audio slideshows | videos

Click below to view these multimedia pieces I’ve produced, which combine audio, photographic stills, and video.

The Scientist Who Loves the Cold, 12/19/2011

Ali Criscitiello climbs summits and studies climate—particuarly how warming ocean temperatures could be melting sea ice around Antarctica. Produced for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Line W: A 10-year Portrait of Our Planet, 12/14/2011

Since 2001, a set of moored instruments and repeated research cruises across the Gulf Stream have helped form an unprecedented view of ocean circulation in a crucial part of the North Atlantic. Produced for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Lamont Summer Intern Program, 12/2011

Every summer for the last 20 years, promising undergraduates from around the country have had the privilege of working one-on-one with world-class researchers during Lamont-Doherty’s summer intern program. Produced for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

The Sanchez-Ruballos Family, 10/15/2011

A family is able to stay a family because of a remarkable hospital in Boston. Produced in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media for the Storybook fundraiser event at MassGeneral Hospital for Children event. Photography by Amanda Kowalski.

Finding Hope and Health in the Brigham & Women’s NICU: The Schumacher Family, 9/17/2011

This is the story of one very tiny, fragile baby, and the warmest of families and medical teams. Produced in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media for a fundraiser event at Brigham & Women’s Hospital event. Photography by Amanda Kowalski.

Hands-on synagogue, 9/8/2011

None of Poland’s spectacular wooden synagogues survived the World Wars. Now a team of experts and novices is bringing one of them back to life. This audio slideshow was produced for Tablet Magazine by David McGuire and me. Photography by Magda Braniewska.

For audio only:

The Frum Farmer, 6/7/2011

Though born to a family of cattle dealers, Bill Berman is an anomaly among South Florida’s dairymen, few of whom start their day by praying. This is an audio slideshow that I produced about Berman and his farm for Tablet Magazine. Photography by Amanda Kowalski. Script available here. For audio only:

Beads for hope, 6/1/2011

When their dad was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, his 10-year-old daughter Elana and 12-year-old son Jack decided to help find a cure. Here’s the story of this inspiring brother/sister combo. Produced in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media for the MGH 100 event. Photography by Amanda Kowalski.

A Rising Tide: Linking Ocean and Ice, 4/28/2011

Fiamma Straneo works in Greenland’s glacial fjords to answer questions about our changing climate. Published by Oceanus Magazine.

Rabbi, Run, 4/28/2011

Last month, Gershom Sizomu Wambedde — likely the first black African-born rabbi — ran for the parliamentary seat representing Uganda’s Bungokho North district. His campaign was hot, dusty, and contentious. Here’s an audio slideshow that I produced about the election for Tablet Magazine. For audio only:

Letters lost and found, 2/15/2011

Behind the digital debut of a beautiful Hebrew typeface first crafted in the 16th century.

Type designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky explains the creation of Le Bé, his new digitization of a beautiful 16th-century Hebrew typeface. It debuts in The Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi, a Nextbook Press e-book to be published this week.

Published by Tablet Magazine. The slideshow also got picked up by the Fast Company blog and the Atlantic Monthly.

The Music of Sound, 2/8/2011

And now for something completely different: Arthur Newhall, an underwater acoustics researcher and a musician, has found an interesting way to combine his two areas of expertise. Published by Oceanus Magazine.

Inner curiosity, Fall 2010

On a crisp autumn morning, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory opened its doors to the community for its annual Open House. It’s a day of free lectures, demonstrations, and workshops for adults and children. This year’s theme — Earth on Alert — highlighted work by Lamont-Doherty scientists on recent hazards: the Gulf oil spill, the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes, and the Iceland volcano.

This slideshow is a tribute to the kid-like curiosity inside all of us.

A plague in air and sea: Neutralizing the acid of progress

The carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is slowly acidifying the global ocean, leading to catastrophic consequences on countless marine life forms. Available in English and Spanish.

• Winter 2010 for COSEE NOW.

California’s Ocean

Travel along the California coast to learn how different people rely on data streaming in live from the ocean in very different ways. Also available as an audio-only podcast.

• Fall 2010 for the Central & Northern California Ocean Observing System.

A Kaleidoscope of Justice

An audio slideshow about the difference that AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is making in the world.

• Fall 2010 for AVODAH

Wading in the Water: Diversity, heritage, and the ocean

Credit: Carrie Thomas.

Carrie Thomas at North Carolina State University has consistently tackled the multi-dimensional goal of engaging underrepresented groups in careers in ocean science research. This piece is a testament to that commitment.

• Summer 2010 for COSEE.

Credit: Daniel Cojanu

Holography and Oceanography

An engineer explores new ways of using lasers to reveal the tiniest of sea life. And he’s letting a museum-going public take a stab at it too.

