Health, Science, Environment

11:32pm

Sun March 8, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How do pundits-for-hire spin science and sell doubt?

  

On the March 9th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Robert Kenner, director of Merchants of Doubt, a documentary that examines the history of corporate-financed efforts to convince the public to doubt scientific findings. How can citizens influence climate change policy when the media give the doubters so much attention? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Robert Kenner, award winning filmmaker and director of Merchants of Doubt

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12:00am

Thu March 5, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: USDA inspectors criticize pig slaughter conditions -- what needs to change?

 

Should food safety have its own agency – outside of the USDA? On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about a high-speed hog inspection program that whistleblowers say is jeopardizing public health. Whistleblowers working for Hormel say inspectors are encouraged not to stop the line for fecal contamination or diseased pig carcasses. The USDA and Hormel continue to defend this program. US lawmakers have proposed a bill that would create a single food safety agency. Would that ensure food safety? It’s your call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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2:37pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

The brave new world of play!

Chris Hambrick

On a warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon I meet Curt Wear at Lincoln Square Park in Oakland’s Chinatown. Wear is the President of Community Playgrounds, and he builds and installs playground equipment in parks like this one. He says this playground looks very different from when he first started in the business. What he describes takes me down memory lane to when I was a child in the mid-seventies.

"It was pretty much a steel monkey bar, which is a horizontal ladder, a jungle gym climber, which was a conical shaped climber,” and he says, “usually a framed swing set."

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2:01pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Trees take root in the Tenderloin

“Right now we’re standing in front of a more arid desert feature,” says my tour guide Darryl Smith. It’s an odd thing to point out in the middle of San Francisco – and the street sounds nearby don’t let you forget that you’re in the heart of the Tenderloin, but as soon as you set foot in this park, you know you’ve walked into a unique space.

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6:17pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Talking turkey: the uneasy coexistence of people and wild fowl

Alyssa Kapnik Samuel

 


The population of wild turkeys in the United States has been growing steadily throughout the country, and the trend holds true here in California. Wild turkeys now inhabit at least eighteen percent of the state, including areas like the East Bay.

There are also a lot more people living in the Bay Area. Alameda was the second fastest growing county in the state in 2013.

As the numbers of turkeys and people rise, wildlife experts are reconfiguring effective models of cohabitation.

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