Podcast

The Epicenter of the Organic Movement:

Marin County

Air Date: 07/18/16
 

Guest:

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.
Pawpaw:

America’s Forgotten Fruit

Air Date: 06/20/16
 

Guest:

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
 

Guest:

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
 

Guests:

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
 

Guest:

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
 

Guest:

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
 

Guests:

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.
The Vegetable Garden:

Tips for a Bountiful Season

Air Date: 03/21/16
 

Guest:

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.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

Guiding Us for Centuries

Air Date: 02/29/16
 

Guest:

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.
Painted Nails:

The Dirty Side of Pretty

Air Date: 02/22/16
 

Guests:

Erica Jordan,

Director & Producer, Painted Nails, San Francisco, CA

Dianne Griffin,

Director & Producer, Painted Nails, San Francisco, CA

Join us on the journey of two filmmakers who set out to make a movie about culture and unearthed surprising details about the dangerous conditions inside nail salons, unflinching gratitude in the face of unfair circumstances, and the transformative power of a courageous spirit.
Digestive Wellness:

What’s Next in Nutrition

Air Date: 02/15/16
 

Guest:

Laura Knoff,

Senior Nutrition Consultant Instructor, Bauman College, Berkeley, CA

Holistic nutrition says that overall health relies on the gut and we cannot absorb what we cannot digest. Despite our best efforts to fill our bodies with nutrient-rich fresh foods, we will not reap the benefits if we do not focus on our digestive health. Learn about the root causes of IBS, how to get the most nutrition out of your food and the truth behind the statement, "you are what you eat.”
Letter Writing:

The Beauty of a Lost Art

Air Date: 02/08/16
 

Guest:

Lakshmi Pratury,

Founder & CEO, INK, Bangalore, India

Up until only a few decades ago, hand-written letters were used as a universal way to connect with others. As we remember this forgotten art, how can we carry it into our future? A pioneering female entrepreneur in India shares the value of written word through stories left by her father, the tradition carried forward to her son in America, and a conference that inspires young change agents to voice innovative ideas that connect the world.
COP21 Climate Agreement:

An International Call-to-Action

Air Date: 02/01/16
 

Guest:

Ken Berlin,

President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project, Washington, D.C.

The Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions across the globe will change the future of climate change, but how? Tune in to learn which countries are participating, how they'll be held accountable to their commitments, and what you can do to help.
Wolf Therapy:

Ancient Bond, Modern Healing

Air Date: 2/14/15
 

Guests:

Joni Ogle,

Director of Young Adult Programs, Promises Treatment Center, Malibu, CA

How can connecting with man's first animal companion provide us the ability to connect with ourselves and our communities? Tune in this hour to learn about two retreat centers using wisdom from the animal kingdom to recover from today's traumas.
The Paleo Point of View:

Keeping it Real

Air Date: 01/31/15
 

Guest:

Ali Rakowski,

Author, Bowls of Love: Paleo Soups for the Seasons, Stamford, CT

Find yourself wondering what the Paleo Diet is all about? We uncover all of the surprising and delicious details in this hour: from what you can eat to the best substitutions for your favorite guilty pleasure foods.
Food Chains:

The Cost of America’s Food System

Air Date: 01/17/15
 

Guest:

Sanjay Rawal,

Director, Food Chains, New York, NY

While society is more focused on food than ever, domestic labor issues remain largely unseen by the public. This hour, the AOC Team discusses a powerful new documentary that sheds light on wages and conditions of the men and women who harvest our fresh food every day.
Love Thy Nature:

Understanding Our Source of Humanity

Air Date: 04/18/15
 

Guest:

Sylvie Rokab,

Director, Love Thy Nature, Los Angeles, CA

Homo Sapiens have evolved to believe that we are separate from nature, causing disrupt to billions of years of evolution. Love Thy Nature is an award-winning documentary that shines light on the role that nature plays in our lives - how does it nourish us? Immerse yourself into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship to the natural world.
Beauty or the Beast:

Choosing Safe Personal Care Products

Air Date: 06/08/15
 

Guest:

Janet Nudelman,

Director of Program & Policy, Breast Cancer Fund, San Francisco, CA

When it comes to health, the world of cosmetics and body care products is tough to navigate, in great part because there are few manufacturing standards and little transparency in labeling. In this episode, we are joined by a topic expert to learn what to look for in personal care products, what to avoid, and how to get involved in improving regulations for what we put on our -- and our loved one's -- bodies.
Mindfulness and Meditation:

Finding Your Authentic Center

Air Date: 12/14/15
 

Guest:

Dr. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD,

Director of Research, The Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School

What tools can best help us manage our anxiety and oh-so complex time on earth? This hour looks at how to stay centered with different methods and forms of meditation, as well as its benefits, and how you could start incorporating a little bit of more Self into your life.
Zero Waste Holidays:

Celebration Meets Sustainability

Air Date: 12/07/15
 

Guest:

Bea Johnson,

Author, Zero Waste Home, Mill Valley, CA

This season is a time when we gather with friends and family to appreciate our lives and one another. Make the Earth a part of your celebration by reducing waste and designing get togethers with a lighter ecological footprint without sacrificing what makes the holidays so dear.
Racing Extinction:

A Call to Save Our Planet

Air Date: 11/30/15
 

Guest:

Louie Psihoyos,

Director, Racing Extinction

A picture can say more than a thousand words. That is certainly true for the new documentary Racing Extinction which tells the story of our Planet, where we come from, how beautifully life has evolved over millions of years, and where we stand today as we face a mass species extinction not seen since before the Ice Age.
Table Talk:

Favorite Recipes for the Winter Season

Air Date: 11/23/15
 

Guest:

It's the time of gratitude, harvest celebrations and finding friends and family around the dinner table. The light is changing and the holidays are near. The AOC Team shares their favorite fall and winter recipes along with the stories that made those meals so exceptional.
The Art of Chai:

Warmth, Wellness & Worldly Flavor

Air Date: 11/16/15
 

Guest:

Rekha Sarin,

Co-Author, The Art of Chai: The Experience of Indian Tea, Delhi, India

Chai is a drink that has moved far beyond its borders and into the world. What is Chai, how do you make a perfect cup, and why is it so good for you? All in this episode of An Organic Conversation.
COP21:

The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

Air Date: 11/09/15
 

Guest:

Ken Berlin,

President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project, Washington, D.C.

In the weeks leading up to the biggest climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1998, the President & CEO of Al Gore's non-profit tells us what we can expect this December when all nations of the world meet to set new global emission reduction standards - PLUS how you can help with the climate change crisis.
Fall Produce:

How to Shop, Store & Prepare for the Holiday Season

Air Date: 11/02/15
 

Guests:

Earl Herrick,

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

Christie Biddle,

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

Rodrigo Velasquez,

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

Make this year's holiday meals the simplest in preparation and most flavor yet. We'll tell you how you can get the best price, choose optimal ripeness, and prepare in advance with tips from the experts at Earl's Organic Produce.