Pfeffer News


Is Local Better When it Comes to Food?

Washington, DC

WAMU – Is locally-grown food really fresher, greener and better than stuff
shipped from far away? Sabri Ben-Achour reports the reality behind the assumption presents a
locavore’s dilemma.

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Construction of Continuous Trail around the Bay Area Underway

photo credit: Pat Koren

San Francisco, CA

QUEST – When it’s complete, the Bay Area Ridge Trail will stretch 550 miles around the Bay Area. It’ll link the redwood
forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Golden Gate Bridge, the
vineyards of Napa and Sonoma to the Eucalyptus groves of Tilden Park in
Oakland. Amy Standen reports.


Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements on the Rise

Birmingham, AL

Southern Education Desk – Today’s students and most of their parents are too young to remember a
time when epidemics crippled and killed millions. And there’s a reason
we’ve forgotten: vaccines. Even so, a small but growing number of
Alabama students are getting religious exemptions to school
immunization requirements. Dan Carsen reports the reasons are sometimes religious,
sometimes philosophical, and sometimes health-based.

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Child Labor Change Under Fire in Farm Country

Boone, IA

Harvest Public Media – The U.S. Labor Department has issued the first new child labor
regulations in 40 years, proposing barring children under the age of 16
from performing dangerous jobs, such as driving tractors, handling
pesticides and branding cattle. But Peggy Lowe reports the rules have angered many in farm
country, who say the government is trying to outlaw a long tradition of
kids working on the farm.

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Testing For Alzheimer’s: A Wrenching But Crucial Decision

Boston, MA

WBUR – Scientists can now predict with reasonable certainty who is likely to
get Alzheimer’s. But that brings a difficult decision: should we be
tested when there is currently no effective treatment? Sacha Pfeiffer reports.

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The Dieter’s Paradox

Chicago, IL

WBEZ – Your life is a series of decisions: where you live, where you work, what you buy. And even what you eat.  Dan Weissman reports if you’re trying to watch your weight, researcher Alexander Chernev has some bad news for you: Dieting makes you fat.

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Climate Change Could Muddy Tahoe’s Waters

Lake Tahoe, CA, NV

The California Report – “Keep Tahoe Blue” has been the slogan of environmental groups working to
protect Lake Tahoe’s legendary clear waters. Over
the last decade, more than $1 billion has been poured into curbing
runoff and erosion at the lake. Lauren Sommer reports new threats are emerging
just as funding is drying up.


Charter Schools’ Success TBD

Toledo, OH

StateImpact Ohio – In 1998, Ohio opened its first 15 charter schools.
There are now more than 300, and they’re enrolling more than 100,000
primary and secondary students.  Ohio is paying upwards of $500 million
to support those schools. But as Ida Lieszkovszky reports, as charter schools have grown, so have
divisions between them and traditional public schools.

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Cleveland, OH

Urban districts are often among Ohio’s lowest rated schools. So many
parents who can afford to, head for the suburbs once their children
reach school age. Lieszkovszky reports one group of parents in Cleveland decided instead
to open their own school.

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Soldiers Try Turning War Experience into Civilian Skills

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Nashville, TN

WPLN – As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, more than a million
service members are expected to leave the military over the next five
years. Blake Farmer reports soldiers from Fort Campbell face an already challenging job
market as they also try to turn war experience into marketable skills.

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Safety Concerns Keep Many from Biking to Work

Pittsburgh, PA

Essential Public Radio – 

Riding a bike to work is a healthy, inexpensive alternative
to driving, but only a small fraction of people feel comfortable commuting.
Larkin Page-Jacobs reports a lack of infrastructure and fear of aggressive
drivers keep many from biking Pittsburgh’s streets.

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A Return to Traditional Foods Helps Some Fight Hunger

White Earth Indian Reservation, MN

MPR – On White Earth Indian Reservation traditional Ojibwe methods of food gathering are making a return. Julie Siple reports food scarcity is such a problem on parts of the reservation that there is a neighborhood some call Hungry Hill.

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