Category Archives: Podcasts

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New Weekly Missouri Weather Podcast

Photo courtesy James Kramper, NWS.

Starting the week of May 22, Environmental Echo will begin a series of weekly podcasts about the most destructive tornadoes to ever hit Missouri. The stories will be based on the research by Don Corrigan for his book, “Show Me … Nature’s Wrath,” and he will be interviewed by Holly Shanks of Environmental Echo. Stay Tuned.

The first tornado covered will be the half-minute hurricane that beat down St. Charles. We hope you will add to the conversation by posting your own observations about Missouri’s tornadic tales. Should Missouri be included in Tornado Alley?

 

 

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Environment Missouri: Working To Protect Missouri For Future Generations

Pictured: Taylor Hale, campaign organizer for Environment Missouri.

Taylor Hale, the campaign organizer for Environment Missouri, is this week’s guest on Environmental Echo. Don Corrigan visits with Hale about the organization Environment Missouri and her thoughts about the politics currently surrounding climate change action.

Environment Missouri “is a statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.”

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Is 2017 The Year Of The March?

Pictured: Sarah Willey.

Sarah Willey is this week’s guest on Environmental Echo. Willey is involved with local environmental and activists groups, such as the Sierra Club, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, and MOmentum: Missouri Moving Forward.

Don Corrigan interviews Willey about her thoughts and opinions involving the EPA and climate change, the current political landscape, and 2017 becoming the “year of the march.”

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Science In St. Louis: Bringing Scientists & The Community Together

All photos courtesy St. Louis County Library.

The St. Louis County Library seminar series “Science in St. Louis” is connecting scientists with the local community. The informal science talks give local communities the chance to personally interact with scientists working in the St. Louis area.

The seminars are free and open to the public. Attendees can expect to learn about a variety of topics, such as how new drugs are designed, the real CSI: science of forensics, how 3D printers help amputees and even the science of Missouri caves.

Stacey Lewis, the St. Louis County Library Adult Programming Manager, shares insights into the popular program with Environmental Echo. Continue below to hear the podcast phone interview.

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PROJECT IDEA: Kirkwood School’s Ultimate Outdoor Learning Lab

All photos provided by Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers.

All photos provided by Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers.

In 2013, Kirkwood School District’s Keysor Elementary opened the PROJECT IDEA outdoor natural learning space. The nearly one acre of space offers a natural play area and an outdoor lab for enhanced STEM learning. The area is an all-inclusive area for students, families, and the entire community.

Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers and husband Derek, kids Wyatt (12), Shiloh (8), and Ryder (7).

Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers and husband Derek, kids Wyatt (12), Shiloh (8), and Ryder (7).

 

Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers, co-chair of Kirkwood School’s PROJECT IDEA, is the guest on Behind the Editor’s Curtain with Don Corrigan.

Byers shares the story behind PROJECT IDEA outdoor space, the community and professional partners of the project, the learning opportunities for students and the community, the STEM emphasis, and the future goals of the project.

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The First Secret City: Documentary Film Explores Harmful Legacy Of Nuclear Waste In STL

Pictured: C.D. Stelzer.

Pictured: C.D. Stelzer.

C.D. Stelzer, a local investigative journalist, has spent years following and reporting on nuclear waste issues in the St. Louis area.

Stelzer spent five years creating, “The First Secret City,”  a documentary film that tells the story of St. Louis’ radioactive history and the resulting harmful legacy.

In Don Corrigan’s latest podcast, he talks with Stelzer about the documentary film, the effort it took for Stelzer and project partner to create the film, and the continuing issues with nuclear waste contamination at the Westlake Landfill and Coldwater Creek areas.

A screening of the film is planned for September 14, 2016, at UMSL’s Gallery 210. (find screening information below.)

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White Nose Syndrome: Updated Information About The Fungus Killing U.S. Bat Populations

Little brown bat; close-up of nose with fungus, New York, Oct. 2008. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Little brown bat; close-up of nose with fungus, New York, Oct. 2008. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Bats in the U.S. are under threat from a fungus that causes a disease known as White Nose Syndrome. The disease has the potential to wipe out entire bat populations and is spreading.

Jo Schaper is the guest on this week’s Environmental Echo podcast. Recently, Schaper attended a conference about White Nose Syndrome, held in Denver, Colorado. She shares updated information about what wildlife and conservation organizations are doing to help stop the spread of the disease and what efforts are being implemented to help save the U.S. bat populations.

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“IS IT A SIN TO TRASH THE ENVIRONMENT AND IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE?”

mitchThe Rev. Mitch Hescox, Presidnet and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, is the guest with Don Corrigan’s podcast series this week.

Hescox explains what the Evangelical Environmental Network is all about and how evangelicals can help find conservative solutions to the pollution and environmental issues that harm God’s creation, the earth, and our children.

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GARDENING IN THE SUMMER HEAT – TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Pictured above: Jennifer Schamber.

Pictured above: Jennifer Schamber.

It’s hot, and it’s sticky outside – Welcome to summer in St. Louis! Do you have a garden wilting in the heat? If so, we’ve got some tips to help your garden continue producing well into the fall months.

Jennifer Schamber, the general manager of Greenscape Gardens, shares how to protect your garden in the hot St. Louis summer weather. Also, don’t miss this Saturday’s Project Pollinator event, which is part of the St. Louis County Parks Children’s Garden Club.

The event starts at 9 a.m., this Saturday, August 6, 2016, located at 2832 Barrett Station Rd., and Greenscape Gardens will have games and learning sessions for the entire family. Learn more about the event on Greenscape Gardens Meetup page HERE.

Schamber gives all the details for Saturday’s event during the informative interview with Environmental Echo!

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Local Reverend Talks Climate Change and Religion

Pictured: Pamela Dolan, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country.

Pictured: Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country.

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country, talks to Don Corrigan about the idea that religion and science, specifically climate change science,  can coexist.

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