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Leid Stories—A Tone-Deaf Trump Doesn’t Hear the Multiple Alarms He Sets Off, But He Enjoys Watching the Chaos and Panic They Cause (Part 2)—03.08.18

Yesterday’s discussion generated far more calls than we were able to accommodate, so we’re picking up from where we left off yesterday, looking at where President Donald Trump and his chaotic administration have brought us as a nation and how we’re responding.   Download this episode (right click and save)

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Bonnie Malkin – ‘Every breath is an effort’: Delhi residents suffer amid smog crisis

Residents and visitors to Delhi are struggling to cope with severe levels of toxic air pollution that have prompted authorities to declare an “emergency situation” in the city. Locals have expressed their concern over the dangerous smog on Twitter, with some saying they have been forced to take their families out of Delhi due to concerns over their health. Others …

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Michael Safi – Indian government declares Delhi air pollution an emergency

The Indian government has declared severe levels of toxic air pollution in Delhian “emergency situation” as administrators announce a plan to temporarily shut construction sites and a coal-fired power station to bring the situation under control. Schools in the capital will be closed for three days and traffic may be rationed, following six days of heavy smog and concentrations of …

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Juliette Rousselot – Nepal’s Maithil women break traditional gender roles

Mithila, Nepal – Like many women in the Maithil community in Nepal, Manjula Thakur found her life severely restricted and controlled by the male members of her family. The community follows deeply entrenched patriarchal traditions. “I used to stay  at home all the time, with my head covered, doing the cooking and other household chores,” says the 56-year-old. Once known as …

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Christina Sarich – 8 Secrets To Living Beyond 100 From The World’s Healthiest People

In a lost kingdom high in the Himalayan mountains, at one of the extreme northern points of India, bordering Kashmir, China and Afghanistan live a people with incredible secrets for longevity – the Hunzas. Pronounced hoon-zas, they are not a society of mythical legend, but real people living on ‘the roof of the world’ – often to the tender age …

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State in India Goes 100% Organic, Protects 75,000 Hectares of Land from GMOs

As of the end of December, 2015, Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state in the country. Implementing organic farming practices on 75,000 hectares of land, the citizens of Sikkim will enjoy GMO-free, sustainable agriculture which will be certified organic. “We have achieved fully-organic status in the end of December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally announce this at …

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Paul Ehrlich – How Humans Cause Mass Extinctions

STANFORD – There is no doubt that Earth is undergoing the sixth mass extinction in its history – the first since the cataclysm that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. According to one recent study, species are going extinct between ten and several thousand times faster than they did during stable periods in the planet’s history, and …