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Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.

After Hurricane Matthew, Town Wonders: Rebuild Or Relocate?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:15 -0400

Flooding from Hurricane Matthew wrecked hundreds of homes in Princeville, N.C. It's the second time the town has flooded in 20 years. Now residents debate whether to rebuild or just relocate.

Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Haiti is still recovering from a Category 4 storm that ravaged its southern coast two weeks ago. Scott Simon speaks with Chief Medical Officer Joanna Cherry of Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-Au-Prince.

Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

What Can We Learn From One Of The World's Most Toxic Accidents?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:00 -0400

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

California's Dire Drought Message Wanes, Conservation Levels Drop

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Californians are saving less and less water as the state enters what may be its sixth year of drought, in part because they say they're hearing a less-than-clear message about the drought.

'It Was Time To Make A Hard Stand'; Closing Arguments Completed In Malheur Trial

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:16:00 -0400

Seven defendants who occupied Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge stand accused of conspiracy, theft of government property and illegally carrying firearms. Among them are Ammon and Ryan Bundy.

Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Ontario Finds It's Easier Said Than Done

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:41:00 -0400

Pesticides called "neonics" are popular among farmers, but also have been blamed for killing bees. In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on neonics, with mixed results.

N.D. Judge Dismisses Riot Charge Against 'Democracy Now' Host

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:18:00 -0400

Amy Goodman will not face criminal charges for her coverage of an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota last month. Prosecutors say they may still bring charges later.

On Energy And Climate Change, Clinton And Trump Differ Sharply

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on energy and climate change. In our series, What's The Issue, we find out just how much they differ.

Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power In Pacific Northwest

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:39:00 -0400

More rain is expected for Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, after a storm downed trees and flooded roads across the region.