The animal world is full of mind-bending parasites, which hack the brains and behaviour of their hosts. Meet the wasps that walks cockroaches, the worm that makes crickets suicidal, and the creature that turns rats into cat-seeking missiles.
In which I'm ecstatic to interview my childhood hero, Sir David Attenborough, but end up learning a lesson about what having a science hero really means.
Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life, a thriving ecosystem. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth. Lean how bacteria have shaped animal evolution and human health, why breastfeeding is about more than just babies, how animals can survive without mouths or guts, and why Australian scientists are fighting tropical diseases by releasing infected mosquitoes.
Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'--Ed talks to Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air about his book I Contain Multitudes. You can also listen to more interviews on BBC 5Live Afternoon Edition, the New York Times Book Review podcast, o Generation Anthropocene, the Geoff Lloyd Show on Absolute Radio, CBC Quirks and Quarks, and more.
Radiolab: Cellmates--Ed talks to Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad about the idea that complex life emerged through a unique merger between two ancient microbes.
Ed has also regularly appeared on Science Friday to talk about everything from cancer immunotherapy to electric eels, and on KCRW's On the Point to talk about the bacteria in our guts and a new species of ancient human.
Yong on Science, Replication, and Journalism—an EconTalk episode on reproducibility in science
On journalism, science writing and my career—a conversation as part of New York University’s Inside/Out series