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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.


32 Pieces

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Most scientists agree the current level of human population, in combination with present living arrangements, is damaging our ecosystems. But doing...

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  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Population Media Center President Bill Ryerson corrects misconceptions, debunks myths, and shares a variety of surprising facts about overpopulatio...

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  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
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What exactly are “think tanks” supposed to be thinking about? Are some of them part of a campaign to cast doubt on science when it could interfere ...

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  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
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How and why did our society come to value economic growth so highly that we pursue it at the risk of our long-term survival? For some time scientis...

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  • Added: May 02, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
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We need to change the way we think if we want to extend the shelf-life of our civilization, according to Frances Moore Lappé, author of EcoMind: Ch...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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We’re not living on Earth as if we want to stay, observes Mike Nickerson. In our last episode, Mike Nickerson shared his vision for, and the joy of...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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“We could be having so much fun that there just isn't time to consume resources on a quantity, or produce waste on a quantity that would be problem...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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Efforts to date are falling far short of achieving the greenhouse gas reduction needed to avoid catastrophic climate disruption. Bioethicist Travis...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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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...

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

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 28:30
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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
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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: Jan 19, 2016
  • 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: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
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Relocalization may be the most important strategy for minimizing climate change. According to Bill McKibben, “working as communities is the most im...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2015
  • Length: 28:24
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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: Nov 23, 2015
  • 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: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
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