Peak Moment: Middle Class Lifeboat: Careers and Life Choices for Staying Afloat

11 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to economy | lifestyle | Peak Moment Television
Paul and Sarah Edwards are authors of a timely book "Middle-Class Lifeboat: Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy." In a world of decreasing resources, they ask, how do we financially support ourselves while moving towards sustainable lives? Emphasizing independent income sources, they consider dozens of possible careers from basic services to local-scale technologies. Life choices include lowering costs through simplifying, getting out of debt, and demonetizing (e.g., bartering). Or one can consider an "off-the-map" lifestyle like living abroad, off-grid, or an intentional community. This downturn is not just a cycle, they emphasize: it heralds a sea change. Episode 127.

KunstlerCast: The future of air travel

25 Sep 2008 |
View all related to air travel | KunstlerCast | Transportation
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler says that the airline industry is visibly disintegrating around us and it probably won't be around in the form we know it for much longer. He predicts that air travel will be very different in as few as 36 months: cheap airfares for the broad middle class will not be available; long distance air routes might be temporarily nationalized; eventually, flying will become an increasingly elite activity for the wealthy. Episode 32.

Deconstructing Dinner: Backyard Chickens III (Farming in the City V)

28 Sep 2008 |
View all related to Deconstructing Dinner | Local Food | self-sufficiency
Not long after Steve and Hazel took up urban backyard chickening, they sought the experience of Christoph Martens to teach them the art of slaughtering. Host Jon Steinman recorded the evening meal! Also, more from Bucky Buckaw and his Backyard Chicken Broadcast.

Peak Moment: A School Garden Brings Learning to Life

04 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to education | Peak Moment Television
Come along on a tour with team-teachers Glenda Berliner and Jeralyn Wilson, as they show us their elementary school garden bearing many fruits. It’s an important part of the curriculum: children make mason bee boxes, grow colonial medicinal plants, learn of other cultures, and put science to work. It builds community: parents work together, students form a bucket brigade to transport wood chips. It’s a site for celebrations like a pumpkin harvest or a play. Whether it’s the flower and vegetable beds, or the restful Zen garden, the garden is a favorite place to be, and to grow from. Episode 126.

Dr. Abby Gold on Local Foods and Food Deserts in North Dakota and Minnesota

22 Sep 2008 |
View all related to Food Security | Local Food
Dr. Abby Gold is the Nutrition and Wellness Extension Specialist at North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. Today she talks with Brian Magee of Global Public Media about the "food deserts" that occur in rural food-producing areas,  nutrition, and promoting local foods in colder places.

KunstlerCast: Twilight of the Mall Era, Part II

18 Nov 2008 |
View all related to consumption | KunstlerCast
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
In this installment, we conclude our two-part series on suburban shopping malls. James Howard Kunstler travels through the Colonie Center shopping mall in suburban Albany, N.Y. As he takes in the ambient sounds of an indoor water fountain, Kunstler muses on the twilight of the mall era. Episode 31.

KunstlerCast: Twilight of the Mall Era - Part 1.

11 Sep 2008 |
View all related to KunstlerCast | urban design
View all related to Duncan Crary | James Howard Kunstler
For this program James Howard Kunstler visits Colonie Center, a 1.3 million square-foot enclosed two-level regional shopping center located in suburban Albany, N.Y. After more than $12 million in renovations to this shopping center's exterior and interior, Jim remains as unimpressed with this place as he was in the 1970s when it was first built. Before entering the mall, Jim describes the heroic suburban 6-lane boulevard of commerce upon which Colonie Center is located. Inside, Jim relaxes in one of the lounge areas provided for shoppers and provides a brief history of enclosed shopping areas. Episode 30.

Peak Moment: An Engineer Examines a Town's Energy Future

04 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Relocalization
How much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of after-tax revenue leaves town to pay for energy--gas, diesel, electricity and natural gas. Episode 125.

Crop to Cuisine: The Annual Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

15 Sep 2008 |
View all related to Crop to Cuisine | Local Food
Pueblo is a town on Colorado’s Front range, about 45 min south of Colorado Springs. The town is fairly small, home to a little more than 100,000 people. But over one weekend every September, this small town almost doubles in size. Almost 100,000 visitors from all over the country, some from as far away as Hawaii and Alaska, come to celebrate the annual Pueblo Chili and Frijoles Festival.

Deconstructing Dinner: Lessons from Cuba / Employing Insect Farmers

21 Aug 2008 |
View all related to agriculture | Deconstructing Dinner
Deconstructing Dinner correspondent Andrea Langlois traveled to Cuba where she met with Fernando Funes Monzoté - the son of one of the most recognized founders of the Cuban organic agriculture movement. Also, a workshop titled "Predator, Pollinator, Parasite"; hosted at the 2008 conference of the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia.