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Mysterious Orchids of the Everglades: Saving a Flowering Swamp Ghost

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Deep in the swamps of Florida, real ghosts float in the air with their tendrils wrapped around the trees. These mysterious flowers have been stumping biologists for centuries, but this team of scientists and photographers has braved the alligators, snakes, and endless mosquitos to solve this puzzle once and for all! Let’s join them.

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10 minutes

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How Painted Wolves Are Saving a National Park!

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Is fear a good thing? In a gorgeous valley of southern Mozambique, reintroducing fear has restored order and allowed their ecosystem to once again thrive after humans sent it spiraling out of check. Here’s the story of Gorongosa National Park’s revival—thanks to the return of the painted wolf!

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10 minutes

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Why Optimism Is Our Most Powerful Tool for Change

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Are we thinking about “optimism” all wrong? Could this frame of mind actually bring about a brighter future? In her fantastic TED Talk, diplomat Christiana Figueres shows us her trick to creating the realities that we want in life; something she calls, stubborn optimism!

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7 minutes

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Creating Water Out of Thin Air! The Desert Beetle Revolutionizing Our Water Crisis

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In our fight to bring clean, fresh water to billions of people around the world, innovators now have a new source of inspiration from the middle of the… desert? A beetle with a unique ability to capture water out of thin air is inspiring a new generation of life-saving technologies! 

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10 minutes

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The 2,000-Pound Vegetarians Slowing Climate Change

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Some of our best environmental engineers when it comes to winning the race to slow climate change have turned out to be these natural (and very cute) prairie-preserving specialists! Here’s how bison are restoring a previously destroyed landscape and keeping tons of carbon out of our atmosphere along the way.

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13 minutes

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Warming Up to the Newbie in One of the World’s Iciest Places

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What if we treated every day like the first day on a remarkably challenging new job? Here’s what being the “new kid” on one of the world’s most unique climbing expeditions is like, and how we can better embrace this spirit of seeing our jobs, habits, and lives with fresh eyes!

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12 minutes

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Why Grandmas Are Training to Be the Best Solar Engineers

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Grandmas around the world are learning a new skill! These “solar mamas” are learning to become solar engineers and bringing light back to their communities that once spent their nights in darkness.

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6 minutes

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Living with Fun in Mind! Lessons from New Zealand’s Smartest Parrot

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Adding more fun into our daily lives may not be as difficult as we think! The kea—an unbelievably unique parrot known for their curious and mischievous ways—are masters at play, and they have a few things to show us about this delightful way to thrive in life!

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17 minutes

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Heroes from Table Scraps: How Oysters Are Protecting NYC!

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New York Harbor is the cleanest it’s been in over a century and it’s thanks to a delicacy many of us love to slurp down…oysters! Using nature’s knowhow, table scraps, and a little ingenuity, oysters are bringing life back to polluted waters and protecting one of America’s most beloved cities!

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11 minutes

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Ant Butt Imposters? You’ll Never Look at Ants the Same Way Again!

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While most would run away from a relentless raid of army ants, some critters have found clever ways to survive and thrive alongside them! The unusual tactics they employ—like pretending to be an ant butt—will give you a window of wonder onto the incredibly complex world we are a part of!

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6 minutes

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How Sea Bunnies and Otters Teamed Up to Save a Seashore

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Is an ecosystem like a community? One beloved natural space was almost lost forever when it lost two of it’s most important members, but here’s how embracing their unique skills saved their home! 

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7 minutes

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Relationship Advice from… Ants? 

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How do we nurture our best relationships? Today’s teachers may be tiny, but they’ve been pulling off beautifully mutually beneficial relationships for millions of years! And yes, they’ve even befriended their own cows.

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12 minutes

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Proof That You Don’t Need a Brain to Be a Genius!

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What can something called “slime mold” have to teach us about our own special kind of genius? Well, this otherworldly organism is changing the way we think about what intelligence looks like!

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7 minutes

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The Strangest Legs in the Sea: Could Your Toes Out-Sniff a Starfish?

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Have you ever learned something new and then started seeing that thing everywhere? Well, you’re about to experience this awe of discovery over and over again after this—with a creature you probably think you have all summed up!

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5 minutes

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These Rescued Horses Could Save Your Life One Day!

