Black lung disease with Dr. Edward Petsonk

August 29, 2017

The air in and around coal mines is full of tiny mineral particles created during the mining process. Inhaling too much of this air can cause what’s called coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – better known as black lung disease. For a while, greater awareness and improved mining conditions led the number of cases to drop, but that trend has reversed in recent years. We talked with Dr. Edward Petsonk of West Virginia University about the resurgence of black lung disease and the impact that this illness has on miners and local mining communities.

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Lead and the developing brain with Dr. Bruce Lanphear

August 16, 2017

Our first interview was with Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University with expertise in children’s environmental health. His research ranges from childhood exposures to pesticides, mercury, tobacco smoke and other chemicals of concern. In this episode, we sat down with him in the EDF Washington office to learn specifically about how lead exposure affects children.

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The mysteries of the epigenome with Dr. Dana Dolinoy

July 28, 2017

We have over 200 different cell types with the same exact DNA, but that look and function totally differently. Think heart cell versus brain cell. This biological feat is accomplished through epigenetics – molecular marks on our DNA that tell our genes when to turn on and off. These marks can be altered by everything from the food we eat to the stress we experience. We talked with Dr. Dana Dolinoy of the University of Michigan to discuss the exciting and emerging world of epigenetics.

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Diversity in the environmental movement with Whitney Tome

June 30, 2017

If people of color make up over 35% of the US population, why are they only in 14% of the senior staff positions of environmental organizations? We sat down with Whitney Tome, Executive Director of Green 2.0, to talk about diversity, hiring practices, and their new report, Beyond Diversity.

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Nature Rich Lives and the Future of Environmentalism with Richard Louv

May 31, 2017

In today’s episode, journalist and advocate Richard Louv discusses the health effects of green spaces, the need to design nature rich lives, and the future of environmentalism.

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Plasticizers, Fast Food, and Your Urine with Dr. Ami Zota

April 28, 2017

In today’s episode, Dr. Ami Zota from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health discusses how certain chemicals associated with plastics show up in people’s urine after they eat fast food.

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Cocaine, Salmon, and Chemicals of the Puget Sound with Dr. James Meador

March 28, 2017

What happens when salmon in the Puget Sound get exposed to cocaine, lipid control medicines, and anti-depressants? We called Dr. James Meador from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency to find out!

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Are we better off a little bit dirty? A conversation with Dr. Brett Finlay

February 17, 2017

On this episode, we talked with Dr. Brett Finlay, author of “Let Them Eat Dirt”, about the fascinating world of microbes. Dr. Finlay’s research focuses on how bacteria and other tiny microorganisms living in and on us might not be all bad. In this episode, we caught up with him in New York City to learn about fecal transplants and asthma, and to get some new evidence in the never-ending dogs vs. cats debate.

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