Author Archives: Ted

IPCC Assessment Report 5 (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’m co-host of How On Earth this week, as we take a look at the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The show features co-host Beth Bartel’s interview with Tad Pfeffer of CU Boulder, one of the lead authors of the report’s chapter on sea level rise.

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IPCC Assessment Report 5

US Climate Report / Antarctic Sounds (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’m all over this week’s episode of How On Earth, the KGNU science show, as co-host, sound engineer, and correspondent. We start with a phone interview with Dennis Ojima, one of the authors of the latest National Climate Assesment. Then we feature my pre-recorded interview with multimedia artist Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, who uses data from Antarctic ice cores and other research to create hip-hop remixes that embody the geometry and sounds of the southern continent.

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U.S. Climate Report / Antarctic Sounds

A Series of Copies: my masters thesis on the relationship between the Internet, culture, and copyright law

We all know the Internet isn’t “a series of tubes.” But what IS it, really?

That question motivates this audio documentary, which I produced as my master’s thesis project in journalism school at the University of Colorado.

It turns out that copying is central to the basic operation of the Internet, and that has consequences for users, artists, entreprenuers, and the law. I explore some of those consequences and connections through interviews with technologists, scholars, entrepreneurs and others, including Cory Doctorow, Patricia Aufderheide, and Alexis Ohanian. My hope is that thinking of the Internet as “a series of copies” will help people better understand issues like Net Neutrality and copyright reform.

The Dust Bowl / Population Growth (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’m co-hosting this week’s episode of How On Earth, the KGNU science show, which features my interview with John Seager. Seager is CEO of the nonprofit Population Connection, and we spoke about the challenges the world faces as the human population grows ever larger. The show also includes an interview with Duncan Dayton, co-producer of Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary The Dust Bowl.

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The Dust Bowl / Population Growth

Neanderthals / Antarctica (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showThis week I’m once again co-host of How On Earth, the KGNU science show. We begin with a feature from BBC’s Science In Action about neanderthals. Then we talk with marine biologist James McClintock about his new book Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land.

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Neanderthals / Antarctica

Colorado Drought / A More Perfect Heaven (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’ve jumped back in front of the microphone this week to co-host How On Earth, the KGNU science show. Our show features an interview about the upcoming Colorado Drought Conference, and a conversation with author Dava Sobel, whose most recent book is A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

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Colorado Drought / A More Perfect Heaven

Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers (NPR)

Science And The Fracking Boom ScreenshotDuring my internship at the NPR science desk in spring 2012, the desk began a series of radio stories investigating the rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a way of extracting natural gas from rock formations deep underground. I contributed extensive background research that was used by the team of reporters and editors working on the series — everything from how the fracking process works, to the laws regulating its use in various states, to the scientific data (or lack thereof) on potential health effects and environmental damage. The project culminated with the creation of a set of infographics, for which I worked closely with the lead editor to select photos, write captions, edit copy, and direct graphic design.

Explore the infographics: Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

The Chocolate Maker Next Door (NPR: Intern Edition)

I recorded and edited the audio for this story—about a guy who turned his suburban basement into a tiny-but-professional chocolate factory—during my internship at the NPR science desk in Washington, D.C. Fellow science desk intern John Rose shot and edited the photos and compiled the slideshow.

Future of Electric Vehicles / Diet and Acne (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’m at the helm (i.e. the sound board) again this week for How On Earth, the KGNU science show. This episode features a live phone interview with author Jim Motavalli, who writes about the electric vehicle industry. Then we hear a pre-recorded interview about changing your diet to prevent acne.

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Future of Electric Vehicles / Diet and Acne

Wild Turkeys / Light Pollution (KGNU: How On Earth)

How On Earth, the KGNU science showI’m running the sound board for this Turkey Day episode of How On Earth, the KGNU science show. We start with a live phone interview about the North American wild turkey—not the kind you’ll likely be eating. And we have a pre-recorded interview with Harold Stark of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, who says the light from cities at night can actually change the chemistry of the atmosphere, exacerbating daytime air pollution.

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Wild Turkeys / Light Pollution