Patience Gray: A Life About Food

10Dec

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Ever heard of Patience Gray? If you have – good for you! And if you haven’t, you still most likely are affected by her passion and work every day, as this woman has defined our modern way of eating and cooking more than any other woman of her time. We are talking with the author of a new book that is honoring Patience Gray's dedication to food, and her unwillingness to accept societal standards, luckily, as we are all better for it today. She was the Alice Waters of her time, helping to redefine our relationship to eating. 

Guest: 

Adam Federman, Author, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray, Vermont

Sustainable Fashion: A Beautiful Idea for Fabric Waste

3Dec

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We talk a lot about sustainability on our plates on this show - organic food and agriculture as the foundation for social and environmental justice. But of course, the conversation about how to create true sustainability on this planet includes all aspects of human life. Today it’s about sustainable fashion. We are speaking with an expert about the fashion industry in this episode, specifically about the insane amount of fabric waste created every day, around the world, and even in a city near you, here in the U.S. That expert, Angela Chou, has created an alternative, a true solution to what we can do about all this fabric waste - and she will share her model with us today.

 

Host Helge Hellberg in an organic conversation with Angela Chou, Founder of Utterly, San Francisco, CA

Love Thy Nature: A Beautiful Reminder of the Gift of Life

19Nov

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In the world of news and politics and social and environmental justice we, as a culture, often focus disproportionately on what is not working. From a deeply human perspective, the film Love Thy Nature brings the balance back in focus by reminding us of the beauty of this planet and the blessing to be alive. Host Helge Hellberg is speaking with the filmmaker of Love Thy Nature today – an incredibly powerful conversation and the essence of why we are doing this show, what it means to be human, our opportunity for one another, and our responsibility for this one planet that we all call home.

Guest: 

Sylvie Rokab, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Love Thy Nature, Los Angeles, CA

Hooked on Sweet: Beating Sugar Addiction Now

12Nov

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The average American consumes about 150 pounds of refined sugar a year. That's almost half a pound of refined sugar each day. Refined sugar is in everything, not just in sugary drinks, but even in our cut meats, in our bread, and in most everything else. It’s there for two reasons – it makes things taste better, and, it gets us hooked, because sugar is addictive. Today we are talking with an expert on sugar, a doctor who has made unhooking from sugar his life’s career.

Guest: 

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., Author, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction, Hawaii

Home Cooking for Everyone: Easy, Fun, and Totally Delicious

5Nov

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From trends and specialty diets to indecipherable food labels, from expensive equipment in food reality shows on TV to ingredients in processed foods that have nothing to do with nourishment, it is remarkable how complicated food has become. Today we are reversing the clock – a new book is bringing us back, to the future.

Guest:

Maria Rodale, Author, Scratch: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious, PA

Fast and Cheap Fashion: The Disastrous Consequences of the Clothing Industry

29Oct

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In honor of the San Francisco Green Film Festival, we are covering a handful of outstanding documentaries, new films that are as brilliantly produced as they are critical to know as they are – hopefully – shaping our society and our way of life. We are starting today with Riverblue - a close look at the unbelievable environmental implications of fast and cheap fashion. The destruction is so extreme, overwhelming, and so visible, that even our show title, usually a hopeful note, speaks of the insane conditions in which the world produces garments. Host Helge Hellberg is interviewing both the Director and Producer of Riverblue in this week's episode.

Guest:

David McIlvride, Writer and Director, Riverblue

Roger Williams, Producer and Director, Riverblue

Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality: From the Unthinkable to the Inevitable

22Oct

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What would our society be without women? Impossible to comprehend, right? And yet, women have been marginalized for hundreds and hundreds of years, fighting long and hard for equal pay, for voting rights, for a true recognition of their value in business, their leadership, and their critical role in society. Tiffany Shlain's film 50/50 explores the 10,000-year history of women + power and asks, what’s it going to take to get to a 50/50 world — not just in politics and boardrooms, but truly shifting the gender balance to be better for everyone?

Guest: 

Tiffany Shlain, Director, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, Mill Valley, CA

 

Affordable Preschool Education: Learning in Outdoor Classrooms

15Oct

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Can education be fun, safe, safe and affordable - even for low-income families? A new preschool is using outdoor classrooms to provide quality education in reading, math, and science; made affordable for families and designed to give children a joyful, nature-rich childhood – one full of play, exploration, and wonder.

 

Guest: 

Andrew Jay, CEO, Tiny Trees Preschool, Seattle, WA

The Independent Farmstead: Living Successfully Off the Land

8Oct

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Many people, especially young folks, are dreaming of their own small piece of land, self-supported, away from the stresses of the city, to live a lifestyle of peace, based on a deep relationship to nature and self. Today, we are learning what it takes to make that dream a reality from people who have done it.

 

Guests:

Shawn & Beth Dougherty, Co-Authors, The Independent Farmstead, The Sow's Ear, Ohio

*Originally Aired January 20, 2017

 

Clean Drinking Water: The Power of Knowing

1Oct

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Governmental agencies are in place to make absolutely sure that we are protected, and that we are able to live lives that are healthy, and safe. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought forward a picture that one can adopt to many other products and public safety areas, from drugs, to air, and food, just to name a few. So how safe are we, really? Today we’ll talk with an expert who has made public safety his career, and we’ll learn what we can do ourselves to make sure that – in this case – our water is 100% safe to drink.

Guest:

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Founder & Executive Director, Toxin Alert, McLean, VA

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