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.