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Living Lab Radio: June 16, 2019

A B2 bomber uses roughly 4.2 gallons of fuel per mile.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
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"They act as if climate change-related inundation at their bases, and challenges to operations, and even climate war, are almost a fait accompli without recognizing their own contribution. So, the first step would be for them to put the two things together, and then develop a list of priorities for reductions in emissions." - Neta Crawford

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Biochemist Toni Kutchan describes how she and her team found bacteria that could help manufacture the life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, Narcan, without the harsh chemistry used today.
  • Penn State's Matthew Ferrari explains why outbreaks are an unavoidable part of the path to elimination of measles, and why outbreaks in the U.S. are different (spoiler alert: we're going backward).
  • Samuel Lawrence is part of the team that oversees NASA's collection of moon rocks, which revolutionized our understanding of both the moon and Earth.
  • Political scientist Neta Crawford says the military has recognized the threat climate change poses, but hasn't connected that with its own huge carbon footprint. 

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.