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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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They are numerous. They are patient. They are COMING for the United States in droves this spring: They are cicadas. *The* Cicada guy Dr. Gene Kritsky joins to chat all about the annual cicadas you may see every summer vs. the periodical ones that cycle through the states in broods of giant numbers. Learn how they survive underground for decades, wh…
 
The legend herself from RuPaul's Drag Race Ginger Minj joins us to discuss the current seasons of Drag Race, our mutual love of Carrie the Musical, our hatred of the Cats movie and how theatre is what go her into drag. She tells us about playing Mrs. Lovitt, Albin in La Cage Aux Folles and how she portrayed Mama Rose as a teenager and that was her …
 
Activist, singer, and star of the Rent tour Mila Jam stops by for a Slumber Party! We discuss her Ted Talk on Black Trans Female Empowerment, how she rewrote her narrative from famous Youtube character Britney Houston to telling stories that feel true to her authentic self, and of course we deep dive into theatre we love. Mila also shares an amazin…
 
Yes, an entire episode on butts. Primatologist and anthropologist Natalia Reagan joins to chat about the caboose: why do we have butts? Why do we like butts? How do we appreciate ours even more? She drops knowledge on bidets, wiping, twerking, the mystical field of Rumpology, how our derrieres have our back, plus butt dimples, and crack formations.…
 
Britt East, author of A Gay Man's Guide to Life, stops by for a slumber party and teaches us valuable life lessons. Britt gives advice about how to respond better to the tough slings and arrows that come our way as gay people. They also deep dive about the Gays Over Covid account and the difference between accountability and shame. And of course...…
 
This one’s got it all: teeny tiny cellular factories, obscure trivia, historical gossip, sick beats, mitochondrial relevancy, viral popularity, a backstory that with charm you to death, sports cars, lab coats, smelly vats, Space Camp and mysteries of the brain. Raven The Science Maven has a background in molecular biology and is getting her Ph.D in…
 
You might only know carob as not-chocolate, which is a tragedy of its disco-era branding. This tough, gnarly, drought-resistant plant is the real-life Giving Tree, explains passionate Carobologist Megan Lynch. Dripping with leathery banana-shaped legume pods, this tree quietly dots suburban streets but has kept people alive through wars and famines…
 
The hilarious and open-hearted Nina West from RuPaul's Drag Race stops by for a slumber party! We discuss growing up in Ohio as queer kids and what movies Nina would want to watch for our adult sleepover re-do! Nina talks about her love of Scream, musical theatre, and which Disney character is the most... daddy. This episode takes a heartfelt turn …
 
Part 2 is here! Gamestop, #stonks, Universal Basic Income, how to incentivize things that are good for us, whether or not kids should have an allowance, Trekonomics and more. Economist, professor and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt joins to chat about everything from being cheap and what decision making costs our minds to the worth of the Am…
 
The incredibly funny, musical theatre and reality TV savant, Lauren Ashley Smith stops by for a Slumber Party! We discuss her work as Head Writer and Co-Exec Producer of A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO, what reality shows to watch, seeing Bailey Hanks on Broadway, taking a digital camera to the stage door, and of course... Wicked! Lauren also share…
 
The one and only Trixie Mattel stops by for a slumber party to talk about her first kiss, becoming a make-up mogul/stand-up comedian/musician/drag legend, and how having confidence is the key to, well... everything! We also dive into our sleepover movies: Scream, Jawbreaker, Drop, Dead Gorgeous, and a marathon of 90 Day Fiancé. We also play some ve…
 
Choices! Trade-offs! Money! How much should you save? And how much should stimulus checks be? Don’t be scared by the term “economics,” especially since it doesn’t end in -ology. This 2-part Economic Sociology bonanza addresses the behavior that motivates the fiscal systems of the world, from avocado toast to retirement funds. Economist, professor a…
 
A LOST EPISODE! Three years in the making, this interview features vials of vile creatures, worm drama, febrile hallucinations, spooning, and unfortunate snacks. It has waited a long time to meet you, so let’s get weird, take a trip back to summer of 2017 -- before Ologies existed -- and unearth one of the very first, never-before-heard interviews.…
 
