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Z Homes, White House Teenager and Winona LaDuke

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
01/22/2009

Issaquah's Z Home development is using old tools, like more insulation, to build sustainable homes for the future. We talk to Project Manager Brad Liljequist. Then, Luci Baines Johnson recalls her teenage disasters in the White House during her father's administration.

At 2:05 p.m. – The Z Home Project

The Pacific Northwest will soon be home to new construction townhomes with a net zero impact on the environment. Net zero means the amount of energy used and carbon created by the building is offset by the amount of renewable energy the building creates. The project will be the first of its kind in the United States. And it's being built in Issaquah. Brad Liljequist is project manager for Z Home, as the project's called. And he's been working on green building with Issaquah for close to a decade. But it was a recent trip to England that gave him innovative approaches for designing and building Z Home.

At 2:20 p.m. – Luci Baines Johnson

Luci Baines Johnson was 13 when her dad ran as the running mate of John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. The circumstances of her father's swearing in were tragic, so when Luci and her sister moved into the White House, it was without much enthusiasm. Luci still managed to bring some teenage disasters upon herself. She nearly set her bedroom on fire, and she lost her hamsters just before a visit from Princess Margaret. Luci talks with WUNC host Dick Gordon about what she learned growing up as a member of a First Family, and what she'd wish for the Obama family.

At 2:40 p.m. – Gary Faigin Art Review

When large numbers of artists independently choose to take up similar subject matter, there's obviously something in the air. The current photography show at the Kirkland Arts Center has as its central theme man's imprint on the American landscape, and our art critic Gary Faigin tells us that this review will mark the third time in six months we've looked at the topic. Gary joins us now to discuss what this group of six young photographers adds to the ongoing dialogue.

At 2:50 p.m. – Helping the Prez, Greening the Rez

Native America wants to turn Barack Obama's green promises into reality – on reservations where economic development has rarely meant the preservation of tribal lands and values. From Living on Earth, host Steve Curwood talks with Winona La Duke.

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