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On Our Minds: Being Cold

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Winter. I am getting sick of this winter. It’s hard to get around. I’m never outside. I hate scraping and shoveling. . . And, I’m cold. And most likely you are cold too.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Grand and Terrible Voyage of a Ship in the Arctic

Monday, September 15, 2014

On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco, headed for the Arctic. When it was trapped in ice, the crew began a long struggle for survival. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Get Between Vladimir Putin and the Arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's another area Putin wants Russia to dominate. 30 Greenpeace activists who disagreed were jailed and charged with piracy. Masha Gessen says their experience was an education in the brutality and corruption of Russia’s prison system.

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Studio 360

Make This Scary Short Screenplay

Monday, March 17, 2014

We dared you to spook the master of scare himself, filmmaker Wes Craven. We got more than 300 gruesome and convention-busting 30-second short films. And one totally genre-defying screenplay. Do you have what it takes to make Penny Jones' Arctic?

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The Takeaway

President of Iceland on the Future of the Arctic

Monday, October 07, 2013

Olafur Grimsson, the President of Iceland, has launched the first international gathering on the Arctic, called Arctic Circle. This gathering will take place from October 11 to 14 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and will include international leaders and players from the worlds of business, science, politics and policy. President Gromsson explains the importance of the conference, and why the U.S. should be paying more attention to the arctic.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Photographing the Changing Arctic

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen discuss the changing climate of the arctic, which Nicklen has been photographing for years. The NRDC is awarding Nicklen with a first-ever BioGems Visionary Award for his Arctic photography. Nicklen, born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the ice fields of Northern Canada. His photography book Polar Obsession captures up-close documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals, and gives a vivid portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Photographing the Changing Arctic

Monday, December 03, 2012

Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen discuss the changing climate of the arctic, which Nicklen has been photographing for years. The NRDC is awarding Nicklen with a first-ever BioGems Visionary Award for his Arctic photography. Nicklen, born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the ice fields of Northern Canada. His photography book Polar Obsession captures up-close documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals, and gives a vivid portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Massive Algae Bloom Found Under Arctic Ice

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Scientists recently made an unlikely discovery under thinning arctic ice: a massive algae bloom. Kevin Arrigo, a biological oceanographer at Stanford University who led the NASA-sponsored mission that discovered the algae, explains how it changes our thinking about arctic ecosystems and how they’re responding to climate change.

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The Magnetic North

Monday, March 07, 2011

Travel writer Sara Wheeler uncovers the beautiful, brutal reality of the Arctic in her latest book, The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle. Wheeler travels with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herds reindeer across the tundra with the Lapps, and shadows the Trans-Atlantic pipeline with truckers, all in an effort to understand the role of the Arctic in public and in private life.

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The Takeaway

BP's Arctic Drilling Project Continues

Thursday, June 24, 2010

As oil from a mile-deep wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush, BP is set to break records by drilling two miles below the sea's surface off the coast of Alaska in pursuit of what they believe is a 100 million barrel reservoir of oil. 

"You have a company in the Gulf that was pushing the envelope in technology which played a role in this disaster," says Ian Urbina, national correspondent for The New York Times. "In the Arctic, the one project that is being allowed to go forward is by BP, and once again they are pushing the envelope."

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Studio 360

Arctic in Residence

Friday, January 15, 2010

A few months ago, an international group of scientists and artists set sail for the Arctic. They were bound for a group of frozen Norwegian islands halfway between the top of continental Europe and the North Pole. KCRW's Matt Holzman joined the adventure.

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Studio 360

Arctic Inspiration

Friday, October 02, 2009

Would you seek creative inspiration while seasick in one of the coldest places imaginable? This fall a group of 14 artists sets sail for a two week journey to the Arctic Circle. They'll start from an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Reporter Matt ...

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The Takeaway

Melting Arctic North Up for Grabs

Friday, September 04, 2009

The United Nations says that in 30 years, there may be no ice left in the Arctic if we don’t do more to stop global warming. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was in the Arctic Circle this week, to drive that point home. We talk to the director of the Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team, Janos Pazstor, and Anthony Russell of the U.S. Coast Guard. Russell is part of a team that just returned from the arctic north, as part of a U.S. exploration mission.

Listen to the sound made by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it manuevers in the Arctic sea ice:

(click through for a map of America's swath of the Arctic.)

 

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