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The Extraterrestrials by Eitan Stern-Robbins and Alexandros Zervos
If there were extraterrestrial life on some planet out there, how could we tell? One clue is to look at how the existence of living beings has changed the Earth’s environment. MIT professor Sara Seager explains. Chosen for Generation PRX’s “Best Youth-Made Radio of 2010” playlist.

Hearing Red by Andy Cox
The sounds around us can affect us in ways we don’t consciously realize, as demonstrated in this experimental piece that incorporates sound from multiple sources (including an excerpt from John Cage’s composition, 4’33”). This piece was created as an entry in the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s 2012 ShortDocs Competition, in which entries had to be under three minutes, feature at least two neighbors, involve three seconds of narrative silence and have a color in the title. Chosen for Generation PRX’s “Best Youth-Made Radio of 2012” playlist.

Can I Do Anything Anymore? by Andy Cox and Levi Toledano
It seems that everything we do has some sort of negative environmental impact. Can we do anything anymore? If we want to be environmentally conscious, do we have to just sit still all day? Well, probably not. But it can be overwhelming even to think about it.... Chosen for Generation PRX’s “Best Youth-Made Radio of 2011” playlist.

Does Biology Class Really Matter? by Nephtalie Dehoux
Nephy really hated biology class, and that’s part of why she is now an environmental reporter.

Biodiesel Dialogue by Manon Bonnet and Alexandros Zervos
Biodiesel: a great environmental move, or just an expensive way to make your truck smell like french fries? Sara Barnowski from Biodiesel@MIT helps sort it out.

Global Warming Rap by Aaron King, Fahim Sinha and Nelson Dow
A blend of music, voice and person-in-the-street interviews that carries a strong message about climate change and U.S. policy. Selected for the nationally-broadcast special "Our Time: Teens and Politics" from KUOW and Generation PRX.

If I Were Mother Nature by Djinnie Timoleon and Alexandros Zervos
If you were Mother Nature, what would you change about the earth? What would you leave the same?

Vegetarians, Vegans and Cow Gas by Meredith Midgely and Manon Bonnet
Does it matter for the environment if you choose not to eat meat? Yes. Tim Griffin, professor of agriculture at Tufts University, tells us why. (WARNING: Some of the reasons are kind of gross....)

High School Goes Green by Hichem Hadjeres
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School is going green. That’s a good thing, right? Yes, in the long run, but it’s also kind of a hassle.

Volcano Game Show by Alexandros Zervos and Eitan Stern-Robbins
“Show Me the Money,” volcano edition. Good thing for the contestant that MIT professor Sam Bowring is on hand to be his lifeline.

A Green and Pleasant Place: The Library by Kyle Alpert and Syed Rahman
It’s airy, light, comfortable and designed with the environment in mind. It’s Cambridge Public Library’s new building.

Coyotes in Cambridge? by Camara Langford and Manon Bonnet
Mark McCabe, from the Cambridge Animal Control office, tells us about Tom Gobbles, the wild turkey of Kendall Square, and a number of other animals you might not have expected to meet in the city.

Memorial Drive Vibe by Ryan Tracy, Devlin Winter, Torsten Bidwell and Tom Leith
Every Sunday, Memorial Drive in Cambridge is closed to motorized vehicles and opened up to pedestrians, cyclists and others. How do local people feel about that? Pretty good!

Grass or Artificial Turf? by Eitan Stern-Robbins and Camara Langford
It seems like a no-brainer. Obviously natural grass is more environmentally friendly than artificial turf, right? Not so fast….

Green Streets by Eitan Stern-Robbins
Getting people out of their cars even for only one day a month can make a big difference, and not just on that one day.

Designing for Now by Fahim Sinha and Aaron King
A visit to the International Development Design Summit, where teams from around the world create bicycle-wheel-powered millet threshers, machines to make interlocking bricks out of soil, and other inexpensive devices that will make life easier and better in developing countries.

Green Oregon by Eitan Stern-Robbins
From television stations to doughnut shops, businesses in Oregon are finding creative ways to help the environment.

City Sprouts by Kyle Alpert
Elementary and middle-school students get their hands dirty in a good way.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) by Camara Langford and Manon Bonnet
How does it happen that a forest-protection organization also carries out timber harvests? It’s all part of the complex work they do to preserve New Hampshire’s wooded open spaces.

Recycling Human Waste at SPNHF by Hichem Hadjeres
Even the stuff you leave behind in the toilet can be recycled. And it’s not as gross as you’d think!

Conserving Energy at SPNHF by Johnny Adjuder and Helen Kibreab
How SPNHF’s LEED-certified building helps the society conserve energy.

Heating and Cooling SPNHF’s Building by Okey Agu and Devlin Winter
Renewable, home-grown New Hampshire trees, and a chimney effect that brings in cooling breezes, keep the SPNHF building warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Natural Lighting at SPNHF by Ryan Tracy and Samuel Wat
If your building is surrounded by deciduous trees, and has lots of south-facing windows, you can save a lot of energy on lighting, and have a nicer indoor look as well.

Bathroom Rhythms by Camara Langford and Ryan Tracy
Fun with sounds found during a tour of Boston Children’s Museum.

Dodgeball by Tom Leith and Ben Zaa Gallagher
Video games don’t have to be bad for kids’ health, as an exhibit at Boston Children’s Museum demonstrates.

Harbor Thoughts by Kyle Alpert and Samuel Wat
Boston Harbor has gotten a lot cleaner over the past couple of decades. Has anyone noticed?

Global Warming Rap (extended version) by Aaron King, Fahim Sinha and Nelson Dow
A blend of music, voice and person-in-the-street interviews that carries a strong message about climate change and U.S. policy (extended “Producer’s Cut” version).

Bamboo Boards and Bikes by Ryan Tracy
What do you think of when you think of bamboo? Pandas? Ornamental plants? Well, try this on for size: bamboo skateboards and bicycles!

Our Hollow Earth by Kimberly Germain and Eitan Stern-Robbins
The earth is a big, solid object, densely packed all the way to the core. Or is it? What if it were hollow, with an entrance at the North Pole, filled with strange creatures and other wonders. Sounds ridiculous today, but not too long ago it was a commonly-held belief. Our intrepid reporters decide there’s only one way to find out for sure.

Zoo Debate by Aria Morgan and Alexandros Zervos
Do zoos have a role to play in conservation and public awareness? Are they “animal jails”? Is there room for middle ground? There doesn’t seem to be for these two debaters, but you can make up your own mind.

Green Building by Muriel Brunet and Ariel Chandler
Thoughtful and innovative building techniques can make buildings better not only for the environment, but also for the people who live and work in them.

Kill-A-Watt by Manon Bonnet
“Sprouts of Hope,” a group of 7th- and 8th-grade girls in Cambridge, Mass., have published their own guide to using a “Kill-A-Watt” meter to learn about how much energy it really takes to run your hair dryer, watch TV, pop popcorn....

Mining the Moon by Andy Cox and Alexandros Zervos
Might we be able to get electrical power from nuclear fusion, the Sun's source of energy? Perhaps. But to get the materials we need, we might have to go to the Moon first.

Sustainability in Sports by Djinnie Timoleon and Kimberly Germain
Lots of us enjoy playing sports, and there are some easy ways to boost sustainability while having fun.

Sustainability in School by Van Chiyoda, Ryan Tracy, Jonathan Gilboa and Andy Cox
School is pretty good at helping us build our vocabulary, but sometimes even simple-sounding words are hard to define. For example, what does "sustainability" really mean?


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