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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.
 
Follow Friday is the podcast about who you should follow online. Every week, Eric Johnson talks to creative people about who they follow, and why. Past guests include podcasters like Alie Ward (Ologies), writers like Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post), and YouTubers like Michael Tucker (Lessons From the Screenplay). On Follow Friday, you'll have fun, you'll learn more about your favorite creators, and you'll discover how to make the most of your time online by following the right folks. V ...
 
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Teeth. Tails. Concentric nipples. This not-at-all-rodent has the distinction of being North America’s sole marsupial and so Alie hunted down lauded Opossumologist Dr. Lisa Walsh and launched an absolute torrent of giddy questions. How many ticks do they really eat, can we keep them as pets, how do we all convincingly feign death, opossum vs. possum…
 
Jonas Bonér is founder and CEO of Lightbend, creator of the Akka project, initiator and co-author of the Reactive Manifesto and the Reactive Principles, and a Java Champion. Website: http://jonasboner.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jboner LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonasboner/ Akka Serverless: https://www.lightbend.com/akka-serverless …
 
A full transcript of this episode will be available later today on FollowFridayPodcast.com. Please check back! ~ Once upon a time, Dallas Taylor remembers, it was a compliment to call someone an "audiophile." "Traditionally, audiophiles have been people who are super into Hi-Fi and putting together great systems. But over time, it turned into, at l…
 
Ali loves teaching people to code, and is currently doing so as a Senior Developer Advocate at AWS. She has been employed in the tech industry since 2014, holding multiple software engineering positions at startups, and a Distinguished Faculty and Faculty Lead role at General Assembly's Software Engineering Immersive. She blogs a lot about code and…
 
Please nominate Follow Friday in the "New/Debut Podcast" and "Interview-Style Podcast" categories in the Discover Pods Awards! ~ Click here to read a full transcript of this episode ~ For more than five years, Lindsay Ellis has been producing video essays on YouTube, analyzing everything from the Transformers movies to Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals …
 
How ya like them apples?! Well, liquified. And fermented. Author, podcaster, cider-maker and globally lauded beverage historian Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist, is an enthusiastic champion of this tragically overlooked drink, and he joins with a bushel full of facts, well-spun yarns and tasting tips. Belly up for a foaming glass of friendly competi…
 
Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud-computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s rece…
 
Read the full transcript of this episode at FollowFridayPodcast.com Please nominate Follow Friday in the "New/Debut Podcast" and "Interview-Style Podcast" categories in the Discover Pods Awards! ~ On March 11, 2020, Dave Jorgenson posted a TikTok video of himself, dancing in his apartment. That isn't unusual for TikTok, but it was the first of hund…
 
HAPPINESS RESEARCH, straight up. What is happiness? How do our circumstances affect happiness? Why is the word “gratitude” kinda cringey? What can we do to feel better? Should we feel guilty for feeling happy? When is positivity “toxic?” Yale cognitive scientist, Eudemonologist, and host of The Happiness Lab podcast Dr. Laurie Santos chats about ho…
 
Emily Shea is a Sr. Serverless GTM Specialist at AWS. Emily has been at Amazon for 5 years and currently works with customers adopting serverless in the UK & Ireland. In her free time, Emily has learned to code and build her own serverless applications. Emily’s current personal project is a daily Chinese vocabulary app with over 100 subscribers. Tw…
 
Full transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/dave-pell Our new YouTube channel: followfriday.co/youtube Dave Pell calls himself the "managing editor of the internet," and for good reason: Every weekday, he combs through 75 different news sources and plucks out the 10 most important stories for his popular email newsletter NextDraft. But it can be hard …
 
Art meets science! Problems meet solutions! Climate change meets … hope? In this atypical episode, things get casual as hell as Alie sits down to talk about the Drawdown Design Project: an illustration non-profit started by filmmaker, Emmy-nominated television editor and longtime friend Andy Hall. When he’s not having to edit Alie on Innovation Nat…
 
Corey Quinn is the Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group. Corey’s unique brand of snark combines with a deep understanding of AWS’s offerings, unlocking a level of insight that’s both penetrating and hilarious. He lives in San Francisco with his spouse and daughter. Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuinnyPig LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coquin…
 
Full transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/morgan-sung Over the past 18 months, internet culture has become, simply, culture. And one of the top writers documenting and explaining the latest trends is Mashable's Morgan Sung. However, as she explained in one of her most-shared pieces — "Bimbos are good, actually" — Sung also sees the appeal of not bei…
 
