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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:

Life in the Solar System

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


Spewing lava and belching noxious fumes, volcanoes seem hostile to biology. But the search for life off-Earth includes the hunt for these hotheads on other moons and planets, and we tour some of the most imposing volcanoes in the Solar System. 

Plus, a look at how tectonic forces reshape bodies from the moon to Venus to Earth. And a journey to the center of our planet reveals a surprising layer of material at the core-mantle boundary. Find out where this layer was at the time of the dinosaurs and what powerful forces drove it deep below.


Samantha Hansen – Geologist at the University of Alabama

Paul Byrne – Associate professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis

Robin George Andrews – Science journalist and author of “Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal about Earth and the Worlds Beyond

Featuring music by Dewey Dellay and Jun Miyake

Climate One- Weekly Feed (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

230526: Naomi Oreskes, David Gelles and The Myth of Free Markets, 5/26/2023

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One- Weekly Feed series | 58:59


Many on the left say that the growing climate crisis is the inevitable result of unbridled capitalism. And market fundamentalists argue that loosely regulated markets allow for the best economic outcomes. But that view ignores a key reality, according to Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science at Harvard:

“The whole ideology is fundamentally based on a lie. It's based on asking us to trust that these corporations will behave themselves, when in reality we have abundant evidence that they don't.”

Oreskes’s earlier book, “Merchants of Doubt,” detailed how corporate executives and a handful of rogue scientists helped mislead the public about several subjects, including climate change. In her new book, “The Big Myth,” Oreskes and her co-author Erik M. Conway point to a concerted effort from American business groups to push the myth that only unbridled markets can generate prosperity and protect political freedom. 

“The reality is that government has always been involved in the marketplace for better or worse,” she says. “But the idea that business leaders somehow do this all on their own because they're so tough or so smart or so talented is really part of the myth.” 

New York Times reporter David Gelles details the embodiment of this philosophy in one man in particular, General Electric CEO Jack Welch. In his book, “The Man Who Broke Capitalism,” Gelles explores how Welch exploited the myth of the markets and undermined the foundation of what - for most of the twentieth century - had been held up as a model corporate citizen. Welch’s singular focus on increasing profits – at the expense of all else, including the environment – set the tone for decades to follow. 

“It's an extractive mentality that I think so much of American industry inhabits when it comes to their relationship with nature,” Gelles says. For more than 50 years, fossil fuel companies suppressed climate information from their own scientists to serve their short-term financial interests. And they’ve continued to do so even as climate disruption grows greater every day.

“They’re still out there funding climate denialism. They're still out there trying to interfere with regulations that would actually constrain their ability to continue to extract and drill and emit fossil fuels.”

Together, Oreskes and Gelles unpack how  today’s hypercapitalism and shareholder primacy  create big obstacles to moving toward cleaner energy, which has short term costs but big long-term benefits. From there, these authors go on to illustrate how industry’s push to limit the role of government has amplified the climate crisis.

“If we actually had appropriate regulations, appropriate rules of the road, we wouldn't be in this position of having to beg corporate leaders not to destroy the planet,” Oreskes says.

Related Links:

The Big Myth

The Man Who Broke Capitalism

Merchants of Doubt

Seed Commons

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

RESCUE, part 20: How to Account for an Ocean Economy

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 05:18


This week the multi-part RESCUE series continues with a breakdown of a 2020 Report by the World Resource Institute High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy that offered some revised definitions and pathways toward a more sustainable future, including three fundamental questions as a framework for change: 1. How will a decision change the wealth on an ocean balance sheet, including all produced assets? 2. How will a decision change net national income or welfare, and how will those changes be distributed between different groups of people? and 3. How will the decision change ocean-based economic production and create new means to achieve social and economic goals?

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.

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Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature (Series)

Produced by Bioneers

Most recent piece in this series:

11-15: Youth Solutionaries: Future Present, 5/31/2023

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

Deanthony_jones_small Youth movements are rising to restore people and planet. De’Anthony Jones, a former President of the Environmental Students Organization at Sacramento State, Chloe Maxmin, co-founder of Divest Harvard, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, hip-hop artist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, say there’s no better time to be born than now because this generation gets to rewrite history. It could be known as the generation that brought forth a healthy, just, sustainable world for every generation to come.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 23-123: Global Climate Change and the Greenland Ice Sheet, 6/21/2023

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 May 28, 2023

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:09

H2o_logo_240_small Even conservative justice Brett Kavanaugh thinks the Sackett case that sacks wetlands protections went too far.

The recent Colorado River “deal” is short on details and may not be enough to save the iconic river.

The Montreal Protocol had an amazing—and unexpected—side effect.

How seagulls decide what foods to steal from our picnics.

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

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Science unscripted 05/23/2023

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

52861954_7_small The four-day workweek can work for airplanes, and how a dusty political treatise could save your life in a hospital.

Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 05/26/23

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


Reclaiming Chile's sacrifice zones 
Anna Marie Goretzki & Diego Contreras (sp. Evelyn McClafferty) [EcoIndia]

Can we mine critical minerals sustainably for the planet and its people? w/Saleem Ali
Charli Shield

Recycling lithium batteries in India 
Gerhard Sonnleitner (sp. Aditi Rajagopal) [EcoIndia]

The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

493: Communicating With Animals, 5/26/2023

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 59:03

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small On this rebroadcast of the Pulse: Humans have long been fascinated by the idea of communicating with other species — not just teaching animals to mimic human words, but truly understanding their calls or cries, and interpreting their meaning. In recent years, new technologies and research are getting us closer to that point. So what are scientists learning about the way animals’ minds work — what they think about, care about, and want us to understand? On this episode, we explore animal communication — from their ability to speak our language, to our ability to understand theirs. We hear stories about what viral videos of “talking” dogs and cats are teaching scientists, the hidden meanings behind whale songs and dolphin whistles, and how machine learning is decoding the oinks and squeals of pigs.

Constant Wonder (Series)

Produced by BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Constant Wonder - Making Peace in the Wolf Wars

From BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM | Part of the Constant Wonder series | 52:53

Cw_badge_small Daniel Curry had had recurring dreams about wolves, long before he chose to devote his career to helping them. After working with captive wolves for several years, he became a "range rider," a human intermediary between predators and the cattle they might want to eat. In this episode of Constant Wonder, we'll discover Curry's extraordinary empathy for both domestic and wild creatures, and we'll hear how he works to keep them all safe.

Guest: Daniel Curry, range rider and wolf advocate in Eastern Washington

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Exoplanet enigma: Unpacking the discovery of a "forbidden" planet

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

Art_toi_5205b_small_small This week on Planetary Radio, Shubham Kanodia, the lead on a paper about a so-called “forbidden planet,” TOI 5202 b, joins us to talk about this strange world and why it's upending our understanding of planetary formation. Then Bruce Betts and Sarah Al-Ahmed will team up for What's Up, a look back at this week in space history, and a preview of the upcoming night sky. Discover more at: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/2023-forbidden-planet