Aired: August 11, 2017

The Rising Tide

Credit: Amy McGovern

  • Tangier Island Sinking (6 min.)

    With: Kelley Libby (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

    Residents of Tangier Island could become some of America’s first climate refugees—unless they get a much needed sea wall. Through a partnership with Google, a Virginia project is hoping to raise awareness of Tangier’s plight by allowing people from anywhere in the world to visit the endangered island—virtually.

  • Disappearing Homelands (11 min.)

    With: Anthony Boese (Virginia Military Institute)

    Hundreds of thousands of citizens of island nations stand to lose their homes to rising sea levels. Anthony Boese is studying the ethical, political, and economic decisions needed when masses of people are forced to leave their island homelands.

  • Inside Hurricanes (6 min.)

    With: Stephanie Zick (Virginia Tech)

    Is there a better way to assess the potential damage of an approaching hurricane? Meteorologist Stephanie Zick believes that studying how, where, and when hurricane loses its power can give us a more accurate picture.

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun (5 min.)

    With: Rhett Herman (Radford University) & Jill Nelson (George Mason University)

    We talk to astronomers Rhett Herman and Jill Nelson about what to expect when the sun goes dark this August 21st.

  • The River in the Atlantic (12 min.)

    With: Stan Ulanski (James Madison University)

    The Gulf Stream current pushes water from the Americas to Europe and back with a force three hundred times more powerful than the Amazon River. Stan Ulanski explains that the Gulf Stream was essential to the early exploration of the New World and continues to influence our climate, weather, environment, and shipping industry.

  • The First Environmentalists (12 min.)

    With: Brian Payne

    Brian Payne reveals how gangs of fisherman in the 1800s argued and fought over fishing grounds even as they practiced a kind of early environmentalism.