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39: Solving the Deadly Transplantable Organ Shortage
Sep 23 • 23 min
The Undark Podcast returns in a brand new format. This episode takes a deep look at the uncertain and challenging paths of patients diagnosed with kidney failure, and the doctors working to make more lifesaving transplants possible.
38: Mosquito Music, Wildlife Poaching, and Imaging a Black Hole
Apr 30 • 39 min
This month: testing the effect of Skrillex on mosquitos, addressing poaching in Uganda, and public response to the first black hole image.
Ep 37: Crisis Mapping, Tracking Citations, and Sexual Harassment in Science
Mar 28 • 36 min
This month: using social media in search and rescue, developing a more accurate way to track citations, and tackling sexual harassment in science.
36: Fighting the Flu, Green Burials, and Teen Vaccinations
Feb 27 • 36 min
This month: the quest for a universal flu shot, the trend of environmentally-friendly burials, and understanding medical consent laws for minors. Transcript is available at Undark.org
35: Listening to Glaciers, Overcoming Addiction, and Saving a ‘Marine Serengeti’
Jan 31 • 39 min
This month: using audio data to track sea ice loss, the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment, and fighting for a national underwater monument. Transcript is available at Undark.org 538642
34: The Tree of Life, Science in the White House, and the Year at Undark
Dec 26, 2018 • 46 min
Ep. 34: The Tree of Life, Science in the White House, and the Year at Undark by
33: Fecal Transplants, Encounters With Cadavers, and Ordinary People Shaping Science
Nov 29, 2018 • 43 min
This month: a boom of citizen science projects, teaching young doctors to balance empathy and professionalism, and a near-death encounter with C. Diff.
32: Decentralized Internet, a Trip into Space, and a Roiling Debate Among Science Writers
Oct 30, 2018 • 38 min
Ep. 32: Decentralized Internet, a Trip into Space, and a Roiling Debate Among Science Writers by
31: Urban Heat Islands, Hardwired Trees, and America’s Disjointed System of Medical Records
Oct 4, 2018 • 44 min
This month: building a heat map with the help of citizen scientists, monitoring an Estonian forest, and the heartbreaking cost of fragmented care.
30: Wildfires, Snake Rescues, and the Devastating Effects of Air Pollution
Aug 30, 2018 • 32 min
This month: the toll of human-caused wildfires, rescuing snakes to prevent human-animal conflict, and capturing the impacts of an ambient killer. Transcript and individual segments available at…
29: CBD for Dogs, Plastic Pollution, and the History of Heredity
Jul 30, 2018 • 37 min
Join former NYT Science Times editor David Corcoran for a discussion with popular science writer and prolific book author Carl Zimmer about the history of heredity, and why you can’t boil down something as complex as intelligence to a couple of genes.…
28: Capturing Carbon Dioxide, Chasing Tornadoes, and Communicating Climate Impacts
Jun 27, 2018 • 37 min
David Corcoran talks with former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy about bridging the gap between science and the public. Also: an airplane ride-along with a group of tornado chasers from the NOAA, a closer look a carbon dioxide study with big implications,…
27: The Bees of Bandelier, Snail Memories, Is Science Really Broken?
May 30, 2018 • 42 min
Our latest podcast looks at the resilience of bees; a study in memory transfer; and an attack on science.
26 The Fate of the Delta Smelt
Apr 30, 2018 • 36 min
A tiny fish is fast disappearing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Many ecologists consider it a sign that both the local ecosystem and the nation’s approach to conservation are in crisis.
25 Lead and Kids
Mar 30, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode of the Undark podcast, we talk with reporter Charles Schmidt about his article on a misguided U.S. crackdown on lead poisoning. Also, Vanessa Schipani on media violence and Garrett Tiedemann on the personal toll of a genetic disorder.
24 Finding Nubia
Feb 28, 2018 • 36 min
Our latest Undark podcast looks at an ancient civilization, rediscovered but threatened; science and the media; and the world’s strangest flower.
