The Rhodcasts
The Song of the Right Whale


The largest and most-threatened sea creature along the New England coast is the subject of intense scientific scrutiny and government regulation. It only takes a couple of deaths a year to bring the North Atlantic Right Whale to the brink of extinction. What is killing them and can anything be done to ensure their survival? I connected with scientists, environmentalists, politicians and lobstering families in Maine and Massachusetts caught up in a tangled tale in this series for BBC Sounds.

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From the Scrapbook:


The greatest of all TV reporters Martin Bell gave me an excellent piece of advice not so very long ago. It’s a pity now I didn’t follow it. Martin said I should sit down and write 500 words every morning and pretty soon I’d have a book. Which is why I need this picture of a clearly hyper-talented child playing a plastic saxophone to pad things out. Do drop in from time to time and see how my recall is going. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.

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Listener June Currie

“Your abrupt departure from Radio 5 annoyed me way more than I expected and I was delighted to find your new podcasts appearing last year. I've never written to anyone in this way before ... but I just wanted to add my small thank-you to all the others you will no doubt have received, and ask that you keep providing us with your unique and absorbing podcasts for a long time to come.”

Listener June Currie

Bill Nicholson

"Working with Rhod Sharp was a highlight of my years at USA Today. He’s super-smart, funny, a natural broadcaster and a true gentleman."

Bill Nicholson, former night editor, USA Today

Lord Hall

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Lord Hall, Former BBC Director General

Fred Barbash

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Fred Barbash, previously London bureau chief, The Washington Post

Listener Heather Martindale

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Listener Heather Martindale

Len Sellars

“He arrived on day one with the professionalism and care that made his program one of most award-winning channels on the BBC. What unfolding time has done is create a global respect, and trust, that is without equal. For more than a quarter century I taught journalism to university students, and I often used Rhod as an example of how it should be."

Len Sellars, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University

Heidi Dawson

“Rhod is a 5 Live legend. In 25 years of broadcasting, he has defined overnight radio in this country."

Heidi Dawson, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live

Chris Cramer

“He immediately established a huge audience for night time news-talk in totally untried territory for the BBC. That Rhod has continued to hold onto this prized position is a testimony to his longevity, his recognized expertise and his audience who love him."

Chris Cramer, formerly BBC Head of Newsgathering and Managing Director, CNN International

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