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The Story Collider
Whether we wear a lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers - researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, cops, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious, but they're all true and all very personal. Welcome to The Story Collider!
Science & Medicine
Arts
Performing Arts
1
Heredity: Stories about where we come from
Featuring Laura Spink and Denise Coberly
23 min
2
In Love with Science: Stories about Loving Science
Featuring Parmvir Bahia and Monica Dunford
31 min
3
Danger: Stories about life-threatening situations
Featuring Ralph Bouquet and Ali Mustafa
27 min
4
Courage: Stories about standing up for yourself
Featuring Margaret Rubega and Charlotte Istance-Tamblin
36 min
5
Acceptance: Stories about belonging
Featuring LaShana Lewis and Guizella Rocabado
34 min
6
Stress: Stories about being under pressure
Featuring Joey Slamon and Kellie Vinal
28 min
7
Just a Number: Stories about age and science
Featuring Michelle McCrackin and Ben Kennedy
29 min
8
Carpe Diem: Stories about seizing the day
Featuring Kevin Burgio and Devine Joyce
26 min
9
New Friends: Stories about unexpected connections
Featuring Seth Cottrell and Joseph R. Mendelson III
37 min
10
Science vs. Love: Stories about the battle betw...
Featuring Jacqueline Trumbull and Monica O’Neal
32 min
11
Science Gets Personal: Stories about science ge...
Featuring Phillip Comella and Kelley Remole
28 min
12
Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments
Featuring Raymond Carr and Wade Roush
23 min
13
Parents: Stories about moms and dads
Featuring Dan Souza and Michaella A. Thornton
30 min
14
Getting In: Stories about making the grade
Featuring Jennifer Landa and Emi Okikawa
25 min
15
Pregnancy: Stories about the science of having ...
Featuring Bianca Jones Marlin and Veronika Meduna
32 min
16
Bodies: Stories About the Skin We're In
28 min
17
Fear: Stories of daring adventures in science
Featuring Erik Klemetti and George Kourounis
30 min
18
Rescue: Stories about taking care of others
Featuring Kate Sheridan and Giselle George-Gilkes
29 min
19
Cancer Sucks: Stories from cancer survivors
Featuring Gail Thomas and Pierce McManus
29 min
20
Sense of Touch: Stories about the power of contact
Featuring Sushma Subramanian and Nick Andersen
25 min
21
Overwhelmed: Stories about being in over our heads
Featuring Fiona Calvert and Shane Hanlon
24 min
22
Science Saved My Life: Stories about life-savin...
Featuring Cailin Gallinger and Rose DF
30 min
23
Following Directions: Stories about improvising
Featuring Joseph Scrimshaw and Cassandra Willyard
29 min
24
Expectations: Stories about surprising discoveries
Featuring Stephen Macknick & Susana Martinez-Conde and Africa Stewart
37 min
25
Trials by Fire: Stories about difficult paths t...
Featuring Evelyn Valdez-Ward and Samuel Achilefu
29 min
26
Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - P...
Featuring Veronica Ades and Tracey Segarra
33 min
27
Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - P...
Featuring Jacey Powers, Rasha Khoury, and Molly Gaebe
49 min
28
Leaving Home: Stories about the places we're from
Featuring Jennifer Colbourne and Herman B. White
31 min
29
Help: Stories about desperate situations
Featuring Matt Baker and Anonymous
31 min
30
Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration
Featuring Kate Greathead and Tracy Chong
26 min
31
Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self
Featuring Sandi Marx and Toria Stafford
36 min
32
Loneliness: Stories about finding friends
Featuring Cindy Joe and Patrick Honner
32 min
33
Surprises: Stories about the unexpected
Featuring Matthew Dicks and Simon Donner
32 min
34
Mortality: Stories about confronting death
Featuring Anthony Morgan and Elorm Avakame
31 min
35
The Science of Dating: Stories about sex and ro...
Featuring Josh Gondelman and Heather Berlin and Baba Brinkman
31 min
36
Responsibility: Stories about leadership
Featuring Jo Handelsman & Sage Forbes-Gray
33 min
37
Pride: Stories about coming out in science
Featuring Charlie Cook and Shayle Matsuda
27 min
38
Unfamiliar Territory: Stories about journeys to...
Featuring Arielle Duhaime-Ross and Marco Quesada
28 min
39
In Honor of Father's Day: Stories about complic...
