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BBC Earth Podcast

Summary: Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet.Each week the BBC Earth podcast brings you a collection of immersive stories about our world and the astonishing creatures, landscapes and elements in it. Close your eyes and open your ears as you travel from the impenetrable forests of Uganda to research bases in the Antarctic; the edges of the Thar Desert to the Shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get up close and personal with jewelled beetles in the Namib Desert and soar with eagles in Rajasthan as you experience tales of human emotion, of encounters with animals, of the strangest corners of the Earth and breath-taking marvels. All carefully gathered together and delivered into your ear by the good people at BBC Earth.From the deepest caves in the world to the very edge of space the BBC Earth podcast transports you on an awe-inspiring journey in sound.

Podcasts:

 The man-made forest that led to extinction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:53

There are few places on our planet that have not in some way been shaped by humans. We’re looking at how, for better or worse, we’ve made a mark on our world, and whether it’s possible to escape the influence of us. To begin, we travel to Aldabra - an idyllic coral atoll in the Indian ocean. It’s one of the most remote places in the world, home to giant tortoises and very little human intrusion. Yet even in this largely uninhabited spot, traces of humanity can be found. Next we’ll be exploring an island far away from anywhere else, right in the middle of the Atlantic. Ascension Island is an arid landscape. But it’s also home to a lush man-made tropical forest. What lessons can we learn from one of humanity’s largest ever landscaping projects? To finish, we’ll hear from journalist Judith D. Schwartz. She explains how human influence - even that thousands of years in the making - has and can be reversed.  Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you… To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 A wombat ate my homework | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:16

We’re exploring the theme of recovery, delving into times when we’ve stepped in to help save our natural world, and looking at the moments when it’s come to our rescue too.   We’ll be starting off in the sea off the West Coast of Africa where a crew member from the latest David Attenborough series, A Perfect Planet, will take us behind the scenes on an eye-opening rescue mission.   We’ll then meet the Bloom family, whose lives were turned around following a life-changing accident. The road to recovery came in the unexpected form of a mischievous Australian magpie.   Finally, we’ll burrow into the world of wombats and meet a woman who has journeyed through much of life’s ups and downs with these four-legged creatures at her side. Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you… To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Saving a species through sound | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:20

In this week’s episode of the BBC Earth podcast we’ll be looking to solve some of the natural world’s mysteries. Starting off in North West Honduras, we’ll hear from ethnobiologist and sound artist Ben Mirin who set out to discover the voice of a previously voiceless animal. The exquisite spike-thumb frog is a critically endangered species. Recording its voice could help save this frog. The only problem is, nobody actually knows what it sounds like. We’ll also be taken on a personal journey of discovery with a woman who has become known on the tiny island of Guam in Micronesia as the ‘Manta Mum’. Julie Hartup is a microbiologist who has spent over a decade studying the enigmatic Manta Rays. She explains how a simple hypothesis led to a beautiful discovery. Finally, we’ll speak to marine biologist Dr Edith Widder who has spent most of her career trying to communicate with the animals that live in our oceans. Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you… To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Fire ants floating for survival | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:25

We're exploring what the natural world can teach us about teamwork. We'll learn how in some of the most remote locations and harshest conditions, strength can come in numbers. In the Amazon rainforests in Northern Peru, tiny creatures have found an ingenious way to tackle the annual floods. With the help of a crew member from the landmark series, A Perfect Planet, we'll be floating alongside fire ants forming a living raft. Tens of thousands of penguins make the journey from the sea to a spot in the Antarctic to breed. For them, sticking together is crucial for surviving such harsh conditions. Finally, we'll hear about slime mould. To prevent starving, genetically different strains of slime mould come together. But within this system exist loners. What can they teach us about the evolution of social behaviours? Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you… To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Looking for mushrooms, finding happiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:43

