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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

    Flat Earthers: What They Believe and Why

    Flat Earthers: What They Believe and Why

    Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society in the U.K., talks about flat earth belief and its relationship to conspiracy theories and other antiscience activities.

    • 33 min
    COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity

    COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity

    Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs continues to report on the coronavirus outbreak from his home in Kirkland, Wash., site of the first U.S. cases. In this installment, he talks with researchers about what their models show for the future of the pandemic and on research to create tests to see who has developed immunity.

    • 15 min
    COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly

    COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly

    Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the original U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this installment of our ongoing series, he talks with researchers about the properties of the virus and why it spreads so quickly.

    • 13 min
    COVID-19: The Wildlife Trade and Human Disease

    COVID-19: The Wildlife Trade and Human Disease

    Christian Walzer, executive director of global health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, talks about how the wildlife trade, especially for human consumption, can lead to disease outbreaks.

    • 12 min
    David Quammen: How Animal Infections Spill Over to Humans

    David Quammen: How Animal Infections Spill Over to Humans

    In this 2012 interview, David Quammen talks about his book  Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, which is highly relevant to the emergence of the coronavirus that has changed our lives.

    • 34 min
    COVID-19: Dealing with Social Distancing

    COVID-19: Dealing with Social Distancing

    Judy Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, talks about ways to cope during this time of missing out on our usual diet of social interactions.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

Latho717 ,

Thank you

The COVID-19 series has been informative without being exploitative. I appreciate that. La

Esl learner frank. ,

Too political views

I am here to listen to scientific news not your biased political stands. Sadly both the host and the interviewee were too proud and even the progresses of air pollution reduction in China were attributed to the need of stability of governing China by CCP based on their American-centric views. Too sad.

JK4K ,

Good until it turned political

I’ve enjoyed this scientific podcast as a reprieve from the idiotic drama unfolding in our government and the news. Then the air pollution issue dove headlong into that morass. No thank you.

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