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Short Wave

By NPR

New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

  1. 1.
    Micro Wave: How 'Bout Dem Apple...Seeds01/15/2021
    10:35
  2. 2.
    How COVID-19 Affects The Brain01/14/2021
    13:43
  3. 3.
    Should Black People Get Race Adjustments In Kidney Medicine?01/13/2021
    14:32
  4. 4.
    CubeSat: Little Satellite, Big Deal01/12/2021
    10:56
  5. 5.
    This Teen Scientist Is TIME's First-Ever 'Kid Of The Year'01/11/2021
    11:15
  6. 6.
    Micro Wave: What Makes Curly Hair Curl? 01/08/2021
    9:51
  7. 7.
    The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice01/07/2021
    12:10
  8. 8.
    One Page At A Time, Jess Wade Is Changing Wikipedia01/06/2021
    13:31
  1. 9.
    How COVID-19 Has Changed Science01/05/2021
    14:12
  2. 10.
    Meet The Ko'Ko', The Comeback Bird01/04/2021
    11:01
  3. 11.
    Happy New Year from Short Wave!01/01/2021
    3:49
  4. 12.
    How Will Climate And Health Policy Look Under Biden?12/31/2020
    15:43
  5. 13.
    It's Okay To Sleep Late (Do It For Your Immune System)12/29/2020
    11:31
  6. 14.
    2020: At Least It Was Good For Space Exploration?12/28/2020
    11:37
  7. 15.
    Happy Holidays from Short Wave!12/25/2020
    3:53
  8. 16.
    Seeing Monsters? It Could Be Sleep Paralysis12/24/2020
    12:28
  9. 17.
    Oof! 2020: A Hot Year For The Record Books12/22/2020
    16:26
  10. 18.
    Antimatter: Matter's "Evil Twin"12/21/2020
    12:29
  11. 19.
    Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall: Can You Reveal An Animal's Inner World At All?12/18/2020
    11:06
  12. 20.
    The Science Behind The Historic mRNA Vaccine12/17/2020
    15:32
  13. 21.
    How A 100-Year-Old Treatment Could Help Save Us From Superbugs12/15/2020
    13:33
  14. 22.
    To Unlock Sublime Flavor, Cook Like A Scientist12/14/2020
    14:32
  15. 23.
    Chang'e-5: To The Moon And Back12/11/2020
    12:01
  16. 24.
    Climate Change And 2020's Record-Breaking Hurricane Season12/10/2020
    13:30
  17. 25.
    Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper12/08/2020
    14:04
  18. 26.
    How Effective Are Antibody Treatments For COVID-19?12/07/2020
    12:07
  19. 27.
    Why We See Rainbows12/04/2020
    8:42
  20. 28.
    Nebraska Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Dig Deep And Do Your Part12/03/2020
    15:35
  21. 29.
    Too Much Of A Good Thing: The Cautionary Tale of Biotech Crops12/01/2020
    14:27
  22. 30.
    The Long Legacy Of The Arecibo Telescope11/30/2020
    13:21
  23. 31.
    How Tall Is Mount Everest REALLY?11/27/2020
    13:53
  24. 32.
    The Special Connection Between Smell and Memory11/26/2020
    12:24
  25. 33.
    When Critters Bleed ... On Purpose!11/24/2020
    11:58
  26. 34.
    Ultracold Soup: Meet The 'Superfluid' States Of Matter11/23/2020
    11:43
  27. 35.
    Measuring Sea Level Rise From Space11/20/2020
    9:33
  28. 36.
    Happy (Harm Reduction) Thanksgiving!11/19/2020
    15:00
  29. 37.
    Trump Administration Lifts Protections For Largest National Forest In US11/17/2020
    13:19
  30. 38.
    Who Gets The Vaccine First? And How Will They Get It?11/16/2020
    10:25
  31. 39.
    The COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results: What They Mean, What Comes Next11/13/2020
    10:39
  32. 40.
