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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

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 MIN1 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 MIN4 d 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 MIN5 d 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 MIN6 d 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

How to Correct Misinformation, According to Science.

One man's unusual approach to correcting misinformation in his family and what experts say actually works.

14 MIN1 w ago
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How to Correct Misinformation, According to Science.

Science Movie Club: 'Contact'

The 1997 film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 'Contact' got a lot of things right ... and a few things wrong.

12 MIN1 w ago
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Science Movie Club: 'Contact'

What You Flush Is Helping Track The Coronavirus

More than 100 cities are monitoring sewage for the coronavirus. Scientists think wastewater surveillance could provide an early warning for future spikes.

12 MIN1 w ago
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What You Flush Is Helping Track The Coronavirus

The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR

What causes the brain-tingling sensation known as ASMR? And why slime videos are a trend for some but a sensory pleasure-trigger for others.

11 MIN2 w ago
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The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 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 MIN4 d 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 MIN5 d 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 MIN6 d 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

How to Correct Misinformation, According to Science.

One man's unusual approach to correcting misinformation in his family and what experts say actually works.

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How to Correct Misinformation, According to Science.

Science Movie Club: 'Contact'

The 1997 film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 'Contact' got a lot of things right ... and a few things wrong.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Science Movie Club: 'Contact'

What You Flush Is Helping Track The Coronavirus

More than 100 cities are monitoring sewage for the coronavirus. Scientists think wastewater surveillance could provide an early warning for future spikes.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What You Flush Is Helping Track The Coronavirus

The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR

What causes the brain-tingling sensation known as ASMR? And why slime videos are a trend for some but a sensory pleasure-trigger for others.

11 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Squishy, Slimey Science Of ASMR
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