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Ologies with Alie Ward

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  Alie Ward  

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.

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.

 

#294

Indigenous Pedology (SOIL SCIENCE) with Lydia Jennings

Soil! Dirt! Earth. Dr. Lydia Jennings, aka Native Soil Nerd, breaks down the stuff under our feet and explains everything from mining to why soil can be different colors. Also: medicine from microbes, giving back to the land after extractive processes, collecting samples in urban rivers, elders’ ecological knowledge, planting hot Cheetos, potting soil mysteries, lung fungus, the smell of rain and why gardening makes you happy. Oh and running hundreds of miles for your science.  Follow Dr. Lydia Jennings on Twitter [@1NativeSoilNerd] (https://twitter.com/1nativesoilnerd?lang=en) or on Instagram [@llcooljennings] (https://www.instagram.com/llcooljennings/?hl=en) Her website: [nativesoilnerd.com] (https://nativesoilnerd.com/) Donations went to [RisingHearts.org] (https://www.risinghearts.org/) and to Lydia’s film, [Will Run for Soil] (https://www.willrunforsoil.com/donate.html) [More episode sources and links] (http://alieward.com/ologies/IndigenousPedology) Other episodes you may enjoy: [ ] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/oceanology2) Geology (ROCKS),  [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [ Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [ Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [ Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [ Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by Mercedes Maitland &  [ Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [ MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [ The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [ Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:05

23 Nov 2022


#293

Smologies #18: FEASTS with Katherine Spiers

Kid-friendly and quick! It’s another Smologies G-rated cut of a classic episode. Loosen your belts and tuck a napkin under your chin because feasting season is here. Katherine Spiers -- journalist, food anthropologist, editor of HowtoEatLA.com and host of the culinary history podcast [Smart Mouth] (https://www.smartmouthpodcast.com/) -- lets Alie belly up for a buffet of questions about winter gatherings, Thanksgiving myths, green bean casseroles, the hazards of deep frying, holy eels and more. Follow Katherine Spiers on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/katherinespiers) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/katherinespeirs/?hl=en) Her new food review site [HowToEatLA.com] (https://www.howtoeatla.com/) and podcast network [TableCakes Productions] (https://tablecakes.com/) Full length Food Anthropology (FEASTS) episode + links [here] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/food-anthropology) A donation went to: [Los Angeles Regional Food Bank] (https://www.lafoodbank.org/) [More Smologies episodes] (https://www.alieward.com/smologies) !  [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Steven Ray Morris] (https://twitter.com/stevenRayMorris) , [Mercedes Maitland] (https://www.maitlandaudio.com/) , and [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://instagram.com/Jarrett_Sleeper) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Made possible by work from Noel Dilworth, Susan Hale, Kelly R. Dwyer, Emily White, & Erin Talbert Smologies theme song by Harold Malcolm ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

22 MINS

22:33

22 Nov 2022


#292

Bryology (MOSS) Encore with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

It’s November and you need chill vibes. And Native American Heritage Month is the perfect time to encore this classic. World-renowned author, botanist, Indigenous ecology professor and bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Gathering Moss” and “Braiding Sweetgrass,”  talks about her passion for moss. Cozy up for the most beautifully doled-out information about hidden worlds, overlooked mysteries, botanical drama, forests in miniature, Native peoples’ uses for moss and philosophies about science and ecology. Dr. Kimmerer will change the way you see mosses forever, will inspire you to wear a loupe on a rope, and will soothe your soul with her beautiful voice and prose. Also bathmats, lawns and smoothies made of moss? We discuss. Follow Dr. Kimmerer on [Facebook] (https://facebook.com/braidingsweetgrass) at  Look for her books at independent bookstores or wherever books are sold (including Amazon): “ [Braiding Sweetgrass] (https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass) ” and “ [Gathering Moss] (http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/gathering-moss) ” Donations went to the [ ESF’s Center for Native Peoples and the Environment] (https://www.esf.edu/donate/) and [American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)] (https://www.aises.org/about) [More episode sources and links] (https://alieward.com/ologies/bryology) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Indigenous Cuisinology (NATIVE COOKING)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/indigenouscuisinology) , [Indigenous Fire Ecology (GOOD FIRE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/goodfire) , [Indigenous Fashionology (NATIVE CLOTHING)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/indigenousfashionology) , [Experimental Archeology (OLD TOOLS/ATLATLS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/experimentalarcheology) , [Carnivorous Phytobiology (MEAT-EATING PLANTS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/carnivorousphytobiology) , [Cycadology (RARE PLANT DRAMA)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/cycadology) , [Bisonology (BUFFALO)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/bisonology) , [Foraging Ecology (EATING WILD PLANTS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/foragingecology) , [Critical Ecology (SOCIAL SYSTEMS + ENVIRONMENT)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/criticalecology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:59

