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Mexican gray wolves are almost extinct, and efforts to reintroduce them have run into trouble. They're acting like wolves. Can the Obama Administration find common ground between cattle ranchers and environmentalists as it tackles the management of federal lands? Also, the Senate Judiciary Committee approves the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and researchers have developed tiny bar-coded labels with massive amounts of information that can be read by cell phone cameras 12 feet away.


Banner image of Mexican wolf: Jim Clark/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Producers:
Gary Scott
Rebecca Mooney
Andrea Brody

Making News No Surprises in Judiciary Committee Vote for Sotomayor 7 MIN, 30 SEC

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court.  The vote was 13 to 6 with Alabama's Jeff Sessions leading Republican opposition; South Carolina's Lindsey Graham was the only Republican to vote for the nomination. Glenn Thrush is Senior Congressional Reporter for Politico.com.

Guests:
Glenn Thrush, Politico.com (@GlennThrush)

Reporter's Notebook MIT Develops Replacement for Traditional Barcodes 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Barcodes are familiar to every consumer, but the information they contain is only available to the scanner at the checkout counter. How about one you could read with your cell phone camera from 12 feet away? Researchers have come up with a new version that could increase the capacity of traditional black-and-white striped labels by thousands of times.  Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar leads the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab.

Guests:
Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

Main Topic Will the Mexican Wolf Survive the Obama Administration? 35 MIN, 13 SEC

President Obama is focused on climate change and what it could mean for the future of Planet Earth.  What about trade-offs that have to be made right now? A case in point is the Mexican gray wolf. In 1998, the Clinton Administration began a recovery program on 4 million acres of mostly public land in New Mexico and Arizona. The goal was to have 100 animals living in the wild by 2006.  Today, there are only about 50, a dismal failure. Environmentalists blamed Texan George Bush for siding with cattle ranchers rather than wolves. Will the President from Chicago be any different? When development clashes with conservation, how is the new administration likely to manage millions of acres of federal land?

Guests:
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times (@julie_cart)
Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity
Caren Cowan, Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association
Ray Ring, Senior Editor, High Country News

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