Pfeffer News


New Tests Expose Low Quality Olive Oil

Davis, CA

KXJZ – A recent study exposed some name-brand olive oils as lower grade than the extra-virgin quality claimed on their labels. A specially outfitted olive oil lab used sophisticated techniques that drew fire from the olive oil industry. Elaine Corn reports.

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Eagle Comeback Pressures Coastal Seabirds

Cape Meares, OR

OPB – The comeback of the bald eagle is one of the most celebrated success stories of modern conservation. But along the Pacific Northwest coast, the majestic eagles are marauders. Tom Banse reports that their increasing numbers are putting other bird populations at risk.

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Costs and Benefits of Illegal Immigration are Unequally Distributed

San Diego, CA

KPBS – California remained the leading state of residence for unauthorized immigrant population in 2009, with 2.6 million. And while some powerful interest groups want change, others are trying to maintain the status quo. Alison St John looks at the winners and losers under the current system.

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Bank Runarounds Take Toll on Homeowners’ Mental Health

Pasadena, CA

KPCC – Banks and financial institutions have received $75 billion in taxpayer money to offer more affordable mortgages to homeowners. Hundreds of thousands of families have tried to obtain loan modifications from those banks but many property owners say they are getting the runaround. They spend months giving banks paperwork and information and say the process takes a mental toll. Shirley Jahad has the story.

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Is Life Without Plastic Possible?

Pittsburgh, PA

The Allegheny Front – Every year some 30 million tons of plastic in the U.S. from diapers to bottles get tossed in landfills. One woman wants to change those numbers. She’s trying to live her life without plastic. Sadie Babits caught up with her to find out if that’s really possible.

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Black Cycling Club Dispels Stereotype

St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Public Radio – Cyclists from across the country were in St. Paul this weekend for what’s believed to be the first event of its kind: an African American-focused bike festival.

Organizers gave away bikes, took people on rides and held demonstrations. They say cycling could be the cure for many problems in the black community, including the obesity epidemic. Rupa Shenoy has the story.

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Landowners Weigh Unknowns of Natural Gas Drilling

Leelanau County, MI

WICA – Northern Michigan is poised for a boom in natural gas production. Initially land owners focused on determining fair payment from natural gas companies. But now, they’re questioning how drilling will impact their land and water.

Bob Allen reports.

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Wild Horses Tamed for Auction Go Unsold

Wichita, KS

KMUW – The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is trying to figure out what to do with a surplus of trained wild horses. Brianna O’Higgins reports.

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Future of Southeastern Forests in Owners’ Hands

Ohio River Radio Consortium – The nation’s Southeastern forests are among the world’s most biologically diverse. And they’ve sustained huge changes over the centuries, from logging to urbanization. But the pace of change is accelerating. So the future of these forests is up to their owners. Kristin Espeland Gourlay reports.

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Songs for Haiti

Miami, FL

WLRN – Monday marks the six-month anniversary of Haiti’s massive earthquake. During that time, artists touched by the tragedy have written a host of songs. Some soulful, some mournful, some upbeat. Ruth Morris found several songs produced in South Florida.

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First Muslim College in US Prepares to Open

Berkeley, CA

The California Report – Zaytuna College’s academic motto is “Where Islam meets America.” It will offer a general education, but students will also learn Arabic and study the Koran. Lonny Shavelson reports.


So You Want to Write: A View from the Inside

Boston, MA

WBUR – Plenty of people read best-selling books in the summer, and some dream of writing the next “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” or “Eat, Pray, Love.” But the fact is, even if you manage to write something great, getting it published is another story. That’s where a savvy literary agent comes in. But it’s no cake-walk to get a valuable agent’s attention. Andrea Shea reports.

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Beetles lead to Cancellation of Fireworks at Mt. Rushmore

Black Hills, SD

SDPB – For the first time in 12 years Mount Rushmore has scrapped its Independence Day fireworks display. The epidemic of Mountain Pine Beetles infesting the forest around the monument has killed thousands of pines. The dead trees increase the risk of a major forest fire. Charles Michael reports that the cancellation of fireworks and the pine beetle epidemic are having a spin off effect on the tourist economy in the central Black Hills.

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Audio Postcard: Poetry, One Letter at a Time

Red Wing, MN

Minnesota Public Radio — A hissing, pumping printing press yields to the tiny click-clack of typesetting at Scott King’s Red Dragonfly Press. When you enter his light-filled studio, you’re greeted with sheets of poetry hanging on racks, waiting to dry.

Red Dragonfly Press is made up of mostly poetry chap books, which King lovingly assembles by hand. He starts out small, placing by hand each letter, each punctuation mark and all the spaces between words. He works line by line, until the pages are filled.

Then it’s off to the press, which takes the letters that King has assembled and imprints them on to paper, with ink.

Produced by Marc Sanchez.

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