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Short Wave, a new daily science podcast from NPR, will explore new discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines – all in about 10 minutes a day, Monday through Friday.
Host Maddie Sofia will cover a wide range of topics, such as how researchers are using hallucinogens to treat addiction, the environmental costs of the shipping industry, and whether the latest high-tech medical device is based in science or all hype. Whatever the subject, it’ll be done with rigor, creativity, and humor. Short Wave is science for everyone.
“I know a lot of people feel intimidated by science or feel like it’s not for them. But science affects all of us on a daily basis, so science belongs to everyone. And we’re going to treat it that way,” said Sofia, who holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Find the Short Wave trailer now on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, Pocket Casts, and more. The first episode premieres on October 15.
Sofia previously hosted the NPR video show “Maddie About Science,” taking viewers behind the scenes with scientists, revealing their motivations and sharing their research — from insect mimics to space probes headed for the sun. She also co-developed the world-wide NPR Scicommers program, which supports scientists interesting in building their communication skills.
“Listening habits are ever-evolving,” said Anya Grundmann, NPR’s senior vice president of programming and audience development. “We are motivated to share information and experiences in ways that make it easy to think, dream, be inspired and informed as you go through your day, no matter the topic or how you choose to listen.”
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