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WEB EXTRA: Voices from the Dark

Friday, June 05, 2015

There are three major blackouts that New Yorkers still talk about- in 1965, 1977, and 2013. Producer Kelly Jones gathered stories from those who remembered the sudden change that came over the city that never sleeps when the lights went out.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A new peer-reviewed study links the deaths of an unprecedented number of bottlenose dolphins to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster of 2010.

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The Takeaway

Clean Up Continues Along Santa Barbara Coast After 'Nightmare' Oil Spill

Friday, May 22, 2015

After an oil pipeline dumped more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the California coastline, environmental groups are starting to tally up the damage.

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The Takeaway

Texas Bans Fracking Bans

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Texas, the biggest producer of oil and gas in the United States, has passed a law that bars local communities from banning fracking in their area.

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The Takeaway

Arctic Waters Open for Business

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shell Oil scored a major victory yesterday when the Obama administration granted the petroleum giant partial approval to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

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The Takeaway

The Royal Family You Should Be Watching

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

While Britain's new princess dominates the headlines, a quiet shake-up in another prominent royal family has much bigger consequences for the U.S. and the Middle East. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shipping Oil On The Hudson

Thursday, April 30, 2015

While safety concerns about oil transported by rail cars in New York State has received media attention, large quantities of petroleum are also moving down the Hudson River in barges.

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The Takeaway

Bomb Trains: The Dangerous Business of Hauling Oil

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On Monday, a freight train carrying more than 3 million gallons of oil derailed in West Virginia and exploded into a massive fireball. Yet, "bomb train" accidents are not uncommon.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

How stable is Saudi Arabia?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia's new monarch King Salman takes over at a time of unprecedented challenges in the shape of regional chaos as well as a sharply falling oil price. Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf and Simeon Kerr to discuss how stable the kingdom is.

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The Takeaway

Obama Proposes Drilling Along Atlantic Coast

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The decision comes just days after the White House recommended imposing tougher restrictions on drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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BackStory

1973 – The Year That Changed Everything

Friday, January 09, 2015

With the American History Guys

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The Takeaway

Alaska Feels the Pinch From Falling Oil Prices

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last week, the downward plunge in oil prices prompted Alaska Governor Bill Walker to stop six high-profile spending projects because of a $3.5 billion dollar budget deficit.

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WNYC News

Fracking Fight Was Personal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WNYC
A cancer survivor became a public-health biologist. What happened next made environmental history.

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Money Talking

Back to the Future – Cold War Style

Friday, December 19, 2014

If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

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The Takeaway

U.S. Creditors Worry as Oil Prices Dive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Americans are thrilled to pay less at the pump. But the truth is that declining oil prices could post serious problems for the U.S. economy.

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Crude Oil Could Come to New Jersey

Friday, December 12, 2014

WNYC
The highly volatile substance will pass through the nation's most densely populated state by rail. 

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The Takeaway

America: Kicking an Addiction to Mid East Oil?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil fell to a five year low. For the first time in years, gas prices across the country are below $3.00 a gallon.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can Russia's economy weather the storm?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by Neil Buckley and Kathrin Hille to discuss the state of the Russian economy, How well can it weather the impact of the falling oil price and falling Rouble, in addition to western sanctions? What are the likely political repercussions?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The "Apocalyptic Endgame" of Tar Sand Oil Extraction

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ted Genoways explains how tar sands mining is done and looks at its environmental and health consequences

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The Takeaway

Oil Drops Help the Pump, But May Hurt Long Term

Friday, October 17, 2014

When you fill up your car this weekend, you'll notice that gas is cheaper, down 20 cents a gallon in the last month.That's because of a drop in the price of oil, now below $85 a barrel.

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