Featuring Eva Higginbotham and Nisse Greenberg
34 min
40
Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds
Featuring Alison Smith and Peter Brannen
28 min
41
Coming of Age: Stories about growing up
Featuring Moni Avello and Morgan Givens
25 min
42
Science Fiction: Stories about aliens and zombies
Featuring Chase Masterson and Bethany Van Delft
29 min
43
Different: Stories about standing out in a crowd
Featuring Amanda Gorman and Elisa Schaum
27 min
44
In Honor of Mother's Day: Stories about moms
Featuring Jessica Hoey and Jamie Brickhouse
27 min
45
Identity: Stories about figuring out who we are
Featuring Jason Rodriguez and Josh Silberg
28 min
46
Challenges: Stories about overcoming obstacles
Featuring Aletha Maybank and Joselin Linder
32 min
47
Dreams: Stories about ambition
Featuring Sara Mazrouei and Madhavi Colton
27 min
48
Fight or Flight: Stories about confronting threats
Featuring Kim Cobb and Lyl Tomlinson
30 min
49
Science Communication: Stories about spreading ...
Featuring Judith Stone and Anna Freeman
27 min
50
New Beginnings: Stories about starting over
Featuring Mari Provencher and Amber Hewitt
25 min
51
Women in Science: Stories about defying expecta...
Featuring Alison Williams and Sarah Myhre
30 min
52
Generations: Stories about passing science down
Featuring Ted Olds and Kayla Glynn
29 min
53
In Honor of Pi Day: Stories about math
Featuring Ken Ono & Piper Harron
29 min
54
Innovation: Stories about creative ideas
Featuring Adam Ruben and Leah Shaffer
30 min
55
Double Lives: Stories about loving both science...
Featuring Saad Sarwana and Jean Zarate
26 min
56
Black Holes: Stories about dark times
Featuring Jesse Shanahan and Sarah Pearl
28 min
57
Heartbreak: Stories about times science breaks ...
Featuring Prabarna Ganguly and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert
26 min
58
Recovery: Stories about responding to crises
Featuring Melanie McConnell and Mo Culberson
33 min
59
Good and Evil: Stories about the science of gra...
Featuring Ethan Hollander and Cather Simpson
30 min
60
Bad Days in the Field: Stories about fieldwork ...
Featuring David Evans and Gabriela Serrato Marks
24 min
61
Origin Stories: Stories about paths to becoming...
Featuring Kate Marvel and Joe Normandin
31 min
62
Math Problems: Stories about struggles with math
Featuring Lew Lefton and Vanessa Vakharia
27 min
63
Home: Stories about science and community
Featuring Keoni Mahelona and Chuck Collins
32 min
64
The Science of Growing Up: Stories about coming...
Featuring Jean Ansolabehere and Scott Barry Kaufman
28 min
65
Life and Death: Stories of loss and resilience
Featuring Andrew Oberle and Renee Hlozek
34 min
66
Doubt: Stories about moments of uncertainty in ...
Featuring Maia Pujara & Whitney Henry
24 min
67
Psychotropic Substances: Stories about altered ...
Featuring Gail Thomas & Myq Kaplan
30 min
68
The Bats and the Bees: Stories about winged wil...
Featuring Cylita Guy and Rachael Bonoan
25 min
69
Reflection: Stories about our sense of self
Featuring Jean Le Bec and Michael Lemonick
30 min
70
DNA: Stories about family
Featuring Katie Wu and Oliver Vikbladh
31 min
71
Maternal Bond: Stories about moms and their kids
Featuring Erica Silberman and Pat Furlong
30 min
72
Pressure: Stories about stressful situations
Featuring Sam Snow and Megan Hatlen
28 min
73
Adaptation: Stories about survival
Featuring Benjamin Rubenstein and Abbas Mousa
28 min
74
Invisibility: Stories about hiding in plain sight
Featuring Richard Carillo and Liz Neeley
29 min
75
Perception: Stories about tricks of the mind
Featuring Eli Chen and Shannon Palus
24 min
76
Migration: Stories about journeys home
Featuring Maryam Zaringhalam and Janina Scarlet
28 min
77
Attachment: Stories of powerful bonds
Featuring Heather Abbott-Lyon and Tracey Segarra
28 min
78
Identification: Stories about who we are
Featuring Devon Collins and Veronica Ades
41 min
79
Chemistry: Stories about falling in love
Featuring Lindzi Wessel & Thom and Skylar Young-Bayer
38 min
80
Metamorphosis: Stories of radical change
Featuring Nadia Singh and Kinari Webb
31 min
81
Exploration: Stories about facing new challenges
Featuring Jeff Braden and Latasha Wright
27 min
82
Boiling Point: Stories of reaching points of cr...