15 Nov 2022


#291

Discard Anthropology (GARBAGE) with Robin Nagle

Landfills! Treasures in the trash! Corporate conspiracies! Composting! An instantly classic conversation with the incredibly knowledgeable, frank and wonderful Dr. Robin Nagle of New York University’s Liberal Studies! She is a clinical professor, author, TED speaker and former New York City sanitation worker and truly the best person on Earth to trash talk with. We cover what you can and can’t actually recycle, sticky mustard bottles, drugs in the trash, Swedish Death Cleaning, mobsters and landfills, Bitcoin in the dump, the future of garbage and exactly how screwed we are. Enjoy.  [More episode sources and links] (https://alieward.com/ologies/discardanthropology ) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Oceanology (OCEANS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/oceanology2) , [Urban Rodentology (SEWER RATS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/urbanrodentology) , [Space Archaeology (SPACE JUNK)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/spacearchaeology) , [Critical Ecology (SOCIAL SYSTEMS + ENVIRONMENT)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/criticalecology) , [Futurology (THE FUTURE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/futurology) , [Disasterology (DISASTERS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/disasterology) , [Ursinology (BEARS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ursinology) , [Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/eschatology) , [Conservation Technology (EARTH SAVING)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/conservation-technology) , [Scatology (POOP)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/scatology) , [Agnotology (IGNORANCE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/agnotology) , [Xylology (LUMBER)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/xylology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [ Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:23

09 Nov 2022


#290

Smologies #17: FLAGS with E. Tory Laitila

A kid-friendly, shortened version of our classic episode on …flags! E. Tory Laitila, a textile expert who has also handled Honolulu's flag protocol, gives the skinny on the oldest flags, skull and crossbone Jolly Rogers, his favorite state flag, Scandinavian simplicity, the hardest flags to draw, who designed our modern American flag and how you too can have ... fun with flags all year round.  A donation went to: [Connecting to Collections] (https://www.connectingtocollections.org/) via [CulturalHeritage.org ] (https://www.culturalheritage.org/about-us/foundation/donate) [More Smologies episodes] (https://www.alieward.com/smologies) !  Full length Vexillology (FLAGS) episode + links [here] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/vexillology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Steven Ray Morris] (https://twitter.com/stevenRayMorris) , Mercedes Maitland, and [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://instagram.com/Jarrett_Sleeper) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Made possible by work from Noel Dilworth, Susan Hale, Kelly R. Dwyer, Emily White, & Erin Talbert Smologies theme song by Harold Malcolm ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

22 MINS

22:46

08 Nov 2022


#289

Vampirology (VAMPIRES) Part 2 with Jeff Holdeman

Start with [Part 1] (alieward.com/ologies/vampirology) for all the folkloric history, superstition, and Dracula basics. And then this Part 2 has vampire finches, fang straws, vegan bloodsuckers, threshold invites, horniness, grain alcohol, garlic breath, psychic vampires and all our questions answered by Dr. Jeff Holdeman, professor and Vampirologist in Indiana University’s Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures department. Also: I think you should write a novel.  Part 1: [alieward.com/ologies/vampirology] (alieward.com/ologies/vampirology) Donations went to [Myeloma.org] (https://www.myeloma.org/) for blood cancer research in honor of your Grandpod, Larry Ward and [NaNoWriMo.org] (https://nanowrimo.org/) . Go write your book.  [More episode sources and links] (http://alieward.com/ologies/vampirology) Other episodes you may enjoy: Our whole [Spooktober 2022 ] (http://alieward.com/ologies/spooktober2022) catalog, [Procyonology (RACOONS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/procyonology) , [Racoonology (PROCYONIDS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/procyonology) ,  [ FIELD TRIP: I Go France] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/france) , [ Taphology (GRAVESITES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/taphology) , [ Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/osteology) , [ Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) Updated Encore] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/thanatologyencore) , [ Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/desairology) , [ Anthropodermic Biocodicology (HUMAN LEATHER BOOKS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/anthropodermicbiocodicology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [ Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [ Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [ Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [ Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [ Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [ MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [ The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [ Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

