Hakai Magazine



A Hakai Magazine Podcast

Hosted by Elin Kelsey
Produced by Katrina Pyne

Ballast—it’s heavy stuff most of us probably never ponder. And yet, ballast has had a profound effect on our modern world. Roads we travel on, plants we eat, and pests we fight, all have a connection to ballast; even today, it shapes our world. Ballast: it’s not what you think.

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Episode 0


A preview of our new podcast: Ballast

Sep 11, 2019 | 3 minutes

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Episode 1

The Hidden History of Ballast

The surprising connections between British Columbia jade, the Bristol Blitz, and a Swedish sunken ship.

Sep 17, 2019

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Episode 2

The Ballast of Colonization

From introduced species to the slave trade, ballast has had a huge impact on our world.

Sep 23, 2019

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Episode 3

The Ballast of Living Things

It’s a sink or swim world.

Sep 30, 2019

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Episode 4

The Ballast in Your Life

A little emotional ballast can help keep us afloat when life gets heavy.

Oct 7, 2019

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Episode 5

The Ballast in the Sky

Ballast: not just for ships and giggles.

Oct 14, 2019

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