Segment 403

Wilderness Anniversary, Arkansas Oil Pipeline, Fungi Fuel

State(s) featured in this episode: Arkansas/Montana

Wilderness Anniversary: Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we explore its origins and success in protecting more than 100 million acres of unspoiled natural wilderness, a distinctly American achievement. There are still many more areas of wild nature that deserve protection, and the Wilderness Act remains an essential law in the cause of conservation.

Arkansas Oil Pipeline: In March, 2013, a rupture in a buried oil pipeline surprised suburban homeowners in Mayflower, Arkansas by flooding their streets with crude oil. Many of them didn’t even know there was a pipeline under their yards. To find out more about this event, we offer a two-part investigative story co-produced with Inside Climate News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting unit.

Fungi Fuel: We meet a scientist in Montana who searches the globe for botanical specimens, discovering fungi and bacteria in the tissues of some plants that can be converted into a diesel-like fuel.

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State(s) featured in this episode: Montana
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State(s) featured in this episode: Montana / Oklahoma
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State(s) featured in this episode: Arkansas
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State(s) featured in this episode: Arizona / Arkansas / Kentucky / Wyoming
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State(s) featured in this episode: Montana
Segment 504

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State(s) featured in this episode: Florida / Montana
Segment 503

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State(s) featured in this episode: Illinois / Iowa / Montana
Segment 503

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State(s) featured in this episode: Arkansas

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State(s) featured in this episode: Arkansas

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State(s) featured in this episode: Arkansas