90 Miles from Needles: the Desert Protection Podcast

90 Miles from Needles: the Desert Protection Podcast

Alicia PikeAlicia PikeHost
Chris ClarkeChris ClarkeHost

It's not a real desert hike unless you get thirsty. Unless your skin gets punctured by an innocent-looking plant. Unless you have a close encounter with a nervous venomous critter. The desert is alive, and it will defend itself. And we will help. 90 Miles from Needles’ cohosts Chris Clarke and Alicia Pike bring you stories from far out in the American outback: a land unlike any other that is both intense and subtle, that has endured for eons in the harshest conditions imaginable but which could go away in a heartbeat if we act the wrong way. Science, politics, hiking and history, culture and creativity all go into defending the desert. Be forewarned.: We are out to recruit you to the cause.

S1E12: What's Happening to the Monsoon?
June 20, 2022x
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00:39:2636.13 MB

S1E12: What's Happening to the Monsoon?

Climate change has been happening in the desert for some time now. While consensus isn't complete, most experts agree that more warming will make the desert hotter and drier. But at the same ...

S1E10: Remembering Phil Klasky and Ward Valley
May 21, 2022x
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S1E10: Remembering Phil Klasky and Ward Valley

From the mid-1980s until the first months of the 21st Century, a coalition of desert tribes and non-Native activists worked to keep the state of California from siting a low-level nuclear was...

S1E9: Saving the Western Joshua tree

S1E9: Saving the Western Joshua tree

Tell the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Western Joshua tree

S1E8: The IPCC Lets the Deserts Down

S1E8: The IPCC Lets the Deserts Down

Plus, why rock stacking is a bad habit, and how you can keep the state of California from stripping protections from the western Joshua tree. Listen to the episode either before or after you ...

S1E7: This Desert Fish was Declared Extinct. Now It Thrives.

S1E7: This Desert Fish was Declared Extinct. Now It Thrives.

Considered extinct by the late 1950s, the Shoshone pupfish was rediscovered 36 years ago by a woman who changed her entire town to preserve the species. We talk to Shoshone resident Susan Sor...

S1E5: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
March 02, 2022x
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S1E5: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Spring is coming, and that means that hundreds of thousands of people start thinking about visiting the desert to see the "superbloom." But even in the rare years when it happens, there's a r...

S1E4: The End of the Cadillac Desert: Megadrought in the Southwest
February 16, 2022x
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S1E4: The End of the Cadillac Desert: Megadrought in the Southwest

Drought on the Colorado River forces us to consider big changes.

S1E3: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Cima Dome
February 01, 2022x
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00:37:4534.64 MB

S1E3: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Cima Dome

Cima Dome was supposed to be a place where Joshua trees were most likely to survive climate change. A climate-accentuated wildfire hit there anyway. In this episode, Chris relates how much th...