Invasive Plant Series(52:53)
  • Jun 25, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 13:57 mins

Guest: Katrina Dlugosch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  Moneywort, also known as Creeping Jenny, is a tenacious vine-like plant, and a quick search on the internet reveals it to be one of thousands of plant species not native to North America and therefore considered invasive. The proliferation of non-native plant species is considered a classic tale of unintended consequences. Some well-meaning colonist plants a seed from home and years later, it’s taking over the landscape, even supplanting the native species.

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Renewable Energy(2:08)

22 MINS

Guest: Mark Z. Jacobson, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, Co-Founder of the Solutions Project  Renewable Energy is Top of Mind today as we continue our weeklong series on the environment. Many states have short and long-term goals in place to transition some of their energy sources away from fossil fuels like coal and gas to renewable sources like wind and solar.  As a distant goal, the Group of 7 industrial nations – which includes the United States, Canada, France and Germany – recently agreed to work toward a carbon-free energy system over the course of the century. But researchers at Stanford University say it doesn’t have to take that long for America. They’ve created a roadmap for all 50 states to get to 100% renewable energy-dependent by 2050.

Guest: Mark Z. Jacobson, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, Co-Founder of the Solutions Project  Renewable Energy is Top of Mind today as we continue our weeklong series on the environment. Many states have short and long-term goals in place to transition some of their energy sources away from fossil fuels like coal and gas to renewable sources like wind and solar.  As a distant goal, the Group of 7 industrial nations – which includes the United States, Canada, France and Germany – recently agreed to work toward a carbon-free energy system over the course of the century. But researchers at Stanford University say it doesn’t have to take that long for America. They’ve created a roadmap for all 50 states to get to 100% renewable energy-dependent by 2050.

Copyright Predicament(1:21:39)

22 MINS

Guest: Clark Asay, J.D., Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University  There’s a new Mission Impossible movie coming out next month. Tom Cruise has played the central character in that franchise for more than a decade. His performance will be key to the success of this latest film. So here’s a question to chew on – does Tom Cruise own the rights to that performance? Can an actor copyright his work on screen? Or does the copyright belong to the writer or director or producer? What would happen if actors could copyright their performances? If Tom Cruise saw the final cut of the Mission Impossible movie and didn’t like the way it turned out, could he then demand that it not be released based on his ownership of the performance?

Guest: Clark Asay, J.D., Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University  There’s a new Mission Impossible movie coming out next month. Tom Cruise has played the central character in that franchise for more than a decade. His performance will be key to the success of this latest film. So here’s a question to chew on – does Tom Cruise own the rights to that performance? Can an actor copyright his work on screen? Or does the copyright belong to the writer or director or producer? What would happen if actors could copyright their performances? If Tom Cruise saw the final cut of the Mission Impossible movie and didn’t like the way it turned out, could he then demand that it not be released based on his ownership of the performance?