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Playlist: Science Saturday

Compiled By: Tom Maloney

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Big Picture Science (Series)

Produced by Big Picture Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Flower Power

From Big Picture Science | Part of the Big Picture Science series | 54:00

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Before everything could come up roses, there had to be a primordial flower – the mother, and father, of all flowers. Now scientists are on the hunt for it. The eFlower project aims to explain the sudden appearance of flowering plants in the fossil record, what Darwin called an “abominable mystery.”

Meanwhile, ancient flowers encased in amber or preserved in tar are providing clues about how ecosystems might respond to changing climates. And, although it was honed by evolution for billions of years, can we make photosynthesis more efficient and help forestall a global food crisis?

Guests:

Eva-Maria Sadowski - Post doctoral paleobotanist at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Regan Dunn - Paleobotanist and assistant Curator at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Royal Krieger - Rosarian and volunteer at the Morcom Rose Garden, Oakland, California

Ruby Stephens - Plant ecology PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Australia, and member of the eFlower Project

Stephen Long - Professor of Plant Science, University of Illinois

Featuring music by Dewey Dellay and Jun Miyake

Originally aired March 13, 2023

Climate One- Weekly Feed (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

240621: Climate Policy Wonk Turned Indie Pop Star: AJR’s Adam Met, 6/21/2024

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One- Weekly Feed series | 59:00

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Adam Met is a behind-the-scenes climate policy powerhouse. He also happens to be the bass player in the award winning indie pop group AJR with his brothers, Jack and Ryan. At the same time the band was gaining popularity, Adam was working on getting degrees and eventually a PhD in Human Rights Law and Sustainable Development. 

Met can trace his passion for climate to one moment in high school, when he was on a field trip with his human rights class to see Mary Robinson, President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Sitting in that audience hearing her speak when I was 17 really started to make the connection for me between how people and the planet interacted,” says Met. “I continued to study that throughout my undergrad and graduate education. But I can keep pointing back to that moment.” 

“I feel like we're the industry's best kept secret,” says Met when referring to his rock band of brothers, AJR. That’s despite the band winning awards, having songs high on the charts, and going viral on TikTok. While most people probably see a career in music and a career in climate policy as separate and distinct, Met says the engagement strategies are the same, “When you're writing music, producing music, putting together the marketing campaign, rolling out an album, going on a tour, developing merchandise, this campaign really is about engaging fans in something and bringing people together with a common mission. That really is the exact same thing that you're doing when building a campaign within any sort of movement.”

Met also uses the listening skills he developed as a musician in his climate policy work. During negotiations for what would become the landmark climate bill The Inflation Reduction Act, Met had specific policy goals in mind, but he says, “80 to 90 percent of the time, it really was a listening exercise for me. And I spent just as much time in Republican offices as I did in Democrat offices.” 

Met then founded Planet Reimagined, which he describes not as a think tank, but  as a thought and action tank. “Planet Reimagined innovated this idea of action research. It's doing research with an eye towards: how can we turn it into something real?” Met says.

Met and Planet Reimagined used what they learned from the listening done during IRA negotiations to come up with a plan to deploy renewable energy faster and farther. Met says, “We found huge overlap to site renewable energy on top of current oil and gas leases. This is land that has never been explored before for renewables. It's land that's previously been disturbed, which, if we can reuse that for renewables, would be huge.” They identified 23 million acres where these projects could go. The plan has the support of both Republican Congressman John Curtis and Democratic Congressman Mike Levin. 

When Adam Met isn’t working to deploy renewable energy, he’s also working with organizations like the nonprofit Reverb to help lessen the carbon impact of live events and touring. Lara Seaver, Director of Projects at Reverb, says some of that work includes, “ Looking at better battery technology, solar power technology for live music. It's looking at better fuel for our trucks and buses and flights.” Seaver also helped the Lumineers go above and beyond in working to address their carbon pollution, and organized Billie Eilish’s solar-powered set at Lollapalooza.  


World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

My Meeting with the Alewives

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 05:09

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This week on World Ocean Radio we are hailing the alewife: a species of herring found in the west Atlantic where they thrive along shore and seasonally move into estuaries before swimming up small streams to freshwater ponds to breed. Alewives are considered a “species of concern” by the US National Marine Fisheries, threatened by dams and re-channeling of streams that blocked their upstream trajectory each spring. Host Peter Neill recently communed with them as they spawned upstream; in this episode he proposes reasons for alewives to offer us hope.

