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The Story Collider - Stories About Science

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 biologist Emma Young.

Hosts

Eli Chen, Science and Environment Reporter

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 echen@stlpublicradio.org.

Emma Young

Emma Young

Emma Young is a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. She joined the Ricklefs lab in 2014 with a background in avian ecology and disease, and she is especially interested in the interactions between disease ecology and conservation biology. She is currently studying the structure of malaria parasite assemblages and host/parasite interactions in neotropical birds of Gamboa, Panama. She tweets @emyoung90.

Upcoming Shows

This October, The Story Collider in St. Louis will present five stories on the theme of uncharted territory. We'll have stories from scientists and non-scientists about how science has played a role in dealing with new and unexpected experiences.

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 biologist Emma Young.

Our lineup includes:

  • Cynthia Kramer, Founder and Executive Director of SCOPE-Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration
  • Matt Fox, programs manager at the Endangered Wolf Center
  • LaShana Lewis, computer programmer & business consultant
  • Chanté Summers, research chemist at Pfizer
  • Patricia Savant, psychotherapist

Tickets are $10

Sponsored by Missouri University of Science and Technology and the St. Louis Science Center.

Listen to Stories from Past Events

How To Submit

Send your brief, one- or two-paragraph pitch to stories@storycollider.org.

Need advice on how to make your pitch shine? We’ve got you covered.

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