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Give Me MySpace

Monday, April 06, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Angwin chronicles how an idea at a Southern California spam mill became MySpace, the most visited website in America. Her book is Stealing MySpace.

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WNYC News

Empire State Building Going Green

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Empire State Building already glows green, for holidays like Saint Patrick's Day. Now, the iconic skyscraper is GOING green, with a major environmental makeover that is expected to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent. Iain Campbell is with Johnson Controls, which helped plan ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

30 Years After Three Mile Island

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Three decades after a partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility, we’ll look at the incident and its broader impact on U.S. nuclear policy with J. Samuel Walker. He’s the historian for the Nuclear Regulator Commission and author of the book Three Mile Island.

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WNYC News

SCOTUS: The EPA Can Consider Cost of Upgrades to Nuclear Power Plants

Thursday, April 02, 2009

For years, environmentalists have worked to close down two aging nuclear plants near New York City. But they had two setbacks yesterday. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: Forty miles north of New York City, there's the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. The group Riverkeeper says the ...

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Sailing Round Manhattan on the Sludge Boat

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Eight million New Yorkers generate a whole lot of sewage, and on any given day some of that sewage - more than two million gallons - is being shipped around on the city's waterways. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was treated to a ride on the city's ...

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Supreme Court Rules Cost Issue in Plant Upgrade

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government may consider cost when deciding if Indian Point and other nuclear power plants must upgrade. Alex Matthiessen is president of Riverkeeper - among the groups that sued the EPA over the plants cooling system. He says ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deep Brain Stimulation

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

There are some brain disorders that do not respond to traditional treatments and therapies. Science writer Jamie Talan investigates a new and controversial procedure for the treatment of rare disorders in which electrodes are implanted in the brain with a device similar to a pacemaker. She'll be joined by Dr. ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

You Stink!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First fingerprints, now "odorprints" are the latest in crime-fighting technology. Dave Johns had his scent profile studied.

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WNYC News

World’s Brightest X-Ray Coming to LI

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Long Island’s Brookhaven National Laboratory is getting a big jolt from the federal stimulus. The lab will receive nearly $185 million in new science funding to help jump start the construction of a new, state of the art facility for advanced research. This will build ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exxon's Future

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill. Peter Waldman, senior writer for Portfolio, discusses the future of the oil company in the new green economy.

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WNYC News

Business Group Says Mayoral Control Helps Graduates

Friday, March 20, 2009

The president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City says mayoral control has improved the public schools. Kathryn Wylde testified at the city's final state assembly education committee hearing on the matter today. She says employers now have more faith in city graduates. Wylde ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Other Greenhouse Gasses

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When we talk about greenhouses gases, a lot of the conversation usually focuses on capturing and reducing carbon dioxide. But what about all of the other greenhouse gases and how do they contribute to global warming? Andrew C. Revkin of the New York Times and Seth Fletcher, Senior ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Rock that Ate Carbon Dioxide

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Environmentalists are trying to figure out all sorts of ways to capture and store carbon dioxide. Tim Folger explains why a common mantle rock called peridotite may help scientists capture the greenhouse gas. His article on peridotite appears in the spring issue of OnEarth Magazine.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stem Cell Stimulus

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Susan Solomon, CEO and co-founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and Michael Christman, president and CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, talk about the impact federally funded stem cell research may have on the New York/New Jersey area.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rock that Shaped the World

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Uranium may just look like yellow dirt, but it's altered the course of human history and shaped the modern world. In his new book Uranium: War, Evergy and the Rock that Shaped the World reporter Tom Zoellner examines the paradox of this powerful element: that the stability of our ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Decisions, Decisions

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jonah Lehrer, editor at large for Seed Magazine, contributor to Radio Lab and the author of How We Decide, explains how humans make decisions using the latest insights from behavioral economics and neuroscience. What's the most rational or irrational decision you've ever made? What's your decision-making approach ...

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WNYC News

Schools and Hospitals Await Word on Stimulus Money

Friday, February 20, 2009

Schools and hospitals are eagerly waiting to see what share they’ll get of the state's share of the federal stimulus package. Governor Paterson says he is not hiding plans for the money, but is first waiting to reconcile different estimates about how bad the state’s ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Vaccine Link to Autism

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shankar Vedantam, national reporter covering human behavior for the Washington Post, reviews yesterday's special court ruling that there is no link between the M.M.R. vaccine and autism.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rebuilding American Power

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Obama administration can’t simply undo the ways in which the world has changed in the past 8 years, so what can they do? In his latest book, Great PowersThomas Barnett describes how global power is shifting economically, diplomatically, technologically and environmentally and what can be done about ...

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WNYC News

Balance Sought Between Energy Efficiency and Profit

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The stimulus package contains billions of dollars in grants for solar and wind power projects. But a provision in the bill to increase energy efficiency has sparked a fight between environmentalists and utilities on one side, and consumer advocates and regulators on the other. WNYC's ...

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