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WNYC News

Scrappy Chefs Transform Food Waste Into Primo Grub

Friday, March 27, 2015

A restaurant takes snout-to-tail cooking one step beyond.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reusing, Recycling, and Reinventing Art

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

At a 3.5 acre construction, demolition, and manufacturing waste recycling facility in Philadelphia, an artist-in-residence program was born. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Economic, and Environmental, Catastrophe of Global Food Waste

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As millions of tons of food are being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious economic and environmental issue.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Waste an Hour (or Two) With Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The growing food waste epidemic. The new pop-up restaurant that uses food scraps. The Treasures in the Trash Museum. Diving for dinner. Andy Summers, lead guitarist for The Police.

The Takeaway

Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Crumbling Results of Mismanaged Billions in Afghanistan

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A multi-million dollar prison already falling apart. Planes losing parts on their first flight. A $19 million chicken coop. These are some of the bungled Afghan reconstruction projects funded by U.S. taxpayers.

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WNYC News

Battle Over Manhattan Waste Station Now de Blasio's Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An environmental coalition wants the de Blasio administration to take another look at the city's Solid Waste Management Plan, which includes a new trash facility in Manhattan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Garbage in the Garden State

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bob Martin, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, discusses how the state is handling debris removal and waste management after Sandy. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Curbing Our Waste

Monday, April 30, 2012

Looking for ways to cut back the amount of garbage you're producing? We have some helpful hints!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Trail of Trash

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The average American produces 102 tons of garbage in a lifetime. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Edward Humes looks at what’s in that trash; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way transform waste into energy and prosperity. He investigates the trail of trash in Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Garbage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Save the World—the Future of Garbage

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wherever humans go, they leave trash behind. The average American throws away over 1,130 pounds of waste per year. On this week’s Please Explain, we continue our series How to Save the World, looking at how we dispose of garbage, how recycling and composting and smaller packaging can cut down on the amount of garbage people throw away around the world, and how garbage can be used as a renewable, green energy source. Joining us are Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, and professor in the School of Engineering at Columbia University, and Elizabeth Royte, author of Garbage Land and Bottlemania.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Waste Land"

Monday, February 14, 2011

This is the first in our series this week highlighting films nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Oscars.

Vik Muniz, artist and subject of the documentary "Waste Land," joins us to talk about the film which chronicles his photography of garbage pickers in the world's largest garbage dump in Brazil.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wasted

Friday, December 31, 2010

Jonathan BloomWasted Food blogger and the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) talks about why half of America's food goes uneaten and what consumers can do to cut waste.

What are your tips for cutting down on food waste?  Comment on our show page.

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The Takeaway

America's Waste Winds Up in Poorest Counties

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On December 22nd, 2008, a Tennessee Valley coal-fired power plant ruptured, sending nearly one billion gallons of coal ash into a nearby river, where it turned to sludge. That hazardous sludge was shipped to a landfill site outside Uniontown, Alabama — an area whose demographic is too poor for the kind of political clout that would block the move. The question is: do communities like Uniontown ever really get a say in where hazardous waste goes?  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wasted

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Jonathan Bloom, Wasted Food blogger and the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) talks about why half of America's food goes uneaten and what consumers can do to cut waste.

What are your tips for cutting down on food waste?

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The Takeaway

America Wastes Nearly Half Its Food

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In today’s tough economic times, we frequently talk about conserving energy, cutting down on waste and living more frugally.

Despite these good intentions, a new study in the American Chemical Society's journal indicates that the food Americans throw out or leave in fields to rot wastes the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil a year. That's about 70 times the amount of oil in the BP Gulf oil spill.

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