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A podcast on plastic, people, and the planet. By @anjakrieger

Plastisphere: A podcast on plastic pollution in the environment Anja Krieger

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A podcast on plastic, people, and the planet. By @anjakrieger

    Ep. 11: From Zero Waste to Collective Action

    Ep. 11: From Zero Waste to Collective Action

    Plastisphere is back with Brooke and Anja! For the tenth anniversary of #PlasticFreeJuly, we dive into solutions to plastic pollution. Hear about Anja’s waste audit and DIY projects during the pandemic year, from home-made milk and laundry detergent to fresh pasta. Making stuff from scratch can be fun and empowering, but what’s the impact of these lifestyle changes? Anja’s packaging bin is a bit lighter now, but still full of plastic - far away from the ideals of Zero Waste. How much influence do individual consumers really have on a systemic issue like plastic pollution? And what are possible scenarios for tackling plastic pollution in the coming years on a global scale? Hear more from biologist Stephanie Borrelle.

    Transcript with videos and links: https://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2021/07/30/ep-11-transcript/

    BONUS TRACK: How to make your own barista oat milk with Dorian and Luisa: https://soundcloud.com/plastisphere-podcast/barista-oat-milk-recipe

    Learn how to turn horse chestnuts into laundry detergent with Shia Su: https://wastelandrebel.com/en/make-laundry-detergent-out-of-chestnuts/

    Read more about future scenarios to tackle plastic waste on a systemic scale:
    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6510/1515

    Plastisphere is a research podcast by German audio producer Anja Krieger. Brooke Bauman is the co-host and assistant editor for this episode. Support the production: https://plastisphere.earth/support/

    Guest voices: Stephanie Borrelle, Kate Nelson, Dorian and Luisa
    Thanks to: Wastelandrebel Shia Su, Lisa Bryan for the oat milk recipe
    Subscribe: www.plastisphere.earth

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen


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    • 26 min
    Introducing: Life in the Soil (Teaser)

    Introducing: Life in the Soil (Teaser)

    Take a break from plastics to explore the soil - a hidden world beneath your feet. It's the world of earthworms, springtails, fungi, and bacteria. We hardly ever see these little creatures, but their impacts are huge. Soil stores more carbon than the atmosphere and all plants together, filters water, is pivotal for biodiversity and at the center of agriculture and food security.

    This winter, Anja Krieger, host of Plastisphere, teams up with soil biologist Matthias Rillig and his lab to bring you "Life in the Soil", a podcast mini-series supported by the BiodivERsA research network. Tune in to hear more from some of the world’s best soil scientists, starting World Soil Day, December 5, 2020.

    Learn more and subscribe: https://rilliglab.org/podcast/

    Platforms
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/life-in-the-soil/id1541030670
    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mrillig

    Produced by: Anja Krieger and the Rillig Lab https://rilliglab.org
    Experts quoted in this teaser: Madhav Thakur, Bala Chaudhary, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Johannes Lehmann, Matthias Rillig
    Theme music: Sunfish Moon Light/Future Ecologies https://www.futureecologies.net
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen http://marenvonstockhausen.de
    Funded by: Digging Deeper/BiodivERsA https://www.biodiversa.org

    • 1 min
    Ep.10: Chatting about Individual Impact

    Ep.10: Chatting about Individual Impact

    When it comes to solving the issue of plastic pollution, who would you say is responsible? Is it individuals like you and me, is it the corporations that produce plastics or products made from it, or is it the government with its rules and regulations? That’s the question Brooke Bauman asks in her 4-part podcast series “Guilty Plastics”. Brooke is a student in environmental science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an amazing young audio storyteller. Anja chats with Brooke about plastic pollution, and you’ll get to listen to a special edit of Guilty Plastics. It features environmental activist Rob Greenfield, who grows his own food to avoid packaging, and chemistry professor David Tyler with a surprising answer to the question: Paper bag or plastic bag?

    You can listen to all 4 parts of Brooke’s series here: https://soundcloud.com/guiltyplastics

    The Plastisphere is a research and interview podcast by German freelance journalist Anja Krieger.

    Transcript: https://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2020/07/27/ep10-transcript/
    Subscribe: www.plastisphere.earth
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    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen

    • 30 min
    Ep.9: The Discovery of Plastic Pollution

    Ep.9: The Discovery of Plastic Pollution

    Plastic pollution seems to be a pretty new issue, right? In the past few years, the topic has been all over the media. But if you explore the history of science, it turns out that the problem really isn’t all that new. Some scientists have been aware of plastic in the ocean for over half a century. So, how was plastic pollution first discovered? And why didn’t we hear about it earlier? In this episode, Anja speaks to scientists who called attention to the problem long before it was widely discussed. What happened back then, and how did we get to where we are now? Ed Carpenter, Steve Rothstein, Elizabeth Venrick, Arne Holmström, Hans van Weenen and Peter Ryan share their stories.

