What a 9,000-Year-Old Mystery Taught Me About Honoring the Dead

Last month, I told a story for the podcast Story Collider about visiting an ancient city in central Turkey. It's about the mystery of why people living 9,000 years ago buried their dead underneath their beds — and the mystery of my father's recent death. If you've got a spare 10 minutes, give it a listen. » 12/11/14 1:36pm 12/11/14 1:36pm

On the importance of storytelling in science

Many of you have probably heard of Story Collider, a traveling show (and weekly podcast) that features compelling stories about science. Each story is unique in its own way. Some are hilarious. Others are gut-wrenching. But they're all stories – and that quality, more than anything, is what makes them so consistently… » 6/12/13 4:40pm 6/12/13 4:40pm

The power of armadillo penises: why more scientists should tell stories

For many scientists, narrative does not come naturally — but it can be a remarkably useful tool. Case in point: armadillo penises. Armadillo penises have the power to change the way people think about scientists and the animals they experiment with; they just need someone to tell their story. » 10/01/12 6:40am 10/01/12 6:40am