The Catch—How squid explains the state of global fishing (4/8/2023)

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Airs Saturday, April 8 at 9am.

In this one hour special from PRX we explore the issue of ocean sustainability. We learn what squid tells us about the state of our oceans. The next time you order up some calamari, stop for a minute and think. Where does this actually come from? Join us as we plunge to the depths to discover the stories beyond anything you’ll ever read on a  menu. 

The Catch offers a behind the scenes look at the current state of global fishing all by tracking squid—from the waters off the coast of Peru, to the processing plants, all the way to the supermarkets and restaurants, and finally–your plate.


Host Ruxandra Guidi, along with her Lima-based reporting partner Simeon Tegel (@SimeonTegel), travel to Paita, Peru, to get a firsthand look at one of country’s top fisheries: squid.

  • Reporter Dan Collyns joins the Peruvian Coast Guard as they patrol Peru’s waters and work to prevent illegal fishing.
  • We hear from local fisherman what it’s like to be out at sea day-in and day-out.
  • Edwin Houghton, the president of the Paita Fishing Boat Owners’ Association on why the Peruvian government should do more to help these fishermen.
  • We take you inside two processing plans to learn how squid has changed the local and national economy
  • Also featured: Peruvian Coast Guard Captain Jesus Menacho and Alfonso Miranda, President of CALAMASUR, a group of industry leaders in the squid fishery. We speak to Carlos Martín Salazar with the Instituto del Mar de Peru about ways to improve sustainability with data. And finally, we hear from Patricia Majluf, well-known conservationist and Senior scientist at Oceana, who dared to take on the fishing industry and rein in overfishing while in office.

Blue Dot: Stream restoration on the Klamath River and Big Chico Creek with California Trout (4/1/2023)

Host Dave Schlom visits with an array of guests that are involved in major watershed restoration projects being conducted by the conservation organization, California Trout. We find out about the science behind restoration with Andrew Rypel, Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis then dive into the world’s largest restoration project, the dam removal on the Klamath River with UC Davis aquatic research ecologist Robert Lusardi. Brook Thompson, a Yurok and Karuk tribal member who is a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz weighs in on her homeland watershed and indigenous ecological principles that will be put into place during the Klamath restoration effort. Then we turn our attention to a stream that literally flows past the NSPR studios, Big Chico Creek, with Cal Trout’s Regional Director for Mt. Shasta and Klamath, Damon Goodman, and Holly Swan, the new Project Manager for the Mount Lassen office of California Trout in Chico. Finally, He Lo Ramirez, scientist, educator and Mechoopda tribal member tells us about how the tribe is helping to restore Big Chico Creek, waters that his people have lived by for millenia that were once filled with abundant salmon and steelhead.

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Additional schedule changes starting 3/27/2023

In addition to the BBC World Service-related schedule changes announced here, KSPB is making the following changes:


Revised 3/31/2023 to add City Arts & Lectures.

Schedule changes starting 3/26/2023

With Britain and the rest of Europe transitioning to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 26, core news programs (Newshour, Newsday, BBC OS) will be in their usual pre-US DST time slots. (There had been a temporary shift two weeks ago when the US went on daylight saving time.)

The Newsroom

Monday–Sunday edition returns to 3pm PT for the rest of spring and summer as usual.

Other BBC World service Programs
  • A new science program called “Unexpected Elements” replaces The Science Hour starting April 20.
  • The Forum no longer has its own slot. It joins Weekend Doc & World Book Club as part of a rotation within a new slot labelled Discussion & Documentary.
  • Trending, The Explanation and World of Wisdom will run as standalone series within a new slot called Weekend Insights.
  • Digital Planet and Tech Tent will cease but will be replaced by a new tech program called, “Tech Life” starting April 4.
  • The Cultural Frontline and The Compass will cease.

Blue Dot: Leonardo da Vinci’s gravity experiment—discoveries from Leonardo’s notebooks! (3/18/2023)

Cal Tech reproduction of Leonardo’s gravity experiment. (Image courtesy of CalTech.)

Host Dave Schlom visits with California Institute of Technology Professor of Aeronautics and Medical Engineering, Mory Gharib and Chris Roh from Cornell University about their new paper published in the MIT journal Leonardo. In it, Gharib chronicles the discovery of experiments to determine the acceleration due to gravity a century before Galileo’s groundbreaking work on the subject. While searching for some of Leonardo’s work on fluid dynamics in the recently released Codex Arunel notebook at the British Library, Gharib happened upon sketches of triangles and the phrase “Equatione di Moti” on the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle. What did it mean? After studying Leonardo’s famous left handed mirror script and the sketches, Gharib found that Leonardo was doing experiments to determine the acceleration of gravity. Joined by then Caltech graduate student Roh, the team attempted to reproduce Leonardo’s experiments in the lab and found that, though he lacked the mathematical tools to accurately find the value for the acceleration of gravity on Earth (9.81 m/s/s), Leonardo’s findings were amazingly accurate. It’s a modern day detective story into one of the greatest minds of all time!

Airs Saturday, March 11 and March 18 at 9am.

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