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  • Raymond Carr: The Giant Robot Animatronic Dinosaur Puppet in the Room
    The Story Collider
    12:01
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    When puppeteer Raymond Carr gets the opportunity of a lifetime, to work on a big-budget show about the evolution of dinosaurs, he worries about how his creationist parents will react. Raymond Carr is a Jim Henson Company trained puppeteer who has been performing for more than 15 years. He has traveled to every major city in North America and parts of Europe working on multi-million dollar productions. He is skilled in state of the art animatronics, Muppet-style puppetry, motion capture digital puppetry, and traditional theatrical puppetry. Raymond is one of the main characters for the Jim Henson Company's new show, Splash and Bubbles on PBS Kids. Some of Raymond's other credits include: Nick Jr's Lazytown, Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular Tour, various projects for Cartoon Network & Adult Swim, The Center for Puppetry Art, The National Black Arts Festival, and Bento Box Entertainment He also performs improv with The Jim Henson Company's live show Puppet Up Uncensored. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 30, 2018, in an episode titled "Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/11/26/moments-of-truth-stories-about-pivotal-moments

  • Wade Roush: Facing the Challenger
    The Story Collider
    11:27
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    A trip to the Kennedy Space Center reminds Wade Roush of what originally inspired him to pursue science journalism. Wade Roush is the host and producer of Soonish—a tech-and-culture podcast with the motto “The future is shaped by technology, but technology is shaped by us”—and co-founder of the Hub & Spoke audio collective. He’s a longtime science and technology journalist who trained in the history of science and technology at Harvard and MIT and has worked for Science, MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, and other publications. In 2014-15 he was acting director MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program. Wade’s puppy Gryphon thinks his master spends too much time speaking into microphones, but he mostly naps through it. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 30, 2018, in an episode titled "Moments of Truth: Stories about pivotal moments." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/11/26/moments-of-truth-stories-about-pivotal-moments

  • Dan Souza: Nurse Mom
    The Story Collider
    12:28
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    As a kid, Dan Souza finds it hard to appreciate his mother’s nursing expertise until he sees it in action after a series of fateful incidents. Dan Souza is Editor in Chief of Cook’s Illustrated and a cast member of the Emmy-Award Winning television show America’s Test Kitchen. Dan is the kitchen editor of the New York Times bestseller “The Science of Good Cooking” (2012) and James Beard Award-nominated “Cook’s Science” (2016). He is a regular contributor to The Splendid Table radio program, and his personal stories have been featured on the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour. After graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America, Dan cooked in restaurants in Boston, New York, and Hungary before finding his true calling: helping home cooks succeed in the kitchen. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 23, 2018, in an episode titled "Parents: Stories about moms and dads." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/6/parents-stories-about-moms-and-dads

  • Michaella Thornton: The Grade AA, Beautiful, Golden Embryo of My Dreams
    The Story Collider
    18:00
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    When Michaella Thornton shares her struggles with infertility with her bachelor farmer father, his response stuns her. Michaella A. Thornton's essays and flash prose have appeared in New South, The Southeast Review, The New Territory Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and a University of Missouri Press anthology, Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference (2016). She is also a staff writer for The Common Reader, "a journal of the essay," at Washington University in St. Louis. She loves her almost two-year-old daughter Lucinda, all the cannoli, Hall & Oates, and Jo Ann Beard. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 23, 2018, in an episode titled "Parents: Stories about moms and dads." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/6/parents-stories-about-moms-and-dads

  • Emi Okikawa: Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean
    The Story Collider
    11:18
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    When she’s accepted into the conversation fellowship of her dreams in Washington, DC, Emi Okikawa must break the news to her family that she’s leaving their home in Hawaii. Emi Okikawa grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Her childhood spent exploring tidepools, snorkeling over the reef, and hiking in the mountains led her to fall in love with the natural world as a young child. She is also a child of the Asian-American diaspora, and has spent much of her time peering into the chasm between her hyphenated existence. Most of her work draws inspiration from the sacrifices, struggles and triumphs of her family’s intergenerational search for “home.” She's a former RAY Fellow from Ocean Conservancy where she focused on highlighting the stories of communities of color leading the environmental justice movement. Currently, she is the Digital Comms Fellow at the Washington State Sierra Club. You can follow her on Twitter @EmiOkikawa. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 16, 2018, in an episode titled "Getting In: Stories about making the grade." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/9/3/getting-in-stories-about-making-the-grade

