You Should Be Dancing

Hidden Compass: The Podcast

Nov 17 2021 • 1 hr 22 mins

Three episodes into the second season of Hidden Compass: The Podcast, and we’re delving even deeper into the intellectual and emotional weeds of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”

On today’s episode, co-hosts Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu sit in conversation with marine biologist, storyteller, and self-identified geek Russell Bradley. The three discuss the humanity of scientists, the lure of a wildly remote outpost in the tropical North Pacific, and the intersection of tedium, bliss, and badassery. But first, journey with us, as Russell takes us to Laysan, an atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, where an enigmatic creature forces him to face an ethical dilemma.

“You Should Be Dancing” first appeared in the inaugural issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Human and Nature department. See the full story and photos here:

Russell Bradley’s parents threw him in the ocean when he was five years old. He cried for a minute but then never got out. Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Russell is a marine biologist, improviser, storyteller, writer, and nature lover. Currently, he is the Director of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station for California State University Channel Islands. Learn more about the research station here: and follow their Instagram account @csuci. Check out Russell’s Hidden Compass profile at

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See you next week, when we’ll go to the lost forests and flowering fields of Iceland and speak with Shannon Donaghy about an unfolding “Invasion.”