An audio journey through the lives and discoveries of San Diego's raddest scientists — researchers pushing the frontiers of human knowledge. This season, you'll hear from the region's experts in sperm, plants, stars and nuclear physics.
Rad Scientist is a podcast from KPBS that explores one of the largest research hubs in the country. Here, the scientist becomes the subject. Season premieres Oct. 25, 2017.
The female reproductive system and jungles of Africa face foreign invaders. In this episode, we follow San Diego scientist Pascal Gagneux through these environments, and find out more about their intruders.
Liang Song is working hard to save her best friends: plants. She's trying to make them stronger. Like, strong enough to withstand a statewide drought.
Can molecules from San Diego's coast be tomorrow's cancer medicine? That's what Philip Baran is trying to figure out. He hopes to synthesize life-saving molecules mother nature has been producing for eons.
Cami Collins was a small town girl with a dream to be a physicist. Now, she handles particles ten times hotter than the sun! Her goal is to create a new energy source for future generations.
Robert Quimby decides between becoming a rock star — or studying them.
Sinem Beyhan studies an infectious fungus that lives in soil. With no vaccine and very few available treatments, the disease can be deadly to humans. So Sinem is on a mission to hit the fungus where it hurts.
Margot Wohl hails from Bel Air, Maryland which is not the Bel Air to which the Fresh Prince is heir.
In addition to producing audio stories, she is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at UC San Diego in a Salk Institute laboratory. Her research centers on how brain cells and the molecules they exchange give rise to aggressive behaviors in fruit flies.
You can sometimes find her late at night in the laboratory inspecting and photographing insects she finds (#insectagram).
Margot wants to make sure everyone can feel as amazed by science as she is — which is why she started producing audio stories for the Salk Institute, and now for KPBS.
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