  • Jennifer Landa: The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is
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    12:14
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    The only thing standing in the way of Jennifer Landa’s dreams of studying art in college is her grade in chemistry. Jennifer Landa is an actress, host, and crafter. Her work and YouTube videos have been featured on sites such as BuzzFeed, Craft Magazine, Huffington Post, LEGO.com, and more. As an actress she’s appeared in various commercials over the years and on tv shows like ABC’s Better Off Ted and MTV’s Awkward. As a host, she has appeared on Collider’s Jedi Council, Fusion’s Star Wars: A New Gaming Era, OraTV’s Dweebcast, and more. Currently, she cohosts ForceCenter, a Star Wars podcast dedicated to celebrating all things in that galaxy far, far, away. Jennifer is also a DIY contributor for the official Star Wars blog on StarWars.com. She sometimes goes by the nickname of “Landa Calrissian” and if you haven’t guess by now, Jennifer is really into Star Wars. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 16, 2018, in an episode titled "Getting In: Stories about making the grade." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/9/3/getting-in-stories-about-making-the-grade

  • Emma Yarbrough: Tall for a Reason
    The Story Collider
    18:30
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    Growing up tall and suffering from psoriasis, Emma Yarbrough struggles with feeling conspicuous — but then she discovers there’s more to her unusual height than she’d thought. Emma Yarbrough is a theater artist, writer, and story enthusiast based in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Emory University, she just couldn't let go of that liberal arts lifestyle and now serves as the communications specialist for the Arts at Emory. When she's not performing or cooking up a new piece of theater, you can find her wandering the tree-lined streets of Atlanta. It shouldn't be hard to spot her. She's quite tall. @emmayarbs This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 2, 2018, in an episode titled "Bodies: Stories about the skin we're in." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/9/2/bodies-stories-about-the-skin-were-in

  • John Trumbo: The M&M Man
    The Story Collider
    09:40
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    Born without a right pectoral muscle due to Poland syndrome, John Trumbo has always felt defective, but then he discovers a possible solution. John Trumbo is a senior healthcare writer with a bachelor’s in communications and a concentration in journalism from James Madison University. He also holds a master’s in nonfiction writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Specialty areas of study included Crafting Nonfiction Voice, the Literature of Science, Essay and Memoir, Review and Opinion Writing, Teaching Writing and more. Professionally, John writes about transforming the care experience with the help of innovative health IT solutions that put patients first. follow him @JohnMTrumbo. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on November 2, 2018, in an episode titled "Bodies: Stories about the skin we're in." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/9/2/bodies-stories-about-the-skin-were-in

  • George Kourounis: The Doorway to Hell
    The Story Collider
    16:22
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    Explorer George Kourounis finds himself growing increasingly anxious as he prepares to enter a fiery sinkhole known as the “Doorway to Hell.” George Kourounis is a renowned global explorer and storm chaser who specializes in documenting extreme forces of nature including: tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, deserts, caves, avalanches and more. He is an Explorer In Residence for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Chairman of the Explorers Club Canadian Chapter, and has received several awards and medals for his efforts. He frequently finds himself driving into the eye of fierce storms, or descending ropes into actively erupting volcanic craters, often while hosting television programs including “Angry Planet” and others. He has given four TEDx talks, and has addressed the United Nations Environmental Emergencies Forum. George’s expeditions have taken him to 65 countries on all seven continents to such far-flung places as: Madagascar, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Greenland, North Korea, Myanmar, and Antarctica. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 26, 2018, in an episode titled "Fear: Stories of daring adventures." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/fear-stories-of-daring-adventures

