Cleaning Up

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Everywhere we go, in just about everything we do, we make trash. On this episode, we explore the hard work of cleaning up. We visit the Burning Man “festival” where “leave no trace” means picking up human hair and pine needles. And scientists share their work to remove ghost gear left behind by fishing vessels. We also find out how medical waste disposal has become a political pressure point in the abortion debate. Plus, ecologists who say efforts to restore a pristine landscape might be unnecessary.

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