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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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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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Dr. Lyn Patrick about trans fats: what they are, how they ended up in our foods, and why the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has mandated that trans fats be removed from our food supply in the next 3 years.

Center for Science in the Public Interest Pinterest Trans Fat Wall of Shame: www.cspinet.org/transfat

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Permaculture is typically discussed in terms of its relationship with traditional agriculture. In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Nick and Heather Bartow about how their adoption of permaculture into their lifestyle has had profound effects on their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Information on Nick and Heather's permaculture community building project: www.findinganewway.com

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Antibiotic resistance has become a global problem, leaving many exposed to bacteria and other agents of infection that cannot be treated by traditional medicines. In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Lyn Patrick, co-host of Pandora's Box, about how antibiotic resistance was created, new government mandates for antibiotic use in the livestock industry, and surprising new methods to introduce healthy bacteria into people who are sick.

Additional information on antibiotic resistance:

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with co-host Joanie Trussel about happiness, the cultural definitions of happiness, how our modern consumer society creates false ideas about how to be happy, and why gratitude is the key to true happiness and fulfillment.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico Energy Coordinator with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about a methane gas concentration that appeared over the Four Corners area in NASA satellite images, and discuss the environmental and public health implications of methane, how leading scientists are researching the source of the methane, and what concerned citizens can do.

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