Category Archives: Books

Bob Tarte & Fowl Weather

Bob Tarte
tells Betsy all about the trials, tribulations, and simple pleasures of living amongst, <gulp>, nearly 40 animals, all catalogued in his new book Fowl Weather: How thirty-nine animals and one sock monkey took over my life. Warning: You might not want to try this at home. Or, at least consult your significant other before doing anything rash! LISTEN (8 min)

Tim Flannery: The Weathermakers

Mammologist, biologist, writer, and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery tells Betsy about water rationing in a draught-striken Australia, his book for all ages The Weathermakers, and how us Yanks can’t afford to wait out Bush’s term in office. PART ONE (7 min) PART TWO (12 min)

Challenging The Chip

Ted Smith of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and author of Challenging the Chip comments on his recent trips to China and India to see firsthand the underbelly of, basically, a world of people like me typing on this computer and you reading on yours: E-waste, the fastest growing waste stream in the world, and toxic poison for some of the world’s poorest. Ted says that at this point "we’re losing the battle," and that the US needs "to join the international community at the treaty level," by ratifying the Basel Convention. That we contribute so much to the problem but are not among the 166 signatories of this humane global treaty is shameful, and needs immediate attention from our elected officials.
PART ONE (11 min)  PART TWO (7 min)

Harm de Blij: Why Geography Matters

As Michigan State Professor Harm de Blij tells Betsy in this fascinating interview, "Geography is the only science that combines analysis of natural environments in the context of human society." So why have Americans become so ignorant of Geography, just at the moment when the Earth and its problems are ever more inter-related? Professor de Blij’s new book, Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America: Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism, answers, and guides us forward. LISTEN (12 min)

Marion Nestle: What to Eat

Renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle, author of Foods Politics and What to Eat tells Betsy why she eats organic, why our government cannot do anything to guide us nutritionally, why a healthy diet is not as complex as it is made out to be ("Eat less, and eat more fruits and vegetables!"), and why it’s common sense for us omnivores to diversify our diets as much as possible.
PART ONE (11 min) PART TWO (7 min)


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