31 Oct 2022

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:42

31 Oct 2022


#288

Vampirology (VAMPIRES) Part 1 with Jeff Holdeman

Fangs! Capes! Undead bloodlust! Are vampires soul-draining ghouls or a hot prom date? No better person to ask than Indiana University professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures," Dr. Jeff Holdeman, who teaches the course “The Vampire in European and American Culture.” In Part 1, it’s a deep dive into the HISTORY. Jeff breaks down the folkloric purpose of vampire stories and how they morphed into novels and hit the silver screen. Plus: why every generation reinvents its monsters.  Part 2 will dive into our modern vampire franchises and answer dozens of excellent, goofy, horny questions.  A donation went to [Myeloma.org] (https://www.myeloma.org/) for blood cancer research in honor of your Grandpod, Larry Ward [More episode sources and links] (https://alieward.com/ologies/vampirology) Other episodes you may enjoy: Our whole [Spooktober] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/spooktober) catalog,  [ FIELD TRIP: I Go France] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/france) , [ Taphology (GRAVESITES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/taphology) , [ Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/osteology) , [ Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) ] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/thanatologyencore) [Updated] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/thanatologyencore) [ Encore] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/thanatologyencore) , [ Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/desairology) , [ Anthropodermic Biocodicology (HUMAN LEATHER BOOKS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/anthropodermicbiocodicology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

26 Oct 2022

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:46

26 Oct 2022


#287

Smologies #16: INSECTS with Lila Higgins

We're back with another shorter, cleaner, edition of an Ologies classic. Today it's all the way back from 2018:  INSECTS, just straight up buuuugs. Quite likely Alie's favorite subject ever with an ologist who quite likely also dramatically shifted her life. That would be Lila Higgins, with passion more powerful than a Goliath Beetle's "especially large slicey mandibles." We cover a lot of ground, from dinosaur bugs to why wasps are so problematic, and even why it's totally fine to kiss a cockroach. Lila Higgins' [book, 'Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles'] (https://nhm.org/wild-la) :  A donation went to the [Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Community Science Program] (https://nhm.org/community-science-nhm) [More Smologies episodes] (https://www.alieward.com/smologies) Full length Entomology (INSECTS) with Lila Higgins + links [here] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/entomology?rq=insects) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Steven Ray Morris] (https://twitter.com/stevenRayMorris) , Mercedes Maitland, and [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://instagram.com/Jarrett_Sleeper) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Extra help from Noel Dilworth, Susan Hale, Kelly Dwyer, Emily White, & Erin Talbert Smologies theme song by Harold Malcolm ... Read more

24 Oct 2022

20 MINS

20:17

24 Oct 2022


#286

Metropolitan Tombology (PARIS CATACOMBS) with Erin-Marie Legacey

Let’s get spooky. Venture below Parisian streets and into the catacombs: hundreds of miles of subterranean tunnels housing millions of human skeletons, some fashioned into sculpture. Alie tracked down Dr. Erin-Marie Legacey – author of “Making Space for the Dead,” professor of French history and one of the world’s foremost experts on this eerie place. We chat about everything from miasmas to sinkholes, boggling cemetery history, smells, skulls, hidden chambers, (very) underground parties, and how we view our bodies post-life. Also: Alie takes a trip to see them herself.  Dr. Legacy’s book, “Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780-1830” on [Bookshop.org] (https://bookshop.org/p/books/making-space-for-the-dead-catacombs-cemeteries-and-the-reimagining-of-paris-1780-1830-erin-marie-legacey/11992611?ean=9781501715594) and [Amazon] (https://www.amazon.com/Making-Space-Dead-Cemeteries-Reimagining/dp/1501715593) [Catacombs tickets] (https://www.billetterie-parismusees.paris.fr/content#) A donation went to: [Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas] (https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-texas) [More episode sources and links] (https://alieward.com/ologies/catacombs) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Taphology (GRAVESITES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/taphology) , [Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/osteology) , [Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) Updated Encore] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/thanatologyencore) , [FIELD TRIP: I Go France] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/france) , [Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/desairology) , [Anthropodermic Biocodicology (HUMAN LEATHER BOOKS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/anthropodermicbiocodicology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

