Health, Science & The Environment

Health
12:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Radio Rounds: Gesundheit! Featuring Patch Adams

This Season 6 finale of Radio Rounds features physician and social activist Patch Adams, founder of the world-renowned Gesundheit! Institute. In this episode, Patch energetically discusses his outlook on medicine, life, and the human community, and he shares his feelings about the 1998 film “Patch Adams” starring Robin Williams.

Origins Podcast
9:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Conserving Diversity at the Dinner Table: Plants, Food Security and Gene Banks

In the last fifty years, global agricultural practices have favored growing ever fewer varieties of high-yielding crops, leading to fears that the loss of genetic diversity in food leaves the growing human population exposed to risks of food shortages.

With the ongoing East African drought crisis, the persisting threat of global climate change, and the world population now estimated at 7 billion, global concerns about food insecurity are again in the news. Little mentioned, however, is the continuing loss of genetic diversity of the foods we eat today—a trend that has rapidly accelerated since the twentieth century and that raises troubling questions about the vulnerability of the world’s food supply.

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Nature
9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 13 - 19, 2011

Bulldog Puppy
Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user w1ld0n3

Poor Will's Almanack for the Second Week of Early Winter.

Several years ago, I took our two bulldogs out for a walk in the woods. It had snowed a few more inches over night, for a total of several feet in some places, and we were the first to navigate the path.

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Health
12:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Radio Rounds: The Interview

In this episode, host John Corker sits down with current first-year medical student and Radio Rounds staff member, Sam Roberto, as well as second-year medical student and students admissions committee member, Nick Hountras, to discuss the secrets to success in medical school admissions interviews.

Nature
11:14 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 6 - 12, 2011

Bristles on a Comfrey Leaf
Flickr Creative Commons user graibeard

Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Early Winter.

My diaries have become timetables, lists of annual events in nature. The obsession with detail is sufficient in itself; it is a peaceful neurosis of record taking. But I often think the notebooks ought to be useful for something other than tracking the seasons.

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