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EarthSky // Press Released Jan 30, 2008

EarthSky launches new podcast page in celebration of International Polar Year

EarthSky Communications, Inc., announced today that it is joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – and thousands of scientists around the world – in celebrating and exploring Earth’s poles over the coming year during the International Polar Year (IPY).

EarthSky’s part in the celebration is a new podcast page, featuring both 90-second and extended podcasts of interviews with polar scientists. EarthSky will be adding new podcasts to the page throughout 2008.

EarthSky is helping IPY in its mission of raising awareness about Earth’s north and south polar regions. EarthSky reporters have interviewed scientists stationed on the ice, explorers making historic journeys across the poles, and anthropologists working with northern cultures to preserve native knowledge and livelihoods. Listeners will hear what IPY is about, and why it is important, directly from the polar scientists themselves.

A complete list of 90-second EarthSky podcasts on polar science – drawn from the popular, internationally syndicated EarthSky radio series, heard 15 million times daily – can be found on the new EarthSky IPY podcast page. In addition, the page contains EarthSky Clear Voices podcasts, featuring extended interviews with polar scientists, as well as photo galleries related to the Arctic and Antarctic.

The International Polar Year (IPY) is a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and Antarctic. The IPY currently involves over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological, and social research topics.

In order to have full and equal coverage of both polar regions, IPY lasts two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009. EarthSky’s IPY reports are made possible by NASA.