Featuring Rashawn Ray & Marcelo Ardón Sayao
27 min
83
Zoology: Stories about wild animals
Featuring Ed Yong & Gifford Wong
36 min
84
Epidemic: Stories about medical crises
Featuring Ken Haller & Maureen Boyle
29 min
85
Magnetism: Stories about attraction
In today's episode, we bring you two stories abou…
32 min
86
Death: Stories about untimely ends
This week, we present two stories about death in …
26 min
87
Evolution: Stories about evolving as people
Part 1:  Adam Andis was raised as a creationist, …
26 min
88
Friction: Stories of difficult relationships in...
This week, we bring you two stories of difficult …
31 min
89
Independent Research: Stories of setting off on...
This week, we present two stories about young sci…
28 min
90
Oil: Stories from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
This week, we bring you two stories from the Deep…
29 min
91
Paternal Bonds: Stories about dads
This week, we present stories of science and fath…
32 min
92
Symbiosis: Stories about teamwork
This week, we present two stories about working t…
28 min
93
Early Childhood Development: Stories about growth
This week, we present two stories of learning exp…
27 min
94
Working Memory: Stories about how memory shapes us
This week, we present two stories of how memory i…
40 min
95
Standard Deviation: Stories about unusual encou...
Part 1: Late one night in the ER, doctor Bess Sti…
25 min
96
Maternal Instinct: Stories about moms
In this week's episode, we present two stories of…
33 min
97
Hard Science: Stories about journeys into physics
Part 1: When Sarah Demers gets a work-study job w…
22 min
98
Syzygy: Stories of celestial alignment
Part 1: Bryony Tilsley and her husband are planni…
23 min
99
Resistance: Stories about fighting oppression
Part 1: Environmental engineer Siddhartha Roy is …
26 min
100
Transformation: Stories about changing states
Part 1: Geneticist Sebastian Alvarado reconnects …
28 min
101
Technological Advancements: Stories about the w...
Part 1: Blind athlete Simon Wheatcroft finds a wa…
29 min
102
Observational Error: Stories about the overlooked
Part 1: Neuroscientist Qi Lin struggles to connec…
31 min
103
Isolation: Stories about loneliness
Part 1: On an expedition to Antarctica, journalis…
39 min
104
Habitat Loss: Stories of changing environments
Part 1: Ecologist Evon Hekkala travels to Madagas…
41 min
105
In the Field: Stories about venturing into the ...
Part 1: As a grad student, Liz Neeley falls in lo…
31 min
106
Natural Habitats: Stories of finding where we b...
Part 1: Born and raised in Brooklyn, naturalist H…
28 min
107
Predators: Stories about confronting danger
Part 1: Drew Prochaska decides to confront his fe…
30 min
108
Fear Response: Stories about conquering fear
Part 1: Mark Pagán combats his phobia of flying i…
34 min
109
Oxytocin: Stories of love gone wrong
Part 1: MIT Museum education coordinator Faith Du…
28 min
110
Research: Stories about the places studies take us
Part 1: As a teenager, Bri Riggio struggles to un…
29 min
111
Outliers: Stories of unusual outcomes
Part 1: A series of unfortunate events reveals so…
31 min
112
Baseline: Stories about starting points
Part 1: Bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko tries to use h…
28 min
113
Excited State: Stories about exhilerating exper...
Brian Mackenwells tries to smuggle something onto…
23 min
114
Exposure: Stories about new experiences
Part 1: Journalist Erika Check Hayden travels to…
28 min
115
Adam Becker: The Solar System
Though Adam Becker loved science as a kid, he str…
16 min
116
Mary Ann Allen: My Friend Lovey
When biologist Mary Ann Allen gets a chance to st…
15 min
117
Rebecca Brachman: Deadly Mistake
Neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman is working late o…
18 min
118
Emily Grossman: Crying in Science
When geneticist and science communicator Emily Gr…
15 min
119
Amanda Buch: My Father's Brain
When Amanda Buch's beloved father is diagnosed wi…
13 min
120
Matt Hartings: My Bacon Number
Chemist Matt Hartings is excited -- and a little …
16 min
121
Chiara Mariottini: Lost in Translation
Italian neuroscientist Chiara Mariottini struggle…
14 min
122
Wes Hazard: Everything Is Wrong
Standup comedian Wes Hazard's dangerous chronic i…
14 min
123
Amy Oestreicher: Life Without a Stomach
Amy Oestreicher is a normal teenage theater nerd.…
19 min
124
Jana Watson-Capps: Shark-Infested Waters
Biologist Jana Watson-Capps struggles with feelin…
16 min
125
Herman Pontzer: Burning Calories
Anthropologist Herman Pontzer spends time living …
16 min
126
Layne Jackson Hubbard: Still Myself
Layne Jackson Hubbard wakes up in a hospital room…
13 min
127
Aparna Nancherla: By Any Means Necessary
When comedian Aparna Nancherla's science fair pro…
15 min
128
Patrick Freeman: Elephant Time
Patrick Freeman is studying elephants in Namibia …
14 min
129
Rachel Yehuda: Cause and Effect
To discover why some survivors of trauma experien…
18 min
130
Ira Flatow: The Sound of the Falls
As a young science reporter at NPR, Science Frida…
23 min
131
Wyatt Cenac: Driving Drunk for Science
While completing a community service requirement …
16 min
132
Paula Croxson: How Cold Is Too Cold?
