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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

    Plastisphere Ep.7: Confused about bioplastics?

    Plastisphere 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
    Plastisphere Ep.6: Plastic traces in the soil

    Plastisphere Ep.6: Plastic traces in the soil

    Plastic pollution also affects the soil, the thin layer of ground that feeds all of us. For a long time, this terrestrial plastic has been overlooked. Now scientists are starting to investigate the extent and impacts of plastic pollution in the soil and in the ground. What do we know about them? In this episode, Anja talks to artist Saša Spačal from Slovenia, soil biologist Matthias Rillig from Germany, Brazilian environmental scientist Abel Machado and geologist Reinhold Leinfelder. She learns more about the potential impacts and traces plastic leaves behind in the ground.

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

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

    Transcript with links and images: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2019/04/19/ep-6-transcript/

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

    Thanks to: Julie Comfort, Brooke Watkins, Sedat Gündoğdu, Sam Athey, and Joachim Budde for editing the German post on RiffReporter

    Updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: PlastispherePod

    • 29 min
    Plastisphere Ep.5: Message from Midway

    Plastisphere Ep.5: Message from Midway

    Chris Jordan has taken some of the most iconic pictures to shape our image of plastic pollution. He traveled to Midway Island on his quest to photograph the evasive "Great Pacific Garbage Patch", which is really a soup of microplastics. There, he documented albatross chicks who had died with their guts full of plastic. His images went viral, but they also haunted him so much that he decided to return to the island. In this episode of the podcast, Chris tells Anja how working on his film "Albatross" transformed him and his view on tackling plastic pollution.

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

    Transcript with links, images and tweets: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2018/12/30/ep-5-transcript/

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @PlastispherePod
    Subscribe: anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/
    Support: www.patreon.com/plastispherepodcast
    
Support (German): www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/?accounting=open

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

    Thanks to: Markus Knigge, Kim Gruetzmacher of the Berlin Ocean Dinner and Ines, Susie, Volkart, Sara, Craig, Wicki and James at the Sonic Soirée Berlin
    German post on RiffReporter: https://www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/albatross/

    • 29 min
    Plastisphere Ep.4: Plastic vs. the Climate?

    Plastisphere Ep.4: Plastic vs. the Climate?

    Plastic pollution might be the most visible environmental issue we face today. But there are other kinds of pollution, and they are far harder to see. One of the most dangerous is the huge amount of greenhouse gases that we emit into the atmosphere. In this episode, Anja explores the connections between plastic pollution and climate change. She talks to ocean expert and publisher Nikolaus Gelpke, youth activist Lilly Platt, oceanographer Sarah-Jeanne Royer and climate expert Gunnar Luderer to understand whether plastic and climate are buddies or enemies. As with many relationships: It’s complicated.

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

    Transcript with links, images and tweets: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2018/12/07/ep-4-transcript/

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @PlastispherePod

    Subscribe: anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/
    Support: www.patreon.com/plastispherepodcast
    Support (German): www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/?accounting=open

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions www.sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen
    Thanks to: Eleanor Platt, Ines Blaesius, Kathleen Mar, Sasha Chapman and Christian Schwägerl, Marcy Trent Long and Sustainable Asia, Melanie Bergmann, Laura Markley, Simon Hirsbrunner, Martin Wagner, Kennedy Bucci, and Alicia Matteos.

    German post on RiffReporter: https://www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/plastik-klima/

    • 28 min
    Plastisphere Ep.3: Waste picker economies

    Plastisphere Ep.3: Waste picker economies

    In this episode, Anja calls up Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Amy Brooks from the University of Georgia on a research trip in Vietnam to learn about their research on waste management and plastic pollution. In many Asian countries, a booming economy is coupled with more and more people using throw-away items. Informal recyclers and waste pickers who have traditionally sorted the waste cannot keep up. But, like millions of people around the world, they depend on waste as a resource for their livelihoods. How can the systems be reformed without leaving the people behind? To find out more, Anja calls Dr. Sonia Maria Dias, a garbologist from Brazil, who tells her about how waste management should include the working poor.

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

    Transcript with links and pictures http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2018/10/06/ep-3-millions-of-waste-pickers/

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @PlastispherePod

    Subscribe: anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/
    Support: www.patreon.com/plastispherepodcast
    Support (German): www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/?accounting=open

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions https://sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen
    Thanks to: Ines Blaesius, Luisa Beck, Daniella Cheslow, the Wiego staff, and Karl Urban for editing the German version for RiffReporter https://www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/muell-asien/

    • 26 min
    Plastisphere Ep.2: Plastic, the size of a virus

    Plastisphere Ep.2: Plastic, the size of a virus

    Anja goes on a lab tour with Alexandra ter Halle from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. The chemist and her team were the first to detect nanoplastic in the open ocean - plastic so small that it is comparable in size to a virus. What do we know about these very tiny pieces, and how do researchers try to detect and understand them?

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

    Transcript with links and pictures: http://anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/2018/09/14/ep-2-transcript/

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @PlastispherePod

    Subscribe: anjakrieger.com/plastisphere/
    Support: www.patreon.com/plastispherepodcast
    Support (German): www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/?accounting=open

    Music: Dorian Roy and Blue Dot Sessions https://sessions.blue/
    Cover art: Maren von Stockhausen
    Thanks to: Ines Blaesius, Luisa Beck, Tim Howard, Melanie Bergmann, Deborah Blum and the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and Joachim Budde for editing the German version for RiffReporter: https://www.riffreporter.de/plastisphere/makro-mikro-nanoplastik/

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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Cut through the Fake Plastic News

It’s a wild world out there, and it really helps to have people dig into sticky issues and help you figure out what’s what. Anja does just that.

adam-n ,

Fascinating, engaging, crucial to the world, highly professional

I have listened to every episode with rapt attention. Anja makes all of these themes incredibly clear to people who do not know the science of plastics. Fascinating.

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best new podcast!!

each episode has been really exceptional. the interviews from a diverse set of fascinating individuals have been great, but above all it’s the storytelling that’s been so compelling. engaging, warm, curious, and woven together with a sonic landscape you can fall into, plastisphere keeps surprising and enlightening me. highly recommended!

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