The Story Collider

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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!

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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!
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2019-04-19 20:51
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2019-04-19 04:00
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19.04.2019

Older and Wiser: Stories about growing up

This week we present two stories of the children we used to be and how they grew up.Part 1: As a sixth grader, Anna Neu decides she's going to fall in love at science camp.Part 2: At age nine, Anicca Harriot plans to study both the heart and space, but...
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12.04.2019

Limelight: Stories about being the voice of science

This week we present two stories about scientists who became the face of the scientific community.Part 1: When conservation scientist Laura Kehoe writes about a surprising chimp behavior, the media takes it wildly out of context and the situation spira...
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5.04.2019

Peace: Stories about searching for solace

The week we present two stories of people being confronted with chaos and looking for peace.Part 1: Overwhelmed by setbacks as she pursues her academic ambitions, Tricia Hersey discovers an unexpected solution to her stress.Part 2: Cell biologist Sarah...
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29.03.2019

New Places: Stories about being somewhere new

This week we present two stories about being the new one in a new place.Part 1: After moving to a brand-new school in the seventh grade, Edith Gonzalez struggles to maintain her straight-A status with a new, scary biology teacher.Part 2: When social sc...
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22.03.2019

Ocean Adventures: Stories about the swashbuckling high seas

This week, we are presenting two stories from people who took to the open ocean.Part 1: As an irresponsible 17-year-old, Brian D. Bradley volunteers to spend two days living at the bottom of the ocean for a research study.Part 2: As an undergrad, Beryl...
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15.03.2019

Teamwork: Stories about working together

Part 1: A power outage on campus leads physics student Zoya Vallari to take a stand against her university's female-only curfew.Part 2: Firefighter Nick Baskerville is eager to prove himself when he arrives on the scene of his first fire.Zoya Vallari i...
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8.03.2019

Circles: Stories about coming back around

This week we present two stories about times in which everything came full circle.Part 1: In the middle of a school day, science teacher Brittany Beck passes out in her classroom, leading her to reflect on what got her here.Part 2: Inspired by her gran...
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1.03.2019

Mentors: Stories about who helps us find our way

Part 1: As a brand-new professor of physiology, John Redden is eager to help students, but soon realizes it’s more complicated than he thought.Part 2: Biologist, Sarah Fankhauser’s relationship with her adviser changes when she joins her lab as a grad ...
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22.02.2019

Inspiration: Stories about what inspires us

This week, we’re presenting two stories from scientists about the people and places that inspired them.Part 1: Just before she leaves for her dream opportunity to teach marine science on the Dead Sea, Latasha Wright gets a call that puts her plans in j...
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19.02.2019

Introducing One Plus One

 Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there are flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance. This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate suc...
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15.02.2019

Heredity: Stories about where we come from

This week, we present two stories about people understanding their links to their past.Part 1: A question that Laura Spink asked her parents as a kid comes up again when her own child begins to ask similar questions.Part 2: After Denise Coberley brings...
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8.02.2019

In Love with Science: Stories about Loving Science

This week, we’re presenting two stories from people who made science their one and only..Part 1: Parmvir Bahia struggles to appease her parents’ desires for an Indian son-in-law while also satisfying her own desires to be a scientist.Part 2: Monica Dun...
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1.02.2019

Danger: Stories about life-threatening situations

This week, we’re presenting two stories from scientists who found themselves in potentially life-threatening situations.Part 1: Ralph Bouquet goes off script during a psychology research study with uncomfortable and revealing consequences.Part 2: Ali M...
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Courage: Stories about standing up for yourself

This week, we’re presenting stories about the courage to be the person you were meant to be.Part 1: The lessons that Margaret Rubega learns from her dad about fighting back are put to the test when he becomes the one she must stand up to.Part 2: In fol...
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Acceptance: Stories about belonging

This week, we’re presenting stories about the struggle to find acceptance — whether it’s at Space Camp or in the United States of America.Part 1:  Computer scientist LaShana Lewis’s childhood dream of attending Space Camp starts to feel far away — unti...
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11.01.2019

Stress: Stories about being under pressure

This week, we’re presenting two stories about stressful situations in science. Part 1:  Due to stress in her personal life, TV writer Joey Slamon develops a cyst in an unfortunate place.Part 2:  As a biochemistry PhD student,  Kellie Vinal has worked h...
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4.01.2019

