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Antarctica Day ‘21

Antarctica Day ‘21

December 1, 2021

Welcome back to a special episode of PolarTimes in celebration of Antarctica Day 2021!

Every year on the 1st of December the polar community celebrates the signature of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. As such, the annual event serves the purpose to increase global awareness about the frozen continent and the establishment of the Antarctic Treaty System, under which Antarctica is designated as a space for science and peaceful purposes.

Under the motto “What we always wanted to know about Antarctica”, Katharina Heinrich is joined by Jack Buckingham and Azamat Tolipov in answering questions that have been submitted by K-12 students. As such, this episode aims to increase the interest, knowledge, and awareness about Antarctica also amongst younger people.

In line with the podcast a FAQ Handbook, soon available as a pdf file with answers to all the questions that have been submitted, will be released. Keep a lookout for the release of the Handbook on the APECS Antarctica Day Website https://apecs.is/upcoming-event-highlights/apecs-antarctica-day-2021.html

If you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (therearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time-we would love to hear from you!

From all of us here at Polar Times and APECS, Happy Antarctica Day!

This episode has been edited by Katharina Heinrich

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: “Scuba” by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

Climbing Climate

Climbing Climate

November 19, 2021

Welcome back to Polar Times! In today’s episode, Alexandra is interviewing Ronja Gronemeyer and Hanna Knahl, two fellow podcasters. Together with four other members, their podcast Climbing Climate is going to be launched in the beginning of December 2021. Ronja and Hanna tell us all about their podcast, how it all started and what they are going to feature. They also chat about the different ways into (polar) science and the importance of having fun projects, like a podcast, next to scientific tasks and how enlightening/revealing it can be for a personal academic development.

Tune in to hear all about Climbing Climate!

Tweet APECS (@Polar_Research) or email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) to get in contact with us!

Episode edited by Alexandra Zuhr

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

November 5, 2021

We're back! 

Here we go launching into Season 2 of Polar Times and the team here at APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) couldn't be more excited! Join Alexandra and Jack here in the trailer to hear what we have coming up in the near future and what we'd like to bring to you on our lovely polar podcast. 

We also put a call out there for guests, so if you're a polar person and you'd like to feature on Polar Times then please let us know! 

As ever you can contact us via email (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or you can tweet APECS (@Polar_Research). 

We can't wait for you to hear what we have in store for Season 2!

 

Episode edited by Alexandra Zuhr

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

 

Bit of the Moon

Bit of the Moon

August 27, 2021

Hello and welcome back to Polar Times! We have a very exciting episode for you today. Our guest this episode is James Karner of the University of Utah who chats to Jack all about the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET). Aside from answering some vital questions (how on Earth do you find a meteorite in Antarctica?!), James gives us all the facts about how to spot a meteorite, where they may come from and where they go having been plucked from the Antarctic ice by the ANSMET team. We also hear about some of his many field experiences, the lows of sheltering in a tent on the brink of blowing away, and the highs of discovering objects from out of this world!

You can find out more about ANSMET and how to potentially join the team here: https://caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/

And, as usual, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you!

Episode edited by Swati Nagar & Ryan O’Hara

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

A Quixotic Twelve

A Quixotic Twelve

August 13, 2021

Hello hello from the Polar Times Team! We have another excellent episode for you today. We’re pleased to welcome Klaus Dodds from Royal Holloway University of London! Klaus is a professor of geopolitics and researches security, media/popular culture, ice studies and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. He joins us today to speak about all things Antarctic Treaty!

You may have heard of the Antarctic Treaty- perhaps you’ve heard it’s the most successful peace treaty the world has ever known… but is it all its cracked up to be? Why was it established? How does it work today? What will happen to Antarctic governance in the future? Klaus answers all of these questions and more! But if international politics doesn’t usually tickle your pickle then stick around for the drama because the tale of the Treaty is one of intrigue and compromise, set in the crucible of 20th century history…

You can read the Antarctic Treaty here: https://www.ats.aq/e/key-documents.html

And find links to some of Klaus’ body of work here: https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/klaus-dodds(fb99b223-7661-4aa1-95f6-1cd527dd0fc7)/publications.html

As ever, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you.

