Health, Science, Environment


Mon June 25, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Volunteers and private funding keeping some parks open

Just 47 miles north of San Francisco, a country road winds through the small town of Glen Ellen, where a sign directs you to Jack London State Historic Park.

Bob Ruether is a docent at the park. He guides me along trails lined with ancient manzanita trees, where everything is still. It’s like walking through a painting. The air is damp from an early morning rain. Down a hill a group of teenage boys from a halfway house pull out sandwiches and sit at a bench with their teacher.

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Sun June 24, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: Who’s profiting from pink ribbon campaigns?

UPI/Kevin Dietsch

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. Every year, billions of dollars are raised to put an end to breast cancer. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Where does the money go and what does it achieve? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here.  Have you participated in pink ribbon campaigns and cancer walks? Do you know how your money is spent? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar you.


Ravida Din, producer of Pink Ribbons, Inc.

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Tue June 19, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Battles with urban wildlife

You don’t have to be outside for long to realize that here in the Bay Area, we are surrounded by wildlife. Long before houses and roads and cities popped up, wild animals reigned supreme. As we negotiate our relationship to the remaining members of that wildlife, there’s bound to be some tension.

One particularly sneaky animal is on the prowl in almost every neighborhood – digging up garden beds, living in attics, scavenging through garbage…

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Wed June 13, 2012

Using technology for doing good

Jim Fruchterman
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The Silicon Valley company Benetech’s motto is “Technology serving humanity.” It’s a different type of tech venture. It measures its success not in dollars, but by service to society and the environment. The man who founded Benetech is Jim Fruchterman, a former rocket scientist turned pioneer in this field called “social technology.” He was named a Macarthur Fellow, a “genius,” for his work. Fruchterman came by spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba about why he chose social good over monetary profit.


Mon June 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The primary care turf war: could nurse practitioners play the role of doctor?

Earlier this week, soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner filed a brief challenging the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. But the 32 million Americans who would receive access to healthcare from the reform bill have more to worry about than Boehner and the Republican party. There’s currently a shortage of primary care physicians in some areas of the nation, and it’s about to get worse.

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