Author: Leslie Chang

Oh Right, the Animals

Today: border critters and beaked whales. Two stories about human actions disrupting the ecosystems and lives of other animals with whom we share the planet. First, a tale of how the U.S. Navy’s sonar activities created an acoustic storm in the Great Bahama Canyon, impacting a population of remarkable, rare whales. Second, we brush the dust off a once-forgotten research paper about the likely ecological impacts of a coast-to-coast U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Featuring student producers Denley Delaney and Maddy Belin; sound design by Jackson Roach. Image credit: Blainville’s Beaked Whale, by MatthewGrammatico.

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Gen Anthro featured in Stanford News

Over the past two weeks, reporter Taylor Kubota talked to many members of Team Gen Anthro – me, Mike, Miles, Tom, and our student Meghan Shea – about the podcast, class, and history of the project. We’re all very excited to be featured in Stanford News! Taylor’s piece documents what we’ve been up to in the past six months, especially the courses that Mike, Miles, and I taught at Stanford in fall quarter 2016 and winter quarter 2017. Also, shout-out to all the campus partners who supported the project! We are so grateful.

Read the full article here: “Stanford’s Generation Anthropocene podcast is back”

Also, Worldivew social media maven Ali took a bunch of photos of the class. Check out a few below!

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Seasons 1–6: playlists

Welcome to the archives of Generation Anthropocene. Seasons 1 through 6 ran from April 2012 to August 2014. We talked to dozens of experts, scientists, writers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and more. Back in day, we pretty much only did long-form interviews, though you’ll find a few produced pieces sprinkled in. Every episode has its own individual post on our website, but we’ve also organized the seasons into playlists on SoundCloud. Here they are, all in one place, for easy access. Happy listening!

Season 1

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A Tale of Two Grains

Food security may be the most important issue we’ll face in the coming decades. With global population on the rise and a changing climate, the future of food is greatly uncertain. These realities have prompted some scientists to start looking at crops that might be well suited to these global changes, foods that are drought resistant and nutritionally rich. That’s where “superfoods” like quinoa and amaranth come in. In this week’s READ MORE

Environmental Icon David Suzuki

This week we bring you an intergenerational conversation featuring David Suzuki, who is a Canadian scientist, activist, and media figure. Since the 1970s, Suzuki has hosted both radio and television shows about the natural world and environmental issues. A self-described “elder,” Suzuki READ MORE

The Dino Crater

One of the best tales of all time from geologic history is the story of the meteor impact that killed the dinosaurs. As it turns out, though, there are still many unanswered questions about what exactly happened the moment the meteor connected with our planet. In fact, until recently, scientists had yet to collect sediment cores from the center of the impact crater. On today’s show, producer Michael Osborne talks with Sean READ MORE

Climate Change: The Beginning

Humans have been altering the climate for a long time – but how long, exactly? This question is central to the Anthropocene debate. When did the human population collectively achieve colossal power that can be equated with geologic power? Was it at the start of the Industrial Revolution? Back during the Agricultural Revolution? And how on earth do climatologists pinpoint a date? This week, producer and resident READ MORE

Our Fashion Footprint

A trendy outfit has never been cheaper than it is today. Not only that, the fashion industry is churning out new styles so quickly that the entire phenomenon has been dubbed fast fashion. The industry includes retailers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, and even Target and Walmart. Of course, it’s only natural that we love finding the latest styles at affordable prices. But our clothes have abundant hidden costs for both the environment READ MORE