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Podcast #21: Dangerous Dams

Our podcast host and former NYT editor David Corcoran talks with Lois Parshley about her Undark Case Study on the environmental costs of “clean” hydropower around the globe. Also: commentator Seth Mnookin on the rise of predatory journals, and Randy Scott Carroll on what it means to be alive.

The All But Certain End of Net Neutrality

Topping our weekly news roundup: On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission presented its plan to repeal the country’s regulations on net neutrality. The move would scrap the rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing web traffic to particular websites and services.

A Global Pact to Phase Out Coal

Topping our weekly news roundup: The United Kingdom, Canada, and the Marshall Islands announced a pact at the U.N. climate conference in Germany to phase out the use of coal in energy production by 2030. Nineteen countries have signed on so far, including Mexico, Finland, and Denmark.

Podcast #20: The War on Polio

Our podcast host and former NYT editor David Corcoran talks with Jo Chandler about her Undark Case Study on the campaign to wipe out polio in a corner of Nigeria where it stubbornly hangs on. Also: Science and media commentator Seth Mnookin, and Emily Pontecorvo on growing your own produce at home.

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