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Summer Dispatches: Teresa on swimming with submersibles

Summer Dispatches: Teresa on swimming with submersibles

This week, correspondent Teresa Chin takes us on a tour beneath the Monterey Bay to explore the sights and creatures of the deep. Cruise a shipwreck, learn how to pilot an underwater research vessel and hear more than you ever wanted to know about jellyfish sex. This episode is rated...
Summer Dispatches: Lo on marine mammal rescue

Summer Dispatches: Lo on marine mammal rescue

This week, Field Trip Correspondent Lo Benichou take us behind the scenes at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where wounded seals, sea lions and sea elephants are nursed back to health with the help of dedicated surgeons, volunteers and medicine tablets hidden inside of fish guts. Tune in...
Summer Dispatches: Becky on human-powered ferris wheels

Summer Dispatches: Becky on human-powered ferris wheels

This week Field Trip Correspondent Becky Palmstrom takes us to a festival in Taung Byone, Myanmar, where we learn how to run a ferris wheel ... using people power. That's right, if you haven't got any electricity, and you MUST run a classic carnival attraction, you've got to hire a...
Summer Dispatches: Laura on beach rocks

Summer Dispatches: Laura on beach rocks

This week we go to to the beach with Field Trip Correspondent Laura Hautala and her Science Mom. Yes, we said Science Mom. And don't worry, it's not in the least bit relaxing, as we learn about why the otherwise lovely gigantic basalt structures at Ecola State Park in Oregon...
Summer Dispatches: Nicole on wetlands

Summer Dispatches: Nicole on wetlands

We're back with another installment of our "Summer Dispatches" series, this time starring Field Trip Correspondent Nicole Jones as she figures out how one plant in Arcata, California is cleaning human wastewater ... using a swamp. That's right, you can clean the grossest thing you can imagine with the...
Summer Dispatches: Megan on wildfires

Summer Dispatches: Megan on wildfires

... And we're back! Welcome to Series 3 of the Field Trip Podcast, and this time we're trying something different -- we're bringing in our friends as Field Trip Correspondents. They'll be sharing their science reporting adventures from all over the globe.
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What we did on our summer vacations

Wondering why there haven't been any new podcasts up in a while? That's because we've been tied up with some exciting new projects that have kept us out of the studio. Here's what's been in the works behind the scenes...

Keep it tuned: Series 3 starts on October 1

So much has happened since we last saw you all in June! We've got some exciting announcements, some very special guests and an all-new series on the way starting October 1. We promise that this season will be weirder and grosser and more full of derring-do than ever.
Out in the garage and into the DeLorean -- the inventor field trip in photos

Out in the garage and into the DeLorean — the inventor field trip in photos

A few weeks back, we did a show on garage inventors and DIY culture, and that meant spending the first half of the show hanging out in the backyard shop of inventor Ben Krasnow, a man whose list of garage creations includes homemade Pop Rocks, an ice cream freeze drier, a keyboard that can be played inside...
Into the meat freezer and up a deer's nose: The taxidermy field trip in photos

Into the meat freezer and up a deer’s nose: The taxidermy field trip in photos

If you've listened to our podcast on taxidermy, you've heard us make various "Whoa!" noises as we toured the San Francisco workshop of Leah Wade, who runs the Quiet Science Taxidermy Studio. If you want to see what that was all about, join us here on a photo recap of the field trip.
The Field Trip Podcast gets real with taxidermy

The Field Trip Podcast gets real with taxidermy

In this episode, we visit Leah Wade at San Francisco's Quiet Science Taxidermy Studio to learn about the art of making the dead live again ... sort of. We also check in with Jay Kirk, the biographer of Carl Akeley, the man who created the African Hall at New York's Museum of Natural History and...
The Field Trip Podcast stares into deep space

The Field Trip Podcast stares into deep space

In this episode, we learn about one of the most important -- and the most emotionally charged -- scientific tools at our disposal: the telescope. We speak with planet hunter Geoff Marcy of NASA's Kepler Mission about how scientists are using a telescope in space to search for Earth-like planets -- and maybe life...
How to make churro tonic, a recipe for How To Do Everything fans

How to make churro tonic, a recipe for How To Do Everything fans

A few weeks ago, the good folks from the How To Do Everything podcast tackled the how-to of making your own flavored gin, and on their Twitter feed, they promised this: Two words: Taco gin. Well, when confronted with taco gin, there is only one thing to do: Make a churro tonic.
The Field Trip Podcast hangs out in the garage

The Field Trip Podcast hangs out in the garage

In this adventure, we head out into the crucible of American inventiveness ... the garage. We get a guided tour of the backyard lab of inventor Ben Krasnow, and then we talk with author Jack Hitt about his new book that explores the DIY roots of the American character.
The Ritual field trip in photos: Inside the roasting process

The Ritual field trip in photos: Inside the roasting process

Yesterday we showed you the first set of pictures from our coffee field trip, showing you how Phil Broughton from Funranium Labs dosed us with his special highly caffeinated brew, Black Blood of the Earth. (Which, thanks to friend of the podcast Padgett, we just realized is a Big Trouble in Little China reference. *Facepalm*...
Black Blood of the Earth: The taste test in photos

Black Blood of the Earth: The taste test in photos

On our first adventure for the new season of the Field Trip, we took our lives into our own hands by investigating the awesome power of extreme caffeine. We’d heard tell of the legend of Phil Broughton, the brains behind Funranium Labs, an Oakland-based company that makes extreme coffee via a special cold-brewing vacuum extraction process....
The Field Trip Podcast drinks way too much coffee

The Field Trip Podcast drinks way too much coffee

In this episode, we investigate the awesome power of caffeine by letting the head of Funranium Labs dose us with Black Blood of the Earth, the most extreme coffee on the planet. Then we head to Ritual Roasters to learn about the science behind roasting the perfect bean.

New series of The Field Trip Podcast arrives May 14!

It's official ... we're back in T minus 14 days! Please put a big red heart on your calendar around May 14, when we'll start rolling out Series 2, and then look for a new episode every Monday.
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