Alaska

Environment

The most toxic town in America

In 2017, the EPA listed Kotzebue, Alaska, the most industrially polluted community in the United States — a result of millions of pounds of poisonous dust laden with heavy metals released annually from zinc and lead mining at nearby Red Dog Mine.

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Science, Tech & Environment

Allergic reaction to climate change

Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.

Science, Tech & Environment

What Wall Street wants

The clean energy future Republicans describe in their platform will require big investments in renewable energy sources. Host Steve Curwood talks with Michael Hoffman, managing director for Riverstone Holdings LLC, about the Republicans' green pledges.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer: fifty miles

Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The two islands - one American and one Russian - in the middle of the Bering Strait, are the Big and Little Diomede Islands. The World's David Leveille follows up on a recent Geo Quiz about the distance between the US and Russia.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Palin's ideas on oil

Marco Werman speaks with Alaska journalist Gregg Erickson about oil and the Republican VP choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Today, Senator John McCain praised Palin for her handling of tough issues like American dependence on foreign oil.