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Playlist: Science

Compiled By: Jeff Conner

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Big Picture Science (Series)

Produced by Big Picture Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Let's Stick Together

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


Crowded subway driving you crazy?  Sick of the marathon-length grocery store line? Wish you had a hovercraft to float over traffic?  If you are itching to hightail it to an isolated cabin in the woods, remember, we evolved to be together.  Humans are not only social, we’re driven to care for one another, even those outside our immediate family.  

We look at some of the reasons why this is so – from the increase in valuable communication within social groups to the power of the hormone oxytocin.  Plus, how our willingness to tolerate anonymity, a condition which allows societies to grow, has a parallel in ant supercolonies.



Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

Most recent piece in this series:

The Feather Detective

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 27:16

Side_door_logo_640x640_small In 1960, investigators found dark bits of feather stuck inside a crashed airplane's engines. They needed someone to figure out what bird they belonged to—and how that bird took down a 110,000-pound plane. Enter Roxie Laybourne, a Smithsonian bird expert who not only answered that question, but also invented the science of using feathers to solve bird-related mysteries. This time on Sidedoor, we revisit some of Roxie's greatest cases and learn how she and her team helped keep the friendly skies friendly for both birds and people.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Apollo 11 and the Woman Who Helped Get It Home

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

Poppy-northcutt-first-woman-mission-control_small_small Poppy Northcutt was a pioneer—the first woman to work as an engineer in Apollo Mission Control. The program she helped to create got the astronauts back to Earth.  Fifty years later, she sits down with Mat Kaplan for a look back. You’ll also hear Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at a 50th anniversary celebration. And we’ll get a LightSail 2 update from Bruce Betts. Learn more about this week’s topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0717-2019-poppy-northcutt-apollo.html

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2019-07-26 The Art of the Green Deal

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:59


Host: Greg Dalton

Guests (in order of appearance):

Senator Ed Markey, D-MA
Representative Matt Gaetz, R-FL
Miranda Green, Energy and Environment Reporter, The Hill

The climate conversation in Washington has changed enough that Democrats and Republicans are talking climate deals.  A lot of that change can be attributed to the Green New Deal, a Democratic resolution introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey. 

“What we're doing with the Green New Deal is we’re putting together an army that won't just be a resolution, it's a revolution,” boasts Markey, who has served over 40 years in Congress and co-authored the last big legislative push for national climate policy a decade ago. Markey says that he and AOC “share a passion to create a movement which is going to change the relationship between the American people and the fossil fuel industry.” 

That relationship is also targeted in the Green Real Deal, a market-based alternative to the Green New Deal put forward by Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida. “Fossil fuels are not our future. They just aren’t,” proclaims Gaetz, very much out of line with GOP orthodoxy in general and the current administration’s policies in particular. 

Less surprising than a Republican proposing to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies is that a GOP call for climate action is coming from Florida. Gaetz, whose district in the Florida panhandle was battered by Hurricane Michael in 2018 is an ardent supporter of President Trump – except when it comes to climate science.

You can either believe the climate deniers, or you can believe your lying eyes,” he says, “and I'm from the pro-science wing of the Republican Party.” But are there really any prospects for a legislative deal passing while a pro-fossil fuel climate denier occupies the White House?

“It's more likely to see ideas like this passing as ballot initiatives in states as test kitchens that can then kind of branch out to other states than something really holistically passing through Congress before 2020,” says Miranda Green, an energy and environment reporter covering Congress for The Hill. 

Still, Green is impressed with Gaetz’s fossil fuel iconoclasm and even with Trump’s apparent need to address climate – if never actually by name – in a recent White House speech. “It shows that the issue of climate change has really put itself at the center of politics right now,” she says, “at the center of the political debate.” 

Sound Ecology (Series)

Produced by Jessica Eden

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ecology: Northern Harrier

From Jessica Eden | Part of the Sound Ecology series | 01:59

Sound_ecology_logo_small An audio postcard featuring the northern harrier. Formerly called a marsh hawk, naturalist Ken Burton shares some life history about this easily identified raptor.

Got Science? (Series)

Produced by Got Science

Most recent piece in this series:

Killer Heat in the United States

From Got Science | Part of the Got Science? series | 28:29


In this episode Kristy talks about:

  • UCS' recently released report on extreme heat
  • How disruptive extreme heat will be
  • What we can do to have a fighting chance against the warming planet

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