The latest episode of Distillations is about how the natural world responds to and recovers from major disasters. First, a segment on ecological succession – how plants and animals repopulate an area after it’s been devastated by a major disaster – in this case, a hurricane. Then an interview with Haverford College chemistry professor Helen White about how the Gulf of Mexico is faring since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
I’m a little frightened that this is the second disaster-related piece I’ve produced recently. Late last year I reported this piece about what emergency responders can learn from jazz improvisors when responding to major disasters.
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