Monthly Archives: July 2011
HOUR 1 – Dr. Richard “Dick” Young, Executive Director, NREP –
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HOUR 2 – Robert Thollander, Jr., Molecular Biologist, IEIA
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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.
Dr. Young’s background is rich. He has served as the US Government’s pollution control expert around the world at technology exchange meetings with foreign governments. In addition, he has been environmental advisor and consultant to 14 states and five Federal Agencies.
Dr. Young, who is an engineer, was founding Editor/Publisher of Pollution Engineering Magazine, a leader in the field. He has written several hundred articles dealing with environmental management and pollution control. In addition he has authored 31 books on environmental safety and engineering.
Dr. Young has worn many hats during his esteemed career. He served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Southern Illinois University, George Williams College and Read the rest of this entry
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.
Compton takes her cues from Sesame Street by using her Computer Puppets to teach young children how to use the computer. “If I do this in a fun, interactive way, then frustration could be eliminated. Kids are easier to teach than adults because I took away the fear of the unknown. When Sesame Street first came out, a lot of people couldn’t read. Many adults learned to read with it.”
Compton heads up Compton Learning Co, Inc., ( www.computerpuppets.com ) with her learning program for kids from Kindergarten through Fifth Graders using puppets via a professional teaching video in four parts.
Part Four is about Internet safety , and it features the Byte family. There is even a surprise guest portraying Megabyte, the Mom. It’s none other than Dr.Hildy voicing Megabyte. “It’s just a fun way for the kids to learn – and, of course, the adults,also,” says Compton, whose fertile imagination has created 24 individual puppets. Read the rest of this entry
Hour 1 AUDIO: 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.
That’s when he began producing eggs the old-fashioned way – without cages – for the very first time, according to his sales manager Jim Barry.
“They are free walking,” said Barry. “It’s an expression George came up with years ago. In the old days, people had 5 or 6 chickens and they ran around. We like to keep them as natural as we can, but not on the grass. That’s bad for the watershed .”
With 100,000 hens, The Country Hen seems to have it all over competing commercial businesses who have millions of hens crammed in cages. Instead of using one of the industry’s commercial feeds, The Country Hen blends and mills their own Certified Organic feed and has it certified each year by an independent agency. Read the rest of this entry
1st Hour: “Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine” by Dr. Rock Brynner
2nd Hour: “Empire & Odyssey: The Brynners in Far East Russia and Beyond” by Dr. Rock Brynner
HOUR 1 AUDIO: Dr. Rock Brynner – The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine – Hr 1
HOUR 2 AUDIO: Dr. Rock Brynner -Empire _ Odyssey_ The Brynners in Far East Russia and Beyond – Hr 2
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.