Listen to the latest audio podcasts featuring the Office of Response and Restoration. The Diving Deeper and Making Waves podcasts are produced by the National Ocean Service.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of many areas in the ocean where marine debris naturally concentrates because of ocean currents. In this episode, Dianna Parker from the NOAA Marine Debris Program explains what a garbage patch is and isn't, what we know and don't know, and what we can do about this ocean-sized problem.

More than 25 years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil, we talk with NOAA marine biologist Gary Shigenaka to find out how marine life is faring in Prince William Sound today.

09.29.2011 - State and federal trustee agencies will use most of the funds from a $36.8 million settlement of natural resource damages to restore natural resources injured by the Nov. 7, 2007 oil spill in the San Francisco Bay and to improve Bay Area recreational opportunities impacted by the spill.

04.21.2011 - Take a look back at NOAA's role in the Deepwater Horizon spill response—the months when oil was spilling into the Gulf—through the eyes of one of the first NOAA responders to the spill. We're joined by Debbie Payton, chief of the Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division.

04.14.2011 - Join us as we revisit the impacts of oil to our natural resources and how NOAA responds to oil spills in this interview from April 2010 with Amy Merten from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. (23:43 minutes)

03.24.2011 - Learn how NOAA protects and restores natural resources injured by oil spills and hazardous waste sites in this interview with Tom Brosnan from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration.

08.05.2010 - Join us for a talk with Doug Helton, Incident Operations Coordinator for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, to learn about the critical role this office plays in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

04.07.2010 - Oil spills can happen in our rivers, bays, and the ocean. Spills are often caused by accidents involving tankers, barges, pipelines, and refineries. These accidents usually occur when the oil is being transported to us. Learn more about oil spills and how NOAA responds to these events in this interview with Amy Merten from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. (22:43 minutes)

06.17.2009 - Learn about PCBs in this interview with Lisa DiPinto from the Office of Response and Restoration. The discussion highlights what PCBs are, why they are still a problem today in the environment, and what NOAA is doing to help. (19:50 minutes)

03.13.2009 - Twenty years ago this month, nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Alaska's Prince William Sound after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef.

11.06.2008 - This week we look at the busiest year on record for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, the NOAA office that responds to oil and chemical spills around the nation. (7:12 minutes)