Health, Science, Environment

4:42pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

99% Invisible: Guilt-Free

Composting is just one way we’re thinking about reducing waste, and when it works, we notice: landfills slim down, and gardens bulk up. But then there’s the waste that doesn’t take up space, like energy.

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10:14am

Tue January 17, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Farming in a food desert: East Palo Alto gardens take root

Collective Roots launches gardens in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto is considered a food desert: There is little to no access to healthy food, and residents have to rely on corner stores for food. In fact, it had been over 30 years since East Palo Alto had its own full-service supermarket until grocery chain Mi Pueblo announced it was coming to town in November 2007. It was a huge source of controversy at the time; demonstrators flooded the streets and packed city council meetings, carrying signs like, “No to Mi Pueblo” while supporters held signs that said, “Yes to Fresh Produce.” The new store brought in both excitement and anxiety.

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5:01pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

"Dealing with Diabetes" in California

Eddie Mendez now has a prosthetic leg after an amputation that was caused by a severe burn he was unable to feel due to diabetes-induced neuropathy.
Courtesy of Capital Public Radio/Flickr capradio

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Close to 19 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease, and of those diagnosed, 5 million are African American.

Native Americans are also being devastated by diabetes, but communities are taking steps to fight the disease in ways unique to their cultural traditions. Many realize their health is directly tied to the choices they make in life. Like at the grocery store, where the choice between broccoli and biscuits can ultimately mean the difference between life and death.

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3:45pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Stricter diesel emissions standards show results in Port of Oakland air quality

Photo by Shani Aviram

One of the expenses truckers face is paying to upgrade their rigs to meet new environmental emissions regulations for diesel engines. California has the strictest gasoline emissions regulations in the country. If you own a car in this state, then you’ve been through the ritual of the smog check. Until very recently, diesel engines on freight trucks – big rigs that haul almost everything we buy in and out of ports and across the country – haven’t been under the same rules. Now, that’s starting to change.

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12:00am

Tue January 10, 2012
Healthcare, Access, Resources

Today's Your Call: Are you uninsured or underinsured?

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about The Affordable Care Act. What are the new coverage options? In California, the cost of health insurance is rising more rapidly than family incomes. What resources are available for those of us don’t have healthcare or don’t have much coverage?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What resources are available? And what’s in store for the future of healthcare? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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