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Short Wave

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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 Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

Latest Episodes

Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

Across the country, demonstrators are protesting the death of George Floyd and the ongoing systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of the United States. The protests come in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic that is disproportionately killing people of color — particularly black Americans. We talk to public health expert David Williams about how these two historic moments are intertwined.

14 MIN11 h ago
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Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

#BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All

Happy #BlackBirdersWeek! Co-founder Chelsea Connor shares how black birders are changing the narrative about who gets to be safe in nature.

12 MIN1 d ago
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#BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All

Meet The 'Glacier Mice.' Scientists Can't Figure Out Why They Move.

Short Wave's Emily Kwong and NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce discuss the fuzzy green "glacier mice" that roll around glaciers in a herd, baffling scientists.

11 MIN2 d ago
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Meet The 'Glacier Mice.' Scientists Can't Figure Out Why They Move.

The Key To Coronavirus Testing Is Community

We examine the Unidos en Salud testing effort in San Francisco's Mission District. Doctors there noticed coronavirus was disproportionately affecting the Latinx community.

15 MIN3 d ago
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The Key To Coronavirus Testing Is Community

The World Is Constantly Running Out Of Helium

Helium is the second-most common element in the cosmos, but it's far rarer on planet Earth.

13 MIN4 d ago
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The World Is Constantly Running Out Of Helium

What We Will ⁠— And Won't ⁠— Remember About The Pandemic

There's no doubt that we're living through a Big Historic Event, but that doesn't necessarily mean we'll remember it all that well.

12 MIN1 w ago
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What We Will ⁠— And Won't ⁠— Remember About The Pandemic

The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

An NPR analysis of a key air pollutant showed levels have not changed dramatically, which reveals a lot about what really makes our air dirty.

14 MIN1 w ago
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The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?

Black holes are one of the most beguiling objects in our universe, where the laws of physics break down. We explore their fascinating properties.

14 MIN1 w ago
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What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?

Space Launch! (It's Tomorrow And It's Historic.)

Tomorrow, two NASA astronauts are set to head up into space on a brand new spacecraft, built by the company SpaceX.

13 MIN1 w ago
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Space Launch! (It's Tomorrow And It's Historic.)

A Short Wave Mad Lib

We're back with a new episode tomorrow.

2 MIN1 w ago
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A Short Wave Mad Lib

Latest Episodes

Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

Across the country, demonstrators are protesting the death of George Floyd and the ongoing systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of the United States. The protests come in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic that is disproportionately killing people of color — particularly black Americans. We talk to public health expert David Williams about how these two historic moments are intertwined.

14 MIN11 h ago
Comments
Coronavirus And Racism Are Dual Public Health Emergencies

#BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All

Happy #BlackBirdersWeek! Co-founder Chelsea Connor shares how black birders are changing the narrative about who gets to be safe in nature.

12 MIN1 d ago
Comments
#BlackBirdersWeek Seeks To Make The Great Outdoors Open To All

Meet The 'Glacier Mice.' Scientists Can't Figure Out Why They Move.

Short Wave's Emily Kwong and NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce discuss the fuzzy green "glacier mice" that roll around glaciers in a herd, baffling scientists.

11 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Meet The 'Glacier Mice.' Scientists Can't Figure Out Why They Move.

The Key To Coronavirus Testing Is Community

We examine the Unidos en Salud testing effort in San Francisco's Mission District. Doctors there noticed coronavirus was disproportionately affecting the Latinx community.

15 MIN3 d ago
Comments
The Key To Coronavirus Testing Is Community

The World Is Constantly Running Out Of Helium

Helium is the second-most common element in the cosmos, but it's far rarer on planet Earth.

13 MIN4 d ago
Comments
The World Is Constantly Running Out Of Helium

What We Will ⁠— And Won't ⁠— Remember About The Pandemic

There's no doubt that we're living through a Big Historic Event, but that doesn't necessarily mean we'll remember it all that well.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What We Will ⁠— And Won't ⁠— Remember About The Pandemic

The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

An NPR analysis of a key air pollutant showed levels have not changed dramatically, which reveals a lot about what really makes our air dirty.

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?

Black holes are one of the most beguiling objects in our universe, where the laws of physics break down. We explore their fascinating properties.

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What Would It Be Like To Fall Into A Black Hole?

Space Launch! (It's Tomorrow And It's Historic.)

Tomorrow, two NASA astronauts are set to head up into space on a brand new spacecraft, built by the company SpaceX.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Space Launch! (It's Tomorrow And It's Historic.)

A Short Wave Mad Lib

We're back with a new episode tomorrow.

2 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Short Wave Mad Lib
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