The Battle For Political Control Of State Governments

May 6, 2014

Republicans have legislative majorities in 26 states and are working to build on that success. We discuss the battle for control of state governments and implications for environmental, economic and social policy.

New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

April 10, 2014

Scientists are attempting to bring extinct species back to life. Through recent breakthroughs in genetics, researchers hope to revive the passenger pigeon, woolly mammoth and others. But conservationists warn that "de-extinction" is no panacea to the current extinction crisis.

The West Virginia Chemical Leak and the Washington Mudslide: Politics, Regulations and Public Safety

April 8, 2014

A chemical leak that tainted West Virginia’s water supply and a mudslide that killed dozens in Washington are raising new questions about the role of private industry and environmental regulations.

Environmental Outlook: Gravitational Waves And The Big Bang Theory

April 1, 2014

An experiment at the South Pole appears to have picked up one of the most elusive signals from the early universe known as gravitational waves. Diane and her guests discuss the implications of the discovery on cosmology and how it could change our understanding of the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe.

Environmental Outlook: New Strategies For Stopping The Elephant Ivory Trade

Environmental Outlook: New Strategies For Stopping The Elephant Ivory Trade

March 4, 2014

African elephants continue to be slaughtered for their tusks at an alarming rate - as many as 35,000 a year. For this month's Environmental Outlook, new strategies for stopping the illegal ivory trade and whether they can save the African elephant.

Toxic Chemical Spills In West Virginia And North Carolina

February 24, 2014

Thousands of West Virginians are still fearful of using tap water after a chemical leak. And coal ash contaminated a major river with arsenic in North Carolina. Diane and her guests discuss recent chemical spills and ongoing concerns over safety of the U.S. water supply.

Melinda Gates On Philanthropy

February 12, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $27 billion to reduce poverty and disease around the world. Melinda Gates on the foundation's philanthropic efforts and why she's passionate about supporting women and girls.

Implications Of A World Without Snow

February 11, 2014

Since the 1970s, the rate of winter warming per decade in the U.S. has accelerated significantly. Why some say it's time to think about the implications of a world without snow.

Environmental Outlook: Controversy Over Dolphin Hunting In Japan

February 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy recently made news when she called dolphin hunting in Japan “inhumane.” The Japanese government says it’s part of the nation’s tradition. For this month's Environmental Outlook: controversy over killing dolphins in Japan.

The State Department's Report On The Keystone XL Pipeline

February 3, 2014

The State Department released its environmental analysis of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama has said he will make his decision based on the pipeline’s impact on climate change. Diane and her guests discuss what’s in the report and how it might influence the president's decision.

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