Walking Tour: Wroctaw In Western Poland (4K)

Wrocław is a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It’s known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain. Also on the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. The Centennial Hall auditorium, with its giant dome and tall spire, lies across the river.

Science: Wildfire Smoke Threatens Ozone Layer, Tick Bite mRNA Vaccines

Could wildfires be depleting the ozone all over again? Staff Writer Paul Voosen talks with host Sarah Crespi about the evidence from the Polarstern research ship for wildfire smoke lofting itself high into the stratosphere, and how it can affect the ozone layer once it gets there.

Next, we talk ticks—the ones that bite, take blood, and can leave you with a nasty infection. Andaleeb Sajid, a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, joins Sarah to talk about her Science Translational Medicine paper describing an mRNA vaccine intended to reduce the length of tick bites to before the pests can transmit diseases to a host.

Walking Tour: Padua In Northeastern Italy (4K)

Padua is a city in Northern Italy’s Veneto region. It’s known for the frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel from 1303–05 and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony. The basilica, with its Byzantine-style domes and notable artworks, contains the namesake saint’s tomb. In Padua’s old town are arcaded streets and stylish cafes frequented by students of the University of Padua, established in 1222. 

New Book Reviews: ‘A (Very) Short History Of Life On Earth’ By Henry Gee (2021)

Morning News: $2 Trillion Social Spending Bill & The New Deal, Shipping Scotch

A.M. Edition for Nov. 19. The U.S. House is set to approve Democrats’ $2 trillion social spending and climate bill. 

WSJ’s John McCormick explains how President Biden’s spending plans stack up in comparison to the two Democratic presidents who had the biggest social agendas of the past century and whether they will be just as transformational. Peter Granitz hosts.

Swiss Hikes: Bachalpsee Trail Above Grindelwald

A scenic walk from First to Bachalpsee surrounded with Swiss cows with real stereo audio ! The hike starts at the First mountain station. To get there, you need to take the First gondola in the village. The gondola ride takes 30 minutes. The hike leads along a wide and developed path to the Bachalpsee. In the first part you have to manage a steep ascent. Afterwards, the trail leads past alpine meadows in a gentle up and down to the lake. On the way back, you take the same path as on the way there.

First is a minor summit on the slopes of the Schwarzhorn in the Bernese Oberland. It is mostly known as a cable car station above Grindelwald and as a popular hiking area with the Bachalpsee in proximity. It is also the destination of the classic hike: Schynige Platte-Faulhorn-First.