Inventor James West On Inclusion In STEM : Short Wave For Black History Month, Short Wave is celebrating Black voices in STEM - bringing back some of our favorite conversations, as well as new guests with expertise and insights to share. In this encore episode, former Short Wave host Maddie Sofia talks to inventor James West about his life, career, and about how a device he helped invent in the 60's made their interview possible. (Encore)

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Without Inventor James West, This Interview Might Not Have Been Possible

Without Inventor James West, This Interview Might Not Have Been Possible

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Throughout his long career in STEM, James West has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University hide caption

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Throughout his long career in STEM, James West has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University

James West has been a curious tinkerer since he was a child, always wondering how things worked. Throughout his long career in STEM, he's also been an advocate for diversity and inclusion — from co-founding the Association for Black Laboratory Employees in 1970 to his work today with The Ingenuity Project, a non-profit that cultivates math and science skills in middle and high school students in Baltimore public schools.

Former Short Wave Maddie Sofia talks to him about his life, career, and about how a device he helped invent in the 60's made their interview possible. (Encore)

Email us at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Berly McCoy and Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Rasha Aridi and edited by Viet Le. Patrick Murray provided engineering support.