  • Erik Klemetti: Just Here for the Rocks
    The Story Collider
    14:44
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    As a newly minted PhD student in geology, Erik Klemetti starts to question his decisions when Aucanquilcha, a 20,000-foot volcano in Chile, proves difficult to tame. Erik Klemetti is an associate professor of Geosciences and volcanologist at Denison University. He works on volcanoes all over the planet, from Chile to New Zealand to the Cascades of Oregon and California. His research focuses on how crystals record the events inside a volcano before and between eruptions. For the past 9 years, he’s been teaching all the “hard rock” classes at Denison. He also writes for Discover Magazine. His blog, Rocky Planet, have been running since Fall 2017. Before that, he wrote Eruptions, a blog about volcanoes, for Wired Science for 9 years. You can also find him on Twitter (@eruptionsblog), variously tweeting about volcanoes, baseball (mostly Red Sox and Mariners) and his love of punk. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 26, 2018, in an episode titled "Fear: Stories of daring adventures." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/fear-stories-of-daring-adventures

  • Kate Sheridan: Controlling the Uncontrollable
    The Story Collider
    14:32
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    When science writer Kate Sheridan falls in love with a man who suffers from paralyzing headaches, her background in neuroscience helps her get to the bottom of it. Kate Sheridan is a science writer based in Boston, where she lives with a remarkably fluffy cat. Her writing—much of which has to do with the flu, gene therapies, and other health-related stuff—has appeared in Newsweek, STAT, and the Montreal Gazette. She graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science in 2014. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 19, 2018, in an episode titled "Rescue: Stories about taking care of others." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/rescue-stories-about-taking-care-of-others

  • Giselle George-Gilkes: Losing My Heart
    The Story Collider
    13:56
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    Math teacher Giselle George-Gilkes is on a trip with her students when she receives terrible news from home. Giselle George-Gilkes is originally from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica. She’s been the 8th grade Math teacher, at East Side Community High School, since 2005. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in Mathematics and from NYU with an MA in Mathematics Education. She loves mathematics and tries her best to help each student who walks through my door, either fall in love with it or gain a deeper appreciation of it. She is currently in her third fellowship as a Math for America Master Teacher, where she gets to work with an amazing group of educators, from whom she has learned a lot as she's grown as an educator. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 19, 2018, in an episode titled "Rescue: Stories about taking care of others." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/rescue-stories-about-taking-care-of-others

  • Gail Thomas: Not a Statistic, Just Me
    The Story Collider
    14:35
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    Gail Thomas clashes with her oncologist while deciding how to fight her cancer. Gail Thomas has several resumes: writer/actor/teacher/filmmaker/lawyer. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has performed with RISK!, Sideshow Goshko, the Liar Show. She teaches for the Story Studio. Voiceover credits include David Letterman, Beavis and Butthead and Angelo Rules. Her short comedy, My BFF, rated 95% funny on Funny or Die and audience favorite at New Filmmakers. As a speechwriter for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Gotham Awards, her words were uttered by Oscar winners and fancy people with great clothes. Gail is currently working on her fashion sense. Her website is www.gail-thomas.com. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 12, 2018, in an episode titled "Cancer Sucks: Stories from cancer survivors." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/cancer-sucks-stories-from-cancer-survivors

  • Pierce McManus: Boo Boo Boy vs. Cancer
    The Story Collider
    14:30
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    As a marathon runner, Pierce McManus prides himself on his toughness — but then he begins coughing up blood. Pierce McManus relocated to Washington, DC from New York in 1992 to pursue a career in international diplomacy. When his budding ambassadorial ambitions fell through, he opted for a different route -- running marathons, fronting a sleazy rock band, and diving headfirst into a career in digital communications. Pierce is a fixture of DC's venerated storytelling scene and the co-host of the popular Perfect Liars Club. You can learn more about him at the curiously titled piercemcmanus.com. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 12, 2018, in an episode titled "Cancer Sucks: Stories from cancer survivors." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/cancer-sucks-stories-from-cancer-survivors

  • Nick Andersen: The Best Blood-Sugar Fix
    The Story Collider
    12:16
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    Nick Andersen’s type 1 diabetes begins to affect his dating life. Nick Andersen is an audio producer and podcaster, based right here in beautiful Cambridge. When he's not telling awkwardly personal stories on a stage, he enjoys running, reading, and cooking. A Detroit-area native and a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he promised his colleagues at WGBH’s MASTERPIECE that he would definitely mention them in his next public storytelling bio. He works there. He mentioned it. (You’re welcome, Bruce.) Nick also produces the brand-new podcast, Ministry of Ideas, which you should definitely listen to. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 6, 2018, in an episode titled "Sense of Touch: Stories about the power of contact." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/sense-of-touch-stories-about-the-power-of-touch

