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The Spot: Seeds & Stars

New York Botanical Garden
Pithecellobium velutinum found in Sinaloa, pressed by Ynés Mexía, 1925.";

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 

The Most Dramatic Sky,” from the podcast Orbital Path, February 2016.


Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller highlights big questions about contemporary space research, and speak with a variety of voices to help find the answers. It’s a great listen for anyone who wants to be a bit more inspired about the unknown places that science and math can take us to.

In this episode, we’ll hear from a scientist who’s making a map of our skies by using infrared, measuring the heat and light that comes to Earth from space. She shares some of the most exciting discoveries she’s found so far, and just how physically difficult it can be to do the research she does in some of the coldest places on Earth. We hope you packed your coat.

Discover more episodes of Orbital Path at orbital.prx.org or subscribe to the show on iTunes.

"Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds," produced by Nate DiMeo for the podcast The Memory Palace, March 2017.

Welcome back to Earth. Feel the ground beneath your feet, and smell the fresh air. Can you detect your favorite floral fragrance that’s in bloom this time of year? Think about the shape of it. Are the leaves short and stubby, or long and sleek? Now, keep the image of that plant and its scent with you. Press it into the pages of a book, and place it back onto the shelf in the library located deep within your memory palace while we listen to the story of Ynés Enriquetta Julietta Mexía.

The Memory Palace is a historical podcast produced by Nate DiMeo. Listen to the show’s back catalogs at thememorypalace.us, and subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you listen to podcasts.

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tortoise, El Ten Eleven, and Wilco.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for a whole new episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.