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The Environmental and Economic Realities of Animal Feedlot Operations

In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick continues the conversation with Bob Bragg of KSJD's Ag Markets & More, about the environmental impacts of large concentrated animal feedlot operations, the economic structure behind them, and how the choices that consumers make are key to changing our food systems.
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Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive. But the decades of experience the country has in setting limits for alcohol have turned out to be rather useless so far because the mind-altering compound in cannabis, THC, dissolves in fat, whereas alcohol dissolves in water.

Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word:


  • El Niño has been good to Montezuma County, providing 169 percent of normal precipitation over the last 13 months.
  • Montezuma County appears ready to go to court to try to prove an RS 2477 claim against the Forest Service over the Dolores-Norwood road.

Out for dinner with a group of friends, Christina Dierkes, a science writer with Ohio Sea Grant in Columbus, was feeling adventurous. It took some steely courage to order the Caribbean Roll at Mr. Sushi's. Not so much for the tuna and avocado on the inside — that's a combination that's appealing to many of us. But the tuna sushi in this spectacularly Americanized roll is topped with a deep-fried banana, honey, mayonnaise and a generous dash of coconut crumbs. Yum?

In this interview with authors David Feela and John Christian Hopkins, KSJD's Tom Yoder asks them why they write, and how humor plays a critical role in their writing, and in their everyday lives.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have taken an extended paternity leave after the birth of his daughter, but generally, American men do not take more than a few days. Ninety-six percent of American men are back to work within two weeks of a baby's birth.

  • Colorado earned a B, Utah a C-plus, and New Mexico a D for their treatment of prairie dogs in 2015.
  • Utah legislator Ken Ivory, who sparked controversy as director of the American Lands Council, is leaving that post to lead a “Free the Lands” campaign.

All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — gifted us with years of optimistic, exuberant music that could instantly evaporate your frown into thin air.

There aren't a lot of people who have dined on meat from the Pleistocene, prehistoric humans notwithstanding. That's why accounts of the 1951 Annual Dinner of the Explorers Club, a society of scientific adventurers, all agree that the organizer of the night, Wendell Phillips Dodge, threw the dinner party of the century. Legend has it that Dodge served the meat of a woolly mammoth.

Mardi Gras and Pancakes

Feb 5, 2016
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Fat Tuesday is the culmination of feasting and excess during Mardi Gras, and in some places includes a tradition of eating pancakes. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Leigh Waggoner, the Rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez, and Judy Schuenemeyer, who is a parishioner at the church, about the history of Mardi Gras and why they hold a pancake supper as part of their festivities.


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