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Riane Eisler: The Real Wealth of Nations

Author of the bestseller The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler talks with Betsy about internalizing true quality of life factors (child-rearing, health of habitat, and other common-sense things) into a new Economics for the 21st Century, and the how fleeing the Holocaust and growing up in Havana instilled in her a lifelong commitment to the politics of caregiving, and in turn a commitment to deconstructing the limited use of current models, capitalist and socialist, that limit our ability to sustain ourselves. It’s all in her new book, The Real Wealth of Nations. LISTEN (12 min)

Tim Little and the Rose Foundation: Toxics in your Portfolio?

As Betsy says here, awareness is starting to take hold with regards to toxics in a wide range of our everyday household products, and while some companies have responded with healthier  solutions, others, as the Rose Foundation‘s Tim Little tells us, may need to hear from their own investors. He’s recently co-authored a report on Shareholder Activism at companies that are too toxic for your own good. LISTEN (8 min)

James McCarthy: Highway to Extinction

Harvard Oceanographer James McCarthy was co-chair of the 2001 IPCC report, and a contributor to this year’s edition, the 2nd part of which will be released this Friday. Dr. McCarthy gives us a valuable insider’s preview, and offers us this hope:
Betsy: "You say the worst is not going to happen, because…"
Dr. McCarthy: "….because we can’t be that stupid "  LISTEN (11 min)

The Greenest Automakers

Vehicles Engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, Don Mackenzie reveals the greenest of all automakers (and not any one model, but the company top to bottom) in a recent UCS study. Envelope please…and the winner is: Honda, in a squeaker over Toyota! OK, so perhaps that’s not quite  "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan", but it is an indication that competition is bringing out the best in Japanese automakers (as well as rapidly improving Korean brands). Where are the Americans? I’ll let Don explain. LISTEN (7 min)

Mary Ann Hitt and Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Mary Ann Hitt tells Betsy how now is the time for all of us to unite against the tragic practice of mountaintop removal and coal mining. Habitats, ecosystems, and cultures are at stake, and greed and our reliance on fossil fuels continue to be formidable opponents. May 12-16 is Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, DC, and everyone needs to visit ilovemountains.org, where you can contact your congressperson, watch videos of mountains being destroyed, and view the incredible "National Memorial for the Mountains" on Google Earth. LISTEN (12 min)


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