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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

    Climate Change Is Tough On Personal Finances

    Climate Change Is Tough On Personal Finances

    A majority of people say they have experienced extreme weather in the last five years, according to a nationwide survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    And events like floods, wildfires and hurricanes are emptying bank accounts--especially when insurance can't cover the damage. Aaron Scott talks to science reporter Rebecca Hersher about the new survey, and the hidden ways climate change could impact your finances.

    • 11 min
    The Quest To Save The California Condor

    The Quest To Save The California Condor

    Yurok biologist Tiana Williams-Claussen tells us about the years-long quest to return California condors to the Pacific Northwest.

    • 12 min
    The Public Health Implications Of Overturning Roe V. Wade

    The Public Health Implications Of Overturning Roe V. Wade

    Dr. Diana Greene Foster's The Turnaway Study followed just under a thousand women who sought abortions across 21 states.

    • 14 min
    Let's Get Crafty With Agar Art!

    Let's Get Crafty With Agar Art!

    Aaron Scott and Nell Greenfieldboyce explore an artistic medium that is actually alive.

    • 11 min
    Dino-mite! Meet The Real Stars of 'Jurassic World: Dominion'

    Dino-mite! Meet The Real Stars of 'Jurassic World: Dominion'

    We face down some of the most spectacular new dinosaurs in 'Jurassic World Dominion' and explore how studying dinosaurs requires some imagination.

    • 13 min
    'Smell Ya Later, COVID!' How Dogs Are Helping Schools Stay COVID-free

    'Smell Ya Later, COVID!' How Dogs Are Helping Schools Stay COVID-free

    A Massachusetts elementary school welcomes COVID-sniffing dogs. How these canines use their noses to help keep kids in classrooms.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

frustratedddfddddddd ,

Fantastic listen!!

I love this podcast. I don’t always have time to listen to some of the other science podcasts that are an hour long- these are the perfect amount of info for me to get a general view of a new subject

cheeseistasty ,

More science, please

Ever since Maddie Sofia left, the podcast has focused more on social issues than science. I understand that hosts change and podcasts evolve, but I really do miss the way it used to be. Sometimes this podcast is now simply a recycling of other NPR stories.

fpoonline ,

Mostly filler, not content

I love the idea of this podcast but not the execution. Admittedly, I am several decades removed from the very-young-adult demographic the writers and hosts are aiming for (ingratiatingly, at times, it feels like to me). There's usually very little actual information after the lead-in, the robotic ads, the re-statement of topic, the banter, and the often vague, cutesy interviews. Would love to see NPR put out a bite-sized science podcast that delivered.

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