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Ologies

Rank #13 in Science & Medicine category

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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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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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4071 Ratings
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I feel so smart now

By BailleyO - Feb 16 2019
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I feel like I know so many cool little facts now (although I can usually only remember about one fact per episode) and now my mom and I are trying to work our way through every episode so we can be geniuses. Also I like knowing Alie reads all of them. Hello from my mom and me.

I love this podcast!!

By kikilc83 - Feb 13 2019
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Alie is hilarious and I can’t get enough! Great content and even better host!

iTunes Ratings

4071 Ratings
Average Ratings
3972
57
24
10
8

I feel so smart now

By BailleyO - Feb 16 2019
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I feel like I know so many cool little facts now (although I can usually only remember about one fact per episode) and now my mom and I are trying to work our way through every episode so we can be geniuses. Also I like knowing Alie reads all of them. Hello from my mom and me.

I love this podcast!!

By kikilc83 - Feb 13 2019
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Alie is hilarious and I can’t get enough! Great content and even better host!

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Ologies

Rank #13 in Science & Medicine category

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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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Rank #1: Fearology Pt. 1 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth

Apr 24 2018
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Every day, your brain tries to save your life by being terrified. Thanks, brain! Also, calm the f*ck down, brain. Alie hunted down Mary Poffenroth, an expert in the biological and sociological causes/effects of fear and it is riveting. This real life FEAROLOGIST (which is a real word) talks about how fear is literally killing you, the difference between stress and fear, how to get along with your co-workers, friends, or partner better, and how to talk to your brain when it has needlessly pulled the fire alarm. Part 1 of a 2-part series that will honestly change your life. For more info on Mary Poffenroth, see: MaryPoffenroth.com, her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

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Rank #2: Somnology (SLEEP) Part 1 with W. Chris Winter

Oct 16 2018
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Birds do it. Bees do it. Why the hell can't we do it? Called "The Sleep Whisperer," neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. W. Chris Winter joins Alie for a thrilling 2-parter about why we need sleep, the ideal amount of it, what sleep does to the brain, insomnia, sleep stages, ideal bedtime conditions, and even the historical lore around sleep paralysis. Next week, we'll answer listener questions about everything from sleeping pills to brain performance to insomnia cures to apnea to sleepwalking to parenthood and shift work. Think of it as a free seminar to fix your life. Maybe. Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic Dr. W. Chris Winter's book Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #3: Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln

Aug 21 2018
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We love it. We hate it. BEAUTY CULTURE. Looking good can make us feel decorated, empowered and more confident -- but why? And why are certain groups subtly told to "make-up" for their appearance? What's the line between self-care and oppression? Psychologist and beauty-researcher Dr. Renee Engeln shines a huge bright floodlight on the sometimes ugly machinery of the billion-dollar beauty and "fitness" industry. This is an episode for make-up lovers, haters and the millions of us confused about being both at once. It's also an opportunity for dudes to learn just how how skewed the standards are. Buckle up -- this ologist will change the way you see the world, others and hopefully, yourself. With the companion Bonus Minisode: Kalology -- Your Letters Dr. Renee Engeln's work "Beauty Sick," the book Camp Ologies tickets, September 15 in Portland To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com More links at www.alieward.com/ologies Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #4: Microbiology (GUT BIOME) with Elaine Hsiao

Nov 27 2018
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LOVE YOUR GUTS. 90% of your serotonin is made in your guts and you have hundreds of trillions of friends clinging to you at all times. Microbiologist Dr. Elaine Hsiao is a total badass who runs her own lab investigating the role of the gut biome in behaviors. She sat down to chat about anxiety, depression, elusive fecal transplants, autism, epilepsy, kombucha promises, autoimmune disorders, probiotics and more. Alie fanned out pretty hard and asked all of the questions about how your beloved, simmering insides affect your brain. It's gut-busting, mind-blowing info. Check out Dr. Elaine Hsiao's lab or follow her on Twitter @pipethero Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #5: Sexology (SEX) with Shan Boody aka Shannon Boodram

Feb 13 2018
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Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Also sex. Buckle up, Ologites, because clinical sexologist and author Shannon Boodram (known for her sex educational YouTube channel ShanBoody) chats with Alie about sexual identity, how a friggin' vagina works, how to get over slumps, love languages, monogamy vs. open relationships, dating in the wake of #metoo, some fun with prostate orgasms, foot fetishes and why relationships can be like pizza. Then at the very very end Alie talks about the weirdest sex dream she's ever had SORRY. Feb. 22 Portland dinner ticket link with Alie Ward and Thanatologist Cole Imperi Shanboody on Twitter and Instagram Shan's YouTube channel Ologies merch! Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter More links and information at www.alieward.com/ologies

