NPR Has a History of Covering Causes, Big and Small

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We all want to do the right thing. Or at least some of us do at least some of the time. It seems like there are a lot of that kind of story in this latest radio playlist. Maybe there always are—it does seem like an inherent public radio value. In any case, here are some stories about doing the right thing. Actually we start with a study of why and how we don’t do the right thing all of the time…followed by people trying to save things: London’s pubs, frogs, earth; working out better ways to handle problems: Wild hogs, The Mafia, Reading, PA’s cyclists; and honoring the memory of people who did the right thing and lost their lives.

1. Social Science Researchers Explore “Unethical Amnesia”

2. NASA Launches Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust

3. Meat Industry Turns Florida’s Feral Hogs Into Prime Pork

4. Modern Day Canoeists Travel From Greenland To Scotland

5. London Borough Raises Pints — And Legal Protections — To U.K.’s Fading Pubs

6. In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

7. “Tough Guy” Farmers Stand Up To Italian Mafia — And Win

8. Some Towns Treat Bikes As Trendy, But In Reading, Pennsylvania, They’re Tools

9. Mothers Of Fallen Marines Proud Of The Choices Their Sons

I cannot imagine losing a child. But to lose a child and turn that grief into support for others year after year, that’s a very difficult way of doing the right thing.

Tim Braine

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Tim Braine has had a long career as the executive producer of an eclectic collection of TV shows including sports, animated comedy, celebrity gossip, wildlife adventure, and the history of technology. Whether this variety is due to a wide range of talents or a lack of focus is hard to say, but he’s probably best described as a “generalist.” He is currently working on a non profit venture to assist the New York City subway system, but still has enough time to march up and down the Hudson River listening to public radio programs, which is how a generalist entertains himself.

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