Interviews

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Reality Report: Michael Klare and the geopolitics of resource consumption

08 Oct 2008 |
View all related to economics | Politics | Reality Report | Resource Depletion
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In this show, Jason Bradford and Professor Michael Klare discuss the geopolitics of resource competition. Nations are engaging in a dangerous zero sum game as they jostle over finite supplies of fossil fuels, including the positioning of opposing advanced weapons systems in unstable parts of the world.
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The rate of evolution: an interview with Dr. Craig Stockwell

13 Oct 2008 |
View all related to agriculture | Climate Change | evolution | science
Brian Magee talks with Dr. Craig Stockwell, professor of biology at North Dakota State University. Dr. Stockwell's research in contemporary evolution gives some clues as to what to expect as climate change advances.
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Deconstructing Dinner: The Local Grain Revolution II

11 Sep 2008 |
View all related to community supported agriculture | Deconstructing Dinner | Local Food | Local Grain Revolution
On this exciting part II of the Local Grain Revolution series, Host Jon Steinman travels along with the first grain CSA tour of Canada's first grain CSA. Members and farmers met for the first time, and members were given the opportunity to see the grain that would soon become their bread, cakes and pasta.
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Peak Moment: Making Financial Sense of the Coming Energy Crisis

13 Oct 2008 | |
View all related to ASPO USA 2008 | collapse | economy | Energy | Investment | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
"We are living in historic times", says financial consultant Jim Puplava. As reflected in his weekly Financial Sense Newshour, actually several hour-long podcasts, Jim has been factoring peak oil into his financial picture for several years. In this interview plus excerpts from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, Jim talks about the "crisis window" opened by the current 2008 global credit crunch, and deepening over the next several years as oil supply begins its permanent decline. He provides some basic investment guidance for navigating the coming "perfect financial storm," noting that our society will move of necessity from consumption to conservation. Episode 131
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KunstlerCast: On Hope and Despair

09 Oct 2008 |
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View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler is not a hope dispenser to passive consumers of hope. But ultimately he believes that life is moving into a more favorable phase, even if it will be difficult to get there. In this show Kunstler responds to a listener call about our moral responsibility to do the right thing and fix our country.
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Peak Moment: Meeting the Energy Challenge

25 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
View all related to Julian Darley | Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, makes plain the dire situation we're in as declining oil supplies fail to meet demand. He notes there are no easy "supply side" solutions (like substitute fuels): we must reduce demand, initially through conservation and efficiency. Julian Darley, president of Post Carbon Institute observes that while personal action is very important, individuals can only do so much. A deeper response must come at the municipal level -- to change infrastructures on how we heat, transport, and power our society. Sharing, he notes, can bring enormous energy reductions almost immediately: after all, two people rather than one in a car cuts energy use per person in half. Bottom line: Americans love rising to a challenge. And this IS a challenge! Episode 129.
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Peak Moment: Finding Opportunity in Peak Oil

18 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to community | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | psychology
Molly Brown sees Peak Oil as both a challenge and an invitation to create a better world. After awakening to Peak Oil, she explored her own responses -- inner attitude and outer action. Personal changes include creating a vegie garden and bicycling. Noting that individual survivalist mentality is insufficient ("we are all interconnected"), she helped form a local group to awaken and prepare her community. As a therapist, Molly sees this predicament on several levels, noting how crises have the potential to bring out the better part of human beings. Episode 128.
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KunstlerCast: The Great Bailout 2008

02 Oct 2008 |
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View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler comments on the Great Bailout of 2008 and how we got into the current financial crisis. Episode 33.
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Peak Moment: Oil and Gas -- The Next Meltdown?

02 Oct 2008 | |
View all related to ASPO USA 2008 | collapse | economy | Energy | Investment | Natural Gas | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
View all related to Matt Simmons
Drawing parallels with the current financial meltdown, Matthew Simmons, the CEO of Simmons & Company International, expresses his alarm about gasoline stocks being the lowest in several decades and refinery production down following recent hurricanes. He warns that if there were a run on the "energy bank" by everyone topping off their gasoline tanks, the U.S. would be out of fuel in three days, and grocery shelves largely emptied in a week. In an interview plus excerpts from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference on September 22, 2008, Matt highlights the risks and vulnerabilities in the finished oil products system, and answers audience questions. Episode 130.
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Reality Report: Ecological Economics (rebroadcast)

26 Dec 2007 |
View all related to Climate Change | economics | Reality Report | Resource Depletion
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If an economic system is built on myths that aim to defy the laws of physics and ecology we should not be surprised to see it fail. Perhaps we can use this crisis to begin asking the right questions and redesign with human needs and planetary realities in mind. The Reality Report interviews Professor Joshua Farley of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.