Sweat: A Human Superpower : Short Wave Sweating is critical to helping humans avoid overheating, and it's different than how most animals cool down. Sarah Everts wanted to understand more about how humans came to sweat like we do, and wrote a book called The Joy of Sweat - which she talked about with Rhitu for this episode.

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Sweat: A Human Superpower

Sweat: A Human Superpower

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Sweating has allowed humans to survive, and thrive. Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images hide caption

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Sweating has allowed humans to survive, and thrive.

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Sweating is critical to helping humans avoid overheating, and it's different than how most animals cool down. Sarah Everts wanted to understand more about how humans came to sweat like we do, and wrote a book called The Joy of Sweat - which she talked about with Rhitu for this episode.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This story was edited by Gisele Grayson, produced by Rebecca Ramirez and fact-checked by Indi Khera. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.