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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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I NEEDED TO MAKE THIS, OKAY? I needed to get excited about summer wonders. So we toiled over the ultimate Summersode. Kick back for a compliation of snorkling tips, shark statistics, firefly safaris, constitutional law questions, the science of makeouts, appreciation for hornets, horniness for foraging, cabins, campfires, crevice checking, jellyfis…
 
Another kid-safe, short episode of Smologies! What IS a coral? Where do they grow and what do they eat and why are they so pretty? What kind of tools do coral scientists use? Why are they so many colors? And what is bleaching? Will changing your sunscreen save coral reefs? The wonderful and charming Cnidariologist Dr. Shayle Matsuda took time out o…
 
DO NOT YOU SKIP THIS ONE. Listen. Give flies a chance. Everyone loves a bee, but meanwhile flies are out here with all kinds of bodies and adaptations, inhabiting the least inhabitable lands, pollinating your future lunch, shimmering in rainbows, having lifelong love affairs, and burrowing in your back to eat your flesh. It’s a wild world and Austr…
 
Host and Dashcam screenwriter Gemma Hurley joins us for a discussion on the teen girl possessed in Verónica (2017), the chilling Spanish horror from Paco Plaza. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film …
 
Gorillas. These chest-beating, salad-munching, communal living, thick-furred beauties have so many surprises for you. Gorillaologist (IT’S A WORD) Dr. Tara Stoinski has been a gorilla scientist for nearly 3 decades and dishes on everything from fieldwork in cloudy mountains to dick facts, forest farts, banana flim-flam, the intersection of animal c…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with Alex Garland, writer/director of Men, out in UK cinemas now. SPOILER WARNING: We talk broadly about the film's visuals and ending. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror fi…
 
Writer and broadcaster Louise Blain joins us for a deep dive into what makes Stephen King's It (the book, the mini-series and the movies) so terrifying. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and femi…
 
A new format! Anna talks about all the horror and genre-adjacent films she watched at the recent Cannes Film Festival. 0:02:32 Final Cut 0:08:56 Ennys Men 0:14:40 Falcon Lake 0:18:47 The Five Devils 0:23:52 Interview with Léa Mysius 0:28:26 Holy Spider 0:40:23 Crimes of the Future Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Ka…
 
Have you listened to Part 1 yet? No? Go on, git. Here's a link to it! 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…
 
Bugs are cool! But are they lunch? Entomophagy Anthropologist Dr. Julie Lesnik is an expert on bug eating and enthusiastically explains how much more sustainable – and tasty? -- it is than other types of animal proteins. We talk about the human past, present and future of ingesting insects, from grasshopper tacos to ant omelettes, cricket wedding c…
 
Writer and podcaster Jordan Crucchiola comes back to the podcast to deep dive into the female friendship between two serial killer teen girls in Tragedy Girls (2017). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror…
 
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 for an updated encore of the 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 a…
 
Predatory. Sneaky. Deadly. Lifesavers? You think you don’t care about cone snails. But that’s about to change. Conotoxinologists Dr. Sabah Ul-Hasan and Dr. Joshua Torres study these spiral-shelled hunters of the sea. Why all the fuss? Because their venom -– and the microbes that live in it — may hold medical magic that can help us solve problems re…
 
Video essayist and writer Yhara Zayd returns to dive deep into what's gone wrong and what's so relatable about the teen boys of I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) and Super Dark Times (2017). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the i…
 
We’ve done Nephrology, Gynecology, and Phallology — but nothing prepared us for this. Penis implants. Road trip pees. Kegels. Bidets. Squirting. UTIs. Clitoral flim-flam. Elephant bladders. Everyone’s favorite Urologist, Dr. Fenwa Milhouse, makes chatting about the uh, juicy stuff effortless and easy. Like peeing should be. She humbly describes her…
 
Film producer Jen Handorf makes her return to the podcast to discuss our most unhinged comedy-horror double-bill yet. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism, founded by Anna Bogutskaya an…
 
Insects humming. Birds squawking. Chainsaws buzzing? What does the rainforest sound like? Or the oceans outside of port cities? Is the world getting louder? And what can recording devices detect that our ears – especially mine, Alie’s – can’t? Acoustic Ecologist Dr. Eddie Game of the Nature Conservancy has asked conservation questions over decades …
 
Film critic Leila Latif returns to discuss the reimagining/requel of Evil Dead (2013) and M. Night Shyamalan's return to form with Split (2016). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism, fo…
 