  • Sushma Subramanian: Flirting, Haptically
    The Story Collider
    12:16
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    While working on a book about the sense of touch, science journalist Sushma Subramanian experiments with haptic technology to connect with her long-distance fiance. Sushma Subramanian is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Mary Washington, where she advises the staff of the campus newspaper, The Blue & Gray Press. She is also a freelance magazine writer focusing on the intersection of science and culture. Her most recent stories are about the neuroscience behind her struggles to relearn her forgotten first language and the ongoing legal battle surrounding the unethical Guatemala syphilis experiments. Her work has appeared in Discover, Slate, Foreign Policy and many other publications. Her book on the sense of touch is forthcoming from the publisher Algonquin. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on October 6, 2018, in an episode titled "Sense of Touch: Stories about the power of contact." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/sense-of-touch-stories-about-the-power-of-touch

  • Shane Hanlon: Doing All the Things
    The Story Collider
    11:42
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    After graduating with his PhD, Shane Hanlon struggles to find balance in his science career. Shane M Hanlon is a scientist turned communicator who masquerades as a storyteller. He got a PhD studying frogs and turtles, tried his hand in government, and is now a scientist who teaches scientists how to talk to non-scientists. Shane is also DC's oldest (but not bestest) Story Collider co-host & producer. He happily lives in Virginia (but still loves DC), tries to get outside with his partner and dog as much as possible, and is medicore at writing witty biographies. Find him @ecologyofshane. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on September 28, 2018, in an episode titled "Overwhelmed: Stories about being in over our heads." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/overwhelmed-stories-about-being-in-over-our-heads

  • Fiona Calvert: Crying in Public
    The Story Collider
    11:54
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    Fiona Calvert is a crier — but when she starts her PhD, she promises herself she’ll never cry in front of her colleagues. Fiona Calvert is a third-year PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where she focusses on the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease. She uses stem cells to understand how genetic mutations can affect the functions of microglia, a vital immune cell in the brain. As well as being fascinated and constantly amazed by the biology of the brain, Fiona is also passionate about science communication and loves any opportunity to talk about the wonderful world of microglia! This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on September 28, 2018, in an episode titled "Overwhelmed: Stories about being in over our heads." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/overwhelmed-stories-about-being-in-over-our-heads

  • Rose DF: Dreaming of Science
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    15:32
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    In the midst of homelessness and abuse, Rose DF dreams of a life in science. Rose DF is a born explorer with a passion for accessible and inclusive science and education. A first generation scientist born and raised in the Dominican Republic, currently pursuing studies in Biophysics. After opening up about her life for a feature in "Stories in Science" Rose's social media presence has increased since, and she now uses it to raise awareness in the topics of inclusivity and diversity in STEM as she constantly challenges some of the stereotypes associated with being an "non-traditional" academic and a Latina in the US. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on September 21, 2018, in an episode titled "Science Saved My Life: Stories about life-saving passion." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/24/science-saved-my-life-stories-about-life-saving-passion

  • Cassandra WIllyard: Better Safe than Sorry
    The Story Collider
    12:00
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    Science writer Cassandra WIllyard is frustrated by the restrictions put on her during her pregnancy. Cassandra Willyard is a freelance science journalist who likes long walks, international travel, and infectious diseases, the more neglected the better. She earned a BS in Biological Aspects of Conservation (and a certificate in drinking) from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She also served as Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. You can read her work in Discover, Popular Science, and Nature. She also blogs regularly for The Last Word on Nothing. After spending several years in New York City, Cassandra moved back to Midwest. She now lives in Madison with her husband and daughter. But she still enjoys sarcasm and wearing black. This story originally aired on The Story Collider's podcast on September 14, 2018, in an episode titled "Following Directions: Stories about improvising." Find the transcript and other information here: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/6/6cgoxxfpzmn4bdc1tkvtyrt8qehobs