The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Fastest Warming Place on Earth

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most perilous environments on the planet. It is also one of the fastest warming places on earth. 

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PRI's The World

A rare colossal squid was dissected in New Zealand — and you can watch it on YouTube

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last summer in the southern hemisphere, a fishing vessel in the Antarctic Ocean pulled up a rare creature — a 770-pound colossal squid. Only one other such animal had been pulled up intact before, surprisingly, by the same vessel. It is thought that the giant marine beast might be the origin of legends of undersea monsters. Scientists in New Zealand froze it to preserve it and just defrosted and dissected it.


PRI's The World

Here's the green success story of the California blue whale

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new study of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has found that the population of the behemoths there has bounced back to near pre-whaling levels. But other populations of blues elsewhere are not doing nearly as well.


Gabfest Radio

Concern in Antarctica

Friday, May 16, 2014

The panelists have much to talk about this week: concern over global warming and rising sea levels, Tom Hardy's new film, and an animated TV show getting love from both kids and adults.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Irreversible Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two studies released this week confirmed that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing and there is very little that can be done to stop or slow it. The melting ice could ultimately mean a 10-foot sea level rise. Thomas Wagner, Cryospere Program Scientist with NASA, explains why the ice sheet is melting and what it means for the planet's future.

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The Takeaway

Antarctica Through the Eyes of Emperor Penguins

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Due to a lapse in appropriations caused by the government shutdown, funds for certain government Antarctic research programs will be depleted by October 14, 2013. What's it really like to do research in Antarctica? In the book Empire Antarctica, author Gavin Francis details his 14 month adventure as the base-camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica. Today Francis joins The Takeaway to discuss his work and the way forward for Antarctic research.

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The Bliss Jackpot

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Our Bliss episode (which airs across the country this week) begins with a perfect moment -- polar adventurer Aleksander Gamme finding a hidden stash of utter happiness under the ice at the end of a 3-month trek in the South Pole. And it was all caught on camera.

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Mr. Bliss

Monday, December 17, 2012

First: a perfect moment. On day 86 of a 3-month trek to and from the South Pole, adventurer Aleksander Gamme discovered something he'd stashed under the ice at the start of his trip. He wasn't expecting such a rush of happiness in that cold, hungry ...

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The Takeaway

Scientists Discover Sub-Glacial Lake

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

After more than 20 years of drilling through two miles of glacial ice Russian scientists have reached the surface of Antarctica's largest sub-glacial lake. The lake hasn't been touched by light in millions of years and may be home to cold-loving organisms that have been left to their own evolutionary devices for millennia. Joining us now is Richard Black, science correspondent for our partner the BBC.


The New Yorker: Out Loud

Fen Montaigne on Adélie penguins

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fen Montaigne discusses Adélie penguins.