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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:

Phreaky Physics

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


It was a radical idea a century ago, when Einstein said space and time can be bent, and gravity was really geometry. We hear how his theories inspire young minds even today.

At small scales, different rules apply: quantum mechanics and the Standard Model for particles. New experiments suggest that muons – cousins of the electron – may be telling us that the Standard Model is wrong. Also, where the physics of both the large and small apply, and why black holes have no hair.


Originally aired August 16, 2021

Featuring music by Dewey Dellay and Jun Miyake



Climate One- Weekly Feed (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

20221007: Political Climate: The Midterm Forecast, 10/7/2022

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One- Weekly Feed series | 58:56


With the US midterm elections looming, the window for enacting meaningful climate policy may be closing. November’s elections will decide which party controls Congress, and that will have far reaching implications for the planet.  Historically, the midterms have been bad news for the party in control of the White House, but the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act may have changed that calculus. Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, explains where he believes the races stand at the moment:

The prospects for Republicans flipping the House remain better than even. I wouldn't call them really, really strong, but better than even. And that's for two reasons. One, incumbent presidents usually seem to lose the House. And two, we just had a round of redistricting. And in the majority of states Republicans were able to really nail down a lot of safer gerrymandered districts. But the story in the Senate is different. Six months ago…I would've said, Republicans might take back the Senate. Now, I think there's a greater likelihood that the Democrats might pick up a seat, but we're talking about a whole bunch of close elections in four or five states that could go either way. So, it's gonna be a surprise to pretty much everybody what happens in the Senate.”

So where does climate rate on the list of issues voters consider when casting their ballots? Stinnett explains, “The good news is that when we look at voters’ long-term priorities, 9% of them listed climate and the environment as their number one priority over all others. Now that might not seem like a lot...But…it was enough to put climate in the environment in third place. Right behind inflation and cost-of-living which 30% listed as their top long-term priority. And then 13% said economy and jobs. The problem is most people don't go and cast their ballot thinking about how they want to impact the world 5, 10, even 20 years from now. And when instead, we asked what people's current priorities are, we were lucky if 4% of likely voters listed climate and the environment as a top priority.”

Democrats definitely talk and do more about the climate crisis, though bills that have clean energy provisions - such as the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act - did draw some Republican votes. Chelsea Henderson, Director of Editorial Content for RepublicEN and host of the podcast EcoRight Speaks, sheds some light on how climate priorities are evolving on the right:

“If you are a Republican voter, you can expect that those candidates have some sort of position on climate change. It's really no longer cool to just say it isn't happening. We have too much anecdotal evidence, let alone all the scientific evidence. I don't think people are buying that any more. And more and more what I'm seeing is members wanting to have something they can show, whether its constituents back home who might be concerned or future voters they want to show something that they’re for.”

Another recent example of bipartisan climate action was the  US Senate’s ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. This is a huge deal, because enacting the amendment could reduce warming by 0.5°C, by eliminating the use of HFCs or hydrofluorocarbons. 

Jean Chemnick, Climate Reporter for E&E News, explains that what enabled bipartisan support was that American industry could gain financially from the deal. “The Kigali Amendment, of course, only addresses a fairly narrow slice of the climate problem. It's just HFCs, which are used in a fairly narrow set of products. And industry wasn't just supportive of it, they were passionately supportive of it. US companies, many of which are actually in states that are sort of red states represented by Republican senators. They were the ones who held the patents to the alternatives.”

World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Sovereignty and the Ocean

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:21


This week on World Ocean Radio we're offering two extremely important ocean examples where the opposition of sovereignty and commonality collide. This first is the UN Treaty for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the second is a treaty for the management of the high seas and seabed--the vast areas that make up the boundaries beyond national jurisdiction.

About World Ocean Radio
5-minute weekly insights dive into ocean science, advocacy and education hosted by Peter Neill, lifelong ocean advocate and maritime expert. Episodes offer perspectives on global ocean issues and viable solutions, and celebrate exemplary projects. Available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

Photo by Colin Lloyd on Unsplash 

Resource from this episode
UNCLOS: UN Treaty for the Law of the Sea
Convention & Related Agreements

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 22.208: The History of Refrigeration, 10/19/2022

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small The History of Refrigeration

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for October 2, 2022

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:59

H2o_logo_240_small It's likely to be the single-biggest release of the potent greenhouse gas methane ever recorded.

A preliminary analysis concluded that human-induced climate change increased  Hurricane Ian's rainfall by ten percent.

Some shark species evacuate when they sense hurricanes are brewing—others stick around for the ultimate smorgasbord.

How to conserve water? Install rooftop solar.

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

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Science unscripted (DW) 09/27/22

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

52861946_403_small An experimental Alzheimer's drug really may be 'historic,' and some stunning data on what COVID does to people's brains. Also, is coffee good (or bad) for your heart?

Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 30/09/22

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

56922979_403_small Living Planet: Whale speak / nature’s opera /& tidal marshes. In today's episode, we’re giving you a taste of these resonant offerings, and, later, getting our feet wet, speaking to climate scientists – who trying to figure out whether tidal marshes can help us reduce planetary warming by continuing to absorb carbon, or whether rising sea levels will mean they start to do the opposite.

The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

460: The Battle Over Autism Therapy ABA, 10/7/2022

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 59:02

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small When Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) first emerged on the national stage, it was hailed as a ray of hope. It was an intensive, interactive therapy that seemed to have positive results with kids on the autism spectrum, teaching them valuable skills while eliminating unwanted behaviors. It was expensive and time-consuming — so parents lobbied to have it covered by insurance or schools. By the 2010s, they’d largely achieved that goal, and ABA became a standard treatment for kids with autism. But over the past few years, that first generation of kids to receive intensive ABA has grown up — and they’re telling a different story. Many have criticized ABA as harmful and even abusive, calling it “conversion therapy for autistic people.” On this episode, we explore the battle over ABA. We hear from a young man who received it as a kid, autistic self-advocates, experts, and parents — all of whom have a different perspective on ABA, its benefits and whether or not the approach should be revamped or scrapped altogether.

Constant Wonder (Series)

Produced by BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Constant Wonder - Float Like a Butterfly, Major Taylor

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

Cw_badge_small Drew “Bundini” Brown—the man who changed the course of boxing history.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Grounded: The director of the SOFIA flying observatory on its termination

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