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The Field Trip is a free podcast that gets science reporting out of the studio and into the world.




Summer Dispatches: Teresa on swimming with submersibles

This week, correspondent Teresa Chin takes us on a tour beneath the Monterey Bay to explore the sights and creatures of the deep. Cruise a shipwreck, learn how to pilot an underwater research vessel and hear more than you ever wanted to know about jellyfish sex. This episode is rated PGI: Parental Guidance recommended for Invertebrates.

Summer Dispatches: Lo on marine mammal rescue

This week, Field Trip Correspondent Lo Benichou take us behind the scenes at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where wounded seals, sea lions and sea elephants are nursed back to health with the help of dedicated surgeons, volunteers and medicine tablets hidden inside of fish guts. Tune in for a surprising look at what's threatening the Pacific Coast's sea mammals (hint: it's not just sharks) plus a very special debate in which we pit the very idea of nature being red in...

Summer Dispatches: Becky on human-powered ferris wheels

This week Field Trip Correspondent Becky Palmstrom takes us to a festival in Taung Byone, Myanmar, where we learn how to run a ferris wheel ... using people power. That's right, if you haven't got any electricity, and you MUST run a classic carnival attraction, you've got to hire a bunch of guys to launch themselves at it and spin the wheel using a process that can only be described as ... terrifying.

Summer Dispatches: Laura on beach rocks

This week we go to to the beach with Field Trip Correspondent Laura Hautala and her Science Mom. Yes, we said Science Mom. And don't worry, it's not in the least bit relaxing, as we learn about why the otherwise lovely gigantic basalt structures at Ecola State Park in Oregon are actually the result of millions of years of violent geologic history and the scene of a daily Darwinian struggle played out at the speed of ... well, starfish.

Summer Dispatches: Nicole on wetlands

We're back with another installment of our "Summer Dispatches" series, this time starring Field Trip Correspondent Nicole Jones as she figures out how one plant in Arcata, California is cleaning human wastewater ... using a swamp. That's right, you can clean the grossest thing you can imagine with the second-grossest thing you can imagine.

Summer Dispatches: Megan on wildfires

... And we're back! Welcome to Series 3 of the Field Trip Podcast, and this time we're trying something different -- we're bringing in our friends as Field Trip Correspondents. They'll be sharing their science reporting adventures from all over the globe.

The Field Trip Podcast gets real with taxidermy

In this episode, we visit Leah Wade at San Francisco's Quiet Science Taxidermy Studio to learn about the art of making the dead live again ... sort of. We also check in with Jay Kirk, the biographer of Carl Akeley, the man who created the African Hall at New York's Museum of Natural History and transformed taxidermy from a big game trophy club to a scientific craft.

The Field Trip Podcast stares into deep space

In this episode, we learn about one of the most important -- and the most emotionally charged -- scientific tools at our disposal: the telescope. We speak with planet hunter Geoff Marcy of NASA's Kepler Mission about how scientists are using a telescope in space to search for Earth-like planets -- and maybe life -- around stars, and we meet a group of skywatchers who are building their own telescopes by hand.

The Field Trip Podcast hangs out in the garage

In this adventure, we head out into the crucible of American inventiveness ... the garage. We get a guided tour of the backyard lab of inventor Ben Krasnow, and then we talk with author Jack Hitt about his new book that explores the DIY roots of the American character.

The Field Trip Podcast drinks way too much coffee

In this episode, we investigate the awesome power of caffeine by letting the head of Funranium Labs dose us with Black Blood of the Earth, the most extreme coffee on the planet. Then we head to Ritual Roasters to learn about the science behind roasting the perfect bean.

New series of The Field Trip Podcast arrives May 14!

It's official ... we're back in T minus 14 days! Please put a big red heart on your calendar around May 14, when we'll start rolling out Series 2, and then look for a new episode every Monday.

The Field Trip Podcast gets bubbly with fermentation

On our tastiest field trip yet, we investigate the delicious world of fermentation and the bacteria that make it possible by visiting Cultured Pickle shop and checking in with "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz.

The Field Trip Podcast plays with fire

We get inside a tiny box with a huge fire to learn how the Oakland Fire Department deals with extreme heat. Then we talk with expert Max Moritz about how fire is like a living creature, and how its habitat may be changing thanks to global warming.

The Field Trip Podcast goes fishing

We head to the ocean investigate Eric's favorite thing: FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISH! To discover why so many of them seem to be disappearing from the world's seas, we talk with Captain Mike Hudson, a commercial salmon fisherman, and Dr. Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences.

The Field Trip Podcast goes to Mars

Welcome to the Field Trip Podcast! On this adventure, we send Eric to Mars, or the next best place, which is ... Canada. Plus, hilarious science writer Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars, stops by to talk about the strange challenges astronauts will face on an interplanetary mission.