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May 4, 2015 2 Comments

As U.S. Takes Reins Of Arctic Council, Climate Change Will Top Agenda

Founded in 1996, the intergovernmental body promotes cooperation in the region and advises governments on issues related to the Arctic.

May 4, 2015 26 Comments

Rhinos And Other Large Herbivores At Risk Of Extinction

A new study in the journal Science Advances finds that 60 percent of the world’s large wild herbivores are threatened by extinction.

April 29, 2015 15 Comments

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

April 28, 2015 Comment

David Breashears Describes Devastation At Everest Base Camp

The filmmaker and mountaineer survived the deadly avalanche caused by the weekend’s earthquake in Nepal.

April 28, 2015 2 Comments

At Long Last, It’s The Peepers Big Night

Before frogs can start singing in the spring, a massive migration of millions of amphibians has to take place first.

April 27, 2015 Comment

‘Tension Rising’ In Nepal, Says Aid Worker

An aid worker with Save the Children estimates that 1 million Nepalese children are in need of help following Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

April 27, 2015 Comment

Storm Capsizes Boats During Regatta In Alabama

Authorities continue to search for four people still missing after a storm swept through a sailboat regatta in Alabama Saturday.

April 27, 2015 Comment

Death Toll After Earthquake Passes 4,000 As Aid Arrives

The death toll in Nepal continues to climb two days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated much of the country.

April 24, 2015 Comment

Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

America’s oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

April 23, 2015 2 Comments

Lessons From Australia’s 17-Year Drought

As California continues to deal with a drought, we take a look at the policies and laws that Australia put in place during its drought.

April 22, 2015 Comment

India's Tiny Community Of Wild Asian Lions

Almost all the world’s lions live in Africa, but a small group of wild Asian lions in India is a remnant of a once much larger population.

April 22, 2015 9 Comments

Saving Food Scraps From The Trash To Make Better Meals

Are you throwing away your broccoli stems and peach pits? Food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone says don’t.

April 22, 2015 5 Comments

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

The “primary suspected source” of the temblors is the injection in disposal wells of wastewater produced as a byproduct of fracking.

April 20, 2015 10 Comments

Drought Won’t Mean More Expensive Peaches

Agricultural economist Dan Sumner explains why the current drought in California will not increase produce prices.

April 17, 2015 7 Comments

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

April 15, 2015 18 Comments

Not All Almonds Are Equal When It Comes To Water Use

It’s said that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond, but an expert tells us that oversimplifies the issue.

April 15, 2015 Comment

Global Demand For California Almonds Raises Tough Questions

Meeting record demand during a historic drought raises complicated questions. Eighty percent of California’s almonds are exported.

April 15, 2015 Comment

Gray Whale Travels 13,988 Miles In Record-Breaking Migration

The female western gray whale swam from Russia to Mexico and back, raising questions about its status as critically endangered.

April 10, 2015 Comment

Innovations Under The Oil Fields

With low oil prices, oil companies have been idling hundreds of drilling rigs. For those still active, the key is getting more out of less.

April 10, 2015 Comment

At Least Two Tornadoes Rip Through North-Central Illinois

Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble. At least two people were killed and hundreds were displaced.


Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 1 Comment

Lincoln History Told Through Tree Rings

At President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865, the oak tree stood just a few feet from the event, shading the funeral choir.

May 1 Comment

Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

"The Fishermen" is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.

April 30 Comment

Lincoln’s Legacy Inspires Greek Family Business In Decatur

Our Tracking Lincoln series continues with the third-generation owner of the Lincoln Square Lounge.

April 29 Comment

Placebo Effect: It Might Not Be In Your Head After All

There's new evidence that what's going on with the placebo effect is more than psychological. The implications are numerous.