Izzy McCalla stops by for a slumber party to talk about her time in the Prom on Broadway playing a queer, POC, female leading role, working with theatre comedic powerhouses, the mess that happened at the Capitol Building, memorizing every step of Cats at age 7 and gay characters getting to have FUN! To support this podcast and see Bonus interviews:…
 
This is a BONUS episode of Slumber Party where I dive deep into my love of movie musicals and rank my top ten favorites. There will be a regular interview episode of Slumber Party this Wednesday with Izzy McCalla (The Prom) and all-new episodes will debut on Wednesdays from now on, but I wanted to bring you a Bonus ep while you wait! I also recap D…
 
RATS: They love pizza. They invade taquerias at midnight. They scurry. They cuddle. They outsmart. They inspire movies that inspire musicals. Proving that not just woodsy megafauna can be charismatic, rats have lives we would never suspect. Globally-lauded Urban Rodentologist Dr. Robert Corrigan, or Bobby if you like, has been studying these animal…
 
Tim throws a slumber party with the hysterical Drew Droege who has more film knowledge than maybe anyone on Earth! They talk sleepover movies, guess each other's favorite musicals based on emojis, discuss the problem with straight actors playing gay and dive deep into Drew's Freddy Kruger themed slumber party at age 10! To support this podcast & he…
 
The Coronasode we’ve been waiting for! Vaccines. Finally. But what does this mean? As a Vaccine Infodemiologist and science communication lead for The COVID Tracking Project, Jessica Malaty Rivera specializes in infectious disease epidemics and the surge of misinformation that accompanies them. The very first human trials of the COVID-19 vaccine oc…
 
Since most of us couldn't go home for the holidays I assembled some of my favorite guests for an "Elpha-besties" episode. Ben Fankhauser & Alex Wyse talk about growing up together doing theatre in Ohio & the old man characters they played at 15. Olivia Puckett & Melanie Brook talk about their fave slumber party movies & Brita Filter & Tammy Spanx t…
 
Part 2 of a very special duo! The fresh catch-up interview to learn what the world’s most charming and enthusiastic tree expert, Casey Clapp, has been up to since his 2018 episode aired. He’s been busy. Listen to hear if he’s gotten more pine cone tattoos, what other trees he hates, which ones he gives 10/10, musical blunders, winter pagan traditio…
 
Part 1 of a very special duo: 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. This episode aired in May 2018 and is worth a revisit, especially since Part 2 is a brand new 2020 interview with possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp. Learn abou…
 
The hilarious Dumpster Queens (as they are called in Michael Henry's viral videos) stop by to talk about what they look forward to post-quarantine, their recent Showgirls video, secret tea about Drew Barrymore at gay bars, what 90's stars they want to see make a comeback and the movies they would want to pop in for a slumber party! @TMurray06, @Mic…
 
This specific episode was cited in The New Yorker this week, so we’re giving it an encore refresh with bonus material and a 2020 update from Dr. Esposito herself! Scorpions: the victims of undue shade. If you've ever wanted to impress a date with weird facts THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU. A handful of people on planet Earth have a PhD in scorpions an…
 
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2 queen Nicole Paige Brooks from At-LANT-A, Georgia stops by to talk about her favorite slumber party movie (Grease!), she spills tea about her time on Drag Race, the campaign to get her on All-Stars, and the upcoming season of Drag Race. Nicole gives us the goods on the two Atlanta queens who are on the show this year and…
 
A long snout. Hundreds of teeth. Scales that could slice you. What is a gar and should we fear it? Should we hug it? One of the world’s most passionate and knowledgeable experts on this ancient, mysterious fish joins to make you fall in love with these slimy longbois. Dr. Solomon David is affable, charming, enthusiastic and absolutely shameless whe…
 
