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:

EPA list of questions and answers on chloramine:

Food and Water Watch -

Environment Working Group -

Natural Resources Defense Council -

Tapped (the movie) -

International Bottled Water Assoc. -

Website for iodine and radiation exposure:

The Campaign to Ban Bottled Water

The Ocean Gyres -

Information on plastic and the waste stream -

Resource for reusable stainless steel water bottles -

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:

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):

Campaign to Get GMOs out of kid's diets, view videos on GMOs:


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.


 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.



Pandora's Box
10:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Emotional Reaction To Climate Change

Credit United Nations Development Programme / Creative Commons

In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Pandora's Box co-host Joanie Trussel about how climate change is affecting us emotionally, and discuss why it is happening, the ways we can understand the way we feel, and how to stay healthy in the midst of this major global challenge.

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Pandora's Box
9:46 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Train Crash And A Health Tragedy

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Trisha Sheehan, regional field manager at Moms Clean Air Force, about when a train crash occurred outside of her town and led to the toxic contamination of her family when vinyl chloride that was being transported on that train was released into the air.

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Pandora's Box
10:35 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Colorado Proposition 105: Labeling GMOs

Credit Alby Headrick / Creative Commons

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with citizen activist Julie Meadows about Proposition 105, which would require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in Colorado.

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Pandora's Box
10:23 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Colorado's Oil and Gas Task Force

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with former Mayor of Boulder and Country Commissioner of Boulder County Will Toor about his role on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper's Blue Ribbon Panel on Oil and Gas, what challenges it faces, and possible accomplishments the panel stands to achieve in regulating oil and gas operations in Colorado.

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Pandora's Box
10:53 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Water: Our Most Precious Resource

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with KSJD's Tom Yoder about the ways our water resources are being threatened here in the Four Corners area and around the world.

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Pandora's Box
9:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Satellite Images of Oil and Gas Well Flaring

Credit SkyTruth

In the episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks about SkyTruth, a non-profit remote sensing and mapping company that is transforming the environmental movement with satellites. Lyn explains how the company is looking at air emissions from oil and gas well across the world using satellite imagery, why this information is important to understand air pollution issues, and how you can see these images for yourself.

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Pandora's Box
9:56 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The Movement Against Hydraulic Fracturing

Aerial view of gas wells.
Credit Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations / Creative Commons

In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Pete Dronkers, Southwest Circuit Rider at Earthworks, about recent meetings where the public expressed their opposition to the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, how Earthworks will be monitoring air emissions from area gas well sites, and screenings of new documentary films showcasing the movement against fracking in the southwest.

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Southwest Circuit Rider

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Pandora's Box
12:03 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Hydraulic Fracturing In Colorado

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick interviews Shane Davis about his role in the film "Dear Governor Hickenlooper" and the movement against the controversial drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, and also talks with Bruce Baizel, Energy Program Director at Earthworks, who provides an update on the politics surrounding this issue in Colorado.

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Pandora's Box
11:16 am
Tue July 29, 2014

The Movement Against Hydraulic Fracturing In Colorado


The oil and gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is meeting resistance in communities across Colorado. In this episode of Pandora's Box, recorded at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Allison Wolff, producer of the film "Dear Governor Hickenlooper", a collection of documentary films providing new perspectives on fracking and clean energy through the eyes of scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and families.

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Pandora's Box
9:34 am
Tue July 15, 2014

"Organic" Food: What Does It Really Mean?

Credit Cindy Cornett Seigle / Creative Commons

The term "organic" is widely used in food labeling, but what does it really mean? In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick and KSJD's Tom Yoder discuss how the term "organic" is defined, how organic food is certified, and why eating organic food is beneficial to your health.

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