Just a Number: Stories about age and science

This week, we’re presenting two stories about age, and what it means to feel either too old or too young to become a scientist.Part 1:  Miserable at her corporate job, Michelle McCrackin begins to dream of a career in wildlife biology.Part 2: Volcanolo...
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29.12.2018

Carpe Diem: Stories about seizing the day

In our last episode of 2018, we’re presenting two stories about facing challenges head-on and seizing the day.Part 1: .On the eve of his first big talk at a major international conference, ecologist Kevin Burgio discovers there’s something seriously wr...
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21.12.2018

New Friends: Stories about unexpected connections

This week, we’re presenting stories about unexpected friendships in science, whether they’re formed in the field or at Burning Man.Part 1: Looking to connect with new people, mathematician Seth Cottrell sets up an ‘Ask a Mathematician’ booth at Burning...
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14.12.2018

Science vs. Love: Stories about the battle between head and heart

This week, we’re presenting stories about times when science gets in the way of love — or vice versa.Part 1: Jacqueline Trumbull is preparing for a career in research psychology when she gets a call from a casting agent for The Bachelor.Part 2: Psychol...
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8.12.2018

Science Gets Personal: Stories about science getting real

This week, we’re presenting two stories about times when science got personal and research started to hit home.Part 1: After years of suffering, Phillip Comella discovers the cause of his “excessive bathroom breaks” while working on his thesis in biome...
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30.11.2018

Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments

This week, we’re presenting two stories about pivotal moments in science when everything suddenly becomes clear.Part 1: When puppeteer Raymond Carr gets the opportunity of a lifetime, to work on a big-budget show about the evolution of dinosaurs, he wo...
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23.11.2018

Parents: Stories about moms and dads

This week, in honor of the start of the holiday season, we're presenting stories about parents — and the ways our relationships with them intersect with science.Part 1: As a kid, Dan Souza finds it hard to appreciate his mother’s nursing expertise unti...
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Getting In: Stories about making the grade

It’s that time of year — application season. So this week, we’re presenting two stories about the (literal and figurative) struggle to be accepted.Part 1: The only thing standing in the way of Jennifer Landa’s dreams of studying art in college is her g...
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Pregnancy: Stories about science of having a baby

In this week’s episode, we’re presenting two stories about the science of pregnancy.Part 1: An expert in oxytocin, the hormone released during birth,  Bianca Jones Marlin is determined to have a natural birth — even as the hours of labor add up…Part 2:...
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Bodies: Stories About the Skin We're In

This week, we’re presenting stories about our relationships with our bodies, in all their shapes and sizes.Part 1: Born without a right pectoral muscle due to Poland syndrome, John Trumbo has always felt defective, but then he discovers a possible solu...
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Fear: Stories of daring adventures in science

This week, in honor of Halloween, we're presenting two stories about facing fears for science.Part 1: As a newly minted PhD student in geology, Erik Klemetti starts to question his decisions when Aucanquilcha, a 20,000-foot volcano in Chile, proves dif...
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Rescue: Stories about taking care of others

This week, we're presenting stories about times when science comes to the rescue — or not, as the case may be. Part 1: When science writer Kate Sheridan falls in love with a man who suffers from paralyzing headaches, her background in neuroscience help...
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Cancer Sucks: Stories from cancer survivors

This week, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're presenting two stories from cancer survivors.Part 1: Gail Thomas clashes with her oncologist while deciding how to fight her cancer.Part 2: As a marathon runner, Pierce McManus prides himself ...
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Sense of Touch: Stories about the power of contact

This week, we're presenting two stories about the power of touch.Part 1: While working on a book about the sense of touch, science journalist Sushma Subramanian experiments with haptic technology to connect with her long-distance fiance. Part 2: Nick A...
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Overwhelmed: Stories about being in over our heads

This week, we're presenting stories about times when science is just too much.Part 1: Fiona Calvert is a crier — but when she starts her PhD, she promises herself she’ll never cry in front of her colleagues.Part 2: After graduating with his PhD, Shane ...
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Science Saved My Life: Stories about life-saving passion

This week, we're presenting stories about passion for science that keeps us going, even in the face of overwhelming struggle. Part 1: When Cailin Gallinger struggles with her gender identity in college, her volunteer position in a plant lab becomes a l...
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Following Directions: Stories about improvising

