Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 24, 2014: Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of the Food Supply

Fish and how they're caught aren't always included in the 'alternative food movement.' But in some communities, "community supported fisheries" or CSF's are catching on. Similar to "community supported agriculture," or CSA's, the goal is to reclaim local sovereignty and food justice. Martha Baskin, interviewing Niaz Dorry, has our story.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014: Wild Caught Cod Sizzling on the (Hospital) Grill: Making a Dent in Healthcare and Healthy Oceans

You might think locally sourced, omega-rich seafood would be a no-brainer for hospitals concerned about the health of their patients. But wild caught fisheries and the local healthy food movement have been slow to catch on in healthcare. There are notable exceptions, like Seattle's Virginia Mason Hospital. In this story we visit the hospital's kitchen, where mouth-watering good and sustainable seafood is available every day of the week.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014: Cruising for Carbon's Impact on the High Seas: Critters who Supply Half the World's Oxygen at Risk

The US west coast is a living laboratory for studying the effects of chemical changes in the ocean brought on by increased atmospheric carbon dioxide. On a recent month-long 'ocean acidification cruise' supported by the National Science Foundation, scientists found impacts to organisms at the foundation of the food web, phytoplankton, who also supply half the world's oxygen. The findings have yet to be analyzed in the lab but were the first ever to be conducted in the high seas.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014: A Little Wild Space for Community and Growing Food for the Record Numbers Going Without

The urban wave of growing food shows no signs of cresting. Seattle is no different. Community farms, p-patches, and guerrilla gardens are sprouting as fast as high rises to accommodate more and more people moving to the area. But with the growth comes increased inequality and a sharp rise in those relying on food banks. Can urban farms grow food for all? We explore the issue with a visit to Seattle Community Farm and a local food bank. Come along!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014: On the Whale Trail with the Orca

Those fortunate enough to have seen a pod of killer whales or orcas will likely never forget it. Their sleekness, their powerful tails, their curiosity and boundless energy, make them irresistible. In this week's feature we catch up with someone who has worked to protect them in Salish Sea waters and all over the world. It's a conversation with Erich Hoyt, on tour with "The Whale Trail."

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Friday, May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014: They Can Fly a Thousand Miles Without Food Or Rest, Remember Every Single Flower They Visit, But Can They Survive Looming and Present Risks?

If you stop to think about it, birds are our most direct connection to nature. Their songs delight us, their journeys capture our imagination. Birds are the wildlife we interact with the most. But that bond is breaking. Each year more and more of them succumb to a host of threats: pesticides, the loss of habitat, climate change, and the biggest urban threat of all, cats. In this bittersweet tale Martha Baskin brings us their sounds and their plight.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014: First Hill on Edge as Residents and Workers Worry About Proposed Cuts to Bus Service

Proposed cuts to Metro are raising concerns for people across the socioeconomic spectrum. Voters across King County will decide April 22nd on Prop 1, a county wide measure that would add a tenth of a cent to the sales tax and set an annual car-tab fee of $60, to maintain service at current levels and help fund road and bridge projects. The car-tab fee will be $20 for those earning $31,000 or less. Martha Baskin caught up with riders and workers on First Hill who unanimously oppose the cuts.

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