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Mitch Landrieu, the man Biden hopes can rebuild America, bring broadband to millions : Consider This from NPR

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is a $1.2 trillion law meant to spur a massive infrastructure renewal and rebuilding program complete with new bridges, railroads and highways.It also allocates $65 million to expand internet access to all.Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans, is the man Biden tapped to make sure the massive job gets done. We speak with Landrieu about the Affordable Connectivity Program – which provides monthly $30 subsidies for lower-income individuals to buy Internet access.Then we speak with Kathryn de Wit, project director for the Pew Charitable Trust's Broadband Access Initiative, about why accessing the internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.Email us at considerthis@npr.org.
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Sustainability Tonomia En

Some people get sick from VR. Why?

Another week comes by, and luckily so does our roundup of science news. This time, we've got some questions about better understanding our health: Why do some people get motion sickness from virtual reality (VR) content? Do we really need to walk 10,000 steps a day? And is there real science behind ice baths? This week, Sacha Pfeiffer, legendary reporter and occasional host of NPR's All Things Considered, who joins our hosts Emily Kwong and Regina G. Barber to demystify and (in some cases) debunk the science of this week's health headlines. We love hearing what you're reading and what science catches your eye! Reach the show by emailing shortwave@npr.org.
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Sustainability Tonomia En

Adding Racial Equity To The Business Of Legal Weed : Consider This from NPR

In about the last 10 years, the legalized cannabis industry has grown into a $32 billion business. Today, in 21 states, and the District of Columbia, you can legally purchase recreational marijuana if you are 21 or older. And 37 states have legalized medical marijuana programs. While it's easy to feel that cannabis has come a long way from the scare tactics of Reefer Madness, since 1970's Controlled Substance Act, marijuana has been classified as a drug on par with cocaine and heroin - dramatically increasing penalties for possession, sale, and distribution. Those penalties were enforced in ways that continue to disproportionately target people of color, especially black people. While the same states that once prosecuted the sale of weed are now regulating and taxing it, will those most affected by the punitive frameworks of the past be able to profit too? Host Michel Martin speaks with Devin Alexander, owner of the cannabis delivery business, Rolling Releaf, based in Newton Massachusetts. And we hear from Tauhid Chappell, President of the Philadelphia CannaBusiness Association.
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Sustainability Tonomia En

How to Talk About Politicians and Mental Health : Consider This from NPR

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's call for mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 seemed like a direct challenge to President Joe Biden, who is 80. But she could have been referring to the other announced candidate in the race: former President Donald Trump, who is 76. Or other high ranking leaders over the age of 75 - Senators Mitch McConnell and Bernie Sanders, both 81. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is 89, but the oldest sitting member of Congress, by a few months, is Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, also 89. She has announced that she will not run for re-election next year, however her term does not end until January 2025. On the heels of Haley's announcement, Democratic Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to seek treatment for clinical depression, a condition often associated with recovery from a stroke, which he experienced last May. While Fetterman's case differs from age-related cognitive decline, both issues raise questions about how much the public has the right to know about a public figure's mental health, and whether acknowledging these very common, very human conditions alleviates stigma or just reinforces it.Host Michel Martin talks to former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy about how his decision to speak publicly about his own issues with mental health. We also hear from Matthew Rozsa, who writes about health and science for Salon.
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Global Warming.

Researchers say ocean water vapor may be an answer to a climate change issue

Only 2.5% of the Earth’s global water supply is fresh water and supplies are shrinking with the unrelenting advance of climate change. Researchers say ocean water vapor may provide relief.
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Climate Change Global Warming.

The Fight To Keep Climate Change Off The Back Burner : Consider This from NPR

The world faces key deadlines for climate action in coming decades. But most of us are more focused on the short term — today, tomorrow, maybe next year. So what do we do about that?NPR’s Rebecca Hersher explains why humans have so much trouble prioritizing climate change.And Esme Nicholson reports on climate protesters in Germany who are taking increasingly disruptive steps to demand action.In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.Email us at considerthis@npr.org.
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Environment

This 13-year-old border collie is saving the environment, one bottle at a time

Scruff the “eco dog” helps clean up his town in central England by fetching hundreds of discarded plastic bottles.
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Climate Change Global Warming.

Climate change is transforming the Arctic and Alaska natives are on the frontline

NPR’s A Martinez talks to Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer, co-author of a report on Arctic warming, about how the changing climate is impacting Arctic residents in Alaska.
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Gardening Gardens

California gardener rents out real and reusable holiday trees

Love the smell of a live Christmas tree but hate to throw it out at the end of the holiday season? A California nursery rents real and re-usable Tannenbaums.