Unsalted Great Lakes

Unsalted Great Lakes

Love the Great Lakes? Join Allison Devereaux as she explores the largest freshwater system on earth. Unsalted: a podcast for people who live, work and play on the Great Lakes.

Episodes

December 23, 2021 12 mins
Who was Captain Santa? Ellen Kennedy from the National Museum of the Great Lakes tells us about the sinking of the Rouse Simmons in Lake Michigan, with a crew and 5500 Christmas trees on board.  Follow the Great Lakes museum.  Find Unsalted Great Lakes  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allison-devereaux/message
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Conservationists are trying to bring back the lake trout to Lake Erie. After decades of stocking, they made a new discovery: fry. Pop the champagne, because these baby trout show the adult population is breeding. Jim Markham, Senior Aquatic Biologist at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, tells us the story of lake trout recovery. 


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July 29, 2021 21 mins

In his 24 years on Grand Bend's Beach Patrol, lifeguard Scott Ruddle has seen a lot. He talks about life in the tower at one of the lake's busiest beaches. 

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We've seen plastic swirling around the ocean, but how much is in the Great Lakes? Meet Eddie Olshansky, a kayaker on the Cuyahoga River who is reeling in trash. We're also joined by Patricia Corcoran, an earth scientist at Western University.  

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July 1, 2021 19 mins

It started as a hangover cure, but Dan O’Conor ended up jumping in Lake Michigan every day for a year straight. 365 days, 365 jumps.

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June 24, 2021 25 mins

Oahu surfer Timmy Matthews traded the Pacific Ocean for Lake Ontario.

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Jamie Racklyeft from the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is back with more water safety tips.

Learn more about the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium.

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A near-drowning in Lake Michigan turned Jamie Racklyeft into a water safety advocate.  He shares the experience of coming close to death (a Bruce Springsteen song popped into his head), how it changed his life and his best tips for staying safe.  Learn more about the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium.  Follow Unsalted.  Our theme is by Adam Wendler.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allison-...
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June 10, 2021 20 mins

A couple from Canada discusses their first winter on Lake Ontario, from winter storms to spectacular sunrises. 

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Our theme is by Adam Wendler

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June 3, 2021 15 mins

Algal blooms, invasive species and....lake fires? Find out why with Lake Erie gets a bad rap with Mike McKay, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

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Our theme music is by Adam Wendler. 

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Five writers share their passion for the Great Lakes: 

Tamara Latinovic on Detroit River

Jessica Payne on Lake Ontario

Waubgeshig Rice on Georgian Bay

Allison Devereaux on Lake Huron

Anne-Marie Oomen on Lake Michigan

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February 11, 2021 21 mins

Three writers share love letters to the Great Lakes: 

Anne-Marie Oomen from Lake Michigan

Dave McGinn from Lake Ontario 

Canisia Lubrin from Lake Ontario. 

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December 10, 2020 22 mins

Millions of TikTok followers watch Geo Rutherford's videos to see what she finds on Great Lakes shorelines. Along the way, she's teaching people about the GL's. We talk about beachcombing and why she's just as surprised that so many people tune in. 

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Our show theme is by Adam Wendler.

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December 3, 2020 19 mins

Lake Huron is home to the largest underwater salt mine in the world. Goderich tour guide (and town legend) Colleen Maguire talks about how salt was discovered, what the mine looks like underwater (the height of the CN Tower!) and why it hasn't collapsed. 

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November 26, 2020 19 mins

Hear how Great Lakes fish communicate underwater with Dennis Higgs, a University of Windsor professor focusing on fish sensory systems. 

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November 19, 2020 12 mins

A wooden boat washed up on Lake Superior with a message on the bottom: throw it back in the water and contact a school in Duluth. How far did it travel? Who tossed it in the lake? We'll unravel the mystery.  

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Our theme music is by Adam Wendler. 

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November 12, 2020 21 mins

Are the rising water levels climate change or natural fluctuations? We’ll get a science lesson with Drew Gronewold, an associate professor at University of Michigan.

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November 5, 2020 20 mins

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui explores our relationship to swimming and water, from survival to wellness. We talk about swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco, the power of blue spaces and why “rolling ocean waves” is such a popular track on Spotify. 

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The show's theme is by Adam Wendler

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October 29, 2020 22 mins

Lake Michigan's Genesee Theatre is believed to be home to several "permanent guests." Hear spooky tales with Wes Oleszewski,  author of "Great Lakes Ghost Stories: Haunted Tales Past & Present." 

Thank you to these sound creators:  

daveincamas for Follies  

Mattias "MATRIXXX" Lahoud for big dark atmosphere 

blimp66 for helicopter fly over 

tom woysky for crowd before jazz 

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October 22, 2020 22 mins

Do goldfish live in the Great Lakes? 

Christine Boston is an aquatic research biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She joins us to talk about how big they get, how they wind up in the lakes and whether they stay gold.  

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