Here’s a sampling of some of my work for WHYY-FM, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate.
My contribution led off WHYY’s “Just You Wait” series, which highlighted ideas, terms and trends that we expect you’ll be hearing more about over the course of the year. I chose an idea I’ve been following since my days reporting on coastal erosion in Long Beach, NY: The idea that some communities, some areas, aren’t going to fight the sea’s advance, but are going to figure out how to move back. With sea levels rising and governments, which end up paying for protecting the shorelines from the oceans, running out of cash, I think we’re going to hear more about “planned retreat,” also known as “managed retreat.” And I chose EPA sea-level-rise guru Jim Titus’ idea of “rolling easements” as an interesting policy option to spotlight.
Also, the audio version of this story (Mp3 link here) is completely different: I’m interviewed about my reporting and these ideas by WHYY anchor and NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller, in a free-flowing conversation, instead of a scripted report.
Camden’s riverfront state prison closing
Smack dab in the middle of Camden’s Delaware River shoreline, with wonderful views of the Philly skyline, sits Riverfront State Prison. News that New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is finally going to close the prison and give the prime land back to the city of Camden has the hard-hit community elated. Here’s the link to a page linking to the stories I did on it, the first breaking the news and the next following up with some additional reaction. I’m getting very interested in Camden, the hard-luck town just across the river.
Winter approaching with many homes without heat
Despite the TV show’s name, it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia. But it is pretty much always sunny in my last home, San Diego. Perhaps that’s why I’m especially aware of the importance of heat in your home. So I did a few stories about homes that are going without central heat this winter in Pennsylvania. Here is the link to the page with my stories on this issue.
Illegal poultry in motion downstream
Late on a Friday, we got word that the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office had charged the owner of a former poultry plant about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia with polluting a tributary of the Schuylkill River. I scrambled to put together a little report on this (here’s the link), mostly because I wanted to use this opening line: “To the long list of things that taste like chicken, we may have to add the water of the Schuylkill River.” And sometimes, that’s why something becomes “news”: because a clever way to report on it comes to someone’s mind. (And sometimes they ain’t so clever.)