If you LIVE for drama, you will LOVE dead Romans. Wars, backstabbing, opulence and uprisings: a little something for everyone. Classical Archeologist and TV host Dr. Darius Arya is back for an encore of this 2018 classic to dish about priceless garbage piles, lead poisoning, ancient political scandals, pottery graveyards, unearthing sculptures, tom…
 
THE SQUIDMOBILE HAS ARRIVED. Get in losers; we’re talking cephalopods. Yes, she drives a vehicle with squid all over it and encourages people to text her, and we have this encore episode to prove it. The world's most impassioned squid nerd, Sarah McAnulty, gets locked in a basement with Alie to talk about cephalopods, alien DNA, camouflage, invisib…
 
Actual horror legend Alexandra Heller-Nicholas to discuss the underrated slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) and its requel of the same name from 2014. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film …
 
Oh boy. This episode may seeeeem crappy but it is certainly not a waste of your time. We’re not kidding, while the episode is of course wonderful, mostly thanks to our wonderful guests, it is also certainly about poopy wastewater and what we can all learn from it. About those terrific guests: we mostly speak with Dr. Amy E. Kirby, Ph.D., MPH of the…
 
The hedgehogs of the sea: echinoids are spiky, spiny, pokey, be-toothed, venomous, mysterious, gorgeous evolutionary marvels. And Dr. Rich Mooi of the California Academy of Arts & Sciences is one of their biggest champions. Come stroll through the offices for a face-to-face encounter with this infectious expert. We talk sand dollars, uni, doves of …
 
A bonus exclusive interview with writer/director Mariama Diallo, whose debut film Master is out now on Prime Video. Watch her short film Hair Wolf online here. This interview is SPOILER-FREE. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring th…
 
First-time guest Meaghan Allen joins us to dive into a double bill of Internet horror: Unfriended (2014) and #Horror (2015). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism, founded by Anna Boguts…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with writer/director Iris K. Shim, whose debut film Umma will be released exclusively in cinemas on March 25th. This interview is SPOILER-FREE. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of h…
 
Flesh hungry plants. The world’s fastest hunters. Botany with brains? Seymour, it’s time to feed because we’re doing meat-eating plants with conservation ecologist and carnivorous phytobiologist, Hali’a Eastburn. Can a Venus Fly Trap digest human flesh? Do frogs think of pitcher plants as home or hell? How fast is a bladderwort? Are scientists anes…
 
Writer and actor Isaura Barbé-Brown returns to take one of the most acclaimed horrors of the recent times, which brought a new energy to the teen horror genre. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film a…
 
Pomodoro timers! Bullet journals! Apps, tips, tricks and philosophies. Also: the most mellow episode ever, recorded late at night in a guest room. Like a cozy duvet of wisdom, this one is full of life hacks for remaining productive & healthy during distracting times. I asked Ologites their best strategies for keeping their brains less burdened and …
 
A bonus exclusive interview with Mimi Cave, director of the dating horror film Fresh, out now on Disney+ We talk about the horrors of dating, pushing Sebastian Stan into the extreme, WTF moments in the script and bougie cannibals. SPOILER WARNING: The first part of the interview is spoiler-free but there are spoilers from 00:XX:00 Produced and pres…
 
Freudian cinephile and podcaster Mary Wild joins Anna to go from gross weird girl horror Excision (2012) to surprisingly wholesome zombie romcom Warm Bodies (2013). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror f…
 
The SMOL version of an ep about smol precious creatures, we're talkin' slimy little angels with bellies for feet... literally! That's what gastropod means! We've got Dr. Jann Vendetti of the Natural History Museum of LA County to talk with Alie about snail-based beauty products, escargot, urban snails, thousands and thousands of teeth, and whether …
 
Podcaster Steph McKenna joins Anna to go deep on The Cabin in the Woods, meta-horror, horror puzzles and mermen. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism, founded by Anna Bogutskaya and Oli…
 
Trains. Locomotives. Choochoos. Bullet trains. Hyperloops. Subways. How fast can they go? How did they change American history? Why do people love them? What should we do with all that abandoned track? Can you marry a train? What's it like to shovel coal into a steam engine? Alie went off the rails at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan tal…
 
The Independent's Chief Film Critics Clarisse Loughrey joins us for a gunky deep dive into Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985) and Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries (2011), two films who center teen girls with mystical connections to bugs. TW: this episode contains a lot of insect talk. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Ka…
 
