Earth & Sky

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This article is about the science and nature radio series. For the interactive fiction trilogy, see Earth and Sky. For the Graham Nash album, see Earth & Sky (album).

Earth & Sky is a daily radio series presenting information about science and nature.[1] It began broadcasting in 1991. Earth & Sky is the creation of producers Deborah Byrd and Joel Block, also the hosts, whose program "Star Date" began broadcasting in the U.S. in the late 1970s.

Earth & Sky currently presents 90-second and 60-second radio spots (called "modules") on a wide variety of scientific topics, communicating through terrestrial radio as well as satellite radio and internet radio.[2] Earth & Sky is aired one or more times daily on more than 1,000 commercial, NPR, and other public radio stations, 80 affiliates stations for the sight-impaired, and across 35 channels on both XM and Sirius satellite radio in the United States.[3] Abroad, the programming is heard on American Forces Radio, Voice of America Radio, World Radio Network, and others.

The information on Earth & Sky comes directly from scientists. The journalists who produce the Earth & Sky radio program and web site speak to several scientists each day, dozens each week and hundreds each year.[4] More than 500 scientists have joined Earth & Sky as volunteer advisers. Earth & Sky science advisers suggest content, give feedback, recommend other experts, and review scripts for accuracy before they are recorded for broadcast.

Earth & Sky features many different fields of science. In 2006, its focus was on nanotechnology, women in science, observing the Earth, astrophysics and space, and the human world.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Flagg, B. N., Can 90 seconds of science make a difference. Informal Learning Review, The, No. 75, November - December 2005 pp. 2, 22
  • Multimedia Research. "Earth & Sky Summative Evaluation, Study 2." August 2005.
  • Act 1 Systems. "Earth & Sky, Inc.: Arbitron DMA Area." Spring 2003.
  • Multimedia Research. "Earth & Sky Summative Evaluation, Study 1." June 2002.
  • "With dreams beyond 'Earth & Sky,' show's future is bright." Austin American Statesman. 10 January 2002.
  • "'Earth & Sky' is rising star among radio science shows." Austin American Statesman. 9 November 1992.
  • "AGU Supports New Earth Science Radio Program." Earth in Space 4 (2): p. 15 (1991).
  • "Staff disintegrates at stellar radio program." Current: The Public Telecommunications Newspaper, Vol. X (13): (1991).


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