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Marine Mammal Science is a podcast covering some of the latest scientific research on marine mammals – whales and dolphins, polar bears, seals and sea lions, manatees and dugongs, and sea otters. The podcast is produced by Speak Up For Blue Media on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The host is Dr. Chris Parsons.
 
Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.
 
The world is getting warmer. The weather is getting weirder. And in Alaska, we have a front row seat. This summer, Alaska’s Energy Desk returns with all-new episodes of our podcast, Midnight Oil. Season Two is called The Big Thaw. Last season, we looked back -- at the state’s roller-coaster history with oil. This time, we're looking forward, to one of the biggest question marks ahead: climate change. What does it mean to be an oil state in a warming world?
 
OneTaste, London's primary music and spoken word event has started a monthly podcast. In each episode Dannii will introduce you to a wealth of unheard material from live performances at the OneTaste London and Brighton shows, interviews with new and established poets and musicians, special archive recordings from the OneTaste Vault, festival recordings from their OT Collective tours, OneTaste artist news and an ongoing story read by Polarbear over each podcast. Enjoy.
 
Distraction Pieces is the fastest growing weekly podcast in the UK. Hosted by Scroobius Pip with guests including Russell Brand, Katherine Ryan, Simon Pegg, Kathy Burke, Alan Moore, James McAvoy, Aisling Bea, Stewart Lee, Michael Fassbender, Josie Long, Adam Buxton and many, many more. Now available on acast, iTunes and all good podcast outlets. Download, subscribe, rate & review now!
 
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In this week’s episode Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Caroline Weir who has dedicated herself to helping achieve a key biodiversity area for the endangered Sei Whales in the Falkland Islands. They talk about how important the Falkland Islands are to sei and southern right whales, and the scientific discoveries made on both species.…
 
Ezekiel Gading joins me on the podcast to discuss his Master’s research thesis of studying the animal behaviour of one of the most charismatic animals in the animal kingdom, the orangutan. Ezekiel in conjunction with the Toronto Zoo has a unique opportunity to study how the Sumatran orangutans at the Zoo will behave after the move from the current …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Another fabulous session this week, as Pip is joined by Seapa aka MC Grindah of People Just Do Nothing! • • • • • • • • • • BUT FIRST! It's time for a competition... Here's the official word... I've teamed up with the lovely lot over at @jamesonuk to bring you a special…
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Drasko Holcer tells us more about the whales and dolphins of the Adriatic Sea, like long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, and common dolphins. He also talks about victories with Marine Protected Areas and shares a conservation message for the marine mammals of this region.…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! An extra special bonus secret announcement this week, with your secret directions to a world of awesomeness. Listen in and find out more - revealing anything here would only serve to spoil the surprise, but also this might be one for the ‘every episoders’ amongst you. N…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining Pip this week is the incredible director of ‘Censor’, it’s PRANO BAILEY-BOND! An excellent get together featuring some really fruitful angles and insightful thoughts, as Pip and Prano get into the magic of film. But not only that of course - you know the Distrac…
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Drasko Holcer about the history of the Blue Whale Institute - which spearheaded cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea. They discuss the history of marine mammals in the Adriatic and the locals' attitudes towards the marine environment.By Speak Up For Blue
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! BONUS TIME with a crossover feature with the Hardcore Listing podcast! The main part of this bonus is the whole of a Hardcore Listing episode, where Pip stood in for Chris Glassen as Stu Whiffen’s sparring partner and got into it about the best 5 TV character names! So …
 
The Toronto Zoo is participating in an international competition called Plastic-Free July to lead by example in the fight against using single-use plastics. Kyla Greenham, Manager of Conservation Programs and Environment, joins me on the podcast to tell you how the competition works; how you can reduce your single-use plastic pollution; how the Zoo…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Please welcome singer, rapper, boxer and Youtube star KSI! Pip is joined by a Youtube veteran, and definitely someone with an admirable work ethic. Inspired by the likes of Childish Gambino and early adopters, KSI has carved out his own unique space in the world of soci…
 
This week’s episode will be part 1 of 3 episodes with Dr. Ashley Scarlett talking to one of our legendary marine mammal science champions Dr. Drasko Holcer. They talk about the history of cetacean research in the Adriatic Sea, threats to cetaceans in this region, and the work of the Blue World Institute.…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining Pip this week is the notorious, the glorious, the hilarious actor (voice and physical), writer and director NICK FROST! …who you might also know as Simon Pegg’s sparring partner in many an iconic production throughout the years, but that is not to in any way dim…
 
Ryan Hegarty, the Lead Keeper at the Australasia Pavilion at the Toronto Zoo, joins me to discuss the amazing Tree Kangaroo. These cute animals have adapted to live in trees with their long nails on their front paws and their rigid tail used for balance. Ryan gives us the details on what it’s like to care for Puzzle, the Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo. Ryan a…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Another one for the books right here, as we welcome writer, dancer, podcaster and worlds more, KELECHI OKAFOR! …also known as Kelechnekoff. A supreme recording for you here as Pip joins forces with one of the greatest voices in the game, as you will hear throughout or m…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Enjoy a fabulous catchup with DJ / presenter, author and true great ANNIE MACMANUS! One of those long overdue meetups where you feel like it could be a part of a Distraction Pieces off-shoot podcast of its very own, where Pip checks in with Annie about all things life a…
 
