Pfeffer News


Discarded Umbrellas Get Second Life

New York, NY

WNYC – During downpours people are often desperate to buy the first cheap umbrella they can find. And chances are, that cheap umbrella is going to break under the first big gust of wind and find its way into a trash can. But Ailsa Chang reports that little umbrella’s life may not end in the waste basket where you left it.


Seeding a New Generation of Farmers

The Denver Post
Buena Vista, CO

KRCC – At a time when becoming a farmer often means a big initial investment, when generational farms seem to be fading away, and when landowners simply don’t have the time, experience, or desire to ranch or farm, a new program is trying to jump start the industry. Land Link pairs next generation farmers with land owners. Shanna Lewis reports the program gives farmers access to land they otherwise couldn’t afford.


The Shoes on the Feet of the Dancer

Seattle, WA

KUOW – Our feet are ingenious things. What looks like a fragile network of bone, muscle and ligament actually provides the foundation for our bodies. Our feet help us run or swim — or dance across a stage. Ballerinas depend on their feet, but they can’t balance on their toes alone. Marcie Silman reports it takes strength, practice and the right pair of shoes.

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Oil Spill Claims Process Proving Difficult for Vietnamese

Gulfport, MS

Mississippi Public Broadcasting – The BP oil well may finally be capped, but for many of the Gulf Coast’s Vietnamese population navigating the claims process for lost compensation is an ongoing trial. Phoebe Judge has more.


Will Films be Blockbuster for Midwest?

Ann Arbor, MI
Cleveland, OH
Chicago, IL

Changing Gears – Towns and cities across the Midwest are trying to look like mini Hollywoods, thanks to generous tax incentives that have attracted dozens of film crews. But California still dominates the $57 billion film industry – and some are asking whether Great Lakes states are offering too much.

Picking up the story are Kate Davidson in Ann Arbor, Dan Bobkoff in Cleveland and Niala Boodhoo in Chicago. 

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Ending Life With a Sense of Peace

San Diego, CA

The California Report – Over the past few decades, hospice care has become a more common choice for the terminally ill. Treatment focuses on making patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Now, a San Diego facility has added a new dimension to that care: a psychiatric program for patients and their families. Kenny Goldberg reports.


Conservative Upstart Shocks NY G.O.P

Buffalo, NY

North Country Public Radio – Buffalo Businessman Carl Paladino came out of nowhere to take the gubernatorial primary away from his party’s choice, former Congressman Rick Lazio, in yesterday’s primary. After petitioning his way onto the ballot to force a primary, the brash millionaire collected a stunning 60 percent of the vote. Paladino had the support of tea party activists across the state, riding a wave of voter anger. Next up for the newcomer is a general election race against the popular, well-connected, and well-funded Democrat, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Martha Foley has more.

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A Century After Island Explusion, an Apology

Malaga Island, ME

Maine Public Broadcasting – Malaga Island is a tranquil nature preserve in Casco Bay, off the shores of Phippsburg, where local fishermen store their traps. But for those familiar with its history, Malaga Island represents a dark time in Maine’s not-so-distant past. Josie Huang reports in 1912, the state evicted the island’s mixed-race fishing community.

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Mussels and Oysters as Environmental Harbingers

Nashville, TN

WPLN – Inland, mussels and freshwater clams are to a river what canaries are to coal mines – a sort of alarm system for hazardous conditions. Biologists are currently taking a mussel census, gauging the health of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems flowing through southern Middle Tennessee – the Duck River. Blake Farmer reports.

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Meanwhile, Northwestern researchers who are studying how the oceans suck in excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere say baby oysters could be a bellwether for another dimension of global warming. KUOW’s Tom Banse reports on an experiment now underway in Seattle to find out which sea critters can or can’t cope.

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Home of the U.S. Open Less than Inviting for Local Tennis Players

New York, NY

WNYC – To play tennis in New York City, it helps if you know the rules. Not the rules of the game — the rules of finding a place to play. Amy Eddings reports.


Going Green: the Gap Between Words and Actions

Birmingham, AL

WBHM – What are you doing to help the environment? Have you ditched the plastic water bottles and carry a reusable one instead. Maybe you bike to work a couple days a week. According to a recent study, there’s sometimes a big gap between what we say we should do and what we actually do. Tanya Ott knows all about it.

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Exhibit Tells Real Story of ‘Twilight’ Tribe

National Museum of the American Indian
Seattle, WA

OPB – With the international success of the “Twilight” series of books and movies, the Quileute Indian Tribe found themselves suddenly thrust into the spotlight. The Quileute Nation is located in La Push, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Bryan Buckalew reports the Tribe hopes to tell their true story through a new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.


The Euthanasia Debate Continues

Baltimore, MD

WYPR – As America’s baby-boomers grow older and live longer, quality of life has become an important aspect in the discussion of how to best care for an aging population. Some believe those suffering from a debilitating or terminal illness should have the right to end their lives with the assistance of others. Sarah Richards reports Doctor Larry Egbert is waiting to find out whether his activism in the right-to-die movement is going to land him in jail.

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Making Breastfeeding the Norm

Ft. Myers, FL

WGCU – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only two out of five women in the U.S. breastfeed their babies for the first six months. It’s a statistic the Women, Infants and Children program or WIC is trying to change. Farah Dosani reports on the effort to make breastfeeding the cultural norm.

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Do “Secure Communities” Secure Communities?

Denver, CO

KUNC – Governor Bill Ritter is weighing whether Colorado will become part of a new federal program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes. As Bente Birkeland reports, law enforcement agencies have mixed feelings about moving forward.

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