    A Call For Equity In Genomics Research11/12/2020
    14:33
  33. 41.
    Undisclosed: Fire And Flood Risk In The United States11/10/2020
    14:59
  34. 42.
    What's It Like To Be A COVID-19 'Long Hauler'11/09/2020
    14:47
  35. 43.
    The US And The Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Things To Know11/06/2020
    12:18
  36. 44.
    Pandemic Reality Check - Where We Are. Where We're Headed.11/05/2020
    12:48
  37. 45.
    Touch And Go: NASA Samples An Asteroid11/03/2020
    14:17
  38. 46.
    Welcome To The World Of Whale Falls11/02/2020
    8:48
  39. 47.
    Micro Wave: "Once In A Blue Moon" Is Happening Again This Halloween10/30/2020
    9:46
  40. 48.
    One More Step Toward Solving The Sleep & Alzheimer's Puzzle10/29/2020
    10:10
  41. 49.
    The Mystery Of The Mummified Twinkie10/27/2020
    12:31
  42. 50.
    Crows: Are They Scary Or Just Super Smart?10/26/2020
    9:44
  43. 51.
    Micro Wave: Why Do Leaves Change Color During Fall?10/23/2020
    11:02
  44. 52.
    Why These Tiny Particles Are A Big Deal10/22/2020
    13:29
  45. 53.
    Randall Munroe's Absurd Scientific Advice For Real-World Problems10/20/2020
    10:36
  46. 54.
    Quantum Mechanics For Beginners10/19/2020
    10:56
  47. 55.
    The Tricky Business Of Coronavirus Testing On College Campuses10/16/2020
    13:35
  48. 56.
    Micro Wave: You Mite Want To Shower After This10/15/2020
    11:11
  49. 57.
    Gender Discrimination And Harassment At Sea10/13/2020
    13:33
  50. 58.
    Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You Won't Believe Where They Have Eyes10/12/2020
    12:48
  51. 59.
    Micro Wave: Does Talking To Plants Help Them Grow? 10/09/2020
    10:22
  52. 60.
    What Coronavirus Test Results Do — And Don't — Mean10/08/2020
    10:43
  53. 61.
    The Fattest Bear Wins!10/06/2020
    13:31
  54. 62.
    The Nobels Overwhelmingly Go to Men — This Year's Prize For Medicine Was No Exception10/05/2020
    13:54
  55. 63.
    Micro Wave: Why Some Fruits Ripen Faster In A Paper Bag10/02/2020
    9:30
  56. 64.
    Want To Dismantle Racism In Science? Start In The Classroom10/01/2020
    13:26
  57. 65.
    Fueled By Climate Change, Hurricanes Are Causing Industrial Accidents. Who's Liable?09/29/2020
    14:56
  58. 66.
    The CDC Doesn't Know Enough About Coronavirus In Tribal Nations09/28/2020
    14:38
  59. 67.
    Micro Wave: Mighty Mice, Drugs And Hopes For Space Voyagers09/25/2020
    9:41
  60. 68.
    A Short Wave Guide To Joe Biden's Coronavirus Plan09/24/2020
    13:25
  61. 69.
    ICYMI: 200+ Short Wave Episodes Are Waiting For You09/23/2020
    1:10
  62. 70.
    Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone09/22/2020
    13:40
  63. 71.
    How Hackers Could Fool Artificial Intelligence09/21/2020
    10:08
  64. 72.
    A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors09/18/2020
    12:40
  65. 73.
    How The U.S. Is Caught In A "Pandemic Spiral"09/17/2020
    12:48
  66. 74.
    Miss an episode? Now's your chance to catch up...09/16/2020
    1:30
  67. 75.
    Saving Water A Flush At A Time09/15/2020
    11:00
  68. 76.
    A Mathematician's Manifesto For Rethinking Gender09/14/2020
    15:10
  69. 77.
    Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends09/11/2020
    9:44
  70. 78.
    This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle 09/10/2020
    10:31
  71. 79.
