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Filmmaker Lynn Novick makes a stop in Detroit to promote “The Vietnam War” documentary series

TweetDETROIT — “The Vietnam War” was one of the featured documentaries at the 2017 Cinetopia Film Festival in Detroit. The documentary series features 10 parts and 18 hours of footage. It will air on PBS beginning on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. “The Vietnam War” includes nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. In addition, there are more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artistsRead More


EARTHTALK – Solar Aesthetics: Rooftop Panels Never Looked So Good

TweetDear EarthTalk: Why do rooftop solar panels have to be so big and unsightly? Are there any better-looking alternatives out there? —Maise Lipscomb, Helena, MT If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 just might be the year for you to take the renewables leap. For starters, several panel makers now sell “frameless” or “seamless” designs whereby photovoltaic panels appear to “float” on the roof surface, with sightlines unencumbered by big black metal framework apparatus. But getting rid of the framesRead More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: Name the British naturalist who wrote and narrated BBC’s acclaimed Life series. When Creme Puff the cat died in 2005, she held the record for world’s oldest feline. How old was she? B.B. King’s guitar became an icon in its own right. What was its name? These Central and South American-dwelling animals, often confused with beavers or even pigs, are actually theRead More


EARTHTALK: Fuel Cell Cars Already Here in California, Coming Soon to Northeast

TweetDear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.?  —Jack Mixson, Wilmington, DE For years, green car enthusiasts have been heralding the dawn of a new era of pollution-free driving powered by fuel cells, which combine readily available hydrogen with oxygen to fire up the engine. NASA created the first commercial grade fuel cells in the 1960s to power satellites and space capsules, and automakers have been talking up their potential for use in cars and trucks ever since. But theRead More


EARTHTALK — Conventional Agriculture: Far From A Green Revolution

TweetDear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use? —Mickey Jurowski, Palatine, IL The advent of new technologies coming out of World War II led agricultural researchers to start experimenting with new classes of chemicals they could use to boost agricultural production. As human populations swelled, these “advances” were applied around the world so farmers could grow more food to feed the hungry masses and stave off widespread famine. This transition from essentiallyRead More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: What actor was originally supposed to play the lead role of Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation, but backed out before filming began? “It was red and yellow and green and brown, and scarlet and black and ochre and peach…” What item are these words describing? Who were Betty Grissom, Rene Carpenter, Louise Shepard, Trudy Cooper, Marjorie Slayton,Read More


EARTHTALK — Green Screen: Hollywood A-Listers Fight for the Planet

TweetDear EarthTalk: Who are some of the greener movie stars out there today and what are they doing to fight for the planet? —Stacey DiGiorno, Chevy Chase, MD While a handful of Hollywood A-listers—Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr., to name a few —have been actively campaigning for the environment for decades, a new wave of green celebrities is using star power to help convince millions of fans around the world to live greener lifestyles and speak up for environmental protections and climate mitigation. Leonardo DiCaprio continues toRead More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: How many elements on the periodic table are naturally occurring? Name the only historical American Girl doll to have been discontinued–archived, in American Girl parlance–only to  be reintroduced a few years later. What reality show premiered in the Netherlands in 1999, came to the United States the following year, and went on to become a global phenomenon, airing in over 81 countries?Read More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: All of the following movies came out in the same year: E.T., Bladerunner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Tootsie. What year was it? In 1907, a teenager named James Casey borrowed $100 from a friend to found the American Messenger Company. What longstanding business grew out of these beginnings? In Roman numerals, what does D indicate? Who played oneRead More


EARTHTALK: Trump Calls for Drastic Environmental Justice Cuts

TweetDear EarthTalk: What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration? —Mike Garner, New Orleans, LA Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” In layperson’s terms, it means making sure specific groups of people don’t bear a disproportionate burden from potential and existing environmental threats. Traditionally,Read More