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This organization is helping rehabilitate abandoned, abused, and neglected horses into some of the most highly valued animals on the frontlines of search and rescue and firefighting! And their recipe for success could be a beacon for progress far beyond the world of animal rescue.

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10 minutes

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Hope for Koalas after the Devastating Australian Wildfires!

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What happened to the koalas that survived the fires in Australia earlier this year? This is not a story of sadness, but one that highlights the hope and goodwill of hundreds of thousands of people!

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8 minutes

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Going Batty for Batfish! Your Unusual Guides to Possibility 

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When we experience awe, it actually changes our perspective on the world. So, are you ready to see something “awe” some?! We need look no further than the weird and wonderful world below the sea in order to meet a creature that will have us seeing that almost anything is possible!

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12 minutes

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The Very Curious Way Robins Keep Their Nest So Clean!

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When a nest of robins took up residence on this reporter’s porch, she had more than a few questions for her new neighbors. One of those questions lead her down a rabbit hole of curiosity that you might just want to know the answer to as well!

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6 minutes

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Discover the Problem-Solving Power of Poo!

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Could a toilet help us solve some of our biggest problems? This organization is bringing lasting health to India’s poorest communities with clean water and sanitation, all powered by poo! It’s an ingenious approach to problem-solving that we can all adopt. Just take a look!

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8 minutes

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Meet the Ancient Superheroes Fighting Cancer, PTSD,  Pollution, and Saving the Bees!

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What if everything we need to solve many of our most vexing problems is growing, silently, all around us? Mushrooms are an unexplored powerhouse that could very well save the world! 

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5 minutes

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Saving Our Future by Looking to the Past

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When was the last time you turned to your plate and thought about where it all comes from? Food, and the seeds that make it all possible, have an untold history all their own. And this group of Native American farmers is preserving this heritage to ensure we all have food security for generations to come! 

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5 minutes

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Could Your Water Bottle Become a Monk’s Robes?

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Hundreds of tons of plastic waste have never looked so good! By transforming plastic refuse collected from around the country into a fiber, this monastery in Thailand is helping us rethink the life cycle of our plastic! Could recycling actually just be the beginning of a new exciting journey? Check this out.  

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10 minutes

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Where There’s a Weevil, There’s a Way!

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Here’s a story that shows what’s possible when we use our strengths to solve big problems. When a Texas lake and way of life were threatened by an invasive species, scientists, community members, and weevils teamed up to save their beloved waters!

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35 minutes

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How the “Kraken” Was Caught On Film! (Twice!)

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How is it that one of the world’s largest animals still remains a mystery? In an original interview with our head writer Samantha Burns, marine biologist Dr. Nathan J. Robinson chronicles the day he captured real-life footage of a legendary creature that has been the scuttlebutt of sailors for centuries—and how we could do it next!

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15 minutes

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The Daring Tradition of a Very Special Lemon Farmer

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There is a remarkable person teetering on cliff edges to get to the fruit of a tree who has something to teach us all.  Gigino the Lemon Man is 80-years-old and may be the best (and last) person to show us why some traditions can add all the sweetness we need to life. 

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7 minutes

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Celebrating Our Most Under-Appreciated Neighbors!

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When you think of cities, trees probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. But did you know that trees are a vital part of creating healthy urban spaces? Urban forests have been used for thousands of years to keep city-dwellers healthy, and now we are rediscovering their benefits!

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12 minutes

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Learning Life’s Gentle Lessons with the Seahorse Whisperer!

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Can observing the gentle ways of a graceful sea creature actually make you a better person? Rog Hanson is known as the Seahorse Whisperer, and you don’t end up with a title like that for no reason! We’re diving in with him to discover how we can all grow as humans from one of nature’s most elusive miracles.

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25 minutes

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How to Grow Your Own Bowls, Lamps, and Baskets!

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Can we seriously grow everything we need in our backyard? To explore this question, on this edition of Saturday’s Around the World we’re traveling to an enchanting land to meet a woman who can transform plants into almost any object you desire!

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35 minutes

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Can We Bridge Change By Starting With What We Love?

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Could we solve major problems by coming together with storytelling and the things we share a passion for? That was the mission of two native Michiganders as they hopped in a veggie powered van to discover why their homeland was so important to people, and rally them around saving it!

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