The Story Collider

A Science, Medicine and Arts podcast featuring Erin Barker
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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!

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This week, we are presenting two stories from people who took to the open ocean.Part 1: As an irresponsible 17-year-old, Brian D. Bradley volunteers to spend two days living at the bottom of the ocean for a research study.Part 2: As an undergrad, Beryl Kahn takes a semester at sea after a bad breakup and gets rocked by the swells of the sea -- and her emotions.Brian Bradley started writing becaus…
Part 1: A power outage on campus leads physics student Zoya Vallari to take a stand against her university's female-only curfew.Part 2: Firefighter Nick Baskerville is eager to prove himself when he arrives on the scene of his first fire.Zoya Vallari is a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech where she studies  fundamental particles called neutrinos. She received a PhD in particle  physics from Stony B…
This week we present two stories about times in which everything came full circle.Part 1: In the middle of a school day, science teacher Brittany Beck passes out in her classroom, leading her to reflect on what got her here.Part 2: Inspired by her grandfather, Kitty Yang becomes a math teacher, but soon realizes she misses being a student.Brittany Beck is a science teacher at the High School of  …

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veritylistens reviewed this podcast on Nov 25th, 2018
"The Story Collider is a storytelling podcast about science. It's not just by scientists, but by anyone who science has impacted. Many of the stories are emotional, many describe harrowing experiences, but just about all of them end on a hopeful note. The storytellers have a fine grasp of the art - of creating a narrative arc, of a dramatic pause. More importantly, many of the stories highlighted in this podcast focus on the margins of science - but not in the sense of innovation. It is the experience of entering a PhD as a racial minority, of using science to defuse political tensions, of finding oneself on the cusp of potentially life-saving, but unproven, therapies. An approachable, often humorous podcast despite the subject matter. "

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Feb 11th, 2012
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Mar 22nd, 2019
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