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The Story Collider

Everyone has a personal connection to science.

Maybe you were reaching for a Nobel Prize with your high school science fair project until an unforeseeable error caused it to go down in flames. Or, perhaps you’ve been a researcher on an expedition thousands of miles from home, surrounded by people who don’t understand what you’re doing there. Or, you’ve listened to your doctor diagnose you with a condition that you’ve never heard of before. Whatever your science story is, we want to hear about it.

In 2017, St. Louis Public Radio partnered up with The Story Collider, a podcast that produces shows where personal stories about science are told live on stage. The Story Collider was founded by two physicists in 2010 and regularly puts on shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta and various other cities around the world. The Story Collider in St. Louis is produced by St. Louis Public Radio’s science reporter Eli Chen and local comedian Zack Stovall.


Eli Chen

Eli Chen is the science and environment reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, WHYY’s The Pulse and won Edward R. Murrow and National Federation of Press Women awards. Her favorite stories to cover often involve animals or robots. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she concentrated in science and radio reporting. She is @StoriesByEli and

Zack Stovall

Zack Stovall is a writer, producer, cartoonist, and comedian. He currently produces STL Sketchpad and has performed stand up comedy across the South, Midwest, and New York. Zack has written for St. Louis Magazine and Splitsider, and is the author of 'Fancy Things.' He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, Rebekah, and their goldendoodle, Newman. Zack tweets as @zstovall and lost most of his hair sometime in 2009.

Upcoming Shows

Story Collider
The Story Collider: Best Laid Plans

The Story Collider in St. Louis is kicking off its first 2018 event with stories about expectations. We'll have stories about plans going awry in the laboratory and out in the field. We'll also have stories about trying to hold ourselves up to high standards, despite what science tells us. Some will be heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They are all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science. The show will be presented by St. Louis Public Radio’s science reporter Eli Chen and local comedian Zack Stovall. 

Our lineup includes: 
Paul Bracher, professor of chemistry at Saint Louis University
Emma Young, PhD student in biology at University of Missouri-St. Louis
Michaella Thornton, an English instructor at St. Louis Community College
Denise Hooks-Anderson, a family physician at SLUCare
Kyra Krakos, professor of biology at Maryville University

Wednesday, March 7th at 7 p.m.

The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

The event is sponsored by Missouri University of Science and Technology.
A part of the Kitchen Sink Series sponsored by Carol House Furniture and UIC.

June 28

at The Ready Room

More information will be announced.

Oct 4

at The Ready Room

More information will be announced.

Listen to Stories from Past Events

How To Submit

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Episodes for The Story Collider podcast can be found here or you can subscribe on iTunes.