Short Wave


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.

09:30 | Nov 7th

What happens after a whale dies? Their carcasses, known as "whale falls," provide a sudden, concentrated source of food for organisms in the deep sea.

10:06 | Oct 15th

How could a magic mushroom trip help people beat addiction? We talk to a patient who used a chemical in 'shrooms to help her quit smoking.
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10:30 | Nov 18th

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is bidding farewell to Bei Bei. The 4-year-old giant panda will be sent to China on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

09:03 | Nov 15th

When Karen Lips started studying frogs in Central America as a grad student, she had no idea she'd have a front-row seat to a catastrophic animal die-off.

11:15 | Nov 14th

How can you tell if you have the flu or a cold? Why does your arm hurt after a flu shot? Can getting the shot give you the flu? We answer your flu-related listener questions.
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