The 2016 Presidential Election:

Voting for the Environment

Air Date: 10/17/16


Keith Gaby,

Senior Communications Director, EDF Action, Washington, D.C.

In this presidential election, we have heard nearly nothing close to a real conversation on the concern for the environment. From energy to climate change, how do all four candidates hold environmental responsibility and what are their platforms for environmental leadership? We'll find out today.
Animals Who Self-Medicate:

Using Nature to Survive

Air Date: 10/12/15


Mark Hunter,

Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Did you know that Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs on one single plant that protects the next generation from parasitic infection? Or that primates swallow whole leaves without chewing to literally scrape parasites from their stomach? This hour uncovers stories of nature's brilliance as it manifests in animal intuition for preservation of the species - and what we as human beings can learn from them.
Racing to Zero:

San Francisco’s Waste Reduction Initiative

Air Date: 10/03/16


Christopher Beaver,

Director, Racing to Zero, San Francisco, CA

Diana Fuller,

Producer, Racing to Zero, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, as one of the most progressive cities in the world, has led the nation in countless ways, from equal rights and social equality to environmental protection. However, can a city of 800,000 people become waste free? That was the goal set by San Francisco a few years ago – to be zero waste by 2020. And it is fair to say at this point that the goal will, in fact, be reached! How? We’ll find out today!
Silent Spring:

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

Air Date: 54:00


Dr. Linda Lear,

Biographer, Historian & Founder of RachelCarson.org, Bethesda, MD

Under much scrutiny from chemical companies, environmentalist and activist Rachel Carson released her book, Silent Spring, on September 27th, 1962. It shook the public and brought the environmental world into focus. Environmental protection became a real, ongoing topic, and what has followed since is the largest environmental movement the world has ever seen. What was Rachel Carson’s message, and is it still true today? What have we learned - and what are we still learning - about our impact and responsibility, about chemical products and their effect on all of life? Today Helge Hellberg speaks with a historian and biographer who has made studying Rachel Carson her career.
Shark Conservation:

Protecting One of the Oldest Species on Earth

Air Date: 09/19/16


Dean Fessler, Jr.,

Shark Research Institute, Princeton, NJ

Just as with other large predators, from Grizzly Bears to Wolves, humans have hunted these species and in many regions of the planet have brought them to near or complete extinction. New scientific studies show the critical importance that those animals had and have on the ecosystems that they were or are a part of. As for the oceans, sharks play this critical role. There are over 400 shark species in the world, and in this episode we will hear about their function, their challenges, and what is being done to protect them.
Nutrition for Children:

Starting them off Right

Air Date: 09/12/16


Dr. Matthew Lederman,

Co-Author, Forks Over Knives Family, Los Angeles, CA

We all know that a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables and unprocessed, whole foods is the foundation for overall health and well being. And we also know that even before children are born, they are already exposed to hundreds of chemicals and heavy metals, a toxic burden that could compromise the children’s health and development. And from there our young ones, just as we are, are exposed to toxins in our food and environment as they grow older. Today we are learning just how important a healthy diet is in balancing this exposure to toxins, and what a healthy children-specific diet looks like.
Strong Bones:

Optimal Foods for Skeletal Health

Air Date: 09/05/16


Dr. Laura Kelly,

Co-Author, The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook, Topanga, CA

Food is thy medicine, again today. Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many other Western Societies. The common answer to bone loss is usually Calcium. While Calcium has an important role in our overall bone health, there is much more to the story. In this hour, we are speaking with a physician about how to prepare and combine whole foods to prevent and treat Osteoporosis naturally.
Food Service Training:

Changing Lives for Common Good

Air Date: 08/22/16


Tracy Hitchcock,

CEO, Create Common Good, Boise, ID

Food is everything – from the fields to the grocery store, from our plates to our health, from community to personal and professional re-integration. We all need to eat, every day, and because of it, being trained in any aspect of food production, preparation, or nutrition, will provide a foundation for one’s life that a person will be able to stand on forever. That is the idea behind our guest today, an amazing non profit that offers food service training as a way to re-integrate people back into society – and, as we will learn, have society benefit from it in a very tangible way in return.
Organic Agriculture:

