Science News, Bills To Reduce Housing Discrimination, Sustaining Lake Superior

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A package of bills in the state legislature aims to reduce evictions, discrimination, and landlord neglect in the state’s housing. One of the sponsors gives us the details. We learn about the history of protecting the beauty and water quality of Lake Superior, and discuss conservation strategies that remain relevant today. Also, a science editor shares some of the most exciting discoveries of the last month, including a threat to the largest organism on the planet and things we didn’t know about bears.

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  • Sustaining The Quality And Beauty Of Lake Superior

    Lake Superior holds twelve percent of the world’s fresh water, and it’s renowned for its beauty–but it’s faced many threats to water quality over the past century. A guest shares the history of efforts to protect Lake Superior, and lessons learned from successful conservation efforts.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Gemma Tarlach Guest
  • Rep. Jimmy Anderson Guest
  • Nancy Langston Guest

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