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Stories and conversations about planetary change. Hosted by Mike Osborne, Miles Traer, and Leslie Chang.

Supported by Stanford Earth and Worldview Stanford.

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Stories and conversations about planetary change. Hosted by Mike Osborne, Miles Traer, and Leslie Chang.

Supported by Stanford Earth and Worldview Stanford.

    Raw Data's Origins of Power: Prelude

    Raw Data's Origins of Power: Prelude

    Cross-promotion. Introducing Raw Data's Origins of Power in Silicon Valley. How did we get here?

    • 7 min
    Sounds of the Ocean

    Sounds of the Ocean

    When you imagine ocean sounds, maybe you hear the smooth arcing songs of the humpback whale, or the energetic, rhythmic clicks and snaps of dolphins. But it turns out the oceans are home to a much wider range and diversity of sounds than we could ever imagine, and today some of them are being captured by hydrophones (underwater microphones). In this episode, we take an audio journey of the oceans, learning what sound can reveal, what scientists have yet to identify, and how the underwater soundscape is changing in the Anthropocene.

    • 23 min
    Telltale Signs

    Telltale Signs

    Two stories of ecological disruption: the great sea star wasting, and a graveyard of trembling aspens. As climate change unfolds, one of the scariest prospects is that we will witness large scale ecosystem collapse. So is that moment already upon us? Will we be able to recognize the symptoms in time, and do we have enough information to take steps in advance? In both of today’s stories, from the oceans to the mountains, scientists are trying to understand the magnitude of ecological transformation underway – and what that might mean for the future.

    • 29 min
    Rising Seas in Silicon Valley

    Rising Seas in Silicon Valley

    Sea level rise is a global concern, and on the whole, policy and funding for mitigation aren’t keeping pace. Today on Gen Anthro, producer Isha Salian shares a story about a unique mitigation method in the San Francisco Bay Area – wetlands restoration, which is happening right next door to Silicon Valley’s biggest tech campuses. The Bay Area has a reputation for being environmentally conscious, but even here, local ecologists and policy makers are facing big challenges.

    Isha originally produced this story for the Peninsula Press, a project of Stanford Journalism. The Gen Anthro version of the piece has been edited by Leslie Chang and Mike Osborne.

    • 10 min
    Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson (the sequel)

    Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson (the sequel)

    What will New York City look like in 2140? Scifi author Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel explores a possible future in which NYC is partly submerged, due to catastrophic sea level rise. In this conversation with producer Mike Osborne, KSR discusses the bedrock of science and economics in 'New York 2140,' his writing process for the novel, and of course, the Anthropocene.

    This is the second time Mike has interviewed KSR! Listen to their first conversation here: bit.ly/2sDV5eA

    • 40 min
    State of the Human's 'Crashing'

    State of the Human's 'Crashing'

    Once upon a time, Miles crashed a server with his project ‘Geology of Game of Thrones’. Today on the show, we're featuring a short piece in which Miles shares the backstory to the project (and the server hullaballoo), as well as the connection he sees between ‘Geology of GoT’ and the Anthropocene. Today’s episode was produced by Eileen Williams of the Stanford Storytelling Project, and was originally broadcast on their podcast ‘State of the Human.’

    Check out the entire State of the Human episode titled ‘Crashing’: http://apple.co/2s6Nvq7
    And the full ‘Geology of Game of Thrones’: http://bit.ly/2tie8rD

    • 12 min

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