Honoring Life, Land and Community

Air Date: 08/15/16


Christie Biddle,

Fruit Buyer, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Susan Simitz,

Social Media & Marketing Manager, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Jessica Cole,

Quality Assurance & Inventory Control Specialist, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Three women who have made organic food their career show us that sustainable food production and healthy agricultural practices have a tremendous impact on everything that food touches. Starting on the land with the farmer, these practices positively affect just about everything along the journey, and ultimately, the end consumer - all of us. In this episode, we celebrate the notion that life creates life, with Helge Hellberg.
Diet and Depression:

A Vicious Cycle

Air Date: 08/08/16


Dr. James Greenblatt,

Integrative Psychatrist & Author, Breakthrough Depression Solution: Mastering Your Mood with Nutrition, Diet and Supplementation, Walthan, MA

We are what we eat – this old saying about how much our food intake affects our physical health is now being expanded into our mental health as well. In recent years, research has been showing the direct connection between what we eat and what – or how – we think. In other words, our mental capacity and our mood are the direct result of our diet. Today Helge Hellberg is speaking with a Psychiatrist specifically about how to best address Depression through your diet.
Good Health Starts from Within:

The Stash Plan

Air Date: 08/01/16


Elizabeth Troy,

Nutritionist, The Stash Plan, Westport, CT

Today we are talking with the creator of The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge. It’s not just a path toward optimal nutrition, but also incorporates the entire body and your energy centers through specific exercises and stretching.
Children and Nature:

A Crucial Connection

Air Date: 07/25/16


Scott D. Sampson,

Author, How to Raise a Wild Child, Vancouver, B.C.

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors—that is 90 percent less time than their parents did. There is a significant physical, emotional, and mental price to pay for having such little exposure to Nature and unstructured playtime. What is at stake, how to bring Nature back into all of our lives, and specifically, How to Raise a Wild Child – that’s our topic in this hour of An Organic Conversation.
The Epicenter of the Organic Movement:

Marin County

Air Date: 07/18/16


Warren Weber,

Owner, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA

There is a small county just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area that has shaped the organic food and agriculture movement throughout the country – if not the world – forever. As the nation's only all-organic county, Marin sets an example for the future of organic farming and the evolution of the industry. How did this happen and what can be learned from this model? Listen to one of the true leaders of the organic movement, Warren Weber, owner of Star Route Farms.
Island Wisdom:

Lessons from Hawaiian Culture

Air Date: 06/27/16


Kevin Hoke,

CEO & President, Hawaiian Outrigger Experience, Wailuku, HI

There is a deep reverence and respect for the Elements of Water, Sky, and Earth, Sun and Moon that we’ll find when we engage with cultures that have developed in the middle of the ocean, away from the speed of mainland societies. Hawaiian philosophy does not consider the physical and non-physical aspects of the world to be separate, therefore, to heal one aspect, all must be healed. Hear from an Hawaiian elder about key lessons in life - how to be of service, honor your family, and always practice kindness.

America’s Forgotten Fruit

Air Date: 06/20/16


Andrew Moore,

Author, Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit, Pittsburgh, PA

How could a tropical fruit native to North American soil go under the radar for generations? Such is the story of Pawpaw - and many other plant species nearly forgotten by US agriculture. Find out what made these fruits so special to Native Americans and early settlers and what is being done today to revive the existence of indigenous nutritious foods throughout our country.
GMO Labeling:

Consumer’s Right to Know

Air Date: 06/13/16


Gary Hirshberg,

Chairman, Just Label It, Washington D.C.

Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut have all adopted GMO labeling laws. So what does that mean for the rest of the country? And what can we take away from the fact that major food corporations like Campbell's and General Mills have agreed to institute nationwide labeling policies for their products? Get the scoop from one of the most influential people advocating for our right to know, Chairman of the Just Label It campaign.
An Apology to Elephants:

Restoring Honor to Nature’s Gentlest Giants

Air Date: 06/06/16


Amy Schatz,

Director, An Apology to Elephants, New York, NY

Ed Stewart,

President & Co-Founder, PAWS, Galt, CA

"If you want to teach people about the nature of being human, you don't take them to a prison; you take them to a park where they can see families and people being free. If you want to teach people about the nature of elephants, you don't take them to a circus." A passionate documentary about man's relationship to elephants is inspiring a movement to release our world's largest land mammal from grueling entertainment and save multiple species in the process. Tune in this week for our interview with HBO's filmmaker and a renowned expert on elephant captivity.
Prison Gardens:

Growing Hope by Growing Life

Air Date: 04/25/16


Beth Waitkus,

Founder & Director, Insight Garden Program, Berkeley, CA

A small garden plot within the concrete walls of a maximum security prison does more than just engage prisoners; it improves behavior and reduces reincarceration. Hear data and feedback from a national nonprofit whose gardening and permaculture programs promote responsibility, opportunity, and motivation.
Earth Island Institute:

Every Day is Earth Day

Air Date: 04/18/16


Kevin Connelly,

Associate Director, Earth Island Institute, Berkeley, CA

As a thank you to all the people who have dedicated their lives and careers to protecting the Earth, find out how one such organization helps initiatives in sustainability, social responsibility, animal welfare, nature conservation, and more with financial and administrative support so innovative ideas can make it into the world and create a healthier planet.
Legends of Organic:

The Role of Mentorship in the Organic Food Movement

Air Date: 04/11/16


Earl Herrick,

Founder & Owner, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Ethan Abendroth,

National Sales Manager, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Nathan Evers,

Produce Selector, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Movements are most often formed by a handful of people declaring the end of the current status quo and embracing a new way of relating that is both healthier and more just. That’s how the organic food movement had its re-emergence in the early 1970’s. We are honoring those early beginnings with a series of interviews with the pioneers of this movement. In this episode, we are exploring the role of mentorship with three generations of food advocates from the team at Earl's Organic Produce.
Zero Waste Living:

Practical Tips for Every Day

Air Date: 4/4/16


Bea Johnson,

Author, Zero Waste Home, Mill Valley, CA

15% of the cost is in the packaging. So what do you gain by striving for a Zero Waste lifestyle? A cleaner home, a healthier planet, deeper relationships, and up to 40% more money in your wallet. What are you waiting for? It takes less time than you think...
Animal & Human Companionship:

Proven Benefit to Our Health

Air Date: 3/28/16


Dr. Rebecca Johnson,

Director, Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI), University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia, MO

Anyone who has ever loved an animal knows the sublime quality of a relationship built upon unconditional love. Increasing evidence suggests that beyond the bonds of companionship, human-animal relationships can also be life saving. Tune in to learn about how animals across species are healing a spectrum of human ailments - and how animals improve their health at the same time.
The Vegetable Garden:

Tips for a Bountiful Season

Air Date: 03/21/16


Megan Cain,

Garden Educator, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, Madison, WI

It's here again: this year's gardening season! Time to think about forming beds, ordering seeds, blocking a weekend to get your hands dirty, and enjoying the benefits of homegrown food - all while saving money.
Alive Inside:

Music to Remember

Air Date: 03/14/16


Michael Rossato-Bennett,

Writer/Director/Producer, Alive Inside, New York, NY

An award-winning documentary shows the powerful effect music has on patients with Alzheimer's disease. By demonstrating how melody returns people to long lost memories, we explore the question, "can music make you come alive again?"
The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

Guiding Us for Centuries

Air Date: 02/29/16


Janice Stillman,

Editor, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Dublin, NH

Just how relevant is a periodical that's been in print for 225 years - from a time in which our society was deeply connected to the land? With a blend of wisdom from nature and wit from mankind, you'll be surprised by the practicality and entertainment value of this annual publication with tide tables to know the movement of water, sunrise, moon cycles, and planting charts for the organic farmer and gardener alike, recipes for those who live in the kitchen, and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.