• Summer 2010 for Oceanus Magazine; pdf here

credit: NASA's Visible Earth

To See a World in a Single Particle

The breakthroughs at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory demonstrate that knowledge of earth processes is essential to a sustainable future.

• Summer 2010 for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Newsletter link here.

The Earth is moving to a different state.  How will Antarctica respond?  Credit: Oscar Schofield.

Antarctica melting

The Western Antarctic Peninsula is undergoing the fastest winter warming of anywhere on the planet. These 4 audio slideshows, each with an accompanying classroom activity, paints a picture of how the life and ice there are dealing with climate change.

• Spring 2010 for COSEE

credit: Konrad Hughen

The once & future corals

Earth’s history is inscribed in corals. But what’s the future of corals on Earth? Coral reefs are among the most vibrant and valuable ecosystems on the planet, but they are threatened by climate changes, ocean acidification, and pollution.

• Spring 2010 for Oceanus Magazine

RU27 (foreground); R/V Investigador (background). Credit: Dan Crowell.

Glider arrives in Spain

Rutgers University’s RU27 becomes the first remote-controlled object ever to cross an ocean underwater.

• Winter 2009 for IEEE Spectrum
• Production: Randi Silberman
• Photography: Gene Smirnov,
Dan Crowell, Rutgers COOL
• Audio: Ari Daniel Shapiro, Chris Ballman at Here and Now

Adrienne Block discusses research in the Antarctic. Credit: Robin Bell.

The ice beneath their feet

Senior Lamont-Doherty researcher Robin Bell and Columbia graduate student Adrienne Block discuss a recent Antarctic expedition to map subglacial mountains, and they share the satisfaction that comes from pursuing a science career.

• Winter 2009 for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Newsletter link here.

credit: Hauke Kite-Powell

Rocking the sky

A graduate student explores how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is incorporated into solid rock in Oman. Could this process be speeded up to help offset the buildup of the greenhouse gas in our atmosphere?

• Fall 2009 for Oceanus Magazine

Doing science in the Antarctic.

Life at the bottom of the world

They may be microscopic in size, but plankton play a starring role in the oceans’ food web and the Earth’s climate. Scientists are just beginning to reveal the rich diversity of life in remote polar seas.

• Fall 2009 for Oceanus Magazine

Pink Floyd and the dancing embryos

This is a 90-second video tribute to cell division that I did, with an unexpected musical soundtrack.

credit: Hauke Kite-Powell

Farming shellfish in Zanzibar

Aquaculture project aims to produce food and reduce poverty: A little marine science goes a long way toward developing new environmentally sustainable ways to provide more protein and more economic opportunities, especially for women, on an impoverished island off East Africa.

• Summer 2009 for Oceanus Magazine

The remnants of a home in the Lower 9th Ward.

Restoring communities in New Orleans

David Eber and New Orleans community members describe the St. Claude Initiative that’s re-imagining the Lower 9th Ward using murals.

• Photography: Rachel Gold & Alethia Picciola
• Spring 2009 for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
• Featured on the Repair the World blog

AVODAH alum.

AVODAH: An alumni perspective

An audiovisual collage of alumni sharing their memories and stories.

• Production & audio: Ari Daniel Shapiro
• Photographs provided by: AVODAH Alumni Community
• Spring 2009 for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps

credit: seawifs.gsfc.nasa

What makes the great ocean currents flow?

A graduate student explores the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio: Powerful currents drive the oceans’ circulation and Earth’s climate. MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate student Stephanie Waterman has investigated the underlying physics that drive the currents.

• Production & audio: Ari Daniel Shapiro
• December 2008 for Oceanus Magazine

credit: Tom Kleindinst

The ultimate fluid environment for scientists

Celebrating the 50th year of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

• Production & audio: Ari Daniel Shapiro
• Primary photography: Sarah Reynolds
• October 2008 for Oceanus Magazine


The day in the life of a Corps member

Diana Levy’s work at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice and her participation in Avodah.

• Photography: Sarah Reynolds
• June 2008 for Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps
• Featured on the Repair the World blog

zooming out: phytoplankton in perspective

Discover just how small and big phytoplankton can be:

Orchestration: Leadership, scholarship, friendship

I studied the feeding and vocal behavior of killer whales in Norway for my PhD dissertation. Here is a multimedia essay that I created about the experience:


4 Responses to “audio slideshows | videos”

  1. very cool


  2. Excellent programs! Great editing and storytelling sensibility. Inspiring, fascinating and educational all in one.


  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to write, and for your thoughtful words, Gem!


  4. From a production time standpoint, does it take more time to produce an underwater audio/slideshow than a piece such as ‘Frum Farmer?’


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