Award Winners

2015

Radio

Gold

"What the Songbird Said" - 11 May 2015

BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

 

Rami Tzabar and Angela Saini of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) won for radio reporting that explored how animal models of vocal communication may be useful in understanding how human language might have evolved. "Just like the birdsongs they report on, the BBC team produced a program that is both a delight to the ears and elegantly structured," said Seth Borenstein, a science reporter for the Associated Press, who helped judge the competition.

Vocal learning — the ability to learn and imitate sounds — is a trait humans share with only a few other...Read more

Silver

"Climate change in Minnesota: More heat, more big storms" - 2 Feb. 2015

"A forest dilemma: What will grow in a changing climate?" - 3 Feb. 2015

"As state warms, a few spots keep their cool" - 3 Feb. 2015

Minnesota Public Radio

 

Dan Kraker and Elizabeth Dunbar of Minnesota Public Radio described the current and likely effects of climate change in their home state, particularly on the changing makeup of the northern forests. They noted the changes already occurring in Minnesota's climate, with warmer temperatures on average, especially in winter, and bigger downpours of rain. Red maple trees, which tolerate warmer temperatures, are moving northward. Cold-tolerant pine trees are dying out. While managers of Minnesota's forests know their world is changing, they disagree on how urgently new...Read more