Episode 253 - The Secret Life Of Ponds With Acoustic Ecologist Jack Greenhalgh
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2w ago
One of my favorite quotes comes from Anthropologist Loren Eiseley. He said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” In this episode I’m going to prove it. A lot of you probably know that the first stage of my professional career was as a SCUBA instructor and commercial diver. I spent thousands of hours under the surface of the Pacific Ocean, enthralled by what my hero Jacques Cousteau called The Silent World. We divers used to laugh good-naturedly at that, because the ocean is anything but silent. It’s filled with noise, and I’m not talking about boats and such, although ..read more
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Episode 252 - Interview With A Geologist
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2w ago
Not long ago I got a request from a young student to do an episode on the Podcast about roly polies, which happened to be this student’s favorite animal in the universe—his words. So, I did. And that kicked off a flurry of other requests, which I dutifully fulfilled. This episode is the result of a request from a junior high student who wanted to know about the field of geology. So, I started to do some research on the topic, and after about 30 minutes of digging, I had an epiphany, which caused me to go stand in front of a mirror and slap myself a few times for being an idiot. My Dad is a ret ..read more
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Episode 251 - Tim Brookes And The Endangered Alphabet Project
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2w ago
Tim Brookes is many things: accomplished author with many prestigious publishing credits to his name; woodworker; college professor and program director; and the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. We've all heard about languages disappearing, especially those that have no written form. Well, alphabets are also disappearing--and Tim is on a mission to save them ..read more
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Episode 250 - Thank You
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2w ago
It's hard to believe that over the course of 70 months--from September 2018 to this episode in June 2024--I have published 250 episode in tis crazy journey of discovery. thanks for being along for the ride--there's lots more to come ..read more
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Episode 249 - Seeing The Unseen With Tom Biegalski
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
1M ago
My guest in this episode is Tom Biegalski. Tom’s a photographer and videographer, but to say that is like saying that 'Ansel Adams took snapshots.' He specializes in photographing things that can’t be seen with the naked eye, using techniques that fall into Arthur C. Clarke’s well-known quote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. His Web site, TTBPhoto.com, is filled with examples of his work. Please take a few minutes to visit the galleries there, and be sure to click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the home page to see his videos. The slow-motion dra ..read more
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Episode 248 - Fun With Geography
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
1M ago
Remember the show, Big Bang Theory? Of course you do. Best—television show—ever. Do you remember when Sheldon Cooper and his girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler produced their Web TV show, "Fun with Flags? “I’m Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and this is Fun with Flags.” Well, in keeping with that, I have a similarly geeky fascination with geography. So, I’m Dr. Steven Shepard, and this is Fun with Geography. I am constantly running across fascinating little factoids about the world. Most of ‘em fall into the ‘really interesting but not sure how it’s useful’ category, other than the priceless value of informatio ..read more
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Episode 247—Watching The Dance Of The Ants
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
1M ago
The amazing and mystifying life cycle of ants--and why they do the things they do. This is an amazing story ..read more
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Episode 246 - A Sense Of Wonder
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2M ago
A brief audio essay on the importance of wonder in all of our lives ..read more
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Episode 245 - The Papua New Guinea Expeditions With Tony Baylis, Wildlife Sound Recordist
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
2M ago
Have you ever dreamed about going on an expedition? And I don’t mean a walk in the deep woods—I mean, going to places most of us couldn’t find on a map, and living under some pretty rugged conditions.Well, my guest on this program has done that. In fact, he’s been on more than one expedition, to some of the roughest places on the planet. Meet Tony Baylis. Tony is an Australia-based wildlife sound recordist who sometimes bills himself as a ‘bird vocabularist’—meaning, someone who specializes in the unique calls of individual species. I caught up with him recently while he was in the UK, visitin ..read more
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Episode 244 - It's A Thing
The Natural Curiosity Project
by Dr. Steven Shepard
3M ago
Sometimes there are no words. In this case, I editorialize about theme I believe deserves attention: the corrosive power of disinformation and lies, and those who wield them ..read more
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