Steve Curwood

Tapir Scientist

Writer Sy Montgomery treks through the wilds of the world's largest freshwater wetland, Brazil's Pantanal, with scientists studying the elusive and endangered lowland tapir.

House Climate Hearings Set for 9/18

Since 2010 Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has been asking the House to take on climate change. Now the majority Republicans have finally set House climate hearings for September 18, but some Democrats are skeptical the Republicans will give climate science a fair hearing.

Republican Climate Hearing Agenda

The House of Representatives has been stuck in gridlock when it comes to climate change, in part because many Republicans deny the validity of climate projections. Heritage Foundation analyst David Kreutzer says that the announcement of climate hearings now doesn’t signal a change in Republican opposition to carbon regulation.

Otters As Climate Defenders

Sea Otters are known for their playful demeanor and cuddly appearance, but scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz think that the cuddly creatures could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

Eternity of Eagles

Stephen Bodio is a naturalist, falconer, and writer whose travels have taken him all around the world. During the 90s, he lived with Kazakh tribes of central Asia, who use eagles to hunt wolves. Bodio discusses his new book—a compendium on all things eagle—with host, Steve Curwood.

Pollutants Implicated in ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is on the rise throughout the world and scientists at Laval University in have found it is associated with exposure with a couple of notorious toxins—lead and mercury.

The World's Largest Known Organism In Trouble

The world’s largest and possibly oldest living organism is Pando, a Quaking Aspen clone living in Utah. Best guesses place it at 80,000 years old but over grazing from deer and elk are threatening its existence now.

Conservation Canine

Scientists at the University of Washington are putting rescue dogs to work for science. The Conservation Canines are helping to save endangered species from the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico to the Alberta tar sands.

Tesla Stock Soars

Consumer Reports declares the Tesla S to be the best car it has ever tested and stock for the electric car company is ten times what it was a year ago. The battery-electric car industry seems to be taking off.



MacArthur Bee Genius

University of Minnesota scientist Marla Spivak has received a Macarthur genius grant for her work studying bees and trying to save them from 'colony collapse disorder.'


Harnessing the Power of Soccer

Four Harvard students invented a soccer ball that charges with every kick. The young inventors hope to harness the power of soccer fanaticism and turn it into clean energy. Living on Earth and Planet Harmony's Ike Sriskandarajah reports.


REDD Corruption

The plan to pay developing nations to save their forests and the carbon in them is potentially worth billions of dollars under the UN scheme called REDD, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. Nearly $4 billion dollars is already on the table, and this cash has attracted both conservationists and criminals.