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The Mosaic Science Podcast - audio documentaries and audio versions of our weekly longread. Mosaic is a digital magazine that publishes compelling stories exploring the science of life. Produced by the Wellcome Trust. More at mosaicscience.com.
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Aug 26, 2019

When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But, discovers Emma Young, there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.

Written by Emma Young
Read by Kirsten Irving
Produced by Geoff Marsh

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If you liked this story, we recommend How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing by Kat Arney, available as a podcast here: mosaicscience.com/story/how-zebra-…ipes-alan-turing

Aug 19, 2019

Emerging sign languages could reveal how all language evolved – but keeping these fragile languages isolated for research may mean the people who rely on them lose out.

Written by Michael Erard. Read by Michael Regnier. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit by Gaia Vince. 

Aug 12, 2019

While it’s healthy to have a variety of bacteria in our guts, there’s one place where a single dominant type is best: the vagina. Meet the researchers trying to make the world healthier, one vagina at a time.

Written by Kendall Powell. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Barry J Gibb.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone by Sophie Cousins, also available as an audio podcast. 

Aug 5, 2019

The East African country’s campaign to end cervical cancer through the HPV vaccine has had to overcome cultural taboos and rumours about infertility – but it’s saving lives.

Written by Sophie Cousins. Read and produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Can America cope with a resurgence of tropical disease? by Carrie Arnold, also available as a podcast.

Jul 29, 2019

In the 1970s, radical scientists thought they could change the world – if they could change science first. As told to Alice Bell.

Written by Alice Bell. Read by Nick Dent. Produced by Barry J Gibb.

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If you enjoyed this we recommend Reinventing the toilet by Lina Zeldovich, also available as a podcast. 

Jul 22, 2019

For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem the best option. Joanna Moorhead thought so – until the last minute. Now she’s glad she chose less extensive surgery.

Written and read by Joanna Moorhead. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this, we recommend Making sense of a miscarriage by Holly Cave, also available as a podcast. 

Jul 15, 2019

"I am so accustomed to thinking of wheelchair use in binary terms: you either use one or you don’t. Now I’m struggling to unlearn that notion."

In Canada, wheelchair basketball brings people together regardless of their abilities. Lesley Evans Ogden asks whether this kind of integration could help dispel stigma, discrimination and misconceptions about disability more widely.

Written by Lesley Evans Ogden, read by Kirsten Irving, audio editing by Jen Whyntie.

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If you liked this story, we recommend City cycling: health versus hazard by Lesley Evans Ogden, also available as a podcast.

Jul 8, 2019

The rest of the world can learn from Puerto Rican communities rallying together to recover from a natural disaster fuelled by climate change.


Written by Jane Palmer. Read by Michael Regnier. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, try Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly epidemic by Jane Palmer, also available as an audio podcast.

Jul 1, 2019

The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?

Written by Rebecca Guenard
Read by Rebecca McIntosh
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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To read the full story visit mosaicscience.com. If you enjoyed this story, try When cuteness comes of age by Neil Steinberg.

Jun 24, 2019

Whether hair pulling, skin picking or cheek biting, body-focused repetitive behaviours blight many people’s lives. How can science help us understand and treat these distressing conditions better?

Written by Sara Talpos. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, we recommend My sudden synaesthesia: how I went blind and started hearing colours, also available as an audio podcast.

Jun 17, 2019

In East Harlem, four times as many adults have diabetes as in the neighbouring Upper East Side. Meera Senthilingam meets the New Yorkers stopping poverty being a death sentence.

Audio producer: Meera Senthilingam
Fact checker: Laura Dawes
Editor: Mun-Keat Looi

See an accompanying photo tour of Harlem and read a full transcript for this story on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Voices in the dark: what it's like to hear voices, another Mosaic audio documentary also available on our podcast.

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Jun 10, 2019

The manufacture and distribution of medicines is a global industry, tainted by fake and substandard products. Not only might these drugs not work as expected, but some are even contributing to antimicrobial resistance. So, what’s in your medicine cabinet?

Written by Srinath Perur. Read by Charlotte Hussey. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, we recommend India is training "quacks" to do real medicine. This is why by Priyanka Pulla. 

Jun 3, 2019

Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates.  

Written by Shaun Raviv. Read by Pip Mayo. Produced by Barry J Gibb. Audio editing by Geoff Marsh.  

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If you liked this story, we recommend How menstrual taboos are putting lives at risk by Rose George, also available on our podcast.  

May 27, 2019

Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. 

Written by Alexandra Ossola. Read by Rebecca McIntosh. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, we recommend One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positive By Patrick Strudwick, also available as a podcast.

