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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!
 
We believe in stories. We believe that stories are a powerful way to both learn and teach. We want to encourage people to develop, own, find more meaning, leverage, forge meaning if necessary and share their personal story. We also believe there is great value in hearing other people's stories. We believe that exploring foundational ideas and beliefs through diverse personal stories is instrumental in order to discover more meaningful paths, greater happiness, and accelerated growth in one’s ...
 
Tierney Finster talks to her favorite experts about their fascinations, talents, passions and problems. Listen for generous interviews with artists, estheticians, screenwriters, healers, money coaches, curators, political candidates, beauty entrepreneurs, filmmakers and more. Tierney Talks is a smart, hot and fun lifestyle podcast recorded in Los Angeles. Well-informed + silly + compassionate.
 
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This is Love Hurts. Erin Barker is a storyteller who normally lives in New York City. When the pandemic hit last spring, Erin and her husband made the decision to leave NYC to stay with their best couple friends in Ohio until everything blew over. Almost a year later, Erin is still in Ohio, and she talks about what it was like making the choice to …
 
In today’s bonus episode, we bring you two stories on the theme of migration. Part 1: Ornithologist Dai Shizuka finds himself relating to an unusual bird that sings in more than one dialect. Part 2: When Nestor Gomez takes his child to be vaccinated, it brings up fearful memories from his own childhood. As always, find transcripts, photos, and more…
 
Niko Karamyan (@nikotheikon), Saturn (@saturnrisin9) and Katrina Kemp (@kueenkatrina) join us after watching "Framing Britney," the new New York Times documentary about Britney Spears. Saturn decodes Britney's ability to use performance as protest, Katrina recounts spending time with Britney and paparazzi in the Valley as a high-school stan and Nik…
 
This week, we’re sharing a very special bonus episode while we’re between series! This episode is titled “Champions,” because our storytellers today are just that. Our first storyteller, Kimberly Chao, was the winner of our Super Collider science story slam in December, and our second storyteller, marine biologist Catherine Macdonald, told our most…
 
In Part 2 of this episode, we’re sharing two more stories about the powerful love that has sustained us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, find transcripts and photos from these stories on our website. First, we’ll hear from journalist and Story Collider senior producer Misha Gajewski. In her story, Misha takes her father to his chemo app…
 
Throughout the tragic events of the past few months -- and despite the tragic events still to come -- love still perseveres and flourishes. From an unlikely pandemic wedding to the bond formed between researcher and patient, this episode will examine the powerful love that sustains us during this time. Our first story is from Melanie Hamlett, a Mot…
 
This is Love Hurts. As a celebration of our 100th episode, we’re checking in with past guests to see what’s happened in their lives since we last spoke. This episode’s guest: Kambri Crews. When Kambri was first on, she shared about her tenuous relationship with her dad, who has been in prison since the early 2000s for attempted murder. In this epis…
 
In part 2 of Clarity, we’re sharing two more stories about the ways the pandemic has brought our lives into sharper focus. In our first story, comedian Freddy G realizes just how much he relies on his wife’s support when she gets stuck in another state due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our second story is from Trey Kay, host and producer of the Us & Th…
 
The starkness and suddenness of the pandemic has forced many of us to stop and reconsider our lifestyles. In this episode, our storytellers will share tales of how their priorities and values have come into focus since lockdown began. Our first story is from award-winning standup comedian and Story Collider senior producer Gastor Almonte. In his st…
 
In Part 2 of this episode, we have THREE more stories about how our storytellers are finding community during the pandemic. Don't forget, you can find transcripts and photos from all of our stories on our website. Our first story is from Adam Wade, author of the bestselling Audible Original You Ought to Know Adam Wade. In his story, Adam prepares t…
 
Erin Taj joins us to share astrological knowledge juicy enough for beginners and devotees alike. Taj breaks down fixed, mutable and cardinal signals, explains astrology as geometry and defines what houses mean in the context of your natal chart. She teaches what having planets “conjunct” and “square” one another means, expands on popular misconcept…
 
