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A faucet with drinking water.

May 30, 2024

Podcast: PFAS Exposure

Khara Grieger helps us understand PFAS exposure and how we can protect ourselves. 

Apr 25, 2024

Podcast: Toxic Algae

With algae, too much of a good thing can lead to some bad results. 

Feb 27, 2024

Podcast: Sanitation (or, what do we do with all this poop?)

Francis de los Reyes talks about sanitation practices and challenges. 

Poinsettias in a greenhouse.

Dec 13, 2023

Podcast: Poinsettias

John Dole, master of all things poinsettia, talks about the flower most associated with the holiday season. 


Nov 2, 2023

Podcast: Wild Turkeys

Chris Moorman talks turkey - wild turkey - on this episode of Audio Abstract. 

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.