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Rank #6: Selenology (THE MOON) with Raquel Nuno

Dec 11 2018
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Are we crazier during a full moon? What is the Moon made of? Can we move to the Moon? Was the Moon landing a hoax? What's up with all those craters? Planetary geologist and selenologist Raquel Nuno loves the Moon and sits down to answer approximately 1 million of Alie's shameless questions. Gaze into the sky with newfound understanding and appreciation for our glowing buddy in the sky. Also: a burst bladder and a drunk moose. Raquel Nuno's website and Instagram @thespacegeologist More links at www.alieward.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris and Jarrett Sleeper Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #7: Primatology (MONKEYS & APES) with Kate Gilmore

Sep 26 2017
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Settle in with Alie Ward and guest Kate Gilmore, a professional primatologist and lead keeper of the great apes and Old World monkeys at the Los Angeles Zoo. Learn about chimpanzee mating, why zookeepers don't wear FitBits, primate DRAAAMA, the erroneous philosophy behind truck nuts and what happens in the middle the night at the zoo. Also get some good info on primate conservation and how to be a friend to orangutans. Follow Ologies on Twitter @OlogiesPod or Instagram @Ologies For more info, including links on ape conservation, visit alieward.com/ologies Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Shirts now available at OlogiesMerch.com Music by Nick Thorburn Mixing and final production by Jason Scardamalia

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Rank #8: Epidemiology (DISEASES) with 'This Podcast Will Kill You's' Erins Welsh & Allmann-Updyke

Jul 31 2018
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TWO epidemiologists-named-Erin -- and hosts of the stellar This Podcast Will Kill You -- chat with Alie about historical horror stories, THE plague, cholera cocktails, flu shots, tick bombs, milkmaids, witch trials and more as they share their infectious enthusiasm for disease ecology. How much should you wash your hands? What's the best way to flirt with a stranger on a bus? Why are people scared of vaccines? What conspiracy theory enthralls Alie? So many questions with uncomfy, but fascinating, answers. Listen to This Podcast Will Kill You: https://thispodcastwillkillyou.podbean.com Follow TPWKY on Twitter More links at www.alieward.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #9: Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) with Cole Imperi

Oct 31 2017
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Hoooo boy. We're all up in death and dying's bizness and to Alie's shock, it's not a bummer. Confront and perhaps OVERCOME existential anxiety as we discuss not only the science of death but the nature and goddamn beauty of life. Everything from burial methods, the latest in eco funerals, what a funeral director hates most, how gnomes die, and how to regret less. Meet your new favorite thanatologist and oddly, get the guts to be the you you want to be. For more on Cole Imperi: www.hellocole.com Tees, mugs, totes available at www.ologiesmerch.com Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/OlogiesPod or Instagram.com/ologies Follow Alie at @AlieWard Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Music by Nick Thorburn Production by Steven Ray Morris

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Rank #10: Selachimorphology (SHARKS) with Chris Lowe

Jul 24 2018
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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. Alie learns that sharks are not the ocean's sociopaths but true evolutionary marvels who suffer from sensationalized reputations and sometimes inside-out butts. Listen up as a science primer during this, the holy Week of the Shark. (Note: the study of sharks can is also called elasmobranchology, a distinction which could also include skates and rays. Both -ologies are difficult to spell.) Dr. Chris Lowe's SharkLab at Cal State University Long Beach Track sharks and fish and turtles at Scattn.org Dr. Lowe's Twitter and Facebook More links at www.alieward.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #11: Egyptology (ANCIENT EGYPT) with Kara Cooney

Sep 18 2018
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After a decade of fandom, Alie finally meets famed Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney -- and forgets her equipment. They meet again for a spirited history lesson on ancient Egypt: the pyramids, the monarchs, the dynasties, the cats, the corpses, the curses. Kara also lays out the history of female kings and their parallels to modern Western politics, what it's like to talk to a mummy, and why we should stop overworking. Also: lost dongs and transparent toilets. This episode is one for the ages. Dr. Kara Cooney's Facebook page Dr. Kara Cooney on Twitter & Instagram Pre-order "When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt," released Nov. 6 2018 Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #12: Cynology (DOGS) with Brandon McMillan

