Environment

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...

Drilling in ANWR

March 16, 2005

The Senate is expected to vote soon on a measure that could clear the way to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Diane and her guests talk about what's at stake and the likely consequences of the vote.

Lisa Couturier: "The Hopes of Snakes" (Beacon)

January 25, 2005

Many of the best-known naturalists have written eloquently about wild creatures in their natural environments, but writer Lisa Couturier invites us to take a second look at the eagles, foxes, snakes, and other animals that share our urban...

Jared Diamond: "Collapse" (Viking)

January 13, 2005

All over the world, there are ruins of once-thriving cultures. The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Guns, Germs, and Steel” explains how environmental factors have often led to civilizations’ collapse, and talks...

Amy Stewart: "The Earth Moved" (Algonquin) (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2004

The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. A gardening writer tells us everything we've always wanted to know about worms.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: "Crimes Against Nature" (HarperCollins)

September 3, 2004

A lawyer and environmental activist contends that the Bush Administration's policies are threatening the health of our environment.

Climate Change

May 27, 2004

In a new feature film, global climate change spells death and destruction for hundreds of thousands of Americans in a matter of days. Diane and her guests talk about the scientific realities and uncertainties of global climate change.

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