Podcast

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.
Better Sleep:

Tackle Insomnia & Promote Health

Air Date: 10/26/15
 

Guest:

Dr. Tracey Marks,

Psychiatrist, Marks Psychiatry, Atlanta, GA

Are you ready for the best sleep of your life? Know how to eliminate bad habits that result in insomnia and instead create a nourishing environment for deep, restful sleep. Take our word for it: the night after recording this episode, we slept better than we had in years.
Living Gluten Free:

Keeping it Healthy & Delicious Every Day

Air Date: 10/19/15
 

Guest:

Elana Amsterdam,

Author, Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes, Boulder, CO

Going gluten-free is easier than you think. This episode walks you through the basics of menu-planning and recipes, well-rounded nutrition, getting your can't-live-without-em comfort foods, and how to involve your family to lighten your load at meal-time.
Red or White with That?:

Tasting Tips for Organic Wine

Air Date: 10/5/15
 

Guest:

Katrina Frey,

Founder & Executive Director, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA

The amazing world of organic wine pairings: How do you decide which food flavors balance well with which wines? Walk with us through a complete guide, providing hands-on tips of how to easily pair food and wine.
The Language of Flowers:

Conveying Meaning without Words

Air Date: 09/28/15
 

Guest:

Shane Connolly,

Floral Designer, Shane Connolly Company, London, UK

Flowers have long been used as symbols of something greater than their sheer beauty. Whether to express love, friendship, gratitude, or forgiveness, journey with us this hour and learn to speak a language that dates back to ancient times.
Cooking With Oils:

The Healthiest Fat for the Job

Air Date: 09/21/15
 

Guest:

Lisa Turner,

Chef & Nutritionist, Inspired Eating, Boulder, CO

Learn the important basics of saturated and unsaturated fats, which oils can be heated, and what temperatures are safe to enjoy a variety of food preparations while maintaining your holistic health.
Angels in Patient Care:

Restoring Dignity, Beauty & Health

Air Date: 09/14/15
 

Guest:

Renata Helfman,

Founder & Executive Director, Lipstick Angels, Los Angeles, CA

The Lipstick Angels are an important non-profit providing non-toxic natural beauty treatments to cancer patients in hospitals, helping people feel a sense of self again by feeling beautiful during a vulnerable time.
Homemade Baby Food:

Healthiest Meals for the Youngest Years

Air Date: 09/07/15
 

Guest:

Tamika L. Gardner,

Author, 201 Organic Baby Purees; 201 Organic Baby & Toddler Meals, Raleigh, NC

New parents: tune in! This hour helps guide you while you wean from breast milk and transition into solid foods. Learn how to make homemade baby food and which nutrients your child will need through toddler days and into early childhood.
Five Superfoods:

Boosting Health & Flavor

Air Date: 8/31/15
 

Guests:

Team Organic,

AOC Host Helge Hellberg

AOC Host Sitarani Palomar

The most nutrient dense foods of all are often called superfoods. The AOC Team responds to an important topic that was requested by our listeners, focusing on the top five most nutrient dense foods. What are they? How can you eat them? When should you eat them? What do they do?