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. You loved her Oceanology episode and now she is in your feed to address everyone’s agonizing internal question: IS MY CARBON FOOTPRINT BS?! I don’t drop a lot of podcast episodes into my precious Ologies feed, but this topic was so wonderfully covered by Dr. Johnson and co-hot Alex Blumberg that I had to do it. And as a…
 
YA LIKE BEES? You will -- after this short, edited-for-all-ages Smologies cut of our classic Melittology episode featuring President of the Urban Beekeepers Association, Amanda “Mandy” Shaw. We chat about honeybees vs. native ones, hives vs. nests, honey, how to become a beekeeper, social structures, why a queen becomes a queen, how to keep Mason b…
 
Patreon: Patreon.com/followfriday Leave a review: LoveThePodcast.com/followfriday ~ Hello again Follow Friday listeners! Today's show is another compilation of recommendations from previous episodes. This time, they're all from the weirdest corners of the internet. You can find links to all of them below, along with the original episodes they came …
 
Cultural burns. Prescribed blazes. A healthy forest. What exactly is “good fire?” Let’s ask Indigenous fire scientist Dr. Amy Christianson, who is a co-host of the podcast ...Good Fire. This wonderfully generous and informed scholar took a quick break from her Canadian wilderness vacation to fill me in on Indigenous history, collaborations between …
 
Patreon: Patreon.com/followfriday Leave a review: LoveThePodcast.com/followfriday ~ Hello Follow Friday listeners! I'm on vacation this week, so today's show is compilation of recommendations from previous episodes. All of them are comedians, and are linked below, along with the original episodes they came from. Enjoy! Amber Wallin (recommended by …
 
As Smashmouth said, “My world’s on fire, how ‘bout yours?” Why yes, Mr. Mouth, it is, indeed, on fire. As so many of us around the globe are sharing in this burning sensation, what better time than now to sit down and fire off a lot of questions at Fire Ecologist, Dr. Gavin Jones. We talk about what fire is, how hot it burns, fire trends, tinderbox…
 
Patreon: Patreon.com/followfriday Leave a review: LoveThePodcast.com/followfriday Full transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/max-miller ~ "The beginning of the research process, it's like walking into a pitch black room," says Tasting History host Max Miller. "You don't even know what's there ... Finally, you click on the light and there's something …
 
Ohaaay another edited-down, classroom-friendly Smologies! About... toads! Are they frogs? Do they have arms? What do they eat? How long do they live? What’s with the warts? Amphibian enthusiast Priya Nanjappa joins with a toadally awesome episode that will change the way you crouch down and shake hands with your tiny backyard grumpa.(And for the fu…
 
Biological mysteries solved with numbers! Graphs! Patterns! Data points! Systems biology! You never knew it existed, yet it’s keeping us alive. Systems Biologist Dr. Emily E. Ackerman join to chat about why the field appealed to her, how her work shifted during the pandemic, why she wants to scream at Excel sometimes, how computing might replace sp…
 
Patreon: Patreon.com/followfriday Leave a review: LoveThePodcast.com/followfriday Transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/liana-finck ~ As a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker, Liana Finck mostly follows other artists and illustrators. But she makes an exception when the person she wants to follow has impecca…
 
We’re BACK! With a fresh new episode to light up your life and butt. World renowned firefly expert Dr. Sara Lewis of Tufts University joins to share her love of a bug that many think is merely a mythological delight. Learn how these tiny animals illuminate the night, the dos and don’ts of firefly observation, how to take good firefly photos, femme …
 
Back us on Patreon: Patreon.com/followfriday Review us: LoveThePodcast.com/followfriday Full transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/alasdair-beckett-king ~ "One of my principles is that putting too much effort into things makes them funnier." So says Alasdair Beckett-King, an award-winning comedian whose videos on YouTube and Twitter have repeatedly g…
 
Yes, a double dose of short, all-ages episodes to launch Smologies! We cleaned up the full version and polished it into a safe-for-work digest of dinosaur facts and tales from a paleontologist with Dr. Michael Habib. Learn about the economics of a dino dig, his favorite beasts, cloning from amber samples, which museum dinos are real vs. fakes, Jura…
 
Introducing… SMOLOGIES. Smaller, shorter, G-rated episodes cut from your favorite classics. Listen to Smologies in classrooms, around people whose language is squeaky clean, and in safe-for-work settings. You get bite-sized info in a jiffy, and I get to reserve my filthy language for our longer, regular episodes that drop on Tuesdays. In this episo…
 
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