Wider listening in Geography
Essential podcasts for geographer teachers and students
The Inquiry, by the BBC, gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world. Below are a selection of recommended podcasts. You can access the full list of The Inquiry podcasts here.
Are smart cities dumb?
A bright new future of clean power and easy living, or a science fiction nightmare? Listen now – 24 minutes
How can we feed 11 billion people?
The world’s population is set to grow from 7.7 to 11 billion by the end of this century. The challenge is to produce enough food to feed this number of people. Listen now – 24 minutes
Can we stop mass extinction?
Human activity is sending animals and plants extinct. But scientists have radical solutions to save them – from transplanting polar bears to “de-extincting” a very strange frog. Listen now – 24 minutes
What went wrong in Indonesia?
Thousands died when an earthquake and tsunami struck Palu, Indonesia – but could more lives have been saved? Experts on the ground and around the world speak out. Listen now – 23 mins
How long can we live?
Life expectancy is rising as medicine advances. But can we beat the most fatal condition of all: old age? Scientists on the frontier of the fight against ageing itself talk. Listen now – 23 mins.
Can Delhi clean up its air?
Air pollution is suffocating Delhi – what can be done? Listen now – 23 minutes.
Should we rethink the ban on child labour?
Most countries have pledged to ban child labour – but is this the best approach? Some child workers say it stands in the way of their rights and are campaigning for a rule change. Listen now – 23 minutes.
Can we eat our way out of climate change?
Changing what we eat could be one of the fastest ways to slow down climate change. But moving the world to a new diet would not be easy. Listen now – 23 minutes.
Is plastic doomed?
The tide of public opinion is turning on plastic – what’s its future? Listen now – 23 minutes.
How do you make people have babies?
How governments are encouraging people to have more children to offset a demographic crisis. Listen now – 23 minutes.
How did we get hooked on plastic?
Early inventors wanted to find a substance that could replace ivory as they were concerned they were hunting elephants into extinction. Now it’s something we can’t live without. Listen now – 23 minutes
Is it time to ban the plastic bottle?
Every single second, 20,000 single-use drinking bottles are sold around the world. Listen now – 23 minutes
Could we ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars?
Nations around the world will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the coming decades. What’s stopping us from doing it now? Listen now – 23 minutes
How do we stop people dying in floods?
Do we have the power to avoid the natural forces of intense rainfall? Listen now – 23 minutes
Do we need a plan B for climate change?
Scientists have been developing some very ambitious ideas to re-engineer our climate if ‘plan A’ – concerted global action – fails. Listen now – 23 minutes
Is retirement over?
People are living longer, but not saving enough for their old age. Could a long rest after a hard working life soon become a thing of the past? Listen now – 23 minutes
Can we quake-proof a city?
Earthquakes have killed a million people in the last two decades. From shacks to skyscrapers, what more could we do to minimise deaths and destruction? Listen now – 23 minutes
Should we solar panel the Sahara?
Solar could be the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card, providing clean energy on a vast scale. The technology exists. But the politics are difficult. Listen now – 23 minutes
How will a population boom change Africa?
The UN forecasts the number of people in Africa will double by 2050. Some fear the impact of a demographic explosion – but others say it could be a good news story. Listen now – 23 minutes
Can we learn to live with nuclear power?
After the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the country is turning its reactors back on. But elsewhere the nuclear industry is in retreat. Listen now – 23 minutes
Is opposition to GM crops irrational?
In a recent US poll, a large majority of US scientists said GM food is generally safe to eat. Is it time to embrace GM technology to help deal with world hunger and food shortages? Listen now – 23 minutes
Science in Action
Science in Action, by the BBC, has a range of up to date Earth science podcasts. Below are a selection of recommended podcasts. You can access the full list of Science in Action podcasts here.
Volcanic activity in the Comoros Islands
Undersea tremors in French Indian Ocean territory. Listen now – 26 minutes
Why are volcanic tsunamis difficult to predict?
Volcanologist Thomas Giachetti on the collapse of Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano. Listen now – 3 minutes
Rising methane levels impact climate change
By the year 2000, methane levels in the atmosphere were thought to have stabilised, but now they are again on the rise, exacerbating climate change. Why is this happening? Listen now – 27 minutes
Detecting earthquakes with fibre optics
How a system designed to carry TV and internet traffic can help detect earthquakes. Listen now – 27 minutes
Why speed matters in earthquakes
Last September’s earthquake in Indonesia was so destructive due to its speed. Listen now – 27 minutes
Brazils mining disaster
Many are dead following the collapse of a ‘tailing’s dam’, but what is this hazardous structure associated with iron ore mining? Listen now – 27 minutes
Is 2018 the warmest year on record?
Global temperatures are reaching new highs. Studying the oceans may help explain why. Listen now – 27 minutes
A path to malaria eradication?
Zanzibar has reduced malaria infections by over 95 per cent, could this provide a model for the rest of Africa? Listen now – 27 minutes
Will earth run out of food?
Will Earth run out of food? Also wind turbines heating up, the dilemma of copyright in science publishing and detecting drug-use from fingerprint sweat Listen now – 27 minutes
Sulawesi – Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
The geology that makes Sulawesi a natural disaster hotspot. Also MASCOT lander on the Hayabusa 2 mission and the 2018 science Nobel prizes. Listen now – 27 minutes
The path of Hurricane Florence
Why Hurricane Florence is headed for the US Eastern seaboard and the impacts of landfall. Listen now – 27 minutes
Devastating floods in Kerala
Monsoon floods in Kerala. Understanding landslides, a probe that detects and delivers anti-seizure drugs directly to epileptic brains and giving crystal meth to brains in a dish. Listen now – 27 minutes
The Economist Radio
Recommended podcasts from The Economist Radio
The World Ahead: Shirting Sands in the Sahara
In this episode of the future-gazing podcast, the often ignored region in Africa seems set to grow in prominence, for the wrong reasons. Download now.
Babbage: What a difference half a degree makes
How can governments and reach ‘net zero’ and whether the global economy can both grow and go green. Download now.