129 episodes

Points North is a biweekly podcast about the land, water and inhabitants of the Upper Great Lakes. It’s about where we've been, where we are and how we move forward.

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Points North is a biweekly podcast about the land, water and inhabitants of the Upper Great Lakes. It’s about where we've been, where we are and how we move forward.

    Eye for the Storm

    Eye for the Storm

    It takes a special breed to head to a Great Lakes beach during the windiest months of the year. But storm photographers are up for the challenge.

    • 9 min
    Wind Resistance

    Wind Resistance

    Wind turbines are being built in ocean waters off the east and west coasts. But why don’t we see any in the Great Lakes? The gales of November are an example of how much potential the region has for wind energy – but public opposition is the biggest barrier.

    • 15 min
    One More Pass

    One More Pass

    Lake Superior can change in a heartbeat; one minute it’s calm ― the next it's raging into a wild storm. When people in the water get caught off-guard, rescuers have to make critical decisions, and ultimately gamble with their own lives.

    • 17 min
    Trying to Solve Mussel Mayhem in the Great Lakes

    Trying to Solve Mussel Mayhem in the Great Lakes

    For the past three and a half decades, zebra and quagga mussels have fundamentally altered the ecology and hijacked the food web of the Great Lakes.Now scientists are trying new ways to put the mollusks in check, including infecting them with parasites and even crushing them with huge rollers. But will it be enough?

    • 15 min
    The Food That Grows On Water

    The Food That Grows On Water

    According to an Anishinaabe prophecy, manoomin – wild rice – is what brought the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples to the Great Lakes.But starting in the late 1800s, manoomin’s decline was fast and widespread. And just like the plant itself, a lot of knowledge around harvesting practices has been lost. Some Anishinaabek are changing that.

    • 11 min
    Is Climate Change a Caribou Cop Out?

    Is Climate Change a Caribou Cop Out?

    Lake Superior’s northern shore has been home to woodland caribou for thousands of years. But now, the species is facing local extinction. Some blame climate change for the caribou's decline. But the species has persisted through an ice age, and through warming temperatures. It’s survived climate change before. So why is it in trouble now?

    • 16 min

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