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Living Lab Radio: December 8, 2019

Thorsten Blank

“Essentially, the cost of producing protein is going to come down fast. So, it's five times cheaper by 2030 - and ten times by 2035 - than existing methods. And so, ultimately, this means 50 percent fewer cows by 2030. And it won't stop there.” – Catherine Tubb

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • NASA solar scientist Nicholeen Viall shares some of the exciting – and surprising – findings from the Parker probe’s first flyby of the sun.
  • Marcia Macedo of Woods Hole Research Center gives an update on the first week of the UN climate talks in Madrid, where she says the mood is a mix of concern, urgency, and hope.
  • RethinkX senior analyst Catherine Tubb makes the case that we’ve hit peak cow – cattle agriculture could be bankrupt in a decade, and vats of customized protein-producing yeast are the future of food.
  • Economist Jay Zagorsky won’t tell you what to buy that special someone, but will give you a holiday spending budget. Spoiler alert: he says 1% of total after-tax income is the sweet spot.

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.