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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19.10.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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12.10.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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6.10.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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28.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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21.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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14.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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7.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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31.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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29.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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24.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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17.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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8.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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3.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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20.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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13.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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6.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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29.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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27.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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22.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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15.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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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8.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

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...
1.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Coming of Age: Stories about growing up

This week, we're presenting stories about coming of age. Bildungsroman, if you will. (Thank you, eleventh-grade Honors English!) These storytellers will share stories about growing up and finding their identities -- whether it's within their family, or...
25.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Science Fiction: Stories about aliens and zombies

This week, we take a journey into science-fiction to find out if aliens can master the science of empathy and zombies can bring a couple closer together. Part 1: Chase Masterson's role on Star Trek Deep Space 9 inspires her to think about how she can h...
18.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Different: Stories about standing out in a crowd

This week, we present two stories about being different, and the ways our differences can become our strengths. Part 1: Growing up, Amanda Gorman is determined to eliminate her speech impediment. Part 2: An aspiring scientist brought up in a family of ...
11.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

In Honor of Mother's Day: Stories about moms

This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we present two stories about science and moms!  Part 1: Marine biologist Jessica Hoey tries to keep her daughter’s belief in mermaids alive. Part 2: Jamie Brickhouse begins to notice some startling changes in his mo...
4.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Identity: Stories about figuring out who we are

This week, we’re presenting stories about identity, whether its an external sense of cultural identity or an internal sense of self. Part 1: Mathematician and comic book writer Jason Rodriguez feels torn between separate cultural and professional ident...
27.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Challenges: Stories about overcoming obstacles

This week, we’re presenting stories about overcoming obstacles and breaking down barriers -- whether those barriers are institutional or written into our genetic code. Part 1: Aletha Maybank's childhood experiences with institutional racism inspire her...
20.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Dreams: Stories about ambition

This week, we're presenting stories about scientific ambitions and dreams -- and the ways in which they meet reality. Part 1: Planetary geologist Sara Mazrouei misses out on a dream opportunity -- because of where she was born. Part 2: Working in conse...
13.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Fight or Flight: Stories about confronting threats

This week, we present two stories about confronting threats -- whether it’s actual physical danger or a threat to your career. Part 1: Climate scientist Kim Cobb is exploring a cave in Borneo when rocks begin to fall. Part 2: Neurobiologist Lyl Tomlins...
6.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Science Communication: Stories about spreading the word

This week, we present two stories about communicating science, whether it's through journalism or over a fragile Skype connection. Part 1: Science journalist Judith Stone worries about causing conflict when she writes about cultural differences aboard ...
30.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

New Beginnings: Stories about starting over

This week, we present two stories about fresh starts and new beginnings in science. Part 1: Mari Provencher's family is rocked by changes -- starting with her mother's decision to become an entomologist. Part 2: Three years into a great faculty positio...
23.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Women in Science: Stories about defying expectations

This week, in honor of Women's History Month, we're presenting two stories about women in science and the unique challenges they face. Follow us on Twitter @story_collider this week as we feature highlights of other stories from women in science from o...
16.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Generations: Stories about passing science down

This week, we present two stories about science and wisdom passed down through generations. Part 1: Ted Olds fears he’ll fail to graduate after his parents sacrificed to send him to engineering school. Part 2: Kayla Glynn’s challenging relationship wit...
9.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

In Honor of Pi Day: Stories about math

This week, in honor of Pi Day on March 14, we're presenting two stories from mathematicians. Part 1: After a reluctant start, mathematician Ken Ono makes an unexpected discovery. Part 2: Mathematician Piper Harron deals with harassment after standing u...
2.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Innovation: Stories about creative ideas

This week, we present two stories about original ideas and creative solutions in science -- from a Rube Goldberg machine to using hookworms to treat an illness. Part 1: In the ninth grade, Adam Ruben and his friends create a Rube Goldberg machine for a...
22.02.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Double Lives: Stories about loving both science and art

This week, we present two stories about being torn between love of science and a love of art. Part 1: Saad Sarwana tries to juggle careers in physics and comedy.  Part 2: Jean Zarate is torn between science and music until a tragic event brings both in...
16.02.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Black Holes: Stories about dark times

This week, we present two stories about dark moments in science. Part 1: Astrophysicist Jesse Shanahan tries to uncover the mysteries behind both the black holes she studies and her own chronic pain. Part 2: Comedian Sarah Pearl checks into a psychiatr...
9.02.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Heartbreak: Stories about times science breaks our hearts

This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we're presenting two stories about heartbreak in science. Part 1: Rattled by a recent heartbreak, neuroscientist Prabarna Ganguly makes a mistake in the lab. Part 2: Marine ecologist Kirsten Grorud-Colvert bonds ...
2.02.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Recovery: Stories about responding to crises

This week, we're p​resenting stories about the ways we respond and recover to dire situations in science, whether it's cancer or sexual assault.​​​​​​ Part 1: Biochemist Melanie McConnell encounters unexpected resistance when she tests an experimental ...
26.01.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Good and Evil: Stories about the science of gray areas

This week, we bring you two stories about the science of morality. Or morality in science. Either way you want to look at it. Part 1: Political scientist Ethan Hollander interviews a Nazi war criminal. Part 2: As a graduate student, Cather Simpson was ...
19.01.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Bad Days in the Field: Stories about fieldwork frustrations

This week, we bring you two stories about frustrations in the field, whether it's a failure to find dinosaur fossils or a struggle with a painful medical condition. Part 1: Paleontologist David Evans and his team start to feel defeated after three days...
12.01.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Origin Stories: Stories about paths to becoming a scientist

This week we present two stories about the inspiration behind scientists' careers. Part 1: Kate Marvel's dream of being a genius takes her to Cambridge to study astrophysics. Part 2: When Joe Normandin begins to question his sexuality as a teenager, he...
5.01.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Math Problems: Stories about struggles with math

This week, we present two stories about the struggles "math people" face. Part 1: Lew Lefton tries to succeed as both a math professor and a math comedian. Part 2: Vanessa Vakharia faces her first day as student teacher of a math class. Lew Lefton is a...
8.12.2017 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Home: Stories about science and community

This week, we present two stories about finding community with science. Part 1: Keoni Mahelona leaves his home in Hawaii in pursuit of science. Part 2: After growing up wealthy, Chuck Collins' thinking is transformed by his work with mobile home park t...
8.12.2017 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

The Science of Growing Up: Stories about coming of age

This week, we present two science stories about becoming the people we're meant to be.  Part 1: Research technician Jean Ansolabehere finds herself falling in love with a woman in her lab. Part 2: As a child, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman is told by...
8.12.2017 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Life and Death: Stories of loss and resilience

This week, we're presenting two stories about loss and resilience in science. Please note: Our first story this week contains graphic depictions of violence. Part 1: Anthropologist Andrew Oberle barely survives an attack by the chimpanzees he was study...
8.12.2017 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Doubt: Stories about moments of uncertainty in science

This week, we present two stories of doubt in science, from a mysterious illness to imposter syndrome.  Part 1: A sudden illness casts doubt on whether Maia Pujara will be able to finish her neuroscience PhD. Maia Pujara received her Ph.D. in Neuroscie...
1.12.2017 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/d/f/3/d/df3dfb5c81fd6b71/Story-Collider-main-logo-Sq3000px72dpiOptimized.jpg

Psychotropic Substances: Stories about altered states

This week, we present two stories about psychotropic substances, from a study on the impacts of magic mushrooms on cancer surivors to a comedian's spiritual epiphany. Part 1: Actor Gail Thomas is invited to take part in a study testing mushrooms as tre...