A monthly podcast in which Stuart Carlton (a native New Orleanian) asks smart people to teach him about the Great Lakes. Co-hosted by the awesome staff at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
43: We Weren't Shooting up from the Bottom
Hope (!) and Stuart speak with Dr. Kelly Robinson of the Michigan State University Quantitative Fisheries Scientist Center about her use of structured decision making in the Great Lakes, her time in a submersible, and the special joy of rotenone surveys.
42: I Need to Get More Lakes
Stuart speaks with Dr. Sapna Sharma about her large-scale work on lakes and lake ice and what that means for our climate and culture. How do you switch scales from thinking small to thinking big? Or are you just born that way? Plus the most interestingly named café of the year.
41: Clean Litter, Collect Data, and Capture Community Attention
Talking Trash with Dr. Rafaela Gutierrez of the University of Toronto Trash Team about their innovative research, education, and outreach project. Plus, Top 3 Tips for Reducing Trash in the Great Lakes!
40: DNA from the Cheeks
BONUS PLOVER EPISODE! Stuart and Carolyn speak with Dr. Francie Cuthbert, one of the world's preeminent plover experts, about piping plovers. This was recorded shortly after our last episode; in it we go more in-depth on plover biology before the conversation takes a slight tern (haha) to cormorants. Plus: poop!
39: Cottonballs with Toothpick Legs
Piping plovers in Chicago? Piping plovers in Chicago! Stuart speaks with Jillina Farkas about piping plovers: what are they, why are they endangered, and what can we do about it? Also, it turns out piping plovers are very cute. Especially the babies.
38: Taking Nutrients Down to the Bottom
In this episode, Stuart and Megan talk with Dr. Rob Mooney of the UW Center for Limnology about nutrients in the Great Lakes, classic rock, and pasties.
For anyone looking to relax and learn
I recently started listening as several episodes were posted up in UIUC’s free webinar resources page.
As a central IL native interested in environmental conservation and sustainability, these podcasts are great! For me, they offer a great way to stay connected and informed about the Midwest. I really love the format between the introduction briefing at the beginning, the constantly neat guest-perts, and the same old wrap-up questions at the end of the show. The information is always in plain-speak or explained for those unfamiliar with a term or something too which really makes each show easy to digest and memorable from an education standpoint.
To any other similar nerds like me, this is a chill ~30min podcast that hits once a month. To others around the Great Lakes, I would imagine you get a lot more out of this as well. Really cool that the IN-IL Sea Grant is providing this content for free!
Deep and Wide
This is exactly the kind of podcast that we need more of. Learning about how the big and important features of our world work is crucial. Though humans like to believe we can control everything, really so much is provided and established before we begin our creative or scientific or engineering processes. The Great Lakes change weather, climate, landscape, transportation, recreation, industry, power supplies, etc. This podcast, in a fun manner, introduces us to these ideas but does not stop there. It goes deeper in answering questions and exploring cutting edge research about our Great Lakes. Thank you for making this accessible and fun and for including experts of diverse kinds. I can’t wait for the next episode!