Short Wave: FACT SMACK - Spider Edition

With the help of spider scientist Sebastian Echeverri, Maddie presents the case for why spiders are the best and coolest animal.

Spoiler alert: some travel thousands of kilometers by “ballooning,” while others live part time underwater.

Supplementary Spider Reading:

P.S. Are you a scientist who thinks Sebastian is wrong and that the animal you study is superior? Let us know! You can email us at We’d love to hear the case for your critter.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi.

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