Holidays Reimagined:

Gifts that Money Can’t Buy

Air Date: 12/20/14


The AOC Team

More than “presents,” the spirit of the season is “presence.” This year, get inspired to gift creatively rather than commercially. Join the AOC Team for a fun and non-traditional approach to gift-giving.

A World of Creativity

Air Date: 12/13/14


Kasey Caletti,

Holistic Chef, San Francisco, CA

As holiday routines begin, we turn to the cherished tradition of Cookies and learn about the many ways to prepare these delights. From baking to decorating to holistic ingredients, this week everything’s on the table.
Wick to Wax:

The Art of Natural Candlemaking

Air Date: 12/06/14


Lori Nova Endres,

Founder, Co-Owner & Teacher, The Nova Studio, SF Bay Area, CA

Learn the components of candlemaking, from choosing your materials to making use of every last bit of wax. This episode features step-by-step instructions for creating the lovely light we associate with the holidays.
Healing Bodies, Healing Hearts:

One Meal at a Time

Air Date: 11/29/14


Cathryn Couch,

Executive Director, The Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, CA

Much more than an effort to cook healthy meals, The Ceres Community Project has become a national model for building a true social network - supporting, nourishing, and educating communities.
The Life of Pie:

Baking a Slice of Joy

Air Date: 11/22/14

From savory to sweet, for many pie means “home.” Dive into an hour of pie whispering - from the perfect crust to pie for every time of day and year, learn about holistic and alternative baking and how to bake the perfect pie.

Using Nature as a Catalyst for Conflict Resolution

Air Date: 11/8/14


Ana Patel,

Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, New York, NY

There is some beautiful and critical work being done around the world to drop the perceptions, beliefs and assumptions that we all carry around when it comes to gender, ethnicity, religion, income, social status, color - and whatever else we may choose to differentiate or separate ourselves from others. Join us as one organization shares stories from its programs, showing us the change that can occur when we no longer living in the confinement of our roles. What can happen when we use nature as a common ground?
Pet Adoption:

From Homelessness to Happiness

Air Date: 11/01/14


Temma Martin,

Public Relations Specialist, Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, UT

Some of the most important relationships we can have are with animals. Especially this time of year, many people consider adopting a pet. Tune in to learn some critical questions to ask and tips for what can - and most likely will be - a life-changing experience.
Redefining Retail:

Natural Food Stores as Resource Centers for Health

Air Date: 10/25/14


Earl Herrick,

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

Dan Arnett,

General Manager, Central Co-op, Seattle, WA

Natural food stores are truly community resource centers, addressing personal health, community health, offering culinary connections and help steer the future of sustainable agriculture. An Organic Conversation recently hosted a seminar and invited health food store managers, organic farmers and other leaders of the health food movement whom together addressed the question of what is possible.
What’s in Season?:

The Final Taste of Summer

Air Date: 10/18/14


Earl Herrick,

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

Late summer is a transition time for farming and produce. Walk the produce dock and the fields with us as we explore the final taste of summer. Seasonal produce - what to look for, what to consider, how to buy it, store it, and what to do at home.
Culture Shift:

Making Fermented Foods at Home

Air Date: 10/11/14


Karen Diggs,

Founder, Kraut Source, San Francisco, CA

Following up on an episode with Sandor Katz, explore the world of kraut even further, learning how to make fermented foods at home. This episode will guide you through the health benefits and the process of saving fresh produce, giving you the tools to prepare you for fermentation.
Economic Empowerment:

LIFE Jackets for Disparity

Air Date: 09/27/14


Zane Wilemon,

Founder & Executive Director, CTC International, Austin, TX

The way we love changes the world. So does the way we shop. Be a part of a conversation about the impact one dollar – when put in the right place – can have.


Air Date: 09/13/14


Pete Guinosso,

Pete G. Yoga, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Whether you’re a beginner, have never tried yoga, or practice regularly, this hour is dedicated to stretching your mind, body and perspective. Explore with the AOC Team the rich history, significance, and vast health benefits of yoga.

