This Show is Like the Moth, but with Science

Storytelling mixes with science at The Story Collider

The Story Collider is coming to Los Angeles. The live storytelling show and podcast was started by two New York City physicists back in 2010, and has since expanded to various cities in the United States. Erin Barker, The Story Collider’s artistic director, says, “Expect to hear true, personal stories about science. These stories can be funny, or dramatic, or adventurous—and they come from both scientists and nonscientists. What they’re not are lectures. There are no PowerPoint slides or blackboards at Story Collider. The science is only for entertainment purposes.”

Thursday’s show is about epiphanies, and it features stories from Susan Bell, who works for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Marqueeda LaStar, community manager of; Kristen Vangsness, who plays computer analyst Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds; Dr. Janina Scarlet, Chernobyl survivor and author of Superhero Therapy; and Jean Ansolabehere, a cartoon writer and former research technician who is passionate about biology.

You can hear about each of their eureka moments Thursday, August 24, at 8 p.m. at the El Portal Theatre (5269 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood). Tickets are $10.

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