“Living on Earth” with Steve Curwood is the award-winning weekly environmental news and information program distributed by PRX. Every week approximately 250 Public Radio stations broadcast “Living on Earth's” news, features, interviews, and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. Living on Earth is located at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts/Boston.

“Living on Earth” delves into the leading issues affecting the world we inhabit. As the population continues to rise and the management of the earth's resources becomes even more critical, “Living on Earth” examines the issues facing our increasingly interdependent world. “Living on Earth” presents riveting features and commentary on everything from culture, economics, and technology to health, law, food, and transportation. It covers topics from the small challenges of everyday life to the future state of the environment and the health and well-being of the world's inhabitants. Curwood and company draw from an impressive array of experts, commentators, and journalists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium; Mark Hertsgaard, author of "Earth Odyssey"; Janet Raloff of "Science News"; author Sy Montgomery; and award-winning producer Terry Fitzpatrick. "Living on Earth" is a truly compelling hour of radio journalism

World Media Foundation, Inc.

Steve Curwood

Feed schedule via Exchange
Files delivered every Friday by 1600 ET

Living on Earth Extra files delivered every Friday by 1800 ET. Separate subscriptions required.


Number of programs
Ongoing, weekly

Broadcast rights
"Living on Earth" is available to PRX affiliate stations on a time-period exclusive basis. PRX affiliate stations may air each program three times within seven days of the feed. Each program must be aired in its entirety. Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. Prior to carrying this series, stations must contact their PRX Station Services contact.

Ancillary materials: CDs and transcripts are available at www.loe.org/tapes/tapes.htm.Program Web site: www.livingonearth.org


Production Team

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Steve Curwood
Steve Curwood created the first pilot of "Living on Earth" in the spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April 1991. Today, it is aired on more than 250 public radio stations in the United States.

Curwood's relationship with public radio goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered." He has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at CBS News, the "Boston Globe," NPR, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the "Boston Globe's" education team.

Curwood is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation Inc. and lectures in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. He lives in southern New Hampshire on a small woodlot with his family.


Dear Friends:

Life as we know it has always been on the edge. The earth may be more than 8,000 miles thick, but living organisms are only found in the thin layer of biosphere at the crust. And the sky's ozone layer that protects life on earth from harmful ultraviolet rays is only a single molecule thick.

And that's why "Living on Earth" goes right to the edge. We explore the cutting edge of scientific discovery, political debate, social change, religion and lifestyle to bring your listeners the latest developments in environmental change, all with the power and depth of accurate, award-winning journalism.

Studies show that for years, many major news outlets ignored basic science to give inappropriate emphasis to skepticism about human-induced climate change, but not "Living on Earth." From the very beginning, the producers recognized that politics couldn't change the basic laws of physics — that more heat being put into a system than comes out must make temperatures rise. The scientific mystery is in the details — how exactly might global warming affect life as we know it — and we keep listeners up to date with the latest clues.

We also stay at the frontiers of knowledge about the earth's changing chemistry — how the releases of lead, mercury and some synthetic chemicals are linked to everything from ADHD to the cancer epidemic to the startling rise in infertility.

And we help listeners get an edge in understanding how we relate to other species on earth, from pandas to pachyderms to pupfish.

We humans love to explore, and so does "Living on Earth." Our coverage often features the fun and fascination of discovering the outdoors. We also give people information about the healthy choices we can make to live happier lives.

And perhaps most important, "Living on Earth" strives to present the solutions to our deepest environmental challenges. If the turtles and crocodiles survived the last great warming of the globe 59 million or so years ago, humans should not only be able to survive the present climate shifts, but with our skills, thrive. Understanding the role of germs more than a century ago led to great improvements in public health; today, green chemistry and genetic understanding seem poised to unlock even more profound secrets and new options for longer and healthier lives.

As these and other technological and political solutions emerge and move forward or are discarded, "Living on Earth" is there. One hour of listening each week gives our audience an edge for the whole of life.

We warmly welcome new stations and send our sincere thanks to every carrying station for your ongoing support.

All the best,

Steve Curwood
Executive Producer