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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Keep Your Garden Green and Growing

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gerard Lordahl, Director of GrowNYC’s Open Space Greening Program, talks about summer gardening—what to plant and when to plant it—and answers questions about how to keep your gardens green and growing all summer long.

There's a fundraiser for the New York City Community Garden Coalition on July 10. Find out more here.

Leave a comment with your questions about gardening and caring for plants!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Flowers Have Sex and Other Secrets of Plants

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Understanding the basics of botany will help you be a better gardener—or at least keep you from killing your house plants.

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Radiolab

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.

First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...

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WNYC News

Among the Orchids, Evidence of Evolution

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Among the hundreds of species on display at the New York Botanical Gardens right now, one particular orchid stands out for its role in history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gerard Lordahl on Winter Garden Care

Monday, December 30, 2013

Gerard Lordahl, Director, Open Space Greening Program at GrowNYC, answers questions about caring for plants and gardens over the winter!

Leave a question for Gerard! Or call us during the segment at 212-433-9692!


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Burn: An Energy Journal

BURN: An Energy Journal

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 7am on AM820, 8pm on AM820.

The nation’s electric grid – a half century-old patchwork system that moves electricity from plants to consumers – is central to our daily lives. Most of us rarely give it a second thought until something goes wrong.

BURN’s hour-long special examines the state of America’s aging  and often over-burdened electric power grid – the people who keep it up and running, innovators who are constantly thinking of ways to make the grid smarter, and what happens when the grid lets us down.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Intoxicating Plants

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks, talks about plants that have been used for spirits and offers gardening advice, along with cocktail recipes. 

→ EVENT: Amy Stewart reads from The Drunken Botanist tonight at 7PM at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint.

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Radiolab

How To Produce A Billion Flowers On The Very Same Day

Monday, March 04, 2013

Mums bloom in the fall, daffodils in spring, roses in summer. How do farmers get such different plants to bloom simultaneously in Winter for Valentine's Day? It's done, strangely, with short, sudden flashes of light.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It's Time To Die

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NPR

What if I told you that there's a mathematical formula buried deep in living things that tells us — all of us, dandelions, gorillas, sea grasses, elm trees, buttercups — when it's time to die. Scientists think there is such rule. It has to do with size.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even a Bee

Friday, November 30, 2012

NPR

Nikola Nikolovski/iStockphoto

We'll start in a cornfield — we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer — on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing — and it's a big thing...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gerard Lordahl on Plants, Inside and Out

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, talks about how to care for your Christmas cacti and Christmas trees. He’ll also address recovering your garden after Sandy—replacing soil that was washed away, whether to get soil tested for contaminants, as well as how to deal with fallen trees and replacing trees.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Plants Like Us

Monday, June 04, 2012

Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University and author of What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, talks about how plants relate to the world through their senses -- and the DNA they share with humans.

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Features

Signs of Spring: Cherry Blossoms

Saturday, April 30, 2011

WNYC

Spring has finally arrived. That means it's the perfect time to enjoy the change of season by stopping to admire the colorful array of trees in bloom around town. Here are a few places to check out the blooms.

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The Takeaway

New Study Says Plants on Distant Planets May Be Black

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

According to new research, planets with multiple suns may host trees and shrubs that are black or gray instead of the more familiar green, depending on the particulars of light available for photosynthesis.

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Features

Walking Among Giants: Brooklyn's Botanic Garden Showcases the Bonsai

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's exhibit celebrating the bonsai, Graceful Perseverance, opened this month. WNYC spent an afternoon with the bonsai master behind the branches.

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Transportation Nation

The Mayor Who Mulches

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

(Photo courtesy of New York City Parks Department)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrate Mulchfest 2011 at Travers Park in Queens.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gerard Lordahl on Caring for Plants

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, discusses how to take care of plants in the winter, both outside and inside—from how to keep your Christmas trees and poinsettias healthy, to winter tips for houseplants and gardens.

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Studio 360

Bonus Audio: Plant IDs

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peter Belhumeur has been collaborating with the Smithsonian on an iPhone app for plant identification. It's based on the same systems he’s developed for facial recognition. During our visit to Belhumeur’s lab, he explained to Kurt how the app works.

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