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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

Latest Episodes

Spidroinology (SPIDERWEBS) with Randy Lewis

EInvisible but stronger than steel. Complex architectural marvels. Things that stick to your face. Spiderwebs are much more than just Halloween decor or something to feather dust from your corners. Spider silk expert Dr. Randy Lewis of Utah State University not only coined the word "spidroin" for the proteins comprising the many types of silk, but he is considered one of the foremost experts on the wonders of spiderwebs. Alie visits his lab and chats about how spiders weave them, what the silk is made of, the street value of a spool, future applications of spider silk, transgenic experimentation, best spider movies, worst spider myths and why he deserves an ice cream cake. You'll never (not) see a spiderweb the same. A donation went to the Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Workshop Sponsor links:periodbetter.com, code OLOGIES; TakeCareOf.com code OLOGIES50; thegreatcoursesplus.com/OLOGIES; calm.com/ologies More links up atalieward.com/ologies/spidroinology Become a patron of O...

72 MIN3 d ago
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Spidroinology (SPIDERWEBS) with Randy Lewis

Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) with Anne Copeland

EPUMPKIN PUMPKIN! Not only a thing to scream while passing a patch, but also the name of author and human delight Anne Copeland's gourd opus. Yes, she's so charmed by pumpkins that she dedicated a whole book to exploring their folklore, history, planting protocol, care, and cooking. On a lark, Alie stops by her house in the rural hamlet of Yucaipa, California to chat about everything from creation myths surrounding pumpkins to Anne's favorite recipes, how to make a pumpkin last longer on your porch, the secret medicinal properties of pipitas, why humans might need to go bananas on Halloween, how to propose via pumpkin, and the big flimflam Anne needs the world to know about the pumpkin origin story. Also: who is Jack and why does he have a lantern? Anne Copeland's book "Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Hints and Good Eating" is available via Amazon And here: https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Folklore-History-Planting-Eating-ebook/dp/B07YLFR119/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pumpkin+pu...

60 MIN1 w ago
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Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) with Anne Copeland

Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS) with Daniel Wescott

ELet's dig right into Spooktober with ... BONES. You're a steak-covered skeleton and it's nothing to fear. The amazingly kind and committed osteologist Dr. Daniel J. Wescott of Texas State University's famed Forensic Anthropology Research Center sits down -- surrounded by skulls and femurs and ribs -- and chats about how bones are formed, how they break, why they might hurt when the weather changes, what CSI gets wrong, how long it takes a body to decompose, looking for isotopes in found remains, cast iron coffins, skeleton myths, body donation, and more. Will Alie freak out, or will this exposure to hundreds of skeletons under one roof chill her out? Also, dickbones: are they for winners or losers? A donation went tothe Texas State Forensic Anthropology Research Center Sponsor links:kiwi.com/ologies; withcove.com/ologies; HelloFresh.com/Ologies80; More links up atalieward.com/ologies/osteology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ologies Followtwitter.com/AlieWardorinstagram.com/AlieWard Sound editing byJarrett SleeperofMindJam Media&Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn Special thanks to Dr. Joe Hanson

84 MIN2 w ago
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Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS) with Daniel Wescott

Phenology (FALL/SEASONS) with Libby Ellwood

EThe seasons are a-changin'! It's sweater weather in both hemispheres and seasonal researcher and expert Phenologist Dr. Libby Ellwood weighs in with amazing information about why fall smells so good, why leaves change color, why we like to cronch them, historical records of blossoms and twigs, bird migrations, Daylight Savings, seasonal mythbusting, pumpkin spice vs. apple cider, the best temperature to wear sweaters, why the Halloween aisle springs up in summer and how global temperature shifts affect the whole food web. Bonus: the most candid, touching thoughts Alie's ever heard from a scientist studying climate. Get this one in your ears and hearts. Follow Dr. Libby Ellwood on Twitter A donation went toSaveGPOrangutans.org Sponsor links:Zevoinsect.com/ologies;linkedin.com/ologies; calm.com/ologies; betterhelp.com/ologies; More links up atalieward.com/ologies/phenology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shir...

85 MIN3 w ago
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Phenology (FALL/SEASONS) with Libby Ellwood

Potterology Part 2 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

EPART 2: Your questions answered by Dr. Rebecca Lai, as a continuation of last week's foundational episode. Accio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. **Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. A donation went toPBS.org Sponsor links:Zevoinsect.com/ologies; TheGreatCoursesPlus.co...

