Short Wave

Host: Madeline K. Sofia
Podcast Samples:
How Many Bottles Fill a Pool?

The Last Biotic Frontier

About the Podcast

NPR’s new daily science podcast Short Wave is hosted by Maddie Sofia, from NPR’s Science Desk. Monday – Friday, in 10 minutes or less, Short Wave delivers smart, fun and innovative science-based stories that make you see the world a little differently. Episodes will focus on a specific topic and examine it through a scientific lens. Stories dive into anything from how communities are tackling climate change to what implications space discoveries have here on planet Earth.

About the Host

Madeline K. Sofia

Madeline Sofia is the host of Short Wave — NPR's daily science podcast. Short Wave will bring a little science into your life, all in about 10 minutes. Sometimes it'll be a good story, a smart conversation, or a fun explainer, but it'll always be interesting and easy to understand. It's a break from the relentless news cycle, but you'll still come away with a better understanding of the world around you.


Before hosting Short Wave, Sofia hosted the NPR video show "Maddie About Science." The show takes viewers behind the scenes with scientists, revealing their motivations and sharing their research — from insect mimics to space probes headed for the sun. Sofia also co-developed the worldwide NPR Scicommers program, which supports scientists interested in building their communication skills.
Before working at NPR, Sofia received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating bacterium that has haunted the human race.

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