Third Pod from the Sun
By American Geophysical Union
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Welcome to the American Geophysical Union's podcast about the scientists and methods behind the science. These are stories you won't read in a manuscript or hear in a lecture.
||CleanSpecial Release: Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Water, and…Vog?||Hawaii is frequently described as a paradise in the Pacific Ocean, but for some scientists conducting field work, there can be some challenges to overcome. In this special episode, Kate Brauman, the lead scientist at the Global Water Initiative at th..||3/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCentennial episode 4: Toxic City Under the Ice||In 1959, the United States built an unusual military base under the surface of the Greenland ice Sheet. Camp Century was a hub for scientific research, but it also doubled as a top-secret site for testing the feasibility of deploying nuclear missiles f.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolluted Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink||Water is the most essential of essentials. We can survive weeks without food but only days without water. And it’s something that many of us take for granted. But water is not as plentiful, available, and clean in all parts of the world.||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThird Pod LIve: James Balog, Climate Activist||Third Pod from the Sun is all about the scientists and the methods behind the science. And who better to talk to about going the extra mile for results than photographer and star of the film Chasing Ice, James Balog? For three decades,||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThird Pod Live: James Balog, Adventurer||Third Pod from the Sun is all about the scientists and the methods behind the science. And who better to talk to about going the extra mile for results than photographer and star of the film Chasing Ice, James Balog? For three decades,||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThird Pod Live: James Balog, Photographer||Third Pod from the Sun is all about the scientists and the methods behind the science. And who better to talk to about going the extra mile for results than photographer and star of the film Chasing Ice, James Balog? For three decades,||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRifts Beneath the Ocean Floor||Kathy Crane is a true adventurer. As one of the first women in the field of marine geophysics in the 1970s, she hypothesized and then helped discover the existence of hydrothermal vents on the Galápagos Rift along the East Pacific Rise in the mi..||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: Supporting Women in Science||Check out this bonus clip from our most recent episode, Footprints from an Ancient World, where Renata Netto talks about what it's like to be a woman in her field.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFootprints from an Ancient World||Renata Netto spends a lot of time on beaches. The Brazilian scientist is an ichnologist, a specialist in the traces of ancient animal behaviors preserved in fossilized footprints, trackways, burrows, nests and other impressions.||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUncovering the Ozone Hole||In the mid-1980s, scientists uncovered a troubling phenomenon: The ozone layer, which protects all living things on Earth from the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation, was rapidly thinning over Antarctica. The discovery set off a race by scientists to figu..||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWaiting for Poop||There are lots of weird, dirty jobs out there. Roadkill collector. Deodorant tester. Catfish noodler. Chicken sexer. But what about… whale poop collector? Leigh Torres, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University,||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: The Smell of Water||Check out this clip that didn't make it into our recent episode, The Oldest Water on Earth, what old water smells like!||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Cold War advanced atmospheric science||Tensions escalated between the United States and Soviet Union in the wake of World War II as the two countries stockpiled nuclear weapons and detonated hundreds of test bombs in the atmosphere. But this arms race had an unexpected side effect: scie..||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Oldest Water on Earth||Thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth is salty water that hasn’t seen the light of day in millions or even billions of years. Miners working deep underground had encountered and wondered about the origin of this water for decades,||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeep Sea Drilling with Dawn||The ocean floor stores a vast amount of information about Earth and its history. Volcanic rocks that make up most of the seafloor tell scientists about the composition of Earth’s interior, and the sediments lying on top of those rocks document what c.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTracking Adorable Chainsaws||Northern fur seals spend more than half their lives at sea. But every summer, they congregate on the rocky, charcoal-colored beaches of Alaska’s Pribilof Islands to mate and give birth to tiny, black-furred pups.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: The Sounds of the Sun||Check out this clip that didn't make it into our recent episode, Inside the Boiling Center of the Solar System, with Dan Seaton, about what the sun actually sounds like!||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside the Boiling Center of the Solar System||At the heart of our solar system is an enormous, churning ball of hot plasma. The Sun blows a stream of charged particles over our planet, creating the solar wind. Sometimes the Sun flares bursts of x-rays, or burps bursts of charged particles,||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: Scientists of the Corn||- - Check out this clip that didn't make it into our recent episode, The Dark Sound of the Moon, with Trae Winter about balloons, astronauts. and aliens! - - -||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dark Sound of the Moon||On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse swept across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people stood looking up at the sky, their mouths agape, as the Sun’s disk was completely covered by the Moon.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Landfills to Martian Hills||Building instruments to search for the building blocks of life in the rocks of Mars is no small feat. These gadgets must endure spaceflight, landing on the Martian surface, intense radiation, wild swings in temperature,||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: Newspaper is the New Duct Tape||Check out this clip that didn't make it into our recent episode, The Secret Lives of Tide Gauge Operators, with Stefan Talke about some correspondence he found on how operators treated their equipment.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Secret Lives of Tide Gauge Operators||In the 1800s and early 1900s, dozens of men stationed at harbors around the United States would record water levels and send them to a central office in Washington, D.C. where they were used by engineers building the country’s infrastructure.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Clip: Wildlife of Svalbard||Check out this clip that didn't make it into our recent episode, Journey to the Center of the Ice, with glaciologist Kiya Riverman, about her close encounters with animals of the far north.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourney to the Center of the Ice||From the outside, glaciers appear to be solid masses of unmoving ice. But meltwater flowing from the surface down to the glacier bed carves canyons, gorges and even caves into the dense sheets of ice. Over time,||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlvin and the Ocean Deep||The ocean floor is a deep, dark, cold, scary place filled with terrifying creatures and scorching fissures where boiling magma emerges from Earth’s crust. So what’s it like to be a scientist whose job it is to study these dangerous things up cl..||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChasing Narwhals, Unicorns of the Sea||University of Washington biologist Kristin Laidre travels to the Arctic to study animals many of us have only seen in pictures. She has successfully tracked down the elusive narwhal and been up close and personal with a polar bear seeking to understand.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience at a Glacier’s Edge||In southeast Alaska, a team of scientists faced boat-blocking icebergs, calving-induced tidal waves, and cold, dreary days. All in the name of science. Using a hogde-podge of instruments ranging from radar to drone boats named Rosie and Casey,||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParking Lot Lava||In a parking lot behind the Comstock Art Facility at Syracuse University, geologist Jeff Karson and sculptor Bob Wysocki cook up something almost unimaginable – homemade lava. Using a gas furnace the size of a small truck,||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A cool peek at how scientists conduct science
These fairly short episodes provide an excellent view into the way scientists do their work. Interesting stories presented in an engaging way. Nice job, AGU!
interesting and fun podcast
I'm enjoying listening to the hosts and their stories on the episodes of the podcast, and I'm going to keep listening as they post more episodes.
Great balance of science and humor
As a non-scientist, I find the interviewers and interviewees incredibly relatable and the science fascinating—and fun! Thanks to AGU for promoting science in a human way.