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11:37 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Pesticides And Children's Health

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EarthTalk
11:35 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Benefits Of Public Transportation

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Dear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what would be the primary benefits of public transit as an alternative to the private automobile if our country were to make a major commitment to it?-- James Millerton, Armstrong, PA

The benefits of making a major commitment to building up and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensive public transit network are many.

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EarthTalk
3:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Greenest American Cities

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Dear EarthTalk: Which are the greenest American cities, and why?        -- D. Hansen, Wichita, KS

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EarthTalk
3:25 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Growing Green Awards

Pictured: Andrea Northup, winner of the 2012 Young Food Leader award for her work with the D.C. Farm to School Network, which links regional farmers with local schools in order to transform cafeteria lunch menus.
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Inside NHPR
10:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Top Stories: Our Annual Holiday Books Show; Moving Ahead Under The Affordable Care Act

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1.  The Exchange: Our Annual Holiday Books Show

It's our annual Holiday Books Show!   Several major biographies are out, including Joseph Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson.  Also, fiction fans are raving over new releases from Louise Erdrich and Gillian Flynn.  We’ll find out what the big reads might be under your Christmas Tree!

2.  The Exchange: Moving Ahead Under The Affordable Care Act

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EarthTalk
1:41 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

The Women's Earth Alliance

The Women’s Earth Alliance helps women around the world secure their rights and safety and remove barriers to full participation in society by supporting them in addressing the environmental issues impacting their lives. Pictured: A female farmer in India.
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Dear EarthTalk: I heard about a group called the Women’s Earth Alliance that works on environmental projects in many parts of the world. What kinds of projects?                                                       -- Judy Stack, Barre, VT

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EarthTalk
1:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Eleven million Americans live in areas where concentrations of perchlorate -- a chemical used in the production of rocket fuel, missiles, fireworks, flares and explosives -- are significantly higher in public drinking water supplies than what is considered safe.
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Inside NHPR
2:33 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Top Stories: New Portsmouth Business Combines Books With Beer; Low Levels Of Arsenic In Groundwater

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1.     Arts & Culture: New Portsmouth Business Combines Books With Beer

With increased competition from online booksellers like Amazon, local bookstores have been hard hit especially here in New England. But one new bookstore in Portsmouth has created a business model that just might have staying power.

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EarthTalk
1:48 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Has Recycling Lived Up To Its Promises?

Recycling today is considered by many to be a huge success, though Americans could be recycling more than they do. Well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have had the most success.
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Dear EarthTalk: Has recycling lived up to its promise to reduce waste and pollution, save energy and provide jobs in our ailing economy?                                                 

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EarthTalk
1:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

A Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

Three steps to a healthier, greener laundry room: Use natural, nontoxic detergents free of harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes; lose the fabric softener in favor of vinegar; and swap out your old equipment for EnergyStar rated appliances that are more energy-efficient and will save money over time.
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Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?  

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Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games

100 Games - Cupcake Edition
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After researching our segment on the unknown origins of Monopoly, we decided to keep looking for other games with surprising backstories.  We hope that they will inspire your game-based holiday gift-giving.


1. Clue was originally invented as a game to play in underground bunkers to wait out lengthy air raid drills during World War II. Due to such turbulent times,  its initial production was heavily delayed due shortages of material.

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Inside NHPR
1:46 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Top Stories: Wind Power Takes A New Turn; Business To Educators: More STEM Grads

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1. The Exchange: Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State

A proposed wind farm in the Newfound lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampsire:  A desire for the Granite state to use more clean energy, versus local concerns over property values, as well as impacts on the environment and tourism.

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EarthTalk
12:56 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, if enacted, would generate some 1.7 million new jobs in and around the renewable energy sector across the U.S.
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12:51 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

California's Proposition 37 (labeling genetically-modified foods) Defeated…For Now

Proposition 37, or the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” defeated by a narrow margin this past Election Day, called on food makers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients on their packages -- and to not label such foods as “natural.”
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Dear EarthTalk: What was Proposition 37 in California that concerns the labeling of genetically modified foods and that was just voted down in that state?                         -- Peter Tremaine, Euclid, OH

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EarthTalk
12:45 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Controversy Over The Federal Government's "Predator Control" Program

The U.S. government kills 100,000 carnivores each year under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) Wildlife Services program, mainly to protect livestock.
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Dear EarthTalk: A friend of mine told me that our government kills thousands of wild animals like bears and wolves every year in the name of protecting livestock. How can the government, which is supposed to protect dwindling numbers of animals, instead be killing them?       -- Amy Pratt, Troy, NY

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