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On Being

Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix]

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love For the World [remix]

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Central Park Bioblitz

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On August 26 and 27th, scientists and students descended on Central Park and worked around the clock to tally the species of flora and fauna found there. Called the Bioblitz, this census was developed by the Central Park Conservancy and Macaulay Honor College at CUNY to measure the park’s biodiversity. ...

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Radiolab

Always, Always There

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Two short tales: One about bad guys in a fishing village in Pakistan, the other about good guys in Baghdad. And the question is posed: in the long arc of time, which side prevails, those with the impulse to take or those with the impulse to give?

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why So Many Dolphins are Dying in NY and NJ

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dolphins are dying or being stranded in high numbers this summer along the mid-Atlantic coast, and New Jersey is seeing particularly high rates. Mendy Garron, the Northeast regional stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains what could be killing the dolphins and what it means for humans.

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On Being

Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix]

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Natural History Museum's Global Kitchen

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, talks about the ongoing exhibition, Our Global Kitchen, and how ecological systems interact with food.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tibet Wild

Monday, February 11, 2013

In his book Tibet Wild, leading field biologist George Schaller talks about how more roads, homes, and grazing livestock, and are increasingly causing clashes between the wildlife and people.

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On Being

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love For the World [remix]

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology, a Buddhist scholar, and an exquisite translator of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that poetry as a lens on her wisdom, at 81, on spiritual life and its relevance for the great dramas of our time.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology, a Buddhist scholar, and an exquisite translator of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that poetry as a lens on her wisdom, at 81, on spiritual life and its relevance for the great dramas of our time.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eco-Literacy

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, talks about how educators can use his theory of emotional intelligence to give students "ecological intelligence."

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Radiolab

The Argentine Ant Invasion

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our short Argentine Invasion traces the relentless and bloody march of a band of ant warriors whose empire now wraps around the planet (they've been found on every continent except Antarctica). Adam Cole charts their impressive path to global ant dominance in a stylish graphic.

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Radiolab

Argentine Invasion

Monday, July 30, 2012

From a suburban sidewalk in southern California, Jad and Robert witness the carnage of a gruesome turf war. Though the tiny warriors doing battle clock in at just a fraction of an inch, they have evolved a surprising, successful, and rather unsettling strategy of ironclad loyalty, absolute intolerance, and brutal violence.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Showing Vultures A Little Love

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

NPR

Robert praises the hardworking, often maligned, but utterly lovable vulture.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Living Planet Report

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The World Wildlife Fund has released its new Living Planet Report. Kate Newman, the Managing Director of Public Sector Initiatives and Field Programs at the WWF, assesses the state of global biodiversity.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

1493: How Columbus Created a New World

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Charles Mann explains how Christopher Columbus changed the world when he set foot in the Americas, setting off a series of vast ecological changes as European vessels carried thousands of species across the oceans. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, is a new history of the Columbian Exchange, the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand, and explains how earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; and rats were moved across the globe, changing lives and landscapes.

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On Being

Ellen Davis and Wendell Berry — The Poetry of Creatures [remix]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How we see the world is how we value it, says Ellen Davis. And poetry is a way to rediscover the lost art of being creatures. An hour of learning and slowing down, with the "Mad Farmer" poems of Wendell Berry and a new way to take in the "poetry" of Genes

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