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The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

July 1, 2014

Many environmental scientists say producing livestock for food leaves a heavy carbon footprint, but critics argue harm to the environment is minimal. For this month's Environmental Outlook, how eating meat affects the planet.

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

July 1, 2014

We discuss the Supreme Court decisions on the limits of religious freedom and the power of public unions.

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

June 26, 2014

More than 100,000 health-related apps are now on the market. Many connect to wireless devices that are worn, or even ingested. We explore the benefits and risks of wireless medical technology.

The Supreme Court's Decision on  EPA's Authority Over Power Plant Emissions

The Supreme Court's Decision on EPA's Authority Over Power Plant Emissions

June 24, 2014

The Supreme Court largely upholds the Environmental Protection Agency's right to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. We discuss what the ruling means for utilities and the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change.

The Environmental Outlook: Sustainable Seafood

June 3, 2014

For this month Environmental Outlook: A growing percentage of fish and seafood sold in markets around the world are being produced on seafood farms. We get an update on challenge of developing large scale sustainable ways to meet the world's demand for seafood.

Debate Over Proposed New EPA Limits For Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Debate Over Proposed New EPA Limits For Carbon Dioxide Emissions

June 3, 2014

We discuss details of the new rules proposed by President Barack Obama's administration and implications for global greenhouse gas levels, coal-fired power plants and the price of electricity.

Debate over 'Right-to-Try' Laws

Debate over 'Right-to-Try' Laws

May 27, 2014

Lawmakers in three states have passed so-called "Right-to-Try" laws, which give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval. Diane and guests discuss the growing demand for these laws and whether they jeopardize patient safety.

Sam Kean: "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness, And Recovery"

Sam Kean: "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness, And Recovery"

May 13, 2014

Long before advanced imaging technology, scientists relied on behavioral changes to learn about the human brain. How injuries and freak accidents contributed to modern neuroscience.

An Update on Parkinson's Research and One Man's Personal Journey with the Disease

May 5, 2014

Nearly 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson's Disease, a neurological movement disorder. The latest research, prospects for a cure and the personal story of political journalist Michael Kinsley.

The Fight For Legal Rights For Animals

The Fight For Legal Rights For Animals

April 28, 2014

New research shows that animals like chimps, orcas and elephants have self-awareness, language and emotions. Now lawyers are using this evidence to fight for legal rights for animals. Diane and guests discuss granting personhood status to non-humans.

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