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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.

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The Trailer

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Trailer, Rad Scientist

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 Pods

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1. The Killing Zone For Sperm | Pascal Gagneux

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.

UC San Diego associate professor of pathology, Pascal Gagneux, is dressed lik...

UC San Diego associate professor of pathology, Pascal Gagneux, is dressed like a sperm to help describe the process of fertilization in this undated photo.

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2. In The Shoes Of A Plant | Liang Song

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.

San Diego researcher Liang Song in a lab surrounded by plants.

San Diego researcher Liang Song in a lab surrounded by plants.

The Creator

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.


You can connect with Margot and the Rad Scientist crew at:
facebook.com/radscientistpod
twitter.com/radscientistpod
radscientistpod@gmail.com

Find more KPBS podcasts at kpbs.org/podcast