May 20, 2019

"The parasite has started to become resistant. The wonder drug is failing. It is the latest reprise of a decades-long theme: we attack malaria with a new drug, it mounts an evolutionary riposte."

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports.

Written by Ed Yong, read by Pip Mayo, produced by Barry J Gibb, audio editing by Geoff Marsh.

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If you liked this story, we recommend DIY Diagnosis: how an extreme athlete uncovered her genetic flaw by Ed Yong, also available as a podcast.

May 13, 2019

Cancer rates vary wildly across the world, and we don’t know why. To solve this mystery, scientists are tracking down causes of cancer by the fingerprints they leave in the genome.

Written and read by Kat Arney. 

Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you like this story, we recommend Searching for a diagnosis: how scientists are untangling the mystery of developmental disorders by Linda Geddes. 

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May 6, 2019

Chrissie Giles on her generation’s climb to Peak Booze. 

"I didn’t feel that I had a problem with alcohol, nor did any of my friends. We got drunk, sometimes too drunk, and then suffered the consequences. We were just doing what young people did. But recently, with getting on for 20 years of drinking under my belt, I started to wonder if my generation’s relationship with alcohol was abnormal. When I looked into the numbers I realised that it was. I discovered that 2004 was Peak Booze: the year when Brits drank more than they had done for a century, and more than they have done in the decade since. Leading the way to this alcoholic apogee were those of us born around 1980. No other generation drank so much in their early twenties. Why us?"

Written and read by Chrissie Giles, produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking Bad News by Chrissie Giles, also available as a podcast.

Apr 29, 2019

Becoming allergic to meat turns your life upside down. Known as alpha-gal allergy, the condition dictates what you can eat, wear, how you relax, and even which medicines are safe. Is research finally starting to catch up?

Editor: Chrissie Giles

Copyeditor: Rob Reddick

Art director: Charlie Hall

Photographer: Daniel Stier

Fact checker: Francine Almash

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If you liked this story we recommend Sick building syndrome: is it the buildings or the people who need treatment? by Shayla Love.

Apr 22, 2019

In loving memory of Lyra McKee (1990-2019).

This episode was originally broadcast in April 2016.

In Northern Ireland, more people took their own lives in the 16 years after the Troubles than died during them. Why? Lyra McKee finds out.

Written by Lyra McKee
Read by Kirsten Irving
Produced by Barry J Gibb 
Audio editing by Geoff Marsh

For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com where you can also find more of Lyra's magnificent writing.

Apr 15, 2019

In the early 2000s, when there were just two psychiatrists serving over 12 million people, Zimbabwe had to get creative to treat depression. Now, one bright idea – the Friendship Bench – is spreading far and wide.

Written by Alex Riley. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you like this story, we recommend How To Get To A World Without Suicide by Simon Usborne. 

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Apr 8, 2019

Can a grand vision of 4,000 free public gyms overcome inequality and fight Brazil’s health crisis? Catherine de Lange reports.

Written by Catherine de Lange, read by Pip Mayo, produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend listening to City Cycling: Health Versus Hazard by Ian Birrell, also available as a podcast.

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Apr 1, 2019

New biomedical techniques, like next-generation genome sequencing, are creating vast amounts of data and transforming the scientific landscape. They’re leading to unimaginable breakthroughs – but leaving researchers racing to keep up.

Editor: Rob Reddick
Copyeditor: Tom Freeman
Art director: Charlie Hall
Fact checker: Francine Almash
Illustrator: Dávid Biró
 
To read the story, visit mosaicscience.com. If you liked this story, we recommend 'The DNA detectives hunting the causes of cancer' by Kat Arney.
Mar 25, 2019

Boxers know they risk injury in the ring. But there’s a more insidious danger they don’t often talk about: the long-term brain damage that repeated blows to the head can cause. Lyra McKee meets the families who are breaking the silence.

Written by Lyra McKee. 
Read by Kirsten Irving. 
Illustrated by Gabby Laurent. 
Produced by Barry J. Gibb. 

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If you liked this story, we recommend 'The Alzheimer's Enigma' by Michael Regnier.

Mar 18, 2019

Millions of people are left dead or disabled by surgical complications each year when one simple piece of kit could have saved them. Jane Feinmann discovers how it has helped transform medicine in Mongolia.

Written by Jane Feinmann. 
Read by Rebecca McIntosh. 
Produced by Graihagh Jackson. 

If you liked this story, we recommend DIY prosthetics: the extreme athlete who built a new knee by Rose Eveleth, also available as a podcast.

Mar 11, 2019

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so.

Written by Jo Marchant
Read by Pip Mayo
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Mosaicscience – Secrets-of-the-strong-minded by Emma Young, also available as a podcast.

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