Environment

John Marzluff: "In the Company of Crows and Ravens" (Yale)

October 25, 2005

Our language, art, culture, and religion have all been influenced over the ages by our interactions with crows. Humans also have had a significant impact on the complex culture of crows. Diane and her guest take a look at the unique...

Charles Mann: "1491" (Knopf)

October 7, 2005

A science writer presents new research on what the Americas were like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Diane Wilson: "An Unreasonable Woman" (Chelsea Green)

September 28, 2005

A shrimper turned activist turned environmentalist tells the story of how she took on the giant corporations polluting the beloved Texas Gulf Coast bay where she and her family lived.

Hurricane Katrina's Environmental Impact

September 13, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about how Hurricane Katrina's environmental impact is being assessed, the potential hazard to humans and to the region's ecosystems posed by industrial pollutants, bacteria, and previously existing toxic waste...

Vicki Constantine Croke: "The Lady and the Panda" (Random House)

August 8, 2005

In 1936, a widowed young socialite took on her late husband's planned expedition to China in search of a live panda. Diane and her guest talk about the panda-monium set off when she returned with a baby panda cradled in her arms.

Dick Russell: "Striper Wars" (Island Press)

August 3, 2005

An environmental journalist tells the story of a fish that helped the Pilgrims survive their first harsh winters in Plymouth Colony. He describes a landmark conservation campaign to bring the striped bass back from the brink of extinction...

Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale)

July 18, 2005

A small, mysterious bird has been flying along the Pacific coast since well before Captain Cook mapped those shores. A nature writer reveals why it took 185 years to find its secret nesting place and how it's now endangered.

Richard Louv: "Last Child in the Woods" (Algonquin)

June 22, 2005

A child advocacy expert links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, ADD, and depression. He gives advice on how to save our children from...

Energy Bill

June 22, 2005

President Bush has asked Congress to send him a comprehensive energy bill before the August recess, and this week the Senate is tackling the task. Diane and her guests get the latest from the Capitol Hill debate over issues like oil...

David Rothenberg: "Why Birds Sing" (Basic Books)

May 11, 2005

Birds make some of the most beautiful sounds in nature. But scientists don't really know why birds sing. Diane and author/musician David Rothenberg talk about the mystery of bird song. We'll also hear about the reappearance of the...

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