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Sprouts Radio from the Grassroots is a 30-minute weekly program featuring radio programs produced at community radio stations or by other independent producers from across the country and sometimes around the world.

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Energy in California: Power from the People June 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Students from the Terrascope class of 2018 go on a trip to California to explore how electricity in California gets produced and sent to the people.

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GMO vs Plant Breeding Explained June 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Anne O'Connor, co-host of Rootstock Radio, conducts a fascinating interview with Bill Tracy, who is a professor and chair of the Agronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he focuses on improving sweet corn through breeding. Tracy explains the genes behind sweet corn and the difference between GMOs and plant breeding.

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Sex & God – Tribute to Prince in Birth and Death June 9, 2016 | 12:00 pm

The virtuoso musician Prince was born on June 7th, 1958. This Sprouts show celebrates his life in the wake of his April 21 death. Featured is his music together with the thoughts and memories of callers to community radio stations, who knew him or just loved him and the music. They articulate the artistry, inspiration, and humor that Prince brought into their lives.

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Stories of Survival: Chile and Ecuador June 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm

In 1960, Valdivia a city in Chile, experienced the most powerful earthquake in recorded history -- 9.5 on the Richter Scale -- followed by a devastating tsunami. MIT students traveled to Valdivia to record stories of survival. Also, two MIT students document a close-up look at animals and birds of the Galapagos, and the ecological pressures on them, created by the fishing and tourism industries.

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Rebeldes: Journey Through New Mexican Agriculture May 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm

We present a journey through New Mexican agriculture that offers an engaging and informative look at farmers in a desert landscape, and at how their individual farming styles reflect their personal values.

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Polar Bear May 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Polar bears feast on the remains of bowhead whales on the edge of the Beaufort Sea while cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson describes their actions, explains their lives, humans' historical relationship to Polar bears, and their chances for survival.

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16, Bisexual, and Transgender May 12, 2016 | 12:00 pm

He courageously confronted a nun in his Catholic school who told him that gay people are going to hell, then broke down afterward. He got the puberty he didn't want and didn't get the one he wanted. Looking in the mirror can be a surreal experience. He's eager to start hormone therapy, but his parents, though supportive of his desire to transition, want him to wait a little longer.

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Remembering the Kent State Massacre May 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University open-fired at un-armed students who were protesting the Vietnam War and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia. Sixty-seven shots were fired, killing four Kent students and wounding nine. We reflect on the events of that day and the legacy of the Kent State Massacre.

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Jill Stein on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution April 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm

We will hear from a rare breed of politician: a woman who not only can admit our political system is broken, and our home planet cries for radical change, but who is dedicated to building a movement around making it through the diminishing window of opportunity for life on Earth.

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Farewell: Keith Emerson in His Own Words April 21, 2016 | 12:00 pm

Musician Keith Emerson, of Emerson Lake & Palmer fame, died at his own hand on March 10th, 2016. We present an interview with the legendary keyboardist originally broadcast on Your Wednesday Morning Buzz with Mike Murphy on 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio.

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