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terrestrial explores the choices we make in a world we have changed. Host Ashley Ahearn travels the country — from ranches in Oregon to churches in Colorado — to bring listeners stories about people making personal choices in the face of environmental change.

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'terrestrial' host Ashley Ahearn.
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When climate change makes it hard to breathe | terrestrial

Dec 5, 2017
Estefany Velasquez, 13, manages her asthma with medication but research shows that for every one emergency room visit for asthma made in our nation every year, there are 10 to 15 missed school days.
WAMU Photo/Tyrone Turner

Climate change isn’t just contributing to drought, super-storms, sea level rise and flooding. It’s also making it harder for many people to breathe, like 13-year-old Estefany Velasquez. Her family faced a tough choice because of her asthma.  

The secret history of Biosphere 2 | terrestrial

Nov 21, 2017
Biosphere 2
Flickr Photo/lance_mountain (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/f5VGrY

What if you looked at the world around you, saw where things are headed on this planet and said to yourself, you know what? I want to start fresh.

A group of scientists did just that — but things didn’t go as planned.


When he's not bow hunting elk, Ty Stubblefield, an organizer with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, is fighting to protect public land - and it's cost him some friendships.
Courtesy of Ty Stubblefield

Ty Stubblefield self-identifies as a “red blooded conservative,” but he’s also an avid hunter who is frustrated with the Republican party’s efforts to transfer public lands out of federal control. So, he’s fighting back.

Courtesy of Victoria Barrett

Scientists believe that for the planet to continue to safely support life, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere should be kept as close to 350 parts per million as possible. We haven’t seen that level since the late 1980s - more than a decade before Victoria Barrett was born. 


Dave Rank was the interim head of the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Now he's in the process of figuring out who he is after 27 years in the foreign service.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

When I met Dave Rank, he was just a normal guy on a road trip with his wife in a used Subaru. But not long before that, Dave had a very important job. 

In conversation with Sally Jewell | terrestrial

Aug 1, 2017
KUOW Graphic/Lisa Wang

Sally Jewell is back home in the Pacific Northwest after a tour of duty as the Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama.

She'll sit down with terrestrial host Ashley Ahearn to talk about her time in the Obama Administration, which included the fight at Standing Rock over Native American rights,  the Bundy occupation of the Malheur Widlife Refuge and other hot topics. 

Season one wrap party | terrestrial

Jul 18, 2017

KUOW just wrapped up the first season of terrestrial, so come celebrate with us!

We'll be hanging out at Fremont Brewing's Urban Beer Garden from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so swing by anytime to meet host Ashley Ahearn, chat about your favorite episodes, and enjoy a drink with your fellow terrestrials.

Day becomes night when industrial smog is heavy in North Birmingham, Alabama, as on this day in July of 1972. Sitting adjacent to the U.S. Pipe plant, this is the most heavily polluted area of the city.
LeRoy Woodson for the EPA via NARA https://catalog.archives.gov/id/545397

The Trump administration has proposed cutting the EPA's budget by 30 percent. What does that mean for polluted communities in the U.S.? 


Liza Jane McAlister of Oregon opens a gate for the hay truck on 6 Ranch as her herding dog looks on from the back.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Why would a fourth-generation rancher who doesn't put much trust in the government choose to work with federal agencies to restore salmon runs on her property? 


Micah White moved to Nehalem, Oregon, a few years ago and later ran for mayor. He wanted to test a revolutionary theory: that progressives need to seize control of the country via the democratic process and run for local office in small communities.
Flickr Photo/Internaz https://flic.kr/p/goMEa8 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

It’s a radical idea — that protest as we know it is broken. And a lot of people disagreed with Micah White when he first started talking about it, but he believes it’s time for activists to try something else. 

Mary Finley, Travis Sherman and Tonka at the beach.  'I'm fearful of the world that we are making for ourselves,' Travis said. 'That's why I don't want to have children.'
Courtesy of Mary Finley

Should we have kids, given where the planet is headed? 


Katrina Spade (orange hat) of the Urban Death Project works with student volunteers to prepare a mulch pile at the Western Carolina University Forensic Osteology Research Center. (Tap on this image for more photos of the burial)
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

I was about 12 years old when my great aunt Gilda died.


Ashley Ahearn, host of terrestrial, a new national podcast housed at KUOW in Seattle.Ashley Ahearn, host of terrestrial, a new national podcast produced out of KUOW in Seattle.
Photo by Melanie Moore

When I first heard the term eco-anxiety — a chronic fear of environmental doom — I brushed it off. It seemed like something for people who sit on yoga mats and worry about how the world is going to end because we’re not recycling enough.

Preview: terrestrial

Apr 13, 2017

A new podcast from KUOW explores the choices we make in a world we have changed. Host Ashley Ahearn travels the country — from ranches in Oregon to churches in Colorado — to bring listeners stories about people making choices in the face of environmental change. Debuts May 2, 2017.