The Source - April 30, 2013
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Tue April 30, 2013

The Source: San Antonio's Air Quality

In the first segment:

The American Lung Association has released it's annual report on the state of the country's air, giving letter grades to states and counties. Bexar County get's an F in ozone pollution.

Ozone is that chlorine-smelling molecule that can lead to some serious health issues with prolonged exposure.

Does San Antonio have a plan for combating this pollution, or is it just a product of the winds blowing? Is ozone pollution just another product of increased urbanization?  

Janice Nolen, the assistant vice president of national policy at the American Lung Association, helped write the report and the  joins us to explain the findings and how we compare nationally. Peter Bella, an ozone researcher from the Alamo Area Council of Governments joins her to talk about the specifics of Bexar County.

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In the second segment:

There's something for everyone to love and hate about Texas, and maybe a few things to learn from it. Our anti-tax, pro-business, education reform mindset has guided much of the new century, but our social services are fractured and the poor are some of the poorest in the country.

Erica Grieder, senior editor at Texas Monthly, joins us to talk about her new book, "Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas," and why Texas has some things to teach the rest of the country.

*The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM - audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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