Catch Our Drift

Catch Our Drift

The podcast for people who love the sea. Join Oliver Steeds and Helen Scales every two weeks for 10 episodes as they set off on a journey to explore the massive, life-giving and vital ocean. They will be examining how the ocean seeps into so many parts of all of our lives by talking with chefs, film makers, actors, writers, athletes, astronauts and more. Each episode there will be uplifting, inspiring and surprising stories about the sea. They'll investigate ocean problems but also look at the solutions and be asking what each of us can do to help fix the many urgent issues and help to protect the sea.


July 20, 2021 50 mins

This is the final episode of this season of Catch Our Drift and it’s all about the deep ocean, and whether we should be mining it? 

Not so long ago, people genuinely thought the deep ocean was a vast void space empty of life. But as scientists have explored deeper, it’s become clear that there’s life all the way down to the very greatest depths many miles beneath the waves. And there are also great mineral riches down there. And the...

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This week we’re diving into the language, words and stories of the seas. Since time immemorial, people have been inspired by the ocean, to imagine and understand what lies beneath the waves, and to build connections to this vital place by finding words and stories that speak of the ocean and why it all matters; with special guests Manchán Magan, Monique Roffey and Kirti Ramesh

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May 18, 2021 45 mins

This week on Catch Our Drift, we are exploring the parallel realms of Outer Space and Inner Space as we gaze at the stars and also turn our eyes downwards to contemplate the vast ocean depths.

We’re delighted to be joined by astronaut and aquanaut Kathy Sullivan – the only woman to have walked both in space and descend to the ocean’s greatest depth.  Who better to tell us about both worlds?   Fabien Cousteau shares his plans to buil...

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May 4, 2021 46 mins

Our ocean is the largest biome on  earth making up over 95% of the space for life on the planet. And where there is life there is sound. This week on Catch Our Drift we are talking about the sound of the ocean, listening to music inspired by the ocean and asking what musicians can be doing to highlight the plight of our ocean. We’ll be hearing from Lauren Sullivan and Adam Gardner about the inspirational work they are doing uniting...

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April 20, 2021 58 mins

Have you watched Seaspiracy on Netflix? Love it or loathe it, it has certainly got people talking about the issue of overfishing….  Many have now pledged to give up eating fish, others are outraged by what they see as inaccuracies and misrepresentation of the issues around fishing and sustainability.  So of course, we have to talk about it on a longer then normal Catch Our Drift. We’ll be discussing the film and also about some of ...

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April 6, 2021 39 mins

This week it’s all about the ocean and health and we have three incredible guests joining us.

We’re talking mental health with Jason Fox - former UK Special Forces Marine Commando and now TV presenter and mental health campaigner. Bhakti Sharma from Rajasthan in India has swum in all five oceans and eight seas and holds the world record for the longest swim in Antarctic waters - she tells us about the inspirational power of open wat...

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March 23, 2021 37 mins

On Catch Our Drift this week Helen and Oliver are talking all about art – how art can inspire and challenge our perceptions of the ocean, our planet and ourselves and also  be a driver for conservation and change.  They are talking to some influential artists who are leading the way, showing us how art is not only something to enjoy and ignite people’s imagination, but it can also create spaces out in the real world where conservat...

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March 9, 2021 38 mins

Love them, hate them or fear them, this week on Catch Our Drift is all about sharks.  These apex predators are fundamental for the health of our ocean.  We’ll be talking to presenter and naturalist Steve Backshall about his many wonderful shark encounters and how to protect them, David Shiffman will be nerding out on cool shark facts and busting shark myths and Jaida Elcock will tell us about the organisation she has set up to incr...

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February 23, 2021 35 mins

This week on Catch Our Drift we are focussing on the ocean and sport. Oliver and Helen are interviewing some of the world’s greats about their relationship with the ocean. Formula One champion Nico Rosberg tells us about his new sustainable racing venture, Extreme E, and his own drive to improve the planet. We talk to Miranda Merron from the middle of the Atlantic as she races in the solo round the world yacht race, the Vendée Glob...

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February 9, 2021 41 mins

In the very first episode of Catch Our Drift podcast Helen Scales and Oliver Steeds will be bringing you amazing stories of survival – survival at sea but also survival of our sea. We are joined by Chris Lemons, who got about as close to oblivion at the bottom of the ocean as is humanly possible, author Ian Urbina who has some shocking stories of human slavery and survival at sea and Umbrella Academy’s Robert Sheehan sings a hearty...

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January 13, 2021 3 mins

Welcome to Catch Our Drift, a new podcast bringing you the best in ocean science, conservation, education and sea stories from the UK, Europe and globally to provide news and views to engage and inform marine scientists, conservationists, ocean policy experts and the general public during 2021, the Ocean Super-Year. 

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