Jessica Miller officially joined the Lopate Show in November 2014, having previously interned and freelanced at the show. She oversees the Book Club, contributes to Please Explain, and makes supercuts. She occasionally writes games for NPR’s Ask Me Another, and her independently reported pieces have appeared in places like The Atlantic and 99 Percent Invisible. A graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she can often be found making music, sailing, or walking very long distances. Twitter: @TimestepJess
Jessica Miller appears in the following:
Monday, November 09, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Last week, Lisa-ann Gershwin, Director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and author of Stung!, called us all the way from Tasmania to talk about jellyfish. She explained that the recent surge in the global jellyfish population is more than just a pain in the neck (or side, or leg...) for beach swimmers. As it turns out jellies also pose a serious threat to our global infrastructure.
"There have been some amazing things that jellyfish have been getting up to -- behaving very, very badly," she says.
So we weren't all that surprised to see that jellyfish are making headlines again. The New York Times reported today that, "in an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s," a bloom of moon jellyfish in the Baltic Sea brought down a nuclear reactor in southeastern Sweden.
The cooling system intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant became clogged by the otherwise innocuous animal, forcing a shut down. The plant's operator said a similar incident occurred in 2005.
The pipes have been unclogged... for now, but engineers are concerned a new jellyfish bloom could be lurking just around the corner. Cue Jaws music.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Dr. Brett Singer, Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about indoor air pollution caused by cooking. According to the Berkeley Lab's study, the long term health effects of indoor pollutants is on par with that of car accidents and infectious disease, and the pollution we create in our kitchens can be a large part of that problem. Dr. Singer shared a few tips about cooking safely.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Monday, June 03, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Jennifer Tolbert, director of State Health Reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation, responds to listener questions and concerns about the Affordable Care Act.