This week, we're presenting stories about the difficulties of following instructions -- whether it's medical advice or a recipe. Part 1: Science writer Cassandra WIllyard is frustrated by the restrictions put on her during her pregnancy.Part 2: Comedia...
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Expectations: Stories about surprising discoveries

This week, we're presenting stories about what happens when our expectations don't match up with reality.Part 1: Married neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik are surprised by what they learn when they investigate deception at a psy...
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Trials by Fire: Stories about difficult paths to science

This week, we're presenting stories from scientists who faced unusually difficult paths to science. We all know it's hard work to become a scientist. But for some folks, even getting to that point where you can pursue your science education can seem li...
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Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 2

This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show at Caveat in New York City, as part of the Underground Science Festival. Rather than the speeches we typically hear on this topic, our storytelle...
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28.08.2018

Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients - Part 1

 This week, we're presenting a special two-part bonus episode featuring the stories from our June 2018 show in New York City, "Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients," which was part of Caveat's first annual Underground Science Festival. Rather th...
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Leaving Home: Stories about the places we're from

This week, we're presenting stories about leaving home in pursuit of science.Part 1: After being raised as a creationist, Jennifer Colbourne falls in love with evolutionary science.Jennifer Colbourne is a graduate student at York University where she i...
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Help: Stories about desperate situations

This week, we’re presenting stories about times when we’re overwhelmed and feeling alone. Sometimes, in science, we need help. Sometimes that help is hard to find. And sometimes it comes from an unexpected place.Part 1: As a first-year teacher, Matt Ba...
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Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration

This week, we're presenting stories about unconventional solutions and things that seemed like a great idea at the time!Part 1: Author Kate Greathead sets off on a cross-country drive to escape her anxiety. Part 2: After years of studying worms, Tracy ...
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Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self

This week, we're presenting stories about what happens when our own brains keep us from being fully ourselves. Part 1: When storyteller Sandi Marx begins to develop cognitive symptoms of lupus, she worries she'll lose the aspects of her personality tha...
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26.07.2018

Loneliness: Stories about finding friends

his week, we're presenting stories about the struggle to find friends. Science can be a lonely job -- but it can also connect us to others in ways we'd never imagine.Part 1: Feeling isolated in her new job as a particle accelerator operator at Fermilab...
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Surprises: Stories about the unexpected

This week, we're presenting stories about surprising revelations or events in science.Part 1: When he receives a call from the vet, writer Matthew Dicks is startled to learn that his dog is in surgery -- and that he agreed to it the night before.Part 2...
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Mortality: Stories about confronting death

This week at The Story Collider, we're presenting two stories about confronting death.Part 1: Science communicator Anthony Morgan receives an invitation to be vacuum-sealed to the bottom of a helicopter -- for science!Part 2: As a medical student, Elor...
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The Science of Dating: Stories about sex and romance

This week, we're presenting two stories about the science behind dating, ranging from a neuroscientist's attempts to use brain scans and personality tests to determine her compatibility with a rapper to a comedian's mishaps with a "penis-numbing spray"...
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Responsibility: Stories about leadership

This week, we're presenting two stories about responsibility in science. Whether we're working in a classroom or the White House, we all have some level of responsibility for others. And sometimes we have to ask ourselves -- are we doing enough to live...
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Pride: Stories about coming out in science

To close out Pride Month this week, we're sharing a special bonus episode featuring stories about coming out in science! Part 1: Science educator Charlie Cook begins sharing their gender identity with colleagues and students.Charlie Cook is a non-binar...
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Unfamiliar Territory: Stories about journeys to new places

In this week's episode, we're presenting stories about venturing into unfamiliar territory, whether it's an isolated community in Alaska or the Costa Rican island of Chira.Part 1: Journalist Arielle Duhaime-Ross finds common ground with an Alaskan comm...
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In Honor of Father's Day: Stories about complicated dads

This week, we're celebrating Father's Day by sharing stories about complicated relationships with dads.Part 1: After her father, a well-known intellectual, passes away, neurobiology PhD student Eva Higginbotham tries to live up to his academic standard...
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Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds

This week we're sharing stories about love that stands the test of time, transcending illness, differences, and even death. In other words -- break out that box of tissues, y'all. Part 1: Writer Alison Smith reconnects with her estranged father after h...