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Week of December 17, 2012

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012 (Listen to the archived program)
Water Resources Issues in South Carolina
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Donna London, Director of the Jim Self Center on the Future discusses water resources issues in South Carolina when she speaks with John Kelly, Vice President for Clemson University Public Service Activities and the Office of Economic Development and South Carolina State Senator Vincent Sheheen.  The 2012 South Carolina Water Resources Conference was held in Columbia on October 11th and 12th and was coordinated by the Clemson University Restoration Institute and the Center for Watershed ExcellenceWatch archived interviews and plenary speakers from the conference.

City Year (Listen to the segment)
Marty Duckenfield finds out about City Year when she visits with Cat Keen, Director of National Service Projects at Volunteer Florida, Patrick Heckel, Impact Director for City Year Orlando, and Will Philips, Core Member of the Heart of Florida United Way team during the recent National Dropout Prevention Center conference held in Orlando.

The Music of Tony Rackley (Listen to the segment)
We'll catch up with singer-songwriter Tony Rackley and learn about his music and career including his latest album, Room to Roam.

A High-tech Toy (Listen to the segment)
Tech guys Eric Rodgers and Phil Yanov, founder of the GSA Technology Council and Tech after Five, review the 2012 interactive Furby.

Winter Solstice (Listen to the segment)
Economist Dr. Holley Hewitt Ulbrich considers parellels between the symbolistm of the hope and renewal represented in the winter solstice and economic renewal. Dr. Ulbrich, an Alumna Professor Emerita of Economics at Clemson University and Senior Fellow at the Strom Thurmond Institute is co-author of the book Our Money, Our Values: Building a Just and Sustainable World. Her series Economics and Holley-Days linking holidays to economic ideas and issues is available online.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 (Listen to the archived program)
Dr. Eric Benson, Clemson Extension Urban Entomologist in the Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, travels to Greenville to participate in Insectamania, held at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville in October.  Guests include Roper Mountain Science Center representatives Tim Taylor, curator for Life Science, and Tim Nafziger, school program instructor, and Dr. Charles St. Lucas, curator of the TC Hooper Planetarium and the Daniel Observator, and Clemson University Entomology graduate students Kevin Hinson and Jimbo Song. 

Then we return to the studio as Charlotte Holt fields listener questions on insects, spiders and other household pests to Dr. Eric Benson, and Cam Lay, Montana State Entomologist. Additional insect information is available at the Clemson Entomology website.

More information about the insect books Good Bug, Bad Bug, Spiders of South Carolina and Common Insects and Spiders of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012 (Listen to the archived program)
Operations Research and the science of BETTER
Peter Kent is joined by Mary Beth Kurz, Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, Matthew Saltzman, Associate Professor in Mathematical Sciences, and Doug Shier, Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Science, all from Clemson University.  The discussion will focus on the practical application of quantitative methods in rational decision making to solve a wide range of problems arising in business and government, such as locating industrial plants, allocating emergency facilities, planning capital investments, designing communication systems, and scheduling production in factories

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012 (Listen to the archived program)
A discussion on gardening and landscape topics
Today's discussion will feature Clemson University experts including Clemson Extension specialists, members of the Clemson Home and Garden Information Center and staff from the South Carolina Botanical Garden.  Topics include methods of growing and caring for vegetable and ornamental plants, preventing and managing pests and diseases affecting plants and ideas for incorporating plants into your garden and landscapes.