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Washington, DC - Surfacing

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Our next show in Washington, D.C., held on World Oceans Day, will present true tales of adventures on the high seas and stories of getting in over your head.

Hosted by Shane Hanlon and Farah Ahmad, and with thanks to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Stories by:

Anupa Asokan is the chairperson for the Washington, DC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and for her day job, works at NOAA's office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in communications. Anupa has a masters in oceanography and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelors in atmospheric and oceanic science from UCLA. She's already lived the dream -- teaching marine science, "aquaristing," and adventuring on Catalina Island, but still aspires to one day live the life of a mermaid. Until then, she hopes to bring awareness to ocean issues and do what she can to help protect it. Follow her at @anupaasokan.


Helen Fields is a science writer who is easily amused. She was on staff at U.S. News & World Report, then National Geographic, then freelanced for more than five years. Now she works for a contractor, writing about health, medicine, and science for government agencies. She once spent six weeks on an icebreaker in the Bering Sea. More recently she spent a month in Saudi Arabia, where she taught teenage girls about science, writing, and science writing. She is currently obsessed with urban nature--particularly the plants, bugs, and lichens in her neighborhood. Follow her at @helenfields.  


Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. He’s a musician and sailor. Follow him @christophjoyce.


Oceanographer of the Navy Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.) serves as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. Previously he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy, including appointments as the Director of Navy’s Task Force Climate Change, and Navy Deputy to NOAA. White’s passion for the ocean and science began at a very early age as he grew up near Florida’s Gulf Coast. He earned a B.S. in Oceanographic Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Sandy Aylesworth

Sandy Aylesworth is an environmental policy maker and former captain and mate. Over the course of her nine-year sailing career voyaging in French Polynesia, Hawaii, Baja, the United States and the Caribbean, Sandy became intimately familiar with the oceans and learned a great deal about humanity. On semester-length sailing and research expeditions, Sandy taught hundreds of students ship maneuvering, sail handling, and nautical science. She was also a Marine Technician for the United States Antarctic Program on seven oceanographic cruises. Land-based for now in DC, Sandy works in climate change mitigation at the U.S. Department of State. Sandy has a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a 500 Ton Ocean Master’s license.

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