Legendary drag queen Meatball of Dragula and Sloppy Seconds Podcast stops by for a hilarious Slumber Party! We talk about our mutual love of Wicked, movie musicals that worked and ones that... needed work, who we want to star in the WIcked movie, what music Meatball listened to as a kid and we play the Guess That Elphaba game! @TMurray06 @spiciestm…
 
Gaze into the cosmos and wonder at broken satellites, retired rockets and shattered contraptions. Archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman is a leading expert on orbital debris and chats about what’s up there, how it got there, and how to get it down. Strap in to hear about everything from Sputnik to sports cars, flaming garbage bonking us, alien clutter, co…
 
Andrew Keenan-Bolger of Newsies and Tuck Everlasting on Broadway and in Tim's opinion the inventor of YouTube who started the musical theatre craze at the University of Michigan stops by for a Slumber Party! We talk about what to watch (Queen's Gambit) and what to read (Jessica Simpson's audiobook) and Andrew gives advice to performers on how to fi…
 
Alligators, crocodiles and … a shut-down nuclear weapons plant? The excitement never ends when you’re Laura Kojima, an Alligator Ecotoxicologist. A longtime reptile cheerleader, Laura has passion to match some truly bananas stories about field work, tail smacks, gator jaws, mercury levels, swamp boats, and crocodilian evolution, overbites, and loco…
 
Youtube sensation, master impressionist, and world-renowned actress Christina Bianco stops by for a Slumber Party! We talk about her first crushes, acting like a parent at sleepovers even as a kid, voicing so many iconic RuPaul's Drag Race songs, performing her impressions on talk shows and the movie she would pop in for our slumber party... Waitin…
 
Gratitude: what’s the deal? Does it really make us happier? Even when the world seems terrible? Or is being appreciative a bunch of hokey flim-flam? Author Neil Pasricha started a blog of 1000 Awesome Things in 2008 and it led him down rabbit holes looking into the science of gratitude and how to better survive some really tough times. Learn about …
 
Singing sensation, YouTube star who has been praised by Beyoncé & Tori Kelly and true musical theatre icon Natalie Weiss stops by for a Slumber Party! We talk about our favorite board games: Chutes & Ladders, Pretty, Pretty Princess, Mall Phone, advice for making your own path in show business, Shark Tank, Natalie's all-time favorite Youtube video …
 
Sexy apes: you’re one of them. And Biological Anthropologist Dr. Lara Durgavich joins to chat about everything from monogamy to PMS, male birth control pills, freezers of orangutan urine, imposter syndrome and testosterone, how the Pope makes you buy more tampons, which species has better sex, pancakes vs. boners, and boobs as a life preserver. It’…
 
John Arthur Hill from Andy Cohen's radio network where he hosts The Feels on SiriusXM and also original cast member of Bare the Pop Opera stops by for a Slumber Party! We talk Glenn Close, our favorite Lillith Fair singers, his days in Miss Saigon and Boy From Oz on Broadway, and the coming of age movies (Showgirls, Basic Instinct) that shaped him …
 
Fashion! Trends! Not really! This lively chat with Riley Kucheran, an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion, covers everything from the history of industrialized clothing manufacture to current Indigenous designers he loves, political statements through beadwork, Indigenous art markets, and a dissection …
 
Just minutes after Kamala Harris and Joe Biden spoke to the nation about winning the election, Broadway star (Newsies, Spring Awakening, Beautiful) and my dear friend/theme park costar joined me for a slumber party! Ben and I discuss our magical summer doing 6 shows a day, our all-time favorite youtube videos, what shows he did in high school, magi…
 
BILL NYE. That’s right. Bill Freakin’ Nye sits down to get grilled by your Dadward (that’s me, Alie) all about Pedagogology, the art and science of science communication. How did the modern day hype man of facts and wonder get his start? What does he love about his job? What are the most important elements of spreading knowledge? WHICH TIE IS HIS F…
 
Bonnie Milligan, star of Head Over Heels on Broadway and one of my favorite singers of all time stops by to talk about what she's watching to pass the time (from My Octopus Teacher to Twitches), our favorite shark movies, what WITCHES she would invite to a party, her performance in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with some unbelievable…
 
