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Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

August 28, 2014 | 1:09 pm

Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

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The amount of crude oil and other refined petroleum products carried by train is increasing in the state.

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Small Fire at Chevron Refinery Ruled an Accident

August 23, 2014 | 6:00 am

Small Fire at Chevron Refinery Ruled an Accident

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The fire started early in the morning on July 16, and firefighters put it out in about an hour. Read more …

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Stanford Professor Is First Woman to Win Math’s Highest Prize

August 13, 2014 | 8:00 am

Stanford Professor Is First Woman to Win Math’s Highest Prize

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Maryam Mirzakhani focuses on properties of curved surfaces and often doodles ideas on pieces of paper.

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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

August 4, 2014 | 1:16 pm

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

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The endangered bird formerly known as the California clapper rail is not what scientists thought it was.

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Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

July 30, 2014 | 5:31 pm

Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

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The upgrade at Chevron’s Richmond refinery will allow the company to refine higher-sulfur crude oil.

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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

July 24, 2014 | 9:02 am

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposals come in the wake of deadly train derailments.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

July 21, 2014 | 8:16 am

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

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The number of trains carrying crude oil across California is increasing; two official reports say the state is not ready.

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Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

July 11, 2014 | 3:43 pm

Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

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The Benicia Planning Commission made the decision on Thursday night after hearing two hours of testimony.

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See Where Volatile Oil Is Traveling Through California by Rail

June 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

See Where Volatile Oil Is Traveling Through California by Rail

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Trains loaded with Bakken crude pass through or near cities and sensitive environmental areas.

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State’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

June 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

State’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

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Fiery derailments elsewhere indicate need for greater accident prevention and emergency preparation.

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