EarthFix show


Summary: Each week, podcast host Ashley Ahearn will take you “behind-the-news.” You’ll hear conversations with fellow EarthFix journalists and interviews with experts talking about the latest environmental news. The podcast will also feature audio stories from the EarthFix team. Topics include energy, wildlife, water, land, pollution, sustainability, science and more.

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 Podcast: Covering coal, ocean acidification, plus winterizing home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:27

Go behind the scenes with EarthFix's Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn as they share stories about their recent coverage of ocean acidification and the challenges of covering heated public hearings about the largest coal export terminal on the west coast - proposed to be built near Bellingham, WA. "The goal is to get hate mail from people on both sides of the issue, and so far we're doing that." Also, find out how to winterize your home and monitor your energy consumption this season. Read and see more at EarthFix

 Podcast: (Heritage) Turkeys, Paddling Undammed White Salmon and more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:24

Go behind the scenes on a first descent of the newly-undammed White Salmon River in Washington as host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix's Amelia Templeton about the challenges of recording audio and video...while dropping sick rapids. Go-pros were harmed in the making of that story. Also, in celebration of turkey day, we poke fun at Portlandia and their heritage hand-fed chickens (one of which was possibly named Colin) with our sustainability expert and Portland-based Ecotrope blogger, Cassandra Profita. See extra content at EarthFix.

 Podcast: Mining An Invasive Wildflower, Hunting in Idaho and more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:41

Find out how scientists accidentally introduced a harmful invasive wildflower to sensitive Oregon habitat... in the name of mining. Host Ashley Ahearn turns to EarthFix's Amelia Templeton for a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting on the Yellow Tufted Allysum plant and how managers are trying to get rid of it. We've also got stories about decreasing air pollution emissions at Northwestern ports, climate change and salmon, hunting on the ballot in Idaho and more!

 Podcast: Turning Stormwater Into Stimulating Storytelling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:54

This week marked the actual 40th birthday of the Clean Water Act! Woohoo! Somebody get the balloons! Where's the cake? As a special birthday treat, go behind the scenes as host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix teammate and documentary filmmaker Katie Campbell about her awesome stormwater video and how she approached this tricky subject with an eye for stimulating visual storytelling.

 Podcast: wind subsidies, fires and spawning salmon, coal exports, & more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:41

This week EarthFix brings you stories about coal export plans in the Northwest, wildfires and spawning salmon, energy-efficient football fans and threats to wind subsidies. Read and see more at EarthFix.

 Podcast: NW Sewage problems; Wash. Gubernatorial Candidates and more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:31

This week find out who's the greener of the Washington gubernatorial candidates. We've also got the latest on fracking in Idaho, threats to the Roadless Rule - and the next installment in our series Clean Water: The Next Act. We'll introduce you to one small-town mayor who's taking care of some dirty business.

 EarthFix Podcast: orcas, wave energy, dairy pollution and more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:33

Take a ride with scientists as they try to unlock the secret underwater lives of Puget Sound's orcas, and find out how ship traffic might be affecting whale behavior. We've also got updates on wave power developments, coal exports, water pollution from dairy farms - and more! See more at EarthFix.

 EarthFix Podcast: Everyday chemicals and pharmaceuticals in our waters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:57

Go behind the scenes on EarthFix's latest installment in our series "Clean Water: The Next Act". Host Ashley Ahearn talks with Ecotrope blogger Cassandra Profita about how the chemicals and pharmaceuticals we use in our daily lives are (eep!) bringing out the feminine side in some male Puget Sound fish. Read more at EarthFix.

 Podcast: Gillnet controversy, Puget Sound water quality, orcas underwater | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:41

We're gettin' fishy this week. Host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix's Courtney Flatt about the controversy over banning gillnet fishing on the Columbia River. Also, get the latest on the water quality in Puget Sound and hear what the resident orcas hear, beneath the waves. More at EarthFix.

 EarthFix Podcast: Energy Report - Windows, Biofuel And LNG | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:28

Hear how fat algae could end up in your fuel tank, how your windows can affect your energy bills and get the latest on the proposed liquid natural gas export facility in Oregon - this week, on the EarthFix podcast. Read and see more on the EarthFix website.

 EarthFix Podcast: Connecting Wyoming coal country to the Northwest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:06

This week hear the sounds of Wyoming coal country, and find out how life there connects to life here in the Northwest. Host Ashley Ahearn explores the largest open pit mine in the world, visits with one rancher who's concerned about the effects of coal mining - and then heads to Bellingham, Washington to check out the proposed site of what could one day be the largest coal export terminal on the West coast. Read, see and hear more at EarthFix.

 EarthFix Podcast: How logging and farming affect water quality in the NW | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:57

Hear stories from our series Clean Water: The Next Act. In this installment we take a look at how agriculture and logging affect water quality, with stories from EarthFix team members around the Northwest.

 EarthFix Podcast August 6-10 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:36

This week we've got stories on the changing makeup of forests in the Northwest - and, turning sewage water into power. Host Ashley Ahearn asks the state Department of Fish and Wildlife some tough questions about their decision to kill a female wolf in Northeastern Washington. More at

 EarthFix Podcast July 23-27 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:06

Country music, pick up trucks and dirt roads this week as EarthFix heads to coal country. Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell get "coal-curious" with Dustin Bleizeffer, an energy reporter from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming who's been covering the region known as "The Nation's Energy Capital" for more than 10 years. Then, get the latest results from a public opinion poll on how people in our neck of the woods feel about exporting Powder River Basin coal to Asia, via the Northwest.

 EarthFix Podcast: Duwamish River and the Clean Water Act | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:06

Special edition! Host Ashley Ahearn talks with Investigate West's Robert McClure about the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Take a listen to the first installments, recorded on Seattle's Duwamish River, of our new series: Clean Water: The Next Act. More podcas related content at


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