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Madeline K. Sofia

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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.

Main expertice: All-or-Nothing Thinking, BEHAVIOR, Beliefs, Biases, Change, Complex Realities, Cultures, Environmental Science, Evolution, Extreme Thinking, Fear of the Unknown, Freewill, Gender Roles, HEALTH, Independent Thinking, Information/Facts, KNOWLEDGE, Leadership, Learning, Learning from Failures, Logical Ethics, Medical Experts, Other People Exist, Over-all Health, Physical Health, Science, Societies, Teachers and Mentors, Technology, The News Media, The Scientific Method, and THINKING

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Works of Madeline K. Sofia



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