A World of Possibilities

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  • Location: Arcata, California

A World of Possibilities is an award-winning nationally and internationally syndicated public affairs radio program produced by Connexus Communications and hosted by explorer, author, and storyteller Mark Sommer. A World of Possibilities ceased weekly international broadcasts on December 31, 2011. Dozens of the best past programs, all as fresh and relevant as when they were first produced, remain available worldwide to both stations and individuals for streaming via PRX. Stations that are paid members of PRX may also download and rebroadcast any shows in the archive whenever they choose.  We invite you to browse this archive and tune in to part or all of any program that interests you. In addition, in the coming months and years we will post new conversations for your listening pleasure. Since these will not be formatted for radio broadcast, you'll get the chance to listen to entire unedited conversations in their original spontaneity as they wind their way like rivers to the sea. Or you'll be able to sample them here and there as you choose, dipping in to taste the waters. A World of Possibilities hasn't gone away. It's just taking new forms to better convey compelling stories of resilience and renewal that have always been its signature style. 

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Why is it that while many of us are discouraged and some devastated by life’s losses, a rare few not only survive but thrive in their wake –transce...

Bought by WZEN.org, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WZEN.org, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 31, 2012
  • Length: 55:03
  • Purchases: 5
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The chemicals we manufacture for modern needs are complex synthetic compounds. Most are untested and some are toxic to nature and the human body. B...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WPSU-FM, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 11, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Host Mark Summer continues his journey across the communities lying above the Marcellus Shale Play, a gigantic natural gas deposit stretching under...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KUMD


  • Added: Jan 23, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 3
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In a global culture dominated by the impatience of youth, counted in nanoseconds and fueled by “just-in-time” supply chains, everything needs to be...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WZEN.org, KUMD, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 22, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Organic agriculture has grown up.  A once-marginal movement of plucky and slightly eccentric home gardeners has bloomed into mega-farms that ship a...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KZYX, WZEN.org, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KREV-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 22, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 7
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Most of us take life for granted. But what happens when we're forced to think hard about whether we want to live?  Suicide and the impulse to attem...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 22, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Species of both plants and animals are dying out at unprecedented rates. Overpopulation, industrialization, and mono-cropping are stressing the w...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KZYX, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KUMD


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s clear that the economic collapse of 2008 – the second “September shock” after 2001 – will have a more enduring impact than most of us once sup...

Bought by WZEN.org, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUMD, and WXXI


  • Added: Jan 09, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
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In worlds of shattered dreams and broken hearts, Lily Yeh finds artful ways to mend, heal and renew. Born in mainland China and raised on Taiwan as...

Bought by KPVL, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KUMD, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 26, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Today, nano particles are in our food, cosmetics, and hundreds of other items. And this is just the beginning of what is projected to be a $1 trill...

Bought by WZEN.org, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WRPI, KUMD, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 56:38
  • Purchases: 5
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Despite his best efforts, like the very establishments he excoriated, Studs Terkel became an American institution. A man of the people, he was also...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WZEN.org, KBGA 89.9 FM, KUMD, KUOW and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2011
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Legendary folksinger and social activist Pete Seeger is receiving long-delayed appreciation for his immense contribution to American music and cult...

Bought by KWIT, KHNS, 90.5 WSNC, KRCB-FM, KVNF and more


  • Added: Dec 05, 2011
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 15
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Global climate change is here. And only now, as our nation is ravaged by hurricanes, floods and droughts, is this new reality becoming all too obvi...

Bought by KVMR, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WZEN.org, KPVL, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 28, 2011
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Hold that fork! Block that barbeque! Do you know the source of the meat that's sizzling on the grill? Can we trust meat inspectors to catch pathoge...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUOW, WRPI, and 90.5 WSNC


  • Added: Nov 21, 2011
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 5
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In the past few years, natural gas fracking has become a near-household word as landowners in the path of drilling have mounted efforts to slow its...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WSKG, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 15, 2011
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Corn: that most American of grains. These days corn is feed, fuel and ubiquitous sweetener, the biggest of business and some say the core of an ind...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUOW, and WRPI


  • Added: Nov 07, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Two lives spent breaking the mold of both traditional and feminist perspectives are recounted in candid conversation, each with a focused sense of ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WZEN.org, KREV-LP, KUOW, WHRV and more


  • Added: Oct 31, 2011
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Teddy Atim and Victor Ochen
War has shaped the lives of people in northern Uganda for the past two decades.  Impunity for widespread crimes and grave violations committed duri...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 24, 2011
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
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 Like “Made in Japan” a generation ago, the “Made in China” label has long been viewed by Americans as a low-cost, low quality knock-off of a costl...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 2
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China today is the most polluted nation on earth. But it’s also on its way to becoming the most environmentally advanced. And it’s no coincidence. ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 10, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 2