Short Wave, NPR's new daily science podcast, starts October 15th.

Hear Newly-Released ‘Short Wave,’ NPR’s Daily Science Podcast

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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.

Podcast host Maddie Sofia
NPR’s Maddie Sofia, host of “Short Wave”

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.

“We are bombarded with issues like the changing climate, the evolving relationship between people and technology, and new breakthroughs for treating disease. Short Wave will break down those issues and the science behind them, so it’s easier to understand the fundamentals – and the bigger picture,” said Neal Carruth, senior director of on-demand news programming.

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.

Square logo for Short wave podcastShort Wave is the latest offering in NPR’s growing daily show portfolio. NPR’s daily podcasts also include Up First, The Indicator from Planet Money, and a newly-expanded NPR Politics Podcast which has moved to publish every weekday until Election Day 2020.

“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.”

NPR podcasts receive 34.3 million weekly downloads across all shows (Source: Splunk, NPR Podcast Logs).

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