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The Leonard Lopate Show

Protecting Wild Lands, Debating the Right to Bear Arms

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A look at whether the Wilderness Act has met its objectives. George Packer on George Orwell’s 1984.Novelist Mary Gordon. The story of the Second Amendment.

All Things Considered

One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

Monday, August 18, 2014

This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.

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All Things Considered

Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

Monday, August 18, 2014

A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.

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All Things Considered

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

Monday, August 18, 2014

The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.

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PRI's The World

It turns out turtles have something to say

Monday, August 18, 2014

Experts used to believe that turtles were entirely mute and deaf. But that turns out to be false, according to researchers in Brazil who say they have recorded turtle vocalizations for the first time.

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Morning Edition

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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PRI's The World

Shark photographer Michael Muller goes uncaged to capture the best photos

Friday, August 15, 2014

Photographer Michael Muller's love of sharks takes him into the water and outside of the protection of cages to get as close as possible to his animal subjects. He also photographs celebrities — but won't admit which group is scarier to shoot.

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Morning Edition

Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

Friday, August 15, 2014

The federal government is developing its offshore oil and gas leasing plan for a 5-year period that begins in 2017. Right now most of the activity is in the Gulf of Mexico.

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WNYC News

NJ Budget Diversions Drive Some Green Businesses into the Red

Friday, August 15, 2014

Since taking office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has used more than $1 billion in environmental funds to plug budget holes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Fracking Affects People, Pets, and Our Food

Friday, August 15, 2014

A veterinarian and a pharmacologist investigate heath problems in people, pets, and livestock living near fracking sites.

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Science Friday

Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.

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Science Friday

Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.

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Science Friday

App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.

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Science Friday

Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.

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Science Friday

Close-Up With a Comet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.

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Science Friday

Decoding Secret Communication Between Plants

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.

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PRI's The World

As the Ebola crisis rages, West African villagers are warned away from fruit bats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

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