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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

We’ve been broadcasting excerpts from commencement addresses this graduation season. Today, we listen to former Vice President Al Gore addressing graduates at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He talks about the “climate crisis.”

 
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.

 
Monday, May 3, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Workers secure oil retention booms to the shore in Bay St. Louis,  Miss., Sunday, May 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The oil rig disaster gets worse. The Gulf Coast braces as the oil slick moves in. We look at the threat ahead, and the impact on national oil policy.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

We’ve been shooting a little video lately. Here’s a quick one we put together after today’s show. Guest Bill McKibben took a few more listener questions before hitting the road for more environmental campaigning.

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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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Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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President Obama announces plans to drill for oil offshore. We’ll look at the politics behind the move — and Obama’s energy vision now.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin, a guest on our show today, writes that by opening more U.S. waters to oil drilling President Obama is betting that “splitting the difference on the most contentious energy issues could help secure a bipartisan climate deal this year.”

 
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Mar 4, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We’ll dig in.

Mar 4, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

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Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

 
Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

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Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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