Neuroscientist Paula Croxson is determined to fin…
16 min
133
Ben Lillie: The Truth About My Grandfather
After his grandfather passes away, Ben Lillie lea…
18 min
134
Elana Lancaster: The Egg & the Equinox
In grade school, Elana Lancaster gets into troubl…
13 min
135
Skylar Bayer: The Hummingbird of Doom
Skylar Bayer's dreams of a career in scientific s…
16 min
136
Aaron Wolfe: The Inseminator
Aaron Wolfe seeks meaning through labor at a kibb…
13 min
137
Jo Firestone: A Sex Education
When comedian Jo Firestone goes to college, she s…
10 min
138
MaryAnn Wilbur: Two Pregnancies
While she's 26 weeks pregnant, OB-GYN MaryAnn Wil…
11 min
139
Henry Duffy: 97 Days On Pitcairn Island
As a student, Henry Duffy jumps at a chance to do…
12 min
140
Nathan Boll: What Else Is Out There?
Nathan Boll was an excellent physics student -- u…
12 min
141
Nitin Ron: Babies and Mountains
Newborn and premature baby specialist Nitin Ron l…
12 min
142
Emily Mullin: Losing My Voice
In high school, Emily Mullin dreams of becoming a…
15 min
143
Jeff Sparr: Obsession
Jeff Sparr finds an unexpected purpose after his …
13 min
144
Amanda Duffy: A Picture of My Brain
Neuroscientist Amanda Duffy gets some surprising …
12 min
145
David Russell: In The Name Of Love
In high school, David Russell joins a hospital ap…
18 min
146
Rochelle Williams: Potential
As a PhD student, Rochelle Williams faces barrier…
16 min
147
Steve Crabtree: Painting A Nuclear Submarine
Steve Crabtree gets an unusual start to his caree…
18 min
148
Brion Randolph: Curiosity Saves The Cats
Brion Randolph's journey to becoming a doctor beg…
12 min
149
Dawn Fraser: The Mission
While working as a census taker in 2010, Dawn Fra…
13 min
150
Bill Harwood: How A Chemist Becomes A Cop
As a young chemist working for the state crime la…
13 min
151
Nneze Akwiwu: The First Female President Of Nig...
A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance…
17 min
152
Chris Duffy: A Comedian Walks Into Some Neurosc...
After reading about scientific theories of humor,…
11 min
153
Kia Salehi: Control
A young neuroscientist seeks control through an e…
10 min
154
Amanda Stockton: The Girl With The Big Nose
Growing up on a cattle ranch, Amanda Stockton dre…
12 min
155
Dan Daneshvar: Making The Death Call
To study a dangerous disease, Dan Daneshvar asks …
11 min
156
Joe Palca: 175 Riverside Drive
A series of incidents propels Joe Palca to a care…
14 min
157
Erika Engelhaupt: Fear Of Flying
Erika Engelhaupt gets a dream reporting assignmen…
12 min
158
Maryam Zaringhalam: Cheating My Way To Smart
Maryam Zaringhalam's scheme to cheat her way into…
12 min
159
Jonaki Bhattacharyya: Losing Control
Jonaki Bhattacharyya ventures out into rugged Can…
18 min
160
David Putrino: Medical Records
While working at a hospital, David Putrino finds …
14 min
161
Saad Sarwana: The Math Test
Saad Sarwana is finally about to win a high schoo…
10 min
162
Rachel Fairbank: Scientist Or Subject?
