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The Story Collider

The Story Collider: True, Personal Stories about Science

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 Peter Michalski and Sam Lyons.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Story Collider St. Louis - Astronomy

Join The Story Collider at STLPR for four stories about finding yourself in nature, whether that’s harnessing generational traditions for the good of the community, learning how we can coexist and cooperate with our environment, or embracing new challenges to learn how to be an advocate for others.


  • Jane Sueme is a member of The St. Louis Beekeepers. Her story is about making the jump from hesitant beekeeper to mutual partner in the environment, and calls back to her childhood obstacles in horseback riding.
  • Chris Geden works with River City Outdoors and is going to share about his first canoe trip on the Mississippi (required for his work in exposing youth of color to outdoor opportunities in STL) and his journey from terrified participant to avid paddler.
  • Katie Houck comes from generations of gardeners who were diligent about eating what they grew, and giving away what they could. But it wasn’t until she relocated to New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina that she fully understood the importance of utilizing your resources. She now leads Urban Harvest STL.
  • Elizabeth Simons has travelled all over the region to get an up-close and personal look at our interconnected rivers, streams, forests, reconstructed prairies, and wetland habitats as well as the people, plants, and animals who call these places home. She has worked for Great Rivers Greenway for over a decade to help build a regional network of greenways that provides every St. Louisan with an opportunity to enjoy living more of our lives outside.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Story Collider St. Louis - Astronomy

This fall we’re shooting for the stars in an astronomy-themed Story Collider event to help kick off the Tower Grove Park Park Astronomy Festival. Join us at St. Louis Public Radio on Friday, September 29th for an evening of true, personal stories about how looking to the skies can help us find what we’re searching for within. Hosted by Gabe Montesanti and Sam Lyons.

Then on Saturday, September 30th, Tower Grove Park welcomes the community for the second-annual Astronomy Festival! The event continues is from 3 to 9 p.m. at the West End of Tower Grove Park, featuring a vendor fair filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations, a screening of Wall-E, mobile planetarium shows, an Astronomy on Tap lecture, and ending the evening with night hikes, story time, and a stargazing & telescope viewing.

Presented by St. Louis Public Radio and the Tower Grove Astronomy Festival.

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