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Farm Bill food fight

President Bush's veto of the massive farm bill was plowed under by Congressional members eager to bring home some election year bacon. Guest: Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill," for the big picture.

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Haiti's unnatural disaster

The slew of tropical storms that tore through the Caribbean have exacted a much higher toll on Haiti than neighboring nations. Dr. Paul Farmer, vice president of Partners in Health, says deforestation and poverty are responsible for much of the suffering.

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Greenbacks for Greener Cars

With Detroit asking for another handout, now is the time to demand green cars from the Big Three automakers. UC-Davis Professor Daniel Sperling tells host Bruce Gellerman any bailout must require affordable, fuel efficient vehicles.

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Obama's Pledge

President-elect Barack Obama says when he takes office the United States will take strong action to combat climate change. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports that leaders and legislators have praised Obama for this promise.

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As unclear as water

Labels on bottled water make it difficult for consumers to discern what is in their water: has it been purified or tested? A Congressional hearing and new reports illustrate the lack of information that consumers have about what's in a bottle of water.

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Molten metals to green the grid

Living on Earth's Jeff Young visits the lab of a MIT scientist who got support to develop batteries made from molten metals. If it works, it could allow for massive storage of renewable energy for times when there's not enough sun or wind.

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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.

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Blasting NASA

Host Jeff Young speaks with former NASA engineer and editor of NASA watch dot com, Keith Cowing, about the new frontier for America's civilian space program.