    Managing Wildfire Through Cultural Burning09/09/2020
    12:44
  72. 80.
    The International Scientists Getting Pushed Out09/08/2020
    14:24
  73. 81.
    SPACE WEEK: An Astrophysicist On The End Of Everything09/04/2020
    12:50
  74. 82.
    SPACE WEEK: Is Space Junk Cluttering Up The Final Frontier?09/03/2020
    12:26
  75. 83.
    SPACE WEEK: What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?09/02/2020
    14:25
  76. 84.
    SPACE WEEK: Every Moon, Ranked 09/01/2020
    13:23
  77. 85.
    SPACE WEEK: The Mystery Of Dark Energy08/31/2020
    15:32
  78. 86.
    The Arecibo Telescope Is Damaged — And That's A Big Deal08/28/2020
    12:22
  79. 87.
    The Science Of Wildfire Smoke08/27/2020
    13:23
  80. 88.
    What Does A Healthy Rainforest Sound Like? 08/26/2020
    12:47
  81. 89.
    Scorpion Vs Mouse: A Mind-Blowing Desert Showdown08/25/2020
    13:40
  82. 90.
    Safely Socializing In The Time Of 'Rona08/24/2020
    12:51
  83. 91.
    Science Movie Club: 'Arrival'08/21/2020
    13:09
  84. 92.
    How The Lack of Fans Is Changing the Psychology of Sports08/20/2020
    10:44
  85. 93.
    The Science Behind Storytelling08/19/2020
    13:09
  86. 94.
    Farming Releases Carbon From The Earth's Soil Into The Air. Can We Put It Back? 08/18/2020
    13:20
  87. 95.
    The Science Is Simple, So Why Is Opening Schools So Complicated?08/17/2020
    13:45
  88. 96.
    Save The Parasites08/14/2020
    13:19
  89. 97.
    How To Know If A Hurricane Is Coming For You08/13/2020
    12:49
  90. 98.
    1st U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died, And There's A Lot We Still Don't Know08/12/2020
    13:18
  91. 99.
    Gene-Altered Squid Could Be The Next Lab Rats08/11/2020
    12:12
  92. 100.
    Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us08/10/2020
    13:47
  93. 101.
    Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks08/07/2020
    9:29
  94. 102.
    Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought 08/06/2020
    13:24
  95. 103.
    How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run08/05/2020
    11:56
  96. 104.
    The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space08/04/2020
    11:31
  97. 105.
    Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself08/03/2020
    13:09
  98. 106.
    Coronavirus Q&A: Running Outside, Petting Dogs, And More07/31/2020
    14:03
  99. 107.
    Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You'll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes07/30/2020
    13:50
  100. 108.
    Mars Is The Place To Go This Summer07/29/2020
    9:51
  101. 109.
    The Controversy Around COVID-19 Hospital Data07/28/2020
    10:26
  102. 110.
    Eavesdropping On Whales In A Quiet Ocean07/27/2020
    11:46
  103. 111.
    Why Shame Is A Bad Public Health Tool — Especially In A Pandemic 07/24/2020
    14:50
  104. 112.
    CDC Employees Call Out A 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions'07/23/2020
    15:53
  105. 113.
    America's 'Never-Ending Battle Against Flesh-Eating Screw Worms'07/22/2020
    11:30
  106. 114.
    Fat Phobia And Its Racist Past And Present07/21/2020
    12:40
  107. 115.
    The Troubling Link Between Deforestation and Disease07/20/2020
    11:35
  108. 116.
    Micro Wave: The Science Of Microwave Ovens + Listener Mail07/17/2020
    8:58
  109. 117.
    Why The Pandemic Is Getting Worse... And How To Think About The Future 07/16/2020
    13:52
  110. 118.
    Understanding Unconscious Bias07/15/2020
    12:40
  111. 119.
    Why Do Flying Snakes Wiggle In The Air?07/14/2020
    12:11
  112. 120.
