Pandora's Box

Airing alternating Tuesdays between 8:30-9:00am

Pandora's Box tackles issues facing all of us in our daily lives around exposure to toxins in our environment and their effects on our physical and mental health.

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Food insecurity is a condition where individuals or families don't have access to adequate amounts of food. In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder and host Lyn Patrick talk about how food insecurity is affecting children and expecting mothers, and how it can lead to conditions like obesity and other serious health problems.


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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Pandora's Box co-host Joanie Trussel about internet addiction, what it looks like in its most extreme cases, how it is affecting children, and how parents can look at their own behaviors and set limits to help maintain healthy relationships with the digital world.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. Celia Chen, Ecotoxicologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, about her research on mercury in the environment, how it gets into the fish in our lakes and rivers, and its potential impacts on human health.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds", about how weeds and the push to eradicate them needs to be seen in a different light, where the nutritional and ecological value of weeds is valued, and the use of pesticides is more seriously scrutinized by farmers who wish to grow sustainable crops.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Shamai Buckel, a founding member of the Kiva Montessori Charter School in Cortez, and Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro restaurant about their collaboration to feed Kiva students fresh, local foods at lunch time, and the impact it has on children's health and well-being.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. David Weindorf, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University, about his studies on the mine waste sediments from the Gold King Mine that were spilled into the Animas River, and his recent appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to report his findings.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Michal Rosenoer, Southwest Field Organizer at Conservation Colorado, about the importance of nature in our physical and mental health, current development proposed on public lands in southwest Colorado, and how conservation of these lands is critical to the well-being of our communities.

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The Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August deposited several different types of toxic metals and other pollutants into the waterway. Pandora's Box host Lyn Patrick talks with Marcie Bidwell, Executive Director of the Mountain Studies Institute, about how the Animas River chemistry was changed after the spill, and what we might expect for water quality in the future.


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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel and KSJD's Tom Yoder talk about food, how what we eat can have serious impacts on our mental health, the connection between our gut and depression, and foods we should avoid or increase in our diet to help maintain positive mental health.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with co-host Joanie Trussel about how our current political climate is affecting our mental health, the role of the media and consumerism in our relationship to politics, and why being engaged in local politics can help us feel more empowered.

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