Elizabeth Rush discusses her new book The Quickening, mothering, and Antarctica : Up First Today on The Sunday Story, author Elizabeth Rush discusses the book that emerged from her journey to Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. She explains why Thwaites is under threat and why collaborative problem solving plays a critical role in an era of climate change. The voyage also helped her make an important personal decision: whether or not to become a mother.

The Sunday Story: The Quickening

The Sunday Story: The Quickening

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Standing 80 miles wide, Thwaites Glacier is the widest glacier in the world.

Today, climate change threatens its survival. In recorded history, no one had ever visited the calving edge of Thwaites before writer Elizabeth Rush joined an expedition in 2019. She accompanied 57 scientists with a mission to document and collect scientific data on the glacier. They sailed south for weeks, to the glacier's location west of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Today on The Sunday Story, Elizabeth discusses the book that emerged from her journey. She explains why Thwaites is under threat and why collaborative problem solving plays a critical role in an era of climate change. The voyage also helped her make an important personal decision: whether or not to become a mother.


This episode was produced by Abby Wendle with help from Henry Hodde and edited by Liana Simstrom. Our engineer was Maggie Luthar.

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