May 29 2018
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Your best friend is a hairy beast and that's something to celebrate. This episode is a little different in tone and let's just say GOOD LUCK NOT CRYING, SUCKERS. Alie sits down with "Lucky Dog" host Brandon McMillan, who cares more about saving shelter mutts than he does about the 3 Daytime Emmys he's won for doing it. Learn about his Hollywood drama-worthy backstory that led to being one of the world's most celebrated dog trainers, plus how to calm anxious pups, breeders vs. shelter rescues, and how and why dogs help our brains and save our lives. Dogs 4 president 2020. For more info, see: Brandon's website: www.canineminded.com Follow Brandon on Instagram and Twitter Brandon's non-profit to provide service dogs to veterans is called ARGUS. I said Angus; how embarrassing. Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Clip credits: “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel” is from the world’s best movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.  Who let the dogs out? Baha Men did.

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Rank #13: Paleontology (DINOSAURS) with Michael Habib

Oct 04 2017
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Did Ross Gellar ruin being a paleontologist? What's the hot goss on dino feathers? How did some dinos have four wings and which costs more: a used sedan or a dinosaur? Featuring guest Michael Habib of the Natural History Museum of LA County. Also covered: why Alie used to feel meh about dinos (DON'T JUDGE) and the realities of cloning. Oh and penis implants. Tees, mugs, totes available at ologiesmerch.com Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/OlogiesPod or Instagram.com/ologies Follow Alie at @AlieWard Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Music by Nick Thorburn Editing/production by Jason Scardamalia

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Rank #14: Gemology (CRYSTALS & GEMS) with Kelly Sitek

Oct 10 2017
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Professional gemologist Kelly Sitek talks about adventures in mining, the chemical composition of different gems, breaks down the test taking process for gemology and gives advice on haunted stones. We also spill some tea on cultured pearls and address the psychology and neurological merits of crystals/the placebo effect. Whether you are a staunch skeptic or all about woo-woo, you may end up shoving a crystal down your pants just for good luck. A.k.a. neural top-down control of physiology. Kelly Sitek at Instagram.com/therockhuntress Ologies at twitter.com/ologiespod or instagram.com/ologies  Shirts, mugs, etc. OlogiesMerch.com  Links and more info alieward.com/ologies

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Rank #15: Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) with Katie Mack, Part I

Dec 12 2017
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Stars. Black holes. THE GAWDANG UNIVERSE. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Katie Mack (@astrokatie) joins to tell us her most embarrassing moments as a cosmologist, to debunk some physicist myths and give the nuts + bolts of everything form particle physics to gravitational waves and existential mysteries. Walk away with cocktail party comprehension of everything from the itty-bitty quarks that make you to the neutron stars banging together across the cosmos. More than anything, get perspective about your life on this, our little pale blue dot. Follow Katie Mack on Twitter.com/astrokatie Or Instagram.com/academicnomad Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/ologies or Instagram.com/ologies Become a patron at Patreon.com/ologies Cover your body in Ologies t-shirts and leggings at www.ologiesmerch.com More links at ww.alieward.com/ologies

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Rank #16: Sports & Performance Psychology (ANXIETY & CONFIDENCE) with Sari Shepphird

Jan 16 2018
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Sweaty palms before a date. Racing heart during a presentation. Needing a diaper while delivering a wedding toast. We've all been there. On the heels of New Year's resolutions, sports & performance psychologist Dr. Sari Shepphird explains confidence vs. performance anxiety, the origins of perfectionism, how much social media is too much, self-sabotoage and also dishes on strategies that athletes use to perform under pressure. Also: why you should holler the F word when you're nervous, why being authentic is always the best policy and the perils of professional darts. For links to things we discussed, head to www.alieward.com/ologies Dr. Shepphird is at www.sportandperform.com Follow Dr. Sari Shepp on Twitter  Follow Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow Alie Ward on Twitter or Instagram OlogiesMerch.com has your actual body covered.  Become a patron at Patreon.com/ologies

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Rank #17: Classical Archeology (ANCIENT ROME) with Darius Arya

