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  We continue our look at organ donations in the United States, as we discuss the growing use of tissue and cornea transplants. More than 47,000 corneas were transplanted in 2013, and more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year.

The home mortgage crisis and Great Recession created a shift in consumer spending, behavior, and attitudes. Joining us to take a look at just how dramatic that shift was, along with current consumer spending habits and the affect they have on future economic growth, are  Dr. LaVaughn Henry, vice president and senior regional officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and, Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist for the National Retail Federation.

Many have loved reading the book, others painfully slogged their way through it, and some of us just saw the movie. It’'s been called “the American Bible,” Herman Mellville'’s Moby-Dick, and it comes alive this weekend with the Moby-Dick Art Fest. The four days of events kick-off this evening, and include a symposium, panel discussion, a marathon reading of the novel, and an exhibition of artworks inspired by Moby-Dick, created by Northern Kentucky University students over the past two decades.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, with same-sex couples challenging bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. Joining us to discuss the legal path same-sex marriage has traveled so far in the United States, and what the process of arguing before the Supreme Court involves, are UC College of Law Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, Verna Williams; Kennith Katkin, professor of law at the NKU Chase College of Law; and, WVXU reporter Ann Thompson.

    

The first Earth Day was 45 years ago. And on April 22 every year since then, people around the world celebrate the day by taking some action to improve the environment. Joining us to talk about the progress we’'ve made to create a greener, cleaner, more sustainable environment, worldwide and here in our region, are Cincinnati Nature Center Chief Naturalist and Adult Program Manager Bill Creasey; Brewster Rhoads, executive director of Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance; and, Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden horticulturist and chairman of the Taking Root campaign.

The Zoo's Earth Day celebration, “Party for the Planet,” takes place April 23; the 2015 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will by held May 1 at the Xavier University Cintas Center, registration is open until April 29. And for recycling anything in Hamilton County, check out the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District website

  Long established in Europe, green, or living, roofs are becoming increasingly popular here in the United states, as more people  recognize their value in conserving energy, improving air quality, and managing storm water runoff, along with their aesthetic qualities.

The Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton are experiencing an urban revival with new residents and businesses moving into the city cores.

Cincinnati Magazine
Jeremy Kramer

  When it comes to infant mortality rates, Hamilton County and Cincinnati are among the worst in the nation. Between 2009 and 2013, the national average was a little over six deaths per thousand in the first year of life. For Hamilton County it was 9.9 and for the city of Cincinnati, even worse at 12.4 deaths, twice the national figure.

  It’'s never a sure thing this time of year, but it looks as if we’'ve seen the last of the hard frosts. Most folks have cut their grass at least once or twice already, although it may still be too wet to get your gardens started.

Joseph Fuqua / University of Cincinnati

An increasing number of medical schools are incorporating digital dissections into their curriculum. But the University of Cincinnati is not one of them. It says this is a case where technology is not better. Instructors say a hands-on approach is key.

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