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Conversation Earth

Series produced by Citizen-Powered Media

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Conversations with thought leaders exploring our place on the planet

Weekly half-hour radio series. Free to stations.

NOTE: Season 2 launched February 21, 2017. All 18 episodes in season 1 are evergreen, and can be run in any sequence, so feel free to start with episode 101 or any other, at any time.

For the first time in history, the activity of human civilization reaches into every corner of the globe. So significant is the role we play that our time has been dubbed the Anthropocene Epoch. This calls for self-examination at a new level. Conversation Earth presents insightful dialog with the leading thinkers of our time. Philosophy, ethics, science, psychology and economics, at a macro level, and all focused on humankind’s relationship with the planet.


56 Pieces

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Architect Sarah Susanka observed that houses in the U.S. were getting larger – but some rooms were seldom occupied, and often not even furnished. S...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 28:42
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“Our computer-generated scenarios all showed this growth stopping in the early decades of the 21st century, and, I must say, looking back now, it s...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Do we behave rationally? You might be surprised how often our decision-making deviates from what is in our best interest. Behavioral economist Dan ...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Robust economic growth has become the Holy Grail of public policy and politics. But some economists and many scientists have come to believe growth...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: 28:29
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“One of the ways that radical ideas become more mainstream is when those of us who hold them aren’t afraid to speak about them.” This thought has g...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Our ecosystems contribute tens of trillions of dollars to our economy every year, but – as L. Hunter Lovins notes, “At present we’re losing every m...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Today it could be argued that human beings daily act against our own self-interests. How? Biologist Paul Ehrlich and fellow scientists tell us we a...

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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What went wrong with the environmental movement? Environmental activist, organizer and author Lorna Salzman shares her thoughts about climate chan...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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As a young man, Rex Weyler joined early Greenpeace expeditions to document and stop commercial whaling. He went on to co-found Greenpeace Internati...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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“The age of growth and the age in which growth is going to be considered a good thing is coming to an end.” The late sociologist William R. Catton ...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Stephanie Mills made headlines in the Spring of 1969 when she vowed, in her commencement address (titled The Future is a Cruel Hoax), to conceive n...

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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How big is your ecological footprint? Probably bigger than you think. After all, out of sight, out of mind. As an originator of ecological footprin...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 28:29
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“I don’t think there’s a lot of excuses, frankly, for not doing the right thing.” Anishinaabe orator, author, economist and activist Winona LaDuke ...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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“Gross Domestic Product has now become a fetish,” according to economist Raj Patel. Many undesirable things end up adding to GDP: wars, disease, an...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Legendary physics professor Al Bartlett was quick to tell us “smart growth” and “dumb growth” both lead us to the same undesirable end; “smart grow...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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A glimpse of why the Conversation Earth series was created and how guests and topics are chosen. Dave and Kaitlyn also share highlights from the fi...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Frustrated at the abysmal rate of adoption when seatbelts were introduced into cars in the 1960s, Jack Alpert quit his job as an automotive enginee...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 28:29
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Are we all “bystanders” when it comes to responding rationally to the serious environmental crises faced by our civilization? How is our behavior s...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Human civilization can thrive while living within sensible limits imposed by a finite system. “Renegade economist” Kate Raworth manages to tell the...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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No civilization should head out into the world without “Doughnut Economics” in its survival kit. With her modernized thinking, economist Kate Rawor...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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