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.
30: No, They're on the Phone
The TMATGL crew speak with Dr. Annie Scofield, Chief Scientist aboard the 180' R/V Lake Guardian, about the annual spring survey. They discuss the survey, how the survey data are used and what they can teach us about the Great Lakes, COVID protocols and, of course, sea shanties. It's a honking good time!
29: I Love a Good Collaboration
AIS prevention draft! Carolyn, Megan, and Stuart team up with a cast of experts to draft methods for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. Featuring Tim Campbell of Wisconsin Sea grant, Greg Hitzroth of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and Olivier Morrisette of Québec Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks. Plus... bonus commentary from Bonnie Willison and Sydney Widell, stars of the Introduced podcast!
28: Bald Eagle as a Proxy
In this episode, Stuart and Carolyn speak with Bill Route, a recently retired National Parks Service scientist and author of a new study on PBDE contamination in Bald Eagles. The news is somewhat good! But of course there are caveats! Plus, we unveil the new Teach Me About the Great Lakes Hotline, which you can call to tell us your Great Lakes Story: 765-496-IISG (4474). Give us a call and maybe we’ll play it on the air!
27: The Claws Have the Sweetest Meat
Double-length crossover episode! This episode is all about invasive species generally, and invasive crayfish specifically. We speak again with Dr. Brian Roth about his work on invasive crayfish and with IISG’s own Greg Hitzroth about the Invasive Crayfish Collaborative. Plus, in a special bonus, we speak with the hosts of Introduced, a highly produced, episodic podcast about invasive species from our colleagues at Wisconsin Sea Grant.
26: We position kids to think about, "Who are you asking?"
Megan, Hope, and Carolyn speak with Dr. Monica Miles about Freedom Seekers: The Underground Railroad, Great Lakes, and Science Literacy Activities. Dr. Miles shares how this cross-curricular set of activities for K-12 students was developed, underlines the importance of intentionally integrating different perspectives into educational materials, and reminds everyone to find the people that want to work with them.
25: Don’t Alienate People Who Need Your Help
Stuart and Megan talk with Dr. Ashley Bieniek-Tobasco about her research on risk communication. What is the role of risk perceptions in climate communication? Who can and should be talking about COVID in different communities? Dr. Bieniek-Tobasco also talks about her recent commentary in the Harvard Public Health Review on COVID misinformation, entitled “Pandemic of Racism: Public Health Implications of Political Misinformation “.
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!