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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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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…
 
Horror fan Ally Penelope returns to talk about her love for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), especially the LL Cool J subplot, and we tackle the surprisingly empathetic story of The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), which works if you take the Carrie bits out. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio …
 
Slamming heads together to impress someone: why does this happen? Let’s ask Dr. Nicole Ackermans, whose current job involves receiving sheep heads and painstakingly counting damaged neurons from headbutting concussions. The Neuropathology episode last week gives all the concussion basics, but this one turns the microscope away from accidents and po…
 
Games! Play! Fun! Addiction? Flim-flam? From the origins of tabletop classics to the future of VR, Dr. Jane McGonigal answers our burning questions. This video game developer, TED speaker and bestselling author is an expert on how playing -- and especially video games -- can motivate, soothe and connect us. Will video games turn your child into a f…
 
Our first episode of 2022 is a take on two... questionable bangers. Film critic Leila Latif joins us to take on Urban Legend (1998) and horror stoner comedy Idle Hands (1999) to figure out if they're as bad as we remember them being. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls a…
 
Hi, last week I fell down a flight of stairs. Then I went to the hospital. Then I emailed Dr. Mary Alexis Iaccarino, a Harvard Medical School professor and specialist in rehabilitation from traumatic brain injuries. I asked her all about what happens during a concussion, when to be worried, how long it takes to heal, when a person should get their …
 
It's the end of the year! Horror writer, film analyst and co-host of This Ends At Prom podcast BJ Colangelo joins the podcast for the first time to go deep on Disturbing Behaviour (1998). The second part of the episode is a reprise from our FEMALE MONSTERS series, film critic Leila Latif's take on The Faculty (1998). Between these two films, it's t…
 
A bonus episode interview with the author of The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward. Praised by Stephen King, her latest novel has been called the Gothic Masterpiece of 2021. This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the…
 
Here we go: SIX more raccoon experts, because one episode is not enough for the wonders of these terrific trash bandits. Revel in the raccoon love and hear about presidential pets, neuronal density, why raccoonologists walk out on the job, their fabled intelligence, how Aesop factors into raccoonology, and the comfort of the male gaze? Also, treat …
 
A bonus exclusive interview with Julia Ducournau, writer/director of Raw, about her new film Titane, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about female violence, about choreographing a massacre, dance horror, and about the mythological and Biblical influences in Titane. Beware, this interview is SPOILERIFIC. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** M…
 
Horror fan Ally Penelope joins the podcast for the first time to tackle the perfect anti-Christmas viewing, the most meme-able 90s slasher double-bill. 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 femin…
 
Tiny hands! Round rumps! Chaos! Compost! Delicious garbage and sweet faces make raccoons as mysterious as they are adored. World class raccoon expert, psychologist and animal behaviorist Dr. Suzanne MacDonald of Toronto’s York University explains tree sleeping, brain worms, cartoon raccoons, queer icons, whether you should keep one as a pet and als…
 
Who doesn't love a floppy, slime-filled, hot dog shaped creature of the deep sea? On this Smologies (It's like if Ologies were more Smol) we return to our conversation with Tim Winegard, a professional hagfishologist (YES IT'S A WORD) at Chapman University, and he dishes on the world's slimiest treasures. You're gonna learn about things like why yo…
 
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