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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

“Drastic measures” is our theme today in our discussion of the Gulf oil crisis. James Cameron, bigfoot Hollywood director and sometime underwater explorer, is one of the people weighing in.

 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | 11:00 AM
A Washington state man wheels his air conditioner out of storage during 100 degree temperatures in 2008. (AP)

The heat is on. But before you crank up the A/C, some cold hard facts about the impact of air conditioning on the environment. We consider cooling alternatives.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Should we consider bombing, even “nuking,” the sea floor to stop the Gulf oil gusher? It’s a topic we discussed Monday. Read all about it, and listen to the sound clip. Update: BP weighs in.

 
Monday, May 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Lousiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP)

Is BP blowing the Gulf oil spill challenge? And, is there a cover up? We ask the questions, with Sylvia Earle, Andrew Revkin, and more.

 
Monday, May 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM
In this 2005 picture, British Petroleum’s Thunder Horse oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is seen damaged following Hurricane Dennis. The platform was located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. (AP)

Could the United States live without offshore drilling for oil? As the Gulf Coast disaster unfolds, we ask the question. Plus, Al Gore to the class of 2010.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
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U.S. Energy Sec. Chu told Tom Ashbrook that it is not a mistake for the administration to support more offshore drilling as part of energy reform, despite the oil rig spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Energy Secretary Steven Chu (AP)

We talk with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and his push to make the country less dependent on fossil fuels.

 
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Fire boat response crews battle the remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana last Wednesday (AP/US Coast Guard)

What happened last week in the Gulf of Mexico? And what does it mean for offshore drilling? Plus, the latest on the stalled Senate energy bill.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Tom moderated a recent panel with two CEOs who are looking at issues of energy efficiency in their businesses and the economy at large. You can watch the event, sponsored by Babson College’s Graduate School of Business.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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The iPad is paper-free, but is it greener than a book? We look at the eco footprints of iPads, t-shirts, and more. Plus, a closing segment on a big court ruling on net neutrality.

 
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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Sep 2, 2014
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

 
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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The Five Midterm 2014 Races To Watch
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

The five most interesting races of the 2014 midterm election cycle, per our panel of expert national political correspondents.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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