Right now, while we can’t safely gather together, it can be difficult to feel part of a community. When most of our interactions are through a computer screen, it’s tough to support and inspire each other, celebrate special occasions, and discover new experiences together. But our stories in this episode will explore the ways in which our storytell…
 
In Part 2 of “Home,” we’ll share two more stories about how storytellers are adapting their home lives during social distancing. Our first story is from Chicago-based storyteller and Story Collider producer Lily Be. In her story, Lily Be decides she needs company during the pandemic -- in the form of a bearded dragon. In our second story, Tazmin Ud…
 
Over the past few months, our homes have become workplaces, schools, and the backdrop for the majority of our lives. In this episode, our storytellers consider how to adjust to being stuck at home. Our first story is from psychologist (and Story Collider board member!) Ali Mattu. Cooped up with his young outdoor-kid daughter, indoor-kid Ali decides…
 
This is Love Hurts. Meg Joh is a comedian and podcaster living in Los Angeles. During college, Meg found herself in the second big relationship of her life at a time where she was still unsure of who she was. When it suddenly ended Meg was left heartbroken, but as she looks back at the story today she sees the real love story was with someone else …
 
We’re taking a break from our Stories of COVID-19 series until Jan. 8. But in the meantime, we have a fan-favorite story from one of our online live shows to share with you! Today’s story is from Sam Long, a high school science teacher in Colorado and the co-founder of GenderInclusiveBiology.com and the Colorado Transgender/Nonbinary Educators Netw…
 
In Part 2 of this episode, we’ll share two more stories about the impact of COVID-19 across generations. Our first story is from two storytellers — science communicator Ian Haydon and his mother, retired writer and editor Judy Stokes. Their story begins when Ian calls his mother in March and reveals that he will be participating in a Phase 1 COVID-…
 
Each generation is experiencing the pandemic differently. For some, the trauma of the 1918 pandemic still echoes. Others worry about how to balance their own health and responsibilities with concerns about the health of their parents or children. In this episode, we’ll share stories about the impact of COVID-19 across generations. Our first story i…
 
In Part 2 of Connections, we share two more stories about finding new ways to connect during the pandemic. Our first story is from psychologist Shreya Varma, who is based in New Delhi, India. In her story, Shreya struggles to connect with her patients in the same way when she's treating them over web video. Our second story is from storyteller and …
 
Note: Apologies for the glitch yesterday! This is an updated version. By necessity, the pandemic is changing the way that we communicate with each other, and the way we care for each other. In these stories, our storytellers find unexpected ways to connect, despite social distancing. Our first story is from computational biologist and Story Collide…
 
This is Love Hurts. Fred Chong Rutherford is a comedian and storyteller living in Brooklyn. Growing up, Fred’s experiences with racism shaped him into the type of person who wanted to make sure he made others feel comfortable. Fred looks back at a potential bonding moment with his white step-grandmother that turned into an uncomfortable conversatio…
 
In Part 2 of Decisions, we’re sharing two more stories of difficult choices, one from a physician and another from the director of a public health laboratory. In our first story, medical doctor Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis must make a difficult decision about whether to work home while pregnant during the pandemic. In our final story of this episode,…
 
In the midst of a pandemic, almost every decision feels high stakes, and impossibly complicated. This episode will explore the difficult decisions our storytellers have made, to care for each other and themselves. Our first story is from labor and delivery nurse Amelia Reeves. When tragedy strikes in the maternity ward, Amelia has to decide whether…
 
In part two of this episode, we’ll hear two more stories about adapting to a new normal. Our first story is from bestselling author and champion storyteller Matthew Dicks. When life becomes monotonous during quarantine, Matthew searches for a new experience. In our second story, veterinarian Lauren Adelman struggles to connect with her patients' fa…
 
