Program 380a: The Great Barrier Reef; Kiribati and Vanuatu
Release Date: 08-27-2016
Learn why the Great Barrier Reef — one of Earth's greatest natural wonders — is facing serious threats to its survival. Then author J. Maarten Troost introduces us to the remote Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Vanuatu, whose people have lived for centuries on a series of coral atolls and rugged volcanic islands. And we'll get a first-hand report on traditional life in Papua New Guinea.
- University of Sydney professor Iain McCalman, author of "The Reef" (Scientific American-FSG)
- Freelance journalist Jake Warga
- J. Maarten Troost, author of "Head Hunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story" (Gotham Books)
- Professor Iain McCalman is a member of the Royal Historical Society, and teaches history at the University of Sydney in Australia. His latest book is The Reef: A Passionate History of The Great Barrier Reef, from Captain Cook to Climate Change.
- This video presentation accompanies Iain McCalman's book "The Reef."
- Iain McCalman is a co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney.
- "The Reef" was reviewed in the New York Times.
- A list of islands you can visit along the Great Barrier Reef.
- Writer Ted Banfield found a home on the reef to be a literal life-safer for him in the early 20th century.
- Jake Warga has included photos and video clips of his trip to Papua New Guinea in this Vimeo link.
- Jake Warga's website includes a gallery from his photo tours.
- Publisher's bio and book links for J. Maarten Troost.
- Rolf Potts has posted an interview with J. Maarten Troost on his website.
- The South Pacific Tourism Organization offers a link to visitor information about Kiribati.
- The World Atlas provides a map of the widespread islands of Kiribati.
- The visitor website for the Vanuatu Tourism Office.
- Mount Yasur is the highly active volcano on Vanuatu.
- The story of the John Frum Cargo Cult on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
- The kava on Vanuatu is reported to be particularly potent.