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January 19, 2014: Waging War Against Whalers, Paragliding Above Pakistan and More

Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.

Fly Baja and See Why Baja

Escape the polar vortex and go Doors Off Over Baja California

Bone Worm Mating Revealed: Males Have “Penis” on Head

Male bone worms use a “penis” on their heads to inseminate females, a new study says.

Ultrasound Ocean Noises Pose Risk to Marine Life

by Michael Stocker Noise pollution has now become one of the common themes of human-generated impacts on the ocean. Shipping noise, military sonar, and seismic airgun surveys are increasingly becoming part of the public discussion in marine conservation. These noises are easy for us to understand; they are loud, ubiquitous, and they are all in…

Brains and Beakers: Secrets Of Science Reporting

By Kendrick Calkins Alexis Madrigal has been called “the perfect modern reporter.” He’s written for The New York Times, Wired, and is now a senior editor of the Atlantic magazine, where he runs their technology section. He recently joined us at, Brains and Beakers, Youth Radio’s regular gathering where we hear from some of the biggest scientific thinkers, right…

The Ocean’s Unsung Heroes – Hooray for the Little Guys & Just Keep Swimming!

When most people think about ocean creatures, they picture large charismatic species like whales, penguins, polar bears, sharks and turtles. These magnificent animals are the “celebrities” of the oceans and tend to received significant public and scientific attention. In fact, they are even play starring roles in Hollywood movies, such as Happy Feet, Dolphin Tale,…

A National Park for Blue Whales?

In one day, a baby boy gained 200 pounds (90 kilograms) just from his mother’s milk.  At this rate, it seems like he’ll be fully grown in no time. But this little guy has a long way to go.  He’s a blue whale calf, and in five to 10 years, he’ll be the largest animal…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Exotic New Matter, Continental Collision…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: An exotic new form of matter may have been discovered in subatomic particles, a new subduction zone between Europe and America is slowly pulling the continents together, and…

“Astonishing” and Rare Orca vs. Sperm Whales Video Explained

The other day Alexis Manning posted a link in the Nat Geo Daily 10 to a video showing rare footage of a pod of orcas attacking a family of sperm whales (watch above). The video is from Blue Sphere Media, a production company with the tagline: “We fuse dramatic imagery with intimate and thought-provoking stories,…

Whale Attack Video, Space Debris Issue, More…Today’s Top 10 Headlines

On our radar today: Video footage shows killer whales attacking sperm whales, the space debris issue is becoming more and more dire, and…

March 31, 2013: Rowing Across the Atlantic, Reviving Extinct Species and More

This week, Boyd’s guests tell tales of lions stealing camera equipment, former whalers who used 19th-century techniques into the 1980s, how to reveal the magnificence of a chicken, and much more.

The Surprising Way Airplanes Help Whales

John-Michael Lee caught thresher sharks off Redondo Beach in California when he was a boy. “We’d float on a mat in the water, reach down with our hands and just catch them by the tail,” recalls John-Michael. “They were about three to four feet long, but most of that was tail.”

“When I go diving now,” he remarks, “I don’t see many sharks anymore.”

“Zombie” Worms Mate Inside Whale Bones

Worms that eat dead whales at the bottom of the ocean also mate inside the bones, a new study shows for the first time.

March 17, 2013: Getting Married at the North Pole, Cage-Free Swimming With Great Whites and More

On this week’s show, meet a woman who free-dives with great white sharks, a man who skied to the North Pole in the darkness of winter, and photographers who can turn such darkness into a colorful portrait of a world we can’t see.

Gray Whales Saved Off Baja California

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation It’s gray whale migration season on the west coast of North America. Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on Earth. Every year they swim over 10,000 miles roundtrip between Mexico’s nursery lagoons and feeding grounds in the Arctic. At this time of…