Category Archives: Podcasts

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Grow Native! Taking Pollinator Programs To The Next Level

Sigh showcasing the Grow Native! program at the Kirkwood Earth Day Festival.

Sigh showcasing the Grow Native! program at the Kirkwood Earth Day Festival.

Grow Native! – is a one of a kind program that began right here in Missouri. The program is a native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Bill Ruppert, a local gardening and conservation expert, shares his insight into the diverse Grow Native! program on the informative podcast found below. Many organizations are mentioned in the podcast with either being associated with the Grow Native! program or that Ruppert is affiliated with like, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, Missouri Department of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missourians for Monarchs, Gateway Greening, Mayor Slay’s milkweed program, and more.

Ruppert also gives a look at the new St. Louis Science Center’s new exhibit opening this summer, “GROW”  and how the Annual Kirkwood  Earth Day got its start.

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Tales From A Park Ranger

Pictured: Brian Ettling.

Pictured: Brian Ettling.

Brian Ettling, a seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park, is the guest on this week’s “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

The St. Louis native shares his experiences as a park ranger, what to expect as a visitor to a national park, and also his advocacy efforts to educate the public about climate change.

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Children’s Garden Club Gets Hands On With Nature

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Photos courtesy Doug Wolter.

“Gardening helps kids build self-esteem, teaches them to respect the environment and it teaches them about the science of plants,” said Doug Wolter,  longtime horticulturist with St. Louis County Parks & Recreation Department. “Better still, it’s an inexpensive hobby and just outside your back door.”

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Safety Tips and Myths About Missouri’s Severe Weather

It’s Missouri Statewide Severe Weather Week 2016! 

Picture courtesy National Weather Service.

Picture courtesy National Weather Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Jim Kramper, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Pictured: Jim Kramper, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Jim Kramper, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, talks with Don Corrigan about what a day in the life of a weather warning coordinator is like, weather safety, weather pattern myths, and what can be learned from Missouri’s past severe weather events.

To hear this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” click on the link below.

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Missouri’s State Parks Highlighted In New Book

1-StateParks-COVER.indd “Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring Our Legacy,” is an updated comprehensive guide to each of Missouri’s State Parks unique opportunities to enjoy the State’s outdoor spaces.

Susan Flader, Ph.D., talks to Don Corrigan about the new State Parks added to the book, the 100th Anniversary of the parks system, and several surprising facts and issues surrounding Missouri’s State Parks.

 

Susan Flader, the editor of the new book, is a Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has spent her career teaching and writing about the environment and Missouri history. She has authored numerous articles and books and is also active in the leadership of many environmental and outdoor boards and committees.

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An Environmental Discussion With Rep. Bill Otto

Pictured: Rep. Bill Otto (far right)

Missouri Rep. Bill Otto, D – Dist. 70, is the guest on this edition on “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

Otto shares his thoughts on the importance of the environment in the upcoming elections and the issue of public safety relating to the Westlake Landfill radioactive waste topic.

 

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Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal: St. Louis Nuclear Waste Issues and Upcoming Elections

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. Photo provided by Sen. Chappelle-Nadal

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D – Dist 14, is the guest on in this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

The Senator shares insights into her investigations of radioactive waste issues in St. Louis, and gives an update on her legislative bill SB600, a proposed bill that is a  home buyout for citizens close to the Westlake Landfill.

Don also asks a few questions about the upcoming elections and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s current bid for Rep. Lacy Clay’s U.S. House seat in this informational and passionate interview.

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Sewage Issues Facing The Meramec River: A Biologist’s Insight

Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Associate Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University, Jason Knouft, talks with Don Corrigan about possible issues from raw sewage being pumped into the Meramec River because of the damaged Fenton Sewage Treatment Plant.

 

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Cold Water Creek: The Radioactive Legacy Affecting Generations Of St. Louisans

Pictured: Kim Visintine. All photos and graphics provided by Kim Visintine.

Pictured: Kim Visintine. All photos and graphics provided by Kim Visintine.

Kim Visintine, one of the founding members of the organization, “Cold Water Creek: Just the Facts Please,” is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

Visintine shares the story of how radioactive waste from Cold Water Creek has been spread throughout North County over the decades. She and a group of childhood friends, who grew up in the Cold Water Creek area in the 1970s and 80s, reconnected years later through social media. After a short time, they discovered rare health issues plagued almost everyone they knew, including the passing on of some of those health issues genetically to their children.

For more about the group’s, February 17, upcoming public meeting and to hear the informative and stirring interview continue reading below.

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The Myth About African-Americans and the Outdoors

Pictured above: Carolyn Finney. Photo provided by Carolyn Finney.

Pictured above: Carolyn Finney. Photo provided by Carolyn Finney.

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan. Finney is the author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.”

Speaking about the absence of African-Americans engaging in outdoor activities portrayed in popular culture, such as in movies and magazines:

“Just because we don’t see any (African-Americans) doesn’t mean there aren’t any. That’s myth number one,” Finney said. “Actually, black people, like everybody else, have been around doing everything like everybody else since the beginning of the time. You have black mariners, you have black hikers, you have black people camping – I mean black people have been doing it too.”

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