Get the Lead Out: Science for Policy in the Light of Environmental Racism: Then and Now

Slack for iOS Upload (2)It was hot and heavy in the studio this week as Rob Wolcott, retired senior counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Paul Mohai, Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, joined hosts Ember McCoy, Austin Martin, and Rebecca Hardin to talk about the decision to mandate removal of lead from gasoline and the enduring, harmful lead levels throughout the country. Continue reading Get the Lead Out: Science for Policy in the Light of Environmental Racism: Then and Now

Breakthrough Innovations in the Developing World

We have all heard of a carbon footprint. But what is an Ecological Handprint? Professor Rocky Rohwedder of Sonoma State University, and a University of Michigan alum, joined us here at IHIH to discuss just that.

Rocky Rohwedder has focused his many years of research on environmental science, sustainable development, green technologies, and digital communications. He has recently combined all these areas on interest into an e-book called Ecological Handprints, filled with outstanding photographs and stories of hope, inspiration, and innovation.

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Confronting the Arithmetic of Compassion: Decision Making and the World’s Most Urgent Problems

This week’s outstanding episode hosted by Andrea Krauss and Alex Truelove features UM Professor Joe Arvai and special guest Paul Slovic, President of Decision Research and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. We are lucky to be joined by Paul, who has dedicated his career to studying human risk perception and how it applies to our decision-making. From the studio to our favorite lunch spot, we discuss pressing environmental and social challenges and why the social construction of risk matters as much as scientific assessment. Our dialogue equally considers the the perspectives and responsibilities of policy-makers, market actors and citizen consumers. Enjoy!

An eXXpedition with A Self-Trained Expert

sail-boatAfter a journey across the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in a small sailboat, Jen Pate, director of eXXpedition: Seeing the Unseen, had a breezy time in the studio with hosts Harry Rice and Arman Golrokhian.  Jen was in Ann Arbor to show the documentary as part of the Earth Day Film Festival.  The film follows an all-woman team as they cross the Atlantic Ocean, assessing the load of plastics in the ocean and exploring the burden that toxic chemicals from these plastics place on our bodies.

For more on the science of ocean plastics, check out this conversation with Melissa Duhaime, Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology–produced by undergraduate students of the Program in the Environment:



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Undoing Dams?

Slack for iOS Upload (1)This week’s It’s Hot in Here segment delves  into the state of dams across our country’s river systems.  We are joined on this expedition by Dr. Paul Moore, who brought members of his research team  up from Bowling Green State University to shore up our knowledge before their teaching and fieldwork at the UM Biostation this summer.

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The Music of Spring

This week’s episode features three University of Michigan music students discussing their spring compositions and performances. Rachel Epperly, a composition undergraduate, begins the show with a piece of hers called “Time Arrives.” Donia Jarrar spoke to us about her recent composition work, Seamstress. And Taya König-Tarasevich, pictured, spoke about the three flutes she’ll play in her Masters Recital.

After the live broadcast, we were able to record Taya playing another piece from her repertoire. As a bonus, you can listen to that here:

A Musical Exploration with Taya Konig-Tarasevich

In this week’s segment of It’s Hot Out There, flautist Taya Konig-Tarasevich joins us in studio to teach our listeners about flutes and please them with her incredible music. She explains to us the differences in pitch, sound, and history between the classical, baroque, and modern flutes. Her visit comes just before she showcases her immense talent in her very own masters recital, In a Living Memory.

The video cannot do her immense talent justice, and this is a very small sampling of the work that will be used in her show. Not only will she be gracing the crowd with her music, Taya will also include spoken poetry, an orchestra, and many other instruments throughout the show. To hear these songs and many others, make sure to get to The First Congressional Church of Ann Arbor, located at608 E William St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, this Friday from 6:30-7:45. We hope to see you there, and be sure to keep it hot!

Marijuana Legalization: Economic, Agricultural and Social Implications

Our hosts managed to sneak past the wild animals to preview Ann Arbor’s infamous cannabis legalization rally / public party, Hash Bash.

Erin Dunne, from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, joined Andrew Bull and Alex Truelove for this conversation.

Bug Appétit!

Did you know that insects form part of the traditional diet of an estimated 2 billion people on the planet? And that even those of us who actively avoid all contact with bugs can’t avoid ingesting a pound or two of flies, maggots, and other bugs without knowing it every year? Insects aren’t the future of food–they’re very much part of our present reality!

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…Back to the Bees

Last week we rebroadcast an interview from two springs ago with Rich Wieske of Green Toe Gardens in Detroit, and Mike Bianco, who is one of the founding members of the buzzing UMBeeIMG_0398s Group .  Mike is now pursuing his apicultural activism in a PhD program in Australia. The UMBees group is still active on our campus and its botanical gardens and farm.

Not up to date on the perils of “big pollen” for our bee population? Not sure why bee colonies aren’t actually hierarchies that follow a “queen” but actually bend to the will of their workers, which is what makes them sucessful? Wondering why Michigan is a key site for keeping northern bee populations strong enough to resist extreme weather eventsl? Listen and learn…

Those who heard this interview the first time around will be glad to know that the honeybees we called the  “Detroit Girls” who Rich brought out to Grass LaIMG_0391ke Michigan to live on Joe Trumpey’s Sandy Acres Farm overwintered again, for the third year in a row! Photos are from last spring’s inspection of the colonies by Rebecca, Joe and Rich, who came out to the country to select a frame of brood. He was happy to take young from these strong girls back to the city colonies who were rearing queens, so as to promote whatever genetic traits are making these girls so good at getting through the winters.  Sure, this  year was less tricky thaIMG_0032n the last few severe winters, but it is still a triumph when colony loss rates are so high all around us.   These days the Detroit Girls are out working hard  with the early spring nectar flow, making Grass Lake’s farms more productive. IMG_0015

Rebecca hopes to head over to France this summer for another field visit with her friends Philippe Huau and Jean Francois Mallein, pictured above, founders of the outrageously productive Ruchers de Cocagne in the countryside around Toulouse, France. Their queens are stemming the tide of colony loss across Europe, while their large scale, scientifically oriented operation develops in partnership with local farmers, but also amidst debates about the limits of manipulation of bees in the face of colony collapse disorder and other challenges.  Stay tuned for a video glimpse of how hot it is out there in the beeyards of southern France, coming up soon.