20 Oct 2022

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:37

20 Oct 2022


#285

FIELD TRIP: I Go France and Learn Weird French Stuff

Consider this an audio postcard from my first vacation in 13 years. I travel a lot for my other job (as a science correspondent on Innovation Nation for CBS) so I am out of practice on jet-setting for the sake of pure fun. But Jarrett’s family was headed to France so we cashed in some points and tagged along. Join me for some weird stuff I googled on the road, from pastry wars to royal cosplay, wax death masks, angry mobs, filming locations, things you can’t collect in a park and eat, how to get along with French waiters, what to do if a loved one starts sobbing in public, one of the best ways to see Paris, cider that tastes like flowers, a theme park with a hidden agenda, and the fall fashion trends that were confusingly ubiquitous. Also, how to wash socks in the sink. Let’s go to France.  A donation went to [CarbonFund.org] (https://carbonfund.org/) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Field Trip: Natural History Museum] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/fieldtripnhm) , [Minisode: Travel Tips] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/traveltips) , [Foraging Ecology (EATING WILD PLANTS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/foragingecology) , [Indigenous Culinology (NATIVE COOKING)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/indigenouscuisinology) , [Bovine Neuropathology (HEADBUTTING)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/headbutts) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

15 Oct 2022

27 MINS

27:20

15 Oct 2022


#284

5th Anniversary Special! Xylology (LUMBER) with Jeff Perry

What’s the customary 5th Anniversary gift? Apparently… WOOD! So we wrangled our favorite sawmill owner/operator of LA’s Angel City Lumber, Jeff Perry – who rescues downed street trees from the chipper and turns them into beautiful planks, boards, stumps and chonks. We cover everything from forest management to 2x4s, wood grain, burls, bog logs, sawdust, tree disease, asparagus tips, salvaged lumber, kiln drying, Westward expansion, Indigenous forest management, cedar whiff, and how working with wood changes your relationship to death.  Angel City Lumber [website] (https://www.angelcitylumber.com) Donations went to [The Mother Tree Project] (https://mothertreeproject.org/) via [this link] (https://mothertreeproject.org/donate/) [Episode sources and links] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/xylology) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Bryology (MOSS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/bryology) , [Dendrology (TREES) Encore] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/dendrology2) , [Mycology (FUNGI)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/mycology) , [Indigenous Fire Ecology (GOOD FIRE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/goodfire) , [Carobology (NOT CHOCOLATE TREES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/carobology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com/) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com/) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:16

04 Oct 2022


#283

Geology (ROCKS) Part 2 with Schmitty Thompson

We’re back! Listen to Part 1 first, then hit this follow-up with your favorite geologist Schmitty Thompson, who answers listener questions a-plenty. Such as: What is a geode? Are crystals in gift shops even real? Where’s the best place to look at rocks? Is ice a rock? Plus: rock puns, favorite rocks, best and worst rock names, long hikes, imposter syndrome, lab-grown diamonds, fossilized trees, space rocks, lead poisoning, and puns. Welcome back to Schmitty’s Geology Corner. We’ve been waiting for you.  [Schmitty’s bio] (https://mitrovica.eps.harvard.edu/people/schmitty-thompson) Donations went to [Skype a Scientist] (https://www.skypeascientist.com/) & [MinDat.org] (https://www.mindat.org/campaign.php) Those cool [squid stickers] (https://squidfacts.bigcartel.com/) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Teuthology (SQUIDS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/teuthologyencore) , [Areology (MARS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/areology) , [Ludology (VIDEO GAMES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ludology) , [Volcanology (VOLCANOES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/volcanology) , [Gemology (GEMS & MINERALS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/gemology) , [Astrobiology (ALIENS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/astrobiology) , [Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/eschatology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