Dec 04 2018
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If you LIVE for drama, you will LOVE dead Romans. Wars, murders, opulence and uprisings: a little something for everyone. Classical Archeologist and TV host Dr. Darius Arya dishes about priceless garbage piles, lead poisoning, ancient political scandals, pottery graveyards, unearthing sculptures, tomb discoveries, what's under European cities, and how Roman society was a little like America these days. But also a lot different. And what we can learn from it. Dr. Darius Arya's website, DariusAryaDigs.com. He's also on Twitter and Instagram @DariusAryaDigs More links at www.alieward.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #18: Oceanology (OCEANS) with Ayana Johnson

Sep 04 2018
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Are plastic straws really that bad? What's the oldest message in a bottle? Any scuba vs. snorkel strategies? Does sunscreen kill coral? Can we reverse ocean warming in our lifetime? In a conversation with ocean and policy expert Dr. Ayana Johnson, Alie struggles with finding a balance between the wonders and the bummers. For the first 15-20 minutes, learn weird ocean trivia, why we love the sea, and facts about the ocean's depths and beauty. Then, we get to the sad stuff: ocean health, climate change, acidification, pollution, policy and what we can all do. If you've been feeling helpless, this episode gives you all the tools you need to understand and help our friend, the World Ocean. Also: some great information about whale pee. Dr. Johnson's OceanCollectiv.co Dr. Johnson on Twitter @ayanaeliza and Instagram @ayanaeliza Dr. Johnson's website: ayanaelizabeth.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #19: Dendrology (TREES) with J. Casey Clapp

May 08 2018
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Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? How old can they get? Are there any tree stories that will make me cry? Spoiler: YES. Possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp, shows Alie his many tree tattoos, explains how roots communicate to each other, addresses "crown shyness" and schools Alie on the mental health benefits of tree proximity. Also: banana facts and Casey f*cking hates apples. Follow Casey Clapp on Instagram @Clapp4Trees Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com

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Rank #20: Somnology (SLEEP) Part 2 with Dr. W. Chris Winter

Oct 23 2018
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Have you listened to Part 1 yet? No? Go on, git. Go do that. Now if you have, this Part 2 is a bonanza of problem solving from neurologist and somnologist Dr. W. Chris Winter. He'll cover: if you should be taking sleep supplements or pills, sleep talking, apnea, why sleepiness makes us hungry, narcolepsy, the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation, how to lucid dream, the dangers of shift work and some tactics to lull yourself to dreamland without any medications. ALSO: I share a family secret: my mom's insomnia buster -- newly dubbed the "Sleepy Fancy Nancy" -- that has literally never failed me. Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic Dr. W. Chris Winter's book Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

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Rank #1: Fearology Pt. 1 (FEAR) with Mary Poffenroth

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Every day, your brain tries to save your life by being terrified. Thanks, brain! Also, calm the f*ck down, brain. Alie hunted down Mary Poffenroth, an expert in the biological and sociological causes/effects of fear and it is riveting. This real life FEAROLOGIST (which is a real word) talks about how fear is literally killing you, the difference between stress and fear, how to get along with your co-workers, friends, or partner better, and how to talk to your brain when it has needlessly pulled the fire alarm. Part 1 of a 2-part series that will honestly change your life. For more info on Mary Poffenroth, see: MaryPoffenroth.com, her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram

Apr 24 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #2: Somnology (SLEEP) Part 1 with W. Chris Winter

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Birds do it. Bees do it. Why the hell can't we do it? Called "The Sleep Whisperer," neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. W. Chris Winter joins Alie for a thrilling 2-parter about why we need sleep, the ideal amount of it, what sleep does to the brain, insomnia, sleep stages, ideal bedtime conditions, and even the historical lore around sleep paralysis. Next week, we'll answer listener questions about everything from sleeping pills to brain performance to insomnia cures to apnea to sleepwalking to parenthood and shift work. Think of it as a free seminar to fix your life. Maybe. Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic Dr. W. Chris Winter's book Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 16 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #3: Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln

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We love it. We hate it. BEAUTY CULTURE. Looking good can make us feel decorated, empowered and more confident -- but why? And why are certain groups subtly told to "make-up" for their appearance? What's the line between self-care and oppression? Psychologist and beauty-researcher Dr. Renee Engeln shines a huge bright floodlight on the sometimes ugly machinery of the billion-dollar beauty and "fitness" industry. This is an episode for make-up lovers, haters and the millions of us confused about being both at once. It's also an opportunity for dudes to learn just how how skewed the standards are. Buckle up -- this ologist will change the way you see the world, others and hopefully, yourself. With the companion Bonus Minisode: Kalology -- Your Letters Dr. Renee Engeln's work "Beauty Sick," the book Camp Ologies tickets, September 15 in Portland To become a patron: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter.com More links at www.alieward.com/ologies Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

