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Environmental Outlook: Wildfires, Climate Change And Boreal Forests

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Since the beginning of May, a massive, out-of-control fire has been raging in boreal forest lands in Alberta, Canada. The fire forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray and halted oil sands production. Scientists say climate change has contributed to the growing number and severity of wildfires in the world’s boreal forests. Hot, dry weather has lengthened fire seasons and created ideal conditions for wildfires. The fires in turn increase emissions of greenhouse gases. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, we talk about wildfires, climate change and threats to North America's forests.

Congress Moves To Overhaul A 40-Year-Old Law That Regulates Toxic Chemicals

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Congress is updating a forty-year-old federal law regulating thousands of chemicals in daily use. The bipartisan bill has support from many industry groups and public health advocates, but some in the environmental community say it doesn't go far enough. Overseeing the safety of chemicals.

Governor John Hickenlooper: "The Opposite of Woe"

Wed, 2016-05-25 11:06

John Hickenlooper, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, did not take a traditional path to politics. In the 1980s, he was laid-off as a geologist in Colorado. He decided to open up a micro-brewery in Denver. The company played a key role in gentrifying downtown – and made him a popular businessman. He was persuaded to run for mayor and won. Hickenlooper’s knack for striking a deal appealed to democrats and republicans and helped him get elected governor. But he narrowly won re-election two years ago. Diane talks with the governor about his attempts to overcome the partisan divide in a swing state.

The Shake-Up At TSA: An Update On Airport Security

Wed, 2016-05-25 10:06

The Transportation Security Administration is under fire for long, slow airport screening lines and allegations of mismanagement. The latest on airport security at home, the shakeup at the TSA and the investigation into the EgyptAir crash.

Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Tue, 2016-05-24 11:06

When Robert Levinson retired from the FBI, transition to the private sector wasn’t working out the way he hoped. A short stint with a firm in Miami and a series of freelance jobs left him financially strapped and craving a return to government service. Then a friend helped him land contract work with the CIA. In 2007, Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran, to meet with a potential informant. He was never heard from again. Six years ago, a video surfaced showing Levinson in poor health and pleading for his life. U.S. officials maintain they are still trying to win Levinson’s release, but a recent prisoner swap with Iran didn’t include him. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan talks with journalist Barry Meier about the longest-held U.S. hostage and efforts to win his release.

The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

Tue, 2016-05-24 10:06

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

Mary Chapin Carpenter On Her Fourteenth Album, "The Things That We Are Made Of"

Mon, 2016-05-23 11:06

Mary Chapin Carpenter joins Diane to talk about her new album, the "artistic insight of middle age", and rewriting her life story in new ways.

Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Key Issues

Mon, 2016-05-23 10:06

Now that only three major candidates remain in the 2016 race for the White House, attention turns to the details of their policy proposals. Where the presidential candidates stand on key issues like job creation, healthcare, taxes and education.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-05-20 11:06

The latest on crash of the Egypt Air plane from Paris to Cairo. ISIS ramps up its bombings in Baghdad. And one of the Nigerian schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram returns home. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-05-20 10:06

Donald Trump unveils his proposed Supreme Court nominees. Bernie Sanders tells the Democratic Party to "let the people in." And the federal government promises action to fight long airport security delays. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey of NPR News for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Roger Thurow: "The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time For Mothers And Children—And The World"

Thu, 2016-05-19 11:06

A new book tells the story of the First 1,000 Days movement, an international effort to end malnutrition during the most crucial time of development, from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday.

62 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education: Why Racial Segregation Is Up In U.S. Schools

Thu, 2016-05-19 10:06

New federal data show U.S. schools are resegregating; the number of high-poverty schools that serve mostly black and Hispanic children is up sharply. Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education: racial segregation in schools and how to address it.

What Satellite Images Are Teaching Us About Life On Earth

Wed, 2016-05-18 11:06

The Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada’s Alberta Province is largely under control, but the job of estimating the damage is just beginning. Satellite images will be key in that effort. They provide detailed views on conditions across a charred expanse of more than 25,000 acres. Not long ago, pictures from satellites were the province of cold war spy masters. But now, clear pictures of the entire earth in almost real time are widely available, offering critical insights on regional water shortages, real estate development, refugee crises, agricultural productivity and much more. We ask: What are pictures from above teaching us about life on earth?

Divisions Within The Democratic Party And Implications For The Presidential Race

Wed, 2016-05-18 10:06

The Nevada Democratic party convention erupted in chaos as some Bernie Sanders delegates were deemed ineligible. And a group of construction unions threatens to undermine get-out-the-vote efforts. Divisions within the Democratic party and implications for turnout, the convention and the presidential race.

Mindfulness And Transcendental Meditation: Why These Practices Are Having A Moment

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:06

Transcendental Meditation is a practice that has its roots in Hinduism. Mindfulness traces back to Buddhist awareness techniques. Today in America, these forms of meditation seem to be everywhere from schools to businesses to the military. Whether it’s to treat a serious medical condition, help deal with depression, or simply find peace in the craziness of life, Americans are increasingly turning to meditation for answers. Diane and her panel of guests discuss how these practices work, their roots in Asian religion, and what science tells us about how they could impact our health.

The Affordable Care Act Three Years In: What’s Working And What’s Not

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:06

The number of health insurance companies participating in the Affordable Care Act exchanges is dwindling. And many of the insurance plans available under the law exclude more doctors and hospitals than do employer plans. The Affordable Care Act three years in: what’s working and what’s not.

Supreme Court Opinion: Contraception Coverage

Mon, 2016-05-16 11:06

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News offers reaction to the Supreme Court's unsigned unanimous opinion on access to contraception.

Marilu Henner and Michael Brown: "Changing Normal"

Mon, 2016-05-16 11:06

Actor and bestselling author Marilu Henner had only been involved with Michael Brown a short time before he received a double cancer diagnosis. But she was determined to stay by his side and to help him get well. The start of that journey was terrifying: doctors wanted to pursue what Marilu calls “violent” procedures to beat Michael’s disease: surgeries that would dramatically change his quality of life forever. So the couple looked for another way, aiming to combine the "best of East and West" medical practices. "Taxi" star Marilu Henner and her husband Michael Brown on searching for the best treatment for cancer, and why they say it’s time to change what’s "normal" when it comes to managing our health.

Debate Over Transgender Bathroom Access At Public Schools

Mon, 2016-05-16 10:06

The Obama administration tells public schools across the country to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the legal, social and financial debate over transgender rights.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-05-13 11:06

Brazil's senate votes to suspend the president. Saudi Arabia plans to sell off part of its state oil company and increase oil production. And Islamic State bombings kill more than 90 people in Iraq. A panel of journalists joins guest host Rachel Martin for analysis of the week's top international news stories.