The pandemic has forced us all to adapt in various ways, for the sake of our physical or mental health. The stories in this week’s episode will focus on the ways in which our storytellers have forged new lives and routines for themselves. Our first story is from Fiona Calvert, Story Collider UK producer and science communication officer at Alzheime…
 
This is Love Hurts. Zack Stovall is a comedian and storyteller living in New York City. After five years of dating his girlfriend, Zack felt like it was finally time to pop the question. However, the plan he put in place quickly fell apart, and he was left scrambling to figure out how to make sure this moment was still memorable when it felt like n…
 
In part 2 of this episode, we’ll explore the theme of cooperation further with two more stories, from a volunteer and an organizer. Our first story is from neuroscientist (and Story Collider senior producer!) Paula Croxson. Longing for connection, Paula decides to volunteer at a local hospital, despite her anxiety about the risks. In our second sto…
 
In this episode, we explore the ways in which we’re working together to help one another and get things done, despite the significant obstacles and social-distancing restrictions presented by COVID-19. Today, in part one of this episode, we’ll hear a story from Brazilian biologist Diana Bertuol Garcia. In this story, Diana and her research group ar…
 
In part 2 of our first episode, we share two more stories on the theme of Contact. In our first story, Tracey Segarra is laid off from her corporate job during the pandemic, but finds a new calling as a contact tracer. In our second story, writer and performer Jennifer Joy begins developing symptoms of COVID-19 in early March. See storycollider.org…
 
Our series begins in New York City, the center of the early days of the pandemic, with a story from Harvey Katz, one of the hosts and creators of Take Two Storytelling. In this story, Harvey, a brand-new nurse, is thrust into the hectic environment of a Brooklyn ICU at the onset of the pandemic. (Find a transcript and photos at storycollider.org.) …
 
This is Love Hurts. Julie Feltman is a comedian and performer living in New York City. Growing up, Julie’s identity felt tied to the fact that her relative invented the hot dog. It seemed to be the most interesting thing about her family history, but this summer she learned a new story about the other side of her family that changed how she looked …
 
A quick announcement from the Story Collider team about changes coming to our podcast! On Friday, November 13th, we will launch our new series, The Stories of COVID-19, featuring stories from doctors, nurses, researchers, volunteers, activists, comedians, journalists, and more! Find out more: https://www.storycollider.org/stories-of-covid19 Learn m…
 
This week we present two more stories from our back catalog about people who experienced epidemics of the past. Part 1: Journalist Erika Check Hayden travels to Sierra Leone and sees Ebola up close and personal for the first time. Part 2: Richard Cardillo escapes his problems by joining a Catholic mission in Peru, where he becomes a community healt…
 
This is Love Hurts. I’m Bryan Berlin. Grant Bowen is an actor, writer, and storyteller living in New York. In high school, Grant played Danny in the production of Grease and ended up falling for the girl playing Sandy. They went on a date and there wasn’t really a spark, but Grant felt he had to find a way to create one. The story ends in an embarr…
 
This week we present two stories from our back catalog of people having to handle previous epidemics. Part 1: As a pediatrician in the 1980s, Ken Haller comes across a disturbing X-ray. Part 2: On her first day working in the White House under President Obama, microbiologist Jo Handelsman receives some bad news. Ken is a Professor of Pediatrics at …
 
This week we present two stories of people who spiraled out of control in their minds. Part 1: Computer vision researcher Virginie Uhlmann struggles to send an important email. Part 2: After a panic attack, Shane Saunderson questions the role of technology in his life. Virginie Uhlmann is fascinated by life sciences but feels more comfortable surro…
 
This is Love Hurts. Julia Pugachevsky is a writer, editor, and video producer living in Brooklyn. Growing up, Julia had mainly one close friend through middle and high school. When they got to college, they started to drift apart, and continued to drift until her friend ghosted on their friendship. She shares the fallout of that experience, and we …
 
