With the resurgence of cicadas imminent in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, as well as other eastern, central, and southern states, Cincinnati Public Radio is launching a podcast with a local expert to document Brood X.
It’s been seventeen years since the bugs last gave us their buzzing presence.
They are expected to reappear in May and hang around until June.
Dr. Gene Kritsky, Dean of Behavioral and Natural Sciences and Professor in the Department of Biology at Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati is known for its expertise in cicadas.
Together with WVXU reporter Cory Sharber, Dr. Kritsky can be seen on the new program Brood X: The Cicada Podcast.
Sharber and Kritsky will explore the world of cicadas beneath our feet, the history of the insect, the 17 year cycle of their creation, what to do in preparation for their arrival and lots of fun facts and trivia.
The first episode of Brood X: The Cicada Podcast will be released on Tuesday April 27th and will be available on wvxu.org and all podcast outlets. The ten episodes are published weekly on Tuesdays until the beginning of the creation. Listeners will also hear an excerpt from the new podcast every Tuesday during the Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Listeners and students can email questions to Dr. Kritsky under send [email protected] or using the Talk2Us function in the free WVXU app.
Dr. Kritsky was instrumental in the development of the Cicada Safari mobile app, which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. If a cicada is discovered, users can use the app to photograph or film the insects and then submit the images for inclusion on Mount St. Joseph University’s 2020 cicada map.
Dr. Kritsky and the Mountain also launched the CicadaSafari.org website, which offers a virtual pool of facts, history, facts, maps, activities, and more.
Dr. Kritsky, a renowned cicada expert, has given hundreds of media interviews, published scientific papers on cicadas, and is the author of two books on cicadas. His new book Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition is published by the Ohio Biological Survey.