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Podcast #22: The Poisoning of Michigan

Join our podcast host and former New York Times editor David Corcoran as he talks with Carrie Arnold about her Undark Case Study on the toxic legacy of a 1973 chemical mixup. Also: commentator Seth Mnookin on the biggest science stories of 2017, and Randy Scott Carroll on what it means to be alive.

Exodus at the Environmental Protection Agency

Topping our weekly news roundup: 700 people have left the EPA — either through quitting, taking buyouts, or retiring from positions that will not filled — since Donald Trump became president. This puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way to reaching its goal of shrinking the agency by 20 percent.

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.

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