Episode edited by Swati Nagar & Ryan O’Hara

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

Etwas Neues auf Deutsch

Etwas Neues auf Deutsch

July 30, 2021

Hallo an alle da draußen,

Katharina und Friederike, zwei junge Wissenschaftlerinnen, präsentieren euch die erste deutschsprachige Polartimes Podcast Folge. Seid gespannt auf einen Mix aus eigenen Erfahrungen, Eindrücken und interessanten Neuigkeiten aus den Polaren Regionen. Die beiden tauschen sich aus über die Neustrukturierung des Arktischen Rates und die daraus resultierenden Neuerungen für Grönland und Färöer-Inseln. Katharina hat einen Masterabschluss in Polarrecht und studiert in Island Küsten- und Marines Management und hat daher einen besonderen Bezug und Hintergrundwissen zu politischen Themen in Polaren Regionen. Aber es gibt es auch Neuigkeiten aus der Antarktis, 2022 soll die 1915 gesunkene Endurance, das Schiff vom Polarforscher Ernest Henry Shackleton aufgespürt werden. Friederike selbst an Board auf dem Forschungsschiff Polarstern in der Antarktis und spricht über ihre Eindrücke der Reise und den Unterschieden zu Expeditionen von vor 100 Jahren.

Schaltet ein und freut euch auf den ersten Podcast auf Deutsch von APECS über spannende Themen über polare Neuigkeiten.

Wie immer kannst du Kontakt zu uns aufnehmen, um uns Feedback zu geben, Fragen zu stellen, um uns einen Gast oder Thema beziehungsweise Polare Neuigkeiten vorzuschlagen, oder selbst Gast zu sein. Schreib uns eine E-Mail (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) oder nutze Twitter APECS @Polar_Research. Wir freuen uns von euch und euren Ideen zu hören.

Die Folge wurde bearbeitet von Katharina Heinrich.

Abbildung von Matthew Nelson.

Musik: „Scuba“ von Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unverändert) CC BY-NC-SA.

Foca o Roca?

Foca o Roca?

July 19, 2021

Welcome back to Polar Times! This is part 2 of our interview with Maaike Weerdesteijn (Centre for Earth and Evolution Dynamics at the University of Oslo and representative for APECS Norway) and Renato Borras-Chavez (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Departmento de Ecología and representative for APECS Chile). 

In this episode we hear more about Maaike’s research on magnetotelluric analysis of ice and the earth’s crust beneath it, and Renato’s research on the foraging ecology of Antarctic fur seals. Plus we hear about their experiences in the field, including tips on how to tell a seal from a rock and how to make the most of it when your snowmobile breaks down on the ice sheet!

You can check out the Chile vs Norway series on Twitter by searching the hashtag #CLvsNO or visit the APECS website to find out more about their events coming up!

As ever, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you.

Episode edited by Elise Gallois

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

#CLvsNO

#CLvsNO

July 19, 2021

Hello and thanks for joining us once again on Polar Times!

We have two lovely guests joining Jack on the podcast today: firstly Maaike Weerdesteijn of the Centre for Earth and Evolution Dynamics at the University of Oslo and representative for APECS Norway, and also Renato Borras-Chavez of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Departmento de Ecología and representative for APECS Chile! They have been working together to produce the CLvsNO science communication series all about highlighting/celebrating the differences and similarities between our poles so that’s what we talk about today on Part 1. How and why are our poles so different? What are the unique challenges that each of them face? How did our lovely guests meet and start this project? All that before we even get to Part 2!

As always, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you.

Episode edited by Elise Gallois

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

Climate Change Ambassadors

Climate Change Ambassadors

July 2, 2021

Polar Bears! Yes you've finally reached the Polar Times episode about polar bears! Join Christy today as she chats to wildlife biologist Alyssa Bohart who comes to the podcast to talk all things polar bear: her research on their migration, her experiences with them in the field and how the destiny of these massive mammals is inextricably linked to climate change.

As always, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback or just ask a question then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you.

Episode edited by Christy Rouault

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

 

Extra extra!

Extra extra!

June 29, 2021

Hear all about it! 

Hi all, Jack and Christy here, bringing you our first polar news episode! Mixing up the usual format, today we chatted about a few polar-related stories that have been in the headlines recently as well as our thoughts, reactions and a general Polar Times hot take! Topics this week are oil drilling in Alaska, Wally the walrus vacationing in Europe, Canadas residential schools and Polar Pod...

Tune in for a Polar Times exclusive and stay tuned for more polar news in the future! 

As always, if you would like to get in contact with Polar Times to recommend a guest, volunteer to be a guest, give us some feedback, ask a question OR highlight a polar news item to us, then you can email us (thesearepolartimes@gmail.com) or tweet APECS @Polar_Research any time- we would love to hear from you.

Episode edited by Christy Rouault

Cover art by Matthew Nelson

Music: "Scuba" by Metre, Nul Tiel Records, UK (unaltered) CC BY-NC-SA

 

 

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