Did Part 1 leave you informed and now you need a pep talk? Get ready for an absolute banger of an episode with 5 experts: René Brooks of BlackGirlLostKeys.com, TEDTalk speaker and How to ADHD YouTuber Jessica McCabe and neuroscientist Jahla Osborne of University of Michigan. What is it like to get diagnosed? How do you know which medication – if an…
 
A throwback to the very first pod appearance of aughts horror enthusiast, podcaster and Jennifer's Body scholar Jordan Crucchiola's in-depth takes on the Karyn Kusama-directed, Diablo Cody-penned, Megan Fox-starring Jennifer's Body (2009), where a teen girl becomes possessed and turns into a succubus after she is sacrificed to Satan. Produced and p…
 
Focus. Productivity. Relationships. Distraction. Neurodiversity. How do you know if you have ADHD? How can you get others to understand your ADHD brain? What are your treatment options and how can they help? In Part 1, we talk racing thoughts, brilliant brains and the causes and effects of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with the world’s l…
 
Aughts horror scholar, writer and podcaster Jordan Crucchiola joins us for an impassioned defense of the lost grindhouse slasher All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), which languished in distribution hell for years, followed by a gross-out discussion of Australian extreme prom nightmare The Loved Ones (2009), with features a rare instance of a 'fina…
 
Gather 'round fellow nerds, you’re about to learn about the wildest not a fern not a bush not a cactus plant you never knew you never knew about: CYCADS. These endangered ancient plants have been around for 270 million years, give or take, and now they’re some of the most valuable vegetation in the world. Come along to learn about these uncomfortab…
 
Writer and podcaster Becky Darke dives deep into the only teen girl werewolf franchise we care about: Ginger Snaps (2000), Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) and the prequel Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004). Featuring extensive opinions from Anna's cat. We covered the first film in depth with Alexandra West (which you can listen to here). Prod…
 
Ah, charismatic megafauna! Teeth, claws, fur, hibernation, bear hugs, hiking, cougar attacks, nature preserves, and living your childhood dreams with Alie’s longtime -ologist crush, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. The large carnivore ecologist, researcher and TV presenter tells us all about her field work, what it’s like to stuff a baby bear in your coat, how …
 
Writer and presenter Louise Blain returns to touch upon an unfairly looked-down-upon teen horror, once a spec script for The X-Files that turned into a film that is both profound and profoundly schlocky. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective …
 
You have ants. We all have ants, but do we KNOW ants? Get ready for cult-leader queens, bullet ant stings, kitchen pest hacks, the dynamics of a billion-sister megacolony. Dr. Terry McGlynn sits down to have a BIG discussion about itty-bitty creatures in this encore because I was out of town seeing my family and just needed a week off. Learn about …
 
Bundle up for a smol, classroom-friendly episode with Princeton University evolutionary biologist and Thermophysiologist Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton. You’ll learn about everything from heat tolerance to frostbite, anti-freeze woodfrogs to icy alligators, why some people run hot, why your toes run cold, how a fever is like a honeybee, how geography in…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with Romola Garai, writer/director of Amulet, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about female anger, casting the film, fairytale and horror influences. The first part of the interview is spoiler-free but there are spoilers from 00:12:33 Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat …
 
Writer and horror academic Dr. Alison Peirse returns to the pod to talk about the under-seen teen slasher starring Brittany Murphy, Cherry Falls (2000). We touch on how it upends slasher tropes with a killer that targets virgins, its troubled production history, the fashion and fringe choices (a lot of pleather) and its indirect influence on Malign…
 
Shoving elk into a dorm room freezer. The wildest tasting rice. Flower bulbs, acorn whoopie pies, frybread debates, mushroom foraging tips, corn magic, puffball mythology, decolonized diets, squash lasagna, bison harvests, small worlds, Instapots and – most importantly – food sovereignty with the WONDERFUL Indigikitchen cooking show host, environme…
 
Writer and actor Isaura Barbé-Brown returns to the pod to usher us into the new millennium, with the teen bloodfest that would spawn international controversy and countless imitations. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the inter…
 
I scream, you scream, we all scream for… a brand new, screaming hot episode of Ologies. Be warned *slaps the top of this ep* you can fit so many screams in this bad boy. (Seriously though, there’s a lot of screaming in this episode, it’s probably not the one to gently fall asleep to.) What kinds of screams you ask? We got birds, foxes, caterpillars…
 
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