Hakai Magazine

Coastal science and societies


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.

You can enjoy this podcast on this site, download it, or listen with your favorite podcast app such as Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Stitcher, Spotify, Overcast, or Google Play.


Episode 0


A preview of our new podcast: Ballast

Sep 11, 2019 | 3 minutes

Go to show notes >>

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

Go to show notes >>

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

Go to show notes >>

Episode 3

The Ballast of Living Things

It’s a sink or swim world.

Sep 30, 2019

Go to show notes >>

Episode 4

The Ballast in Your Life

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

Oct 7, 2019

Go to show notes >>

Episode 5

The Ballast in the Sky

Ballast: not just for ships and giggles.

Oct 14, 2019

Go to show notes >>