In this episode, we listen back to some of our favorite stories from 2016, including a look at why our brains function better when we hear the sounds of nature.
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Stories in this episode
- In a Noisy World, Our Brains Still Need the Sounds of Nature
Next time you’re outside, turn off your car, stop talking and listen. What you hear might just be good for you.
- No—Your Recycling is not Just Going to the Landfill. Well, Most of it Isn’t.
It does seem impossible that somebody is separating paper receipts from soda cans. But we can assure you, your recycling is getting sorted. And the whole system is pretty high-tech.
- A Poet Mines for Meaning in West Virginia’s Complex Energy Past
A new anthology of poems, essays and stories is exploring the impacts of fracking and Appalachia's complicated relationship to its energy heritage.
- Lost Squash Variety Rediscovered in Great Lakes Region
The massive, bright-orange squash is over two feet long. But even bigger is its impact on the Native American tribes who are now cultivating the crop as part of a revival of native Great Lakes foods.