Podcasts



Photograph Courtesy of the National Park Service

Podcasts: Nature’s Notebook: Exploring the Pace of the Planet from Your Own Backyard

WED, APRIL 6, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

Learn the science behind bloom time and how your own observations of cherry blossoms and other dynamic life cycles in nature –or phenology – can help scientists monitor climate change and examine shifts in nature’s calendar. Jake F. Weltzin, US Geological Survey Ecologist and Executive Director of the USA National Phenology Network discusses how scientists use information about phenology to better understand the delicate interaction between plants and animals, climate change, and environmental health. Read More >


Marian Anderson and Mary McLeod Bethune launching the SS Booker T. Washington in California, 1942.  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection, LC-USE6-D-007654

Podcasts: Mary McLeod Bethune: Renowned Educator, Political Activist, Presidential Advisor

TUE, FEBRUARY 8, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

Advisor to President Roosevelt and civil rights leader, Mary McLeod Bethune, left a legacy of education and political reform. Margaret Miles, Park Ranger at the National Park Service Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site discusses Mary McLeod Bethune’s life, political leadership, and founding of the National Council of Negro Women and Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls (Bethune-Cookman College). Read More >


Photograph of three whooping cranes in flight courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

Podcasts: Flight from Extinction: Restoring Whooping Cranes to North America

WED, JANUARY 12, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

In 1942, the whooping crane population in North America drastically declined to a mere 16 birds. Intense efforts by the Patuxent Wildlife Research to breed cranes in captivity and reintroduce them into wild habitats began in the 1960s. This work has helped the population grow to about 500. U.S. Geological Survey Research Manager Dr. John French discusses whooping crane reintroductions, the research that enabled such work and its implications for other reintroduction projects. Read More >


Felix Solomon Cohen Courtesy of The City College of New York, CUNY

Podcasts: Felix Cohen: Father of Federal Indian Law

WED, DECEMBER 1, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Felix Solomon Cohen joined the U.S. Department of the Interior Solicitor's Office in 1933. Learn how Cohen's experiences as a Jewish American and the persecution of European Jews before and during World War II shaped his career and legal philosophy. Dalia Tsuk Mitchell, Professor of Law and History at The George Washington University discusses how his philosophy was inextricably bound to debates concerning the place of political, social, and cultural groups within American democracy. Read More >


The fishing village of Luozi, Democratic Republic of the Congo was the site of the first measurement for the project. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Podcasts: Field Trip to the Congo, “The River that Swallows all Rivers”

WED, OCTOBER 6, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

The Lower Congo River is home to a uniquely high diversity of fish species living in isolated populations in specific locations. U.S. Geological Survey South Carolina Water Science Center Associate Director John Shelton discusses key features of the river which may be causing this trend and their implications to the River’s ecosystem. Read More >


The eruption of Mount Saint Helens on July 22, 1980 propelled pumice and ash 6 to 11 miles into the air and was visible 100 miles away in Seattle. Photograph by Mike Doukas, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Podcasts: America's Dangerous Volcanoes

WED, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

It has been thirty years since Mount Saint Helens reawakened, but what other volcanoes pose the threat of lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash, and mudflows? Bill Burton of the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program discusses the efforts being made by the federal government to monitor volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and Yellowstone for eruptive activity. Read More >


The Barrier Islands in 2003 after Hurricane Isabel. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Podcasts: Protecting our Past: National Park Service Museum Emergency Response Team

WED, JULY 7, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Hurricanes Katrina, Isabel, and Ivan left unimaginable devastation in their wake, impacting archeological resources and museum collections from Louisiana to Virginia. National Park Service Senior Staff Archaeologist Bob Sonderman discusses the impact that these and other events have had on historic properties, archeological sites, and museum collections and how the National Park Service Museum Emergency Response Team (MERT) has responded. Read More >


Image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Duck Stamp Office, 1935

Podcasts: Glorious Flight: The Jeannette C. Rudy Duck Stamp Collection

WED, JUNE 2, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

The Migratory Bird Hunting Act of 1934 spawned the longest running series of stamps in American history. Duck Stamps have captivated countless collectors including Jeanette Cantrell Rudy, who donated her collection to Smithsonian's National Philatelic Collection in 2006. Assistant Curator Daniel Piazza presents duck stamps of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration illustrated by images from the Rudy Collection. Read More >


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Podcasts: Landscapes Give Back: Planting an Eco-Friendly Garden

WED, MAY 5, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Learn how home gardening can be more ecologically friendly and sustainable. Ray Mims, United States Botanic Garden Conservation Horticulturist, discusses the basics of soil, conserving water, planting the appropriate plants in suitable locations, the importance of choosing native species over exotics, and the impact of invasive plants. Read More >


Low-flow conditions in 2007 at the Blacks Fork River near Little America, WY. Photograph by Jerrod D. Wheeler, US Geological Survey.

Podcasts: Climate Change 101

WED, APRIL 7, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Learn how the U.S. Department of the Interior is adapting to abrupt changes in the environment of the United States and anticipating impacts on ecosystems, infrastructure, and natural resource management. Dr. Thomas Armstrong, DOI Senior Advisor for Climate Change, discussed the past, present, and future of climate change while focusing on the distinction between natural and human-induced change. Read More >


Construction of a Dam by William Gropper

Podcasts: When Art Worked: Art, the New Deal, and Democracy

WED, MARCH 10, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Since the founding of the nation, art has created constituencies for the preservation of its most revered natural areas and places of historic and cultural significance. Roger Kennedy, former Director of the National Park Service, and Director Emeritus of the National Museum of American History, discusses how the New Deal put the arts, including painting, music, theater, and architecture, to work and its influence on the development of the National Park Service. Read More >


Plateau Glacier located on the northeast side of Wachusett Inlet, Saint Elias Mountains, Alaska. 1961. Photographs courtesy of Bruce Molnia.

Podcasts: Baked Alaska: Alaskan Glaciers - Rivers of Ice and Indicators of Change

WED, JANUARY 6, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

As global temperatures rise, they profoundly impact Earth’s largest reservoir of fresh water, glaciers. Outside of the Polar regions, Alaska has one of the largest accumulations of glaciers on Earth. US Geological Survey (USGS) Geologist Dr. Bruce Molnia discusses glaciers from across the Alaskan landscape and their relationship with climate and sea level. Read More >


View from the Main Interior Building pilot green roof. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann—DOI.

Podcasts: Let it Rain: Green Roof Implementation in the National Capital Region

WED, DECEMBER 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST

Rainfall in urban areas can result in the overflow of local streams, rivers, and sewers. DC Greenworks Interim Executive Director Sara Loveland discusses regional rainwater-management concerns, the local legislative landscape, and opportunities for the federal government to increase their environmental stewardship by constructing green roofs and utilizing other low-impact development techniques. Read More >


Themes of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Indian and Soldier, Maynard Dixon, 1939 Courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration, Fine Arts Program

Podcasts: Indians, Corn, and the American West: Maynard Dixon’s New Deal Mural for the U.S. Department of the Interior

SAT, SEPTEMBER 19, 2009, 12:00 AM EST

Professor Erika Doss explores the complexities surrounding government-funded art projects during the 1930s, and how American artist Maynard Dixon negotiated with New Deal tastemakers in his depiction of modern American Indians and the American West. Read More >