World of Possibilities
Climate Collision: What Comes After Copenhagen?
The Copenhagen climate summit saw fierce jockeying for advantage among the great powers but few tangible results. Smaller nations and indigenous peoples were left out in the cold. Yet for them it's not a matter of power politics. They face the power...
Victims No More: Seeking the Middle Way in the Middle East
The Middle East is the ground zero of human conflict. Here the competing claims of three of the world's great religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - collide in an unforgiving landscape, a triple junction of tragedy and trouble. Yet it hasn't...
Beauty In Broken Places: The Healing Arts of Lily Yeh
Lily Yeh is a remarkable woman who has found a way to love life that is both ingenious and inspirational. As an artist, she has taken her work altogether out of the studio and into the streets. Not just any streets, but the mean streets of inner city...
Designing With Nature
Fasten your seatbelts. Now put on your thinking caps; you'll need them. And while you're at it, tie on those wings of unfettered imagination. We're about to enter a different kind of twilight zone. This is not your biochem class nor a biotech lab....
Poultry: Pure and Simple
Today on A World of Possibilities, "Poultry Pure and Simple." We'll hear from turkeys, chickens and the farmers who raise them --as their grandparents did-- free-range and free of antibiotics, growth hormones and other additives. We'll also hear from...
Riding the Tiger: Asia Ascending
China, India, Southeast Asia: Asia's high-octane economies, though impacted by the global recession, are on a long-term trajectory to expand their influence. Their energy and determination are challenging the economic supremacy of the United States...
Tightrope in Teheran: Negotiating Iran's Nuclear Option
A disputed election, street demonstrations, open dissent from founding fathers of the Islamic Republic, brutal repression, revelations of a nuclear enrichment plant. Events that would have seemed unthinkable just months ago are now daily news. When...
Starting Out Right: Upgrading Early Childhood Education
We're just now finding out that the first few years of life do much to determine how the rest of it unfolds. That's a scary thought. For those who enjoy the good fortune of being born into affluence, no effort is spared to provide them with the...
Detox! The Movement to Reform Chemicals Policy
It's not a very comfortable thought: We live, eat, and breathe in a complex brew of industrial chemicals, some eighty thousand of them. And all but a handful have never been tested to find out it they're safe. At the same time, all kinds of diseases...
It's often said that to be employable in a 21st century economy we'll all need to be wired to our computers and one another. Maybe so, but we'd still be missing the qualities of mind and heart that enable us to understand the world and get along with...
The cold war's been over for nearly twenty years, but the U.S. and Russia still aim thousands of nuclear tipped missiles at each other, ready to fire at a moments notice. Meanwhile, economies collapse, the climate cooks, militants terrorize, and none...
Bad Medicine: Overusing Antibiotics in Meat Production
What part do we consumers play in driving the priorities of an industrial meat production system that puts cheap meat on our plates, but at rising costs to human health, animal welfare, and environmental integrity? Farmers have turned to feeding...
On both land and sea, human activities are inflicting damage on a scale that may well be irreversible. Our future is imperiled by the heedless pursuit of energy and development to feed a civilization that has still to learn to conserve as well as...
The U.S. designs nifty iPhones and deadly weapons, but in measures that really matter, like education and green tech, we're being upstaged by other nations. In recent years, we have been systematically dis-investing in our collective capacity for...
Of Pigs and People
The indiscriminate use of antimicrobials in large-scale industrial meat production is building bacterial resistance to the most effective antibiotics on which our national and global health systems depend. Recorded largely on location on Midwestern...
There have always been brilliant innovators working outside established institutions. With the emergence of open systems of innovation made possible by the Internet, now a far wider range of individuals, teams and institutions can participate in the...
The Miner's Canary: First Peoples' on Climate Change
Indigenous peoples, living closest to nature, feel the threat of climate change first. They have a potent message to deliver to the climate treaty negotiators meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009. The climate is changing the way they've lived...
Sick and Tired: The Movement for Paid Sick Days
The first advice given in response to any health emergency such as SARS, swine flu, etc., is to stay home if you feel yourself getting sick. But half of all working Americans can't afford to miss work. Most work in low wage jobs where close...
Open Source Science
The outbreak of potential pandemics has driven home the urgent need for more rapid responses to public health threats. In order to respond more effectively, we need to create a more open system for the exchange of vital health information. Medical and...
Peace, Justice - or Both
Peace or Justice? That question takes on an anguished poignancy these days in war ravaged societies from Bosnia to Sierra Leone. Peace negotiators and human rights advocates struggle to end the bloodshed and obtain justice for the victims. How does...
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