FULL SHOW: Living Lab Radio of April 21, 2019

Apr 21, 2019

Living Lab Radio this week.

Vegan meat substitutes like Impossible Burger are popping up at fast food chains across the nation, raising questions about their true health and environmental effects. We talk to Garrett Broad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change.

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Bitcoin has a huge environmental footprint—hundreds of times larger than a credit card transaction. This month, governments across the world have clamped down on the electronic production of cryptocurrencies, called mining. Concerned about the electricity usage, counties in Montana and Washington have imposed regulations on new computing centers devoted to cryptocurrency mining. And China’s central state planner has proposed a ban on all cryptocurrency mining operations. We hear from Alex de Vries, a blockchain specialist at PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Experience Center and founder of the Digiconomist blog.

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An invasive reed called phragmites australis has taken over salt marshes across new England, and cities and towns have spent millions of dollars to get rid of it. One scientist says that needs to change. Judith Weis, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, argues in The Conversation.com that phragmites may be our best defense against losing our marshes to sea level rise.

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Imagine a world in which your toaster will only toast bread from approved vendors, your dishwasher will only clean approved dishes using specific brands of soap. Think that’s far-fetched? Cory Doctorow doesn’t. He is co-editor of the website Boing Boing, and a renowned science fiction author. He’s also become an activist for the open sharing of information and access to technology. His latest book is Radicalized: Four Tales of our Present Moment.