While being treated after an accident, Rachel Fai…
13 min
163
Abhishek Shah: Waste Disposal
Abhishek Shah takes a simple job to pay for schoo…
10 min
164
Brian Kennedy: The Back-Up Plan
Brian Kennedy is forced to take a job in his loca…
12 min
165
Kaća Bradonjić: The Nature Of Space And Time
Physicist Kaća Bradonjić's view of time is shaped…
13 min
166
Ali Mattu: My Brother The Trekkie
Psychologist Ali Mattu didn't know what he wanted…
17 min
167
Anna Nicanarova: Playing Sick
Anna Nicanarova pretends to be sick to get out of…
9 min
168
Tom Levenson: Henry
Used to the controlled uncertainties of his work,…
18 min
169
Adam Foote: The Sea Urchin Massacre
Adam Foote confronts the problem of obtaining sea…
22 min
170
Neer Asherie: The Milk Heist
When he discovers his milk has been stolen from t…
11 min
171
Rachel Pendergrass: A Bad Day At The Aquarium
Rachel Pendergrass gets her dream job: talking to…
11 min
172
Alan Guth: Stumbling To Inflation
Alan Guth is working on a fairly typical research…
18 min
173
Adam Rogers: Separating Cells
Adam Rogers gets an exciting opportunity to work …
14 min
174
April Salazar: The Heart Adapts
Facing an incredibly important decision, April Sa…
14 min
175
Jimmy Wohl: Calmfidence
As a musician and writer Jimmy Wohl thought he wa…
16 min
176
Erik Vance: Is This Biology?
Erik Vance searches for the real meaning of biolo…
13 min
177
Aerin Jacob: Lessons From The Man With A Machin...
With her truck stuck in the mud in the Serengeti,…
18 min
178
Nicole Ferraro: The Summer Of West Nile
A remote disease comes very close to home for Que…
11 min
179
Teppei Katori: Becoming American
A Japanese particle physicist struggles to find h…
17 min
180
John Rennie: The Downside Of Being The Boss
John Rennie finds it’s great to be editor in chie…
19 min
181
Adriana Salerno: A Different Kind Of Problem
As a mathematician, Adriana Salerno is used to so…
15 min
182
Brittany Bushnell: A Neuroscientist With A Brai...
Just after beginning a graduate program in neuros…
12 min
183
Nate Charles Troisi: Family Chemistry
A chemistry set is the perfect opportunity for Na…
13 min
184
David Moinina Sengeh: Whose Story Is It?
When reporters call to cover David Moinina Sengeh…
12 min
185
Tara Lagu: Quitting The Lab To Save The World
Tara Lagu's passion for beating her high school r…
14 min
186
Karen James: I Could Be an Astronaut
A surprise email leads a biologist to NASA. Dr K…
15 min
187
Erica Ferencik: My Dad & His Mice
Erica Ferencik's father left his family to pursue…
13 min
188
George Church: Playing With Fire
George Church learns a lesson on the power of nat…
11 min
189
John Dimandja: The First Day Of Class
Professor John Dimandja is confused when his clas…
14 min
190
Diana Reiss: Who is training who?
Early in her career researching dolphin intellige…
10 min
191
Uzma Rizvi: Being an Archaeologist
At a checkpoint in Iraq, not knowing if she'll ge…
15 min
192
Brian Wecht: The Littlest Experiment
For physicist Brian Wecht, his new baby is the pe…
16 min
193
Jessica Henkel: Stuck
Ecologist Jessica Henkel finds the keys to her re…
17 min
194
Carter Edwards: Brontosaurus Claus
Not even the truth about Santa Claus and George W…
17 min
195
Rose Eveleth: Looking For Help
Rose Eveleth always wanted to be fiercely indepen…
12 min
196
Virendra Singh: Farm To School
Virendra Singh is responsible for carrying on his…
16 min
197
Sean Carroll: What Would Stephen Hawking Do?
Sean Carroll gets a fabulous job offer—to work wi…
13 min
198
Carl Hart: My Cousin's Meds
When neuroscientist Carl Hart meets with his cous…
14 min
199
David Kipping: Falling To Other Worlds
A near-fatal accident on a mountain leads exoplan…
12 min
200
Chris Gunter: My Prosthetic
Geneticist Chris Gunter worries about passing on …
13 min
201
Bradford Jordan: The Brain In The Trunk
Bradford Jordan finds there's more to the brain h…
12 min
202
Renee Hlozek: Who Looks Like A Scientist?
