Commentary – A Laundry Solution?

Millions of Americans use a microwave on a daily basis…but how many of us actually understand how the thing works? As technology becomes more complex, there are times when science looks a bit like magic. Great Lakes Radio Consortium Commentator Julia King worries that today’s "High Science" has us so used to functioning without answers that we’re forgetting to ask questions:

Twig Sculptures Bring Nature to Campus

As the warm weather arrives, birds are hard at work constructing nests out of twigs and other materials they can rustle up in our backyards. There’s a sculptor from North Carolina who’s making his way around the Great Lakes Region doing something similar. He creates artwork out of sticks. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Tamar Charney visited him at one of his recent creations:

Diesel Exhaust Goes Unchecked

The 1990 Federal Clean Air Act set limits on how much air pollution is safe. But currently, more than fifty urban areas nationwide violate that law. Much of that pollution is caused by vehicle exhaust. To combat the problem, cars are routinely checked and required to meet certain emissions standards. But diesel trucks have escaped much of that scrutiny. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Steve Frenkel explains why:

Commentary – Polluter Pays

The Federal Clean Air Act requires businesses that emit certain air pollutants to cover the costs of regulating that pollution at the state level. It’s designed to be a market-based approach which theoretically, should give polluters a fiscal incentive to reduce their emissions. But Great Lakes Radio Consortium Commentator Lana Pollack says that not all businesses are paying their fair share: