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Gardening and Climate Change

This past winter's polar vortex was hard on our region's plants, and gardeners saw even native species die off thanks to cold snaps lasting into spring. Now summer's heat is already upon us, another challenge for gardeners. With extreme weather becoming the norm, plant enthusiasts have to reconsider what they plant and how they care for a garden. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects with plant choices.

Building A Raingarden At Home

LowImpactDevelopment.org, a Maryland-based resource center, offers a guide for homeowners who want to start a rain garden in their own backyards.

Click through the slideshow for some highlights from the guide.

Plants For Rain Gardens of Every Size

In this document, Low Impact Development outlines the type and number of plants a homeowner would need for their own raingarden.

Plant Lists for Rain Gardens

Communities Rally For Rain Gardens

The Borough of Ambler, Pennsylvania, started an initiative last year that aims to build 100 rain gardens throughout the community in the next 10 years.

Go behind the scenes with organizers in this video from the EPA.

Rain Gardens - Saving Streams One Yard At A Time from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

NPR

Sen. Mikulski's Vote Clears The Way For Obama's Deal With Iran

With the approval of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, announced Wednesday, President Obama has secured enough support in Congress to sustain his nuclear deal with Iran.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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