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Morning Edition

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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Morning Edition

Specialists Monitor Conditions To Predict Northwest's Water Supply

Monday, March 30, 2015

Snow levels are at record lows for Washington and Oregon. That could create problems later on in the dry season when there's no more snow to feed rivers that depend on snowmelt.

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All Things Considered

What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Friday, March 27, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pesticides, Produce, and Your Health

Friday, March 27, 2015

This week's Please Explain is all about the pesticides used in agriculture, their health effects, and whether buying organic matters.

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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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All Things Considered

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As much as a third of the produce grown on some farms is rejected because it doesn't meet beauty standards. But it's still tasty and healthy. One big firm is now telling growers: Give us your uglies.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Liquid 3D Printer, The Dark Side of Physics, Malaria Tricks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A speedy 3D printing technique, a roundup of physics research, and how the malaria parasite attracts mosquitoes.

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Science Friday

Hr1: Chemistry of Early Life, Climate Dance, Split Brains, Left to Right

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A look at conditions on the early Earth, how a choreographer and biologist are tackling the climate conversation, studying the left and right sides of the brain, and our preferences for pictures of moving objects.

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All Things Considered

'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.

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PRI's The World

Seven questions you should ask to try to make sure your fish wasn't caught by slaves

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Americans eat far less seafood than they do meat, but there's still a long way to go before they chow down on salmon and shrimp in a truly ethical and sustainable manner. Author Paul Greenberg offers facts and tips for making your daily catch a little greener.

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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The Takeaway

Future of Coal Industry Before Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The EPA says power plants that run on coal and oil emit too many harmful chemicals like mercury and arsenic. But industry backers say reducing emissions is too expensive. 

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Radiolab

3 Questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What do the world's fastest runners, New York City's poop and quicksand have in common? We're not sure either.

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The Takeaway

What Your ZIP Code Says About Your Health

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In an effort to take America's temperature, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks the health of each county across the nation.

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All Things Considered

California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.

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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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WNYC News

The Hudson Is Full of Tiny Plastics. And You May Be Too.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tiny pieces of degraded plastic are turning up in the Hudson River and other New York waterways, with potential health impacts for fish and people. 

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WNYC News

A Climate Dance Under the Whale

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Something unlike anything that has ever been done,” said choreographer Karole Armitage about her piece for the Ocean Life hall at the American Museum of Natural History.

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