The Undark Podcast

By Undark

The Undark Podcast continues our mission of illuminating the places where science intersects — and sometimes collides — with our everyday lives, in the form of audio documentaries released monthly from September to May. Scientific questions and challenges, after all, are woven deeply into our politics, our economics, our culture — and they are animated by a wide spectrum of competing values and interests. Our goal is to present rich, narrative-driven audio stories of science as it manifests amid that push-and-pull of human society.

  1. 1.
    Ep. 56: Understanding a Terrorist's Brain
    32:00
  2. 2.
    Ep. 55: In Pursuit of Climate-Friendly Refrigerants
    23:42
  3. 3.
    Ep. 54: Translating Portugal’s Approach to Drugs and Addiction
    29:21
  4. 4.
    Ep. 53: ‘Mainstreaming’ Psychedelic Drugs to Treat Mental Health
    30:45
  5. 5.
    Ep. 52: In India, Mismanaging the Monkey Menace
    31:51
  6. 6.
    Ep. 51: A Scramble to Define ‘Habitat’ — and the Future of Conservation
    30:52
  7. 7.
    Ep. 50: Studying and Surviving the Pandemic's Collective Trauma
    28:43
  8. 8.
    Ep. 49: When Wildfires and a Pandemic Collide
    25:42
  1. 9.
    Ep. 48: Capturing the Songs of a Changing Climate
    26:50
  2. 10.
    Ep. 47: The Toll of the Culture of Silence in Animal Research
    26:02
  3. 11.
    Ep. 46: A Debate on the Dregs of Asbestos Mining
    26:45
  4. 12.
    Ep. 45: Making Precision Medicine a Reality
    31:24
  5. 13.
    Ep. 44: Confronting Knowledge Gaps in Intersex Health Care
    30:22
  6. 14.
    Ep. 43: A Reality Check on Regenerative Agriculture
    28:35
  7. 15.
    Ep. 42: Screening Illicit Drugs to Prevent Fentanyl Deaths
    35:19
  8. 16.
    Ep. 41: India's Battle to Control Forest Fires
    27:00
  9. 17.
    Ep. 40: The Struggle to Change an HIV Narrative
    34:09
  10. 18.
    Ep. 39: Solving the Deadly Transplantable Organ Shortage
    23:59
  11. 19.
    Ep. 36: Fighting the Flu, Green Burials, and Teen Vaccinations
    36:27
  12. 20.
    Ep 37: Crisis Mapping, Tracking Citations, and Sexual Harassment in Science
    36:07
  13. 21.
    Ep. 38: Mosquito Music, Wildlife Poaching, and Imaging a Black Hole
    39:06
  14. 22.
    Ep. 35: Listening to Glaciers, Overcoming Addiction, and Saving a ‘Marine Serengeti’
    39:28
  15. 23.
    Ep. 34: The Tree of Life, Science in the White House, and the Year at Undark
    46:31
  16. 24.
    Ep. 33: Fecal Transplants, Encounters With Cadavers, and Ordinary People Shaping Science
    43:29
  17. 25.
    Ep. 32: Decentralized Internet, a Trip into Space, and a Roiling Debate Among Science Writers
    38:41
  18. 26.
    Ep. 31: Urban Heat Islands, Hardwired Trees, and America's Disjointed System of Medical Records
    44:53
  19. 27.
    Ep. 31: Urban Heat Islands, Hardwired Trees, and America's Disjointed System of Medical Records
    44:53
  20. 28.
    Ep. 30: Wildfires, Snake Rescues, and the Devastating Effects of Air Pollution
    32:01
  21. 29.
    Ep. 29: CBD for Dogs, Plastic Pollution, and the History of Heredity
    37:16
  22. 30.
    Ep. 28: Capturing Carbon Dioxide, Chasing Tornadoes, and Communicating Climate Impacts
    37:17
  23. 31.
    Ep. 27: The Bees of Bandelier, Snail Memories, Is Science Really Broken?
    42:45
  24. 32.
    Ep. 26 The Fate of the Delta Smelt
    36:01
  25. 33.
    Ep. 25 Lead and Kids
    38:58
  26. 34.
    Ep. 24 Finding Nubia
    36:29
  27. 35.
    Ep. 23 Food Fight
    41:34
  28. 36.
    Ep. 22 The Poisoning of Michigan
    43:27
  29. 37.
    Ep. 21 Dangerous Dams
    24:04
  30. 38.
    Ep. 20 The War on Polio
    37:22
  31. 39.
    Ep. 19 National Parks
    41:26
  32. 40.
    Ep. 18 Atomic Bill
    31:01
  33. 41.
    Ep. 17 Shades of REDD
    37:48
  34. 42.
    Ep. 16 North Korea
    39:58
  35. 43.
    Ep. 15 The Virus Hunters
    37:05
  36. 44.
    Ep. 14 Broken Prairie
    36:35
  37. 45.
    Ep. 13 The Great Black Swamp
    38:06
  38. 46.
    Ep. 12 Wear & Tear
    32:53
  39. 47.
    Ep. 11 Bullet Proof
    39:48
  40. 48.
    Ep. 10 Old Friends
    31:05
  41. 49.
    Ep. 9 For All They Know
    34:25
  42. 50.
    Ep. 8 Worse Than The Disease
    37:33

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