Ologies with Alie Ward
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The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ologies with Alie Ward is a funny and educational science podcast where Alie Ward interviews experts in STEM fields. Episodes cover a very broad range of topics ranging from animal behavior to Egyptology to ADHD. Many of the episodes are best-suited for mature listeners. There's frequent use of the word "f--k" as well as other swear words and a few episodes about sex discuss adult relationships and anatomy in graphic detail. Some episodes also deal with heavier topics like addiction and trauma. As such, the podcast is marked as explicit on all listening platforms. There are cleaned up versions of some of the episodes called "Smologies" that are shorter and appropriate for kids. You can also check out the show's website and read the full episode descriptions, as Alie notes if particular episodes are okay for younger listeners.
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What’s It About?
OLOGIES WITH ALIE WARD is a science podcast that takes a humorous look at STEM professions and exposes listeners to academic fields they may never have heard of before. In each episode, Alie typically interviews one "ologist" and has them share their career journey, what they do and what their favorite or most surprising moment on the job has been. The interviews are very conversational, and no two are alike. Expect fascinating stories about crow funerals, questions about what dinosaurs may have tasted like, and discussions about what it's like to be Black in STEM.
Is It Any Good?
This is an educational and entertaining podcast for listeners curious about science. The guests featured on Ologies with Alie Ward do not conform to your typical science stereotypes. It's a diverse and inclusive show that demonstrates the value of representation in STEM fields. The facts discussed on the show will often surprise you: who knew crows bring offerings to their dead, or that there's actually a paleontologist named David Schwimmer? This is a great listen for mature teens and adults. The edited Smologies episodes are perfect for younger listeners as well.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Ologies with Alie Ward showcases many women and people of color in STEM fields. When you think of scientists, what image usually comes to mind? Why do you think representation in STEM is so important?
Some of the guests talk about how they worked through perceived barriers to learning in order to get where they are in their fields. How can stories like these help change how we think about learning?
This show promotes curiosity and perseverance. Why are these important character strengths?
Some episodes discuss sex, anatomy and relationships. This can be a chance for adults to have a more in-depth discussion with how these topics are folded into the scientific theme of the show. How are these topics addressed? Do these topics add to scientific learning? Are the graphic descriptions purposeful?
This show uses humor to discuss more in depth scientific topics. How does learning about science through humor differ from your typical way of learning? Does it help you understand the concepts better or does it distract?
- Release date: September 20, 2017
- Genre: Science & STEM
- Average Run Time: 60 minutes
- Website: https://www.alieward.com/ologies
- Host: Alie Ward
- Pricing structure: Free
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Perseverance
- Last updated: December 6, 2022
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