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Designing A Bridge For Earthquake Country

Scientists estimate a more than 60 percent chance of a major earthquake hitting the San Francisco Bay Area within 30 years. Marwan Nader, lead design engineer for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, discusses features that give the bridge the flexibility to withstand the 'Big One.'

Exploring The Deepest, Darkest Spots On Earth

Very few people will ever visit the ocean's depths. This hour, Ira Flatow talks with a few who have, like divers Sylvia Earle and John McCosker, who've discovered flashing fish and spotted sharks in the deep. And filmmaker James Cameron joins to discuss his dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

2 Years On, Gulf Families, Businesses Holding On

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Host Michel Martin speaks with researcher Irwin Redlener, who found that children suffered mental and physical stress from the spill. Martin also checks in with Byron Encalade, whose oyster business is struggling.
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Get Crackin': Restaurants Prepare For Lucrative Crab Season

Restaurateurs hope a record level of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay will mean big business this summer.


Open Season On Spain's King After Luxe Hunting Trip

As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and record unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain. Public outrage is running high over an elephant hunt in Africa that King Juan Carlos took recently. It cost nearly $60,000 — more than twice the average salary in Spain.

Your Salad: A Search For Where The Wild Things Were

Tracing the source of contamination in fresh foods grown in the ground is hard work, and companies spend a lot of money trying to keep Salmonella and other bugs out while allowing nature to run its course. But it's not easy.
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On The Coast: Vaccinating Wild Assateague Ponies

We tag along with a scientist as he administers a contraceptive vaccine to wild horses on Maryland's Assateague Island.

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Going Into The Wild At A Local Nature Refuge

We take a nocturnal stroll through a nature reserve to hear the sounds made by wild critters after the sun goes down.


How A 'Western Problem' Led To New Drilling Rules

New EPA rules would control air pollution coming from wells being drilled by the oil and natural gas industries. The rules are a result of a lawsuit by an environmental group that sued the agency to clean up the drilling industry after communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming complained about air pollution.