Reviews
Interesting enough, but rarely covers physics and almost never covers chemistry or geology.
NigelHorne via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/07/22
Wow
So entertaining and educational. The hosts are a bit enthusiastic at times, but the pros overweigh the not-even-cons. I don’t even care about ads. They need to make money anyway, right?
Bennyboyboomer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/22
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Stupid nick name rules via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/12/22
Some fairly interesting scientific and historical topics loaded with liberal bias and one-sided, woke ideology. It’s actually a pretty cool podcast when the discussion is not dripping with condescension and disdain towards anyone who isn’t all-in for the woken way. Why do they really, REALLY...Read full review »
Discordant Doug via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/19/22
This is why I stopped donating to NPR
dijtncien via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/22
The hosts are so irritating. Between the excruciating faux enthusiasm and dopey jokes it’s unlistenable.
MPZ1978 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/13/22
I absolutely love this podcast. It brings science news, history, discoveries, and presents them to us in an engaging way. Especially in todays climate where Abortion has turned political, thank you for bringing the facts about the impacts on women and the community.
fAiTh QiN via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/28/22
Ever since Maddie Sofia left, the podcast has focused more on social issues than science. I understand that hosts change and podcasts evolve, but I really do miss the way it used to be. Sometimes this podcast is now simply a recycling of other NPR stories.
cheeseistasty via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/22
I love the idea of this podcast but not the execution. Admittedly, I am several decades removed from the very-young-adult demographic the writers and hosts are aiming for (ingratiatingly, at times, it feels like to me). There's usually very little actual information after the lead-in, the...Read full review »
fpoonline via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/22
I love this podcast. I don’t always have time to listen to some of the other science podcasts that are an hour long- these are the perfect amount of info for me to get a general view of a new subject
frustratedddfddddddd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/10/22
I learn some interesting things from this podcast, but I feel they don’t present a balanced product. Would be so much better if the arguments for and against whatever issue they speak about would be presented. Balanced presentation of thought leaders (not just one) and studies would be so much...Read full review »
Pmomof3 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/08/22
Not that much science as I would expect and also want but it’s enough to learn a few new English words and listening the accent.
Maudraya via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/22
The episode What Does Race Have to do With Beauty ha good info but then the host endorses a specific beauty product! This is not in keeping with journalistic integrity. Is she a paid influencer? I am sorry I paid to subscribe to it. I give a 5 star to the usual episodes.
LizSweetwater via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/22
It’s a great podcast and I am 100% satisfied. BUT it’s super annoying that several episodes were “downloaded” with duplicate “Subscription” tags and I cannot delete them from my list of downloaded episodes. I am not sure it’s a bug or their way of annoying listeners to pay for subscription.
konnykenny via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/02/22
Don’t listen to this biased podcast
JackMoFo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/22
They do really fun and interesting science. I don't care when they start getting a little political and i usually switch those off. But 95% of the time I am on board.Read full review »
xanadu1215 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/22
I loved the perspective of Jada Yuan on her grandmother and the story of how one immigrant became an intellectual giant but still saw her greatest priority as making a better life for her family and raising them to take advantage of the opportunities in her adopted country. As someone who studied...Read full review »
glurkon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/22
Feeds my nerdy brain
ScatchNsniff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/22
All this concern about delta 8 and pot but everyone run out and get a vaxx that has hardly been tested. pot has been around forever I’ll tell you delta 8 is great for pain.. especially since the government makes it tougher to get pain meds, but we can give disadvantaged people free crack...Read full review »
Sheryebeeye via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/22
Love all the topics on here, especially about Covid. Thank you Short Wave and NPR.
Power_cat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/23/22
Love I’ve the format of just giving a quick take and enough science fact to wet the appetite
St venJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/22
Very little science… like they we’re told to do a science podcast, but are not interested in science. So 60% or more of the episodes, or more, are only marginally related to science. Even the science episodes have only one or two science facts. Anything that cannot be explained in a single...Read full review »
DancingLine Lover via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/22
I typically like this show. Can’t decide if the daylight savings time episode was more that it was hilarious or more flat out ignorance. You hitting your neighbor’s car was not connected, it was not coincidence. It was you backing up without looking. Truly a pathetic take by a “scientist”.
bl92ud96mu01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/22
I’ve been listening for about a year and a half and have fallen all the way in love. Really enjoying the switch to Emily - such an excellent way to start my day.
