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The Leonard Lopate Show

Has BPA Fight Obscured Wider Dangers of Plastics?

Monday, March 10, 2014

BPA was identified as a harmful plastic additive years ago, and it's largely been replaced. But recent studies show that many plastics contain similar chemicals that could be just as bad for us.

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WNYC News

NYC Recycling Program Now Includes Rigid Plastics

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New York City is expanding its recycling program to include such plastic items as shampoo bottles and food containers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plastic Free

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Beth Terry talks about how to limit your plastic footprint. Her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit how much plastic you use every day.

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Strangers

Suzanne Ely, Mace Neufeld, Dave Kessler: Fame

Friday, May 18, 2012

What do Frank Sinatra, Moammar Qadaffi, Jackie Onassis and Bob Dylan have in common? They're all part of this

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plastic Ocean

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Captain Charles Moore, environmentalist and researcher, talks about discovering of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the summer of 1997, when he was sailing from Honolulu to California. In Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Ocean Moore looks at the secret life and hidden properties of plastics—from milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plastic Ocean

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Captain Charles Moore, seafaring environmentalist and researcher, talks about discovering of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the summer of 1997, when he was sailing from Honolulu to California. He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet-a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean's food base, by a factor of six to one. In Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Ocean Moore looks at the secret life and hidden properties of plastics—from milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Friday, June 10, 2011

Susan Freinkel describes why the plethora of plastics has created a major problem—we’ve produced as much plastic in the last 10 years as we did in the entire 20th century, and plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. In Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Freinkel tells the story of plastic through eight familiar objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives, and how we can learn to live without it.

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The Takeaway

Susan Freinkel and our Plastic-Filled Lives

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Until reading the first chapter of Susan Freinkel's new book, you might not realize just how many things in your life are made of plastic, from your gym clothes to your refrigerator. But what does all this new — and sometimes life-saving, or at least life-altering — material mean for how we live our lives? And what are the consequences of a single-use culture? We talk with Freinkel about her new book, "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" and ask, "paper or plastic?"

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