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Of Bombs and Butterflies

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EcologistNickHaddadwassittinginhisnewofficeatNorthCarolinaStateUniversitywhenthephonerang.Ontheotherendofthelinewas...TheU.S.Army.TheArmyfolkstoldhim,“Look,there’sthisendangeredbutterflyonourbaseatFortBragg,andit’stheonlyplaceintheworldthatitexists.Butit’sabouttogoextinct.Andweneedyourhelptosaveit.” Nickhadneverevenheardofthebutterfly.Infact,hebarelyknewmuchaboutbutterfliesingeneral.Nonetheless,hesaidyestoUncleSam.“Howhardcoulditbe?”hewondered.Turnsout,prettyhard.He'dhavetotrickbeavers,dodgebombs,andrethinkthefundamentalnatureoflifeanddeathinordertorescuethisbutterflybeforeitdisappearedforever. **CORRECTION:AnearlierversionofthisstoryincorrectlystatedthattheArmymovedabeaver;intruth,theykilledit. WealsooverstatedthecurrenttallyofStFrancisSatyrsoffrange;theyarearound200,not800.Theaudiohasbeenadjustedtoreflectthesechanges.**ThisepisodewasreportedbyLatifNasser,andproducedbyRachaelCusick.OriginalmusicbyJeremyBloom.MixingbyArianneWack. Specialthanksto:SnookiPuli,CitaEscalano,JeffreyGlassberg,MargotWilliams,MarkRomyn,ElizabethLong,LauraVerhegge, thePublicAffairsandEndangeredSpeciesBranchesatFortBragg. Wanttolearnmore?youcan...... readNickHaddad’sbookTheLastButterflies:AScientist’sQuesttoSaveaRareandVanishingCreature...takeapeekatThomasKral’soriginal1989paperabouttheSaintFrancisSatyr...visitFortBragg'swebpageabouttheSaintFrancisSatyr  SupportRadiolabbybecomingamembertodayatRadiolab.org/donate.   
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SciFi Tech Talk #000071 - Spaceballs

Julie Kuehl, Jeff Syer, Mike McPeek
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Forests on Forests

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Formuchofhistory,treecanopieswereprettymuchcompletelyignoredbyscience.Itwasasifresearcherssaidcollectively,"It'sjustgoingtobeemptyupthere,andwe'vegotourhandsfullstudyingthetreesdownhere!Sowhybother?!" Butthen,aroundthemid-1980s,afewecologistsaroundtheworldgotcuriousandstartedmakingtheirwayupintothetreetopsusinganymeansnecessary(ropes,cranes,hotairdirigibles)todocumentalltheycouldfind.Itdidn'ttakelongforthemtorealizenotonlywastheforestcanopynotempty,itwasabsolutely filledtothebrim withlife.You'veheardoftreehouses?Howabouttree gardens?!  ThisweekwejourneyupintotheskyanddiscoverForestsabovetheforest.WelearnaboutthesecretpowersoftheseskygardensfromecologistKorenaMafune,andwefollowNaliniNadkarniasshemakesaground-breakingdiscoverythatchangeshowweunderstandwhattreesarecapableof.  P.S.Thisepisodeisalayercakeofarborealsurprises(includingthereappearanceofacertainretiredhost).  Afewvisualtre(e)ats:  WefirstlearnedaboutthemagicalworldofthecanopyfromthisbeautifulvideofromMichaelWerner,JoeHanson,andthePBSOverviewteam.ItfeaturesKorenaMafune’sresearchupinthetreetops,aswellasthepeoplewhohavededicatedtheirlivestosavingwhat’sleftoftheoldgrowthforests.Wehighlyrecommendcheckingitout! And,ifyou’rehankeringtogoclimbatreeafterthisepisode,youmightenjoybrowsingHallieBateman’swonderfullyillustratedguidetothebestclimbingtreesinNYCforalittleinspiration.SupportRadiolabbybecomingamembertodayatRadiolab.org/donate.RadiolabisonYouTube!Catchupwithnewepisodesandhearclassicsfromourarchive.Plus,findothercoolthingswedidinthepast—likeminiseries,musicvideos,shortfilmsandanimations,behind-the-scenesfeatures,Radiolabliveshows,andmore.Takealook,exploreandsubscribe!  
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Australian Christmas a hodgepodge of traditions

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This week we discuss eco-friendly home brewing with Amelia Loftus. Amelia is an writer on ecologically friendly brewing and also a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, a brewing supply shop...
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Beware the Sand Striker

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Live long, little lizard [RE-ISSUE]

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Live long, little lizard

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SciFi Tech Talk #000070 - Sunshine

Julie Kuehl, Jeff Syer, Mike McPeek
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Nora Bateson - Real Social Change

Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova
...cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. To check out the show notes for both parts of the interview,...
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SciFi Tech Talk #000063 - Dune

Julie Kuehl, Jeff Syer, Mike McPeek
...increasing Arrakis' value as a fief. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a...
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...with complex natural ecosystems, restoring rites of passage for young people, and how to apply ecological principles in business. To get the full 2-hour interview with Richard, become a Future Thinkers...
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Ducks and Rice; A Beautiful Synergy

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Vermont farmer Erik Andrus is practicing an ancient form of agro-ecology from Japan. Learn how the old informs the new as Erik describes his approach and...
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