Terrascope Radio

Here we feature the work of first-year students – these are the final pieces produced over a semester for subject SP.360 – Terrascope Radio.

May 2020 Love, Actualities

Photo Credit: Ari Epstein

Some of the many ways students, scattered around the country and the world, are finding love and support in the midst of isolation.

First Aired: May 11, 2020 
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May 2020 Phone a Friend

Image designed by Felix Li ’23

Is it radio drama or real? A story of one college student’s journey through the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of friendship, and picking the right kind of friends.

Some music from Blue Dot Sessions.

First Aired: May 11, 2020 
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May 2019 Water is Life: Tradition and Transition in the Navajo Nation

Photo credit: Ari W. Epstein

About 30% of residents of the Navajo Nation don’t have running water, and for many of those who do, their water is contaminated with uranium, arsenic or other toxins. As a group of Terrascopers learns, any discussion of water in the Navajo Nation leads to even more complex questions about tradition, change, language and spirituality.

First Aired: May 15, 2019 
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May 2018 HIGH WATER, DRY FEET: DUTCH DEFENSE AGAINST DISASTER

Photo credit: Ari W. Epstein

From artificial beaches maintained by natural ocean currents, to projects that make extra room for rivers flowing through cities, the Dutch know how to protect themselves from water. And each of these systems is also designed to meet other needs of the community it serves. We’re going to need to learn how to do that too.

Television sound from the 1953 flood courtesy of Sound and Vision, via Deltawerken Mediagallery.

First aired: May 16th, 2018 ·
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May 2017 The Snake on the Lake Was Not a Mistake: The Rise of Modern Mexico City

Photo credit: Ari W. Epstein

In this personal exploration with radio-drama elements, Terrascopers try to understand how such an enormous city, with such a large population and so many unresolved issues, still manages to work so well. The answers lie both in the city’s ancient roots and in the ingenuity of its modern-day population.

First aired: May 17th, 2017 ·
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May 2016 Rebeldes: A Journey through New Mexican Agriculture

Photo credit: Ari Epstein

Photo credit: Ari Epstein

An engaging and informative look at farmers in a desert landscape, and at how their individual farming styles reflect their personal values. Explores modern industrial farming, centuries-old collective water-distribution organizations, ancient Navajo corn customs and semi-urban organic farming.

First aired: May 11th, 2016 ·
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