We're journeying into hidden worlds, exploring nature that offers much more than what initially meets the eye. We travel to locations that continue to thrive against the odds. When Long Litt Woon's life drastically changed, she turned to the secretive world of mushrooms to manage her grief. She tells us how these visible fungi are just one tiny part of a vast and complex organism that lives beneath our feet. We'll hear how a crew member filming the latest David Attenborough series, A Perfect Planet, managed to document the life of a creature measuring the size of an apostrophe: the fig wasp. Finally we go to Ethiopia, where small pockets of forest surrounding churches continue to thrive. Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you… To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com. Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Baby iguanas born inside a volcano | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:29

We’re back with new discoveries and awe-inspiring moments, taking you to a world far beyond your own four walls. The wildlife photographer and adventurer Tui De Roy explores one of the most hostile spots on Earth: the mouth of a volcano on Fernandina Island. The inside of the volcano is a barren place, but surprising life exists - in the form of tiny iguanas.  Jason Ward’s encounter with a Peregrine falcon from the window of his homeless shelter in the Bronx led towards a lasting love affair with the natural world.  The birder and science communicator explains how you don’t have to travel as far as you might think to get up close to nature.  Connections with the world around us can be found in even the most trying of times.  Elisabeth Bailey’s mystery illness led to an unlikely companionship with a forest snail. She shares some surprising facts about these creatures, including the sound of a wild snail eating. Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth Podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or story that amazed, surprised or moved you…   Website: www.bbcearth.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 My best friend was an octopus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:05

We've reached the end of Series 3! It's been a series of new discoveries, awe-inspiring moments, tear-jerkers and revelations. In the final episode of the series, we are telling stories about the senses. We begin by meeting Sy Montgomery, who built a bond with an eight limbed friend through touch. Octopi have the unique ability to taste what they are touching using the suction cups on their tentacles; some are more sensitive than others and it became clear to Sy that a friendship had been born. Hear from legendary composer, Hans Zimmer, as he describes the process of composing for natural history documentaries - such as Seven Worlds, One Planet - and how these thought provoking series differs from his work on iconic, blockbuster movie soundtracks. In this episode we also tell the story of Bernie Krause who is a "soundscape ecologist", responsible for tracking and recording the sounds of our planet which are rapidly vanishing. Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth Podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or story that tugged your heart strings… Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 This river is legally a “person” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:40

In this episode of the BBC Earth Podcast, we’re getting glimpses into brave new worlds, advancing into unfamiliar territories and breaking new ground. We’re pushing at the frontiers between us and the natural world. In New Zealand there is a river so integral to the history of the Maori people, it has just been granted "personhood". It has been a fight fought for 140 years but finally, this giver of life and symbol of rich history has the same legal rights as the human beings that love it so much. This week we reveal stories of discovery from tiny tales of moss to the unexplored and vast ocean floor. We listen to James, a rhino keeper who talks about the plight of a species which is "functionally extinct": the Northern White Rhino. There are only two left in the world but conservation scientists have hope; using Southern White Rhinos as surrogates, the scientists are taking on a pioneering mission to bring the species to term. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Frozen squirrels and the human brain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:18

For the seventh episode of the BBC Earth Podcast, we’re bringing your stories about adaptation. Did you know, during its 8 month hibernation, the Arctic ground squirrel can survive with a core temperature of 3 degrees below freezing? Scientists have been studying this astounding little rodent’s long, cold sleep to understand whether its hibernation can help revolutionise understanding of our own brains. We also meet the ‘Lightning Bug Lady’ Lynn Faust who has studied fireflies her entire life and tells us about the beautiful display these creatures put on, when trying to attract a mate. We speak to a man who describes nature’s resurgence following the catastrophic nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and get to grips with some surprising silver linings to a human catastrophe. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 The singing sand dunes of the Sahara | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:06

