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Selected Radio Features

Produced and edited by Sonya Angelica Diehn

Tracking storks in Germany speaker gif

5:27 - Living Planet - June 17, 2014

Germany is not only at the heart of Europe – it’s also at the heart of important work tracking the white stork, a bird that undertakes an epic migration every year. Scientists here are keeping track of white storks, which helps protect the species – along with many others. Sonya Diehn accompanied the stork trackers and found out more.


white stork being tagged

New genes implicated in bipolar disorder speaker gif

6:12 - Spectrum - March 31, 2014

In a new study, researchers say they have identified genes that are likely to be responsible for manic depression. Bipolar disorder is relatively common, but we know surprisingly little about it - that's we, the public, and they, the scientists.


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Oyster farmers in Brazil embrace sustainability speaker gif

5:51 - Living Planet - June 20, 2013

Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.


oysters on platter

Leipzig: Germany's new king of cool? speaker gif

7:59 - Pulse - January 1, 2013

With the increasing gentrification of Germany's once scruffy capital, Berlin, many young creatives are now heading to Leipzig. The eastern German city is enjoying a revival and is even being called the new Berlin. But can Berlin ever be dethroned? Sonya Diehn has the report.


Art opening in Leipzig

Reviving bloodletting speaker gif

4:50 - Spectrum - December 24, 2012

Scientists in Germany are looking into bloodletting to see whether it can in fact treat some medical problems caused by obesity. Other ancient medical practices are also making a surprising comeback.


bloodletting sign from the 19th century

Catching bats and viruses speaker gif

5:22 - Living Planet - May 17, 2012

Virologists in Germany recently discovered that bats carry a far wider spectrum of viruses than previously assumed. So are we underestimating their role as a trigger for disease outbreaks among humans? Sonya Diehn speaks to researchers behind the study and goes on a bat capture.


bat in flight

Arizona border activist fights the law speaker gif

5:36 - WorldLink - March 24, 2012

The desert region just north of the US-Mexican border has become a deadly proving ground for immigrants in search of a better life. Sonya Diehn profiles one activist who is working to make the region a little more humane.


Dan Millis