Meredith Rizzo

Meredith Rizzo appears in the following:

Tracking health threats, one sewage sample at a time

Monday, April 24, 2023

Researchers in Virginia Beach, Va., show how they test wastewater for signs of COVID-19, and how they're preparing to look for other health threats.


Russia is draining a massive Ukrainian reservoir, endangering a nuclear plant

Friday, February 10, 2023

Satellite data show water levels plummeting at the Kakhovka Reservoir. The reservoir supplies drinking water, irrigates vast tracts of farmland, and cools Europe's largest nuclear plant.


D.C. is filled with hidden fossils. Searching for them helped me find perspective

Monday, October 17, 2022

Fossils are a humble, hidden constant in the city's bustling ecosystem. And in my overstimulated life, seeking out a few constants in the world sounded pretty good.


Video analysis reveals Russian attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant veered near disaster

Friday, March 11, 2022

An NPR analysis of security footage and photos following the attack on Europe's largest nuclear power plant shows that many of the plant's critical safety systems were in the field of Russian fire.


We asked how you are finding joy in the pandemic. Here are 12 surprising ideas

Saturday, January 22, 2022

It's been two long years of COVID gloom. But NPR's readers didn't let it keep them down. From cicada tracking to open-water swimming to roller-skating squads, you share how you bring the fun.


How did you find joy this year? We want to hear from you!

Friday, December 17, 2021

It's been another tough pandemic year. Where did you find joy, delight or awe? Tell us what small corners, tiny moments, or specific rituals provide you refuge in stressful times.


What's Going On With All These Coronavirus Variants? An Illustrated Guide

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

One day you're worrying about the regular old coronavirus. Then — seemingly out of the blue — there are variants. Worrisome variants! How did they come to be? And why are they likely more contagious?


PHOTOS: A Summer Of Community, Despite Social Distance

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Celebrations, milestones and daily routines happen whether we're ready or not, and the summer of 2020 was no different. As Americans sought relief in an ongoing pandemic, they got creative.


The Fire, The Virus, The Violence: Australia And The Lessons Of Natural Disasters

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Family violence increases in places that have been severely burned in bushfires, Australian research finds. The isolation and financial stress of COVID-19 appear to be exacerbating the problem.


PHOTOS: Life And Work Amid The Outbreak

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Humans are adaptable, even in pandemic times. As the coronavirus spreads, ordinary citizens in several U.S. cities hit early say they are shifting daily routines to survive and thrive.


Sell Or Stay? Australia's Fire Zone Experiment

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

After deadly 2009 wildfires, authorities offered to buy property to encourage people to move. Few accepted. The questions raised by Australia's experience are freshly urgent after its latest fires.


'It's Not Easy For Anyone': Coronavirus Disrupts Life And Work In Hong Kong

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Students, business owners, sanitation workers and doctors are all struggling to cope with the daily frustrations of living in a city of 7 million that's afraid of an outbreak of COVID-19.


With Australia's Hillsides Stripped Bare By Fire, Scientists Rush To Predict Mudflows

Monday, February 10, 2020

Heavy rains in eastern Australia are causing mudslides and debris flows in areas that burned. Scientists are trying to predict when and where slides are likely to happen.


Objects That Matter: Memories Of Paradise

Saturday, December 28, 2019

In the year since Paradise, Calif., was devastated by fire, certain flame-tinged objects — scorched pottery fragments or remnants of toys — have become talismans of resilience beyond pain.


WATCH: Walmart Is Discontinuing Some Ammo Sales. Here's Why It Matters

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Not all bullets are created equal. This video compares the damage caused by different kinds of rounds.


A Photographer Turns A Lens On His Father's Alzheimer's

Thursday, December 06, 2018

They had always been partners, in a way — artists who connected through their work. So, when Gene DiRado began withdrawing from the world, his son rushed toward him — and brought along a camera.


WATCH: The Science Behind Why Some Bullets Are More Destructive Than Others

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

How much damage a bullet does when fired at the human body hinges on physics. Our latest "Let's Talk" video shows and explains why certain types of ammunition cause greater havoc than others.


Invisibilia: When Daydreaming Gets In The Way Of Real Life

Thursday, April 05, 2018

In this episode of the Invisibilia podcast, our hosts explore how it feels to be "in between," including the story of one woman who spends so much time daydreaming that it interferes with her life.


WATCH: Kids Craft Comics To Explore Immigration Fears

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Children of people in the country illegally often experience fear and worry — with the shadow of deportation as a constant presence. How can they work through those emotions? One workshop uses comics.


A Trauma Nurse Reflects On 'Compassion Fatigue'

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Years of treating grievously injured people starts to wear on a person, a trauma nurse in Minneapolis says. She explores "compassion fatigue" in a semi-autobiographical poem.