Is it just me… or is the world falling apart?

The Radio Ecoshock Show 080516

Worried? Need a hole to hide in?

All through Western history, the human herd has reached panic points. Civilization was expected to end. And sometimes it did.

In this program, we’ll take the bullet train through global defrosting, climate adaptation, rogue capitalism, economic crash, selling out, capital flight, and the food crisis.

You will hear samples from a conference call with world food expert Lester Brown, and clips from a tell-all speech by the radical Canadian nationalist Mel Hurtig. Top Harvard environmental teacher James Gustav Speth says environmentalism has utterly failed. An expert in the hidden economy, Loretta Napoleoni explains Rogue Capitalism. Bill McKibben says we have one last chance.


Here are some links to the full interviews and speeches referenced in this show:

Lester Brown press call conference on the causes of the world food crisis (34 minutes in a tiny fast-downloading file). Brown, of says this isn’t a passing crisis, but a new trend which will cause mass starvation from here on out.

Mel Hurtig “The Truth About Canada” book launch speech (1 hour) on sell-out, corporate concentration, merger with U.S. and capital flight.

WNYC Leonard Lopate interview with Yale’s James G. Speth

Loretta Napoleoni book launch speech “Rogue Economics” (1 hour)

Here is the best spot to find Bill McKibben’s “Last Chance for Civilization” article – with some really intelligent blog reader comments – at


You can find the whole thing tied together in this rough and ready transcript for the show.
Learn how the billionaires are skipping out on taxes – and on paying for the energy and transportation transformation we will need to confront climate change.

This includes a brief profile of one rogue corporation: the Swiss banking giant UBS. Just after we went to air, a former UBS executive was arrested, charged with helping a California billionaire avoid U.S. taxes. Just one of many.

American listeners will also be interested in Mel Hurtig’s description of secret meetings – a real-life conspiracy among the business elite (and your elected representatives) to sell out America, Canada, and Mexico to create the North American Union (that nobody voted for, and nobody wants…)

You have to get that from the audio of the program. Blogger readers, click the title above, or get the one hour program (14 MB) at:

There is a hilarious bit on biofuels from John Oliver (the “Senior Correspondent” on Jon Stewart’s “Today Show”) and Andy Saltzman in this program. Find their running series “The Bugle” at the Times Online site here.

The whole food crisis is so sick we need to poke black fun at our wasteful fat selves, to see through our thick lenses. Then Lester Brown tucks into the real issues, including a call for an end to the heartless process of using up food for SUV fuel.

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By popular demand, I have switched this podcast to the smaller Lo-Fi format (32 Kbps, mono).
This downloads faster, stores better on your hard drive, and sounds pretty good.

The only downside is slightly less quality, if you are into good stereo sound for your Ipod or sound system. And you can’t burn this LoFi version direct to older style CD’s. It will burn to CD as an mp3 file, which can be played by newer CD players, computers, DVD players, etc.

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One final note: we need more stations! As the number of stations go up, it gets easier for me to bring on the big name authors and scientists. Although, I have to say, we have had no problems so far!

Still, if you can contact your local non-profit college or community radio station, please ask them to add Radio Ecoshock to their programing. I realize there is a lot of competition for local air space, but we need one big environment program with the world view. Things like climate change are too important. We can’t just say “Oh sorry, we don’t have time to tell listeners about that…”

Please write or email requests to your local station. If you get some contact with a program director or station manager, can you forward it to me? My address is
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I’m also trying to find more Low Power FM stations to broadcast the show. Your suggestions (and their contact info) are also very welcome.

We need a revolution to save what’s left – and I’m hoping podcast listeners, and blog readers, will help out. From the emails I have received from you – we have a really intelligent bunch here! A lot of activists, scientists, professionals, and even government people are listening to Radio Ecoshock.

I appreciate the tips and help people send in. Some programs, including next week’s “Too Hot to Handle” – come from listener tips. This has become a group effort – thanks so much!

Alex Smith
Radio Ecoshock