    How Record Heat In Siberia Is Messing With...Everything07/13/2020
    14:00
  113. 121.
    Lightbulbs Strike Back 07/10/2020
    12:56
  114. 122.
    The Congolese Doctor Who Discovered Ebola07/09/2020
    14:11
  115. 123.
    This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip-Hop07/08/2020
    13:19
  116. 124.
    Honeybees Need Your Help 07/07/2020
    12:00
  117. 125.
    The Importance Of Black Doctors07/06/2020
    14:31
  118. 126.
    Typhoid Mary: Lessons From An Infamous Quarantine 07/03/2020
    43:30
  119. 127.
    Backyard Birding 10107/02/2020
    9:51
  120. 128.
    One Way To Slow Coronavirus Outbreaks At Meatpacking Plants? A Lot Of Testing07/01/2020
    12:14
  121. 129.
    Octocopter Set to Explore Titan, Saturn's Very Cool Moon06/30/2020
    12:59
  122. 130.
    Meet The Climate Scientist Trying to Fly Less for Work06/29/2020
    11:56
  123. 131.
    A COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need To Know06/26/2020
    11:26
  124. 132.
    Minneapolis' Bold Plan To Tackle Racial Inequity And Climate Change06/25/2020
    12:43
  125. 133.
    The Science Behind That Fresh Rain Smell06/24/2020
    11:03
  126. 134.
    Tech Companies Are Limiting Police Use of Facial Recognition. Here's Why06/23/2020
    14:29
  127. 135.
    There Is No 'Second Wave' 06/22/2020
    8:56
  128. 136.
    A Kazoo And The Evolution Of Speech06/19/2020
    12:40
  129. 137.
    The Inseparable Link Between Climate Change And Racial Justice06/18/2020
    12:51
  130. 138.
    How Many People Transmit The Coronavirus Without Ever Feeling Sick? 06/17/2020
    10:32
  131. 139.
    We Don't Know Enough About Coronavirus Immunity06/16/2020
    12:27
  132. 140.
    The Fight Over A Weedkiller, In The Fields And In The Courts06/15/2020
    12:19
  133. 141.
    Coronavirus 'Long-Haulers' Have Been Sick For Months. Why?06/12/2020
    14:32
  134. 142.
    Spinosaurus Makes Waves06/11/2020
    14:30
  135. 143.
    How Tear Gas Affects The Body06/10/2020
    12:29
  136. 144.
    People Are Volunteering To Be Exposed To The Coronavirus...For Science06/09/2020
    10:50
  137. 145.
    Science Is For Everyone — Until It's Not06/08/2020
    14:21
  138. 146.
    Code Switch: A Decade Of Watching Black People Die06/06/2020
    23:18
  139. 147.
    Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies06/05/2020
    14:45
  140. 148.
    #BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All06/04/2020
    12:09
  141. 149.
    Meet The 'Glacier Mice.' Scientists Can't Figure Out Why They Move.06/03/2020
    11:22
  142. 150.
    The Key To Coronavirus Testing Is Community 06/02/2020
    15:33
  143. 151.
    The World Is Constantly Running Out Of Helium06/01/2020
    13:24
  144. 152.
    What We Will ⁠— And Won't ⁠— Remember About The Pandemic05/29/2020
    12:27
  145. 153.
    The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?05/28/2020
    14:38
  146. 154.
    What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?05/27/2020
    14:25
  147. 155.
    Space Launch! (It's Tomorrow And It's Historic.)05/26/2020
    13:21
  148. 156.
    A Short Wave Mad Lib 05/25/2020
    2:57
  149. 157.
    How to Correct Misinformation, According to Science.05/22/2020
    14:00
  150. 158.
    Science Movie Club: 'Contact'05/21/2020
    12:53
  151. 159.
    What You Flush Is Helping Track The Coronavirus 05/20/2020
    12:13
  152. 160.
    The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR05/19/2020
    11:11
  153. 161.