21 Sep 2022

48 MINS

48:04

21 Sep 2022


#282

Smologies #15: FAMILY TREES with Stephen Hanks

It’s a shorter, swear-free version of the wonderful Genealogy episode with author Stephen Hanks -- who teaches genealogy classes in Portland, Oregon and has contributed to PBS genealogy documentaries. We chat histories, mysteries, memories and families, plus what ignited his passion for learning about his own history. Also: how to find your family through census records, county archives, and death certificates; which DNA tests he’s taken; our most recent common ancestor; and whether or not he wears a detective cape.  Stephen Hanks books: “ [Three Brothers — 1626] (https://www.amazon.com/Three-Brothers-Ancestry-World-Beyond/dp/1736678604/) ,” “ [1619 -- Twenty Africans] (https://www.amazon.com/1619-Twenty-Africans-Discovery-Descendants/product-reviews/1629016578/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews) ,” and “ [Akee Tree] (https://www.amazon.com/Akee-Tree-Descendants-Ancestors-Plantations/dp/1939995000/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Hanks%2C+Stephen&qid=1581400239&sr=8-2) ” Publisher: [Inkwater Press] (https://inkwater.com) A donation went to [BlackPast.org] (https://www.blackpast.org/) [More Smologies episodes] (https://www.alieward.com/smologies) Full length Genealogy (FAMILY HISTORY) episode + links [here] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/genealogy) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com/) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Steven Ray Morris] (https://twitter.com/stevenRayMorris) , Mercedes Maitland and [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://instagram.com/Jarrett_Sleeper) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com/) Extra help from Noel Dilworth, Susan Hale, Kelly Dwyer, Emily White, & Erin Talbert Smologies theme song by Harold Malcolm ... Read more

21 Sep 2022

19 MINS

19:05

21 Sep 2022


#281

Geology (ROCKS) Part 1 with Schmitty Thompson

What is a rock? How big is a boulder? Why are they pretty and heavy? It’s rock talk with a true enthusiast, the charming and beloved Geologist Schmitty Thompson. Schmitty walks us through different types of rocks, minerals, geological formations, roadside wonders, countertop crystals, stone skipping, and why you should stare lovingly into a pit of gravel. There were so many listener questions, we had to make this a two-parter people. So roll up a boulder, take a seat, and enjoy Schmitty’s Geology Corner. Also: losing my marbles.  [More links and sources] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/geology) [Schmitty’s bio] (https://mitrovica.eps.harvard.edu/people/schmitty-thompson) A donation went to [Skype a Scientist] (https://www.skypeascientist.com/) Those cool [squid stickers] (https://squidfacts.bigcartel.com/) Other episodes you may enjoy: [Teuthology (SQUIDS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/teuthologyencore) , [Areology (MARS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/areology) , [Ludology (VIDEO GAMES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ludology) , [Volcanology (VOLCANOES)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/volcanology) , [Gemology (GEMS & MINERALS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/gemology) , [Astrobiology (ALIENS)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/astrobiology) , [Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE)] (https://www.alieward.com/ologies/eschatology) [Sponsors of Ologies] (https://alieward.com/ologies-sponsors) [Transcripts and bleeped episodes] (https://alieward.com/ologies-extras) [Smologies (short, classroom-safe) episodes] (https://alieward.com/smologies) [Become a patron of Ologies] (https://www.patreon.com/ologies) for as little as a buck a month [OlogiesMerch.com] (https://www.ologiesmerch.com) has hats, shirts, masks, totes! Follow @Ologies on [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ologies) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/ologies) Follow @AlieWard on [Twitter] (https://www.twitter.com/alieward) and [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/alieward) Sound editing by [Jarrett Sleeper] (https://www.jarrettsleeper.com) of [MindJam Media] (https://www.mindjammedia.com) Transcripts by Emily White of [The Wordary] (https://www.thewordary.com) Website by [Kelly R. Dwyer] (https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo) Theme song by Nick Thorburn ... Read more

14 Sep 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:00

14 Sep 2022