By Flora Lichtman and SoundVision Productions
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A podcast about life on Earth during a weird time: now. We visit people who are thinking about the future and figuring out how we will adapt to a changing planet. Hosted by Science Friday alum Flora Lichtman, produced by Freakonomics Radio/The Atlantic alum Katherine Wells.
||CleanAssisting Evolution||Grist reporter Amelia Urry visits an Australian lab, where scientists are trying to grow coral that can survive in the future. And a farewell from Flora and Katherine.||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoImagine Earthships [video]||Outside of Taos, NM, you'll find a community of people living in off-grid homes made of garbage. We visited them.||12/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere's a Weird Vibe on the Bus||Michael Reynolds builds off-grid homes out of garbage. Meet the Earthship.||11/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanREBROADCAST: Yak Life||Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Conservation biologist Joel Berger, of the University of Montana and the Wildlife Conservation Society, wanted to find out how climate change might affect yak||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHe Bought the Water||Reporter Ryan Bradley follows up on his quest to buy water.||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpore Power||When you hear "renewable energy," you think solar and wind. But what about spores? Columbia University's Ozgur Sahin explains.||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow We Measure the Earth Breathing||What do Algerian monks have to do with 400 parts per million? Reporter Jeff Delviscio investigates how we measure CO2 in the atmosphere.||9/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDogs in the Forest||Dogs evolved in response to environmental changes tens of millions of years ago. Can that tell us anything about how animals might adapt to climate change today?||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBorn in the Anthropocene||Jeremy and Charlie, 11 year old students, are worried about climate change. They say it's because their generation will be the one to bear the brunt of its effects.||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFixing the Sky||Historian James Fleming talks about the surprising history of weather control and what past failures can tell us about today's geoengineering proposals.||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Change Dragons||When exposed to high temperatures, Australian Central Bearded Dragons do something strange.||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's Talk About Babies||Ethicist Travis Rieder thinks that it's time we talked about population.||7/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCosmic Toilet||On the International Space Station, sewage, condensation and even sweat get recycled into potable water. We have the technology to recycle water on Earth, too, but we don't use it as often as we could -- mostly because we think it's gross.||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDollypartoniana and Other Lichens||Lichens are under threat from climate and habitat changes. Should we care?||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||CleanVideoWhat Rats Really Think About Climate Change||We interviewed New York City rats to get their thoughts on climate change and whether humans will be able to adapt.||6/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Rats Inherit the Earth||If humans were to go extinct, what would the planet look like? One paleobiologist says the creatures most likely to take our place are rats.||5/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Water Is Bought and Sold||Reporter Ryan Bradley lives in California. Given the drought, he figured it'd be a good idea to buy some water rights. It was more complicated than he thought.||5/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClimate Confessions||We asked for your stories of climate shame. You delivered.||4/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYak Life||Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Biologist Joel Berger wanted to find out how climate change might affect yaks, so he paid them a visit.||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||CleanVideoVideo: Driving on Air||Why did a young Romanian inventor build an eco-friendly car made out of half a million LEGO pieces that runs on compressed air? Well, why not?||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture Fossils||We can imagine the deep past: full of mammoths and dinosaurs and climates very different from our own. But how are we supposed to imagine the future?||3/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Star in New Jersey||In a fusion world, we'd generate unlimited clean energy from mini suns that we build all over Earth. Sound like a fairytale? Scientists at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab say we can get there -- if we can pay for it.||2/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCat Eyes for Climate Change||How far would you go for climate change? NYU philosopher Matthew Liao has an outside-the-box proposal: Decrease energy use by engineering humans to have meat allergies, fur, and yes, cat eyes.||2/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHey -- Climate Confessions||Like taxicab confessions...but for the environment.||2/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Gold||New York City is poised to become the country's largest producer of an unexpected type of green energy. This fuel source you can make yourself - and you certainly do. Anthony Fiore, director of the NYCDEP Office of Energy, explains how NYC's Newtown Creek||1/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||CleanVideoVideo: Tornado Man||What if you had an idea that you believed could change the world? What if that idea was a tornado machine?||1/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCyclone in a Box||Retired engineer Louis Michaud believes he has an idea that could solve the world's energy problems: A tornado machine.||1/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|28||CleanVideoVideo: Hi from The Adaptors||Our new podcast and video series tells stories of people adapting to climate change.||1/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart, friendly, insightful
I’m looking forward to more of these. It’s fun to learn about science and also get a good story. Reminds me of RadioLab. Flora is wonderful.
My New Favorite Podcast!
So far this new podcast has been fascinating and entertaining. The “adaptors” featured are a little strange, a lot inspiring, and one of them might just save our planet. Host Flora Lichtman’s style is a great complement to the subject matter - she is informed and interested in the underlying science, but has a deadpan humor and great eye (and ear) for the details that make the stories magic. Can’t wait to hear more!
Cool cool cool!
Why is this so cool? I don't know. It's just science... Which is just amazing!