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The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

279: Shades of Green, 4/19/2019

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 58:59

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small In honor of Earth Day, The Pulse presents this rebroadcast about the many ways people around the world are fighting for the environment. We start with a company that’s helping people offset their carbon footprint by sending money to green projects around the world. Next, we hear from people about the different ways they live green — from what we eat, to how many kids we have, to the products we stock in our bathroom cabinets. Also, we talk with a meteorologist who’s become famous for his straight talk on climate change, and examine the doom-and-gloom predictions of a 1960s book that helped shape the debate on saving the planet. Finally, we meet a researcher who explains why environmental responsibility doesn’t have to be all or nothing — it can exist in shades of green.

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2019-04-19 Fighting Fossil Fuels All the Way to Prison

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:56


Host: Greg Dalton


Tim DeChristopher, Founder, Climate Disobedience Center
Georgia Hirsty, National Warehouse Program Manager, Greenpeace
Brendon Steele, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500


This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on January 19, 2016.


How far would you go to spread the message about climate change? In a Climate One program originally aired in 2016, Greg Dalton welcomed two guests who put the “active” in “activist.”

In 2008, college student Tim DeChristopher heard Stanford professor Terry Root deliver a chilling lecture on the irreversible impacts of global warming. “After her talk, Terry sort of was honest with me in a way that she wasn't honest with the audience,” he remembers. After sharing with him the worst-case consequences of climate change, “she literally put her hand on my shoulder and said, ‘I'm so sorry my generation failed yours.’”

Those words haunted DeChristopher, setting him on a path first to despair, and then to activism. “It really motivated me to a new level of commitment and willingness to make sacrifices.”

That commitment led him to infiltrate an auction for oil and gas leases on public lands in Utah near Canyonlands National Park, where as “Bidder 70” he bid on – and won -- several auctions. When organizers realized he had no intention to pay, he was prosecuted and sent to prison for two years. But instead of being deterred, DeChristopher found his passion for the anti-fossil fuel movement strengthened by an inside view of the prison system.

 “So it was actually my understanding of the struggle against mass incarceration in the prison system that helped me to be able to stand by a position of saying that I'm a fossil fuel abolitionist.” On his release, DeChristopher and several other activists founded the Climate Disobedience Center.

In 2015, Greenpeace’s Georgia Hirsty and twelve other activists suspended themselves off of a Portland bridge on ropes for over 24 hours to protest an oil rig bound for the Arctic.

“Knowing that Shell couldn't drill as long as we could prevent the Fennica from leaving Portland was a pretty inspiring moment,” she told the Climate One audience.  “And fortunately it was dark and I couldn’t see how far away the water was.” 

As the ship steamed towards them, Hirsty hailed it by radio, ordering it to stop. There were long moments of tension as the activists waited to see what the captain would do.

“Eternity passed,” she recalls, “and then the Fennica slowly started to turn around…you could hear the uproars of cheering from the quayside and from the water.

“And then it turned all the way around and went back to its port.”

Former Mobil Oil Executive VP Lou Allstadt has said that such protests “upped the ante” on Shell’s decision to pull the plug on drilling in the Arctic, although Shell denies that the Portland protests factored into their decision.

Activism as an extreme sport gets headlines, and in some cases, results. But wouldn’t it be more effective to try to change things from within? Brendon Steele thinks so. He believes working collaboratively with companies from the inside is a better way to influence their behavior than confrontation and villainization. His non-profit,
Future 500, works closely with energy corporations to encourage more sustainable business practices, through shareholder engagement and other methods.

“We always aim to find common ground in that process,” Steele says.   He’s concerned that activism campaigns and civil disobedience can antagonize oil and gas companies, closing them off to ideas like carbon pricing.

“There’s a sense that the advocacy community is coming to them with an ask of to cease to exist anymore,” warns Steele, “and that's not going to open up the room for dialogue.”

Nevertheless, DeChristopher maintains that civil disobedience is the best tool for educating the public to the plight of the planet. “We can throw out lots of facts and figures about how serious the climate crisis is, and generally those kind of bounce off people,” he says.

“Civil disobedience is a way of saying that the climate crisis is so serious that I am going to put myself in a vulnerable position to do something about it.  And I think our vulnerability has a tremendous power to open people up, to rattle them out of their everyday, lethargic apathy of their consumer lives.  And create a strong desire for them to connect to that vulnerable person that they see in front of them.”


Related Links:

Bidder 70 - Documentary

The Climate Disobedience Center

Greenpeace Protesters dangle from bridge to protest Shell oil drilling

The Guardian: Shell Abandons Alaska Arctic Drilling

Future 500

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Hell's Half Acre (#1468)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

Crosstracks_small Listeners respond to our discussion about what to call a baby shower for the dad-to-be, suggesting Huggies and Chuggies, beer shower, beer for diapers, diaper kegger, baby boot camp, and Baby Fat Tuesday.

