World Ocean Radio - Reflections

September 14, 2015

World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently witnessed a beautiful full moon rise from an island perch in Maine. The silent, stealthy way that it rose in the sky got him ruminating about water, tide, sun, current, power, light, nature, human emotion, and the often under-appreciated, surreal force of the moon.

May 11, 2015

Because of persistent drought and water crises due to unsustainable practices, California is facing many challenges to its very existence. It is water that built California and opened the West to expansion; and it is water now that poses the single-most challenging aspect of its future. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share headlines of the last few weeks related to the water crisis, and will suggest that to find a solution we must look to an entirely new value proposition built around the rightful use and distribution of water.

January 30, 2015

The Japanese word "Mottainai" refers to the essence of things, and suggests that objects do not exist in isolation, rather that they are intrinsically linked to one another. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this and other Japanese words and phrases which can be used to help us describe a new strategy for our relationship to the ocean, one which respects and sustains the values of Mother Nature so that we may rely on her natural resources for our future, and for our very survival.

September 1, 2014

The water cycle is a complex system of evaporation, weather, wind, deluge, and run off, with the ocean at center and as source of supply. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the various cycles and circles on the planet that orchestrate every aspect of our lives here on Earth. And he will compare the cycles and circles of history and human kind, the rise and fall of civilizations, and the ways in which circumstances force turns and change—sometimes gradually evolving over time and others suddenly, without warning.

August 25, 2014

In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill uses lyrics composed by a 20th century musical legend to reflect upon the challenges we face in response to a planet succumbing to exhausted land, poisoned air, and polluted sea.

February 16, 2014

The world ocean is sick. The symptoms are no longer deniable: reported oil spills, leaks, runoff, dying reefs, warming temperatures, melting ice, changing pH, depleted fisheries, and hypoxic zones. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will talk about the state of the world ocean, will discuss “sea blindness” as a symptom of our current condition, and will ask, “What will it take?”, suggesting that we know what must be done but we are not yet aware enough, mad enough, or desperate enough to do enough about it.

August 25, 2013
August 16, 2013
June 28, 2013
March 15, 2013
December 30, 2012
November 10, 2012
April 13, 2012
February 24, 2012
February 10, 2012

Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau's legacies have driven decades of new investigation, research institutes, conservation action and programs in the U.S. and around the world. Their work has inspired increased ocean observation and advocacy and has raised ocean knowledge and planning to its highest level. But is it enough? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the initial phases of the Carson/Cousteau legacy and will argue that if the second phase of that legacy was the definition of questions, then the future of the world ocean will depend upon the next phase: the application and invention of answers.

February 3, 2012
December 16, 2011
May 9, 2010
March 23, 2010
March 15, 2010
March 9, 2010

In this episode, host Peter Neill discusses the ocean as the central element in our lives. He explains why the ocean is essential to human survival: our primary source of food, water, climate and community. And he argues that the ocean is the undeniable determinate ecology in which we live. This week and every week, World Ocean Radio celebrates the vast, interconnected global system that is the world ocean. The sea connects all things...