Brendan Bonner and I sit down to discuss why sloths move so slow and how do they survive in the wilderness. This conversation explores how animals adapt to their surroundings over time (evolution) for the best chances of survival. Brendan and I discuss competition for food, camouflage, teeth, and modified “feet” to help the sloth be successful at s…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is another fabulous acting favourite, yes indeed it is AMANDA ABBINGTON! Due to one thing or another, schedules have been flipped, turned upside down, but Pip and Amanda have managed to crowbar in some good time to get together and rock a t…
 
Originally broadcast on February 12th 2020, this episode feels like a dream or a fantasy world away now - but it’s a brilliant one which deserves the DPP Rewind treatment at a poignant time. Michael Cashman was a delight and his story is thrilling, which absolutely warrants its re-run - please listen if you haven’t yet, and if you did at the time, …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is the fabulous acting favourite and true treasure JULIET STEVENSON! Having met on set on Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out Of Her Mind’, Juliet and Pip hit it off and set up a future plan for a podcast meeting - and here we have the glorious result! Kick…
 
The Toronto Zoo Greenhouse is in the middle of showing off its new Amorphophallus bloom that only blooms once every two years. Amber Vitek, who tends to the tropical plants, joins me today to discuss the bloom, its memorable smell, and why it is important to freeze the reproductive parts of the plant. Amber also tells me of the new @zoogreenhouse a…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Pip catches up on events from the past few years with poet, author and good pal LAURA DOCKRILL! A very timely meeting with Laura this week, coming in after the finale of the Where’s Your Head At series that spanned the month of May. This is very much on message for the …
 
Humpbacks started coming back to San Francisco Bay in 2016 and now scientists are concerned about the risk of ship strikes. Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Rebekah Lane about this conservation issue. Bekah Lane is a graduate student at San Francisco State University, studying the risk of ship strikes to humpback whales in San Francisco Bay in Dr…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the concluding part in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. This is the final in the month long series which has seen Pip engage in a huge collage of conversations to co-incide with …
 
I had the chance to sit down with Mary-Kate Whibbs, The Great Lakes Program Coordinator, who focuses on coordinating outreach programs on local aquatic species. A part of the program is dedicated towards teaching kids about the migratory fishes of the Great Lakes. Mary-Kate tells me about two of her favourite species, American Eel and Atlantic Salm…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the fifth in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based a…
 
Dr Scarlett Smash talks to guest Dr Peter Corkeron about the newly named Gulf of Mexico whale or Rice’s whale. This species was just discovered, but it possibly numbers less than 50 individual animals - making it one of the most threatened species in the US.By Speak Up For Blue
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the fourth in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the third in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based a…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the second in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based …
 
Imagine if you could watch orangutans all day to observe their behaviours to better understand their ecological dynamics within a troop dynamic and in their environment. It would take an abundance of scientific observation that a field team could not complete due to the number of resources it would require to complete the study properly. However, n…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the first in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based a…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A very welcome and amazingly informative conversation with neuroscientist, musician and artist SIMON(E) SUN! Without wanting to risk the simplification and distilling of this incredible chat, just rest assured that it’s one of those very special Distraction Pieces momen…
 
Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to guest Dr. Giovanni Bearzi in a two-part interview about dolphin conservation in the Mediterranean Sea. In this first episode, they talk about the history of cetacean research in the Mediterranean. Giovanni Bearzi one of our champions of Marine Mammal Science. He is a Marine Conservation biologist and One of Europe's mos…
 
Nutrition is of the utmost importance at the Toronto Zoo and the Nutrition Science Program is always looking for ways to offer food that will ensure the animals at the Zoo are healthy. Jaap Wensvoort, Manager of Nutrition Science at the Zoo, joins me on the podcast today to discuss the Browse Program that helps to keep the animals healthy and menta…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A properly ace conversation with the insightful and hilarious comic DANIEL SLOSS! Pip catches Daniel 6 days deep in a 14 day quarantine overseas, which is of course the first item of business! The two compare notes on coping with such stints and methods of how to handle…
 
In this week’s episode the guest is Dr. Mari Smultea, who tells her story about being a successful female entrepreneur in the field of marine mammal science and technology, and how she paved her way through a traditionally male-dominated field. Her company Smultea Sciences, LLC is a pioneering female-owned and run marine science and technology ente…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A super great chat with KALYN HEFFERNAN of the group WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CAMP! Whether you know it or now, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Pip catches up with Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp for a full length podcast, which is a beautiful occasion as th…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Iain Staniland, who talks to Ashley Scarlett about his previous seal research before becoming the International Whaling Commission’s new Head of Science. They also talk about some of the IWC’s Scientific Committee activities this year and their new initiativesBy Speak Up For Blue
 
I am joined by Andy Cockburn on today’s episode to discuss how the Keepers at the Toronto Zoo look after their grizzly bear population. Andy talks about how the bears came to the Zoo; the differences in size between males and females; the difference in weight throughout the year; and explains the difference between hibernation and deep sleep. This …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A lovely chat with Inbetweeners star and football / MMA enthusiast BLAKE HARRISON! You might very well know Blake as Neil, from The Inbetweeners - and some of you may know him extremely well as Neil if you’ve seen every episode, so here is a perfect opportunity to get t…
 
In this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Jean-Pierre Deforges about the accumulation of ocean pollution and the health effects they have on marine mammals. About Dr. Jean-Pierre Deforges: Jean-Pierre Desforges, Post-Doctorial Research Fellow at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He did his Masters at the University of Victoria (C…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A great and very cool, calm and collected chat with UK acting royalty who has been a welcome fixture on screens great and small, it’s JOHN SIMM! While a good gang of you will know John through Human Traffic (I mean come on), or maybe Life On Mars, or perhaps his new sho…
 
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