The Story Collider

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!


BONUS: Before and After: Stories about how the story has changed

This week we present two stories from our Directors that have changed from the time they were first told.

Part 1: Marine Biology student Liz Neeley's research cruise starts to unravel when her professor begins his third bottle of tequila.

Part 2: Erin Barker gets diagnosed with two chronic illnesses that take away four of her favorite things.

Liz Neeley started her career studying the color patterns of tropical fish. (It was in fact even better than her childhood dream of working in a crayon factory.) She surprised herself more than anyone when she left the research path and went into ocean conservation and policy. For the past decade, she has been helping scientists around the world tell more compelling stories about their work. Most recently, she helped commission and edit the 2018 series "Stories from the Front Lines" at PLOS Biology. She is a lecturer at Yale in conjunction with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative. She is @LizNeeley and

Erin Barker is a writer and editor, and the first woman to win The Moth's GrandSLAM storytelling competition twice. She has appeared on PRX'sThe Moth Radio Hour, and one of her stories was included in The New York Times-bestselling book The Moth: 50 True Stories. Erin received her master of fine arts in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine in summer 2016. In her writing career, she is represented by Faye Atchison at the Margret McBride Literary Agency. She's proud to have been a part of The Story Collider team since 2011. She is @ErinHBarker and

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