Aug 21 2018
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #4: Microbiology (GUT BIOME) with Elaine Hsiao

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LOVE YOUR GUTS. 90% of your serotonin is made in your guts and you have hundreds of trillions of friends clinging to you at all times. Microbiologist Dr. Elaine Hsiao is a total badass who runs her own lab investigating the role of the gut biome in behaviors. She sat down to chat about anxiety, depression, elusive fecal transplants, autism, epilepsy, kombucha promises, autoimmune disorders, probiotics and more. Alie fanned out pretty hard and asked all of the questions about how your beloved, simmering insides affect your brain. It's gut-busting, mind-blowing info. Check out Dr. Elaine Hsiao's lab or follow her on Twitter @pipethero Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Nov 27 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #5: Sexology (SEX) with Shan Boody aka Shannon Boodram

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Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Also sex. Buckle up, Ologites, because clinical sexologist and author Shannon Boodram (known for her sex educational YouTube channel ShanBoody) chats with Alie about sexual identity, how a friggin' vagina works, how to get over slumps, love languages, monogamy vs. open relationships, dating in the wake of #metoo, some fun with prostate orgasms, foot fetishes and why relationships can be like pizza. Then at the very very end Alie talks about the weirdest sex dream she's ever had SORRY. Feb. 22 Portland dinner ticket link with Alie Ward and Thanatologist Cole Imperi Shanboody on Twitter and Instagram Shan's YouTube channel Ologies merch! Follow Ologies on Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward on Instagram or Twitter More links and information at www.alieward.com/ologies

Feb 13 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #6: Selenology (THE MOON) with Raquel Nuno

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Are we crazier during a full moon? What is the Moon made of? Can we move to the Moon? Was the Moon landing a hoax? What's up with all those craters? Planetary geologist and selenologist Raquel Nuno loves the Moon and sits down to answer approximately 1 million of Alie's shameless questions. Gaze into the sky with newfound understanding and appreciation for our glowing buddy in the sky. Also: a burst bladder and a drunk moose. Raquel Nuno's website and Instagram @thespacegeologist More links at www.alieward.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris and Jarrett Sleeper Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Dec 11 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #7: Primatology (MONKEYS & APES) with Kate Gilmore

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Settle in with Alie Ward and guest Kate Gilmore, a professional primatologist and lead keeper of the great apes and Old World monkeys at the Los Angeles Zoo. Learn about chimpanzee mating, why zookeepers don't wear FitBits, primate DRAAAMA, the erroneous philosophy behind truck nuts and what happens in the middle the night at the zoo. Also get some good info on primate conservation and how to be a friend to orangutans. Follow Ologies on Twitter @OlogiesPod or Instagram @Ologies For more info, including links on ape conservation, visit alieward.com/ologies Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Shirts now available at OlogiesMerch.com Music by Nick Thorburn Mixing and final production by Jason Scardamalia

Sep 26 2017
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #8: Epidemiology (DISEASES) with 'This Podcast Will Kill You's' Erins Welsh & Allmann-Updyke

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TWO epidemiologists-named-Erin -- and hosts of the stellar This Podcast Will Kill You -- chat with Alie about historical horror stories, THE plague, cholera cocktails, flu shots, tick bombs, milkmaids, witch trials and more as they share their infectious enthusiasm for disease ecology. How much should you wash your hands? What's the best way to flirt with a stranger on a bus? Why are people scared of vaccines? What conspiracy theory enthralls Alie? So many questions with uncomfy, but fascinating, answers. Listen to This Podcast Will Kill You: https://thispodcastwillkillyou.podbean.com Follow TPWKY on Twitter More links at www.alieward.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

Jul 31 2018
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #9: Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) with Cole Imperi

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Hoooo boy. We're all up in death and dying's bizness and to Alie's shock, it's not a bummer. Confront and perhaps OVERCOME existential anxiety as we discuss not only the science of death but the nature and goddamn beauty of life. Everything from burial methods, the latest in eco funerals, what a funeral director hates most, how gnomes die, and how to regret less. Meet your new favorite thanatologist and oddly, get the guts to be the you you want to be. For more on Cole Imperi: www.hellocole.com Tees, mugs, totes available at www.ologiesmerch.com Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/OlogiesPod or Instagram.com/ologies Follow Alie at @AlieWard Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Music by Nick Thorburn Production by Steven Ray Morris

