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Friday, August 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Fishermen are dwarfed by the rising banks of Lake McClure.  Located 40 miles east of Modesto and fed by the waters of the Merced River, water levels at the lake stand at less than ten percent of capacity.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (AP)

The Pope and climate change. We’ll look at the urgent call for action from Pope Francis.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Crews from Patriot Environmental Services collect oil-covered seaweed and sand from the shoreline at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles long about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.  (AP)

Clean air, clean water. Endangered nature and the battles ahead this summer in Washington over the US environment.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A portion of the cover of Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" A Natural and Cultural History." (Crown Publishing)

All about rain. From poems and paintings to parched earth. We’ll hear a natural and cultural history of rain.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A sample kebab using the Beyond Meat chicken substitute, which is made entirely of plant protein. (Beyond Meat)

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, oil pump jacks work in unison, in Williston, N.D. The number of drill rigs in western North Dakota's oil patch has slipped to a five-year low with the falling price of oil.  (AP)

American energy production at a time of low oil prices. Oil, gas, wind, solar. And what the changed oil price landscape means.

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Monday, March 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, houseboats sit in the drought lowered waters of Oroville Lake, near Oroville, Calif. California voters overwhelmingly see the state's ongoing water shortage as a serious problem. A Field Poll released Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 says 94 percent consider the shortage serious, and of those 68 percent find it extremely serious. (AP)

California Governor Jerry Brown, and his billion-dollar emergency drought plan. We’ll look at dry California’s options, including turning to the sea.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A plow clears snow from a city street Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Boston. A long duration winter storm that began Saturday night remains in effect for a large swath of southern New England until the early morning hours Tuesday. (AP)

Winter storms, now costing the economy billions. Summer storms, too. And spring. And fall. And drought. We’ll look at the economics of extreme weather.

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Aug 28, 2015
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Aug 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

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