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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

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 June, The Story Collider in St. Louis will present five stories about what home means to us. We'll have stories from scientists and non-scientists about how their experiences in the field and with family members have challenged their notions of what they thought home was supposed to be.

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:

  • Samuel Achilefu, a cancer researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine
  • Samoa Asigau, a biologist and graduate of University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Jader Taline Foster, sexual health and healing coach
  • Sheyna Gifford, a doctor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the health and safety officer on HI-SEAS, a NASA-funded 1-year mission to simulated Mars
  • Shula Neuman, executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio

Tickets are $10
A limited number of walkup standing room tickets will be available at the door.

Sponsored by Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Oct 4

at The Ready Room

More information will be announced.

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