Applying Nature’s Genius

Air Date: 8/30/14


Janine Benyus,

Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8, Montana

Discover how Nature, in her infinite wisdom, and 4 billion years of evolution provide brilliant solutions in our quest for greater sustainability.
Eat Well, Live Long:

Food for Longevity

Air Date: 8/23/14


Rebecca Katz,

Author, The Longevity Kitchen, San Rafael, CA

Is there a fountain of youth? This week, the AOC Team looks at which foods we can weave into our daily diet for health and long-term wellness.
When Women Were Birds:

A Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams

Air Date: 08/16/14


Terry Tempest Williams,

Author, When Women Were Birds, Moose, Wyoming

How is the feminine voice heard, suppressed, or cultivated in today's society? Join us for insight from one of America's great writers, Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds.
Superfood Seaweed:

Nourishment from the Ocean

Air Date: 08/02/14


Barbara Stephens-Lewallen,

Founder, Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company, Philo, CA

John Stephens-Lewallen,

Founder, Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company, Philo, CA

Harvesting sea vegetables is an old tradition and staple in many diets. Seaweed provides nourishment from the ocean, but what do consumers need to be aware of when it comes to choosing the right seaweed in regard to personal and environmental health? Learn how to include these vegetables in your diet.
Healing Inflammation:

A Dietary Guide to Pain-Free Living

Air Date: 7/26/14


Julie Daniluk,

Author, Meals that Heal Inflammation, Toronto, Ontario

Accompanied by a leading expert, the AOC Team looks at the sources of chronic inflammation, such as allergies, identifying symptoms and how you can change your diet to take the steps toward a delicious pain-free life.
Men’s Sexual Health:

A Holistic Approach

Air Date: 07/19/14


Dr. Sharyn Allyson LAc,

Founder, Acupuncture for Men's Health, Nationwide

There are topics that are of fundamental significance that are less frequently discussed in the public. This week we take a look at men's sexual health and intimacy. We explore the causes of certain issues, such as erectile dysfunction, that men and their partners deal with. Learn about holistic approaches and opportunities to address these issues, pursuing optimal health.
Drought in California:

The Effect on the Nation’s Food Supply

Air Date: 07/12/14


Earl Herrick,

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

California, along with many other states, is experiencing the worst drought on record. Typically a topic discussed in agriculture, this episode dives into how the drought directly and indirectly affects our plates and kitchen tables.
Forks Over Knives:

A Compelling Case for Veganism

Air Date: 6/21/14


Dr. Pam Popper,

Naturopath, Forks Over Knives, Columbus, OH

An empowering discussion about how to prevent disease and cultivate lasting wellness with a plant-based diet. Vegan or vegetarian? Learn about the healthy alternatives.
Eating Sugar:

The Culture of Fermentation

Air Date: 6/14/14


Sandor Katz,

Author, The Art of Fermentation, Cannon County, TN

A practice in nearly every culture across the world for thousands of years, the AOC team speaks with the foremost expert about the art, process, benefits, and history of fermentation. Fermented foods are in fact, some of the healthiest.
Raising the Nurturing Father:

A Journey of Healing and Hope

Air Date: 6/7/14


Mark Perlman,

Founder, The Nurturing Father's Program, Sarasota, FL

Cory Perlman,

Teacher, The Nurturing Father's Program, Atlanta, GA

A father-son duo whose work empowers dads to find their role as fully integrated, loving caregivers within their families – and society. Celebrate Father's Day today and every day.
Healing with Herbs:

The Wisdom of Ancient Remedies

Air Date: 5/31/14


Kami McBride,

Author, The Herbal Kitchen, Sonoma, CA

Rediscover Mother Nature's brilliant engineering and the intelligence of herbs to promote well-being in our daily lives. Use herbs as medicine for optimal health.
From Hands to Hearts:

Crafting with a Cause

Air Date: 5/24/14


Amy Berman,

Founder, The Mother Bear Project, Minneapolis, MN

A moving story about how the inspiration of one moment became an international symbol of hope and love for children affected with HIV/Aids in emerging countries.

Digging Into the Foundation of Life

Air Date: 5/17/14


Stephen Andrews,

Soil Scientist & Natural Resources Educator, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Did you know there are a billion micro-organisms in a teaspoon of healthy organic soil? Explore the magical world underneath our feet and understand soil as one of nature’s greatest gifts of creation.