Why do we describe something that's genuine or authentic as the Real McCoy?

The expression Hell's Half Acre denotes a small patch of land or a place that's otherwise undesirable, and has been around for a century and a half.

A Courtland, Alabama, woman wonders about the phrase hairy at the heel. Along with hairy-heeled, hairy about the heels, and hairy about the fetlocks, this snobby term describes someone who is considered ill-bred, and derives from the fact that non-thoroughbred horses often have tufts of hair above their hooves.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a fill-in-the-blank puzzle about famous hip-hop rhymes. For example, from Run DMC, there's the verse: I'm the King of Rock / There is none higher / Sucker MC's should call me _________.

A man in Carlsbad, California, contends that the word ex for "a former partner" or "a former spouse" sounds too harsh. Is there a better term besides wasband?

Responding to our discussion about what to call a baby shower for a dad-to-be, one listener suggests the term bro bath.

A man who divides his time between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, wonders if linguistic mixtures similar to Spanglish arise at other borders. Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language by Ilan Stavans, offers a comprehensive look at this phenomenon.

A Hindi proverb that means "Unity is strength" literally translates as one and one make eleven.

Why, when writing out an abbreviated name like NATO for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, don't we use periods between the letters?

When someone's buried in a cemetery, you can visit their grave. But what do you call the place where you go to visit someone's scattered ashes? Listeners ponder that question on our Facebook group.

Hundreds of years ago, the word girl could refer to a child of either sex, and the word boy applied specifically to a servant. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a useful resource for understanding which terms were in common use during what period.

A listener suggests a sartorial twist on our conversation about baby showers for dads-to-be.

Why, when someone's unhappy about something, do we say someone's nose is out of joint or out of socket?

A man in Devon, England, notes that where he lives, wetting the baby's head is a term for a baby shower for a soon-to-be dad, and involves taking the man out to a pub for copious amounts of beer.

A San Diego, California, says his high school history teacher used the phrase Chop chop wiki wiki meaning "Hurry up!" The first part of this phrase comes from similar-sounding Cantonese words--the source also of the chop in chopsticks--and the second half comes from a Hawaiian word that means "quick," and is also found in the name of the online reference work that can be edited quickly, Wikipedia.

Gaywater is a Southern term for whiskey, especially the illegal variety.

Music 101 (Series)

Produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

Most recent piece in this series:

Mx101 Ep53: Rock Myths (Debunked), 4/18/2019

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

Music_101_recent_small Did Robert Johnson really sell his soul to the devil in exchange for his talent? Did the Beatles cover up Paul McCartney's death? Nope. These are Rock Myths. This episode of Music 101, we'll debunk some of the most popular myths in rock music.

Ozark Highlands Radio (Series)

Produced by Ozark Highlands Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

OHR119: OHR Presents: Jimbo Mathis & Kinfolks, 4/22/2019

From Ozark Highlands Radio | Part of the Ozark Highlands Radio series | 58:59

Jimbo_mathis_prx_small Ozark Highlands Radio is a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  In addition to the music, our “Feature Host” segments take listeners through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

This week, Grammy award winning Mississippi singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Squirrel Nut Zippers co-founder Jimbo Mathis with his “Kinfolks” recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.  Also, interviews with this musical Mississippi maverick.

Jimbo Mathus is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the swing revival band Squirrel Nut Zippers.  Born in Oxford, Mississippi to Jimmy Mathis and Jeanella (Malvezzi) Mathis, his early life was filled with music as his father and relatives were skilled instrumentalists and singers.  He began joining the family musical circle at an early age and by age eight was proficient at mandolin.  By age fifteen, Jimbo had been taught the rudiments of guitar, piano and harmony singing. The family's repertoire consisted of hundreds of folk, bluegrass, country blues and pre-recorded songs passed down through the Mathus and Byrd families. 

“Jimbo Mathis & Kinfolks” is a project that takes Jimbo back to his earliest musical roots.  Alongside lifelong friend and mentor Jimmy “Buck” Bennett on dobro, Steve Butler on fiddle, Ernie Welch guitar, and Steve Craig on bass, “Kinfolks” recreates the family and social music gatherings of Jimbo’s youth.

In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers an archival recording of banjo Jedi Jimmy Connor performing the tune “Old Ed Setser,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

From his series entitled “Back in the Hills,” writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins profiles the curious story of Katy Heidi, a woman of Austrian nobility who became a lifelong transplant to the early Missouri Ozarks.

Earth Eats (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

EE 19-16: A Peek Into Food Science History And A Moroccan Inspired Bowl, 4/19/2019

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats series | 29:01


"Science is trial and error, and the scientists and engineers will tell you, the failures are just as important as the successes, 'cuz it tells you-- now you know what not to do."   ---Todd Kosmerick. NC State Archivist

On this week’s show we dive into the food science archives at North Carolina State University and uncover some strange experiments...atomic peanuts, anyone?

