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!



      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: After traveling to Madagascar for a conservation project, climatologist Simon Donner misses his ride to the field site, and must find his way there on his own.

      Matthew Dicks is an elementary school teacher and the...



      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, Elorm Avakame befriends a patient who is dying from alcoholism.

      Anthony Morgan is the Creative Director of Science Everywhere!, an organisation devoted to adult science entertainment. The mission is to build science culture...



      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"!

      Part 1: Comedian Josh Gondelman is threatened with a lawsuit after he reviews a new sexual enhancement product.

      Part 2: Seemingly incompatible, neuroscientist Heather Berlin and rapper Baba Brinkman try to use science to figure...



      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 up to those responsibilities? Both of our stories today explore this idea.

      Part 1: On her first day working in the White House under President Obama, microbiologist Jo Handelsman receives some bad news.

      Dr. Jo Handelsman is...



      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-binary stand up comedian by night and a non-binary science educator by day. Their favourite topics include queer theory, entomology, and outer space.

      Part 2: Marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a...



      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 community struggling with the effects of climate change.

      Part 2: Costa Rican ecologist Marco Quesada sees a new side of his country when he travels to Chira Island for a conservation project.

      Arielle Duhaime-Ross is the...



      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 standards.

      Part 2: Storyteller Nisse Greenberg travels home to care for his father after a brain injury.

      Eva Higginbotham is a 3rd year PhD candidate on the University of Cambridge’s ‘Developmental Mechanisms’ programme. She works ...


       2018-06-15  35m

      Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds

      Featuring Alison Smith and Peter Brannen


       2018-06-08  28m

      Coming of Age: Stories about growing up

      Featuring Moni Avello and Morgan Givens


       2018-06-01  25m

      Science Fiction: Stories about aliens and zombies

      Featuring Chase Masterson and Bethany Van Delft


       2018-05-25  29m