Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration

Author Kate Greathead sets off on a cross-country drive to escape her anxiety, and after years of studying worms, Tracy Chong begins to wonder if they might hold the key to alleviating hunger. 

Read More

Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self

When Sandi Marx develops cognitive symptoms of lupus, she worries she'll lose the aspects of her personality that she values most, and chemist Toria Stafford's untreated mental illness starts to overwhelm both her science and her personal life. 

Read More

Loneliness: Stories about finding friends

Feeling isolated in her new job as a particle accelerator operator, Cindy Joe finds comfort in her unconventional pet, and Patrick Honner starts to doubt his lifelong love of math when grad school becomes a lonely experience.

Read More

Surprises: Stories about the unexpected

Writer Matthew Dicks is startled to learn that his dog is in surgery -- and that he agreed to it the night before, and climatologist Simon Donner misses the ride to his field site in Madagascar, and must find his way there on his own. 

Read More

Mortality: Stories about facing death

Science communicator Anthony Morgan receives an invitation to be vacuum-sealed to the bottom of a helicopter -- for science, and as a medical student, Elorm Avakame befriends a patient who is dying from alcoholism.

Read More

Responsibility: Stories about leadership

On her first day working in the Obama White House, microbiologist Jo Handelsman receives some bad news, and after a confrontation with a student, math teacher Sage Forbes-Gray begins to question whether she's the ally she thought she was.

Read More

Pride: Stories about coming out in science

Science educator Charlie Cook experiments with coming out to students, and marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a transgender man while on assignment in the Philippines.

Read More