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Playlist: Science

Compiled By: Jeff Conner

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Big Picture Science (Series)

Produced by Big Picture Science

Most recent piece in this series:

CRISPR Mosquitoes

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


The powerful gene editing tool CRISPR is already being tested on animal and plant cells. It has even been used on humans. How might this revolutionary tool change our lives? On the one hand, it could cure inherited diseases and rid the world of malaria-spreading mosquitoes. On the other hand, scientists using it are accelerating evolution and introducing novel genetic combinations that could transform our biological landscape in unforeseen ways. We explore the ramifications of this revolutionary technology.


Nathan Rose – Molecular biologist and head of malaria programs at U.K. based biotech company, Oxitec.

Hank Greely – Law professor and director of the Center for Law in the Biosciences at Stanford University and author of “CRISPR People: The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans.”

Antonio Regalado – Senior Editor for Biomedicine, MIT Technology Review.

Originally aired April 17, 2023

Featuring music by Dewey Dellay and Jun Miyake

Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

Most recent piece in this series:

Wild Orchid Mystery

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 22:47

Side_door_logo_640x640_small You probably know orchids as the big, colorful flowers found in grocery stores and given as housewarming gifts. But those tropical beauties represent only a fraction of the estimated 25,000 orchid species worldwide. While their showy relatives fly off the shelves, North America’s more understated native orchids are disappearing in the wild. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working to protect these orchids and their habitats, but first they need solve a surprisingly difficult problem: how to grow one.

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


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

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2024-07-19 What’s At Stake in November

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:57


There’s one tool nearly all of us have access to that can change the course of our climate future: voting.

Political leaders control vast budgets, set sweeping policies, and influence market forces on a global scale. And deciding who is leading depends on all of us – the public – making our voices heard. 

“Politics is the most important lever for change when addressing the climate crisis,” says Nathaniel Stinnett of the Environmental Voter Project, a group working to mobilize voters who care about climate. “If climate voters show up, they can choose the next president, they can determine the Senate, and they can determine the House,” he says.

But it seems like it’s especially hard to get people motivated to vote this year, when – at least for the moment – the choice for president is between the same two candidates we’ve seen before. Regardless of who leads the tickets in November, the choice is really between two parties, two paths for our climate future that couldn’t be more different. 

In the last four years, President Biden’s administration has made huge strides toward reducing emissions and building a renewable energy economy with several pieces of new legislation. 

“More money than has ever been spent on clean energy, on climate initiatives, in one go, in the United States, in history,” says New York Times Reporter Coral Davenport.

Biden has been a very successful and consistent climate leader. His landmark climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, puts $370 billion over ten years toward climate initiatives, a truly unprecedented investment. Still, the administration hasn’t done a good job making voters aware of its wins.

“Voters don't seem to really get that [the Inflation Reduction Act] is done and it's a law and sort of all this money is being poured into this and it's a big deal,” Davenport says. “It's a huge first step and it's also not enough. It will have a huge impact in transforming the nation's energy economy and reducing emissions tremendously.” But she says in order to avert the worst, most deadly and expensive impacts of climate change, “we need to do a lot more really fast.”

By contrast, the Trump administration eroded decades of progress on environmental and climate goals. It removed protections from waterways and weakened limits on carbon dioxide and mercury pollution, and stripped language about climate change and carbon from federal websites. If he’s reelected, Trump has promised to double down on fossil fuel production, to limit subsidies for electric vehicles and batteries, and to roll back as many of Biden’s efforts as he can.

This fall, the U.S. role in the climate emergency is on the line. And the results of this election will be profound, not only for this country, but for our planet. 

“The consequences are so significant, globally, that we're all kind of watching with horror and bated breath from outside the United States,” says historian Emma Shortis.

Related Links:

What Project 2025 would mean for the fight against climate change

Environmental Voter Project

Project 2025, the policy substance behind Trump’s showmanship, reveals a radical plan to reshape the world

At a Dinner, Trump Assailed Climate Rules and Asked $1 Billion From Big Oil

A String of Supreme Court Decisions Hits Hard at Environmental Rules

Sound Ecology (Series)

Produced by Jessica Eden

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ecology: Native Bees

From Jessica Eden | Part of the Sound Ecology series | 01:28

Sound_ecology_logo_small An audio postcard highlighting native bees -- including nuances of their behavior, life history and ecological importance.

Got Science? (Series)

Produced by This Is Science With Jess Phoenix

Most recent piece in this series:

Lean, Clean, Green Machines

From This Is Science With Jess Phoenix | Part of the Got Science? series | 29:01


In this episode

Colleen talks to Bridget and Paula about:

  • the modeling and analysis that shows how states can reach 100% renewable energy by 2035
  • what policies are needed to reach an equitable transition
  • what a just and sustainable future could look like

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 24-148: New Caledonian Crows Can Infer Weight, 7/25/2024

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small New Caledonian Crows Can Infer Weight

Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature (Series)

Produced by Bioneers

Most recent piece in this series:

09-18: Laboring for Justice: See No Stranger, 7/24/2024

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

Valerie_kaur_small In a world that’s unraveling from climate disruption and gaping inequality, another climate crisis confronts us: the climate of hate and othering. Award-winning scholar and educator Valarie Kaur says to overcome racism and nationalism, we must not succumb to rage and grief. As someone who has spent much of her life challenging horrific injustices and intolerance, Kaur learned the lesson that historical nonviolent change-makers understood: social movements must be grounded in an ethic of love. She founded the Revolutionary Love Project, and has emerged as one of the most important voices of the American Sikh community, and a highly influential faith leader on the national stage.

The 90-Second Naturalist (Series)

Produced by WGUC/ WVXU

Most recent piece in this series:

90 Second Naturalist – July 2024 Modules

From WGUC/ WVXU | Part of the The 90-Second Naturalist series | 34:30

Nsn_podcast_logo_small 90-second modules that celebrate the natural world and bring the wonder of nature into daily life.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for July 14, 2024

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:13

H2o_logo_240_small The conservative Heritage Foundation’s roadmap called Project 2025 would dismantle rules and offices related to energy and the environment.

A court in Ecuador ruled that the rights of a river had been violated by pollution coming from the country’s capital city, Quito.

cactus has gone extinct because of sea level rise.

The 1965 science fiction novel Dune has inspired a spacesuit that will allow astronauts to convert their pee into water.