The Story Collider

Our lives revolve around science. From passing high school chemistry to surviving open-heart surgery, from reading a book on mountain lions to seeing the aftermath of an oil spill, from spinning a top to looking at pictures of distant galaxies, science affects us and shapes us. At The Story Collider, we want to know people's stories about science. From our monthly live shows to our Pictures of Science project, we bring together scientists, comedians, librarians, and other disreputable types to tell true, personal stories of times when, for good or ill, science happened.

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      Reflection: Stories about our sense of self


      This week, we present two stories about the things that make up our sense of self, from our appearance to our memories. Part 1: On the verge of losing her teeth, Jean Le Bec travels abroad to find a solution. Part 2: Science writer Michael Lemonick interviews an old friend who lost the ability to form memories after an injury. Born and bred in Brooklyn New York, Jean Le Bec is a Moth StorySlam champion who has been featured on Risk, Yum's The Word, Surprise Stories, Take Two,...


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      DNA: Stories about family


      This week, we bring you two stories about science and family, from a biochemist and a neuroscientist. Part 1: Biochemist Katie Wu is lactose intolerant, but her mother won't believe her. Part 2: Neuroscientist Oliver Vikbladh and his family look for answers about his sister's mysterious disability.  Katherine (Katie) Wu is a graduate student at Harvard University. Currently, she is studying how bacteria handle stressful situations so that she can someday learn to do the same. Outside of...


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      DNA: Stories about family


      This week, we bring you two stories about science and family, from a biochemist and a neuroscientist.

      Part 1: Biochemist Katie Wu is lactose intolerant, but her mother won't believe her.

      Part 2: Neuroscientist Oliver Vikbladh and his family look for answers about his sister's mysterious disability. 

      Katherine (Katie) Wu is a graduate student at Harvard University. Currently, she is studying how bacteria handle stressful situations so that she can someday learn to do ...


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      Maternal Bond: Stories about moms and their kids


      This week, we present two stories about the mother-child relationship intersecting with science, from a daughter and a mother.  Part 1: Actor and writer Erica Silberman tries to find a place for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Erica Silberman showed promise in science for one brief semester in high school when she got an A+ in chemistry. Since then, she has become a playwright, director, producer, and in home color consultant. She’s published in The Best Monologues from the Last Frontier Th...


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      Maternal Bond: Stories about moms and their kids


      This week, we present two stories about the mother-child relationship intersecting with science, from a daughter and a mother. 

      Part 1: Actor and writer Erica Silberman tries to find a place for her mother with Alzheimer’s.

      Part 2: When Pat Furlong’s sons are diagnosed with a severe type of muscular dystophy, she’s determined to find answers.

      Erica Silberm...


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      Pressure: Stories about stressful situations


      This week, we present two stories of scientists under professional and academic pressure, both in the field and in the lab. Part 1: In China, ornithologist Sam Snow and his colleague gather as much data about a species of bird as possible -- but it comes at a cost. Part 2: Biologist Megan Hatlen worries that she’ll never make a breakthrough in her research. Sam Snow is an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist, currently a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. He looks at birds to e...


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      Pressure: Stories about stressful situations


      This week, we present two stories of scientists under professional and academic pressure, both in the field and in the lab.

      Part 1: In China, ornithologist Sam Snow and his colleague gather as much data about a species of bird as possible -- but it comes at a cost.

      Part 2: Biologist Megan Hatlen worries that she’ll never make a breakthrough in her research.

      Sam Snow is an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist, currently a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. He lo...


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      Adaptation: Stories about survival


      This week, we present two stories of adapting to survive, from a cancer survivor's creative solution to the after-effects of his treatment to an Iraqi who becomes a computer scientist to survive the war. Part 1: Ben Rubenstein survived cancer, but now there are new challenges to contend with. Part 2: A young Iraqi computer scientist must adapt to survive war and its aftermath. Benjamin Rubenstein is the author of the "Cancer-Slaying Super Man" books and other personal essays. He speaks about...


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      Adaptation: Stories about survival


      This week, we present two stories of adapting to survive, from a cancer survivor's creative solution to the after-effects of his treatment to an Iraqi who becomes a computer scientist to survive the war.

      Part 1: Ben Rubenstein survived cancer, but now there are new challenges to contend with.

      Part 2: A young Iraqi computer scientist must adapt to survive war and its aftermath.

      Benjamin...


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      Invisibility: Stories about hiding in plain sight


      This week, we bring you two stories of invisibility, from a man looking to escape his identity to a marine biologist who feels invisible to her colleagues. Part 1: Richard Cardillo escapes his problems by joining a Catholic mission in Peru, where he becomes a community health organizer. Part 2: Marine biologist Liz Neeley is excited to be a part of a coral conservation project in Fiji, but her colleagues keep forgetting her. Richard Cardillo is a 25 year resident of the Lower East Side...


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