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
9:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Pandora's Box - June 17th, 2014

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Ronnie Egan, former executive director of Great Old Broads For Wilderness, about how she came to be an environmental activist and where she sees the environmental movement today and into the future. This interview was taped at the 2014 Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

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Pandora's Box
9:48 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Pandora's Box - May 20th, 2014

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks to Midge Kirk, Health Educator and Tobacco Specialist with Montezuma County Public Health Department, about e-cigarettes, what effect they have on the health of those who use them, and how they are regulated.

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9:55 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Environmental Regulation At The Four Corners Power Plant

Credit San Juan Citizens Alliance

The Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine were recently evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that has raised more questions about the environmental, socioeconomic, and health issues related to the coal-fired power plant and how it affects nearby populations, especially the Diné.

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Pandora's Box
1:31 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Pandora's Box - Sandra Steingraber on Environmental Links to Cancer

In the episode, Pandora's Box co-host Lyn Patrick talks with Sandra Steingraber about her personal experiences with cancer and her work on linking environmental factors with cancer and other disease. This interview was recorded at the Telluride Film Festival in July of 2012.

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Pandora's Box
10:21 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Pandora's Box - April 22nd, 2014

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers of Earthworks about the latest plans for oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing in southwest Colorado.

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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.

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

Pandora's Box - February 25th, 2014

Credit Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency

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

Credit Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency

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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