World Ocean Observatory

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World Ocean Radio provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Hosted by longtime host Peter Neill.

The WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY is dedicated to information, education and public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social system. 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.


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A series of short essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory


Caption: Oil painting of La Amistad off the coast of Long Island , Credit: Courtesy of the New Haven Museum
This week on World Ocean Radio: part four of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series. In this episode we discuss the history of La Amis...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 05:30
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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