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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 Emily Kwong for science on a different wavelength.

If you're hooked, try Short Wave Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/shortwave

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Did E.T. Phone Us?

    Did E.T. Phone Us?

    NPR science reporter, Geoff Brumfiel, talks about a signal that started a search for extraterrestrial life.

    • 12 min
    Megadrought fuels debate over whether a flooded canyon should reemerge

    Megadrought fuels debate over whether a flooded canyon should reemerge

    A years-long megadrought is threatening the future of a popular reservoir, but some want it drained to restore a beloved canyon.

    • 12 min
    What's Next For The Pandemic? Will COVID-19 Become Endemic Soon?

    What's Next For The Pandemic? Will COVID-19 Become Endemic Soon?

    Many experts warn there will be more infections on the downslope of the omicron surge, but the U.S. is on the path to the virus becoming endemic.

    • 7 min
    Placebos Vs Parkinson's: The Power Of Joy

    Placebos Vs Parkinson's: The Power Of Joy

    Science correspondent, Jon Hamilton, explains how the placebo effect can be used to treat Parkinson's disease.

    • 13 min
    Fighting Bias In Space: When There's A New Telescope, Who Gets To Use It?

    Fighting Bias In Space: When There's A New Telescope, Who Gets To Use It?

    With the James Webb Space Telescope safely deployed, many scientists want to use it. Who gets to use it, and how astronomers are fighting unconscious bias.

    • 14 min
    The Hodgepodge Of COVID Testing In The U.S.

    The Hodgepodge Of COVID Testing In The U.S.

    Our colleagues at Planet Money try to get tested — and they run into problems ranging from scammy testing sites to no tests all.

    • 20 min

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