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Podcast Profile: NOVA Now

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30 episodes
2020 to 2021
Median: 28 minutes
Collection: Science

Description (podcaster-provided):

From the PBS science series NOVA, a biweekly podcast digging into the science behind the headlines. Alok Patel takes you behind the scenes with the people—scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians and more—working to understand our world. Now it's more critical than ever to distinguish fact from fiction and find science-based answers to the most pressing questions of our time.
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Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Science behind headlines • Space phenomena • Climate change • Future technology • Health & medicine • Cryptocurrency • Exercise & motivation • Food science • Legal and social issues

"The podcast 'NOVA Now,' hosted by Alok Patel, offers in-depth explorations of contemporary scientific topics, aiming to distinguish fact from fiction in an era rife with misinformation. Catering to science enthusiasts, the show delves into various intriguing subjects through a biweekly format.

Episodes frequently address complex astrophysical phenomena, such as the Big Bang, black holes, and the potential for extraterrestrial life, highlighting both the historical development and current understanding of these topics. The series also touches on pressing environmental issues like drought, climate change, and the impact of wildfires, providing insight into the scientific mechanisms and consequences of these events.

Public health and technology trends are another focal point. Episodes discuss COVID-19, vaccination efforts, and the challenges posed by variants, as well as the evolution of cryptocurrency and its implications for the future of money. The show often introduces cutting-edge research and technological advancements, from the use of CRISPR in diagnostics to the development of electric vehicles and their environmental ramifications.

NOVA Now also explores the convergence of science with societal and everyday issues. The content covers the role of science in the courtroom, the statistical science behind political polling, and the impact of cannabis legalization. Furthermore, it considers the future of sustainable food sources, including the potential for insect-based diets, and the broader implications of satellite technology on Earth.

This podcast doesn't shy away from less conventional topics either, such as the science behind horror movies, the potential benefits of entomophagy, and even the study of unidentified aerial phenomena. Through interviews with experts ranging from astrophysicists to neuroscientists, every episode aims to provide a comprehensive and grounded understanding of diverse scientific inquiries and current global challenges."

Episode Image Bonus: From our friends at MASTERPIECE Studio
56 minutes
Episode Image The Big Bang: started from inflation, now we’re here
33 minutes
Episode Image Black holes: to the event horizon and beyond
31 minutes
Episode Image The hitchhiker’s guide to exoplanets and alien life
30 minutes
Episode Image How to make a Milky Way: the ultimate galactic recipe
25 minutes
Episode Image Fusion: Can we recreate the renewable power of stars down on Earth?
27 minutes
Episode Image This is NOVA Now Universe Revealed
2 minutes
Episode Image Would you eat insects to help the planet?
29 minutes
Episode Image Cryptocurrency: the future of money in a digital world?
31 minutes
Episode Image Cannabis: Discovering its effects on the body and brain
31 minutes
Episode Image The case of hurricanes and climate change
19 minutes
Episode Image Back to school during a pandemic: experts weigh in
35 minutes
Episode Image Electric vehicles: infrastructural needs and environmental effects
21 minutes
Episode Image Covid Vaccines & Variants: What will it take to get out of this pandemic?
28 minutes
Episode Image The science of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
28 minutes
Episode Image Using technology to cope with drought
27 minutes
Episode Image The science of exercise—and getting back in the game
29 minutes
Episode Image NOVA Now Returns!
2 minutes
Episode Image Bonus! From our friends at AirSpace: Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs
27 minutes
Episode Image The science of positive motivation for the New Year
25 minutes
Episode Image How the future of satellites might affect life on Earth
27 minutes
Episode Image Covid vaccines are coming: What’s inside, and how and when you’ll get one
27 minutes
Episode Image The future of food
30 minutes
Episode Image The statistical science behind polling
21 minutes
Episode Image The science of fear
31 minutes
Episode Image Science in the courtroom
29 minutes
Episode Image Rising health risks from West Coast wildfires
31 minutes
Episode Image COVID meets CRISPR
27 minutes
Episode Image The hidden science of mail-in voting
28 minutes
Episode Image Welcome to NOVA Now
2 minutes