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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

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    Tick Check! The Tiny Bloodsuckers In Our Backyards

    Tick Check! The Tiny Bloodsuckers In Our Backyards

    In Texas's Big Thicket National Preserve, researcher Adela Oliva Chavez is devoted to understanding critters as small as a poppy seed ... ticks.

    • 9 min
    The Brazilian Scientists Inventing An mRNA Vaccine — And Sharing The Recipe

    The Brazilian Scientists Inventing An mRNA Vaccine — And Sharing The Recipe

    Two Brazilian scientists are inventing an mRNA vaccine for COVID that they will share with the world — part of a global plan to revolutionize access.

    • 14 min
    Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star

    Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star

    Wishing on shooting stars won't help your luck, but they're still cool. We demystify the hunks of space rock hurtling through space.

    • 11 min
    How Monkeypox Became A Public Health Emergency

    How Monkeypox Became A Public Health Emergency

    Today's show: Health reporter Pien Huang on how the monkeypox outbreak began and whether it can be stopped now.

    • 12 min
    Carry The Two: Making Audio Magic With Math

    Carry The Two: Making Audio Magic With Math

    "There's something to be said for letting your own curiosity guide you," says guest Sadie Witkowski about learning to embrace math.

    • 13 min
    A Tale Of Two Parks And The Bats Within Them

    A Tale Of Two Parks And The Bats Within Them

    In this first episode of our National Parks series, we head to Shenandoah and Great Dismal Swamp to see how bats are faring against a deadly fungus.

    • 13 min

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Educational Activism

I absolutely love this podcast. It brings science news, history, discoveries, and presents them to us in an engaging way. Especially in todays climate where Abortion has turned political, thank you for bringing the facts about the impacts on women and the community.

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Far left-wing political activists posing as journalists

Some fairly interesting scientific and historical topics loaded with liberal bias and one-sided, woke ideology.
It’s actually a pretty cool podcast when the discussion is not dripping with condescension and disdain towards anyone who isn’t all-in for the woken way.
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