Hakai Magazine Audio Edition

Hakai Magazine Audio Edition

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Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. This audio edition showcases readings of our long-form feature stories. New episodes are typically published Tuesdays.


From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars (Rebroadcast)
Oct 15 • 21 min
by Heather Pringle • How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships (Rebroadcast)
Oct 8 • 24 min
by Sarah Gilman • These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Gray Laws on White Sharks
Oct 1 • 17 min
by Alastair Bland • A loophole in California law is letting fishers who repeatedly catch great white sharks off the hook. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
A Humpback Whodunit
Sep 24 • 17 min
by Larry Pynn • A necropsy carried out on a remote British Columbia beach seeks to answer how a young humpback died. The original story, along with video and photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Introducing: The Ballast Podcast
Sep 17 • 18 min
This week we bring you something slightly different: the first episode of Hakai Magazine’s first podcast! Did you know ship ballast from the United Kingdom built Manhattan? Or some of it. This was one of the enticing tidbits that got us very interested in…
The Tale of Dirty, Old, Leaky Zalinski
Sep 10 • 23 min
by Larry Pynn • A Second World War-era shipwreck is a haunting reminder that you can never fully clean up an oil spill. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner (Rebroadcast)
Sep 3 • 26 min
by Cheryl Katz • Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer? Originally published in January 2017, this story explores the declining seabird populations in Iceland and the effect on traditional Icelandic culture. The…
Leviathans in the Harbor
Aug 27 • 40 min
by Brian Payton • More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide? The original story, along with photos, can be found onhttps://www.hakaimagazine.com.
The Last Trial of the Codfather (Rebroadcast)
Aug 20 • 32 min
by Brendan Borrell • Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law. But is there any other way to survive the gauntlet of restrictions on the New England…
The Rat Spill
Aug 13 • 32 min
by Sarah Gilman • A tiny Alaskan island faces a threat as deadly as an oil spill—rats. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard
Aug 6 • 28 min
by Stephen Strauss • Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Swimming with Tuna
Jul 29 • 19 min
by Jessica Wynne Lockhart • A controversial plan for a tourist attraction sparks questions about South Australia’s celebrated tuna ranching industry. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Wasted
Jul 23 • 28 min
by Sasha Chapman • Our global food system discards 46 million tonnes of fish each year. Why? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
A Visit with the Glacier Squad
Jul 16 • 28 min
by Madeline Ostrander • For 35 years, a scientist and his team have been taking the pulse of 10 coastal glaciers. The diagnosis is in. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Searching for Keith
Jul 9 • 44 min
by Sarah Tory • A detective’s quest reveals how one idealistic fisheries observer may have collided with criminals and desperate migrants—and paid for it with his life. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Secret History of Bioluminescence (Rebroadcast)
Jul 2 • 13 min
by Ferris Jabr • Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans. Originally published in May 2016, this fascinating story is as relevant now as it was then. The original…
What I Wish My Father Had Taught Me About Fishing
Jun 24 • 13 min
by Paul Greenberg • Or how modern sport fishing threatens a timeless tradition. The original story can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Supersize My Seabream
Jun 18 • 15 min
by Jeremy Hsu • Researchers are using CRISPR gene editing technology to give Japan’s coveted red seabream a bodybuilding boost. But will people accept it? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Hot Mess of Hawai‘i’s Renewable Power Push
Jun 11 • 24 min
by Peter Fairley • Can the small Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i and its utility get along well enough to teach the rest of the world how to get off fossil-fueled electricity? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Newest Lab Rat Has Eight Arms
Jun 3 • 18 min
by Mićo Tatalović • Move over mice and fruit flies, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is busy developing the next great model organism for science. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Whale Dying on the Mountain (Rebroadcast)
May 28 • 22 min
by J. B. MacKinnon • As the Comox Glacier disappears so does part of the local culture. Originally published in February 2016, this compelling story is as relevant now as it was then. The original story, along with photos, can be found on…
The Baffling Case of the Belugas that Won’t Bounce Back
May 21 • 32 min
by Amorina Kingdon • What’s keeping Cook Inlet belugas from thriving? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Fish Below Your Feet and Other Solutions for a Living Harbor
May 14 • 29 min
by Tyee Bridge • In Seattle, Singapore, and other waterfront cities around the world, engineers are creating life-enhancing designs to encourage marine biodiversity. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Tough Sell of Turtle-Saving Tech
May 7 • 19 min
by Yao-Hua Law • Sea turtle excluder devices are simple. Getting them adopted is anything but. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
How Animals Code Their Kids for Survival
Apr 30 • 19 min
by Elin Kelsey • Insights into epigenetics and inheritance show that some organisms can adapt to a changing world. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Finding Our First Fish
Apr 22 • 18 min
by Alex Riley • Sharks aren’t primitive, and they aren’t the most primitive surviving jawed fish either. New fossils are rattling the fish family tree. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Reassessing Seal Rescue
Apr 16 • 35 min
by Cathleen O’Grady • The Netherlands is trying to do something new when it comes to rescuing “stranded” seals: less. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Eradicating the One Percent
Apr 9 • 17 min
