.alieward.com/ologies/veterinarybiology At long last: an episode dedicated to veterinary medicine! Dr. Terrence Ferguson & Dr. Vernard Hodges have been friends for nearly 30 years and have co-owned their rural Georgia veterinary clinic, Critter…
 
Happy Halloween! To mark this spooky weekend, we bring you the live podcast recording of our crossover Scream event with our pals Mike Muncer (Evolution of Horror) and Becky Darke (Don't Point That Horror at Me). Don't miss our live-tweet of Censor at MUBI on Halloween 7PM GMT. You can get 30 days free of MUBI here: https://mubi.com/promos/thefinal…
 
Bidding farewell to the sweetest and spookiest month, we traipse past graves with archeologist, conservator and Taphologist Robyn Lacy. What’s the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? Is it wrong to picnic in one? And can tombstone scrubbing help the world and soothe your living soul? Plus, font trends on headstones, old-timey gravestone …
 
Tim unpacks the scary movies you should be watching this October with his hilarious best friend since age 3 Emmy Hart-Avila. The two of them pop off about the best and worst scary movies they have watched this year and of slumber parties past! They cover the entire Scream franchise and the Halloween franchise. Plus Halloweentown DUH! @TMurray06…
 
It's a sorority for a very special kind of girl... one that doesn't mind pulling a murderous prank on their den mother. Joining us this week is video essayist and writer Yhara Zayd to talk about the film's film noir influences, sorority horror and who is the real villain of The House on Sorority Row. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Mu…
 
They dance. They flirt. They will steal your heart. They are spiders. Jumping spiders, specifically, and impassioned spider scientist Dr. Sebastian Echeverri is on board to tell you all about their sexy dances. How far can a jumping spider jump? What makes a good spider dancer? Why are they so cute? Can you sample their mating drumming and make a s…
 
It is time to get witchy for October! Elphaba on tour and standby on Broadway Mariand Torres stops by for a slumber party! Tim and Mariand chat about watching The Craft (duh), crushing on Freddie Prinze Jr and their time at the University of Miami. Mariand discusses her time as Elphie and the importance of representation for Latin people on Braodwa…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with THE Jamie Lee Curtis, Laurie Strode herself, about the new film Halloween Kills, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about her not knowing what a 'final girl' was, a show she developed called 'The Final Girls' and why people have loved Laurie Strode since 1978. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slashe…
 
When you think of slumber parties, you think of murder... right? Joining us this week is podcaster Mary Wild to go deep on the feminist intentions of The Slumberparty Massacre, the similarities of the driller killer to BOB from Twin Peaks and its dark, dark humour. With a much less deep discussion on the musical psycho horror show that is The Slumb…
 
This very hilarious episode has been behind the paywall all year so we are releasing it to the public because it is too good to keep hidden. Tim gives his take on the new Scream trailer then he, Emmy and Michael discuss what to watch from the hot shows of the last year. For more bonus episodes like this head to www.patreon.com/Tmurray06…
 
PART 2: The stunning conclusion of a 3-hour gab session about frickin' bats with America's favorite chiropterologist, Dr. Merlin Tuttle. Learn about bat conversations, their close friendships, surprising dongs, where they keep their nipples, how to go bat spotting after the sun sets, more myths and misconceptions about bat danger, perhaps the gross…
 
“People fear most what they understand least." Words of wisdom from explorer/American treasure/bat expert, Dr. Merlin Tuttle. As your internet dad/host takes care of her surgically recuperating husband this week, we revisit her visit to Austin. In 2019, Alie headed to the bat capital and sat down with the legendary chiropterologist to discuss wild …
 
Joining us this week is writer/actor Isaura Barbé-Brown. We get into the mind of the murderer (again) with Prom Night, discuss the benefits of disco, and fight for the status of the film as an inventive slasher. Plus a first watch of slasher spoof film Student Bodies (1981) and the bits of it that haven't aged well at all. Produced and presented by…
 
Crows have funerals? CROWS HAVE FUNERALS. The inky black bird with the big brain warns and maybe mourns around their fallen friends and Dr. Kaeli Swift is here to tell us all about it. As an avid wildlife researcher and corvid specialist, she's observed death behaviors that will shock you to your bones and ruffle your hackles -- while somehow also …
 
In this episode, Bloody Women Editor Leila Latif joins us for a discussion on the original Friday the 13th - the one with Kevin Bacon, the one without Jason, the mommy of one of the biggest horror franchises. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collec…
 
