Arctic melting: How shrinking sea ice will hit home for all of us

Oct. 1, 2019

Sea ice hit the second lowest point on record this year, and that’s a big deal from the North Pole to Texas. The Brainwaves podcast breaks it down with Walt Meier and Twila Moon of The National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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Race in America: How lawyers are defining racism, new maps tracking slavery in America and the legacy of slave music

Sept. 24, 2019

How do you define racism? How can new research help descendants of slaves better understand their family origins? We ask these questions and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.


Modern education: How trust and bullying are becoming two of K-12’s biggest challenges

Sept. 17, 2019

This week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast will take a look at a system most of us have been through, but which we don't know everything about: public K-12 education.

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Mass shootings: What science says about an American epidemic

Sept. 10, 2019

In this week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we explore questions around mass shootings and also look at a new tool aimed at stopping a different kind of epidemic—firearm suicides.


Accessibility: How soda bottles, the law and augmented reality are helping differently abled people

Aug. 28, 2019

We talk to a CEO making prostheses from plastic bottles, a lawyer fighting international copyrights for disability accommodations and a PhD student working on augmented reality lenses for NASA’s astronauts that could one day help blind people.


Media, money and trust: How journalism’s business and ethics are changing in the digital age

Aug. 20, 2019

Journalism is changing. Print is struggling. Digital media is thriving. That’s changing how journalists make money and how the public trusts in the fourth estate.

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Concussions: How science is shaping the future of America’s favorite sport

Aug. 13, 2019

On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we look at how scientists and health professionals are thinking about concussions as the football season approaches.


Natural disasters: How new science will help us survive

Aug. 6, 2019

Tornadoes, floods, fires and more affect 160 million people per year worldwide. On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, what science is doing to help people and their property survive.

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How Nixon's resignation changed us: Impeachment 45 years later

July 30, 2019

On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, what were some of the long-term impacts of Nixon's resignation, did America ever truly heal, and given the state of politics, could Congress ever carry out impeachment in a bipartisan way ever again?

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Who’s watching you? How privacy is changing in the digital age

July 24, 2019

On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we’re following news of a mobile app getting access to images of your face and more.