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A show about the natural world and how we use it. We explore science, energy, environmentalism, and reflections on how we think about and depict nature, and always leave time for plenty of goofing off.

Hosted by Sam Evans-Brown. Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio.

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A show about the natural world and how we use it. We explore science, energy, environmentalism, and reflections on how we think about and depict nature, and always leave time for plenty of goofing off.

Hosted by Sam Evans-Brown. Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Learn more at outsideinradio.org

    10x10: Sand Beach

    10x10: Sand Beach

    Even in the quietest of times, sand beaches are defined by movement and change.

    “I think it's fair to say the beach is one of the most flexible or dynamic, if you will, habitats in the world. It’s super geologically unstable,” said coastal ecologist Dr. Bianca Charbonneau, also known as “the Dune Goon.”

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    On this edition of 10x10, we explore how beaches move. Producer Justine Paradis examines the systems and feedback loops on and around the sand beach, the science taking place there, and how the way beaches are changing is itself changing in a changing world.

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    Links

    Hawaii’s Beaches are Disappearing, a report from ProPublica and Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell
    United Nations report on the global sand shortage
    “Peak Sand” from Planet Money
    Beach profiling and community science with NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.

    Announcing: the Outside/In Book Club

    Heads-up! In May, we will be debuting the O/I Book Club. The pick for the first book, selected by our listeners, is Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by geologist and writer Lauret Savoy. It is so good: she tells hidden stories of American landscapes, sometimes starting from the bedrock, and explores the interplay between geography, history, and culture.

    if you don’t get a chance to read the book we think you’ll still enjoy the conversation. But if you want to read along with us, here’s a link to buy the book from your local independent bookseller, or you can always check it out from the library. 

    • 39 min
    A Climate Activist Goes to Business School

    A Climate Activist Goes to Business School

    This week, we’re featuring an episode from How To Save A Planet, a podcast about climate change hosted by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Alex Blumberg.

    Heating and powering buildings takes a lot of energy, which is why a full thirty percent of U.S. greenhouse gasses can be traced back to the indoor environments in which we live and work. Lowering that number on a collective scale - by increasing their efficiency - is no easy feat.

    In this episode, Ayana and Alex speak with Donnel Baird, founder of BlocPower, about his mission to tighten up one of the leakiest contributors to climate change: our buildings.

    How To Save A Planet is produced and reported by Rachel Waldholz, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Anna Ladd and Felix Poon. Their senior producer is Lauren Silverman. Their editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design, mixing and original music by Emma Munger. Additional music by Catherine Anderson and Bobby Lord. This episode was fact-checked by Claudia Geib.

    Outside/In theme music by Breakmaster Cylinder.

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    • 50 min
    10X10: City Gutter

    10X10: City Gutter

    This special BONUS episode of Outside/In was sponsored and selected by our lovely donors. Thank you for your support!

    Gutters can refer to the curbside drainage channels that lead into storm drains, to the metal or plastic troughs that line some rooftops, or really to any low area designed to move water from one place to another.

    They are, by design, fairly ordinary examples of human engineering. But look closer, and you’ll find extraordinary objects and ecosystems hidden within.

    Starting at the curb and working our way up, we spend this episode learning about which creatures take advantage of our waste-water systems; find evidence of extraterrestrial travel on our rooftops; and look at how gutters function…or don’t… for the very species that designed them.

    Featuring Ken Belt, Carlos Goller, Menno Schilthuizen, Doug Hartman, Matthew Genge, Fushcia Hoover, and Joyce Hwang.

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    Read more about the Parisian Gutter study. 

    Check out Jon Larsen’s Facebook Group for urban micrometeorite hobbyists, Project Stardust.

    See a United States map of cities with Combined Sewer Systems.

    The Acorn: An Ohlone Love Story

    The Acorn: An Ohlone Love Story

    In the early 1900s, an Ohlone woman named Isabel Meadows was recorded describing her longing to eat acorn bread again. She detailed the bread’s flavor; the jelly-like texture; the crispy edges; the people who made it. And she talked about the bread’s place in the creation story of her tribe. A century later, a young Ohlone man named Louis Trevino came across the recordings and recognized Meadows as an ancestor from his community. Today, Trevino and his Ohlone partner, Vincent Medina, are on a journey to bring acorn bread, and the language and traditions connected to it, back to the Ohlone people.

    The Acorn: An Ohlone Love Story is a documentary about Ohlone food, language, and history. But, ultimately, it is a story about Ohlone strength and homeland, the landscape that stretches from the Bay Area of California to Monterey and Big Sur. And at the heart of this story are acorns.

    Links

    Michelle Macklem

    Zoe Tennant

    Cafe Ohlone

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    • 35 min
    Ask Sam: Do Hummingbirds Sleep and Other Questions

    Ask Sam: Do Hummingbirds Sleep and Other Questions

    Another edition of Ask Sam, where Sam answers listener questions about the natural world. This time, questions about hugging trees, bumpy roads, objects stuck on power lines, and epic hummingbird battles.

    Featuring special guests, Maddie Sofia, host of NPR's Short Wave, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, climate journalist with Gimlet's How to Save a Planet.

    Also featuring Ferris Jabr, Stephen Morris, Greg Bruton, and Anusha Shankar.

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