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Local Leaders Track Progress On Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The region's top lawmakers will today assess their progress on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay


Parts Of U.S. Still Gripping With Record Heat

The heat is continuing to shatter records across the Midwest. Indiana is among the states being smothered by triple-digit temperatures and excessive heat warnings are in effect, but still many Hoosiers have to work out in the dangerous conditions. Sara Wittmeyer from member station WFIU reports on how people are coping during the heat wave and when they might see some relief.

How One Drought Changed Texas Agriculture Forever

Texas farmers were boggled in the 1950s when rain refused to fall for seven years. Crops and livestock suffered from the drought, which later spurred water planning initiatives so the state could survive in the event of another dry spell. Some growers still recall what's colloquially called "the drouth."

Portraits: Texas Ranchers Remember An Epic Drought

Their faces have weathered decades of hardship.

SciFri Book Club Talks Silent Spring

The Science Friday Book Club meets for the first time this week, to talk about Rachel Carson's classic book, Silent Spring. Carson biographer William Souder joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to discuss Carson's writing style and the book's legacy, 50 years after it was published.
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Shenandoah Fires Under Control

Two forest fires sparked by lighting last month in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is slowly getting under control.


Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says

Rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidity can kill coral reefs. But a new study finds that dead reefs can potentially recover from catastrophes if ocean temperatures stabilize. Some scientists say the resiliency of coral reef may be the key to their survival.

When Does A Tree Go From Decorative To Dangerous?

Most people like trees — right up until a storm like last Friday's mid-Atlantic "derecho" knocks one into their car. So when is a tree merely nice to look at and when does it become a hazard? Robert Siegel talks to Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist at the Tree Care Industry Association, about how homeowners can safely care for their trees.