48 MINSEP 18
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Potterology Part 2 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

Potterology Part 1 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

EAccio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. **Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. A donation went to PBS.org Sponsor links: Zevoinsect.com/ologies; TakeCareOf.com (code: OLOGIES); HelixSleep.com/ologies; HelloFresh.com/ologies80 (code: OLOGIES80) More links up atalieward.com...

78 MINSEP 10
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Potterology Part 1 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

Vexillology (FLAGS) with E. Tory Laitila

EFlags! How long have we flown them? Will you get arrested for stomping on one? Which ones are cute and which are fugly? Which colors don't we see on flags and why? How did all this flag etiquette originate? E. Tory Laitila, a textile expert who also handles Honolulu's flag protocol, gives the skinny on how to dispose of a flag, flags and conspiracy theories, history of the Pride flag, the oldest flags, which state flag needs a makeover the hardest, how to store flags, who designed our modern American flag and how you too can have ... fun with flags all year round.Also: pirate trivia. A donation went to:Connecting to Collections via CulturalHeritage.org Sponsor links: WithCove.com/ologies; barkbox.com/ologies; trueandco.com/ologies (code: Ologies); kiwi.com/ologies More links up atalieward.com/ologies/vexillology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ol...

78 MINSEP 3
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Vexillology (FLAGS) with E. Tory Laitila

Paleontology (DINOSAURS) Encore Presentation with Michael Habib

EIt's a trip back in time to a baby podcast! Hear the humble beginnings of Ologies as your Ol' Dadward takes a week to celebrate her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. This encore presentation of Paleontology -- complete with new bells, whistles, intro and a fresh secret or two at the end -- will remind you of the wonders of dino digs. Dr. Michael Habib of the beloved Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County answers questions such as: Did Ross Gellar ruin being a paleontologist? What's the hot goss on dino feathers? How did some dinos have four wings? Which costs more: a used sedan or a dinosaur? Also covered: why Alie used to feel meh about dinos (DON'T JUDGE) and the realities of cloning. Oh and penis implants. We talk about penis implants. Next week we're back with a fresh as hell episode about Vexillology (FLAGS.) Get ready. Follow Dr. Habib at Twitter.com/aeroevo or Instagram.com/habibinator Sponsor links: kiwi.com/ologies; LinkedIn.com/ologies; FunctionofBeauty.com/ologies;...

51 MINAUG 28
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Paleontology (DINOSAURS) Encore Presentation with Michael Habib

Disasterology (DISASTERS) with Samantha Montano

EFloods, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, explosions, hurricanes, oil spills, bombings, BAD THINGS: Why do they happen? What can we do to prepare? What is a disaster vs. a catastrophe? Who makes it their life's work to go help? Professional Disasterologist and Emergency Management expert Dr. Samantha Montano sits down to talk about disaster movies, the addiction of helping others, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the floods, looting, doomsday prepping, keeping calm under pressure, climate change, governmental budgets, cathedrals vs. islands, the myths of disasters, looking for the helpers, and how humans tend and befriend each other in times of chaos. Dr. Montano's website: disaster-ology.com Follow Dr. Montano on Twitter @SamLMontano Sponsor links: calm.com/ologies; Trueandco.com/ologies (code: ologies); kiwico.com/ologies A donation went to: billandersonfund.org More links up at alieward.com/ologies/disasterology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www....

86 MINAUG 21
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Disasterology (DISASTERS) with Samantha Montano

100th Episode: Best Life Advice from Ologists + 100 More Ologies

EONE HUNDRED EPISODES, kiddos. From slimy hagfish coils on the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space. Into our brains and out a bird butt and beyond. Ol' Dadward reflects on the past 100 episodes by distilling the 5 best peptalk lifehack self-helpy pieces of advice she's learned from making Ologies for the last nearly two years. Also: a list of 100 potential more episodes and what's cooking for the next few weeks. A donation went the SciCommCamp.com scholarship fund Sponsor links: betterhelp.com/ologies (code: OLOGIES); TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/OLOGIES; TakeCareOf.com (code: OLOGIES) Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ologies Followtwitter.com/AlieWardorinstagram.com/AlieWard Sound editing byJarrett SleeperofMindJam Media&Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

24 MINAUG 14
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100th Episode: Best Life Advice from Ologists + 100 More Ologies

