Palau, a nation of sparsely populated Pacific islands surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with fish and giant clams, is so obscure most people must scour a map to find it. Typhoon Haiyan hit the northern island of Kanyangel particularly hard.
Tim Chartier has found a way to fuse his two great loves: math and mime. (It’s a fusion that’s almost as unlikely as wanting to do a radio story about it.) He and his wife strive to have their audiences become a part of the world that they’re creating on stage, and in so doing, the math becomes at once understandable and unforgettable.
If you drive along a country road in Maine, past pine trees and summer cottages, you might not give a ditch of rust-colored water a second thought, unless you had the bad luck to drive into it. But there are scientists wading into this rusty water, and they’ve found something rather unexpected. This story is from the audio series One Species at a Time.
Synergy is a collaboration between Boston-based artists and ocean scientists that gave rise to an exhibition at the Museum of Science in Boston earlier this year. Videographer Amanda Kowalski and I produced a series of 8 video portraits of each of the artist/scientist pairings. You can watch a couple of them below, and find them all here and here.
When the power goes down and the lights go out, a legion of power linemen is deployed. They’re the first to respond when the public needs to be reconnected with the grid. This is a portrait of that community through the voice of one of those linemen — what his days are like when things are calm, and what happens when disaster strikes.
In Australia’s Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear, but a local entomologist offers some theories.