World Ocean Radio

Series produced by World Ocean Observatory

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5-minute audio essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory

World Ocean Radio is a weekly 5-minute audio feature for web listeners, podcasts, and worldwide distribution through community radio stations and partners. WOR provides weekly 5-minute commentary from longtime host Peter Neill, offering a unique perspective on important and relevant ocean issues. Thanks to private and foundation funds, we are able to offer World Ocean Radio for syndicated use at no cost.

Broadcast affiliates: We automatically send emails every Monday with mp3 file, episode summary, and links to image file and broadcast page. Episodes are also available for direct download from The Pacifica Network and The Public Radio Exchange.

We hope you'll find World Ocean Radio programming engaging and relevant for your listening audience. It is our belief that the sea connects all things. No matter where your listeners live, these broadcasts offer meaningful and relevant information for us all about the state of our world ocean.

Please let us know what you think: CONTACT US at director@thew2o.net so that we may begin sharing World Ocean Radio weekly broadcasts with you and your listening audience.

The WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY is a major utility for ocean communication as a means to advance public awareness and political will, and is dedicated to providing information and education about the health of the ocean. We believe that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. Our focus is the full spectrum of ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, security, recreation, and culture. It is our belief that the sea connects all things. Hide full description

World Ocean Radio is a weekly 5-minute audio feature for web listeners, podcasts, and worldwide distribution through community radio stations and partners. WOR provides weekly 5-minute commentary from longtime host Peter Neill, offering a unique perspective on important and relevant ocean issues. Thanks to private and foundation funds, we are able to offer World Ocean Radio for syndicated use at no cost. Broadcast affiliates: We automatically send emails every Monday with mp3 file, episode summary, and links to image file and broadcast page. Episodes are also available for direct download from The Pacifica Network and The Public Radio Exchange. We hope you'll find World Ocean Radio programming engaging and relevant for your listening audience. It is our belief that the sea connects all... Show full description


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In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part three of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series, we introduce listeners to Diving with a Pu...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2020
  • Length: 05:25
Caption: UNESCO Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part two of the four-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series, we discuss trans-Atlantic slavery in the con...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 05:10
Caption: This pencil and watercolor by Lt. Francis Meynell shows Africans liberated by the British Navy. The Albanez (erroneously identified as Albaroz in the National Maritime Museum catalog) was a Brazilian vessel, captured by the Royal Navy ship, Albatross, off, Credit: Image is in the public domain. Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International.
What were thought to be the remains of America's last slave ship--the Clotilda--were unearthed on a muddy river bank in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in ...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2020
  • Length: 04:51
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This week on World Ocean Radio we review a new book by photographer George Steinmetz with essays by Andrew Revkin. "The Human Planet: Earth at the ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2020
  • Length: 04:34
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This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill asks us to look to the ocean during these turbulent times of social unrest, to recognize the ocean ...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2020
  • Length: 05:13
Caption: Lines of sargassum can stretch for miles along the surface of the Sargasso Sea. The clumps of floating algae are often concentrated by the strong winds and wave action associated with the Gulf Stream, Credit: Ocean Explorer | NOAA
This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss the Sargasso Sea--a verdant, vital, biodiverse ecosystem that supports a great diversity of life, provide...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2020
  • Length: 05:25
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World events have made 2020 a more difficult year than it was already shaping up to be. Ocean systems have never been more challenged than today, a...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2020
  • Length: 04:08
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Caption: GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project aims to bring together all available data to produce a General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean by 2030, Credit: GEBCO
In 2019 a partnership was announced between The Nippon Foundation and the International Hydrographic Organization to undertake the GEBCO Seabed 203...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2020
  • Length: 05:13
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This week on World Ocean Radio: host Peter Neill offers reflections on the word "blue" and the profound stages of meaning beyond the color of the s...

  • Added: May 26, 2020
  • Length: 04:40
Caption: The sun is setting on fossil fuels , Credit: @zburival on Unsplash
This week on World Ocean Radio we assert that the age of oil is over: from the rise of renewable energy production worldwide to the reevaluation of...

  • Added: May 19, 2020
  • Length: 05:23
Caption: Taken during the November 2015 run of the Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station. Students on Earth programmed the camera aboard the orbiting laboratory to snap pictures around the globe., Credit: NASA/EarthKAM.org
This week concludes the nine-part ocean literacy series, a framework for formal and informal education to help us better understand the ocean's inf...

  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 04:35
Caption: Deep ocean research off the Western Coast of Hawaii: the first time this species of squid was spotted in its natural habitat, Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer
"The ocean is largely unexplored." So states the seventh and final Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us better und...

  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 04:52
Caption: Undersea cables carry telecommunications and Internet data globally, Credit: TeleGeography
"The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected." So states the sixth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us b...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 04:45
Caption: Coral Reef of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea (Egypt) , Credit: Francesco Ungaroon Unsplash | @francesco_ungaro
"The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems." So states the fifth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to he...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:39
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This week we bring you an abbreviated special edition of World Ocean Radio in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this edition we'll reite...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2020
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 1
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We interrupt our Ocean Literacy Series to bring you a special episode related to the Covid19 global outbreak. This week on World Ocean Radio we con...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 05:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau Alaska, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
"The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth." So states the second principle of the ocean literacy curriculum, a series of fundame...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2020
  • Length: 04:44
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"The Earth Has One Big Ocean With Many Features." So states the first principle of the ocean literacy curriculum, a series of fundamental concepts ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 04:21
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This week's episode of World Ocean Radio kicks off a multi-part series on the key principles of Ocean Literacy. The next eight episodes will provid...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 04:14
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Alternative energy is needed more today than ever before. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill asserts that the fossil fuel era i...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2020
  • Length: 04:59