23 Food Fight
Jan 29, 2018 • 41 min
Join Undark podcast host and former NYT editor David Corcoran as he talks with Kerstin Hoppenhaus and Sibylle Grunze about their Undark documentary on stem rust. Also: commentator Seth Mnookin on how people get their science news; and reporter Kate Morgan…
22 The Poisoning of Michigan
Dec 29, 2017 • 43 min
Join our podcast host and former NYT editor David Corcoran as he talks with Carrie Arnold about her Undark Case Study on the he toxic legacy of a 1973 chemical accident. Also: commentator Seth Mnookin on the biggest science stories of 2017, and Randy…
21 Dangerous Dams
Nov 30, 2017 • 24 min
The environmental price of clean energy in the Balkan states and the rise of predatory journals. Plus, Part 1 of a two part series on what it means to be “alive.”
20 The War on Polio
Nov 2, 2017 • 37 min
A campaign to wipe out polio in a corner of Nigeria where it stubbornly hangs on, issues in science journalism, and growing your own produce at home.
19 National Parks
Sep 29, 2017 • 41 min
Threats to the national parks, a controversial editorial in Nature, and a rare genetic disorder afflicting descendants of New Mexico’s Spanish settlers.
18 Atomic Bill
Sep 1, 2017 • 31 min
The ethical debate surrounding a New York Times reporter hired by the Manhattan Project to be its chronicler and cheerleader, as well as an effort to increase science communication in the public sphere.
17 Shades of REDD
Jul 27, 2017 • 37 min
A program to stop deforestation and protect wildlife in Kenya, a controversial literature review on gender identity, and whirling disease in Banff National Park.
16 North Korea
Jun 30, 2017 • 39 min
An effort to monitor public health in North Korea by studying refugees who defected to the South, media coverage of health care and addiction, and the effects on your body from being buried at sea.
15 The Virus Hunters
May 30, 2017 • 37 min
A visit with the virus hunters of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the state of long form science journalism, and a tool for treating obsessive hair-pulling.
14 Broken Prairie
Apr 27, 2017 • 36 min
The future of the Great Plains ecosystem, the downside of conservation in East Africa, and a recap of the March for Science.
13 The Great Black Swamp
Mar 31, 2017 • 38 min
The toxic legacy and uncertain future of Ohio’s former Great Black Swamp, why you should be skeptical of scientific studies you read about, and the fight to restore some of North America’s greatest rapids.
12 Wear & Tear
Feb 28, 2017 • 32 min
The movement and evolution of the global leather tanning and textile trades, science journalism in the Trump era, and improving hospital food.
11 Bullet Proof
Jan 30, 2017 • 39 min
The risks of lead ammunition, how to cover science deniers, and confessions of a standardized patients.
10 Old Friends
Dec 30, 2016 • 31 min
Helminth hacking, the rise of fake news, and uncovering the mystery behind ASMR.
9 For All They Know
Nov 30, 2016 • 34 min
The aftermath of a water crisis in Flint, the impact of a political election on science, and the psychology of GMOs.
8 Worse Than The Disease
Oct 29, 2016 • 37 min
A controversial treatment for a mysterious disease, a vote for equality among the ranks of science writers, and flesh eating beetles. Happy Halloween!
7 Bombturbation
Oct 5, 2016 • 35 min
The unintended consequences of war, recalling science’s most famous patient, and a trip to the rainforest with the author of “Stellaluna.”
6 The Criminalization of HIV
Aug 30, 2016 • 29 min
HIV and the criminal justice system, covering harassment in academic research, and the science behind near death experiences.
5 Endangered: A Bird and a Tribe
Aug 1, 2016 • 26 min
The search for a rare bird and the murky world of fair use.
4 Spilled Milk
Jul 1, 2016 • 34 min
Controversial goats and a study exploring cell phone radiation
3 The Death of a Study
Jun 3, 2016 • 32 min
A research study turned train wreck, two science media controversies, and a plan to save the New England rattlesnake.
2 Scientist Pot Farmer
Apr 26, 2016 • 30 min
The Wild West of pesticides and marijuana agriculture, comedians as science journalists, and a new way to think about global warming.
1 Life in the Undark
Mar 29, 2016 • 32 min
A new science magazine, a trip to the bayou, and the case of the rogue press officers.
This is Undark
Mar 7, 2016 • 2 min
This is Undark. We’re a science magazine, published by the Knight Science Journalism program at M.I.T. And we’re a podcast, based on the content of the magazine, featuring interviews with some of the world’s top science journalists, media criticism, and…