Bribing Kids To Eat Healthy Foods, Algae In Lake Superior

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New research shows that monetary rewards can be a good incentive for kids to eat more healthy food, and that the change in behavior lasts even after they end. We learn why it seems to work, and whether it’s a good idea for parents and schools to consider. And as Great Lakes temperatures continue to warm, we find out why environmental scientists are concerned about the growth of algae in Lake Superior.

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  • Lake Superior Sees Algal Bloom As Water Temperatures Warm

    Scientists have known that in recent years, the Great Lakes’ temperatures have been on the rise. We find out how that might be contributing to algal bloom in Wisconsin’s own Lake Superior.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Regan Gurung Guest
  • Danielle Kaeding Guest