Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

8.06.14: Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad, Refrigeration In China, And Dining Hall Hacks

"A Beautiful Invasive. Ceratina smaragdula, male, captured on Hawaii, Oahu, March 2012. This Asian species, along with others has invaded the Hawaiian islands where it thrives in sea of introduced garden plants found at lower elevations on the islands." -USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
"A Beautiful Invasive. Ceratina smaragdula, male, captured on Hawaii, Oahu, March 2012. This Asian species, along with others has invaded the Hawaiian islands where it thrives in sea of introduced garden plants found at lower elevations on the islands." -USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
Credit USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab via Flickr

Today on Word of Mouth, invasive species like Zebra Mussels to Asian Carp, are destroying biodiversity across North America. Or are they? Also, we'll look into China’s push to build a frozen food infrastructure. The number of urban Chinese households with a refrigerator has risen from just 7 percent to 95 percent in a decade. We’ll find out what that means for global climate change.

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Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad

Dr. Ken Thompson's new book is Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species”. Dr. Thompson argues that invasive species often cause far less damage than we might imagine, and when they do, the cost of eradicating them far out weighs the benefits.

Treating PTSD With Fishing

Six military vets go fly fishing in Southwestern Idaho, to cope with the war that left their lives in ruin. Jessica Murri brings us the story.

Refrigeration In China

Nicola Twilley is a writer currently working on a book about refrigeration, her recent article for the New York Times poses the question, What Do Chinese Dumplings Have To Do With Global Warming?"

Dining Hall Hacks

Dartmouth graduate Priya Krishna has written the cookbook “Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks,” which presents inventive ways to create your own quasi-gourmet meals out of the sometimes rudimentary building blocks found in most college dining halls. She spoke with Word of Mouth intern Molly Donahue.

On Demand: Remakes

Producer Taylor Quimby offers up unusual suggestions for online movie-watching. This month he’s looking at an unexpected genre – the secret remake.

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