Oct 31 2017
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #10: Selachimorphology (SHARKS) with Chris Lowe

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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. Alie learns that sharks are not the ocean's sociopaths but true evolutionary marvels who suffer from sensationalized reputations and sometimes inside-out butts. Listen up as a science primer during this, the holy Week of the Shark. (Note: the study of sharks can is also called elasmobranchology, a distinction which could also include skates and rays. Both -ologies are difficult to spell.) Dr. Chris Lowe's SharkLab at Cal State University Long Beach Track sharks and fish and turtles at Scattn.org Dr. Lowe's Twitter and Facebook More links at www.alieward.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, pins, totes, shirts, etc. Follow Ologies at Instagram or Twitter Follow Alie Ward at Instagram or Twitter.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Music by Nick Thorburn

Jul 24 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #11: Egyptology (ANCIENT EGYPT) with Kara Cooney

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After a decade of fandom, Alie finally meets famed Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney -- and forgets her equipment. They meet again for a spirited history lesson on ancient Egypt: the pyramids, the monarchs, the dynasties, the cats, the corpses, the curses. Kara also lays out the history of female kings and their parallels to modern Western politics, what it's like to talk to a mummy, and why we should stop overworking. Also: lost dongs and transparent toilets. This episode is one for the ages. Dr. Kara Cooney's Facebook page Dr. Kara Cooney on Twitter & Instagram Pre-order "When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt," released Nov. 6 2018 Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Sep 18 2018
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #12: Cynology (DOGS) with Brandon McMillan

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Your best friend is a hairy beast and that's something to celebrate. This episode is a little different in tone and let's just say GOOD LUCK NOT CRYING, SUCKERS. Alie sits down with "Lucky Dog" host Brandon McMillan, who cares more about saving shelter mutts than he does about the 3 Daytime Emmys he's won for doing it. Learn about his Hollywood drama-worthy backstory that led to being one of the world's most celebrated dog trainers, plus how to calm anxious pups, breeders vs. shelter rescues, and how and why dogs help our brains and save our lives. Dogs 4 president 2020. For more info, see: Brandon's website: www.canineminded.com Follow Brandon on Instagram and Twitter Brandon's non-profit to provide service dogs to veterans is called ARGUS. I said Angus; how embarrassing. Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Clip credits: “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel” is from the world’s best movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.  Who let the dogs out? Baha Men did.

May 29 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #13: Paleontology (DINOSAURS) with Michael Habib

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Did Ross Gellar ruin being a paleontologist? What's the hot goss on dino feathers? How did some dinos have four wings and which costs more: a used sedan or a dinosaur? Featuring guest Michael Habib of the Natural History Museum of LA County. Also covered: why Alie used to feel meh about dinos (DON'T JUDGE) and the realities of cloning. Oh and penis implants. Tees, mugs, totes available at ologiesmerch.com Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/OlogiesPod or Instagram.com/ologies Follow Alie at @AlieWard Become a patron on Patreon.com/ologies Music by Nick Thorburn Editing/production by Jason Scardamalia

Oct 04 2017
47 mins
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Rank #14: Gemology (CRYSTALS & GEMS) with Kelly Sitek

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Professional gemologist Kelly Sitek talks about adventures in mining, the chemical composition of different gems, breaks down the test taking process for gemology and gives advice on haunted stones. We also spill some tea on cultured pearls and address the psychology and neurological merits of crystals/the placebo effect. Whether you are a staunch skeptic or all about woo-woo, you may end up shoving a crystal down your pants just for good luck. A.k.a. neural top-down control of physiology. Kelly Sitek at Instagram.com/therockhuntress Ologies at twitter.com/ologiespod or instagram.com/ologies  Shirts, mugs, etc. OlogiesMerch.com  Links and more info alieward.com/ologies

Oct 10 2017
55 mins
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Rank #15: Cosmology (THE UNIVERSE) with Katie Mack, Part I

