Laura Sullivan is a correspondent and investigative reporter. She currently covers crime, punishment and prisons for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other NPR programs. Her work focuses on the country's most disadvantaged people. Previously, Sullivan covered the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, and terrorism from the Baltimore Sun's Washington, D.C. bureau. Sullivan graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
You're a good citizen, so you probably toss your plastic into the recycling bin. Especially if it has those little recycling arrows on it. Why wouldn't you? Public service campaigns have been telling you to do this forever. But what if those campaigns were a lie, designed to make you feel better about the plastic you use? What if plastic recycling was never going to be effective, except at selling more plastic? GUEST: Laura Sullivan, NPR News investigative correspondent
With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.
Today on Boston Public Radio: We opened our lines to ask listeners: how long can do you think you can self-quarantine? Legendary actor Alan Alda discussed his “Clear+Vivid” podcast, where he recently interviewed frequent BPR contributor Sy Montgomery. Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung discussed the unique challenges facing Boston’s undocumented immigrants amid coronavirus, and the latest on how the pandemic is affecting local small businesses. Journalist Laura Sullivan discussed "Plastic Wars,” the latest Frontline film on plastic waste and the failures of the global recycling system. Heather Goldstone, Chief Communications officer at the Woods Hole Research Center, discussed the parallels between coronavirus and the climate crisis, and whether we ought to put our conservation efforts on hold while we focus on the pandemic. CNN’s John King discussed the government’s ongoing pandemic response, and the latest on the 2020 presidential race. NBC Sports Boston reporter Trenni Kusnierek discussed the postponed 2020 Olympics and the joys of watching marble racing.
Chinese and Trump administration officials are supposed to meet later this week to hammer out a trade agreement, but the challenge may be more difficult now that Trump has threatened to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods. NPR’s Laura Sullivan talks to Yamiche Alcindor about how Trump’s more hawkish advisers are influencing his policy to depart from that of previous administrations.
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