Songs of Disappearance is an album of field recordings of Australia's most endangered birds. This episode of the NPR Shortwave podcast interviews the producer of the album Anthony Albrecht about the birds and their fantastic calls!
Josh Wardle, the developer that created the viral hit game Wordle was interviewed by Wes & Scott on the Syntax Podcast. For any developers, this is a great episode that lifts the lid on all the tech worries he had to deal with once the game started to get really popular (which now has over 10 million daily users!).
This NPR Shortwave episode describes how scientists at NASA analysed the submissions for use of the new James Webb telescope, as well as Hubble and found a huge amount of unconscious bias was leading to the majority of approvals going to submissions from male scientists. They ran some experiments with the submission procedures and found blind submissions as well as more fact based reviewing procedures removed a lot of the biases from the process.
Did you know that Pablo Escobar brought 4 hippos into his estate in Colombia? After he died in 1993, the hippos were left run wild. Fast forward almost 30 years and there are now 400 of them ravaging the ecosystem of the Colombian landscape near the estate. This great episode of shortwave debates the different conservation options that the Colombians are investigating to manage the hippo population, which could reach 500 by 2030 if left unchecked.
Tim Ferriss interviewed Balaji Srinivasan for a second time, in a monster 4.5 hour podcast. Highlights of the interview include the future of the world powered by blockchain, China & geo-political outlook, anarchy in the U.S.A. and lots more. Listen to/watch the interview, and you'll be thinking about it for a week afterwards.
Vegetables aren't real! At least in a botanic sense. In this informative and mind blowing NPR Shortwave episode, I learned that vegetables are just a culinary designation and not a scientific classification. Brocolli, cauliflower, kale - all the same plant. Listen on later in the episode where we are told that strawberries aren't even berries!
On an excellent recent episode of his Where Is My Mind? podcast, Niall Breslin interview Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergency Programme. They cover a range of topics connected to mental health such as the lack of preventative health provision and the pressure of modern society not meeting the needs of people.