Craig Allen, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, surveys the Dome Wilderness area of New Mexico's Cochiti Canyon. Once heavily forested, the area was devastated by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.
This summer, huge wildfires burned across the U.S., especially in dry western states. Though there were fewer fires than usual, they were uncommonly large. Fire scientists say these "mega fires" are becoming the new normal, and climate change that dries out these regions is making the situation worse. They're not sure these fires can be stopped, and the forests of the American Southwest may soon be lost.
American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.
Coming soon is a series of six one-hour programs brought to you by To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody Award-winning public radio show about ideas. The mystery of consciousness -- what it is, where it comes from, how it works -- is like a big ball of string. Pull one end and as it unravels, one question leads to another: What is thinking and how do we do it? Is the mind the same as the brain? Are animals conscious? Can machines think? Is there a neuroscience of creativity? And what does all this brain science tell us about the most personal question of all: Who am "I"?
What book is on your night stand now? Everything I'm reading right now is homework of one sort or another. That's pretty typical. I'm jumping around like a grad student, writing a paper on Mary Wingerd's history, "North Country: The Making of Minnesota," for this big story we're doing on the show about the Dakota Uprising of 1862.
While it hasn't quite yet reached the stature of Thanksgiving or Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Radio Day is a highlight of our year-round presentation of public radio news, music, and entertainment.
'Radio has the best pictures,' claims Susan Stamberg. It's available wherever you are and is your personal connection to the world. In this internet-connected world, radio remains the dominant way that people discover music.
Radiolab host Jad Abumrad shares this Transom.org manifesto on how the program was born, the "gut churn" of creating a new way of storytelling, and how to accept change. Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories.
Click and Clack, the Car Talk Tappet Brothers, have debuted their new app Breakdown Lane. Using listener-submitted Mechanics Files of nearly 30,000 garages, this app provides customer reviews, directions and contact info for mechanics across the U.S.