Sounds Heard by Aldo Leopold

Each morning, the great conservationist Aldo Leopold took meticulous notes of the dawn bird chorus outside his Wisconsin home. Now, a professor and a grad student at the University of Wisconsin have used Leopold’s journals to recreate the soundscape that Leopold heard in 1940.

Global Politics

Taliban offers to exchange American Army prisoner

The Afghan Taliban have offered to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay. The move is sure to divide those who refuse to return Taliban leaders and those who demand Bergdahl be returned to the United States as soon as possible. He was captured in 2009 at the age of 23 and had been held since.


Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asks you to name the central Swiss town that gives its name to a famous cheese. The answer is the Swiss town of Gruyeres, producer of the well-known Gruyere cheese

Health & Medicine

Mr Happy - Geo Answer

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Matthieu Ricard, a French molecular-biologist-turned-Buddhist monk...and possibly "the happiest man in the world." Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin say Mr. Ricard had the most impressive emotional balance ever recorded on a brain scan. And the answer to today's Geo Quiz is happy as well...that's the town of Happy, Texas.


Opportunity and outrage at Canada's oil sands

The oil deposits in Northern Alberta are some of the largest in the world, but extracting and refining that oil is costly and dirty. Canada is under fire for its oil production, but it’s the United States that buying much of that oil, and new pipelines are being built to bring even more of it south of the border.

Global Politics

Adios America, hello Mexico

It's estimated that about half of the agricultural workforce in the United States is here illegally. One Midwestern goat farmer thought that the system was unfair to his Mexican workers. So, he moved to Mexico. The World's Jason Margolis has more.


Testing the consumer-grade jet pack

Today, at the Oskhosh Air Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a very new tool for the mankind will be demonstrated: A consumer-grade jet pack. Yes, for just about $100,000 dollars, you can take off, fly away and land anywhere you please with this crafty invention from New Zealand. Guest: John Schwartz, New York Times Science and Technology writer