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Vanishing Orangutans, the Army of the Republic and Electric Cars

Megan Sukys
12/11/2008

When Joyce Major looks at an Oreo cookie, she thinks of disappearing orangutans. Today, she shares stories from her five–month volunteer trip to Bali and explains the link between cookies and vanishing habitat. Then, a novelist finds a connection between the Battle in Seattle and rebel violence in South America. We also check out a new wave of electric cars.

At 2:05 p.m. – Joyce Major

Genetically, orangutans and human beings are 97% the same. That similarity is one of the reasons Joyce Major decided to go to Bali and work on saving orangutan habitats. Joyce just returned from five months in Bali. The disappearing orangutan habitat was a much bigger problem than Joyce anticipated. In fact, the problem was so big it touched things she'd never expected, including her choice of cookies. In an interview from 8/21/08, she tells Jeannie Yandel what happened in Bali.

At 2:20 p.m. – The Army of the Republic

The enduring images of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests are of tear gas, broken glass and general chaos. Novelist Stuart Archer Cohen sees similarities between the surprising disorder of the Battle in Seattle and the escalating rebel violence that plagued South American countries in the 1980s. In an interview from 10/2/08, he tells Megan Sukys about his new book, "The Army of the Republic." Stuart imagines a similar scenario occurring in America.

At 2:40 p.m. – Sounds Familiar

Amanda Wilde, host of "The Swing Years and Beyond," brings us another familiar song we didn't know we knew so well.

At 2:50 p.m. – Electric Cars

Electric car companies are finding a friendly reception as they push West Coast states and cities for incentives and infrastructure investments. Some skeptics say subsidies and incentives are unnecessary. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on what's coming down the pike.

At 2:55 p.m. – Wasteland to Vacationland

For more than a century, Idaho's Silver Valley has been one of the world's best–known mining centers. It's still home to a few working mines, but it also caters to skiers and mountain bikers. The valley's economy has diversified, in part because of a massive cleanup of mining waste. Correspondent Doug Nadvornick reports the cleanup, and the transition, are far from done.

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