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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.

Cat with GPS tracking device on collar.

Mar 11, 2020

Podcast: Pet Cats and Wildlife

Roland Kays discusses the impact of house cats' hunting on local wildlife. 

Tornado in Oklahoma, 2013. (NOAA)

Mar 2, 2020

Podcast: Tornadoes

Brice Coffer tells us what forecasters know about thunderstorms and tornado formation. 

Jan 14, 2020

Podcast: 1966 – MLK and the KKK in Raleigh

On July 31, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Reynolds Coliseum. Jason Miller explains why the event has been lost to history until now. 

Oct 21, 2019

Podcast: The Aye-Aye’s Secret Finger

One of the weirdest primates around - the aye-aye - just got weirder. Like, extra finger weirder. 

Oct 2, 2019

Podcast: Spiders

Entomologist Matt Bertone joins Audio Abstract to debunk some arachnid myths and share the spidery love. 

Sep 6, 2019

Podcast: State Climatologist Kathie Dello

Learn about the role the climate office plays in North Carolina and how it can help our state potentially predict and prepare for the results of a changing climate. 

Titan arum, the corpse flower.

Jul 30, 2019

Podcast: Corpse Flower

Lupin, the corpse flower housed at NC State, prepares to bloom again. 


Jul 1, 2019

Podcast: Planetary Geology Part 2

Planetary geologist Paul Byrne talks about Venus, what can happen when the sun gets hotter, and what planets need to be habitable. 

Jun 4, 2019

Podcast: Planetary Geology, Part 1

Paul Byrne explains how tectonic, volcanic and impact processes shape planetary surfaces - and what they can teach us about both distant worlds and our own. 

May 1, 2019

Podcast: Smart Clothing

Wouldn't it be cool if we could monitor our health by just putting on a shirt? This episode of Audio Abstract covers the emerging field of smart clothing production. 


Apr 1, 2019

Podcast: Bartonella

Bartonella is a bacteria most commonly associated with cat scratch disease, which until recently was thought to be a short lived – or self limiting in medical lingo – infection. Bartonella isn’t new – doctors have known about cat scratch disease for almost a century. What is new is its increasing association with a wide… 

Illuminated manuscript page.

Mar 5, 2019

Podcast: Bringing the Middle Ages into the Digital Age

Tim Stinson is bringing the Middle Ages into the digital age by looking for DNA on medieval manuscript pages. 

Feb 7, 2019

Podcast: Physics at Zero Gravity

Physicist Karen Daniels and her students rode the "vomit comet" to test their theories about how best to land spacecraft on asteroids. 

NC State researcher Jane Hoppin meets with students on her team to discuss their GenX community exposure study.

Jan 16, 2019

Podcast: The GenX Exposure Study

In this episode, Jane Hoppin, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of NC State’s Center for Human Health and the Environment, talks about the GenX Exposure Study. The study is designed to assess whether GenX and related chemicals are detectable in the bodies of Wilmington area residents.  

Dec 4, 2018

Podcast: Pet Safety for the Holidays

Brenda Stevens from the College of Veterinary Medicine has tips for keeping pets safe and healthy during holiday celebrations.