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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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
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This week on World Ocean Radio we offer part three of a four-part series devoted to "The Outlaw Ocean", a new book by award-winning New York Times ...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:56
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The outlaw ocean, a space apart, hidden from view, a place of rampant criminality and exploitation. This week on World Ocean Radio we offer part on...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:32
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The outlaw ocean, a space apart, hidden from view, a place of rampant criminality and exploitation. This week on World Ocean Radio we offer part on...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 05:07
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In the United States, planning and reparation for coastal flooding and damage has been administered under a National Flood Insurance Program that s...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 04:43
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In this episode of World Ocean Radio we call upon the Canadian government to amend and expand their June 2019 legislative action--the Wild Animal a...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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This week on World Ocean Radio we introduce listeners to Project Drawdown, a collective of scholars and innovators assembled to address the challen...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:32
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Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's annual demands on Nature exceed the capacity for Earth's ecosystems to regenerate those resource...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:14
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A trophic cascade is an ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators, involving changes in populations of both preda...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 04:33
Caption: The Law of Mother Earth: protecting the well-being of its citizens by protecting the natural world
"Mother Earth has the following rights: To life, to the diversity of life, to water, to clean air, to equilibrium, to restoration, and to pollution...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 04:40
  • Purchases: 1
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With the Hearts in the Ice expedition set to begin one month from now, World Ocean Radio is revisiting a special episode dedicated to the upcoming ...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:28
Caption: Wolf Schram for Unsplash
How often do we think about what lies below the surface of the land, below the sea floor? This week on World Ocean Radio we're thinking about water...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 05:33
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This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill highlights the dark side of what happens at sea in the context of a forthcoming book by Pulitzer Pr...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 05:34
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In this episode of World Ocean Radio we look back at the most egregious actions and decisions taken by individuals, corporations and governments th...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 05:25
Caption: The Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial aka "Man at the Wheel" is a historic sculpture honoring those lost at sea. Located in Gloucester, Massachusetts and built in 1925. , Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Visiting coastal graveyards in Ireland some years ago, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill observed the many stones of sailors lost at sea and began...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 05:28
Caption: Bath Iron Works is a subsidiary of General Dynamics and Maine's largest defense contractor and a major employer. BIW builds Zumwalt destroyers for the U.S. Navy at its shipyard on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine
This week on World Ocean Radio we're talking about solutions to the climate challenge by highlighting some modern examples of and possibilities for...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and KVNF


  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:38
  • Purchases: 2
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This week we are talking about ocean calm and the ways that we are affected in mind, body and spirit by a peaceful ocean. In this episode we tell t...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 04:51
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The World Ocean Observatory is partnering with Main Street Bucksport this year for the 4th annual International Maritime Film Festival, a celebrati...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 05:04
Caption: Desalination plant in Hamburg, Germany, Credit: World Atlas | worldatlas.com/articles/can-we-make-drinking-water-out-of-ocean-water.html
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill gets us thinking about seawater: as a resource for fresh drinking water, as a means for robust rene...

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
Caption: Rivedoux-Plage, Charente-Maritime, southwestern France , Credit: Sweet Ice Cream Photography
Bridges are physical structures born from the ingenuity and hard work of humankind, engineered to connect things from one side to another. Bridges ...

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 04:38