BBC Proms Highlights Aug. 7–Sep. 11

Memorable performances from the 2021 BBC Proms season of great classical world music and jazz concerts; recorded in a unique atmosphere created every summer night in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Air dates: August 7 – September 11, 2021
Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4am

The BBC Proms, what’s it all about?

The BBC Proms is a classical music festival held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in recent years has explored new venue spaces through the innovative Proms at… series of events. Its aim is to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience, which remains true to founder-conductor Henry Wood’s original vision in 1895.

Whether you are a classical connoisseur or think “classical music is not for me” there is surely something for everyone in the eight week stretch of concerts, workshops, talks and family events. More info.

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C1: Vandana Shiva and the Hubris of Manipulating Nature (7/31–8/1)


Vandana Shiva, director of the Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology @drvandanashiva

From clearing land for pasture to building dams, humans have long changed the face of the Earth. But Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva is highly critical of how we’ve changed our relationship with the land through industrial monocrop agriculture. She firmly opposes genetically modified crops, and has called seed patents “bio-piracy.” But it’s not just the technology she’s critical of.

“I’m critical of the world view of arrogance. The worldview that came with colonialism, the mechanistic mindset of the conquering man being the creator of the earth and creator of the wealth,” Shiva says.

Shiva argues for a renewed focus on biodiversity and regenerative agriculture to help solve the climate crisis.

Airs at 10am on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday August 1, 2021

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Blue Dot: DEEP BLUE EXPLORER: a conversation with Robert Ballard (7/31/2021)

Dave Schlom talks to legendary deep ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard about his new book, Into The Deep: a Memoir by The Man Who Found Titanic. Since the late 1960s, Ballard has been exploring the ocean’s depths using a variety of submersible crafts, making fascinating discoveries from the detection of the strange chemosynthetic ecosystems at the Mid Ocean Ridges to iconic shipwrecks like Titanic, Bismarck and President John F. Kennedy’s World War II vessel PT 109. Ocean science has always been an important topic on Blue Dot and on this episode, Dave shares his love of the sea with one of his greatest exploration heroes as well as a playful love of vintage films that makes this interview a bit different from the hundreds that Ballard has done over the years. Ballard also discusses his dyslexia, revealing that while at times it can be a problem when dealing with large amounts of text, it can also be dealt with in positive ways to become an asset.

Airs Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 9am

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C1: A Feminist Climate Renaissance (7/17–18)

Climate One

Airs Saturday & Sunday @ 10am

July 17–18, 2021

Pathways for reducing carbon emissions include electrifying transportation, replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar power. But in this time of national reckoning on racial and economic disparities there is growing support for a more holistic approach. This view holds that the climate crisis won’t be resolved until we first address the systemic imbalances that have fueled it – racism, capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy.  In their new book, All We Can Save:Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, co-editors Katharine Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson bring together the voices of women artists, writers and changemakers who are at the forefront of climate action.

“The work that we’re doing is instigating or nurturing a feminist climate renaissance,” says Johnson, “which is what we feel the climate movement so desperately needs right now.”

Featured Guests:
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
, marine biologist, Co-founder, The All We Can Save Project

Katharine Wilkinson, Co-founder, The All We Can Save Project

Christine Nieves Rodriguez, Co-founder and President, Emerge Puerto Rico.

Sherri Mitchell, author, Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change (North Atlantic Books, 2018)

Heather McTeer Toney, National Field Director, Moms Clean Air Force

Jainey Bavishi, Director, Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, New York City

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C1: Extreme Heat: The Silent Killer (6/26-27)

Climate One

Host: Greg Dalton


  • Kathy Baughman-McLeod, senior vice president and director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center @KBMcLeodFLA
  • Cheryl Holder, physician and co-chair of Miami-Dade’s new Heat-Health Task Force @therightw8t
  • Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub @dennistodey

Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard in the U.S., wreaking quiet havoc on the health and economic well-being of billions of people across the world. But it’s rarely given the same billing or resources as other, more dramatic, natural disasters. Because of racist and discriminatory housing and development practices, extreme heat also disproportionately impacts poorer and minority communities.

Recognizing a growing need for local responses to a global problem, the mayors of Miami-Dade, Athens, Greece and Freetown, Sierra Leone recently announced they are appointing the world’s first Chief Heat Officers. How can we prepare for and address the impacts of extreme heat?

Airs at 10am on June 26-27, 2021

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Blue Dot: Mercury Rising: Jeff Shesol’s New Book Casts New Light on The Right Stuff (6/26/2021)

Host Dave Schlom delves into some familiar territory for him, the early space program, but with some fresh takes on the space race with author Jeff Shesol. His new book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy and the New Battleground of the Cold War is an amazing journey back to a time when America was decidedly NOT first in space. With President Kennedy newly occupying the White House in 1961, NASA’s Mercury program is literally struggling to get off the ground and keep pace with the Soviet Union. With the April orbital flight of Yuri Gagarin, the US once again finds itself, as it had with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, in a very distant second place in space. Shesol, who was one of former President Clinton’s West Wing speechwriters, delves deeply into the story with astronaut John Glenn at the center of the narrative. Glenn has often been portrayed in print, film and television as one dimensional all American guy next door when in reality he was a fierce competitor in everything he did. And while the first flight into space for the US went to Alan B. Shepard, it was Glenn who rocketed to fame with the orbital flight of Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. Shesol shares his own passion for discovery in this story as he tells of unearthing previously unknown letters and audio tapes from Glenn’s archives that reveal an astronaut that was convinced there was a very real possibility that he would not survive America’s first attempt at putting an astronaut into Earth orbit.

Airs Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9am

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Blue Dot: Rangeland Management in Drought and Sheep to the Rescue—a conversation with UC Davis scientists (6/12/2021)

California’s rangelands are undergoing critical stress in a historic drought. How are ranchers coping with the lack of water and forage for their animals? Host Dave Schlom talks to Leslie Roche, the Director of the UC Rangelands program about how scientific principles combined with knowledge gained by California ranchers over decades is being used to combat the complex and seemingly intractable problem. Then Dave visits with Haven Kiers, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design about a unique experiment she and her team are conducting using sheep to mow, mulch and fertilize the UC Davis campus’s extensive lawn and field areas.

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Crushed: a PRX special on baseball’s steroid era

Cheating has a ripple effect. And in baseball’s steroid era, the lies and rule breaking extended far beyond the stars that sparked the scandal. Players at all levels of the game had to decide if they should use—and reap the benefits—or stay clean. In this hour-long special from Religion of Sports and PRX, we’ll learn how steroids took hold of baseball and meet two men whose choices reveal a story that Major League Baseball would rather forget.

Airs Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9am


Blue Dot: USGA Science – Making Golf Courses More Environmentally Sustainable (4/24/2021)

Dave talks to two scientists from the United States Golf Association about their efforts to make golf courses more environmentally friendly in a world where green spaces are highly valued and water is an increasingly precious commodity. Matt Pringle discusses the high tech “Deacon” program named after Arnold Palmer’s father, who was a golf pro and course manager in Latrobe, Pennsylvania when Arnie was growing up. Deacon uses a data driven system to help golf courses manage precious resources to enhance resource conservation as well as making the game more enjoyable for players. Then Dave visits with Cole Thompson who is head of the USGA’s Turf Management and Environmental Research Program which strives to make golf courses more efficient in their use of water and other resources. From putting surfaces to rough and fairways, golf is literally going green in the 21st century thanks to data driven science.

Airs at 9am on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

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