150 episodes

Third Pod from the Sun is back, and we’re going weekly! We’re breaking things up into six-week mini-series and our first series is all about the true, personal stories from scientists, for everyone. Join us as we combat misconceptions about sharks, learn how to lasso lizards, hear from a Martian here on Earth, spark science joy via TikTok, journey to Antarctica, and fight over food with some capuchins!

Third Pod from the Sun American Geophysical Union

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 41 Ratings

Third Pod from the Sun is back, and we’re going weekly! We’re breaking things up into six-week mini-series and our first series is all about the true, personal stories from scientists, for everyone. Join us as we combat misconceptions about sharks, learn how to lasso lizards, hear from a Martian here on Earth, spark science joy via TikTok, journey to Antarctica, and fight over food with some capuchins!

    Spaceship Earth

    Spaceship Earth

    What do folks who fight food insecurity with satellites, do outreach about Pluto, and map out the Earth's gravitational fields have in common? How about a common thread between those who study light pollution, create science visualizations, and direct exploration?They all work for NASA!Join us for our final series of season one as we talk with NASA scientists who study everything from Earth, to space (duh), and beyond!This episode was produced by Jason Rodriguez and Shane M Hanlon (https://linktr.ee/ecologyofshane), and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Karen Romano Young (https://www.karenromanoyoung.com/). Interview conducted by Ashely Hamer.

    • 17 min
    Distillations: Mapping the seafloor with computer games

    Distillations: Mapping the seafloor with computer games

    Many might think that we know most or all there is to know about our world. On the surface, that might be somewhat true. But below the surfaced, we mapped less of the oceans than of places outside our world like Mars and our moon. Ved Chirayath is trying to change that, not by going down in submarines, but through...computer games. We chatted with him about how we can use the combined power of engaged non-scientists and games to learn about our own world.This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Olivia Ambrogio (https://www.instagram.com/baggageclam/). Interview conducted by Laura Krantz (https://www.laura-krantz.com/).

    • 13 min
    Distillations: Quilting science & changing climates

    Distillations: Quilting science & changing climates

    When you think of a combo of science & art, what comes to mind? Drawings? Dance? Music? How about quilting? Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine, was looking for creative and innovative to do just that when she came across the idea of showing the effects of climate change (among other things) via quilts! We chatted with her about quilting, crocheting, and other innovative ways to engage everyone from students to the science-interested public. This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Olivia Ambrogio (https://www.instagram.com/baggageclam/). Interview conducted by Laura Krantz (https://www.laura-krantz.com/).

    • 13 min
    Distillations: Bringing equity to community science in Chicago (& beyond)

    Distillations: Bringing equity to community science in Chicago (& beyond)

    While climate change is a global issue, it affects people on a local, and sometimes personal level. And it disproportionately affects those from traditionally marginalized backgrounds. Luckily, there are people out there like Amaris Alanis Riberior, Center Director of the North Park Village Nature Center at the Chicago Park District, who are working to create an inclusive, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understanding of climate change from a diverse community-based perspective with our colleagues in the Thriving Earth Exchange.This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Olivia Ambrogio (https://www.instagram.com/baggageclam/). Interview conducted by Laura Krantz (https://www.laura-krantz.com/).

    • 15 min
    Distillations: Clean water in the Navajo Nation

    Distillations: Clean water in the Navajo Nation

    Fresh water is something that many of us take for granted. But for Carmen George and Brianna John, it's not a trivial thing. They're working to bring clean water to the Navajo reservation through Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment. (https://www.copeprogram.org/) We chatted with them on day two of our annual meeting where the theme was Future of the Planet.This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://linktr.ee/ecologyofshane) and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Olivia Ambrogio (https://www.instagram.com/baggageclam/). Interview conducted by Laura Krantz.

    • 17 min
    Distillations: Sharing science for the public good

    Distillations: Sharing science for the public good

    It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about the holiday season (though, happy holidays everyone!). We’re talking AGU’s annual meeting! To celebrate, we’re releasing an episode each day of the conference, corresponding with the theme of the day. This year, the theme of the meeting is Science Leads the Future, and we’re kicking things off with our CEO, Randy Fiser who focused on the importance of effective science communication (which is exactly what our colleagues in Sharing Science (http://agu.org/sharingscience) do!).This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Olivia Ambrogio (https://www.instagram.com/baggageclam/). Interview conducted by Autria Godfrey.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Boulderbomp ,

Love this podcast!

I am a non scientist but I have an interest in science-related topics. This podcast is fun to listen to and informative without being overly technical. Very interesting topics and fun hosts — Nanci and Shane!

fiooners ,

Great stories, not so great audio

As a former geology student, I really enjoy the stories and topics they cover. However, the sound effects are often so loud that they make it difficult to hear the interviewee or startle me when they come in. More subtlety in mixing, please!

hydroDavid ,

The human stories of research

Third Pod from the Sun connects with scientists in environmental fields about their work and the experience of doing it. I think AGU has really filled a niche with this podcast - this is exactly the kind of stuff I want to hear about! Keep up the good work!

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