Short Wave: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

Manu Prakash is the co-inventor of the Foldscope, a low-cost microscope aimed at making scientific tools available for everyone.

We chat with him about why he wants to change how we think about science, and what it’ll take to make science something everyone is able to enjoy. (Encore episode)

To learn more about the Foldscope, check out their website. Plus, visit the Prakash lab’s website to see what else he and his team have been cooking up.

As always, you can follow Maddie on Twitter — she’s @maddie_sofia. Email the show at

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Geoff Brumfiel and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.


Short Wave Podcast

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