Pandora's Box

Alternating Tuesdays from 8:30-9:00am on The Zine

Pandora's Box tackles issues facing all of us in our daily lives around exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins in air, food, soil, water and body products and their effects on our health.

See below for valuable web resources regarding environmental contaminants:

Finding a water filter that works for you: http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/getawaterfilter

EPA list of questions and answers on chloramine: http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/disinfection/chloramine/pdfs/all29_q.pdf

Food and Water Watch - http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Environment Working Group - http://www.ewg.org

Natural Resources Defense Council - http://www.nrdc.org

Tapped (the movie) - http://www.tappedthefilm.com

International Bottled Water Assoc. - http://www.bottledwater.org

Website for iodine and radiation exposure: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/radiationexposure.html

The Campaign to Ban Bottled Water -www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org

The Ocean Gyres - www.5gyres.org

Information on plastic and the waste stream - www.plasticpollution.org

Resource for reusable stainless steel water bottles - http://www.stainlesswaterbottles.org

Scientific Articles:

Tibbetts J. 2007 Chloramine Catch: Water Disinfection Can Raise Lead Exposure Environ Health Perspect 115;A96-A96 doi:10.1289/ehp.115-a96b

Richardson SD, et al. Ocurrence, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity or regulated and emerging disinfection by-products in drinking water: a review and roadmap for research. Mutation Research 2007;636:178-242.

Le Roux J, et al. Chloramination of nitrogenous contaminants (pharmaceuticals and pesticides): NDMA and halogenated DBPs formation. Water Research 2011;45:3164-74.

Muellner MG, et al. Halonacetonitriles vs. Regulated Haloacetic Acids: Are Nitrogen-Containing DBPs More Toxic? Environmental Science and Technology 2007;41:645-6

Anti-GMO Movement in Europe Offers Lessons for the U.S:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23902.cfm

The best source of credible information on GMOs: Ten Reasons to Avoid GMOS/GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys/How To Buy non-GMO Food (Non-GMO Shopping Guide):
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

Campaign to Get GMOs out of kid's diets, view videos on GMOs:
http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

 

Ronnie Cummins of Organic Consumers Association talks about GMOs

Flow: For Love of Water

From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates. Available on Netflix streaming

Blue Gold - This award winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo is based on the book BLUE GOLD: THE FIGHT TO STOP THE CORPORATE THEFT OF THE WORLD'S WATER by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. The film examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water. Contains 30 minutes of bonus material, including deleted scenes and an interview with the filmmaker.

Thirst:

 Global corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies, and communities face losing control of one of their most precious resources. Looking at tensions in Bolivia, India and Stockton, California, "Thirst" reveals how water is becoming the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. Focusing on one of the 21st century's greatest issues, this film is a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit, where activists claim that water is a human right and corporations declare it a commodity.

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Pandora's Box
11:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Pandora's Box - April 8th, 2014

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Rebecca Claussen, an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services at Fort Lewis College, about the latest information on genetically modified foods, including new GMO fish products that may soon be available to consumers, and a ballot initiative in Colorado to label genetically modified foods.

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Pandora's Box
9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Pandora's Box - March 25th, 2014

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Tina Sebestyen of the Four Corners Beekeepers about how humans are impacting the health of honeybees and other pollinators and why their plight is tied to our own survival.

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Pandora's Box
9:58 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Pandora's Box - March 11th, 2014

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Oil and gas development within the shale deposits in Montezuma and La Plata counties could employ the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice that has been linked to environmental issues in other parts of the U.S. Host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers from Earthworks, a national and local environmental nonprofit that is working on issues related to the potential hazards of fracking in southwest Colorado.

Earthworks website: www.earthworksaction.org

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Pandora's Box
10:26 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pandora's Box - February 25th, 2014

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Host Lyn Patrick talks with with Sandhya Tillotson from 4Core, the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, in part two of a conversation about making sure your home is free of toxins and volatile organic compounds that can be associated with common household items and appliances.

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Pandora's Box
11:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Pandora's Box - February 11th, 2014

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Sandhya Tillotson from 4Core, the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, about making sure your home is free of poisonous radon and carbon monoxide gases, and how to identify and mitigate household items that may contain toxic chemicals.

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Pandora's Box
9:26 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Pandora's Box - January 28th, 2014

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On this episode of Pandora's Box, co-hosts Lyn Patrick and Joanie Trussel talk with KSJD's Tom Yoder about the causes and consequences of childhood obesity, as well as some possible solutions.

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Health
3:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pandora's Box - January 14th, 2014

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Host Joanie Trussel talks with licensed midwife Dr. Jannelli Miller about why some expecting mothers are choosing to deliver their babies at home, and discusses why home births offer some advantages over hospital births.

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Science
12:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Legacy of Radioactive Contamination at Rocky Flats

Host Lyn Patrick talks with Kristen Iversen, the author of "Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats" about her investigation of radioactive contamination at the former nuclear weapons site and why it still has an impact on people living in the area today. Originally aired on November 5th, 2013.

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Health
12:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Montezuma County

Host Joanie Trussel talks with Dave Hart and John Parker of the Pinyon Project Family Resource Center about how the health care insurance exchange, or marketplace, is being accessed by Coloradoans under the Affordable Care Act. Originally aired on October 22nd, 2013. 

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Health
12:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Red Arrow Mine Waste Contamination and Public Health Concerns

Host Lyn Patrick talks with mining reclamation expert Jens Deichmann about the current situation with the Red Arrow Mine gold mining waste and milling facilities near Mancos, Colorado, and the regulatory and health issues related to the toxic materials that have been found at the site. Originally aired on October 8th, 2013. 

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