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Thursday, September 02, 2010

On today’s show: Gerald Lordahl takes your questions on end-of-summer gardening! Then, internationally renowned public garden designer Lynden Miller talks about ways to beautify the urban landscape. Also, director Lixin Fan discusses "Last Train Home," about how China’s ascendance as an economic superpower has affected family life. And Underreported examines how hurricane science has changed since Katrina. Plus, our latest Backstory segment looks at how the Citizens United ruling is shaping the 2010 elections.

Gerard Lordahl Answers Your Gardening Questions

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, discusses end-of-summer gardening, how to care for your plants when you go on vacation, and what kinds of heirloom vegetables he recommends growing. He’ll also answer listener questions about gardening! Call us at 212-433-9692.

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Parks, Plants, and People

Public garden designer Lynden Miller talks about the benefits of enhancing cities with gardens, parks, and street trees. Her work has changed the face of New York City’s public places—in neighborhoods rich and poor. In Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, she calls on the public, gardeners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects and public officials to create and support well-planted parks and gardens.

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“Last Train Home”

Director Lixin Fan talks about his film “Last Train Home:” a look at the journey of 130 million migrant workers to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration, and it reveals a country caught inbetween its rural past and industrial future. “Last Train Home” opens September 3 at IFC Center.

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Underreported: Katrina's Effects on Hurricane Research

Hurricane Katrina fundamentally changed the landscape of New Orleans and radically altered the way the federal government responds to natural disasters. It also changed the way scientists study hurricanes—what factors they consider and where research funds are directed. Atmospheric scientists James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology, explain and look ahead to how we're preparing for Hurricane Earl.

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Backstory: Citizen's United and the Midterms

We'll look at the impact the Citizen's United ruling has had on the 2010 midterm elections so far with Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

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