Smithsonian mineralogist retiring to Wisconsin, Air samples measure pollution in Kenosha County

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A view down a highway showing white smoke clouding the air.
Smoke blocks long distance views as cars drive on a highway Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Rock County, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

The Hope Diamond is one of the most iconic gems in the world. The Smithsonian caretaker is retiring to Wisconsin. Plus, along the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha County, researchers are taking air samples to determine sources of local pollution. We learn more.

Featured in this Show

  • Mineralogist overseeing Hope Diamond retires to Wisconsin

    The longtime curator of the gems and minerals exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is retiring to Wisconsin after almost four decades on the job. The Mount Horeb native and former keeper of the Hope Diamond shares his insights.

  • Scientists monitor ground ozone in southeast Wisconsin

    Using balloons, a drone and low-flying aircraft in the Kenosha area and over Lake Michigan, researchers are taking air samples to determine the source of the local air pollution. We talk to one of the scientists on the ground.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Trina La Susa Technical Director
  • Jeffrey Post Guest
  • Todd McKinney Guest

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