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BURN podcasts, radio specials, and Marketplace stories.

The Adapters — Fish and Lettuce

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Researchers at an indoor fish and vegetable farm say the future is bright for small aquaponics operations. Very small. Like, in the back yard.

September 10, 2014 more »

The Adapters — From Rice to Shrimp

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In the Mekong Delta, rice is suffering from greater exposure to salt water as sea levels rise because of climate change. Some farmers are looking to a different crop: shrimp.

September 10, 2014 more »

The Adapters — Eric Rignot and the Ice of Antarctica

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A big chunk of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing. Scientists announced in May that it’s now inevitable — though it will take decades or even centuries to happen. But the collapse will cause a big rise in sea level. Eric Rignot is the lead author of one of the studies that reached that conclusion, and he’s a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at UC-Irvine. He talked with Alex Chadwick.

June 30, 2014 more »

The Adapters — Michelle Nijhuis is back on the grid

Michelle Nijhuis and her daughter Sylvia on their porch in White Salmon, Wash. (Photo: Robin Wise)

Science writer Michelle Nijhuis spent 15 years living in a completely solar-powered house. Now she, her husband and their daughter are back on the grid. Nijhuis talks with BURN host Alex Chadwick about going back on the grid and how life has changed.

June 16, 2014 more »

Fukushima revisited

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Alex Chadwick and Miles O’Brien talk about Miles’ recent trip to Japan where he was one of the first journalists to enter the Fukushima Daiichi plant since the earthquake and meltdown in 2011. And Carl Pilliterri recalls what it was like to be inside the plant while the earthquake was happening.

March 10, 2014 more »

Shell’s foray into Alaska oil isn’t paying off

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Shell started its hunt for oil off the coast of Alaska more than a year ago, but the effort proved disastrous. Reporter Elizabeth Arnold looked into the state of Arctic oil exploration in the U.S.

January 6, 2014 more »

Duke Energy leader Jim Rogers on smart grids & brownouts

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Jim Rogers leads the largest electric power company in the country, Duke Energy. They serve about about 22 million people in the Southeast and Midwest. The award-winning CEO talks with host Alex Chadwick about the challenged of powering the nation, what makes the grid great, and the future of efficiency & smart grid innovation.

June 26, 2013 more »

Army’s micro-grid for combat zones

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The US Army is preparing to deploy smart micro-grids for combat outposts – basic military camps for about 100 soldiers. The new COPs cut fuel demand by at least half, which means fewer caravans, and fewer casualties.

June 25, 2013 more »

The Switch: America’s electrical grid

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BURN’s new hour-long special “The Switch” is about our aging electric power grid: a half century-old patchwork system – stretched to capacity – that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers. Host Alex Chadwick and BURN’s producers and reporters explore how the grid works, and what happens when it breaks under storms and floods. We talk to the people who help fix it, a family that’s left the whole thing behind, and the innovators working to make our national grid safer and smarter.

June 17, 2013 more »

Today’s Army – the march toward better batteries

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A little-known Army agency is making big changes in how soldiers fight. Among its latest innovations: new, lighter energy sources for outposts around the world.

April 23, 2013 more »