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134- The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Straight lines form the core of our built environment. Building in straight lines makes predicting costs and calculating structural loads easier, since building materials come in linear units. Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient,

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The Takeaway

Greening The Sports Industry

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

To make everyone winners regardless of their team allegiance or political outlook, the sports industry is going green. The National Green Sports Alliance is holding it's annual convention in New York City, the city of the upcoming Super Bowl in 2014. Martin Tull, the executive director of the alliance, says being green is a team color in all sports these days.

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The Takeaway

City of Austin Appeals to Residents to Fight 5-Year Drought

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In Austin, Texas, a drought has plagued residents for five years. Now there is an initiative to replant parts of the city with “native” or “drought-resistant” plants that better suit the city's rocky ecology. These drought-resistant plants would also save water in the future. To stay green, Austin is willing to parch it's many lawns for a greater community good. Joy Diaz, reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas, explains.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Eyes Wetlands As Part Of Long Term Strategy

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Bloomberg administration is moving forward with a plan to protect and restore its existing wetlands.

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WNYC News

Commission Backs Zoning Changes That Promote Green Buildings

Monday, December 12, 2011

The New York City Planning Commission is rolling out a set of proposed changes to the city's zoning regulations Monday that would help give a boost to property owners who want to make their buildings greener.

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On Being

Wangari Maathai — Planting the Future [remix]

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A remarkable Kenyan woman and environmentalist speaks from experience about the links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and democracy. And she shares her thoughts on where God resides.

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On Being

[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A remarkable Kenyan woman and environmentalist speaks from experience about the links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and democracy. And she shares her thoughts on where God resides.

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On Being

Barbara Kingsolver — The Ethics of Eating [remix]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she says

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On Being

[Unedited] Barbara Kingsolver with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she says

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The Takeaway

Earth Day: A 40 Year Long Experiment in Environmentalism

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's been 40 years since activists got together to set aside a special day to encourage people to think about our environment. Denis Hayes, the principal organizer of the first Earth Day back in 1970, says this day wove together some of the disparate agendas within the fractious environmental movement. But Heather Rogers, journalist and author of the new book "Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution," says that while Earth Day was originally a good idea, a new tension exists today in how the movement should move forward.

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The Takeaway

Eat This, Save the World!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

When it comes to environmentally responsible eating, we’re often told what not to eat: Don’t eat tuna because it’s overfished. Don’t eat Chilean sea bass because it’s bottom-trawled. Don’t eat beef because of carbon dioxide emissions from cows.

But what we’re not often told is that putting jellyfish on the menu will help save the world.

 

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The Takeaway

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on New Money for Green Jobs

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

We talk this morning with Hilda Solis, the United States Secretary of Labor. Solis will announce later today that some states will be given federal grant money to help create more training for green jobs.

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The Takeaway

Greensburg, Kansas: Self Sufficient, Quite Efficient

Friday, December 18, 2009

The climate talks in Copenhagen will finish later today, with last minute appeals from major world leaders, including President Barack Obama. Obama has singled out one American town for praise regarding the work they have done in becoming more energy efficient and self sufficient.  Bob Dixon is the mayor of that small Kansas town, Greensburg, which was ravaged by a tornado in 2007 and rebuilt itself as a green town.  Matt Dellinger is a journalist who specializes in urban planning and believes that focusing overmuch on Greensburg as a model could be a mistake.

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The Takeaway

Green Business: The Giant and the Little Guy

Friday, December 11, 2009

Some businesses go green by having bicycle-operated blenders. Others do it by redefining what "acceptable packaging" is for an entire category of retail products. We talk with Sean Meenan, owner of New York's first solar-powered restaurant, Habana Outpost, along with Candace Taylor, director of sustainability for the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart. They share with us the unique challenges and opportunities they each face – as a small business and an enormous one – in staying green, staying afloat, and setting an example for businesses and consumers.

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The Takeaway

Why It's Not Easy Being Green

Monday, December 07, 2009

Most of us know that environmental change is an issue and that our choices affect it... so why aren't we doing all we should to fix things? David Biello, associate online editor for Scientific American, and Benjamin Ho, behavioral economist at Cornell University, discuss why humans aren't more ecologically responsible, and how we can convince (or trick, even) ourselves to change our behaviors for the common good.

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The Takeaway

White House Mum as Beck-Boycotting Czar Resigns

Monday, September 07, 2009

President Obama's "green-energy czar," Van Jones, has resigned unexpectedly. To understand the strange road that led to his resignation late Saturday night, we need to look back a couple of weeks, to when Glenn Beck appeared on Fox and Friends and said that President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred of white people." (Click through for Van Jones' previous appearances on The Takeaway.) For a closer look at the resignation and how this effects President Obama's favorability, we talk to Julie Mason. She covers the White House for the Washington Examiner.

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The Takeaway

Our listeners' bright ideas on how to save energy

Thursday, February 05, 2009

While we are on our Power Trip exploring new energy sources, we asked our listeners what they do to conserve energy. We've gotten a lot of responses. Add yours below!

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The Takeaway

With energy, where do we go from here?

Monday, February 02, 2009

President Barack Obama has pledged to reduce our carbon emissions by 80 percent come 2050, and that means saying goodbye to carbon-spewing coal and oil plants. But we can't wave a magic, rhetoric wand to change from black energy to green. So how do we move forward in establishing a new, clean power economy? To launch our Power Trip energy series, The Takeaway is joined by Garry Golden, a futurist and energy blogger who lays out the yellow brick road toward green energy.

Listen to more from Garry Golden in The Takeaway's Power Trip series:
More on the future of energy from Garry Golden and Introducing the new energy economy.

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On Being

Richard Cizik — The Evolution of American Evangelicalism [remix]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Last month, conservative Christian leaders demanded that Richard Cizik be silenced or removed from his post. They charged that his concerns about climate change and torture have shifted attention away from moral issues such as gay marriage and abortion. B

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