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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Baby Plant in a Box... With its Lunch

Friday, March 20, 2015

Today, seed plants make up about 90 percent of the world's flora. But that wasn't always the case.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Touch, The Feel, The Worldwide Domination, of Cotton

Friday, February 20, 2015

The story of cotton is tied to the story of modern capitalism, a constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Fighting Cancer, David Duchovny & The Teenage Brain

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ferry Dos and Don'ts; Elder Care; The History of Chickens

Thursday, February 05, 2015

We check in on two agenda items from the mayor's State of the City address: more ferries, and more density. Plus: how to care for elders and their caregivers; chickens; and more. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Re-engineering Farm Animals, Ignoring Their Welfare

Monday, February 02, 2015

Scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry, but animal welfare has been ignored.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Bogged Down With Too Many Cranberries

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The holiday season is the golden hour for cranberries. But this year there are a few too many berries for Americans to consume.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Many Varieties of Seeds Are Becoming Extinct. Meet Two People Who Are Bringing Them Back.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Decades ago, as agriculture became centralized, seeds were selected for yield, and many varieties nearly went extinct.

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PRI's The World

In tiny Moldova, Russia is repeating its Ukraine playbook

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.

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PRI's The World

Rising sea levels mean trouble for Vietnam's rice farmers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you find yourself buying rice anywhere in the world, there’s a good chance that what’s in your cart came from Vietnam. The small country cranks out a fifth of the world’s rice exports each year. But oceans are expanding — right up into some of Vietnam’s richest rice-growing areas — which is bad news for farmers.

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PRI's The World

This Ohio greenhouse is taking cues on growing orchids from the masters — the Dutch

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When you think of flowers, you might think of Holland. But the owners of an Oberlin, Ohio, greenhouse are working with the Dutch — as well as flower growers from 12 other countries — to master the art of growing the perfect orchid.

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PRI's The World

Fighting has stopped again in Gaza, but nearby Israeli towns are still deserted

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southern Israeli communities like Kibbutz Nahal Oz are still recommending that their residents stay away despite a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, leaving residents conflicted about what to do.

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PRI's The World

Consumers are demanding antibiotic-free meat, and Big Food is starting to listen

Monday, August 11, 2014

The US government has been slow to respond to the health threat posed by the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock. But consumer concern about antibiotic resistance is growing, and that's leading some US companies to start changing their ways.

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PRI's The World

New lawn 'mooers' keep the grass trimmed in East London's parks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The town council in Havering, England, has turned to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. Locals say traditional grazing promotes biodiversity and could save half a million dollars over 10 years.

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The Takeaway

Missouri Votes to Guarantee The Right to Farm

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Missourians will vote today on an amendment to the state's Constitution that would guarantee the rights to farm and ranch. Is this a back-to-the-land movement, or a ploy to get around regulations?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Eat Meat without Destroying the World

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Meat eaters can make smart, informed choices about the food they eat and where it comes from.

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WNYC News

A Patch of Clover That Comments on Land Use

Sunday, June 08, 2014

John Street Pasture is a temporary living earthwork at Brooklyn Bridge Park that grows crimson clovers and comments on land use.

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The Takeaway

How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New revelations uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that farmers who take most of the precious water in California do not want the government looking over their shoulders.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drink Beer, Support a Farmer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Grains like barley keep our soil healthy, and an explosion in microbrewing has created a local market for them. Chef Dan Barber says that's the kind of synchronicity needed to save our food system.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Civil Eats: Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Paula Crossfield, editor-at-large of Civil Eats, and Naomi Starkman, editor-in-chief, discuss creating the web site, which is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system and was just awarded the Publication of the Year Award by the James Beard Foundation. Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a community resource of over 100 contributors who are shifting the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama’s state visit to Japan

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Obama’s state visit to Japan

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