Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016: Fresh Bucks Rx – A Prescription for Farm Fresh Healthy Food for Low Income Patients

A new federally funded pilot program, "Fresh Bucks Rx," allows medical providers to write a prescription for fruits and veggies from farmer's markets. The pilot was launched by the City of Seattle, Harborview Medical Center and Odessa Brown Children's Clinic along with Seattle and King County farmers markets. The program is aimed at improving health outcomes for low-income patients with diet-related disease. An estimated one in seven Americans experiences food insecurity or the inability to access healthy food on a chronic or intermittent basis. Martha Baskin checked in with providers to bring us this story.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 28, 2016: Anti-nuke Activists Run Bus Ad to Alert Public about the Largest Concentration of Nuclear Weapons in the US

Nuclear weapons? Isn't that "last century"? Not if you know about the billions being spent by the US Navy and Department of Defense to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal. Activists in the Puget Sound with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action hope to trigger public debate. This summer they're running ads on King County Metro buses to inform people that the largest concentration of deployed weapons in the US is right in their own back yard.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016: Dirty deal on public lands?

For the first time in 30 years, policies that drive federal leasing of coal on public lands are receiving a major review. The nation's largest coal reserves in Wyoming's Powder River Basin are the biggest beneficiary of the program. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell suspended new leasing earlier this year and ordered the Bureau of Land Management to hold public hearings that take into account the economic, environmental and social costs of the program. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016: The Great Salish Sea: Double Jeopardy - Endangered Orcas and Endangered Salmon

A long time ago there were thousands of orcas, as legend has it, with salmon and herring spawning by the millions. Today southern resident whales who migrate through the Salish Sea and up and down the west coast foraging for salmon number just 83. A recent baby boom offers some hope but diminishing runs of salmon and a toxic stew of pollution and noise point to ongoing challenges. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016: Cooking up a 'Farm-to-Table' Storm at Little Tables All over the City

The term "farm-to-table" is best known as a culinary experience at a high end restaurant. But what about the little tables, the ones at pre-schools and in particular those serving kids from families who can't always afford organic food? The city of Seattle is making a dent in this "farm-to-table" program. One of its preschools is not only sourcing locally grown food with an up and coming organic distributor but has hired a chef to cook meals on site. The smells are, well -- come along. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016: Divest the Rest! Climate Justice Campaigners Thank Gates Foundation - With a Caveat

There was a small victory in the divestment movement this week. After a year of public pressure, the Gates Divest campaign learned that the Gates Foundation had quietly sold millions of fossil fuel stock. The foundation didn't make it public. So the divest campaign decided to do it for them. Martha Baskin has our story from Seattle.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016: Nature Unbound: Restoration on the banks of the Snoqualmie River

One of the most important rivers in the fertile Snoqualmie Valley east of Seattle is the Snoqualmie River. Once upon a time the river boasted record salmon runs for the Snoqualmie and Native American tribes who first lived here. But climate change and population growth have negatively impacted the river's ability to be sustainable. Today restoration is underway along its banks to ensure it's healthy for salmon, farmland, and generations to come.

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