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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:

Neanderthal in the Family

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


Back off, you Neanderthal! It sounds as if you’ve just been dissed, but maybe you should take it as a compliment. Contrary to common cliches, our Pleistocene relatives were clever, curious, and technologically inventive. Find out how our assessment of Neanderthals has undergone a radical rethinking, and hear about the influence they have as they live on in our DNA. For example, some of their genes have a strong association with severe Covid 19 infection. Plus, how Neanderthal mini-brains grown in a lab will teach us about the evolution of Homo sapiens.


  • Svante Pääbo – Evolutionary geneticist and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  • Doyle Stevick – Associate professor of educational leadership and policies at the University of South Carolina.
  • Beverly Brown – Professor emerita of anthropology, Rockland Community College, New York.
  • Rebecca Wragg Sykes – Paleolithic anthropologist, author of “Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art.”
  • Alysson Muotri – Neuroscientist and professor of pediatrics, cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine

Featuring music by Dewey Dellay and Jun Miyake


Climate One- Weekly Feed (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Pharma Pollution

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 04:55


Pharmaceutical pollution is as important and critical a factor for public health as microplastics and other chemical wastes that enter the water cycle, marine biota, and our bodies. A recent study by researchers at the Global Monitoring of Pharmaceuticals examined 258 rivers around the world and found that pharmaceutical pollution is contaminating water on every continent.

About World Ocean Radio
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

World Ocean Radio is produced in association with WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine and is distributed worldwide by the Public Radio Exchange and the Pacifica Network.

Available for podcast download wherever you listen to your favorites.

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, 5/18/2022

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.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 22-100: Soap Bubbles and Butterfly Wings, 5/20/2022

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Soap Bubbles and Butterfly Wings

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for May 15, 2022

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:52

H2o_logo_240_small A long and salty battle in California has ended with the state's Coastal Commission unanimously rejecting a desalination plant in Orange County.

The sugar industry has a sweetheart deal in Florida that critics say is polluting air and water.

Cleaner air in Europe and North America has led to a surprising result—more hurricanes in the Atlantic.

If a dish were labeled climate friendly on a restaurant menu, would you chose it to save the planet?

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

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Science unscripted (Spectrum) 05/10/2022

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

Sp1_small This week on the show: The stuff you breathe out can tell an enormous amount about your health — and intentions.

Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 05/13/2022

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

Lp1_small This week on the show: We dive underwater to visit creatures great and very, very small. Some of them are vocal, some are vital for the air we breathe and, sadly, many of them are threatened. How can we better protect life in the oceans? Plus — the environmental toll of your monthly bleed, and how menstrual products tell the story of the modern world, from capitalism to patriarchy to pollution.

The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

439: In Sickness and in Health, 5/13/2022

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

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small We all know the vow: “In sickness and in health.” But in reality, when serious illness enters a relationship, everything changes. A powerful mix of conflicting emotions can tug on people — love, devotion, grief, guilt, and even resentment. Illness can be a test — a trial by fire — but also an opportunity for growth. On this episode, we hear from couples and families whose lives have been touched by illness and find out how they made it through. How were their relationships transformed? How did they not only survive — but thrive? And what helps people cope, and even appreciate the good moments? We hear stories about how cancer changed the trajectory of writer Delia Ephron’s life, the hidden struggles of family caregivers, and how one mother’s illness transformed her family’s life.

Constant Wonder (Series)

Produced by BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Constant Wonder - Animal Duets

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


Clarinet duets with laughing thrushes, nightingales, whales and cicadas. Philosopher and ornithologist David Rothenberg poses the question: do birds make music, or do they just make sounds to defend a territory or attract a mate? We also talk to a zoomusicologist in Scotland, and we listen to a trio of two oboes and a dog. 
David Rothenberg, musician, composer, author, philosopher-naturalist, and Professor of music and philosophy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Emily Doolittle, composer, zoomusicologist, and Athenaeum Research Fellow and Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Perseverance Perseveres: A Mars rover update from Ken Farley

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

Perseverance_looking_at_helicopter_small_small Perseverance, the Mars 2020 rover, has begun an exciting new phase of its mission. Project scientist Ken Farley tells us why the ancient river delta it has entered is so enticing and intriguing. Ken also salutes Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter,  as we look forward to the day when samples of the Red Planet are sent to Earth. What role did the Wright brothers, those pioneers of powered flight, contribute to the Apollo and space shuttle programs? Bruce Betts has the answer in What’s Up. Hear and discover more at https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/2022-ken-farley-perseverance