Before joining the world of public radio, Todd was a drummer with several Chicago-area bands and managed to find himself performing on MTV’s “Club MTV with Downtown Julie Brown.” Knowing he couldn’t top that musical accomplishment, Todd moved on to greater auditory territory by becoming the local host of Morning Edition in the booming metropolis of Rhinelander, Wisconsin – Home of the Hodag! Since then, Todd has worked as a freelance producer for the environment news service, The Great Lakes Radio Consortium (now The Environment Report), writes, edits and produces stories and essays on life in Wisconsin for Wisconsin Public Radio, and has been the producer of several nationally-distributed programs from WPR, including Public Radio International’s Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?
Every year, only 18-percent of all American electronic waste is recycled, according to the EPA. Hoping to cut down on the growing mountain of high-tech trash, two dozen states have passed laws that require the electronics industry to pay to set up recycling programs. But navigating this patchwork of legislation has been a challenge.