Episode 34 – Haunted by the K-Cup

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On this week’s episode, Elise tells the story of the regretful inventor of Keurig and the single-use pod coffee phenomenon.

Other topics include the overwhelming news of the last few weeks, drinking 30 to 40 cups of coffee a day, and plans for future mini-series.


It’s been a week! We hope you’re hanging in there.

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If you want to learn more about the Marsha P. Johnson park in New York City and the community activism that helped push the city to scrap the short-sighted thermoplastic/foam decorations in favor of more sustainable, community-oriented design, check out these links:

Story: Keurig and its Regretful Inventor (Elise)
KAFFEEKLATSCH Keurig’s first functioning unit. (Peter Dragone) via Boston.com

Sources
K-Cup creator John Sylvan regrets inventing Keurig coffee pod system, CBC, March 2015
Kill the K-Cup video aims to show environmental impact of coffee pods, CBC, Jan 2015
The Keurig K-Cup’s inventor says he feels bad that he made it — here’s why, Business Insider, March 2015
Inventor of K-Cups regrets the idea, CNN Money, March 2015
A Brewing Problem, The Atlantic, March 2015
Life cycle assessment of spray dried soluble coffee and comparison with alternatives (drip filter and capsule espresso), ScienceDirect, Oct 2009
A Coffee Conundrum, New York Times, Aug 2010
The Buzz Machine, Boston.com, Aug 2011
Single-serve coffee revolution brews industry change, Seattle Times, Feb 2014
Single-serve coffee market – statistics & facts, Statista, Dec 2020
Recycling Is A Big Deal At Keurig, Keurig.com
Kill the K-Cup video

Kill the K-Cup video
The Dump

Olivia had a good experience traveling with Flixbus as an affordable, clean, punctual bus option.

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Criminal – Episode 167: 48 Hours & Episode 168: 48 Hours Part 2


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Ep. 61 – Pathfinders – Warren County and the Goddess of Glen Canyon World Is Burning

This week Olivia tells the story of the unexpected place where the environmental justice movement cut its teeth: Warren County, North Carolina. What started as a small town fighting against a dangerous landfill became national news and seven weeks of continued protests, led together by civil rights leaders and local activists. Then Elise tells us about the cowgirl-actress-turned-canyon-advocate Katie Lee, who dedicated her free-spirited life (and her music) to the preservation of Glen Canyon. Other topics include Simpsons villains, mediums with dark family histories, and swearing in board meetings. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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