HERE IS SOME SAFE, COZY COMFORT: a platter of pumpkins. We have a new episode up this week: Desairology (MORTUARY MAKE-UP) but if that's toooo spooky: This 2019 Cucurbitology episode is an Ologies all-time favorite. Also? It helped launch sweet, sweet Anne Copeland’s book to the top of the seasonal cookbook charts last year. “Pumpkin, Pumpkin!” is …
 
What happens when you die? Cosmically, no one knows. But cosmetically, Desairologist Monica Torress knows everything. This friendly Phoenix funeral director shares her secrets for giving the dearly departed the greatest glam on their “special day.” She chats practical preservation techniques, spooky questions, her influences, the newest make-up lin…
 
You know her from the top two of American Idol season 3, Hair and Hairspray on Broadway, and our favorite subject on this podcast “Brooklyn the Musical”! We talk about Diana having such huge notoriety on American Idol at such a young age, touring with her husband, Ace Young, getting thrown into the music industry at 16, what scary movies to watch, …
 
Anthropodermic bibliopegy is a long, fancy way of saying “HUMAN SKIN BOOKS” and the study of confirming or debunking them is … Anthropodermic Biocodicology. For this skin-crawling, history-trawling Spooktober episode, we chat with the absolutely wonderful and charming medical librarian and expert of books bound in human skin, Megan Rosenbloom. Also…
 
Alex Wyse of Deaf West's Production of Spring Awakening on Broadway, The Bold and The Beautiful, Iron Fist, and the award-winning series The Indoor Boys stops by for a slumber party! This one is a doozy of laughs. We get into the spooky scary movies to watch this Halloween season, our all-time favorite award show speeches, our incredible drama club…
 
Spooktober continues with … CrEePy cRawLies. And dark woods and solo hiking and Forest Entomologist Dr. Kristen Wickert a.k.a. KayDubs the Hiking Scientist. We chat about everything from Moth Man to chubby caterpillars to spiderwebs to fungus. She tells us how to look for big beautiful moths, what footwear is best for hitting the trail, which bugs …
 
My buddy André Jordan tells us about booking Diana on Broadway and filming it for Netflix. We discuss his former day job in NYC, our Napster/Limewire days, Seeing Brooklyn the Musical on the final night, touring with Diana Degarmo, working on The Queens Project together, and of course… a Search for Elle Woods deep dive. Support this podcast and enj…
 
To kick off SpooOoktober, we’re looking at huge birds that DEVOUR DEATH: the giant, majestic and critically endangered California condor. Condorologist Dr. Jonathan C. Hall’s work helps monitor populations, tracks flight data, and keeps tabs on how well this small population is rebounding after going extinct in the wild in 1987. We chat carcasses, …
 
Nick Adams (The Other Two, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Falsettos) stops by for a slumber party! He talks about his relationship with Bette Midler(!), chatting with Joan Rivers, doing three different Broadway shows in drag, going to Bianca Del Rio shows pre Drag Race, having the hots for Mark Whalberg, and of course he and Tim deep dive into thei…
 
If you need fuel to get excited about voting: here it is. How low is U.S. voter turnout? And why? Are mail-in ballots safe? Should you vote early? How has voter suppression worked in the past -- and the present -- to skew elections? Oooh, buckle up as the wonderful Dr. Mindy Romero, a Political Sociologist and founding director of USC’s Center for …
 
Tom Lenk from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods, Rock of Ages on Bway and so much more stops by! We talk about his time on Buffy, asking Jenna Leigh green to a school dance, taking over the theatre department in his town, the Ryan Murphy show Popular, why Buffy resonates with gay people, what is camp? And of course a deep dive about Liza…
 
Thunder and lightning: very, very frighteningly interesting! Wildfire researcher and lightning scientist Chris Giesige answers questions about thunderclaps and lightning flashes in a laid back way that will put him at the top of your Fulminologist list. He explains everything from clouds to positive and negative charges, volcanic lightning, fire to…
 
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