Latest Episodes

Spidroinology (SPIDERWEBS) with Randy Lewis

EInvisible but stronger than steel. Complex architectural marvels. Things that stick to your face. Spiderwebs are much more than just Halloween decor or something to feather dust from your corners. Spider silk expert Dr. Randy Lewis of Utah State University not only coined the word "spidroin" for the proteins comprising the many types of silk, but he is considered one of the foremost experts on the wonders of spiderwebs. Alie visits his lab and chats about how spiders weave them, what the silk is made of, the street value of a spool, future applications of spider silk, transgenic experimentation, best spider movies, worst spider myths and why he deserves an ice cream cake. You'll never (not) see a spiderweb the same. A donation went to the Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Workshop Sponsor links:periodbetter.com, code OLOGIES; TakeCareOf.com code OLOGIES50; thegreatcoursesplus.com/OLOGIES; calm.com/ologies More links up atalieward.com/ologies/spidroinology Become a patron of O...

72 MIN3 d ago
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Spidroinology (SPIDERWEBS) with Randy Lewis

Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) with Anne Copeland

EPUMPKIN PUMPKIN! Not only a thing to scream while passing a patch, but also the name of author and human delight Anne Copeland's gourd opus. Yes, she's so charmed by pumpkins that she dedicated a whole book to exploring their folklore, history, planting protocol, care, and cooking. On a lark, Alie stops by her house in the rural hamlet of Yucaipa, California to chat about everything from creation myths surrounding pumpkins to Anne's favorite recipes, how to make a pumpkin last longer on your porch, the secret medicinal properties of pipitas, why humans might need to go bananas on Halloween, how to propose via pumpkin, and the big flimflam Anne needs the world to know about the pumpkin origin story. Also: who is Jack and why does he have a lantern? Anne Copeland's book "Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Hints and Good Eating" is available via Amazon And here: https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Folklore-History-Planting-Eating-ebook/dp/B07YLFR119/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pumpkin+pu...

60 MIN1 w ago
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Cucurbitology (PUMPKINS) with Anne Copeland

Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS) with Daniel Wescott

ELet's dig right into Spooktober with ... BONES. You're a steak-covered skeleton and it's nothing to fear. The amazingly kind and committed osteologist Dr. Daniel J. Wescott of Texas State University's famed Forensic Anthropology Research Center sits down -- surrounded by skulls and femurs and ribs -- and chats about how bones are formed, how they break, why they might hurt when the weather changes, what CSI gets wrong, how long it takes a body to decompose, looking for isotopes in found remains, cast iron coffins, skeleton myths, body donation, and more. Will Alie freak out, or will this exposure to hundreds of skeletons under one roof chill her out? Also, dickbones: are they for winners or losers? A donation went tothe Texas State Forensic Anthropology Research Center Sponsor links:kiwi.com/ologies; withcove.com/ologies; HelloFresh.com/Ologies80; More links up atalieward.com/ologies/osteology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ologies Followtwitter.com/AlieWardorinstagram.com/AlieWard Sound editing byJarrett SleeperofMindJam Media&Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn Special thanks to Dr. Joe Hanson

84 MIN2 w ago
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Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS) with Daniel Wescott

Phenology (FALL/SEASONS) with Libby Ellwood

EThe seasons are a-changin'! It's sweater weather in both hemispheres and seasonal researcher and expert Phenologist Dr. Libby Ellwood weighs in with amazing information about why fall smells so good, why leaves change color, why we like to cronch them, historical records of blossoms and twigs, bird migrations, Daylight Savings, seasonal mythbusting, pumpkin spice vs. apple cider, the best temperature to wear sweaters, why the Halloween aisle springs up in summer and how global temperature shifts affect the whole food web. Bonus: the most candid, touching thoughts Alie's ever heard from a scientist studying climate. Get this one in your ears and hearts. Follow Dr. Libby Ellwood on Twitter A donation went toSaveGPOrangutans.org Sponsor links:Zevoinsect.com/ologies;linkedin.com/ologies; calm.com/ologies; betterhelp.com/ologies; More links up atalieward.com/ologies/phenology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shir...

85 MIN3 w ago
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Phenology (FALL/SEASONS) with Libby Ellwood

Potterology Part 2 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

EPART 2: Your questions answered by Dr. Rebecca Lai, as a continuation of last week's foundational episode. Accio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. **Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. A donation went toPBS.org Sponsor links:Zevoinsect.com/ologies; TheGreatCoursesPlus.co...

