Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Price of Free Parking: A Conversation With Urban Planning Expert Donald Shoup

UCLA Urban Planning Professor, Donald Shoup, advocates for a different way to view parking the cars we drive. While he freely admits that nobody likes to pay for parking, he feels strongly that the cost of parking is embedded in our lifestyle and that abundant free parking comes with a very dear price. This week on Sea Change Radio, Alex Wise speaks with Donald Shoup, parking policy authority and author of The High Cost of Free Parking. They discuss the environmental impact of free parking and Shoup offers a rational for revising traditional approaches to urban planning.

Thirst-Quenching Solutions

In some parts of the world, millions of people struggle daily for access to safe drinking water, while elsewhere people consume water at nonrenewable rates. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with two individuals who are working to help find a solution.  Alex Wise talks with Carlos Perea, the CEO of Miox, an Albuquerque-based water purification company that uses salt and electrolysis to make potable water.  Perea explains how Miox’s technology can be a cost-effective solution for both a hiker and an entire municipality.  Dr. Chandrasekhar “Spike” Narayan, who heads IBM’s Almaden Lab Science & Technology Organization, discusses his team’s approach to developing energy-efficient, large-scale desalination systems using both reverse and forward osmosis (here’s a video about their work):

A Brand Nuclear Day: Green Icon Stewart Brand Takes Controversial Stance

Alex Wise speaks with Stewart Brand, author, Merry Prankster, and one of the fathers of the modern environmental movement. In the first part of this two-part interview, Brand discusses his provocative new book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, and makes the case for nuclear energy expansion. Brand’s pro-nuclear stance has certainly ruffled a number of feathers in the environmental movement. Since the book’s publication, Brand has been debating luminaries on the topic from Amory Lovins (Grist article) to Mark Jacobson (here’s video from TED conference):

A Movie Worth A Thousand Speeches: Oscar-winning filmmaker of “The Cove”

Sea Change Radio’s Alex Wise speaks with Louie Psihoyos, the Producer and Director of the Academy Award-winning documentary film, “The Cove.” They discuss how the movie is raising awareness about the capture and slaughter of dolphins and dangerously high mercury levels in our oceans. The co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Louie speaks candidly about the challenges making and distributing a film against the wishes of some Japanese officials and examines the even bigger sustainability issues that the film illuminates.