Big Picture Science – This Land is Island

by Gary Niederhoff on November 23, 2014


This Land is Island

There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in the vast seas of space. You might think of yourself as a biological island … until you tally the number of microbes living outside – and inside – your body.

We go island hopping, and consider the Scottish definition of an island – one man, one sheep – as well as the swelling threat of high water to island nations. Also, how species populate islands … and tricks for communicating with extraterrestrial islanders hanging out elsewhere in the cosmos.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Edward Chamberlin / Islands
Part 2: Bill McKibben / Diminishing Islands
Part 3: Justin Sonnenburg/ Our Island Selves
Part 4: Guy Consolmagno & Margaret Race / First Contact

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