Green and Gay, Flora and Fructose

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Friday, April 02, 2010

On today’s show, Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. Find out why some environmental groups have come out in favor of policies that some say harm the environment more than protect it. Then, we’ll get the latest on the science of same-sex animal attraction. Also, we’ll take a look at plant biodiversity in the New York metro area and why species from the south are overtaking our native plants. Plus, out latest Please Explain is all about sugar!

The Wrong Kind of Green

Johann Hari talks about how environmental groups might respond to President Obama’s decision to open up offshore drilling, and he’ll discuss his investigation into conservation groups, such as Conservation International, among the most trusted groups in America to protect and defend nature, are actually cashing in on the world's worst ...

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Can Animals Be Gay?

Jon Mooallem explores homosexual activity in the animal world—from albatrosses to flamingos, bison, and even warthogs. He looks into what humans perceive as “natural” behavior, and examines how various forms of homosexual activity has been documented in over 450 different species. His article “Can Animals Be Gay?” appears ...

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The New York Metropolitan Flora Project

Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and coordinator of the New York Metropolitan Flora project, discusses the first definitive findings that New York is losing native plants and many are being replaced with new plants, many from the South. The New York Metropolitan ...

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Please Explain: Sugar

Please Explain is all about sugar—from how it’s grown to how it’s refined to how its metabolized by the body. Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History, describes how the cultivation of sugar is linked with slavery, the Industrial Revolution, and the fast-food industry. And Dr. Wahida Karmally, ...

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