Health, Science, Environment

12:43am

Wed October 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How can we prevent the next mass extinction?

 

  

On the October 9th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with UC Berkeley biologist Anthony Barnosky about his new book, Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth. He writes that unless we rethink how we run our global ecosystem, where we get our food, and how we make our money, we will trigger the sixth great extinction. What can be done to halt this looming crisis? Join the conversation with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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5:25pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: City Grazing's Goats and Goat Whisperers

Genevieve Church is one of City Grazing's goat whisperers
Holly McDede

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

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6:00pm

Wed October 1, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

How California’s CAP program curbs emissions

Picnpull

It’s early morning and my car is rattling loudly in the parking lot of the Pick-n-Pull auto dismantler in the industrial neighborhood of East Oakland near the Oakland Coliseum.

I’m here at Pick-n-Pull to sell my beat-up 1998 Subaru Outback Legacy to the State of California under the Consumer Assistance Program, or CAP. The program buys cars that don’t pass smog for $1000, or $1500 if the owner is low income. The state wants polluting cars off the road for good and the money is a big incentive for owners to participate in the program. It’s definitely why I’m here today ready to collect my check.

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10:36pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: What is being done to protect the elephants?

photo by Billy Dodson

 

  

On the September 30th Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about efforts to combat the rise in elephant poaching. More than 35,000 elephants are being killed every year for their ivory. What other factors threaten elephant populations? How close are elephants to extinction? And what role do these large mammals play in our ecosystem? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Billy Dodson, award winning nature photographer who specializes in African wildlife and landscape

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5:39pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Swimming from Alcatraz to heal body and soul

The seven Pathstar swimmers from 2013
Angela Johnston

The sun is just beginning to rise over the glassy water at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. Karen Wapato is beaming as she emerges from the Bay and peels off her goggles.

“It was better than yesterday,” she says. “I keep on just telling myself, stay calm don’t panic, keep breathing, try to keep my stroke real smooth, as smooth as I can,” she says as she catches her breath.

Wapato has never swum in the ocean before, and it’s her second day swimming in the San Francisco Bay. 

“I can’t believe I am doing it! I can’t believe I am one of these people that swim in the Bay, I’ve joined this elite group.”

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