EP 737 The Government was the Architect of Housing Segregation in America: Now What?

EP 737 The Government was the Architect of Housing Segregation in America: Now What?

Richard Rothstein did America a great public service back in 2017.  In his groundbreaking book, “The Color of Law” he laid out chapter and verse the complicity of American government, at all levels, in the discriminatory practices that have led us to a condition of housing segregation in America.  That segregation is apparent in our …

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EP 736 Will There Be Water For All in the Future?

EP 736 Will There Be Water For All in the Future?

The current approach to water management is failing to meet the demands of the growing human population and the severe challenges brought on by climate change.  Our guest, David Sedlak, director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of “Water for All: Global Solutions for a Changing Climate” argues that there are solutions to address …

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EP 735 Aging Population at Greatest Risk From Climate Change

EP 735 Aging Population at Greatest Risk From Climate Change

When Hurricane Ian devastated Florida in 2022, two-thirds of the people who died were older adults.  Similarly, the greatest number of fatalities during Hurricane Katrina, the California Camp Fire and the winter power outages in Texas were among the same population.  And when you stop to think about it, it makes sense.  Many older Americans …

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EP 734 Expert Leaders Outperform the Growing Legion of Generalists

EP 734 Expert Leaders Outperform the Growing Legion of Generalists

Our guest today has a basic rule, based on research, about leaders of businesses and organizations.  They should, first and foremost, be experts in the activity they lead and then acquire and assume the leadership skills required to run the operation.  In too many cases, as has been the trajectory since the 1980’s, more and …

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EP 733 Follow Up to Food, Inc. Looks at New Developments in Fixing a Broken System

EP 733 Follow Up to Food, Inc. Looks at New Developments in Fixing a Broken System

  America’s food system is broken, bringing harm to family farmers, workers, the environment and our health.  But it doesn’t have to be that way and the new documentary and companion book “Food, Inc. 2” provides plenty of approaches to reclaiming a more natural and sustainable way to feed  America.  It’s all a follow on …

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EP 732 There’s a War Below to Power Our Electric Future

EP 732 There’s a War Below to Power Our Electric Future

      There is a war raging below the surface, literally, for the critical minerals–lithium, copper, cobalt and that packet called ‘rare earth’–needed to power the conversion from fossil fuels to electrification of our lives.  To build electric cars, solar panels, cell phones and millions of other devices will require the world to dig …

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EP 731 Don’t Confuse Misinformation with Disinformation and Beware of the Latter

EP 731 Don’t Confuse Misinformation with Disinformation and Beware of the Latter

Last time we spoke to our guest on this podcast he was trying to help us talk to science deniers.  What ever happened to the America that thought better living(and longer life)could be achieved by following the science?  He told us not to be argumentative and try to understand those who might still be smitten …

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EP 730 The Forgotten Approach to Farming in America: Can We Survive Without Its Return?

EP 730 The Forgotten Approach to Farming in America: Can We Survive Without Its Return?

Industrial farming and ranching began about 80 years ago and now accounts for almost all agricultural output in America.  We have allowed what once occupied nearly 40 percent of our population to be placed in the hands of of about one percent at the present time.  I can see where some would say that’s a …

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EP 729 Protections for Endangered Species As Critical Today as It was Fifty Years Ago

EP 729 Protections for Endangered Species As Critical Today as It was Fifty Years Ago

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is recognized globally as the most important wildlife conservation law ever passed.  Having turned 50 in 2023, there is no requirement to update it, but given changes in approaches to managing the law and new and growing threats to biodiversity, it is a good time to reconsider what this …

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EP 728 Can the Future of EV’s Hang on the Ability to Calm Range Anxiety?

EP 728 Can the Future of EV’s Hang on the Ability to Calm Range Anxiety?

The sale of electric vehicles(EV’s) has slowed owing to the high cost of the current crop and the fears of some that they will be on a road trip and unable to ‘fill up’ with electricity to continue on their journey.  Clearly, the industry is continuing to work on better battery life, longer ranges and …

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