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A podcast about museums, science and storytelling, hosted by Emily Graslie. ExploreAStory is supported by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

A podcast about museums, science and storytelling, hosted by Emily Graslie. ExploreAStory is supported by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
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A podcast about museums, science and storytelling, hosted by Emily Graslie. ExploreAStory is supported by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.




Tyrone's Search for the Giant Rat

Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery had heard rumors of a giant coconut-eating rat living somewhere, elusively, in the Solomon Islands. But after five years of searching, all he had to show for it was a mysterious poop. That is, until the giant rat fell from the sky. --- This story was covered extensively by the press; read the article on FieldMuseum.org or check out additional coverage here: http://bit.ly/2LOJoHQ --- This episode concludes Season 1 of ExploreAStory! I hope you've enjoyed...


Kevin Discovers a Virgin Birth

Dr. Kevin Feldheim is interested in shark sex. Okay, shark reproduction. Like most vertebrates, sharks and their relatives reproduce sexually-- but while studying critically endangered sawfish (a very cool, very threatened cartilaginous fish), Kevin and his colleagues discovered something shocking: the female fish had given birth to clones, without having mated. It was the first time this phenomena had been studied in the wild for this species. Listen to hear the rest of the story. Read...


Aimee and Emily on Science Storytelling

Humor and storytelling are my two favorite devices for communicating science. My colleague Aimee Davis agrees: in a past life she was a classroom teacher, but after taking a series of classes at Chicago's hub of comedy, Second City, she decided on a new career. Today, here at the Field Museum, Aimee is tasked with bringing our science stories to thousands of visitors every year. Learn more about the Grainger Science Hub, including current exhibits and upcoming events! --- Where are you...


Molly's Gerbils (and Ancient DNA)

Would you ever think that calling up a natural history museum and asking for their 'crusties' would be a legitimate scientific request? Well, it is, and that's what Dr. Molly McDonough does. She studies mammals and their DNA, sometimes pulling out the genetic code from animals that have been dead for more than a hundred years. For those of you (like me) who have ever scratched your head thinking 'what the heck is DNA anyway?,' Molly gives a GREAT explanation in this episode! Molly...


LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 2)

Back in January we held a meetup at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, and invited ExploreAStory listeners and Brain Scoop fans to share a story about a memorable experience they had in a museum, in nature, or while exploring the world around them. We split the recording from that day into two parts; here's 2/2! Listen to Live Stories from Berlin Part 1! --- Where are you in the world? Give us a listen! Record 30-45 seconds of your environment and email it to us at...


LIVE Stories from Berlin! (Part 1)

Back in January we hosted a meetup for Brain Scoop fans and ExploreAStory listeners at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. We invited you to come and share a story of a time you had a memorable experience in a museum, in nature, or while exploring the world around you. Here's part 1 of 2 from that afternoon. Do you have a museum or nature story? I'd love to know! Share it in the comments. :) The Nightingale City Berlin citizen science project: http://nightingale.berlin/ --- Where are...


Meg, who Lived on Gilligan's Island

Today's story is from someone who gets to live out basically every kid's dream of being a marine biologist on a beautiful tropical reef. Meg Malone studies fish behavior on a reef that's located off the shore of Moku o Lo'e, Coconut Island, which is famous in part for being the backdrop for the 1960's show 'Gilligans Island,' but today is better known as the site of the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology. In this episode she shares her day in the life of a marine biologist, recording and...


Sarah, the 'Most Hated Person in Fandom'

Sarah Ebel has one of the most interesting jobs at the Field Museum, but it's likely not one that would jump to mind if I asked you about exciting museum positions. She's an attorney, and in addition to helping us sort out copyright and licensing issues it's also her responsibility to do things like keep us up to date on federal wildlife trafficking laws, and, you know, figure out how to install a temporary sink for a tattoo parlor we built in an exhibition. Today she's on the show to...


Gabi & Ken Discover New Species

How do paleontologists know when they've found a new species of dinosaur, or any other extinct life? I have no idea but thankfully I've got a few scientists on speed-dial that comes in pretty handy for such questions. In today's episode we caught up with Gabriella Rossetto at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to hear her story about a particularly eventful field season, and Dr. Ken Angielczyk, Associate Curator at the Field Museum comes back to share his experience being one of only a...


Ken's Broken Turtle (and other fieldwork mishaps)

Dr. Ken Angielczyk is an Associate Curator at the Field Museum. While his research primarily focuses on a group of ancient mammal relatives called Dicynodonts, he's dabbled elsewhere in the fossil record, too- but no matter the subject of study, there's usually a story involved. There was that one time a broken fossil turtle shell led to a surprising discovery, or another instance in which he very nearly walked away from a site teeming with Asilisaurus- one of the oldest dinosaurs ever...


Kate's Big Debut on Japanese TV

Kate Golembiewski is a Public Relations and Science Communications Manager for the Field Museum. As a science writer tasked with bringing the Field's research to the press, her work isn't exactly 'behind-the-scenes' -- thousands of people have read her stories on topics ranging from 'ridiculously cute mouse lemurs' to the similarities of ancient houses and the McMansions of today -- but she's usually not the one in front of the camera. Then, on a day that started like any other work day,...


Welcome to ExploreAStory!

Welcome to ExploreAStory, a science podcast by the makers of The Brain Scoop. Every other week we'll bring you a new story about the fantastic people who work behind-the-scenes at natural history museums, and the scientists who are making new and exciting discoveries about our world every day. ExploreAStory is written and hosted by Emily Graslie, and produced by Sheheryar Ahsan and Brandon Brungard with music by Jason Weidner. It's made possible by the Field Museum in Chicago,...