Steve Curwood

Hip Hop Born in the Parks

It’s summer time, and for city folks that can mean heading to the park to get together with friends. Public parks like Manhattan’s Union Square is where the musical genre hip hop was heard in its earliest years.

Recording Nature By Sound

Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico have devised computer software that can sift through thousands of hours of nature recordings to catalog individual species.

Microbes and Evolution

The microbial organisms in our guts can do more than regulate digestive health—microbes can actually influence evolution, says a new study published in .

Zero Waste Atlanta

Eco activist and restaurateur Laura Turner Seydel speaks on greening the restaurant and hospitality industry. From organic food to replacing plastic straws with paper ones, there are a lot of things the restaurant and industry can do to become more sustainable.

Citizens on the Watch for Hummingbirds

The changing climate impacts birds of all sizes, including the tiniest in North America: the hummingbird. Hummingbirds are particularly susceptible because of their speedy metabolism and long distance migrations. Hummingbirds need reliable nectar sources, but flowering times are shifting. A new citizen science project hopes to monitor their activities.

Radioactive Water from Fukushima in the Pacific

It’s been more than two years since the Fukushima power plants in Japan had a meltdown following flooding from a tsunami. Officials still don’t know how to contain the site fully, and recently reported that radioactive water is likely seeping into the Pacific Ocean.

Eat-a-Bug Cookbook

Not only should we consider eating insects for environmental reasons; they can also be tasty. David George Gordon has just released an updated version of his Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, brimming with recipes that feature crickets, grasshoppers, ants, spiders, centipedes, and their kin. He joins host Steve Curwood from Seattle.

Oil Train Concerns in the Pacific Northwest

Plans are underway to build several port terminals in the Pacific Northwest that would transfer North Dakota oil from trains onto ships bound for West Coast refineries, but the recent oil train disaster in Quebec may put the brakes on the proposed projects.

Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise

New research finds that every 1 degree Celsius of temperature rise eventually equates to 2.3 meters of sea level rise. Anders Levermann is lead researcher on the study from the Potsdam Institute. He tells host Steve Curwood about the expectations for sea level rise over the next 2,000 years.