Jackie Bea Howard shares a recipe for a colorful bowl featuring gingered meatballs, and Moroccan flavors.

And Harvest Public Media takes a look at the struggles farmers face when it comes to Health Insurance.

Folk Alley Weekly (Series)

Produced by WKSU

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Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio (Series)

Produced by Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

312: The Great Escape: Andrea Nguyen Flees Saigon in April 1975 and Brings Vietnamese Home Cooking to America, 4/18/2019

From Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio | Part of the Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio series | 53:58

Msl_radio_logo_cobrand_prx_small Chef Andrea Nguyen, author of "Vietnamese Food Any Day," uses American supermarket ingredients for an authentic take on the food of Vietnam. Plus, we investigate why the Kinder Surprise Chocolate Egg is illegal here in the USA; we make a simple dump-and-bake Lemon-Almond Pound Cake; and our Paris correspondent, Alex Aïnouz, explains why a good croissant is straight, not crescent-shaped.

Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

517: America’s Drug War, Revealed, 4/27/2019

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | :00

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With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes (Series)

Produced by With Good Reason

Most recent piece in this series:

Presenting: Broken Ground

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:59

Brokenground_1024x683 This week we’re debuting a new podcast series called Broken Ground, produced by the Southern Environmental Law Center and hosted by Claudine Ebeid McElwain. Episode 1: The Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill of 2008 and and its devastating consequences for hundreds of workers who had to clean up the toxic mess. Find more episodes at brokengroundpodcast.org.

Are We Alone?

From Philosophy Talk | Part of the Philosophy Talk series | 53:59

If there is intelligent life beyond Earth, how would that change life ON Earth?


News that life might exist or have existed on Mars or somewhere else in our universe excites many. But should we really be happy to hear that news? What are the philosophical implications of the possibility of extraterrestrial life? If life can blossom in our own cosmic backyard, then that means that the universe is most likely saturated with life forms. And if that’s the case, why haven’t we found any evidence of other civilizations? Is it because all civilizations are prone to suicidal destruction at a certain point in their development? If so, how might we avoid this fate? The Philosophers search for life with Paul Davies from Arizona State University, author of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

The Triumph of a Failed Moon Landing

From Mat Kaplan | Part of the Planetary Radio series | 28:50


The Beresheet lunar lander failed in the last few kilometers of its descent to the Moon. Two days later we learned that its team would try again. Deputy Mission Director Yoav Landsman is back with an inspiring and revealing look behind the scenes. And your guide to the busy night sky is provided by Bruce Betts in our What’s Up segment.  You can learn more about this week’s guests and topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0417-2019-yoav-landsman-beresheet.html

Living Planet 05/04/2018

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

LLiving Planet: Walk the Walk -

On the show this week: Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.


Living Planet: Walk the Walk


Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.



Katowice: A coal town that wants to go green


The upcoming COP24 climate summit will be held in Katowice, deep in Poland's industrial and coal mining heartland. Its air quality is among the worst in Europe. But the town is trying to clean up its act. And if Katowice can go green, perhaps anywhere can.


Canada's First Nations vs. tar sands pipeline


Canadian President Justin Trudeau has been vocal about his commitment to climate protection. But now, he's coming to blows with environmentalists and the provincial government of British Columbia over a massive oil pipeline

Can reflective roads help LA keep its cool?

Los Angeles has the greatest density of cars in the US — and a massive network of roads. In summer the asphalt absorbs sunlight and heats up, warming the air above it, an effect that will be exacerbated by climate change. But cool paving could change all that.



Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 04/19/2019

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 29:59

Lp1_small This week on the show: Here today, gone tomorrow? - From destroying rainforests to support our lifestyle habits to tackling the ever-growing mountain of waste from our consumer society. We pull back the curtain on where things come from and where they end up.

Tara Austin

From KUMD | Part of the Radio Gallery series | 04:40

This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm.

An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

Tara Austin

Tara_austin_5_small This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm. An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

ClassicalWorks (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

CLW 190424 11PM: ClassicalWorks (Episode 218), 4/24/2019 11:00 PM

From WFIU | Part of the ClassicalWorks series | 58:56

Classicalworks_logo_-_luann_johnson_small ClassicalWorks (Episode 218)

Jazz with David Basse (Series)

Produced by Jazz with David Basse LLC

Most recent piece in this series:

1484.3: Jazz with David Basse 1484.3, 4/19/2019 2:00 AM

From Jazz with David Basse LLC | Part of the Jazz with David Basse series | 59:53

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Open Source with Christopher Lydon (Series)

Produced by Open Source

Most recent piece in this series:

The Bauhaus in Your House

From Open Source | Part of the Open Source with Christopher Lydon series | 59:00


Bauhaus was the art school in Germany that created the look of the twentieth century. We just live in it: loving its white-box affordability, or hating its stripped, blank, glass-and-steel uniformity, the world around. It’s the IKEA look in the twenty-first century, the look of Chicago skyscrapers and now Chinese housing towers, the look of American kitchens and probably the typeface on your emails, all derived from the building school in Germany between the world wars. It was the first omni-art school that taught painting and architecture, made new-look tapestries and chairs. It was the less-is-more school that made ornament very nearly a crime. It stood, and stands, for a few big ideas still hotly contested.

