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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Permalink

Insight: State of the Union Recap / Hydroponics and Aquaponics / CapRadio Read / The Not Dying Girl Lauren McCullough

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State of the Union Recap President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address comes 50 years after Lyndon B. Johnson used the same presidential speech to begin a war on poverty, which many experts say the United States has lost. Joining us to recap the President’s remarks is Capital Public Radio’s Washington D.C. Reporter Matt Laslo.

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Reaction: Obama's State Of the Union Draws Partisan Reaction
Full Transcript: State of the Union Address 2014

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Director for the Business Forecasting Center at Stockton’s University of the Pacific Jeffrey Michael joins us to explore the ways Obama’s plans to continue the war against poverty will play out in Northern California.

Hydroponics & Aquaponics With names like aquaponics and hydroponics, it sounds counterintuitive that these forms of farming could rise in popularity as water levels in California fall. It turns out, growing plants in water can sometimes be 90 percent more efficient than soil. To learn more about the differences between aquaponics and hydroponics, and how these forms of farming could help California produce food throughout a prolonged drought, is Brandon Burkhouse, an aquaponics farmer in Folsom, and Lawrence Brooke, founder of General Hydroponics in Santa Rosa.  

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CapRadio Reads Capital Public Radio’s online and in-person book club, “Cap Radio Reads,” is celebrating its first anniversary this January.  Capital Public Radio Morning Edition and Classical Host Donna Apidone is on Insight to talk about The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich. 

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The Not Dying Girl Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer as a child, Lauren McCullough has set out to live her life on her terms and she’s chronicling her journey through a blog, The Not Dying Girl. McCullough’s cancer has returned, but she is not letting it slow her down. She joins us to talk about her cancer and how writing the blog has helped her. We’ll also hear from her nurse practitioner about the challenges children face when dealing with cancer.

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