The Poetry of Science
Episode 141: Basking No More

Episode 141: Basking No More

February 28, 2022

This episode explores new research, which has found a sharp decline in basking shark sightings in California.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.     

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Basking Shark’ by Norman MacCaig here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 140: Deadly Nails

Episode 140: Deadly Nails

February 21, 2022

This episode explores new research, which has found unexpectedly high levels of hazardous chemicals in nail salons.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.    

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘You Mean You Don’t Weep at the Nail Salon?’ by Elizabeth Acevedo here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 139: Lingering Smoke

Episode 139: Lingering Smoke

February 14, 2022

This episode explores new research, which has found that almost all children have tobacco smoke toxicants on their hands, even in non-smoking homes.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.   

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.    

Read ‘Smoking’ by Ronald Wallace here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 138: The Ancient Resilience of Trees

Episode 138: The Ancient Resilience of Trees

February 7, 2022

This episode explores new research, which has found that old and ancient trees help to develop a forest's resilience.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.  

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.   

Read ‘Tree’ by Jane Hirshfield here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 137: Plastic Snow

Episode 137: Plastic Snow

January 31, 2022

This episode explores new research, which has found evidence of nanoplastics falling like snow in the remote, high-altitude Alps.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.  

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.  

Read ‘Twilight in the Alps’ by Henry Van Dyke here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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