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Saturday, April 19

Understanding hemp as a legal crop with “Organic Cowboy,” Doug Fine

Guest: Doug Fine

As the widely contested legalization of marijuana in the United States is increasingly making headlines, pot’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, became legal earlier this year. The Agricultural Act of 2014 allows for 13 states’ universities and state agricultural departments to study the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp, the first time in about 75 years. Our guest, author and former NPR contributor, DOUG FINE, has been an advocate of bringing back this ancient plant, and he comes in to talk to Marty about his latest book, “Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.”

Doug Fine will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 19th, at 7:30p.


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The legacy of toxic dumping in Toms River

Guest: Dan Fagin

[From the Radio Times Archives] When chemical companies came to the New Jersey town of Toms River in the 1950s, the community saw good job prospects and a boom for the economy.  In fact, over the next few decades, Toms River thrived, becoming one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state.  But it came at a price. The chemical companies – namely Ciba-Geigy and Union Carbide – were dumping their waste into the river, burying it leaky drums or even pouring it straight into the ground.  When an unusually high incidence of cancer among children appeared in the 1980s and 90s, residents started to worry and ask why.  DAN FAGIN, the director of the science, health, and environmental reporting program at New York University, came in last year to tell this tragic story in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.”

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