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Audio Abstract

NC State’s research podcast. You can subscribe to Audio Abstract with Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud or other podcasting apps of your choice.

black bear sniffs the ground

Sep 14, 2023

Podcast: Guts

Erin McKenney talks palatial guts, six degrees of academic separation, and cecum envy on this episode of Audio Abstract. 

Forest fire. Credit: Egor Vikhrev on Unsplash

Aug 30, 2023

Podcast: Wildfires

Rob Scheller talks about wildfires - their causes, and whether we can predict or prevent them. 

Cute Dog

Jul 6, 2023

Podcast: Are Some Dog Breeds More Pain Tolerant Than Others?

Different breeds have different pain tolerances - but the results are not always what veterinarians have assumed they'd be. 

Leech the turtle

Jun 6, 2023

Podcast: Turtle Rescue Team

Jessica Buchy talks Turtle Rescue Team and Leech, an Eastern box turtle, lets us hear his heartbeat. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

May 1, 2023

Podcast: Water Rights

Eric Edwards talks about water rights in the West. 

Lauren Pharr and Murry Burgess smile and make the Wolfpack sign

Mar 29, 2023

Podcast: Field Inclusive

Ph.D. student Lauren Pharr joins Audio Abstract to talk about Field Inclusive, an initiative aimed at supporting marginalized and historically excluded biologists and researchers. 

closeup of transformer station

Feb 6, 2023

Podcast: The Power Grid

Jordan Kern discusses current issues with the grid and what the future may hold. 

Dec 6, 2022

Podcast: Fruitcake and Eggnog

Ellen Shumaker debunks myths about two storied holiday foods. 

screwworm larva

Oct 31, 2022

Podcast: Max Scott, the New World Screwworm, and Zombie Deer

Max Scott talks about the New World screwworm, Panamanian "fly factories" and some really gross infestations - including the case of the "zombie deer." 

middle schoolers in classroom

Sep 19, 2022

Podcast: Belonging

DeLeon Gray talks about the concept of belonging and the effect it can have on Black and Latino students in particular. 

close up of peanut butter

Jun 6, 2022

Podcast: Peanut Butter and Salmonella

Does Salmonella really just love peanut butter? Food safety expert Ellen Shumaker joins us again to talk about the recent recall. 

Lensed galaxy

Jun 1, 2022

Podcast: Galactic Nurseries

Rongmon Bordoloi talks about how galaxies are created. 

space invader

Mar 30, 2022

Podcast: Invasive Species

Kelly Oten talks about invasive species in N.C. - from beetles to trees - and what we can do about them. 

Turtle gets acupuncture

Feb 22, 2022

Podcast: Animal Acupuncture

Tara Harrison has performed acupuncture on actual lions, tigers and bears. 

colored boxes

Feb 2, 2022

Podcast: Color

Renzo Shamey talks about the science of color creation.