A deep dive review of Mike Flanagan's new horror series, Midnight Mass, with writer and broadcaster Louise Blain. Spoilers from 0:29:55 Midnight Mass is available to watch on Netflix now. *** Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the in…
 
Grab your fire extinguisher and hang on to your eyebrows, we’re building FIRES today. Now, this is pyrotechnology in the anthropological sense; the kind covered in hair metal concert venue liability insurance will have to wait for another day, no no, these are the kind your ancestors made. Get ready for sharp rocks, hairy jello, sooty caves, glowin…
 
In this episode, podcaster Steph McKenna joins us for a discussion on John Carpenter and Debra Hill's daddy of slasher films, Halloween. We go deep on Laurie Strode and the final girl, what makes Michael Myers so scary, the musical stylings of Mr. Carpenter and so much more. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Cas…
 
Melanie Brook (50 Shades the Musical, Disney Channel Original Movie Under Wraps) stops by for a slumber party to deep dive into the best Mary Kate and Ashley movies, the best DCOMs and of course Christy Carlson Ramano's new youtube channel baby! @mellyb14 @TMurray06 To support this podcast: www.patreon.com/tmurray06…
 
Teeth. Tails. Concentric nipples. This not-at-all-rodent has the distinction of being North America’s sole marsupial and so Alie hunted down lauded Opossumologist Dr. Lisa Walsh and launched an absolute torrent of giddy questions. How many ticks do they really eat, can we keep them as pets, how do we all convincingly feign death, opossum vs. possum…
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this final episode of the mini-series, we recorded the live conversation we had with director and co-writer Prano Bailey-Bond after a preview screening of Censor at the Pr…
 
A repost from our FEMALE MONSTERS series. In this episode, film critic Dr. Kelli Weston joins us for a deep, deep dive on the inimitable classic of horror cinema, Brian de Palma's Carrie (1976). We talk about the monstrous feminine, otherness, Sissy Spacek, period horror, who's the real villain in the film and so much more. Produced and presented b…
 
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…
 
A deep dive into one of the most influential horror films of all time, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Joining us this week is writer/actor Isaura Barbé-Brown. We dive deep into Isaura's love of this film, where it stands culturally, how it influenced horror films, and show a little sympathy for overwhelmed Leatherface. Read Isaura's pie…
 
Tim's college roomie and one of his longtime best friends Becca Kotte (Rock of Ages, Getting the Band Back Together and Rod Stewart's International Tour) stops by for a slumber party! We chat about our Miami shenanigans, straight women in gay bars, getting the Broadway call, and some slumber party games that will have you rolling laughing honey! To…
 
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…
 
In this fourth series, we'll be regressing and reliving the bloody, broody and horny moments of our teenage years through horror films. New episode every Friday with a special guest to discuss a teen horror (or two). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya. *** Music: "The Shape" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio and "Trouble in Woodsboro" by Marco…
 
Frankie Rodriguez of High School Musical the Musical series on Disney+ stops by for a slumber party! We chat about working with Olivia Rodrigo, being the first openly gay character in the HSM franchise, and what it was like to grow up gay and religious in a conservative town. Plus... Frankie works with a GLINDA! To support this podcast and watch a …
 
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…
 
A deep dive review of the most anticipated horror film of the year: Nia DaCosta's Candyman. Film critic Dr. Kelli Weston joins us to discuss the film, its themes and connections to the 1992 cult horror of the same name. Spoilers from 0:57:19 (but don't worry, we don't say his name). Candyman is out now in UK cinemas. Produced and presented by Anna …
 
Helené Yorke of The Other Two, the funniest show on dang tv joins us for a slumber party to chat about how excited we all are for season 2, working with legendary Molly Shannon, dating straight men and of course... her time as a Glinda in Wicked! For bonus interview with Helené and to support this podcast: www.patreon.com/Tmurray06 @HeleneYorke @TM…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this third episode, Evolution of Horror host Mike Muncer and host Anna Bogutskaya discuss the context of the video nasties in 1980s Britain. Throughout the episode you'll …
 
Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina stop by to chat about their musical duo: The Skivvies where they perform with Broadway stars in their undies. We also chat about our first cds bought at Sam Goody, first kisses, what it was like to work with Patti LuPone and their top 5 artists they'd want to see in concert! @TMurray06 @TheSkivvies To support this pod…
 
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 …
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this episode, Projections lecturer and host Mary Wild joins host Anna Bogutskaya to unpick the psychology of lead character Enid Baines, played by Niamh Algar. Throughout …
 
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