48 MINSEP 18
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Potterology Part 2 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

Potterology Part 1 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

EAccio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. **Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. A donation went to PBS.org Sponsor links: Zevoinsect.com/ologies; TakeCareOf.com (code: OLOGIES); HelixSleep.com/ologies; HelloFresh.com/ologies80 (code: OLOGIES80) More links up atalieward.com...

78 MINSEP 10
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Potterology Part 1 (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Rebecca Lai

Vexillology (FLAGS) with E. Tory Laitila

EFlags! How long have we flown them? Will you get arrested for stomping on one? Which ones are cute and which are fugly? Which colors don't we see on flags and why? How did all this flag etiquette originate? E. Tory Laitila, a textile expert who also handles Honolulu's flag protocol, gives the skinny on how to dispose of a flag, flags and conspiracy theories, history of the Pride flag, the oldest flags, which state flag needs a makeover the hardest, how to store flags, who designed our modern American flag and how you too can have ... fun with flags all year round.Also: pirate trivia. A donation went to:Connecting to Collections via CulturalHeritage.org Sponsor links: WithCove.com/ologies; barkbox.com/ologies; trueandco.com/ologies (code: Ologies); kiwi.com/ologies More links up atalieward.com/ologies/vexillology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ol...

78 MINSEP 3
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Vexillology (FLAGS) with E. Tory Laitila

Paleontology (DINOSAURS) Encore Presentation with Michael Habib

EIt's a trip back in time to a baby podcast! Hear the humble beginnings of Ologies as your Ol' Dadward takes a week to celebrate her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. This encore presentation of Paleontology -- complete with new bells, whistles, intro and a fresh secret or two at the end -- will remind you of the wonders of dino digs. Dr. Michael Habib of the beloved Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County answers questions such as: Did Ross Gellar ruin being a paleontologist? What's the hot goss on dino feathers? How did some dinos have four wings? Which costs more: a used sedan or a dinosaur? Also covered: why Alie used to feel meh about dinos (DON'T JUDGE) and the realities of cloning. Oh and penis implants. We talk about penis implants. Next week we're back with a fresh as hell episode about Vexillology (FLAGS.) Get ready. Follow Dr. Habib at Twitter.com/aeroevo or Instagram.com/habibinator Sponsor links: kiwi.com/ologies; LinkedIn.com/ologies; FunctionofBeauty.com/ologies;...

51 MINAUG 28
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Paleontology (DINOSAURS) Encore Presentation with Michael Habib

Disasterology (DISASTERS) with Samantha Montano

EFloods, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, explosions, hurricanes, oil spills, bombings, BAD THINGS: Why do they happen? What can we do to prepare? What is a disaster vs. a catastrophe? Who makes it their life's work to go help? Professional Disasterologist and Emergency Management expert Dr. Samantha Montano sits down to talk about disaster movies, the addiction of helping others, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the floods, looting, doomsday prepping, keeping calm under pressure, climate change, governmental budgets, cathedrals vs. islands, the myths of disasters, looking for the helpers, and how humans tend and befriend each other in times of chaos. Dr. Montano's website: disaster-ology.com Follow Dr. Montano on Twitter @SamLMontano Sponsor links: calm.com/ologies; Trueandco.com/ologies (code: ologies); kiwico.com/ologies A donation went to: billandersonfund.org More links up at alieward.com/ologies/disasterology Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www....

86 MINAUG 21
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Disasterology (DISASTERS) with Samantha Montano

100th Episode: Best Life Advice from Ologists + 100 More Ologies

EONE HUNDRED EPISODES, kiddos. From slimy hagfish coils on the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space. Into our brains and out a bird butt and beyond. Ol' Dadward reflects on the past 100 episodes by distilling the 5 best peptalk lifehack self-helpy pieces of advice she's learned from making Ologies for the last nearly two years. Also: a list of 100 potential more episodes and what's cooking for the next few weeks. A donation went the SciCommCamp.com scholarship fund Sponsor links: betterhelp.com/ologies (code: OLOGIES); TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/OLOGIES; TakeCareOf.com (code: OLOGIES) Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month:www.Patreon.com/ologies OlogiesMerch.comhas hats, shirts, pins, totes! Followtwitter.com/ologiesorinstagram.com/ologies Followtwitter.com/AlieWardorinstagram.com/AlieWard Sound editing byJarrett SleeperofMindJam Media&Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick Thorburn

24 MINAUG 14
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100th Episode: Best Life Advice from Ologists + 100 More Ologies

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