TED Radio Hour debuts. Red River Radio will bring the TED Radio Hour to our listeners every Wednesday Night at 7 p.m. In this story, Everything Is Connected. Every species plays a crucial role in our natural world. But when humans tinker with the equation, a chain reaction can cause entire ecosystems to break down. In this hour, TED speakers explain how everything is connected in nature, with some bold ideas about how we can restore the delicate balance and bring disappearing ecosystems back.
Airs Sunday, July 7 at 6 p.m. How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions? Occupations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10% over the next five years. Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018. But who will fill these positions? Nationwide, more than 300,000 jobs are currently being left vacant because employers can’t find individuals skilled enough in STEM. In Louisiana, 40% of eighth-graders report never designing a science project. Only 3% of high-school seniors take advance college placement tests in science. While male students have shown a recent increased interest in STEM, Louisiana females’ interest has been decreasing since 2008. So, how can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions? Are Louisiana’s educators adequately prepared to teach STEM courses? And how can students be encouraged to pursue STEM careers? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana.”
Airs Monday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. Program Two: Facing the Riding Tide Even when we do understand climate change and it’s impacts, we often do nothing. Why is this? Part Two brings us portraits of two families, a farmer and a land developer. The Mellos and the Fosters provide two different answers to this question.
Airs Monday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m. Program One: Sounding the Waters Sea level rise and increasingly extreme weather patterns are two of the impacts of climate change. How are these phenomena created? What effects will they have on our coastlines? To what extent are we feeling them already? And what can we do to adapt to changing conditions? We explore these questions with a visit to San Francisco’s financial district and other spots around the Bay.
Airs Monday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. Chimps. Bonobos. Humans. We're all great apes, but that doesn’t mean we’re one happy family. Is this kind of cross-species co-habitation an utterly stupid idea? Or might it be our one last hope as more and more humans fill up the planet? This hour of Radiolab: stories of trying to live together. A chimp named Lucy teaches us the ups and downs of growing up human, and a visit to The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa highlights some of the basics of bonobo culture (be careful, they bite).