An offhand sexist comment enrages Renee Hlozek, a…
10 min
203
Elin Roberts: The Bacon Sandwich
A simple interview about a bacon sandwich turns i…
16 min
204
Jon Ronson: Jon Ronson Vs Jon_Ronson
When Jon Ronson discovers a twitter account prete…
17 min
205
Molly Payne Wynne: An Accomplice To Fish Murder
A summer job in Yellowstone National Park isn't q…
12 min
206
Bianca Jones Marlin: It's Because She's Black
On the first day of grad school for her PhD, a fe…
11 min
207
Hillary Rea: A Standard Pregnancy
Hillary Rea enjoys her job as a "standard patient…
12 min
208
Adam Becker: How To Save Your PhD Supervisor
When Adam Becker realizes a visiting film crew is…
18 min
209
Erin Barker: Plants And People
Erin Barker's attempt to save a college relations…
14 min
210
Obehi Janice: Gather And Murmur
Obehi Janice's family struggles to understand a d…
11 min
211
Indre Viskontas: The Man Chart
Neuroscientist Indre Viskontas and her friends tu…
13 min
212
David Epstein: Holographic Supplements
Sports writer David Epstein tracks down some surp…
12 min
213
Tara Clancy: Adventures In Babymaking
The joys and dangers of getting pregnant for Tara…
18 min
214
Suze Kundu: A New Pair Of Shoes
Suze Kundu is forced to abandon dancing for mater…
12 min
215
Bethany Brookshire: A Perfect Mentor
Lost after arriving at grad school, Bethany Brook…
12 min
216
Justin Cameron: A Dangerous Trick
Sword swallower Justin Cameron gets an unexpected…
22 min
217
Alex Bellos: Your Favorite Number
Alex Bellos is surprised that people ask him what…
17 min
218
Ed Yong: Questioning A Hero
Ed Yong is ecstatic to get an interview with his …
19 min
219
Annalee Newitz: Honoring The Dead
Annalee Newitz comes to terms with grief while ex…
13 min
220
Steve Zimmer: Less Than One Percent
Against the odds, animal-loving kid Steve Zimmer …
11 min
221
Shayle Matsuda: My First Expedition As A Man
Marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new…
13 min
222
Brian Fisher: Living With The Pygmies
Alone in the African rainforest and on the brink …
12 min
223
Matineh Eybpoosh: Being Good
Married young and used to giving up her own dream…
16 min
224
Jeffrey Schell: Caught In The Rip Current
Oceanographer Jeffrey Schell finds himself in a r…
18 min
225
Nisse Greenberg: What's In A Name
While teaching a math class, Nisse Greenberg is t…
12 min
226
Karen Hopkin: Who's The Donor?
A panicked day leads Karen Hopkin to wonder if he…
14 min
227
John Rennie: Crazy Mail
As an editor at Scientific American John Rennie d…
20 min
228
Edward Frenkel: The Test
When Edward Frenkel is told he won't be accepted …
20 min
229
Meredith White: How To Write A Testimony
Marine scientist Meredith has to navigate a whole…
13 min
230
Nelson Lugo: A Simple Magic Trick
Nelson Lugo has a brilliant idea for his grade sc…
12 min
231
Emily Caudill: Fading Notes
Musician Emily Caudill's life-saving chemotherapy…
17 min
232
Erika Engelhaupt: The Science Of Speeding
Erika Engelhaupt is on a road trip out to DC when…
17 min
233
Stephon Alexander: Physics Dreams
Physicist Stephon Alexander feels overwhelmed unt…
13 min
234
Daniel Miller: Black Holes
At four years old, Daniel Miller became one of th…
17 min
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Daniel Engber: Distracting Mark Cuban
Daniel Engber risks derailing his PhD by constant…
17 min
236
Eugene Lim: Colliding Universes
Cosmologist Eugene Lim is pulled into another wor…
19 min
237
Ainissa Ramirez: Science Vs Football
Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez never connect…
15 min
238
Annalise Kaylor: A Room Full Of Odds
A cancer diagnosis is only the start of the colla…
14 min
239
Allison Hartshorn: Common Ground
A relationship bridging the divide between scient…
12 min
240
Jodi Beggs: Kindergarten tycoon
Jodi Beggs's mother greatly underestimates how we…
20 min
241
Kathleen Raven: Hearing
Science writer Kathleen Raven's unexpected loss o…
13 min
242
Moran Cerf: Finding Fear
When he misses the opportunity to work with one o…
15 min
243
Sarah Schlesinger: Experimental Treatments
Immunologist Sarah Schlesinger must try to save h…
20 min
244
Marjorie Winther: Lighting A Fire
As a science teacher, Marjorie Winther has both e…
11 min
245
Margaret Geller: Mapping The Universe
As a grad student, Margaret Geller is invited to …
17 min
246
Carl Zimmer: Safety Carl Versus Gamera
Science writer Carl Zimmer grew up loving monster…
24 min
