Brood X: The Cicada Podcast

This will be the summer of Brood X, the emergence of the 17-year cicadas in trees throughout our area and many parts of the country.

WVXU joins with cicada expert Dr. Gene Kritsky from Mount St. Joseph University for a 10-part series , hosted by Cory Sharber, the series begins on April 27, with a new episode released each Tuesday. Our thanks to Mount St. Joseph University for sponsoring the podcast!

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Credit Gene Kritsky

We had a great time with Dr. Gene on our Zoom event, "What Can We Learn From Cicadas." Click here to watch it if you couldn't join us!

Have a question for Dr. Kritsky? Record it using our Talk2Us feature on the WVXU mobile app or drop us a note at

Find Gene's citizen scientist app, Cicada Safari, here: Cicada Safari

Brood X: The Cicada Podcast is sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University.

In this episode, Dr. Gene Kiritsky and Cory Sharber discuss how did our unseasonable April and May weather impact the Brood X emergence.

Brood X, as you might be hearing, has emerged and they are looking to do the one thing they’ve been waiting 17 years to do – mate! The loud buzzing is the cicadas’ way of saying “what’s your sign” in a crowded bar, but it’s not all fun and games this year.

Human beings have been fascinated with cicadas for generations. These visitors have spurred stories, symbols and artifacts because of their rare appearances, one-of-a-kind look, and their song of love. 

We’ve always been told about the importance of maintaining our ecosystems, but how do 17-year cicadas fit into that delicate balance?

Our expert, Dr. Gene Kritsky, has devoted a great deal of his professional life to the study of cicadas. But who studied them before him? How did early scientists study these periodical emergences? And is crowd sourcing a new concept in cicada studies?

If you look closely, cicadas do look prehistoric, so how long have they been around and how have they survived so long on our ever-changing planet?

Before Brood X makes its appearance, Dr. Gene Kritsky shares some of the history of cicada brood emergences in what we now know as the eastern United States.

What did indigenous peoples and colonizers think of the bugs? And you’ll even hear a bit about how they taste.

As we begin our 10-week journey of the 2021 Brood X emergence, Dr. Kritsky and Cory Sharber discuss the very basics of cicadas – what are they, what do they look like, are they dangerous, when will they show up, and how can you prepare for their appearance?

Dr. Gene Kritsky

Thank you to all of the teachers, parents, kids and bugs-lovers who joined us and Dr. Gene Kritsky for an hour of six-legged fun and inspiration!

The archived video of the event is available here - and don't forget to subscribe to WVXU’s Brood X podcast, and help track our seasonal friends with Dr. Kritsky's Cicada Safari app.

Brood X: The Trailer

Apr 20, 2021
Dr. Gene Kritsky

This will be the summer of Brood X, the emergence of the 17-year cicadas in trees throughout our area and many parts of the country.