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

30Oct

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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

23Oct

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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 #5050 world — not just politics and board rooms, 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

16Oct

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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 affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.

*Originally Aired 01/23/17

 

Guest: 

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

The Independent Farmstead: Living Successfully Off the Land

9Oct

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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

2Oct

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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