Monthly Archives: July 2011
Guests: Dr. Richard “Dick” Young, Executive Director, NREP; and Robert Thollander, Jr., Molecular Biologist, IEIA
Dr. Richard Young
Dr. Richard Young is executive Director of the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) in Glenview, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. NREP, founded in 1987, is the largest non-governmental environmental education organization and accrediting organization with in excess of 20,000 certified professionals world-wide. NREP’s accreditation covers the environmental fields as well as homeland preparedness. NREP was among the first environmental organizations to recognize the potential hazards to the environment from exposure to nanotechnology. Many have since followed. Read the rest of this entry
1st Hour: Feast Your Eyes on Edible Flowers
Guest: Aaron Steil, Education Coordinator at Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University
Have you ever eaten a daylily right out of your garden? “They kind of taste like buttered lettuce,” says Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens’ Education Coordinator at the Iowa State University’s 14-acre Reiman Gardens located in Ames, 35 miles north of Des Moines, Iowa. “With roses, pansies, even lilacs, people grow them because they are pretty,” he says.
But what many people do not realize is that they have a dual purpose — they are edible. They can brighten up just about any meal and create new taste sensations. “They kind of make a meal look fancy,” says Steil, a horticulturist, who has satisfied his curiosity by partaking of edible flowers. “Most people are very curious but a little reluctant to try them.” Read the rest of this entry
1st Hour Guest: Rene’ Compton
“Computer Puppets Go to the Head of the Class”
The “Shark Tank” TV show missed a good one. Last September, Rene’ Compton of Orlando, Florida, sent in an audition tape and made it through the first round but then was cut. She could have shown them a thing or two: How she has Kindergartners already typing in public and private Florida schools and Preschoolers asking Grandpa how much RAM he has on his home computer. Read the rest of this entry
1st Hour: Free-Walking Pampered Hens
Guest: Jim Barry, The Country Hen Sales Manager
Just imagine pampered hens. That’s right – chickens – sitting on their very own screened-in porch, taking life easy. Every now and then, though, they might take a break to sunbathe, visit a neighbor, scratch and dust bathe. Ah, that’s the life! In the mornings, though, that’s when they do their real work: laying beautiful organic eggs.
That’s what goes on at The Country Hen on 20 acres in Hubbardston, Mass. It’s owned by 79-year-old George Bass who started out as a member of the 4-H Club with 24 hens at the age of 10 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. In his 40’s he owned a poultry business in Bogota, Colombia, before retiring to study the health factors of the poultry business in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry
On July 6, 2011, Dr. Staninger welcomed guest Dr. Rock Brynner. Diversity is Dr. Brynner’s middle name. His occupations have run the gamut from street clown and farmer to prolific author, and even though he’s an adjunct Professor of History at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with a Masters Degree in philosophy and a PhD in history, he’s no stuffy professor. He’s given to using words like “groovy”.
Brynner’s birth name is actually Yul Brynner Jr., son of the late actor Yul Brynner. Nonetheless, he has made his own way in the world without trading in on his father’s fame. And along the way as a kid of six, he adopted the “Rock” moniker from prizefighter Rocky Graziano. Read the rest of this entry