Undiscovered

Undiscovered

www.undiscoveredpodcast.org
Undiscovered is a podcast about how science really happens. It’s about all the stuff that gets left out of journal articles – the left turns, false starts, harebrained ideas, and lucky breaks that go into scientific research. It’s scientists telling the story of how they discovered something. Most science shows focus on scientific findings – this new thing we know now, that we didn’t know before. But sometimes, the story of HOW the heck scientists figured this new thing out is as compelling – sometimes more! – than the discovery. There are some experiments that are also great stories. Undiscovered is a podcast about those stories.
Mouse’s Vineyard
Jun 27
An island associated with summer rest and relaxation is gaining a reputation for something else: Lyme disease. Martha’s Vineyard has one of the highest rates of Lyme in the country. Now MIT geneticist Kevin Esvelt is coming to the island with a potential…
Kurt Vonnegut and the Rainmakers
Jun 20
In Kurt Vonnegut’s fourth novel, Cat’s Cradle, a runaway reaction of ice destroys the world. Kurt, who worked as a press writer at General Electric in the 1940s, was inspired by the audacious research program that his brother and a team of General…
The Wastebook
Jun 13
In December 2015, the fight over science funding got personal for biologist Sheila Patek. She discovered that a U.S. Senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona, had included her research on mantis shrimp in his “wastebook”: a list of federally-funded projects he…
Six Degrees
Jun 6
You have probably heard the phrase “six degrees of separation,” the idea that you’re connected to everyone else on Earth by a chain of just six people. It has inspired a Broadway play, a film nerd’s game, called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”…and even a No…
Sick and Tired
May 30
A landmark study on chronic fatigue syndrome sets off a multi-year battle between patients and scientists. On one side, we have a team of psychiatrists who have researched the condition for decades, and have peer-reviewed studies to back up their…
Born This Gay
May 23
In pre-Nazi Germany, a doctor named Magnus Hirschfeld sets out to take down Paragraph 175, a law against “unnatural fornication” between men. Hirschfeld’s plan is to scientifically prove that homosexuality is natural, and that lesbians and gay men might…
The Meteorite Hunter
May 15
For 40 years, meteorite hunters have combed the Antarctic ice searching for meteorites—little chunks of space rock that fall to Earth. And now, geologist Nina Lanza has joined their ranks. In her rookie season meteorite hunting, Nina battles the wind, the…
Boss Hua and the Black Box
May 9
On China’s most influential microblogging platform, a watch aficionado named Boss Hua accuses a government official of corruption. But, his posts aren’t censored. So what disappears into the black box of Chinese censorship…and what stays online? A team of…
Hi! We are Undiscovered.
May 2
We’re a podcast about the left turns, false starts, and lucky breaks that move science forward. We’re a new podcast from Science Friday, and we premier Tuesday, May 9.