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Europeans are embracing American craft beer. So, why are exports trailing off?

In recent years, more and more overseas beer drinkers were trying out the bold, often hoppy experiments coming from America's craft brewers. Exports of US craft beers boomed. But now, exports are cooling off. We visit the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, the nation’s fourth-largest craft brewer, to learn about the challenges becoming a global player.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Melting Permafrost

For today's Geo Quiz, we head to the frozen north. We have heard a lot about the problem of melting ice as climate change warms up the Arctic. But scientists are also worried about something else that is melting up there — permafrost.

Environment

Lake Mead

Climatologist Tim Barnett talks about the troubles facing the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, which is low on water due to reduced snowfall in the Rockies and the effects of climate change.

Environment

From megawatts to negawatts

Instead of consuming megawatts, the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute says we need to be producing negawatts. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Amory Lovins about his energy efficient lifestyle.

Environment

Dangerous assumptions

An article in "Nature" asserts that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has seriously underestimated the technological solutions necessary for the stabilization of the climate. The commentary is titled "Dangerous Assmptions" and it's co-authored by Senior Scientist Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Environment

Smart power to the people

The city of Boulder, Colorado has a few smart grid homes already up and running. Host Steve Curwood talks with Kara Mertz, the Local Environmental Action Division Manager for Boulder about her city's smart grid plan.

A new boom in

There's a growing demand for a metal you've probably never heard of, t's called "molybdenum" and it's used in computers, and right now, the global demand for the metal is so high that it's prompted the re-opening of a long dormant mine in Colorado,

Conflict & Justice

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a Colorado town about 170 miles west of Denver. The answer is Carbondale. Carbondale is home to a growing number of Latino immigrants. They've found a haven at local business called Garcia's Cafe. Reporter Sarah Hughes dropped by Garcia's Cafe on a recent afternoon, and sent us this report.

Conflict & Justice

New voters in Colorado

The Obama and McCain campaigns are both targeting immigrants from Latin America. Kirk Siegler of public radio station KUNC in Denver tells us Latinos in Colorado are getting a lot of attention this week.