Episode 03: Ground-truthing in Philly (part 2)

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In part 2 of episode 3, host Patricia Kim and student intern Grace Boroughs talk to Philly-based scientist Peter DeCarlo and artist Roderick Coover about the ways that they address issues of data poverty and patchiness by ground-truthing. Although they approach Philadelphia’s riverine refinery landscapes using different research methods, their work collectively demonstrates how various modes of study complement one another. Tune in as Grace asks Peter about his research on the river and with The Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps. Then, listen as Patricia talks with Roderick Coover about his imaginative works around the Delaware Estuary in an era of sea-level rise, about the potential of arts-driven inquiry, and about cultural heritage.

Click here to learn more about the Schulkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps.

To engage with the installation Date/um, and see DeCarlo’s Streaming Velocities (2016), click here.


Image: Memorial Day on the Delaware River, print.  ⓒRoderick Coover.

Candis Callison is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. Follow Candis @candiscallison

Roderick Coover is an artist and professor at Temple University, where he directs the DAER and DAVR Programs. He is currently the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities artist-in-residence.

Peter DeCarlo is Associate Professor at Drexel University and director of the Drexel Air Resources Research Laboratory in the College of Engineering. Follow Pete @ProfPeteD.

This episode was produced by Jasmine Erdener, and written by Patricia Kim. Interviews were conducted by Grace Boroughs and Patricia Kim.


Stereolab - Metronomic Underground

Sona Jobarteh - Gambia

Christine and the Queens - Tilted (Instrumental)

9th Wonder - ChunkySoul!!!

9th Wonder - SisterChoppin!!!

Kraftwerk - The Man Machine

Metric - Now or Never Now

Oddisee - After Thoughts 

Oddisee - Brea

J Dilla - Life (Instrumental)


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Patricia Eunji Kim