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.

Richard Delaney: Heading Down The Cape

As the author of “Jaws,” Peter Benchley, put it, “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio would surely concur. Richard Delaney, the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies, has spent the past forty some-odd years on Cape Cod, striving to understand the fathomless and majestic depths of the ocean. In our discussion, we look at the impact that pollution and climate change are having on the Cape’s fragile ecosystem, how shark, whale and seal populations have been affected, and what these changes mean for the area’s seafood industry. We also note that Delaney’s organization is currently hosting a free online film festival, coincidentally dubbed Sea Change Film Shorts 2020.

Ellen Reese + Jake Wilson: The High Cost of Free Shipping

Many of us are about to embark on our first COVID-19 holiday shopping season. With so many of our favorite stores closed or out of business, a logical alternative is to buy online. But before you log into Amazon to fill your shopping cart, you might want to listen to this week’s episode of Sea Change Radio. Today we welcome two sociologists whose new book is called The High Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon In The Global Economy. We talk about the impact that this e-commerce giant’s exponential growth has on vulnerable populations, how the is public subsidizing the modern-day robber baron, and whether there may be ways to curb some of the company’s more predatory practices.

Rebecca Leber: A Brand New Day

The New York Times recently compiled a list of 104 environmental protections that the Trump administration has rolled back in four short years — they include major climate policies as well as rules that ensured clean air and water, preserved wildlife, and regulated toxic chemicals. With the election of Joe Biden, however, many are hoping for a dramatic and immediate reversal. This week on Sea Change Radio, we unpack some of the key items on our environmental wishlist for the incoming Biden Administration with Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber. We talk about restoring our standing in the world by re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement, look at possible variations of a Green New Deal, and ponder what can be done with or without Democratic control of the Senate.

Michael Payne + Julienne Oyler on Energy and Entrepreneurs

This week on Sea Change Radio, we figured you might need a respite from biting your nails down to the quick over the election, so today we are speaking with two Americans living overseas about their respective work to make the world a better place. First, we welcome back to the show Michael Payne, a former windpower executive and cycling advocate, to get an update on how alternative energy and self-propelled transportation are progressing in his adopted country of the Netherlands. Then, we speak to Julienne Oyler from Rwanda about her nonprofit, the African Entrepreneur Collective, an organization which helps support small businesses in Africa.

Alex Wise on Decision 2020 + Ian Urbina on the Outlaw Ocean

This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear host Alex Wise’s thoughts on the 2020 election as we enter the final week of the campaign. Then, we speak to Ian Urbina, a longtime investigative reporter for the New York Times whose latest book The Outlaw Ocean reveals many of the hidden costs of the seafood and shipping industries. After listening to Urbina discuss his book that took five years to research and led him around the globe through some of the deadliest waters on earth, it’ll make you realize that the reason something is impossibly cheap is because far too often it involves impossible human suffering.

Decision 2020: Aaron Huertas of Healthy Voting

The clock is ticking down on Decision 2020. Whether they are talking about record turnout, or voter suppression, or the reliability of polling data, the pundits are in agreement on one thing: 2020 is an election like no other. This week on Sea Change Radio, we are speaking with political consultant Aaron Huertas about how this unique election is unfolding. We learn about how and when Americans are exercising their franchise, the growth in early voting around the country, hot spots for voter suppression, and what all of us can do to make a difference before the last ballot is cast.

Howard Frumkin: Time For A Planetary Checkup

When a member of your household feels unwell, a good first step is to find the thermometer — if there’s a fever, it could be something serious. Well, these days our planet is exhibiting signs of illness, from swarms of locusts in East Africa and southwest Asia, to the smoke spreading from California’s infernos, to a massive release of greenhouse gasses from once-frozen, now-burning Siberia. And Covid itself may serve as both a metaphor and an exemplar of the inextricable connection between the planet’s health and that of our species. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Howard Frumkin, a physician and environmentalist who recently coauthored a book entitled Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves. We talk about how the pandemic exposes planetary health issues related to food, population, and politics, and touch on what we can do to bring the patient’s fever down.