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Special Podcast Series

Breaking Down: The Problem with Plastic Pollution

This six-part series covers the impacts of plastic pollution—from its threat to humans and wildlife to how the issue has energized young people and policymakers.

Featured Podcast

Plastics, part 5: Find out how young people are taking on plastic pollution—and winning. 16.4 min

  • Plastics, part 1: Get the scoop on why plastic is a problem, and plastic bags in particular. 11.8 min

  • Plastics, part 2: Learn about plastic pollution’s lasting impact on the ocean and wildlife. 15.5 min

  • Plastics, part 3: We know plastic is abundant in the ocean—but is it in our seafood? 15.2 min

  • Plastics, part 4: Hear how plastic pollution affects Latino communities. 14.2 min

  • Plastics, parte 4 en español: Escucha como la contaminación por plásticos está afectando las comunidades Latinas. 15.4 min

  • Plastics, part 5: Find out how young people are taking on plastic pollution—and winning. 16.4 min

  • Plastics, part 6: Learn how California can lead the nation on the issue of plastic bags. 11.1 min

Our General Podcast

Learn about our animals, exhibits and cool ocean science in our Aquarium of the Air podcast. You can listen online, download the audio files or subscribe.

January 25, 2016

Kids' Q&A, part 4: Hear inquisitive second-graders question us about kelp! 3.2 min

January 11, 2016

Mystery sounds: Listen closely to guess these strange noises at the Aquarium. 3.1 min

December 28, 2015

Sharing the year's best stories: Podcast highlights from 2015. 16.8 min

December 14, 2015

Kids' Q&A, part 3: We answer cool questions from second-graders about fish, sharks and whales. 3.8 min

November 30, 2015

One mighty mollusc: Hear about the softball-sized moon snail that can drill a hole through a clam's shell! 10.0 min

November 16, 2015

Cephalopod celebration: Get the inside scoop on all things Tentacles from our exhibit expert. 14.1 min

November 2, 2015

Life in a shell: Learn about the giant clam and how you can help this endangered species. 3.7 min

October 19, 2015

A fishy question: Hear Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force chefs reveal their inner fish. 3.3 min

October 5, 2015

Future of seafood: Chefs on the Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force imagine the industry in 10 years. 5.2 min

September 21, 2015

Super sea otters: Find out how their eating habits help maintain healthy ocean habitats. 3.7 min

September 8, 2015

Nautilus egg-stravaganza: Learn all about nautilus eggs—including the one laid on exhibit in Tentacles! 6.9 min

August 24, 2015

Chew on this: Learn about how we feed the hammerhead sharks in our Open Sea exhibit. 5.3 min

August 10, 2015

One last look: Make sure to catch The Jellies Experience exhibit before it closes this Labor Day! 4.0 min

August 3, 2015

Big Blue Live, part 2: Find out what it takes to plan a live, global broadcast on animals in the wild. 13.3 min

July 27, 2015

Big Blue Live, part 1: Learn about the live TV event we're hosting with PBS and BBC! 11.9 min

July 13, 2015

Turning the Tide: Our new summer deck show uses our Great Tide Pool to share the history of Monterey Bay. 3.9 min

June 29, 2015

Into the deep: Learn about the cutting-edge ROV technology you'll find in our Mission to the Deep exhibit. 5.9 min

June 15, 2015

Kids' Q&A, part 2: Hear curious second-graders quiz us about ocean animals. 2.5 min

June 1, 2015

The wild indoors: Find out what it's like to dive in our Kelp Forest exhibit! 3.7 min

May 18, 2015

Eating upside down: Learn about our pelagic stingrays and our tricks for keeping these hungry animals well fed. 6.7 min

May 4, 2015

Scuba superstar: Meet the Aquarium's Meg Donat—legendary diver in the Women Divers Hall of Fame! 4.1 min