Emily Kwong

Education Production Assistant

Emily Kwong is the Production Assistant for the Education/Youth Reporting Unit. She was the 2013 recipient of the "Best New Artist" award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. After graduating from Columbia University (’12), Emily attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Emily Kwong appears in the following:

How much water do you actually need? Here's the science

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Many feel tethered to a water bottle, having heard that hydration is key to being healthy. Here's what the science says about how much water to drink and when.


The minds of octopuses may offer a glimpse at alien intelligence, researchers say

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

The mind of the octopus is so different than human intelligence, some people are studying it to see what alien intelligence might look like.


A landmark study tracks the lasting effect of having an abortion — or being denied one

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Turnaway Study followed nearly 1,000 women who sought abortions, interviewing them regularly for years to understand the impact on their mental and financial wellbeing.


Why it took nearly 100 years for umami to be globally accepted as a distinct flavor

Monday, May 02, 2022

A Japanese chemist identified umami in the early 1900s, but it took a century for his work to be translated into English. NPR's Short Wave podcast looked into why it took so long to be recognized.


Encore: A daughter's journey to reclaim her heritage language

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Nearly 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese. NPR Short Wave host Emily Kwong is not among them. As a third-generation Chinese-American, her "heritage language" was lost through the generations.


A Daughter's Journey To Reclaim Her Heritage Language

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Assimilation has a cost. As a third generation Chinese American, NPR Short Wave's Emily Kwong is rediscovering the language her father once knew, and what that means for where she comes from.


VIDEO: Virus Hunters Seek To Solve The Mystery Of Coronavirus Origins

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Evidence points to wildlife as the starting point. But it could take years to pinpoint the source.


What The 1918 Flu Can Teach Us About Handling Today's Pandemic

Friday, May 15, 2020

Public health has come a long way since the deadly flu, but we find ourselves in an oddly similar moment, using many of the same measures employed in 1918, a medical historian says.


Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Trump administration is investigating the theory that the virus leaked from a lab. Scientists who work with viruses say that's virtually impossible and point to transmission from an animal.


Not So Angry Birds: The Ornithology-Inspired Board Game 'Wingspan'

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Imagine a board game inspired by the natural lives of birds. That's the premise of Wingspan, an award-winning game designed by Elizabeth Hargrave. It's been lauded for its scientific accuracy.


Is Loss Of Smell And Taste A Symptom Of COVID-19? Doctors Want To Find Out

Thursday, March 26, 2020

They have seen patients who presented with these symptoms — then tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Now they're gathering data to see if they can prove that there is indeed a connection.


The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price

Monday, February 17, 2020

Globally, half of the estimated 100 million people who are in need of insulin do not have reliable access. The World Health Organization hopes a "prequalification" program will help.


Mary Higgins Clark, 'Queen Of Suspense,' Dies At 92

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Beloved suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark died Friday at age 92. Under her longtime publisher Simon & Schuster, Higgins Clark authored more than 50 bestselling novels.


LeBron James: 'Mamba Out,' But 'Not Forgotten'

Saturday, February 01, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers gave an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant Friday. It was ahead of the first Lakers game since the death of the basketball legend, who played for the Lakers for 20 seasons.


Australia Deploys Military Reservists To Combat Wildfire, As Thousands Evacuate

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Australia's volatile fire season saw "one of the worst days on record" this weekend, as record-breaking temperatures and low humidity exacerbated conditions.


Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal Limitations In Wake Of Soleimani Killing

Sunday, January 05, 2020

The announcement came in response to the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Tehran says it will continue to cooperate with international atomic monitors.


Cookies In Space, For Science

Sunday, December 08, 2019

A delicious experiment is set to take place in space. Astronauts will bake cookies on the International Space Station as part of a long line of food innovations fueling space travel.


Some People Get 'Brain Tingles' From These Slime Videos. What's Behind The Feeling?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The science is nascent and a little squishy, but researchers are trying to better understand ASMR — a feeling triggered in the brains of some people by certain soft sounds and gentle gestures.


Losing The Eternal Blue Sky In Mongolia

Monday, August 05, 2019

Its environment and population are enduring major shifts as the country goes big on mining and as effects of climate change set in. See Mongolia's changes close up in this immersive photo essay.


Mongolia's Long Road To Mining Wealth

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mongolia is undergoing a dramatic transformation from a pastoral society to one whose economy is based on mining, especially copper and coal. With the change has come opportunity — and loss.