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2010 Radio Ecoshock Show
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TRANSFORMING POWER To Save the Climate A powerful speech by Judy Rebick, as she describes lessons from the women's movement, and the transition from anti-globalist protests - to climate action. Plus the aboriginal movement. Recorded Nov 5, 2010, originally broadcast by Maggie Hughes on CFMU College Radio. Radio Ecoshock 101231 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
PEACE PAYS Bringing Our War Dollars Back Home. When cities cannot afford Police, when schools suffer, unemployment and welfare are gone - military spending still gets more than half of all. Why not build America instead? Interview with Bruce Gagnon, of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. We overcome objections, find local activism, search for Peace - and then hear the same calls for military conversion in Great Britain, from Stuart Parkinson. Full 1 hour speech available from Sheffield Indymedia. Radio Ecoshock Show "Peace Pays" 101224 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
CANCUN CLIMATE TALKS: FRAUD OR FORWARD? Hear 5 different voices. Harvard's Robert Stavins calls it "a success". Friends of Earth campaigner Damon Moglen finds good and bad. Anarchist film-maker Franklin Lopez reports on action outside the fence. British host of "Climate Radio", Phil England has the Euro perspective. Author and Latin America expert Nikolas Kozloff talks Brazil, and the road not taken. Are we on track, or off the rails? A complete report. Radio Ecoshock 101217 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Tiny music clip "Radiolina" by Manu Chao
BEYOND THE TIPPING POINT New science warns fossil fuel emissions lead to runaway climate change. MIT, the Hadley Centre, the Royal Society. Energy expert and blogger Joe Romm (18 min) of climateprogress.org explains. From UK, David Wasdell (34 min): Why we are headed "beyond the tipping point." Radio Ecoshock 101210 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Music clip "Seeds of Our Past" by Dirtfella. Blog with tons of links to new science, video, etc.
LOCAL FOOD - GROWING SANE Five years after the "100 Mile Diet", authors James Mackinnon and Alisa Smith tour us through their top ten local food projects. From the Napa Valley to New York. Winter farming in Michigan. In Canada, Toronto out-pacing Vancouver. Great talk, inspiring ideas for your food security. Music: "Sold" by Dan Mangan Speech notes with links here. Radio Ecoshock 101203 1 hour. CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
SURVIVING NOW AND THEN After "The Long Emergency", author James Howard Kunstler (24 min) imagines the future without oil, in his new book "The Witch of Hebron." Tracy Mayor (18 min) on "Armageddon Mama, Parenting toward the Apocalypse." Critical Mass biker and San Francisco lifestyle changer Chris Carlsson talks urban gardening in America. Dig up your lawn. Ecoshock 101126 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Carlson interview courtesy "Unwelcome Guests" #523; Clips from Bob's Slacktime Funhouse #840; End song "This Little Light of Mine" by Mavis Staples, with Ry Cooder.
AN ATMOSPHERE OF CRISIS "The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do To Avoid It" author interview with Julian Cribb. Dr. Tim Garrett is a physicist and cloud specialist from the Univeristy of Utah. He's published two peer-reviewed papers showing a quick crash of the world economy is the only way to avoid wild inflation, and a world 5 degrees C (or more) hotter by 2100. And we visit with climate denial from France. Ecoshock 101119 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
THE TROUBLE WITH BILLIONAIRES As wealth is sucked to the top, society weakens. Professor Neil Brooks and award-winning journaist and author Linda McQuaig speak on their new book at Vancouver Public Library October 3, 2010. Why Bill Gates, and Wall St. vultures do not deserve their wealth. Democracy becomes Plutocracy in a hidden coup. Radio edit. Full speech by Neil (43 min) and Linda (52 min) available. Recorded by Alex Smith. Song clip "Billonaires" by Dana Pearson. Radio Ecoshock 101112 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
KILLED BY COMPLEXITY Complex societies are most at risk. Rebecca Costa on her new book "The Watchman's Rattle, Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction." San Fran transport expert Jeff Tumlin says cars make us fat and stupid. Alex explore's NASA's plan to save us from the next Solar Storm (the ultimate global blackout). Radio Ecoshock Show 101105 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
PEAK OIL VS PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMISM Why are we "the Doomers" for thinking oil is limited? Clinical psychologist Kathy McMahon ("the Peak Shrink") finds people all over the world are worried about fossil civilization collapsing. In this hot new speech, get answers for our own sanity, in a crazy world. Recorded by Alex Smith. Ecoshock 101029 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. End music "End of the Age of Oil" by David Rovics. Extra 20 min interview Alex and Kathy here. Full 80 minute speech Part 1 and Part 2.