About World Ocean Radio
World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects.

World Ocean Radio
14 Years, 700+ Episodes
Ocean is climate
Climate is ocean
The sea connects all things

Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature (Series)

Produced by Bioneers

Most recent piece in this series:

03-17: Breaking the Male Code: The Tyranny of Masculinity, 7/10/2024

From Bioneers | Part of the Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature series | 28:30

Tony_porter_small To transform our culture from its focus on dominance and hierarchy to one of connection, empathy and collaboration, it’s vital that we re-envision the essential (or archetypal) masculine, which changes everything. This rarely tackled topic is the subject of a deeply authentic dialogue among Playwright and activist Eve Ensler and three men working to change men and change the story: Tony Porter, co-founder, A Call To Men; Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous activist, member of the 1491’s Native American comedy troupe; George Lipsitz, board president, African American Policy Forum.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 24-130: Making an Egg-cellent Cake, 7/1/2024

From WFIU | Part of the A Moment of Science series | 02:00

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This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for June 16, 2024

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:51

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The November elections are starting to dominate the media, and many pundits as well as social scientists are trying to tease out which issues might sway voters. Will it be democracy, abortion, immigration—or perhaps climate change? Comedians in Boulder, Colorado, hope global warming will be motivating—if they can make people laugh about it.

Spectrum: World of Science & Technology ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Science unscripted (DW) 06/18/2024 - Can the human kidney make it to Mars?

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Spectrum: World of Science & Technology ~ from DW series | 30:00

52861954_7_small This week on Science unscripted: Gabe's back. Nuff said? No, we also have science about where to look during video calls, how altruism can help once you've moved to a new place, and whether or not our kidneys can survive the trip to Mars.

Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 06/21/24

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 29:59

61296882_7_small And our desire for sugary foods has also left a mark on the environment. Is it time to question the sustainability of our sweet tooth? Or can we have our cake and eat it too? (by Natalie Muller, voiced by Neil King)

The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

549: Making Faces, 6/21/2024

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 59:00

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small Imagine looking at a crowd of people, and they either all look vaguely familiar, or like complete strangers. It doesn’t matter if this is a group of classmates or colleagues, or people you have never met before. That’s a daily experience for people who have a condition called face blindness — who can’t recognize people based on their faces. Face recognition takes up a lot of real estate in our brains, and for good reason; recognizing people allows us to form relationships, tell friend from foe, and create networks. On this episode, we explore how we recognize faces — and what happens when we can’t. We’ll also hear about people who are so-called “super recognizers,” and find out how artificial intelligence could turn face recognition into a tool for surveillance.

Constant Wonder (Series)

Produced by BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Constant Wonder - The Fine Art of Laid-Back Hard-Core Fasting

From BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM | Part of the Constant Wonder series | 52:50

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Amidst the annus horribilis that was 2020, New York-based writer John Oakes sought to exorcise some of his own inner noise and "automaticity" by doing a week-long liquid-only fast. He liked it so well that he and his wife, Carin Kuoni, began fasting twice a year. And he liked that so well that he wrote a book about it. In this episode of Constant Wonder he and Carin explain the how and why of these biannual fasts. 
Guests: 
John Oakes, author of "The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without"
Carin Kuoni, Senior Director/Chief Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Hidden histories, human interest, human interest stories, audio documentary, spirituality, microhistories, interview, history buff, history makers, history lovers, wonder, wonder in history, historical wonders, awe, awe in history, human wonders, breakthroughs, overcoming challenges, connectedness, transcendence, personal narrative, life experience, biography, autobiography, memories, resilience, family, ancestral roots, belonging, community, voice of the people

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Subsurface granite on the Moon? The anatomy of a lunar hot spot

From Mat Kaplan | Part of the Planetary Radio series | 28:50

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A decades-old lunar mystery gets an update in this week's Planetary Radio. Matt Siegler from the Planetary Science Institute shares his team's surprising findings about the granite formation that might lie beneath Compton-Belkovich, a thorium-rich hot spot on the far side of the Moon. Then Bruce Betts, chief scientist of The Planetary Society, shares What's Up in the night sky.


Discover more at: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/2023-subsurface-granite-on-the-moon