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Wayne Pacelle: "The Humane Economy"

This has been a significant year for the animal rights movement. Sea World vowed to stop breeding orcas. And Walmart pledged to sell only cage-free eggs. The head of the Humane Society on how consumer pressure and innovation are driving animal protection.

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Will Nixing Pesticides Preserve Maryland's Bee Population?

In April, the state's General Assembly became the first in the nation to ban amateur use of pesticides with neonicotinoids, which are said to be harmful to bees.

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What Chesapeake Blue Crab's Higher Numbers Mean For Bay

After several years of below average crab populations, a recent survey shows that the Chesapeake Bay's "beautiful swimmers" have rebounded.

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Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling For Urgent Action Against Zika

President Obama has called for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for Zika preparedness. The mosquito that can carry the virus is present in about thirty U.S. states. Join us to discuss the threat of Zika and what can be done to reduce the risks.

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LISTEN: How The Weather Above The Water Affects Blue Crab Season

John Hopewell, contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, explains how rain, wind and heat affect the Chesapeake Bay's famous blue crabs.

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At The Tidal Basin, It's All About The Yoshino Cherry Blossoms

Trees of the Yoshino variety make up 80 percent of the nearly 4,000 specimens at the Tidal Basin, and there are still dozens left from the original Japanese gift to the United States.

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LISTEN: The Capital Weather Gang Explains How Weather Affects Cherry Blossoms

Jason Samenow of The Capital Weather Gang and Jonathan Wilson of WAMU 88.5 talk about "peduncle elongation" and other aspects of cherry tree blooms.

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LISTEN: We Get Close, But Not Too Close, To The Bald Eagle Cam Nest

Armando Trull talks to National Arboretum Director Richard Olson about the bald eagles First Lady and Mr. President as the birds prepare to welcome two eaglets into the world.

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The Uncertain Future Of The Banana

A fungus that attacks banana plants continues to spread, threatening the future of the Cavendish, the world's most popular banana.

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Peak Cherry Blossoms Coming To D.C. March 31-April 3, Says Park Service

Peak cherry blossoms will come right in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year.

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