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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.

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. 

A deer faces the camera, a home can be seen in the background.

Oct 31, 2018

Podcast: Living in Wild Suburbia

Our idea of idyllic suburban living doesn't necessarily feature bobcats, but it turns out suburbia is a little bit wilder than we thought. 

Oct 3, 2018

Podcast: Brains!

In this October episode of Audio Abstract we focus - zombie-like - on the brain! 

Sep 4, 2018

Podcast: Math in Motion

Mathematician Tye Lidman and dancer Michelle Pearson are working together to make two disciplines that people find difficult - math and dance - accessible to a broader audience. 

Aug 1, 2018

The Beer Episode

In this episode of Audio Abstract, we talk beer brewing with John Sheppard, director of the NC State brewery. 

Jun 29, 2018

Podcast: Pesticide Resistance Arms Race

Fred Gould talks about the rising rates of herbicide and pesticide resistance and the current state of the resistance arms race. 

Jun 1, 2018

Podcast: You’re Only As Old As You Feel – Sort Of

How we feel about aging can affect us psychologically and physically. In this episode of Audio Abstract we talk about our perceptions of and attitudes toward aging with Shevaun Neupert, associate professor of psychology at NC State.