Bauhaus, meaning ‘building house,’ was the name of the most influential art school in the history of the man-made environment. It was born just a hundred years ago in Weimar, Germany’s old-time cultural capital, seat of the shaky Weimar Republic after World War I. Bauhaus, the school, lasted only fourteen years, till Hitler’s Nazis suffocated it in 1933. Yet Bauhaus, the model of design, some would say, has ruled the world for a century now.

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions H16: The Soundtrack for the film "Bolden"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Bolden_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the soundtrack for the movie "Bolden," the film about the famously influential, and very elusive historical figure in jazz in the early twentieth century in New Orleans, Buddy Bolden, with Wynton Marsalis leading the band. We'll also hear Jelly Roll Morton playing Bolden's music and telling stories about him from 1938 Library Of Congress recordings. Plus, we have two new albums from great tenor sax players, Joshua Redman re-grouping his quartet from the early years of this century on a new album "Come What May," and Galician saxophonist Xose Miguélez riffing on a song his great aunt sang in a field recording in 1981 on his album "Ontology" - - plus the latest from drummers Kendrick Scott and Herlin Riley leading their bands on recent albums.

promo included: promo-H16

Blue Dimensions G43: A Trinity Of "Presence"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Three recent albums all entitled "Presence," from Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, John Petrucelli, and Brad Whitely.

Evans_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we are surprised to note that three jazz albums entitled "Presence" have come out in 2018, and we've decided to draw music from all three of them - - one from pianist Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, some high-energy stuff recorded in concert at two jazz clubs in Philadelphia, one from pianist Brad Whitely, a strong studio recording, and another live one, a double album from saxophonist and composer John Petrucelli with lots of strings and a scallop shell used as an instrument as well. Three engaging and very different albums, all called "Presence," coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

promo included: promo-G43

Feminine Fusion (Series)

Produced by WCNY

Most recent piece in this series:

S03 Ep34: Faithful Music, 4/20/2019

From WCNY | Part of the Feminine Fusion series | :00

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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

DWF 18-26: Baltic Sea, 3/25/2019

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts series | 01:57:57

J_rvi_kristjan_ada8041da_small Ten countries border on the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Proving that they are united, not separated by that body of water is the Baltic Sea Philharmonic with musicians from all ten, led by Kristjan Järvi, an exciting and innovative conductor whose programs are always standouts.

High Country Celtic Radio (Series)

Produced by High Country Celtic Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

High Country Celtic Radio 059 - Another Free Reed Frenzy

From High Country Celtic Radio | Part of the High Country Celtic Radio series | 59:00

High-country-celtic-240x240_small Katie has put together a show featuring the "free reeds": button accordion, piano accordion, and the concertina. A drving force behind Irish and Scottish dancing, the free reed instruments are loud, boisterous, and fun to dance to.  You'll find yourself tapping your foot throughout this show. This week, we feature Noel Hill & Tony MacMahon, Mary McNamara And Sorcha Costello, Bill Jones, Damien Connolly, John Sherman, Dylan Foley & Dan Gurney, Susana Seivane, Caitlin Nic Gabhann, Niamh Dunne, Karen Tweed & Tom McElvogue, Socks In The Frying Pan, John And Maggie Carty, Florence Fahy, James Noonan & Michael Shorrock & Chris McGrath & Ted Davis, and Imar.

406: Celebrating the Birthday of Bucky Pizzarelli, 1/1/2019

From KCUR | Part of the 12th Street Jump Weekly series | 59:00

(Air Dates: December 31 - January 8) On this week's archive episode of 12th Street Jump, we celebrate the music of Bucky Pizzarelli with Bucky himself and his long time music partner Ed Laub. We'll play a game of "So, What's Your Question" with Ed and talk to Bucky about what gives him the blues.


Public Radio's weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, 12th STREET JUMP celebrates America's original art form, live from one of its birthplaces, 12th Street in Kansas City. That is where Basie tickled and ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Each week, host Ebony Fondren offers up a lively hour of topical sketch comedy and some great live jazz and blues from the 12th STREET JUMP band (musical director Joe Cartright, along with Tyrone Clark on bass and Arnold Young on drums) and vocalist David Basse. Special guests join the fun every week down at the 12th Street Jump.