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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:

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

Climate One- Weekly Feed (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

240712: Local Climate Heroes with Project Drawdown, 7/12/2024

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


Project Drawdown is a leading resource for climate solutions. The organization’s central thesis is that no single idea is going to solve the problem, but rather, that a comprehensive approach just might do the trick. The project’s best-selling book “Drawdown” itemizes exactly how many gigatons of emissions will be prevented by nearly a hundred distinct actions – things like reducing food waste, improving global health and education, and reforestation. Drawdown's ideas have been widely read and implemented by policymakers, influencers and business leaders worldwide. 

Recently, the organization has begun connecting their message to what can be done on a local level. Matt Scott is Project Drawdown's director of storytelling and engagement. As part of that work, Scott has been traveling around the country interviewing local climate heroes, and he's created a video series called “Drawdown’s Neighborhood.” 

In Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area and more, Scott lifts up underrepresented voices of those engaging in climate issues directly in their communities. And that diversity of voices – of women, queer people, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color – is itself the point. 

“Prior to our storytelling work, we spoke about the science and the solutions. We spoke about the statistics and the data. And that was really inspiring and uplifting to the point where nearly half a million copies of the Drawdown book have been sold and circulated worldwide,” says Scott. “But there was still the question of, okay, but like, what can I do? Where do I fit in?”

Scott emphasizes the importance of stories that help people see other individuals who are heroes in a sense – and who look like them. As someone who identifies as young, Black and queer, Scott says, “Without stories that represented me, people like me, my interests, I wouldn't be here in the climate movement.”

Ashia Ajani, a climate justice educator with Mycelium Youth Network, says that following the “racial reckoning” of 2020, more women of color were hired into predominantly white organizations. At first, they would hear “Oh, we want to support you. We love your ideas. We want you to be here and make change. We will put everything behind you to make change,” Ajani says. “And then you start identifying really serious problems, like foundational issues. And they're like ‘Ooh, gotta wrap it up. We can't be going that deep.’ And then you just don't feel like you have a place in that org or at that company.”

Grace Anderson, founder of The Lupine Collaborative, says “We don't need to go into these institutions. We don't need to be your DEI managers. We just need time and space to create. The solutions that we already know because we're embedded in our communities.” And so she created her own organization so that people like her could flourish in the environmental movement. 

Anderson envisions a future where people of all identities are leading abundantly resourced environmental organizations. “If resources were distributed in the ways that they should be, we'd all have enough," Anderson says. “There's a lot of joy in that future.”

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Plastic: Cycle and Recycle

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 05:04


Plastic. It is ubiquitous. It is everywhere in our lives, yet we do not possess the cycle or recycle to continue production in a sustainable or environmentally friendly way. If offsets and recycling do not provide the answer, what does?

About World Ocean Radio
World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. 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
14 Years, 700+ Episodes
Ocean is climate
Climate is ocean
The sea connects all things

Bioneers - Revolution From the Heart of Nature (Series)

Produced by Bioneers

Most recent piece in this series:

03-13: Disruptive Design: What Good Looks Like, 7/17/2024

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

Cheryl_dahle_small Aligning business with biology, disruptive design uses systems thinking to create models that show what “good” really looks like. Two winners of the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award—visionary architect Jason McLennan of the acclaimed Living Building Challenge and entrepreneur Cheryl Dahle of The Future of Fish—demonstrate breakthrough systems designs that can transform major industries, create a healthy sustainable environment and make life beautiful and fun.

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

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.

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

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Science unscripted (DW) 07/16/2024 -- An intriguing social trend in Germany

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

52861954_7_small This week on Science unscripted, we look at a study in Germany that might shed light on how we live together in the future. It has to do with young people and how they view romantic relationships.

Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 07/12/24

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

61296882_7_small  Hawaii and other tourist hot spots have banned some UV filters found in sunscreen, in part thanks to a fateful snack run for Oreos that put one ecotoxicologist on the trail of unsuspected coral killer. Twenty years later, his search continues amid a cacophony of misinformation about sun protection.

The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

552: Unearthing the Secrets of Volcanoes and Rocks, 7/12/2024

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 59:01

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small It’s easy to forget that the earth below us is always changing and shifting — but sometimes, we get a dramatic demonstration of exactly that, like with the recent eruptions of a volcano in Iceland. Volcanoes can devastate and destroy, but they’re also an integral part of our planet’s history and even evolution. And the same goes for the rocks beneath our feet — they’re ancient artifacts, historical records, time capsules filled with clues about Earth’s past and its future. On this episode, we read into the geologic record — written in stone — to decipher the secrets it holds. We talk with an adventurous researcher, who explains how volcanoes helped shape our planet’s evolution; we find out what we can learn from studying rocks; and hear about how rock collecting helped save one woman’s life.

Constant Wonder (Series)

Produced by BYUradio/KUMT/KBYU-FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Constant Wonder - Exploring the Mind of a Bee

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


A bee’s brain is tiny, but its one million neurons make shockingly complex connections. Individual bee and bumblebee intelligence is phenomenal, from spatial memory to communication. And would you believe that bees are likely also capable of play? Two leading researchers paint a compelling picture of just how much we’ve underestimated the individual sentience of bees. The stereotype of the bee as a robot fully dependent on the hive is far from accurate. We explore fascinating bee research involving harmonic radar, machine learning, and AI—in an effort to see the world through the eyes of a bee. 
Lars Chittka, professor of Sensory and Behavioral Ecology at Queen Mary University of London and author of "The Mind of a Bee"
Tim Landgraf, professor of Machine Learning and Robotics at the Free University Berlin
connectedness, transcendence, insects, bees, sentience, miracle of life, hope, redemption, tragedy, limits of medicine, spiritual growth, emotional healing, triumph, saving lives, courage, personal stories, audio documentary, human interest, human interest stories, resilience, human resilience

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