    The Plastisphere is a research and interview podcast by German freelance journalist Anja Krieger.

    Transcript: https://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2020/07/17/ep-9-transcript/
    Subscribe: www.plastisphere.earth
    Updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: PlastispherePod

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen

    With: Adam Huggins and Mendel Skulski of https://www.futureecologies.net/ podcast and http://www.terencemickey.com/ of Memory Motel
    Sound credits: Ingrid Pollet, Yle Arkisto and Klankbeeld on Freesound.org (CC-BY-Attribution 3.0):
    https://freesound.org/people/YleArkisto/sounds/271524/
    https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/192297/

    Thanks to:
    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: Hansjakob Ziemer, Stephanie Hood, Jürgen Renn, Christoph Rosol, Matthias Schwerdt, Ruth Kessentini, Ellen Garske, the library team and Anthropocene group; Ingrid Pollet, Jeffrey Meikle, Cindy Gierhart, Tim Howard, Deborah Blum, Christian Schwägerl, Luisa Beck, Brooke Watkins, Keridwen Cornelius, Eva Vander Gießen, Ines Blaesius, Rebecca Altman, Peter Spork, the people at Netzwerk Recherche and the Schöpflin Foundation, Erica Cirino, Chris Rose, Linda Godfrey, John Farrington, Kara Lavender Law, Gilbert Rowe, Bruce Burns, W.R.P. Bourne

    • 56 min
    Ep.8: Plastics and the Coronavirus

    Ep.8: Plastics and the Coronavirus

    For this episode, Anja tried something new: She asked listeners, researchers and podcasters to send her audio comments on what is happening now during the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode, you’ll hear some of the messages that arrived in her inbox the past weeks. With input from Justine Ammendolia, Wade Roush, Brooke Bauman, Sedat Gündoğdu, Jacqui Kidman, Susanne Brander, Rebecca Altman, Sydney Harris, Tridibesh Dey and Merijn Tinga. Audio from Hong Kong by Gary Stokes.

    The Plastisphere is a research and interview podcast by German freelance journalist Anja Krieger.

    Subscribe: www.plastisphere.earth
    Transcript with links and (coming soon!) images: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2020/04/29/ep-8-transcript-covid-19-plastics-in-times-of-the-coronavirus/
    Additional resources on Covid-19 and plastics: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2020/05/06/ep-8-list-of-resources/

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen

    Thanks to: Mendel Skulski, Marcy Trent Long
    Sound credits: Wind by TRP on freesound.org under the CC-By license https://freesound.org/people/TRP/sounds/203239/

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    • 37 min
    Ep.7: Confused about Bioplastics?

    Ep.7: Confused about Bioplastics?

    What happens if bioplastics end up in the environment? In this episode, Anja takes a closer look at synthetic polymers marketed as more environmentally friendly. Can they contribute to a healthier planet, and in what way? Anja talks to Frederik Wurm, a chemist developing biodegradable plastics, Constance Ißbrücker of the industry association European Bioplastics, Zero Waste expert Enzo Favoino, marine microbiologist Linda Amaral-Zettler and ecotoxicologist Lisa Zimmermann. Though biodegradable plastics might not fullfill our hopes, it turns out that they might make sense in some niche applications.

    The Plastisphere is a research and interview podcast by German freelance journalist Anja Krieger.

    Subscribe: www.plastisphere.earth
    Support the production: patreon.com/plastispherepodcast or riffreporter.de/plastisphere

    Transcript with links and images: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2019/07/14/ep7-transcript/

    This episode was inspired and partly supported by Ensia, the solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet. Learn more at www.ensia.com/

    Read more about bioplastics on Ensia: https://ensia.com/features/bioplastics-bio-based-biodegradable-environment/

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    
Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen

    Thanks to: Ines Blaesius, Stephanie Hood, Luisa Beck, Sirine Rached, MPIWG, University of Plymouth, Marcus Anhäuser

    German post on RiffReporter: riffreporter.de/plastisphere/bioplastik

    Updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: PlastispherePod

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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This podcast is excellent. Every episode is full of rich information, with a high level of journalism, quality editing, and the best part is that it is all so relatable. You will not be disappointed.

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Fantastic

Very high quality podcast with very useful information about plastic that we all should know.

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Polymers are everywhere

As a polymer engineer, I found the podcast very helpful to get ideas all around the scientists and policy-makers. As a special area of mine, the episode about bioplastics was important to listen especially it shed the light on the public view from different backgrounds which was a weak part of mine.
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