May 25, 2021

EP. 214 — Are Cicadas Partying Like It’s 2004? with Dr. Jessica Ware

Grab your Ugg boots and mini skirts and give three cheers for each of Carly Patterson’s Olympic medals because this week on Getting Curious, 2004 is back in style. As billions of Brood X cicadas start to emerge across the eastern United States after 17 years, we’re re-releasing our episode from last summer with Dr. Jessica Ware, all about these trending insects.


Dr. Ware is a curator of Odonata and non-Holometabolous insect orders at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and a professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. You can follow Dr. Ware (and her amazing cicada coverage!) on Twitter @JessicaLWareLab and Instagram @jessicaleeware42.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Jessica Ware   JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation, but it’s never 40 minutes anymore, and I can’t help it, ‘cause I’ve got so many questions, with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. This week, we are re-airing a very special episode, with one of my very favorite people in the world, Dr. Jessica Ware, where I ask her: Are cicadas partying like it’s 2004?   Welcome to “Getting Curious,” this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited for today’s episode. There is a lot to digest and a lot to process in the world. And sometimes you just need to get into that science so you can just, like, keep learning. But just give yourself a bit of variety. So with that being said, welcome Dr. Jessica Ware. You are an entomologist, an evolutionary biologist. You’re a curator of the Odonata

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