Midnight Oil: The Big Thaw
By Alaska's Energy Desk
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The world is getting warmer. The weather is getting weirder. And in Alaska, we have a front row seat. This summer, Alaska’s Energy Desk returns with all-new episodes of our podcast, Midnight Oil. Season Two is called The Big Thaw. Last season, we looked back -- at the state’s roller-coaster history with oil. This time, we're looking forward, to one of the biggest question marks ahead: climate change. What does it mean to be an oil state in a warming world?
||CleanEp. 5: The Culprits||Climate change is now an undeniable reality for the oil industry. It threatens their reputations, their business models - and in some cases, the actual physical infrastructure they’ve built to extract all that oil in the first...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: The Visitors||As polar bears lose their habitat in the Arctic, they have no choice but to come to shore and try to live part of their lives on land. That means they come into the village of Kaktovik sometimes, breaking into people’s houses or food storage at the...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: The Fishermen||For years, fishermen in Alaska have worried that climate change would threaten their livelihoods. Now, it has. In late 2013, a strikingly warm mass of water arrived in the Gulf of Alaska and stayed for three years. Scientists called it "the blob."...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: The Senator||Which side is Lisa Murkowski on? Alaska’s senior senator faces an impossible balancing act: How to reconcile her state’s dependence on the oil industry with the fact that Alaska is extremely vulnerable to climate change. She says we need to reduce..||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: The Village||The Alaska Native village of Newtok is disappearing. It’s rapidly losing ground to a combination of thawing permafrost and coastal erosion and residents worry their traditional way of life could disappear with the land. Newtok’s residents are some..||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: The Big Thaw||On August 9, Alaska's Energy Desk launches our second season of Midnight Oil. It's called The Big Thaw. And it's about one of the biggest challenges facing the state right now and in the years ahead: climate change.||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: The future of an oil state - What's next for Alaska?||Today, the trans-Alaska pipeline carries a quarter of what it did in its heyday. And so Alaska is facing the question its been ducking for forty years: Will we always be an oil state?||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Foretold Disaster - the Exxon Valdez oil spill||The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and brought commercial fishing in some of Alaska’s most productive waters to a standstill. It’s often talked about as an unprecedented, unthinkable event, but it was, in...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: When the lights went out - Alaska’s great recession||Less than ten years after oil started flowing, Alaska’s economy cratered. The recession was quick and deep. Ten banks failed, real estate values plummeted and tens of thousands of people fled the state. It was Alaska’s great recession, 20 years...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: How Alaska decided to give its oil wealth to everyone in the state||In Alaska, we don’t pay income tax. We don’t pay state sales tax. But once a year every man, woman and child gets a cut of the state’s oil wealth. There are plenty of other oil states in the world, but Alaska is the only one that treats...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Fast times and fat wallets - how Alaska got its pipeline||The trans-Alaska pipeline was the largest privately-funded construction project in the world, built across the biggest U.S. state and faced with unprecedented natural obstacles. It came with an $8 billion price tag, but true costs and benefits of the...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: How environmentalists won by losing the pipeline battle||Environmental groups fought hard to stop the trans-Alaska pipeline. Ultimately they lost. But along the way they turned an obscure bit of federal code into required environmental scrutiny for every major construction project.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 2: Take Our Land, Take Our Life||When Alaska became a state, the federal government agreed to hand over more than 100 million acres. There was just one problem. Alaska Native people already claimed that land. Then Alaska struck oil, and the question of who owned what land in the 49th..||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Alaska, the oil state that almost wasn't||Oil started flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline forty years ago, transforming Alaska into a wealthy oil state. But if it weren’t for a few determined individuals, the giant oil field that started it all might still be hidden under the tundra today.||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon||On June 20, Alaska's Energy Desk launches Midnight Oil, a new podcast about the 800-mile pipeline that shaped Alaska as we know it. Eight episodes in all, releasing every Tuesday through August 8th.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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So important for our world today
This podcast is entertaining, educational, and so well researched. You can almost hear the journalists grappling with the topic they’re reporting on as Alaskans themselves. Everyone should listen to this podcast.
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