Podcast: What Is Wind?

by Ryan Schleeter

July 18, 2016

Check out episode 22 of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

Wind Turbines

Photo by nate2b / Flickr. Creative Commons.

Lauren Ober is the host of WAMU’s The Big Listen (a podcast about podcasts!) and she came to us with a relatively straightforward question: what is wind?

On paper, UCLA’s Marcus Roper — an expert in math and fungi — seems like an unlikely expert on the subject. But he not only explains to us how wind works, but how mushrooms can catch a breeze by creating one themselves.

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Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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