247
Abby Rabinowitz: Surrogate storytelling
Journalist Abby Rabinowitz embarks on a journey t…
18 min
248
Sara Seager: A New Search For Life
In the midst of her search for life on other plan…
16 min
249
Jack El-Hai: Too Close To The Subject
Writer Jack El-Hai worries about his own state of…
17 min
250
Baratunde Cola: The Comeback
Doomed to be the waterboy after tearing his ACL, …
14 min
251
Nick Hud: The Origin Of Life
For years, chemist Nick Hud struggles to share hi…
13 min
252
Amy Cuddy: Passing As Myself
After a terrible head injury, Amy Cuddy wakes up …
23 min
253
Shannon Cason: The perfect solution
Shannon Cason turns to science to save his tumult…
12 min
254
Deena Walker: Just Like My Sister
When anxiety begins to overtake her, biology stud…
14 min
255
Charles van Rees: Suffering For Science
Charles Van Rees desperately pursues a bird throu…
14 min
256
Amy Dixon: The Caretaker Look
Amy Dixon is passionate about becoming a hospice …
15 min
257
Rabiah Mayas: Identical Twins
An accidental revelation causes Rabiah Mayas to q…
12 min
258
Jesse Dunietz: Star of the science team
Jesse Dunietz wasn't thrilled to be the one assig…
15 min
259
Skylar Bayer: Phoning Home From Alvin
Marine biologist Skylar Bayer faces her fears to …
15 min
260
Tonia Pinheiro: Double dose
Tonia Pinheiro is conflicted when her doctor's in…
13 min
261
Brad Lawrence: The end of the world
For a young Brad Lawrence, fears of a nuclear apo…
13 min
262
Rowena Fletcher-Wood: Diffraction
As a chemistry student, Rowena Fletcher-Wood has …
18 min
263
Kishore Hari: We will rock the Earth
When Kishore Hari is hired to run a new science f…
15 min
264
Julian Parker: A plane nerd
After abandoning a love of flying, a former milit…
12 min
265
Anna Wexler: A crucial choice
There is one rule more important than any other i…
14 min
266
Saad Sarwana: A muslim, a physicist, and a come...
Pakistan-born physicist Saad Sarwana gets a visit…
10 min
267
David Epstein: A turn on the track
When tragedy strikes his high school friend, Davi…
12 min
268
Danielle N. Lee: Working twice as hard
As a woman of color working in science, Danielle …
15 min
269
Pete Etchells: The next level
Psychologist Pete Etchells' father inspired him -…
15 min
270
Craig Lehocky: Do you always talk like that?
While studying bioengineering, Craig Lehocky disc…
14 min
271
Special Episode - Outtakes! (And a request for ...
The Story Collider needs your help! Our initial f…
9 min
272
Saswato R. Das: Wrong number
A wrong number to a friend in Sri Lanka leads Sas…
16 min
273
Deborah Blum: A taste of nature
At age 7, Deborah Blum starts a mystery when she …
14 min
274
Victor Hwang: Spacecraft are never late
What's the worst that can happen when you let a r…
13 min
275
Eliza Strickland: Lost in the deep
Science writer Eliza Strickland discovers that in…
16 min
276
Emily Graslie: From landscapes to taxidermy
How does a landscape artist become the host of a …
12 min
277
Alan Lightman: More than just the equations
From a (mostly) successful model rocket launch to…
14 min
278
Robin Dessel: Sex and the nursing home
When two residents of her nursing home fell in lo…
15 min
279
Stephanie Nothelle: A last cup of coffee
Stephanie Nothelle loves volunteering at her loca…
14 min
280
Aviva Hope Rutkin: Sensory substitution
For her masters thesis in science writing, Aviva …
14 min
281
Richard Pollack: The wobbly table
Richard Pollack finds himself moderating an uneas…
16 min
282
Darcy Burke: The mountain lion book
Darcy Burke's mother gave her a book on mountain …
13 min
283
Aditi Nadkarni: How to impress your graduate ad...
As a new, super competitive, graduate student Adi…
16 min
284
Kimberly Rae Miller: Let's fix dad
Kimberly Rae Miller's family had a secret: her da…
12 min
285
Sara Peters and Peter Aguero: Praying for a sei...
Sara Peters has epilepsy, but no drugs seem to he…
18 min
286
Ben Moskowitz: Cheating the snake
When Ben Moskowitz gets to take special classes i…
12 min
287
Alex Brown: The nature of time and meningitis
Science writer Alex Brown's philosophical educati…
13 min
288
Susannah Cahalan: Patient #217
Three years after a mysterious illness nearly dro…
13 min
289
Elna Baker: Nerd day
Elna Baker's grade school reputation faces it's g…
14 min
290
Justin Werfel: Robotics lessons from termites
A physicist decides that the best way to make pro…
13 min
291
Seth Mnookin: Science vs. feelings in the fight...
