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Undark is delighted to announce that it is relaunching its podcast to extend its prizewinning, feature-length narrative journalism to a new format. We'll be taking a short hiatus over the summer and be back in the fall to continue our mission of illuminating the places where science intersects — and sometimes collides — with our everyday lives as a 25-minute audio documentary. 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.

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Undark is delighted to announce that it is relaunching its podcast to extend its prizewinning, feature-length narrative journalism to a new format. We'll be taking a short hiatus over the summer and be back in the fall to continue our mission of illuminating the places where science intersects — and sometimes collides — with our everyday lives as a 25-minute audio documentary. 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.

    Ep. 43: A Reality Check on Regenerative Agriculture

    Ep. 43: A Reality Check on Regenerative Agriculture

    This month: Proponents of a new farming technique called regenerative agriculture argue that it can restore the earth, combat climate change, and alleviate the economic needs of farmers in debt. Now, farmers and researchers alike are putting claims about what this method can actually accomplish to the test.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 42: Screening Illicit Drugs to Prevent Fentanyl Deaths

    Ep. 42: Screening Illicit Drugs to Prevent Fentanyl Deaths

    This month: Harm reduction organizations take a controversial step in checking illicit drugs for fentanyl.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 41: India's Battle to Control Forest Fires

    Ep. 41: India's Battle to Control Forest Fires

    On this episode: The story of a devastating wildfire in India reveals how a complex tangle of law, policy, and science are hindering the country's efforts to contain and prevent forest fires.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 40: The Struggle to Change an HIV Narrative

    Ep. 40: The Struggle to Change an HIV Narrative

    This month: The history of a destigmatizing message about HIV transmission and how it finally made it to the public.

    • 34 min
    Ep. 39: Solving the Deadly Transplantable Organ Shortage

    Ep. 39: Solving the Deadly Transplantable Organ Shortage

    The Undark Podcast returns in a brand new format. This episode takes a deep look at the uncertain and challenging paths of patients diagnosed with kidney failure, and the doctors working to make more lifesaving transplants possible.

    • 23 min
    Ep. 38: Mosquito Music, Wildlife Poaching, and Imaging a Black Hole

    Ep. 38: Mosquito Music, Wildlife Poaching, and Imaging a Black Hole

    This month: testing the effect of Skrillex on mosquitos, addressing poaching in Uganda, and public response to the first black hole image.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

Steve_TheStrip ,

A fantastic monthly program

A lot of science journalism can be dry or complicated, but Undark is sophisticated, intelligent and accessible. The stories are unique and deeply researched, and the podcast version of the site provides a monthly window into topics around the world -- soil poisoning from Vietnam-era ordnance in Southeast Asia, efforts to remove fish from a lake in Canada -- that illuminate and inspire. Excellent work.

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