Steve Phillips: Lessons From 2020 Election

The new American majority is multiracial, multicultural, and progressive, and our guest today is working to make sure that it also has a powerful voice in shaping the future of politics in this country. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Steve Phillips, author, political activist, and founder of Democracy In Color. We discuss Georgia’s important role in the 2020 election, talk about his friendship with Stacey Abrams, and contemplate potential Democratic strategies in other racially, ethnically, and politically diverse states such as, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas. Lastly, we dive into the Senate, scrutinizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest shenanigans and discussing the future of the filibuster.

Derek Walker: New Sheriffs on Climate Action

Which of the Trump-era environmental transgressions made your heart hurt the most? Was it when they loosened CO2 emission restrictions on power plants, removed protections from wetlands, or expanded drilling in all sorts of delicate ecosystems? Or perhaps it was the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement that wounded you most deeply? It’s hard to choose, really. But chin up, there’s a new sheriff in town. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Derek Walker, the VP for US Climate at the Environmental Defense Fund, about what we can expect from the new Biden Administration. We talk about specific environmental policies, some of the heads of key environmental agencies, and the importance of the US rejoining the Paris Agreement.

Richard Heinberg: What If Preventing Collapse Isn’t Profitable?

It’s out with the old and in with, if not something completely new, something very different. This week on Sea Change Radio, we mark the end of the Trump reign of terror with a look to the future with author Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute. We discuss his ideas for the incoming Biden Administration, analyze some fundamental flaws in our current economic system, and look at the upside of the economic downturn in terms of CO2 emissions.

Jim Furnish + Kate Sheppard on the Last Frontier

According to the State of Alaska website, the state’s name derives from the Aleut alyeska, meaning “great land.” Today on Sea Change Radio we talk about The Last Frontier, and some of the threats to its greatness. A week before the November election, the Trump Administration opened more than 9.3 million acres of old growth stands in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging companies which can now build roads and cut timber in this pristine ecosystem. This  decision reversed protections created by the US Forest Service’s Roadless Rule Policy which this week has been in place for 20 years. Our first guest today is Jim Furnish, a longtime Forest Service official who explains the importance of the Tongass, the significance of the Roadless Rule Policy, and the prospect of a re-reversal once Joe Biden becomes President. Then, we revisit part of our 2015 discussion with environmental journalist Kate Sheppard as she recounts how sea level rise has imperiled the small Alaskan port town of Shishmaref.

Castle Redmond + Maurice Plaines: Black Lives Still Matter

While history books will largely remember 2020 as the year of a global pandemic, it was also the year that Americans began to truly embrace the Black Lives Matter movement. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – and most recently the verdict in the shooting of Jacob Blake – brought about an outpouring of support in a year where there were only 18 days when police did not kill someone. We turn the page on 2020 on Sea Change Radio by revisiting two of our discussions about the black experience in this country. First, we hear from Castle Redmond, a managing director at the California Endowment as he talks about growing up Black in the Bay Area in the seventies. Then, a conversation with Maurice Plaines about the relationship between police and Black America.

What’s in “Stoehr” For 2021?

As 2020 comes to a close, we are reminded of the old proverb, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” Covid deaths in the US have reached over 335,000 and ICU vacancies across the country are dangerously low; the current president is throwing a temper-tantrum and reminding us, once again, that our civic and political systems were not built in anticipation of people completely devoid of honor. On top of it all, we don’t get to finish this doozy of a year with anything close to the celebration it merits. Things do seem dark. But the second part of the adage is about dawn — something bright, warm, and hopeful on the horizon. This week on Sea Change Radio, in part 2 of our discussion with writer and political analyst John Stoehr, we try to turn the page on the Trump era, examine the Democrat/Republican divide in terms of messaging and policy, and talk about the gerontocracy that’s pulling the levers of governmental power in both parties.

John Stoehr on Presidential Pickles, Pt. I

The political antics of 2020 have been unlike anything most of us have ever seen. As we wrap up this year, we ask an old friend of Sea Change Radio to help us put a bow on it with an in-depth political analysis. This week on Sea Change Radio, the first in a two-part, free-flowing political conversation with journalist John Stoehr. We look at the final, exhausting days of the Trump administration, and try to decipher signals from Joe Biden as to whether he may be planning to prosecute the current president.

Joe Brewer: Farms of the Future

For environmentalists “agriculture” can be something of a dirty word, associated with other words such as, pesticides, water consumption, pollutants, and deforestation. Not all environmentalists have these negative associations, though. Some, like my guest today, are working to re-fashion agricultural practices so that they actually help to reverse environmental damage. This week on Sea Change Radio we are speaking with Joe Brewer, an American ex-pat living  and working in the regenerative agriculture space in Colombia. We discuss his family’s journey to this small but vibrant farming community, the lessons he’s learned, and how those lessons can be scaled to bigger farms in the U.S.

Lloyd Alter: Design Trends in Housing + E-Bikes

2020 has certainly been a strange year. Everyone is waiting for things to go “back to normal” but what will normal be? Will there be any adaptations from this period that become permanent? Will we all be telecommuting and zooming indefinitely? Will urban centers continue to empty out? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to design professor and environmental journalist Lloyd Alter. We discuss the trend of people leaving cities for less dense pastures, look at new ways to consider home design now that so many of us are housebound, and take a look at buying options for one of the products that has seen a COVID-19 boom: electric bikes.

Remembering “Watershed” Filmmaker James Redford

Six weeks ago, filmmaker James Redford passed away from cancer at the age of 58. He came on Sea Change Radio as a guest in 2012 to discuss his documentary film Watershed which provides the story of the Colorado River through the voices of its beneficiaries, from a fly fisherman to a rancher to a Navajo council member. The film is narrated by Jamie’s father, actor Robert Redford, and this week on Sea Change Radio we remember James Redford, by revisiting our 2012 discussion. Jamie explains some of the water issues related to the Colorado River (many of which persist today) and how these lessons can help inform conservation efforts around the globe.