Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Radio ramblings

Public radio is like a free university that you can have with you in your kitchen, car, or wherever you go. Even better, the stories are archived. For the final exam in my class Geography of Environmental Problems, I asked students to listen to a few stories related to environmental problems we had discussed, and to write about how the radio pieces relate to what we had covered in the class. Because my students are great at finding interesting things, I am posting some of the links to the stories they found, without commentary and in no particular order. I hope my blog followers will find these as interesting as my students and I did.

Incidentally, the findings are not limited to National Public Radio -- students were also invited to search Pacifica and Public Radio International. In some cases, the same program addresses a similar topic several times -- such as Cape Wind on Science Friday -- so that listeners can hear the discussion in considerable depth and from a wide variety of perspectives, while seeing how some aspects of the story change over time.

Global Warming Heat Wave? January Temps Hit Record Highs Across Northeast; Democracy Now! January 8, 2010. http://www.pacifica.org/program-guide/op,segment-page/segment_id,60/

Cash for Climate; Living on Earth. April 9, 2010. http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=10-P13-00015

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward; Science Friday. April 30th, 2010. http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201004302

Earth Day and the Environment Program: Making Science Radio Active Science Friday
Date Aired: Friday, April 16th, 2010         

Weathercasters and Climate Change Program: Making Science Radio Active Science Friday

Date: Friday, April 9th, 2010


·        NPR: On Science – “Neanderthals and Soaping Up For Your Mental Health” (There was a small piece on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.) Friday, May 7, 2010<http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510286>
·        NPR: Science Friday – “Fixing Oil Rig Blowout No Easy Task”. Friday, May 7, 2010 <http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510221>
·        Radio Boston 05 03 10 Boston Water Crisis. Monday, May 3, 2010.      <http://audio.wbur.org/storage/2010/05/radioboston_0503.mp3>

Wind Power Program: Making Science Radio Active Science Friday
Date: Friday, April 9th, 2010

The Green Talk Network. Moir’s Environmental Dialogues: Ocean River Shields of Achilles.           “Global Oceans in Crisis, Deep Descents in Trouble Ecosystems.”            http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=45734. April 14, 2010.

National Public Radio. Science Friday with Ira Flatow. “Cave Science.”             http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201003122. March 12, 2010.

Living on Earth. “Climate Action, Climate At Home and Abroad.”            http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=10-P13-00017#top. April 23, 2010.

Get This: Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow” by Christopher Joyce
“TV Weathercasters Skeptical Of Climate Science” by Ira Flatow (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125767954)
“Can Climate Change Explain Odd Weather?” by Ira Flatow
     Date aired: April 23, 2010.

BP Will Pay for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, CEO Says / NPR Morning Edition Date: May 3, 2010

Environmentalist: Spill Will Disrupt Wildlife / NPR Morning Edition Date: April 30, 2010

Oil Spill Clouds Support for Offshore Drilling / Living on Earth Date: May 1, 2010 (WGBH)

October 1, 2007 on All Things Considered
February 15, 2010 on All Things Considered
September 3, 2009 on All Things Considered
April 27, 2006 on All Things Considered

Brand, Brand, Madeleine. "Public Works Endanger Japan's Environment." NPR Radio. 9 Oct. 2007. Http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15117373

Joyce, Christopher. "Offshore Drilling Loses Support After Gulf Oil Spill." NPR Radio. 4 May 2010.  <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126511355>.

Telonidis, Taki. "College Class on Environment Redefines Field Trip." NPR Radio. 6 Nov. 2006. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6443120>.

“Protecting the Global Food Chain” Aired On Point radio show with Tom Ashbrook on March 8, 2010. http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/13/protecting-the-global-food-chain.
“Confidence in Climate Science Eroding Over Errors” Aired on All Things Considered on NPR Radio February 22, 2010 with Christeropher Joyce. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyid=1239736647M=123979326
“Food & Climate: A Complicated but Optimistic View” Aired on Morning Edition on NPR Radio October 30, 2007 by Dan Charles. http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&islist=false&id=157012&m=15766194

Predicted Impact From Antarctic Ice Melt Lessened by Richard Harris, NPR.org Morning Edition. May 15, 2009. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104133389
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities by David Stern, NPR.org Morning Edition. October 1, 2007. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14853942
Using Trees To Curb Climate Change Not So Simple by Christopher Joyce, NPR.org Morning Edition. October 23, 2009. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114062725

Manure, Fertilizer Part of Chesapeake's Problem (Part 1) by Elizabeth Shogren
All Things Considered 
December 23, 2009

Byproducts of Urban Life Smother Chesapeake Bay (Part 2) by Elizabeth Shogren
All Things Considered 
December 23, 2009

Greek Island of Crete Suffers Intense Heat, Drought by Joseph Shapiro
Morning Edition 
August 13, 2007

Iceland Seeks to Restore Soils, Forests by Richard Harris
Weekend Edition Saturday 
December 22, 2007

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