Science writer Seth Mnookin set out to write a bo…
16 min
292
Mike Nitabach: I was supposed to be a lawyer
As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael…
12 min
293
Esther Perel: Science & sexuality
Esther Perel's career gets an unexpected boost fr…
11 min
294
Mara Wilson: A love affair of a lifetime (with ...
As a kid, Mara Wilson is decidedly uninterested i…
16 min
295
Meehan Crist: My mother's brain
When Meehan Crist was a child, her mother hit her…
21 min
296
Daniela Schiller: A new last memory
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller studies the emoti…
14 min
297
Moran Cerf: Being dead while being alive
Moran Cerf's life is spun around when a computer …
15 min
298
Andrew Revkin: My lucky stroke
When he begins showing strange symptoms on a jog …
16 min
299
Sarah Everts: Bitten in a foreign country
While visiting Guatemala Sarah Everts is bitten b…
13 min
300
Stuart Firestein: A mentor with a nose for science
After a career as a theater manager, Stuart Fires…
16 min
301
Paula Croxson: When your grandmother forgets wh...
When Paula Croxson began to study memory as a neu…
13 min
302
Jess Zimmerman: The Gorilla In the Room
Writer Jess Zimmerman discovers the dangers of da…
12 min
303
Jon Ronson: A journalist interviews a robot
Journalist Jon Ronson is excited when he hears ab…
15 min
304
Andre Fenton: The twisting road from basic brai...
André Fenton always wanted to do research at the …
14 min
305
Robin & Samantha Henig: The rules of writing wi...
Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter, Samantha, d…
15 min
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Colin Jerolmack: How a sociologist became The P...
Colin Jerolmack was floundering in grad school un…
17 min
307
Kelly & Zach Weinersmith: Two nerds fall in love
Biologist Kelly Smith and comic artist Zach Weine…
16 min
308
Anica Rissi: Confessions of a fourth-grade scie...
Anica Rissi realizes the true purpose of her scie…
11 min
309
Tara Clancy: A bartender from Queens learns the...
Tara Clancy's worry over making bad life choices …
10 min
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Heather Berlin: Can a scientist believe in life...
Her grandmother's death forces neuroscientist Hea…
12 min
311
Anna Rothschild: Feeling love in your gut
Anna Rothschild tells the most adorably gross lov…
11 min
312
Robin Abrahams: A rabbit's personality
A neighbor's gift of two baby rabbits leads Robin…
9 min
313
Lawrence David: An extreme self-study
Having lost his ambition to be a scientist, Lawre…
14 min
314
Abby Pond: A quiet moment
When her dad is diagnosed with cancer, Abby Pond …
16 min
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Arran Frood: A therapeutic trip
Arran Frood is a science writer who specializes i…
13 min
316
Adam Wade: Volcanic chemistry
In high school, Adam Wade falls for his lab partn…
14 min
317
Heather Swain: The last hours of a rabid woman
When Heather Swain is told she has rabies, that t…
13 min
318
Steve Mirsky: Why would you have a masters in c...
Questions arise when Steve Mirsky is introduced t…
15 min
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Ari Daniel Shapiro: Narwhal tagging in the arctic
As a grad student, Ari Daniel Shapiro has to tag …
15 min
320
Brooke Borel: My dog's heart
A science writer is challenged when her dog comes…
12 min
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Rory Scholl: What I want is to smile again
Rory Scholl has to show up on day one to a new jo…
12 min
322
Christine Gentry: Four lessons from my dad
Christine Gentry's rural, Vietnam vet father rare…
17 min
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Diane Kelly: Confronting death on the road
After turning to a unique field of study -- erect…
20 min
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Caroline Howe: A life in trash
A trip to India to work for an environmental prog…
14 min
325
Greg Walloch: A walk in the park
A late-night excursion to a party turns absurd an…
14 min
326
Sara Peters: Waiting for a seizure
With her epilepsy medication failing, Sara Peters…
15 min
327
Tim Manley: A superhero goes to the hospital
As a six-year old, Tim Manley has to go to the ho…
12 min
328
Love in a biophysics lab -- in memory of Michel...
We just heard the terrible news that Michelle Dob…
12 min
329
Margot Leitman: The last thing I heard
Margot Leitman faces down doctors, friends and un…
11 min
330
George Lombardi: Don't go in the water
In the Indian Ocean, doctor George Lombardi makes…
17 min
331
Madeline Huberth: The turtle and the fish
Madeline Huberth confronts the imminent death of …
10 min
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Christopher Roussi: Sufficiently advanced magic
After becoming ill during a trip to Ecuador, DARP…
12 min