Legacy: David Suzuki Are we Lords of Nature, or part of it? Host of CBC show "The Nature of Things" (for 50 years), author of 40 books, geneticist, wraps up his life, and case for being part of Nature. Moving, essential green radio. Ecoshock 101022 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB End music: "350 Getdown" by May Earlwine from 350.org.
TOP DOWN OR BOTTOM UP? My reply "What Is the Matter With Stewart Brand?". New speech from David Korten on where money comes from, and remaking community (Independence from Wall Street). + interview w. Daniel Imhoff, editor of 2 new books on the dangers of CAFO: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Ecoshock 101015 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Background music by Dana Pearson. Lots more links to full speeches by Brand and Korten in show blog.
STEWART BRAND "ECOPRAGMATISM" Famous founder of "Whole Earth Catalog" Stewart Brand now says nuclear power, genetic engineering, and geo-engineering are needed to save the planet from rampant climate change. Is it Green at all? You decide. Conversation recorded by Alex Smith at Gaining Ground, October 5. Ecoshock 101008 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Premiere of song "Deal With It" by Dana Pearson
POST CLIMATIC STRESS DISORDER The Psychology of Climate Change. Two environmental psychologists, Dr. Robert Gifford and Dr. Joseph Reser, on reasons we don't react to the threat of catastrophic climate change. Plus new film on Gregory Bateson, co-inventor of the "double bind" and eco-connection - by his daughter Nora. Ecoshock 101001 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 13 MB Show blog with links.
Credits: end song "Jumping Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones. Plus 2 clips from "An Ecology of Mind" by Nora Bateson
SHADOWS OF DOUBT Scientific historian Naomi Oreskes on the conspiracy to discredit climate change. The big money and strange ideology behind the few scientists who create doubt - just like tobacco! Dr. Peter Ward on new book "The Flooded Earth" says rising seas will damage agriculture. Plus Courthouse speech from Green granny threatened with life in prison - for non-violent protest. Ecoshock 100924 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Song: "Beyond A Shadow of Doubt" by Robin Thicke 2008 album "Something Else" Peter Ward YouTube interview Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
WHEN THE WORLD IS RUNNING DOWN Climate, Peak Oil or the economic crash. Which comes first? Blogger "Stoneleigh" from The Automatic Earth warns of deflation and a Depression. Prepare. Water expert Laurence Budd on drying of the West and escape. Dana Pearson's tale trying to escape from the frozen real estate market. Americans are stuck. Ecoshock 100917 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
Song: "When the World Is Running Down (Make the best of what's coming 'round)" by The Police
HATE THE MACHINE Cars and Air-Conditioning "Car-Jacked" author Anne Lutz Fernandez explains the real costs of our auto addiction. Stan Cox, author of "Losing Our Cool" on the race to heat the planet with air-conditioning. Ecoshock 100910 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
WARNINGS: The Russian Heat Storm Record heat, drought and fires swept Russia. Vladimir Tchouprov of Greenpeace Moscow, and ex-pat author Dmitry Orlov sort out events and meaning. Was it global warming? Plus Lester Brown on grain loss, and 15 lessons for the rest of us. Ecoshock 100903 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
Credits: Song: "Power From Above" by Dan Berggren Song clip: "Fire" Arthur Brown, 1968
clips from Russia TV and theglobalreport.org
Lester Brown courtesy of earth-policy.org
Partial transcript at http://www.ecoshock.info/
AFTER THE OIL RUSH Doubt rises that BP relief wells won't work. Beyond oil, is transition to a clean economy - if we don't crash first. Dr. Kessler just back from the Gulf talks methane. Will the BP spill change the climate? Alex wraps up the big picture - including heat, floods, record ice melt, and the economy. Music by various artists. Last new show of this season. Ecoshock 100702 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Transcript with lots of links here.
DEEP DANGER IN THE GULF While crackpot radio warns the Gulf will explode into a tsunami, - I interview experts. Dr. Joye just returned from the Gulf measuring plumes. Dr. Mike Hirshfield of Oceana just testified to Congress. We talk methane. Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones mag on Tea Party and FEMA camps. Fantasy is spreading even to the Huffington Post. Americans are reaching panic. Ecoshock 100625 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Transcript with links here. Song "Sportsman's Paradise" by The Rambling Letters (adaptation of John Prine song) and clip by Dana Pearson.