by Brendan Borrell • The swamps and subdivisions of southern Florida are overrun with invasive reptiles, including Burmese pythons and Nile monitor lizards. The only way to eliminate every last one of them is to follow the DNA trail they leave behind. The…
Germany’s Winds of Change
Apr 2 • 20 min
by Paul Hockenos • One community loves wind turbines; another resents them. What Germany gleans from two seaside communities may determine its carbon future. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Born to Swim
Mar 26 • 33 min
by Sushma Subramanian • In Southeast Asia, sea nomads known as the Bajau offer a glimpse into how humans may have adapted to an aquatic way of life. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Caamaño: The Sound of (Whale) Music
Mar 18 • 9 min
by Darcy Dobell • Is this where North Pacific humpback whales practice their songs? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Reawakening Kaloko
Mar 12 • 10 min
by Jon Letman • Volunteers resurrect a traditional fishpond on the Island of Hawai‘i, strengthening ties to their culture and land in the process. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Seaweed Economics 101: Boom and Bust in the North Atlantic
Mar 4 • 26 min
by Claire Eamer • Coastal communities have watched the economic pendulum—and their futures—swing wildly when it comes to relying on seaweed as an industry. Is there a better way? The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Basketmaker
Feb 26 • 29 min
by Laura Trethewey • Through the practice and poetry of basketmaking, lives, cultures, and generations intertwine. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Citizen Science Comes of Age
Feb 19 • 17 min
by Alastair Bland • Increasingly, scientists are relying on data gathered by volunteers to make their research happen. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Hey Beacher, Leave Those Fish Alone
Feb 12 • 15 min
by Kelly Catalfamo • Grunion, little fish that mate on beaches from California to Mexico, face a lot of obstacles to maintaining a healthy population. And the most pernicious may be drunk beachgoers. The original story, along with photos, can be found on…
The Great Dolphin Dilemma
Feb 5 • 31 min
by Lina Zeldovich • For years, animal rights advocates have waged war against the US Navy for its use of dolphins in warfare and research. Is a resolution possible? The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Gnawing Question of Saltwater Beavers
Jan 29 • 22 min
by Ben Goldfarb • Scientists have long overlooked beavers in the intertidal zone. Now they’re counting on the freshwater rodents to restore Washington’s coastal ecosystems. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Deer Wars: The Forest Awakens
Jan 22 • 28 min
by Leslie Anthony • On Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, culling deer is an act of cultural and ecological restoration. The original story, along with photos and video, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Curious Case of Bermuda’s Mysterious Turtle
Jan 14 • 17 min
by Ben Goldfarb • Operation Green Turtle was considered one of the most audacious failures in the history of conservation biology—until a stunning nest inspired scientists to reconsider its legacy. The original story, along with photos, can be found on…
The Risky Fame of a Rare Island Wildcat
Jan 8 • 26 min
by Rachel Nuwer • As Japan moves to make Iriomote Island a World Heritage Site, locals fear that tourists will overrun their remote paradise and impact their critically endangered feline neighbors. The original story, along with photos, can be found on…
A Swedish Island’s Rare Balancing Act
Jan 1 • 23 min
by Andrew Curry • On Öland, humans and grazing cattle have created a haven of biodiversity and preserved it for thousands of years. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Why Does Halibut Cost So Much?
Dec 11, 2018 • 19 min
by Larry Pynn • There are good reasons why putting halibut on your plate can strain your wallet. The original story, along with photos and videos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Riddle of the Roaming Plastics
Dec 4, 2018 • 17 min
by Matthew Halliday • It is one of the modern world’s biggest mysteries—99 percent of the plastics that enter the ocean are missing. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
An Oasis of Open Water
Nov 27, 2018 • 25 min
by Julia Rosen • Inuit in Canada and Greenland want to protect an ecological wonder—a massive Arctic polynya—at the center of their world. The original story, along with photos and maps, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Cavernous World under the Woods
Nov 20, 2018 • 38 min
by Bruce Grierson • On Vancouver Island, karst researchers hustle to save one of Earth’s most underappreciated—and fragile—ecosystems: an ecosystem hidden in plain sight. The original story, along with photos and videos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Instant Ocean
Nov 13, 2018 • 14 min
by Hannah Hindley • Originally built as a gateway to space colonization, Biosphere 2 has a new purpose: to breed supercorals strong enough to survive swiftly changing seas. First, scientists must revive the simulated ocean. The original story, along with…
The Hidden Coastal Culture of the Ancient Maya
Nov 6, 2018 • 25 min
by Erik Vance • For thousands of years, ancient Maya kings ruled a vast inland empire in Mexico and Belize. But just how inland was it, really? The original story, along with photos and videos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Ghosts of Fishers Past
Oct 29, 2018 • 14 min
by Brian Owens • Lost fishing gear keeps on doing the job it was designed for long after its owners are gone. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
The Halibut Hook Revival
Oct 23, 2018 • 15 min
by Raina Delisle • An ingenious Indigenous fishing technology with spiritual significance is making a comeback. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
Herschel, the Very Hungry Sea Lion
Oct 16, 2018 • 25 min
by Katharine Gammon • It’s dangerous to blame the decline of one species on a single predator. We humans like to do it anyway. The original story, along with photos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.
In the Kingdom of the Bears
Oct 9, 2018 • 44 min
by Jude Isabella • The human-bear bond is ancient, but across the northern hemisphere, only a few societies remember the art of neighboring bears. The original story, along with photos and videos, can be found on hakaimagazine.com.