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Stars. Black holes. THE GAWDANG UNIVERSE. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Katie Mack (@astrokatie) joins to tell us her most embarrassing moments as a cosmologist, to debunk some physicist myths and give the nuts + bolts of everything form particle physics to gravitational waves and existential mysteries. Walk away with cocktail party comprehension of everything from the itty-bitty quarks that make you to the neutron stars banging together across the cosmos. More than anything, get perspective about your life on this, our little pale blue dot. Follow Katie Mack on Twitter.com/astrokatie Or Instagram.com/academicnomad Follow Ologies at Twitter.com/ologies or Instagram.com/ologies Become a patron at Patreon.com/ologies Cover your body in Ologies t-shirts and leggings at www.ologiesmerch.com More links at ww.alieward.com/ologies

Dec 12 2017
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #16: Sports & Performance Psychology (ANXIETY & CONFIDENCE) with Sari Shepphird

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Sweaty palms before a date. Racing heart during a presentation. Needing a diaper while delivering a wedding toast. We've all been there. On the heels of New Year's resolutions, sports & performance psychologist Dr. Sari Shepphird explains confidence vs. performance anxiety, the origins of perfectionism, how much social media is too much, self-sabotoage and also dishes on strategies that athletes use to perform under pressure. Also: why you should holler the F word when you're nervous, why being authentic is always the best policy and the perils of professional darts. For links to things we discussed, head to www.alieward.com/ologies Dr. Shepphird is at www.sportandperform.com Follow Dr. Sari Shepp on Twitter  Follow Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow Alie Ward on Twitter or Instagram OlogiesMerch.com has your actual body covered.  Become a patron at Patreon.com/ologies

Jan 16 2018
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #17: Classical Archeology (ANCIENT ROME) with Darius Arya

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If you LIVE for drama, you will LOVE dead Romans. Wars, murders, opulence and uprisings: a little something for everyone. Classical Archeologist and TV host Dr. Darius Arya dishes about priceless garbage piles, lead poisoning, ancient political scandals, pottery graveyards, unearthing sculptures, tomb discoveries, what's under European cities, and how Roman society was a little like America these days. But also a lot different. And what we can learn from it. Dr. Darius Arya's website, DariusAryaDigs.com. He's also on Twitter and Instagram @DariusAryaDigs More links at www.alieward.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Dec 04 2018
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #18: Oceanology (OCEANS) with Ayana Johnson

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Are plastic straws really that bad? What's the oldest message in a bottle? Any scuba vs. snorkel strategies? Does sunscreen kill coral? Can we reverse ocean warming in our lifetime? In a conversation with ocean and policy expert Dr. Ayana Johnson, Alie struggles with finding a balance between the wonders and the bummers. For the first 15-20 minutes, learn weird ocean trivia, why we love the sea, and facts about the ocean's depths and beauty. Then, we get to the sad stuff: ocean health, climate change, acidification, pollution, policy and what we can all do. If you've been feeling helpless, this episode gives you all the tools you need to understand and help our friend, the World Ocean. Also: some great information about whale pee. Dr. Johnson's OceanCollectiv.co Dr. Johnson on Twitter @ayanaeliza and Instagram @ayanaeliza Dr. Johnson's website: ayanaelizabeth.com Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Sep 04 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #19: Dendrology (TREES) with J. Casey Clapp

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Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? How old can they get? Are there any tree stories that will make me cry? Spoiler: YES. Possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp, shows Alie his many tree tattoos, explains how roots communicate to each other, addresses "crown shyness" and schools Alie on the mental health benefits of tree proximity. Also: banana facts and Casey f*cking hates apples. Follow Casey Clapp on Instagram @Clapp4Trees Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com

May 08 2018
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #20: Somnology (SLEEP) Part 2 with Dr. W. Chris Winter

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Have you listened to Part 1 yet? No? Go on, git. Go do that. Now if you have, this Part 2 is a bonanza of problem solving from neurologist and somnologist Dr. W. Chris Winter. He'll cover: if you should be taking sleep supplements or pills, sleep talking, apnea, why sleepiness makes us hungry, narcolepsy, the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation, how to lucid dream, the dangers of shift work and some tactics to lull yourself to dreamland without any medications. ALSO: I share a family secret: my mom's insomnia buster -- newly dubbed the "Sleepy Fancy Nancy" -- that has literally never failed me. Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic Dr. W. Chris Winter's book Follow twitter.com/sportsleepdoc Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes! Follow @Ologies on Twitter or Instagram Follow @AlieWard on Twitter or Instagram More links at www.alieward.com Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Oct 23 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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