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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:

Rip Van Winkle Worm

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


(repeat) Your shower pipes are alive.  So are your sinks, books, and floorboards.  New studies of our homes are revealing just what species live there – in the thousands, from bacteria to flies to millipedes.  Meanwhile, life keeps surprising us by popping up in other unexpected places: the deep biosphere houses the majority of the world’s bacteria and the Arctic tundra has kept worms frozen, but alive, for 40,000 years.

We embrace the multitude of life living on us, in us, and – as it turns out – in every possible ecological niche.  Most of it is harmless, some is beneficial, and it’s all testament to the amazing diversity and adaptability of life.  In addition, the hardiest organisms suggest where we might find life beyond Earth.


Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

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Wild Orchid Mystery

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 22:47

Side_door_logo_640x640_small You probably know orchids as the big, colorful flowers found in grocery stores and given as housewarming gifts. But those tropical beauties represent only a fraction of the estimated 25,000 orchid species worldwide. While their showy relatives fly off the shelves, North America’s more understated native orchids are disappearing in the wild. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working to protect these orchids and their habitats, but first they need solve a surprisingly difficult problem: how to grow one.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

At the 2019 Starship Congress with David Brin

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

2019_starship_congress_poster_small_small Science fiction writer and futurist David Brin is one of our favorite guests. Finding him at the just-completed Starship Congress in San Diego, California was no surprise. Spend a few minutes in the real world with this spinner of science-based tales who advises NASA. The September Equinox edition of The Planetary Society’s great magazine is now available online for free. Editor Emily Lakdawalla provides a sneak peek. The Milky Way has at least 54 satellite galaxies? Who knew? Bruce Betts, that’s who. Learn more about this week’s guests and topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0918-2019-2019-starship-congress.html

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2019-09-20 A Tale of Two Cities: Miami and Detroit

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:57



Valencia Gunder, Founder, Make the Homeless Smile
Jesse Keenan, Lecturer, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Guy Williams, President and CEO, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Portions of this program were recorded at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Climate change is upending Miami’s real estate markets, turning one of its poorest neighborhoods into some of the most desirable real estate around. It’s a phenomenon known as “climate gentrification,” a term coined by urban studies professor Jesse Keenan.

In a 2018 paper, Keenan writes that while gentrification is most often driven by supply – that is, a surplus of devalued property that invites development and transformation – climate gentrification is the opposite.

“[It]is really about a shift in preferences and demand function,” says Keenan. “And that's a much broader phenomenon in terms of geography and physical geography or markets in some markets than any kind of localized gentrification in a classic sense.”

In other words, as people are attracted to areas of lower vulnerability, developers see an opportunity to make a killing. Valencia Gunder, a community organizer and climate educator in Miami, recognizes the irony. She says that in that city’s earliest days, Haitian, Bahamian and Caribeean immigrants were barred from living in the tony beachfront areas.

“Black people had to live in the center of the city, which is different than most America, because usually low income black communities are in lower lying areas…and so everything they did that they thought they were doing to hurt us, actually ended up helping us in the long run.”

But there’s only so much Little Haiti to go around.  As longtime residents are being priced out of their community, climate change isn’t helping matters.

“Once the water comes in, Little Haiti will be beachfront property,” Gunder predicts.
“Bottom line, it’s gonna be beachfront property, it’s going to be the new shore. So it's become like the hottest toy on the shelf.”


Related Links:

Make the Homeless Smile Miami

The CLEO Institute

100 Resilient Cities

Climate could exacerbate housing crisis in South Florida (Sierra Club)

Climate Gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, FLA

Magic City Innovation District

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Retirees flee Florida as climate change threatens their financial future (Money)

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

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:

Champions of Breakfast: How Cereal Companies Can Take a Bite Out of Climate Change

From Got Science | Part of the Got Science? series | 28:51

Got-science-podcast_small Analyst Karen Perry Stillerman discusses how cereal makers can help farmers improve soil health, prevent water pollution, and reduce the climate impact of our agricultural system.