The Extinction Tapes

Episodes

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01The Alabama Pigtoe Mussel2019110420200318 (R4)

Rob Newman tell the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.

The Alabama Pigtoe Mussel was an unassuming little mollusc. Half buried in the silty banks of the Mobile river, they filtered plankton and algae from the slow-moving waters. But that's not all they filtered. There were dark secrets and forgotten history buried in the riverbed. And when the last Alabama Pigtoe closed its shell forever, those secrets came boiling up to the surface.

Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight

Rob Newman tells stories of the species we've lost forever, and our role in their demise

The Extinction Tapes

02The Yangtze River Dolphin2019110520200325 (R4)

Rob Newman tells the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.

The Yangtze River Dolphin, the "Goddess of the Yangtze", was blind, graceful, sociable, and... pink. As the river became a highway for international trade and commerce, the Goddess was pushed further and further from their ancestral home. Can the natural world and the advance of human progress ever march in step?

Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight

Rob Newman tells stories of the species we've lost forever, and our role in their demise

The Extinction Tapes

Rob Newman tell the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.

03Miss Waldron's Red Colubus2019110620200410 (R4)

Rob Newman tell the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.

Miss Waldron's Red Colobus was a black and russet-coloured West African monkey, living in the treetops in large, sociable troops, when human activity began to encroach on their land, and their way of life.

Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight

Rob Newman tells stories of the species we've lost forever, and our role in their demise

The Extinction Tapes

04Stellar's Sea Cow2019110720200414 (R4)

Rob Newman tells stories of the species we've lost forever, and our role in their demise

The Extinction Tapes

Rob Newman tell the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.

Steller's Sea Cow was a gentle giant of the Bering Sea, a nine-meter long relative of the Dugong and the Manatee. This is a story of swaying forests of kelp; insatiable urchins covering the sea-floor; families of sea-otters, displaced by hunting, and a growing fur-trade which threatened them all. When a delicate ecosystem gets thrown out of balance, the effects can be far-reaching, and devastating.

Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight

Stellar's Sea Cow was a gentle giant of the Bering Sea, a nine-meter long relative of the Dugong and the Manatee. This is a story of swaying forests of kelp; insatiable urchins covering the sea-floor; families of sea-otters, displaced by hunting, and a growing fur-trade which threatened them all. When a delicate ecosystem gets thrown out of balance, the effects can be far-reaching, and devastating.

05The White-tailed Eagle2019110820200421 (R4)

Rob Newman tells stories of a species we nearly lost forever, and how they're coming back

The Extinction Tapes

Rob Newman tells the story of a species we very nearly lost forever, and asks what we can learn from their triumphant return.

The White-Tailed Eagle went extinct in England in 1780. They held on in Scotland until 1916. In summer 2019, a White-Tailed Eagle flew triumphantly across the British countryside once again. We played a huge role in their near-extinction. Perhaps by understanding what so nearly wiped them out, we can play a role in their return.

Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight

The White Tailed Eagle went extinct in England in 1780. They held on in Scotland until 1916. In summer 2019, a White Tailed Eagle flew triumphantly across the British countryside once again. We played a huge role in their near-extinction. Perhaps by understanding what so nearly wiped them out, we can play a role in their return.