Environment

U.S. Conference of Mayors

January 24, 2008

Three mayors discuss this week's meeting in Washington and how they and other mayors are taking on national challenges at the local level - from the mortgage crisis to climate change to immigration.

Jonathan Schell: "The Seventh Decade" (Metropolitan Books)

January 7, 2008

The nuclear age is now in its seventh decade. In 1982, Jonathan Schell told of the devastating consequences of a nuclear holocaust in his book 'The Fate of the Earth.' In a new book he examines why nuclear weapons appear to be enjoying...

The Energy Bill

December 20, 2007

Congress passed and President Bush signed into law and energy bill which increases fuel efficiency standards and biofuels production. It also phases out the incandescent light bulb. We'll examine the new law and what impact it could have...

Bernd Brunner: "Bears" (Yale)

December 3, 2007

Throughout history humans have had a unique relationship with bears. A look at the different ways people have treated bears throughout history and what the future holds for them.

Andrea Barrett: "The Air We Breathe" (Norton)

November 23, 2007

The National Book Award winning author presents her new novel set in a tuberculosis sanitarium on the eve of World War One.

China's Three Gorges Dam

November 15, 2007

China's long dreamed-for engineering feat may be turning into an environmental nightmare. How demand to control flooding and meet China's ravenous energy needs through cleaner means is playing out along the Yangtze River.

Peter Heller: "The Whale Warriors" (Free Press)

November 13, 2007

The award-winning adventure writer describes his voyage to the Antarctic with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop an illegal Japanese whaling fleet.

Andrea Barrett: "The Air We Breathe" (Norton) (Rebroadcast)

October 17, 2007

The National Book Award winning author presents her new novel set in a tuberculosis sanitarium on the eve of World War One.

Alan Weisman: "The World Without Us" (St. Martin's Press)

July 30, 2007

A science writer imagines what the earth would be like if humans were to suddenly go extinct.

The Nation's Aging Infrastructure

July 26, 2007

The explosion of a Manhattan steam pipe has highlighted a mounting national crisis of crumbling infrastructure.

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