Health, Science, Environment


Thu January 5, 2012
Doomsday clock adjustment

Buried Treasure: The end of the world may be one minute closer than we thought

Under CC license from Anthony Citrano.

I just received a press release with this subject heading:

News Advisory - Doomsday Clock - Major Announcement to be Made Tuesday by Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

That'll get your attention, won't it? So I read the email. Turns out after "year-long deliberations" a collection of scientists will determine whether or not the end of the world is more nigh than it was at the beginning of 2011.

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Wed January 4, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Santa Barbara County is writing its own rules on fracking

After a series of earthquakes near Youngstown, Ohio last week, some observers are pointing to an unusual culprit. Yesterday seismologist John Armbruster told NPR that he thinks the quakes were related to an oil and gas extraction process called fracking.

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Tue January 3, 2012
economic justice

Today on Your Call: How can we create a more just economy in 2012?


On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about concrete ways we can resist crony capitalism – and narrow the gap between the 1% and the rest of us.  What should we be demanding – and what are some real victories we can win?   And how can we keep economic inequality in the conversation during this election year?   Join us live at 10 or send an email to Where do you see glimmers of hope for economic change? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Tue December 20, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Learning to eat well in the land of plenty

Dietician Stefania Manetti teaches refugee children how to read nutrition facts.
Photo by Shuka Kalantari

For most of us, thinking about our healthy eating habits happens maybe once a year at New Years, or right before swimsuit season. But for refugee kids, learning how to eat healthy in America is an entirely new challenge. In another story by reporter Shuka Kalantari, 15-year-old Ja Tu Marip, a foster child from Myanmar, didn’t have a lot of access to junk food like candy and soda. In this story by Shuka Kalantari, Ja Tu’s older sister Seng Raw talks about her adjustment to the American diet.

SENG RAW MARIP: Basically the food in Burma is rice.

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Tue December 20, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Food reeducation as a refugee

Ja Tu Marip, a refugee from Myanmar, is learning how to maintain a balanced diet in America.
Photo by Shuka Kalantari

Many refugees are children who come to this country without their parents. And many have little to no understanding of how to eat well in their new home. Ja Tu Marip is one of those refugees. He used to live with his family in a labor camp in Kachin, a northern state in Myanmar. But when he came to the United States, he encountered a remarkable culture shock.

Shuka Kalantari reports.

JA TU MARIP: Kit Kat snack size. Oh yeah, right here. Gummi berries. I like these a lot when I get here. And gummi worms…

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