The So-called Mystery of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

About the Program

Who moved the giant monolithic statues of Rapa Nui, a remote island in the South Pacific? And how did they do it? These questions have been at the center of much speculation and debate since Europeans first arrived there 300 years ago on Easter Sunday, 1722, and called it “Easter Island.

The most popular theory was that this remote civilization destroyed itself – cutting down all the trees to make contraptions for moving statues. But according to the indigenous people of Rapa Nui, their ancestors didn’t need to cut down any trees to transport the statues. In fact, their oral history has always been clear about how they were transported.

In this award-winning, sound-rich documentary, listeners will be transported to the shores of Rapa Nui, where they will hear the voices of both white and native indigenous archeologists who have studied the famous moai.

"The So-called Mystery of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)” was a recipient of a 2021 Regional Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Outside/In from New Hampshire Public Radio is a show about the natural world and how we use it. The show combines solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling to bring the outdoors to you wherever you are.


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Preview audio available: August 18, 2022
Promo spot available: August 25, 2022
Program rundown available: August 30, 2022
Date content will be uploaded: August 30, 2022


Broadcast Window

September 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022

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Available to all APM affiliates; subscription to the APM Presents package is not required for carriage. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before December 1, 2022. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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Felix Poon

Felix Poon is currently a producer with the NHPR podcast Outside/In. His work has also been featured in Gimlet Media’s How to Save a Planet, and NPR’s Here & Now. His Outside/In episode “Ginkgo Love” was featured on Spotify's Best Podcasts of 2020.

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