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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Caption: Black Sand Beach in Reynisfjara, Iceland, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on a landscape of special importance to him on the coast of Iceland, and the ways th...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 05:52
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Carbon offset programs offer ways for retailers and consumers to help address the challenge of climate impacts and environmental consequences, and ...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 10:51
Caption: https://www.techinasia.com/talk/startups-worry-black-swans, Credit: Infographic by Call Levels
Since the mid 2000s, economists have spoken of Black Swans, disruptive financial events that embody three special characteristics: they are rare, w...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 05:52
Caption: Youth Climate Strikes (aka Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate) is an international activist movement born of one teenager's staged protests each Friday outside of Sweden's parliament building in August 2018. Greta Thunberg began striking for climate an, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The climate is in crisis, and the next generation is committed to and has been successful in raising awareness, demanding political action, seeking...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 05:31
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This week on World Ocean Radio we highlight the innovative work of the Sasagawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, an organization using philanthrop...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 05:48
Caption: A Moken fisherman of the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Moken is a Thai word meaning sea people, people of water, sea nomads or sea gypsies. The Moken are a group of Austronesian people of an archipelago...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 05:32
Caption: Fresh drinking water from brackish seawater in Kiunga, Kenya , Credit: © GivePower
In the middle ages, alchemists for a time believed they could turn base metal into gold. This early endeavor may be the origin story for modern inv...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 04:31
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Each year during the holidays, longtime World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads "At The Fishhouses", a poem by Elizabeth Bishop. This is a perenni...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:38
Caption: A heavy sea crossing the deck of the Parma (1902) , Credit: Alan John Villiers, 1933 © National Maritime Museum Collections
This week on World Ocean Radio we have a special reading of "Christmas at Sea", an evocative poem by Robert Louis Stevenson written in 1883. Steven...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Dec 24, 2019
  • Length: 03:23
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on World Ocean Radio we explore the lessons of the ocean and the concept of adversity: adversity at sea due to weather, unpredictability,...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 05:09
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This week on World Ocean Radio we tell a tale of two cities--Newtok, Alaska (pop. 380) and Jakarta, Indonesia (pop. 30 mil)--6,000 miles apart yet ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 05:22
Caption: Kalhuthukala Magu Malé, Maldives
How many ways do we hear the sound of water? In this episode of World Ocean Radio we explore water, the most essential element on earth, and the wa...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:45
Caption: Varvakeios Municipal Fish Market, Athens, Greece, Credit: Aris Sfakianakis
Fish markets are the noisy, colorful, exiting, authentic and lively centers of any coastal city, the place where mongers and customers, tourists an...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:23
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In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on the coming of winter and the collection of the last of the harvest to sustain us-...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 04:41
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Earthrise, NASA image AS08-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission
A scientific paper published in May 2019 states that eight urgent, simultaneous actions are needed to head off potential ecological disaster in the...

Bought by WRIR


  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan , Credit: Photo by Zhaoli Jin
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on the magic of water and the ways it defines our urban spaces. This episode focuses on To...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Increasingly, people around the world are experiencing a fresh water crisis. More than 17 countries are under high water stress, and one fourth of ...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 05:25
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There has never been a better time to become a citizen scientist: curious individuals interested in collecting data to build toward solutions, expa...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:49
Caption: Ko Phi Phi, Thailand, Credit:  Reiseuhu on Unsplash
How do we describe the relationship between human society and nature? This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss what it means to be a stakeholder, ...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 05:27
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on World Ocean Radio we conclude our four-part series devoted to "The Outlaw Ocean", a new book by award-winning New York Times investiga...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 04:39