DARK CONSPIRACIES OF THE GULF Rumors, myth, and conspiracy pour out of the Gulf Gusher. Alex investigates. Is it possible this leak can never be contained? Plus Stanford Research's Jack Alpert explains "time blindness" - why we can't handle problems like Peak Oil and climate change. Ecoshock 100618 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
HEAT STROKE! When Heat Kills. Scientists predict more deadly heat waves. Now they have found the upper limit our bodies tolerate - and we'll get there if we don't stop our emissions. The "skeptical scientist" John Cook and the technical , Stuart Staniford, talk it through. Then we take a diversion into the wild world of ants, with Dr. Mark Moffett. Ecoshock 100611 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
BP PROTESTS, OIL ACTIVISM and "THE YES MEN" Round up of anti-BP protests in U.S., plus drilling halted in U.S. and Canada. Ideas and songs for your activism. Funny speech by "The Yes Men" Andy Bichlbaum on media activism. Ecoshock 100604 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB READ MORE
IS HUMANITY UNSUSTAINABLE? The co-inventor of "the ecological footprint" now calls for a planned contraction of the economy, to save the biosphere and promote world fairness. How primeval brain works against us. Powerful speech by Canadian biologist Dr. Bill Rees, April 15, 2010. Ecoshock 100528 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Full transcript here. Music by Dana Pearson.
THE COMING GREENHOUSE WORLD We are drilling, mining, and burning our way to a horrible climate shift. Can Gaia save us? Dr. Melanie Lenart, U of Arizona on her book "Life in the Hothouse - How A Living Planet Survives Climate Change." Plus clips from "What Awaits Us In the Greenhouse World" by Prof George Kennedy, and review of book "The Cretaceous World" (back to the dinosaurs?) Ecoshock 100521 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Get all the links in the show blog.
DEGROWTH: Planned contraction (before the collapse). 1st North American Conference April 29-May1 2010, Vancouver, Canada. Intro by Rex Weyler, plus Tom Walker on Barcelona Conf. Lo-Fi 8 min 2 Mb. Overview of peak fossil fuels by ASPO'S Dave Hughes Lo-Fi 30 min 7 MB. Maximum human population, Jack Alpert Lo-Fi 12 min 3 MB. Also available: Anita Burke on degrowth Lo-Fi 27 min 6 MB. Rick Balfour reducing city impacts Lo-Fi 16 min 4 MB Radio Ecoshock Show 100514 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB.
For info: http://www.de-growth.com/vancouver/
FROM THE DEEPWATER HORIZON Riki Ott, marine biologist, fisherwoman, spill expert, reports from New Orleans. Antonia Juhasz, Global Exchange, on BP and D.C. lobby. Peak Oil guru Richard Heinberg on big picture impact. Former Shell Oil exec Anita Burke the inside track. + new song, "Corporate Catastrophe." Ecoshock 100507 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
FROM OCCUPIED EARTH Nikolas Kozloff on South America eco-news (Venezuela, Boliva) and drying of Amazon. Deirdre Barrett, author of "Supernormal Stimuli" asks whether old brains work on new tech problems. Plus two big media lies. Song: "Occupying Army" by Vanessa Richards. Ecoshock 100430 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
BLACK CARBON = FAST WARMING = EARLY DEATH Up to half of warming and Arctic ice melt comes from smog of incomplete combustion (cook stoves, diesel, forest fires). Interview with expert Dr. Tami Bond. Summary of Testimony to House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Gull testimony audio Part 1 45 min and Part 2 42 min. Reading from new James Hansen book. Plus what coal company CEO's told Congress about warming. Ecoshock 100423 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. More in Blog on Black Carbon.