Welcome to another episode of the BBC Earth Podcast; the podcast that delves deep into nature’s great mysteries and surfaces the unknown. This week we’re telling stories of the unexpected, stories which seem too astounding to be true. Journey with us to the Sahara where the sand is known to sing; deep, bassy sounds that reverberate as the millions upon millions of grains fall down the dunes. From the unknown cause of these sounds to the unknown status of a species, let us take you back to the 1930s, when the Tasmanian Tiger was confirmed “extinct”. Unlike the tiger you have pictured in your imagination, this one was more dog-like, with stripes across its back and a tail not dissimilar to that of a kangaroo. There have supposedly been 8 sightings of this creature in the last 3 years, suggesting science should not give up on it just yet… Should these stories leave you perplexed, just wait until you hear from Doug Larson who was the first to discover an ancient forest, undisturbed since deglaciation. These 700 year-old trees had never been found by humans until Doug came along.. Mind. Blown.  Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 The music that makes camels cry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:02

This week we are telling stories from the wilderness. Stories of scale, vast expanses, extreme conditions, little known corners of the planet and the sparsest environments. We begin in Alaska, with the tale of an unbreakable bond between a dogsled racer and her pack, who travel huge distances across rugged terrain. Diving deep to the ocean floor, we join Deep Sea Biologist, Diva Amon, to discover new species and understand the threats that lie beneath. Meet the camera operators who filmed flightless birds that resemble dinosaurs for Seven Worlds, One Planet and hear the magical music that helps camels through birth and makes them shed a tear or two. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 This corridor of trees unites 20 countries | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:17

This week on the BBC Earth Podcast, we are sharing stories of unity. Hear the story behind the international mission of 20 African countries to hold back the desert and plant trees to reclaim the once lush oasis of oasis and greenery. We also discover the unique relationship between a toad and tarantula who choose to be roommates as well as a migration miracle: a three-thousand mile oceanic journey across the Sargasso Sea is made by a transparent animal half the width of a pencil. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 The rhino that flew 10,000 miles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:58

This week we're travelling to a place that is different for all of us, but one we all hold close to our hearts: Home. Listen to the heart-warming story of a keeper in Ohio who built an unbreakable bond with a baby Sumatran rhino named Harapan. Sumatran Rhinos are facing extinction and Harapan was the last remaining in the Western Hemisphere, kept in captivity at Cincinnati Zoo. To give the species the best chance of survival in the wild, Harapan was to fly across the world and return to the home of his ancestors – Sumatra, Indonesia. We also visit the man who keeps a flock of homing pigeons in his back garden in London and two young women who tracked down the symbol of their heritage – the American Bison of Banff National Park. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Hitching a lift to the bottom of the world | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:47

Welcome to the third series of the BBC Earth Podcast. This time, we’re taking you behind the scenes and sharing untold stories from our latest landmark series, Seven Worlds One Planet, from the perspective of camera crew, producers, researchers and scientists alike. Alongside these stories, you’ll hear tales from people all over the planet, exploring the huge array of environments on our planet, from the beauty of vast sand dunes to the eerie deep sea floor; unveiling the harsh reality of disappearing species and miraculous rediscoveries of animals thought to be nearing extinction. In this first episode we hear about the dramatic journey the crew of Seven Worlds One Planet took to reach Antarctica, from Executive Producer Jonny Keeling. They travelled through hell and (very) high waters to film leopard seals hunting penguins for five weeks and it was no mean feat. If you've ever wondered who is responsible for naming newly discovered species - look no further; Quentin Wheeler lets us into the world of taxonomy and he's got some words of warning concerning the disappearance of many thousands of species. You'll also hear the story of the couple who lost everything... and the 600 mile walk that gave them their life back, as well as the re-wilding of a bog land in Hawaii which was taken over by invasive species as a result of human activity. Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 Series 3 - Trailer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:02

The BBC Earth Podcast is back from Thursday 31st October. This series, we're taking you behind the scenes and sharing untold stories from our latest television series, Seven Worlds One Planet. Alongside these stories, you'll hear tales from all over the planet, from vast sand dunes, to the eerie deep sea floor. It's time to close your eyes, open your ears and subscribe so you never miss an episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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