    The Pandemic Time Warp05/18/2020
    11:07
  154. 162.
    What Did Earth Look Like 3.2 Billion Years Ago?05/15/2020
    11:38
  155. 163.
    The Coronavirus Is Mutating. Here's What That Means.05/14/2020
    13:12
  156. 164.
    Kids' Books Where Science Is The Adventure05/13/2020
    11:09
  157. 165.
    Making Music Out Of The Coronavirus05/12/2020
    13:21
  158. 166.
    We Need More Coronavirus Testing. Are Antigen Tests The Answer? 05/11/2020
    10:36
  159. 167.
    Here's The Deal With 'Murder Hornets'05/08/2020
    11:58
  160. 168.
    What We're Missing, By Missing Strangers Now05/07/2020
    11:48
  161. 169.
    Scientists Think The Coronavirus Transmitted Naturally, Not In A Lab. Here's Why.05/06/2020
    13:36
  162. 170.
    What Is Dark Energy? Physicists Aren't Even Sure05/05/2020
    15:02
  163. 171.
    Letters From The 1918 Pandemic05/04/2020
    12:47
  164. 172.
    How An Early Plan To Spot The Virus Fell Weeks Behind 05/01/2020
    12:45
  165. 173.
    How Bears Come Out Of Hibernation Jacked04/30/2020
    13:22
  166. 174.
    Can Optimism Be Learned? (Like Right Now?)04/29/2020
    13:36
  167. 175.
    The Lightbulb Strikes Back04/28/2020
    12:12
  168. 176.
    The Hard Truth About Ventilators04/27/2020
    11:24
  169. 177.
    Contact Tracing Is Key To Reopening. We're Not There Yet 04/24/2020
    12:46
  170. 178.
    How Infectious Disease Shaped American Bathroom Design04/23/2020
    12:17
  171. 179.
    Animal Slander! Debunking 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird' 04/22/2020
    13:40
  172. 180.
    On Earth Day, What You Can Do For The Environment04/21/2020
    11:58
  173. 181.
    Coronavirus Models Aren't "Wrong." That's Not How They Work.04/20/2020
    13:29
  174. 182.
    When The Military Fights A Pandemic At Home 04/17/2020
    14:13
  175. 183.
    Every Moon, Ranked04/16/2020
    12:29
  176. 184.
    Where Did The Coronavirus Start? Virus Hunters Find Clues In Bats04/15/2020
    12:23
  177. 185.
    The Science of Making Bread04/14/2020
    11:12
  178. 186.
    How To Talk About The Coronavirus With Friends And Family 04/13/2020
    10:44
  179. 187.
    The "7 Day COVID-19 Crash"04/10/2020
    12:55
  180. 188.
    Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not.04/09/2020
    14:30
  181. 189.
    Science Movie Club: 'Twister'04/08/2020
    9:37
  182. 190.
    Puerto Ricans Are At Risk From The Coronavirus And A Lack Of Information 04/07/2020
    12:37
  183. 191.
    The Peculiar Physics Of Wiffle Balls04/06/2020
    13:52
  184. 192.
    How The Coronavirus Could Hurt Our Ability To Fight Wildfires04/03/2020
    10:25
  185. 193.
    Honeybees Need Your Help, Honey04/02/2020
    11:55
  186. 194.
    Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus04/01/2020
    11:59
  187. 195.
    Seen Any Nazi Uranium? Researchers Want To Know 03/31/2020
    14:09
  188. 196.
    Lessons In Being Alone, From A Woodland Snail03/30/2020
    13:27
  189. 197.
    No, The Coronavirus Isn't Another Flu 03/27/2020
    13:00
  190. 198.
    Stay Home And Skype A Scientist03/26/2020
    10:18
  191. 199.
    Exploring The Canopy With 'TreeTop Barbie' 03/25/2020
    13:45
  192. 200.
    Why Is The Coronavirus So Good At Spreading?03/24/2020
    13:00

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