Terrascope Radio

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  • Location: 77 Mass. Ave., Massachusetts

Terrascope Radio is a class developed collaboratively by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Terrascope program and the MIT program in Comparative Media Studies (CMS). It is an exploration of radio as a medium of expression and communication, particularly communication about complex environmental issues. As part of the class, teams of students produce radio programs about a place they have been studying all year. In Terrascope, MIT freshmen study complex environmental problems in a team-based, project-oriented setting. In the fall they focus on understanding, and proposing solutions for, a particular problem. In the spring they explore ways of communicating the knowledge they have gained. Terrascope Radio is led by Dr. Ari Epstein; teaching assistants Joellen Easton and Rekha Murthy played key roles in developing the class.

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MIT/Terrascope Youth Radio takes you on a green audio tour of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Do populations of microbes, such as bacteria, have a kind of "social" structure? What happens if you put a microbe on the world's smallest diving board, and why would you do that in the first place? In search of answers to these and other questions, Measuring Marine Microbes takes you into the lab, out to the lunch trucks where scientists have some of their best ideas, and beyond. Produced with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Short pieces, each about one person and a special place.

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Audio postcards created by college students on their less than conventional spring breaks.

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From the remote Galapagos Archipelago, to the Arizona desert, to a tiny farming village in southern India, to the top of a volcano in Iceland, Terrascope Radio's young producers take you around the world, exploring how each culture's people face--and overcome--the challenges that come with living where they do.


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Part documentary, part sound-collage, this special explores Costa Rica, considered one of the "greenest" countries in the world, and its national e...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2013
  • Length: 21:19
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Classical piano or "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"--makes no difference, as long as Aleksya can be onstage, performing for an audience.

  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 02:20
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Overcaffeinated and stressed, MIT students rush down the "infinite corridor." But a few steps away is all it takes to make a calming, peaceful moment.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 01:57
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It's just a simple office, but for some students it's like a home, complete with an "adoptive mother." It's a routine place made special.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 02:27
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For one Indian classical singer, a crowded little apartment in Queens--or even just the sound of a shruthi box (an Indian-style musical drone)--bri...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 02:36
  • Purchases: 1
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A radio drama/semi-romance built on sound gathered during a field trip to southwestern India. Two American travelers, brought by chance to a tiny I...

  • Added: May 13, 2011
  • Length: 22:19
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In this unique combination of radio drama and field reporting, three teens from a future racked by climate change travel back in time to present-da...

Bought by KUT


  • Added: Sep 21, 2010
  • Length: 22:27
  • Purchases: 1
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A light-hearted but serious exploration of how water is used, conserved and transported in Arizona.

Bought by KRZA, KUT, Remix Radio, and YouthCast


  • Added: Jun 08, 2009
  • Length: 22:09
  • Purchases: 4
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Tucson, Arizona, lives on water from the Colorado River, which is hundreds of miles away and half a mile downhill. This is the story of how it gets...

Bought by KBGA 89.9 FM, KDNK, WMPG, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Jun 08, 2009
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 4
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A postcard from Elise showing the variety of people she came across on her trip to Arizona.

Bought by Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: May 12, 2009
  • Length: 02:36
  • Purchases: 1