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Ologies with Alie Ward

By Lakshmi Hutchinson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fun science pod has mature content; some edited for kids.

Podcast Science & STEM Average run time: 60 minutes
Ologies with Alie Ward along with illustrations of insects, bones, and other science images

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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Cozy Conversations with People Who are Smarter than Most

It's the podcast equivalent of a cup of hot tea on a rainy day that makes you realize how complex the world is. Cozy conversations with really smart people on the widest variety of topics, from philosophical concepts (Gratitude, Marriage) to things that plaque humans (Viruses, ADHD), to the stuff you would expect on a science podcast (Otters, Sea Worms, Brain-Eating Zombies). Alie is a lighthearted, funny narrator who chooses Ologists from marginalized communities when she can, so extra points for that. People seem to clutch their pearls in fright because she swears, but she has gone to the trouble of re-editing and releasing "Smologies" for the tiny-eared. Great for long car rides, better if you have a mindless job in construction and need something to occupy your neurons.
age 13+

Witches are Dumb

So I generally love this podcast. But two episodes on a man who thinks he is a witch is ridiculous and a total waste of spooky season. I hate everything about it. Get back to the science, Ali!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

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