How much do you know about the food you eat? With all the competing information out there, what sources can you really trust? And how much do you really want to know? Intersection teams up with Harvest Public Media to talk about the obstacles that get in the way of discovering the truth about our food, in particular looking at the beef industry.
Peggy Lowe, Harvest Network analyst, Harvest Public Media
Ray Massey, extension professor, MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Mike McGraw, projects reporter, The Kansas City Star
From 2001 to 2008, painter Billyo O’Donnell traveled across the Show-Me State to capture scenes from each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. Meanwhile, writer Karen Glines compiled essays about each county to accompany the artwork. Since being published in a coffee-table book titled "Painting Missouri" in 2008, the paintings have toured the state and are back on display this month in Columbia. We hear from the duo about what went into their effort, what they saw along the way, and how people have responded to the work.
Karen Glines, author and former arts and culture writer for AOL in St. Louis
Billyo O'Donnell, landscape painter
(Program was recorded Thursday, April 12.)Spring is officially upon us, and for many in the country it arrived early this year. We get some possible explanations for the record high temperatures in March. You'll also hear how the early spring could benefit farmers, consumers and even the insect population.
Rob Lawrence, forest entomologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Tony Lupo, chairman, University of Missouri Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
Michael Monson, chair, University of Missouri Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Lowell Schachtsiek, a farmer from northeast Missouri (joining the program by phone)
Janice Stillman, editor of the Old Farmers Almanac (joining the program by phone)
The Missouri River was once the lifeblood of this region, bringing goods and prosperity through towns across the state. But like the muddy water itself, the river's ideal use and flow is not as clear as it may have been years ago. Dams and levees have altered its course and threatened aquatic life; and over the past decade outdoor and nature enthusiasts have led a growing effort to clean up trash littered along the river and turn the waterway into a central point for recreation. We look at statewide conservation efforts and what lies in store for the Big Muddy.
Ongoing problems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have raised questions about nuclear power safety in the United States. What safety precautions are in place at the nuclear power plant in Callaway County? How might the situation in Japan affect plans for a second nuclear reactor there? And what is the latest in the science of nuclear power in general?
Scott Bond, manager of nuclear development, Callaway Power Plant
Sudarshan Loyalka, Curators’ Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of Missouri
After years of back and forth with local officials, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week released a pollution control plan that identifies storm-water runoff as the main source of pollutants in Hinkson Creek. On today's program, panelists explain what pollution in the creek means to the average citizen of mid-Missouri. We also look at how Hinkson Creek might be cleaned up, how quickly it could happen, and how much the clean-up efforts might cost taxpayers like you.
What exactly is going on with the planet we live on? What realistically can and should be done to protect it? And why is it so difficult to reach consensus on some of these issues? Our guests, who attended the global climate conference in Copenhagen in December, answer these questions and others.
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Mark Cowell, associate professor and director of graduate studies, MU geography department
Mike Urban, associate professor, MU geography department