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Playlist: Science

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Big Picture Science (Series)

Produced by Big Picture Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Vaccine Inequity

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


A radical plan could solve a historic global health inequity. Countries in the global south who waited for more than a year for ample supplies of Covid vaccines have banded together to make mRNA vaccines locally. If successful, they could end a dangerous dependency on wealthy nations and help stop pandemics before they start.

In a special episode, supported by the Pulitzer Center, journalist Amy Maxmen shares her reporting from southern Africa about the inspiring project led by the WHO that’s made fast progress. But it could fail, and a global imbalance will remain, if Big Pharma has its way. Find out what’s at stake.


Amy Maxmen - Award-winning science journalist, Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the Nature article, "The Radical Plan for Vaccine Equity"

Professor Petro Terblanche - Managing Director, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines in Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Kondwani Charles Jambo - Senior Lecturer and immunologist at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme in Blantyre, Malawi

Dr. Barney Graham, MD PhD - Former deputy director at the Vaccine Research Center at NIH and professor of medicine and microbiology immunology biochemistry at Morehouse School of Medicine

Emile Hendricks - Research technologist at Afrigen and Vaccines in Cape Town, South Africa

Achal Prabhala - Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, Coordinator at AccessIBSA, a medicines-access initiative in Bengaluru, India

Patrick Tippoo - Head of Science and Innovation at Biovac in Cape Town, South Africa, founding member of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative (AVMI)

Harrison Chauluka - chief of the Mkunda village in Malawi

Agnes Joni - farmer in Chiradzulu, Malawi

Prophet Dauda - translator and writer in Blantyre, Malawi 


Thanks to the Pulitzer Center for help supporting this episode of Big Picture Science

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:

Celebrating Planetary Radio’s 20th Anniversary with Bill Nye

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

Mat_on_mars_small_small The Science Guy and Planetary Society CEO applauds Planetary Radio’s entry into its third decade. Bruce Betts shares not-so-random space facts about our public radio show and podcast in this week’s What’s Up segment.

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2022-11-25 Yvon Chouinard: Giving It All Away

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:56


The clothing company Patagonia has become synonymous with outdoor adventure and sustainability, largely because of the unconventional approach of its founder Yvon Chouinard.

The pioneering founder and owner of Patagonia is known for charting his own path through the wilderness and through business, rather than pushing customers to buy new jackets and gear. Yvon Chouinard’s company helps people fix buttons and zippers, and collects worn out clothes for resale and recycling. In an industry not known for its social and environmental responsibility, the company is a leader in understanding the impacts of its operations on people and the planet, and works hard to do no unnecessary harm.

“I really believe that all of us should be buying less, but buying better,” he told climate One host Greg Dalton during a 2016 interview about his memoir, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman.

All that effort drives up costs. But until recently, the only shareholders were Yvon Chouinard, his wife Melinda, and their two adult children. Over the years, the reluctant billionaire has also prioritized philanthropy to grassroots environmental groups. Now, they’ve given the very profitable company away entirely to a specially designed trust and a nonprofit organization that will dedicate Patagonia’s profits to addressing climate change and preserving land. 

“I'm gonna do what I can, with the resources that I have, which is my company and some private philanthropy. And I'm gonna sleep at night knowing that I'm part of the solution rather than part of the problem,” Chouinard says.

$100 million is significant, but climate still only accounts for 2% of global philanthropy, says Michael Kavate of Inside Philanthropy. That means much more is needed to really drive change. 

“This is 100 different pushes in 100 different directions trying to reduce emissions and thus philanthropy in all kinds of spheres can be impactful when targeted at areas that haven't seen attention before,” Kavate says. 

By giving away their fortune in their lifetime, and funding grassroots environmental groups, Chouinard and his family stand apart from most traditional philanthropy which supports large, established organizations and often furthers the power of the donor, says Kavate.

“[Billionaires have] succeeded wildly under this current system. They think it needs to be tweaked so that we don't overheat ourselves rather than recreated wholesale.”

He’s hopeful that the next billionaire philanthropist considers appointing a group of people most impacted by climate change and having them make decisions about how to spend the money. 

“I hope that people go beyond what Patagonia has done. It's remarkable they have, in one stroke, ended their status as billionaires. But I think to both give away your wealth and to give away your power would be truly transformative.”

Related Links:

Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company
Patagonia Could Yield $100 Million a Year in Green Giving. Where Will the Money Go?

Sound Ecology (Series)

Produced by Jessica Eden

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ecology: Apapane

From Jessica Eden | Part of the Sound Ecology series | 01:00

Sound_ecology_logo_small The apapane is a forest bird native to the Hawaiian islands. It is a member of the honeycreeper family and an important pollinator.

Got Science? (Series)

Produced by Got Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Barriers to EV Ownership Among Communities of Color: Survey Shows Why

From Got Science | Part of the Got Science? series | 29:01


In this episode

Colleen, Quinta, and Dave discuss:

  • the barriers to owning an EV among communities of color
  • the incentives that are available through the Inflation Reduction Act
  • additional common-sense policy solutions
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A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 22.250: Bubble Trouble: How to Calm a Shaken Can of Soda, 12/16/2022

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Bubble Trouble: How to Calm a Shaken Can of Soda

Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature (Series)

Produced by Bioneers

Most recent piece in this series:

12-15: Ripples of Community Resilience: Small Acts, Big Change, 12/7/2022

From Bioneers | Part of the Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature series | 28:31

Tratham-e1407951498527_small In neighborhoods across the country, citizens are building community resilience – one shovelful and one backyard at a time. Visionary citizen restorationists Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts and Jessie Lerner of Sustain Dane show how seemingly small acts like catching rain and growing food forests are turning green visions into action, with the help of local governments, schoolkids, businesses, artists and churches.

The 90-Second Naturalist (Series)

Produced by WGUC/ WVXU

Most recent piece in this series:

90 Second Naturalist November 2022 Modules

From WGUC/ WVXU | Part of the The 90-Second Naturalist series | 33:00


The Ninety-Second Naturalist

November 2021 Titles   


110122 – Golden Lion Tamarins

110222 – The Pantanal

110322 – Tapir

110422 – Wood Frogs


110722 – Sun Bathing

110822 – Bird Tracking

110922 – Drinking Sea Water

111022 – Fairy Pink Armadillo

111122 – Suet


111422 – Starling Murmerations

111522 – Tarsiers

111622 – Loudest Animals

111722 – Seahorses

111822 – Sailfish


112122 – Dangerous Animals

112222 – What makes an animal dangerous?

112322 – Bison benefit prairie ecosystems

112422 – Guam Kingfishers

112522 – Nature-based solutions create coastal benefits


112822 – Javan Rhinos

112922 – Black Tree Monitors

113022 – Chimpanzee Communication


This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for November 27, 2022

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:00

H2o_logo_240_small strike by U.S. railroad workers next month could affect water systems across the country.

Millions of e-cigarettes are tossed into landfills—along with their valuable lithium.

This ocean buoy can desalinate water without using electricity, emitting greenhouses gases, or harming sea  life.

How facial recognition software is helping to conserve marine mammals.