December 28, 2021

EP. 137 — The Mass Disappearance of Insects with Akito Kawahara (Re-Release)

This week on Factually we’re re-releasing one of our favorite episodes. Entomologist and professor Akito Kawahara joins Adam to discuss why insects are disappearing at an alarming rate, how humans must play a critical role in their survival, and how incredible insects truly are. Happy Holidays!


Speaker 1 [00:00:22] Hello and welcome to factually, I’m Adam Conover. Thank you so much for joining me, everybody. If you’re listening, I really love having you here. We’ve loved having you here all year long. This is our last episode for 2021. I hope that if you’re in a country that celebrates a holiday that has some time off of work around this time of the season, hope you’re relaxing. Hope you’re playing some good video games, doing some crossword puzzles. Hope you’re getting vaccinated and boosted, if you can, in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. I hope you had a wonderful 2021 and I hope you have an even better 2022. We, this week, are rerunning one of my very favorite episodes from the past so that I can take some time off as well. I also need to relax a little bit, at least that’s what my therapist keeps telling me. This week we are rebroadcasting for you one of my very favorite episodes: my interview with entomologist

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