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Don't mess with Texas wind

Eighty-year-old Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens is feeling the green breeze -- he's putting 12 billion dollars into what will be the world's largest wind farm, will power one million homes, and help with U.S. energy.

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Prescription for survival

Sixty-three years after the nuclear genie was let out of the bottle with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the threat of nuclear warfare persists. But Dr. Bernard Lown, cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has a prescription for survival.

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Food is fuel

Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Professor David Pimentel of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University about his new study which calculates the fossil fuel calories of the food we consume.

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The first 100 days

Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood and Washington correspondent Jeff Young talk with three green policy experts about what President Obama should take on in his first 100 days in office.

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Stimulating Smarter Utilities

Traditionally, power companies make more money when they sell more power. But a different business model before Congress has utility companies promoting energy efficiency measures and still turning a profit.

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Energy's hidden costs

The energy we use comes with a hidden price tag in the billions of dollars, according to a new study by the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council. Host Jeff Young and Dan Greenbaum, NAS study panelist, break down the hidden costs.

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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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A look at US energy policy

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Michael Klare, author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, about how US energy policy compares with other countries' energy policies around the world.

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Delivering in Afghanistan

A daring operation took place this week through one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. Thousands of international troops worked together to deliver a massive hydroelectric turbine to a site in southern Afghanistan.