We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Conversation Earth

Series produced by Citizen-Powered Media

Series image

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.


24 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Piece image
With human activity disrupting the climate, do we have a moral imperative not to have children, or to have only one child? Bioethicist Travis Riede...

Bought by WGRN-LP 94.1


  • Added: Mar 28, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
How can policymakers be persuaded to abandon the most widespread public policy goal on Earth? In our last episode, Brian Czech explained that econo...

Bought by WSLR and WGRN-LP 94.1


  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Economic growth is the number one public policy goal around the world, yet our pursuit of growth is “pulling out the rug from our own kids’ and gra...

Bought by WYAP and WGRN-LP 94.1


  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Was globalization a temporary state that has run its course? That’s the case made by Jerry Mander, who believes there is plenty of evidence that th...

Bought by KVSC and KZUM


  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Hollywood director Tom Shadyac traded a mansion and private jets for a mobile home and a bicycle. He had found the traditional trappings of success...

Bought by KUNM, KVSC, and KZUM


  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Steve Carell and Tom Shadyac on the set
Tom Shadyac is a successful Hollywood comedy director who found the traditional trappings of success were not the key to happiness. He traded a man...

Bought by KUNM and KVSC


  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
While world leaders wring their hands over forecasts of timid GDP growth, a growing list of visionaries around the world are collaborating to redef...

Bought by WSLR, 91.7 WHUS Storrs, KVSC, WYAP, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2016
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
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...

Bought by WYAP, 91.7 WHUS Storrs, KVSC, WMUU-LP, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 28:42
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
“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...

Bought by 91.7 WHUS Storrs, WMUU-LP, KMUD, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
Relocalization may be the most important strategy for minimizing climate change. According to Bill McKibben, “working as communities is the most im...

Bought by WYAP, KMUD, WMUU-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Dec 01, 2015
  • Length: 28:24
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
Do we behave rationally? You might be surprised how often our decision-making deviates from what is in our best interest. Behavioral economist Dan ...

Bought by WMUU-LP and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Robust economic growth has become the Holy Grail of public policy and politics. But some economists and many scientists have come to believe growth...

Bought by WMUU-LP and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
“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...

Bought by WYAP, WMUU-LP, KRZA, KCMJ Community Radio, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Nov 10, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 5
Piece image
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...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KPIP-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
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...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KRZA, KPIP-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
As a young man, Rex Weyler joined early Greenpeace expeditions to document and stop commercial whaling. He went on to co-found Greenpeace Internati...

Bought by WMUU-LP and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 20, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
What went wrong with the environmental movement? Environmental activist, organizer and author Lorna Salzman shares her thoughts about climate chan...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WMUU-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 13, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
“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 ...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WMUU-LP, KPIP-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 06, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
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...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WMUU-LP, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Sep 29, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
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...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WMUU-LP, KCMJ Community Radio, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4