Laur181 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/22/22
Exactly what I would expect from Pravda, I mean NPR
!Passwordis frustrating via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/19/22
Still learning lots but the topics are not as good as previous years
bf2019 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/24/22
Great podcast exploring different topics in science for about 15 minutes per episode. Love the attention paid to DEI issues in science. I’m a long-time listener who was happy to subscribe once it became subscription based. Shortly after the podcast became subscription based, I noticed a lot of...Read full review »
anoveranalyst via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/22
I enjoy a good portion of Short Wave episodes, but I think overall there's too much focus on stories that have little to do with research and Covid reporting that doesn't add much new information.Read full review »
TurkeyVulture93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/13/22
Between parenting and work I usually only have about 15 minutes, usually while doing the dishes, to catch up on science news, and NPR Shortwave always delivers!
disappointed & sad via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/31/21
Excellent podcast. Great information. I will miss Mady Sophia, she is so intelligent, funny, honest. Thank you Adriana Serdan
the mexican opera lover via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/21
Shortwave used to be really fun and bright, and it was seriously bringing me joy during the pandemic. But Maddie left as a host, and since she left the shows are getting darker and darker and more depressing. There used to be maybe 2 episodes a week with a sadder topic, now it’s *maybe* 2 days a...Read full review »
Neonsally via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/15/21
Love this podcast for quick science-y facts!
Klenarto via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/19/21
I first listened to this podcast because my commute ran longer than my daily lineup, now I make sure this podcast is the first thing I listen to! From the story of (ewww) cockroaches, to the culinary science magic of cooking a perfect turkey, the show’s host, Emily Kwong keeps the listener...Read full review »
SDRiggs80 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/21
Still doing well after the departure of Maddie.
McKinleyBlues via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/28/21
Just listened to the podcast about the Smithsonian institution. As noted in the title boring and biased. As an extra bonus and narrationIs artificial and stilted. Don’t waste your time.
John from Atlantic City via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/23/21
I started listening to this podcast a few weeks back with two freshman during our morning commute to school. We all enjoy listening and live the range of topics that have been covered. The topics are relevant and intriguing and the podcast keeps us paying attention the whole way through. Hard to...Read full review »
SAlwazani via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/22/21
I’ve listened to a few episodes and really like them. The old moldy Twinkie episode was interesting! This was gross but cool! Someone tried to eat a really old moldy Twinkie- eww! I liked how the scientists studied them and tried to ID the actual type of fungi, etc. I will still eat a Twinkie...Read full review »
pgrabin1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/15/21
no better science podcast for all ages. best hosts and guests in the world.
widely_distributed via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/21
Shortwave is one of my favorite podcasts, I especially love the Why we see Rainbows 🏳️‍🌈 and the cooking with science episodes! Thank you so much for your hard work and great episodes everyday! We miss you Maddie!
HBOT!! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/21
If you’ve listened to one segment by NPR, you’ve listened to them all. This podcast falls right in line with the standard NPR presentation, i.e. overly inflected, palatable center-left discourse that provokes little thought. A topical discussion analogous to a coffee table book: flashy with...Read full review »
rrnit via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/21
A daily, 10 min, female hosted science podcast? What a dream. Can’t believe it took me so long to hear about this one - has since become part of my morning routine and I’ve learned some amazing things! Only complaint is sometimes there’s too much overlap with morning edition, which I also like to...Read full review »
nicole91237491820743 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/21/21
I love this show! Everyone in it is so awesome, but then I was asked for a paid subscription👎 I wasn’t happy.
J. T. D. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/21/21
Sadly captured by unscientific unbalanced rhetoric
zerzer1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/20/21
This is my favorite morning wake-up podcast. The hosts are so upbeat that it makes me smile. I’m 82. Life is difficult for us elderly adults but learning new things and short podcasts are perfect for my age group. Plus, the moderators are so upbeat , it makes me smile. Good start to me day.
Dusie B. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/21
Entertaining & educational. Try it!
Mooj58 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/21
Love this podcast and how accessible it is! Our world needs more science communicators. I really appreciated Maddie Sofia’s wit, humor, and conversational finesse with guests of all walks. It will be a tough act to follow.
Adulaura via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/21
And the best wishes in whatever your next adventure is…. Absolutely love this podcast
tomthumb7890 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/04/21
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