This week we present two stories from people who had encounters with ocean animals. Part 1: Stuck in the lab with buckets of jellyfish, Shreya Yadav must rethink why she's studying what she's studying in the first place. Part 2: Underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen comes face to face with an animal he wasn't expecting. Shreya Yadav is a PhD can…
 
Jane Ward is a feminist scholar and author of the books “Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men” and “Respectably Queer.” She teaches gender and sexuality studies at UC Riverside, specializing in feminist, queer and heterosexuality studies and creating “scholarship for the feminist revolution.” Jane joins Tierney to discuss her new book “The Trage…
 
This week we present two stories from people who had experiences with strangers. Part 1: Even though he's an excellent student, and later a doctor, Dale Okorodudu finds that strangers perceive him differently. Part 2: Laura Bulk, who has been partially blind since she was a baby, struggles with strangers' attempts to "help." Dr. Dale Okorodudu was …
 
This is Love Hurts. Tracey Segarra is a storyteller living on Long Island. In high school, Tracey fell hard for someone who felt totally out of her league. After college, they reconnected and started dating, but Tracey found herself intoxicated by the fairy tale of their story instead of the reality of what it actually was and had to try and break …
 
This week we present two stories from people who needed a little luck to get by. Part 1: Studying Marine Biology in Florida, Philadelphian Kory Evans feels like a fish out of water... while fishing. Part 2: Carla Katz finds out she has a brain aneurysm while getting screened for a kidney transplant. Kory Evans is an evolutionary biologist broadly i…
 
Today’s guests are Erin Christovale, Asuka Hisa, Suzanne Isken, Sarah Williams, Morgan Elder, Allison Littrell, Vanessa Zenedjas, Rudeness, Tatiana Vahan, Abby Kavanaugh, Katrina Carl, Laura Mart, Katherine Ross, Angelique Soave & Klaus Biesenbach. Tierney Talks hosted the first TELETHON For Your Art at Frieze Los Angeles in February. We brought th…
 
This week we present two stories from people who decided to experiment with science when they were still teenagers. Part 1: In high school, Saad Sarwana decides to go from nerd to bad boy with a prank that he learned in chemistry class. Part 2: As a college student, Andrew Akira Hansen loves chemistry so much that he takes his experiments out of th…
 
This is Love Hurts. Bill Dempsey is a producer and storyteller living in Connecticut. Bill struggled to fit in his first year of college until he found his people in the theater program. He deeply connected with another guy and they started spending all their time together. It was only when Bill got a girlfriend that he realized they didn’t see the…
 
Today’s guests include: Tini Stormberg, Trevor McFedries, Janet Taylor Pickett, Samantha Taylor Pickett, Chloe Coover, Zoé Blue M., Jiro Maestu, Jasmine Nyende, Irina Karamyan, Han Donovan, Toryn Seabrooks, Emily Barker & Peggy Noland. Tierney Talks hosted the very first TELETHON ForYourart at Frieze Los Angeles in February. We brought the talk sho…
 
This week we present two stories from people who were confronted with what it means to lose family. Part 1: After leaving class early, Sonia Zárate gets a startling phone call about her daughter. Part 2: An indoor kid at heart, Sam Dingman goes on a hike anyways and ends up making a shocking discovery. Sonia Zárate is a proud Chicanx from SoCal. Sh…
 
Tierney Talks hosted the very first TELETHON ForYourart at Frieze Los Angeles in February. We brought the talk show to the art fair and broadcasted live from the ForYourArt booth on the Paramount Pictures Studio backlot, all Frieze long. The result is a collection of 60+ interviews about art, entertainment and community in Los Angeles. We had so mu…
 
This week we present stories from people who found themselves in sticky situations in the midst of doing research. Part 1: Erik Vance's first job reporting on scientific research doesn't smell as much like success as it smells like manure. Part 2: Liz Neeley observes hypnosis from the inside when she becomes the subject of the experiment. Erik Vanc…
 
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