BACK TO THE LAND! Aging farmers, a threatened food system and desire for good food are driving a new wave of local growing. Severine Fleming of Greenhorns talks young farmers, Sharon Astyk tells us all how. Learn Community Supported Agriculture, organic volunteers ("WOOFING"), city farming, and more. Ecoshock 100416 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
THE UNKNOWN CLIMATE Can we predict it? Sudden tipping points, with Dr. Alan Hastings. Dr. David Orr, author of "Down to the Wire: confronting climate collapse." James Hansen in Australia. Plus Twelve Batty Things About James Lovelock. And why TV weathercasters never mention climate change. Ecoshock 100409 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
GIMME SHELTER Special on super low-energy building. Architect Guido Wimmers on "Passivhaus" (Canada's first); Tom Pittsley on solar mass windows (sun heat in Massachusetts winter); Jamee DeSimone on Net Zero construction. Reducing emissions while saving big on energy costs. Ecoshock 100402 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
DARK OPTIMISM How do we handle Peak Oil AND climate change? Shaun Chamberlin from UK Transition Towns, energy writer Kurt Cobb, plus Richard Heinberg on renewable hope, with Lester Brown. Ecoshock 100326 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
Surfing Waves of Trouble The triple threat: economy, climate, Peak Oil. Kurt Cobb on navigating collapse. Carolyn Baker on psychological and spiritual strength confronting chaos. Graham Saul of Climate Action Network on Canada's shameful muzzling of climate scientists. music from 350.org Ecoshock 100319 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
OUR PRODUCT IS DOUBT - Clive Hamilton on "Requiem for a Species, Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change." The madness of masses and media. Stanford's Prof. Stephen Schneider on death threats, and threats from Senators (calling climate scientists "criminals"). Naomi Oreskes on "Merchants of Doubt". Ecoshock 100312 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Opening music from Thamnos. In the Year 2525, #1 hit 1969 by Zager and Evans, plus Venice Beat
EXPECTING COLLAPSE It's the new hot meme: we are going down. Interview with Dmitry Orlov, author of "Reinventing Collapse", and John Michael Greer, "The Long Descent". Plus clips from Prof Joseph Tainter and Dennis Meadows. Will it be a relief? Ecoshock 100305 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
ON THE ROAD TO MASS EXTINCTION Scientists warn. Dr. Mark Pagani (Yale) interview says Earth will heat even at current CO2 levels. Jeremy Jackson, oceanographer at Scripps, says extinction coming. New Andrew Glikson paper (audio) and Peter Ward agree, and explain how. Plus Bill Gates discovers climate change. Ecoshock 100226 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Transcript with links here.
Hot Climate Activism Ted Nace, author of "Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal" - how 90 coal plants were stopped. Gavin Edwards, climate campaign Director for Greenpeace International on world activism. Clips from stirring new speech by Gwynne Dyer, author of "Climate Wars". Ecoshock 100219 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
Buying Into A Dying World Interview with Erik Assadourian on new Worldwatch State of the World 2010 Report (transforming cultures from consumerism to sustainability). Then David Satterthwaite interview, expert on illegal settlements for the IIED, says consumers, not population, is damaging the climate, and the world. It's us, not them. Music: "Garbage" by Chairlift. Ecoshock 100212 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
TOWARD THE COLLAPSE Must the economy fail, to save the climate and biosphere? Should we help kick it over? Utah U Prof Tim Garrett figures climate catastrophe is unstoppable unless the economy collapses. UK green Keith Farnish says "Time's Up!" - we should undermine the growth machine. Plus IPCC problems in scientists' web cast, and lastest on "Climate Wars" from Gwynne Dyer. Ecoshock 100205 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
CLIMATE IN THE SIXTH EXTINCTION Interview (19 min) with Dr. Jonathan Patz - physician and expert on health impacts of climate change. Already deadly, and not just in the developing world. Plus opening speech for UNESCO 2010 Year of Biodiversity, by the man who invented it, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy. (35 min) Radio Ecoshock Show 100129 1 hour CD Quality 55 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Lovejoy recorded by indie journalist Stephen Leahy.
ATOMIC DREAMS, CLIMATE NIGHTMARES Can nuclear power really replace coal, and save the climate? New interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, clips from climateradiofiles.com, analysis of Korea UAE nuke deal, and why is James Hansen pushing nuclear? Music: "Earth" by Imogen Heap, album Ellipsis. Ecoshock 100122 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
CONSPIRACY! Turning 911 Truth to Climate Denial How the movement was spun by right-wing radio into anti-science. A review of rant media. Plus: UK author of "Confessions of an Eco-Sinner" and "Last Generation", Fred Pearce. Ecoshock 100115 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Song clip: "Don't Shoot the Messenger" by Gordie Sampson.
THE COMING CLIMATE PANIC Auden Schendler's bombshell: delay now could lead to instability (and big gov't) later. Plus digest of AGU keynote speech Prof Richard B. Alley "The Carbon Control Knob" (should he be "arrested"?) Ecoshock 100108 1 hour CD Quality 55 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB Music: "Slippin' Away" by Nine Inch Nails
THE SIMPLICITY MOVEMENT Funny, dead-on, Cecile Andrews says "Slow Is Beautiful" and "Less Is More". Re-arranging to build connections and community, with examples. Develops both happiness and a more sustainable world. Ecoshock 100101 1 hour CD Quality 55 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB. Song: "Stuck In Our Ways" by The Administrators.