Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Long Island Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced new legislation this week which would ban plastic microbeads, the tiny abrasive particles commonly used in personal care products. The legislation would make New York State the first in the country to outlaw the beads, which are turning up in waterways and fish. Last month we spoke with Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia about why microplastics are hazardous to the environment. You can listen to that conversation above.
On today’s Please Explain, we spoke to Apartment Therapy CEO and founder Maxwell Ryan about how to get organized and cut down on clutter as we head into 2014. Here are some of the highlights.
Plenty of New Yorkers rent their homes, but Ryan says that shouldn’t keep you from organizing your stuff while you live there: “Your home starts now...The home you own, the space you may rent.”
For those trying to reorganize a closet, he recommends open shelves, like Elfa shelving, because they allow you to see all of your clothes and have access to them. Winter clothes, especially down jackets, can pack really small, especially if you use those plastic bags where you suck the air out using your vacuum cleaner.
Lots of us struggle with how long to hold on to certain documents and when it’s okay to toss them. Ryan recommends keeping mortgage statement, bank statements and invoices and deductible receipts for 7 years. But your taxes…well, “you have to keep your taxes forever.”
To cut down on space, Ryan recommends putting files and photos in DropBox. It’s also handy in case something happens to your computer.
Ryan says that the front door has to be a filter – things either get to come into your home, stop, or go out again. Create a landing strip – coat hook, places for your keys, phone and wallet, dog leash, waste basket for sorting mail, and storage for mail you want to keep, a mirror, and a place to take off your shoes. “It’s an intentional clutter zone.”
Bottom line: “You have to get life down to its essentials.”
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On the next Food Fridays we’re going to help you get ready for your Thanksgiving dinner – and we're also compiling a list of ways to help bring Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate New Yorkers.
Do you know of ways to donate food, volunteer your time, or otherwise help this Thanksgiving? Share the details below!
We’ll post the results on Friday, November 22.
As part of our Please Explain: Candy segment, we asked listeners on Facebook what the best candy to get on Halloween is and what the worst is. And you told us. Without further ado, the tricks and the treats...
Earlier today, Canadian writer Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2002 to discuss her story collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.
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.
Janet Hamlin has been the sole court illustrator documenting the trials at the US Prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2006. Her book, Sketching Guantanamo will be published in October.
Valentino: How did you come to work at Guantanamo?
Hamlin: The Associated Press was one of my clients and it was their turn to pool report from Guantanamo. They sent me for the first three trips and after that I started going as a freelancer. So, I kind of had a rut in the road, having been there the first three times. And it is a strange venue.
Valentino: What’s strange about it?
Hamlin: Usually, in the United States we can sit in the same physical space as the charged person, but in GITMO we are in a walled, glassed-in booth in the back that’s soundproof. So, you’re drawing from a distance. You’re drawing from the back and you’re drawing with a sound delay. The other thing is you’re dealing with is the constraint of your work being signed off by the Pentagon or the Homeland Security officer. Everything has to be signed and labeled before it can go out to media.
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.
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.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled, in a unanimous decision, that human genes can not be patented. The decision will shaped medical research in the decades to come. To find out more about gene patenting, we've collected our interviews on how it works and why the US Patent Office had already offered tens of thousands patents on genes.
The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 9. Leonard’s spoken to a bunch of the nominees and you can listen to those conversations here!
David Sedaris has been a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show many, many times. Here’s all the Sedaris you can possibly handle (with a few bonus interviews with David’s sister, Amy.)
Chris Kimball, founder, publisher and editor of Cook’s Illustrated and host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to share his list of essential kitchen equipment. Here’s his list – along with some helpful pointers about how to care for your pots and pans.
"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything." So tells the celebrated and deceased author David Foster Wallace in a 1996 interview with Leonard Lopate Show. In this Blank on Blank digital animation, Wallace talks about his thoughts on ambition.