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Falcon Fascination (radio)

Falcon Fascination (radio)

Two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, online and in two Bay Area cities. QUEST Radio reports.

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Falcon Fascination

Falcon Fascination

Photo Credit: Glenn Nevill PhotographyOne of the season's most suspenseful wildlife dramas is now taking place via web cam. Peregrine falcons were almost extinct two generations ago. Now much more prolific, two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, both online, thanks to cameras placed […]

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Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

Relaxing the Rules on Toxics Reporting

For 20 years, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting E.P.A rules. QUEST radio reports.

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Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

Relaxing the rules on toxic reporting

For the past two decades, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them, in detail, to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting Environmental Protection Agency rules. That means, in California alone, as much as 6-hundred thousand pounds of toxic […]

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Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

Earth Day Radio Special: The History of Environmental Justice

QUEST radio takes a look at the history of the environmental justice movement, and where it's going.

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Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Discuss the "Earth Day Special: The History of Environmental Justice" radio report

Thirty-seven years after the first Earth Day, studies are still finding that people of color and low-income families have higher rates of exposure to hazardous waste sites and industrial polluters than the general population. A debate continues over why that is and just what to do about it. QUEST radio takes a look at the […]

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Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés (radio)

It's a typical evening at a popular SF cafe – cappuccinos, beer, conversation… and a lecture on mathematical theorems? Bay Area "science cafés" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folks face-to-face for casual science lectures and Q&A.

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Discuss the "Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés" radio report

Discuss the "Ask a Scientist: Science Cafés" radio report

The Bay Area has long been known for its intellectual and cultural scene. Beat poets, musicians and visual artists have all visited the city's bars and coffee houses. Now, Scientists are stepping out of the lab and into cafes where enthusiastic crowds sip on a beer or cappuccino and listen to lectures on black holes, […]

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Drive by Extinction

Drive by Extinction

A sure sign of spring in San Mateo County was once the emergence of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly until one Spring it wasn't there. Now after a six-year absence, it has returned– with assistance– to Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve.

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Discuss the "Drive by Extinction" Radio report

Discuss the "Drive by Extinction" Radio report

The Checkerspot Butterfly was once a vibrant part of spring in San Mateo County, but today's it's hard to spot a single one. Exhaust fumes from Highway 280 have contributed to the decline of this tiny butterfly, making it a victim of what is called "drive-by extinction." QUEST follows a biologist in Edgewood Park and […]

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Discuss the "Devil's Slide" Radio report

Discuss the "Devil's Slide" Radio report

The coast between Pacifica and Montara is unsurpassed in scenic beauty. Carved out of the steep cliff sides, Route 1 hugs the coastline for much of the distance between these two towns. In one part, the road crosses the aptly named Devil's Slide region, a steep, unstable geological formation. This section of road has a […]

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Devil's Slide

Devil's Slide

An infamous stretch of Route 1 is on its way to becoming the site of California's first tunnel in 43 years. For those working on the project, it's an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

Global warming and seasonal storms are putting California's low-lying areas at risk. A new network of high-tech weather sensors is making the streams, tributaries and dams of the American River the country's most closely-monitored water system.

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Discuss the "Watching for Floods on the American River" Radio report

Discuss the "Watching for Floods on the American River" Radio report

It’s been a fairly dry winter so far in California. One group who could really use some rain is a team of scientists trying to unlock the secrets of how storms work. What they find out has critical implications for people living in flood-prone areas like Sacramento, where information is the best defense. A new […]

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Bringing Back Urban Bees

Bringing Back Urban Bees

Spring may be in the air, but our pollinators may not be. The U.S. bee population has declined, especially in urban areas. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a new buzz to bring wild, native bees to the urban landscape.

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Discuss the "Bringing Back Urban Bees" radio story

Discuss the "Bringing Back Urban Bees" radio story

Spring may be in the air, but the bees that pollinate our fruit and flowers may not be. The number of bees in the U.S. has declined, especially in urban areas. The traditional way to increase bee numbers is with hives of European honeybees — but setbacks in keeping city beehives means that a different, […]

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Discuss the "Video Games – Access for All" Radio report

Discuss the "Video Games – Access for All" Radio report

Video games are becoming so popular that last year’s sales in the U.S. surpassed movie ticket revenue. And as their popularity increases, the almost 50 million people that are living with a disability in the U.S. are wanting a voice in how the games are designed. At the San Francisco Game Developers Conference, developers are […]

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Video Games– Access for All (radio)

Video Games– Access for All (radio)

Video games are becoming so popular that last year's sales in the U.S. surpassed movie ticket revenue. The almost 50 million people that are living with a disability in the U.S. are wanting a voice in how the games are designed.

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America's Last Whaling Station (radio)

America's Last Whaling Station (radio)

The Bay Area was home to the last whale hunting fleet in the United States – only a generation ago. QUEST investigates how Richmond, California was part of a historic moment, and what remains today.

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Discuss the "America's Last Whaling Station" radio and TV story

Discuss the "America's Last Whaling Station" radio and TV story

This month, gray whales are beginning their 12,000-mile spring migration from calving grounds in Baja, Mexico, back up north to feeding grounds off Alaska. Just a generation ago, these waters were hunting grounds for commercial whalers. In fact, Richmond, California was home to America’s last commercial station. It closed in 1972. Nanotechnology Takes Off and […]

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