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Fearless Parent Radio – Can Science Teach Kids About Humanity? – 08.26.15

Guest // David George Haskell, PhD

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

forest unseen jacketThe #1 ranked high school in the country is requiring this book, The Forest Unseen, as summer reading for all incoming freshmen. I picked it up and was hooked. The premise is simple — what can we learn by closely observing the same square meter of forest over a one year period?

It’s no surprise that the forest can teach us biology. But does it also hold lessons about social connections, social responsibility, and our essential humanity?

Yes.

Imagine a contemporary biologist who writes like a poet — giddy with delight about the surprises and secrets that Nature will disclose to anyone who cares to take a closer look.

We know that our kids need to spend more time outdoors. For this to happen, maybe parents need a dose of inspiration, too. This isn’t a quick read; you won’t (and shouldn’t) knock it off your list in a weekend. I’m reading it with my boys, individually. Each is drawn to different ideas — the brutal parasitism of the horsetail worm… stripping naked in -20F weather to experience winter as the chickadees do — but it feeds curiosity and spurs some terrific conversations.

If you’re headed to the lake or mountains — or wish you were — this is the perfect summer read. The chapters are short and the insights are unexpected. It’s no wonder that this book was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and received numerous awards, including the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013, the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. A profile in The New York Times said that Haskell “gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

david haskellDavid George Haskell, PhD holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Cornell University. He is Professor of Biology at the University of the South, where he served as Chair of Biology. His scientific research on animal ecology, evolution, and conservation has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. David serves on the boards and advisory committees of local and regional land conservation groups. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways they combine science, contemplation, and action in the community. David was born in England, raised in Paris, educated at Oxford and Cornell, and now lives in Tennessee where he helps his wife run a CSA called Cudzoo Farm.

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The Natural Nurse And Dr. Z – 09.01.15

Host, Dr. Eugene Zamperion, ND, AHG, www.drznaturally.com, interviews Dr. Virender Sodhi, MD, ND. , to continue their discussion with a focus on Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine. Dr. Virender Sodhi was the first physician to combine a degree in Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine in the United States. He received his degree from the Dayanand Ayurvedic Medical College in India and was then chosen to share Ayurveda with Western society as part of a cultural exchange program. Upon his arrival into the United States, Dr. Sodhi enrolled at Bastyr University, where he received his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine (ND), and joined the faculty to teach Ayurvedic sciences. He is a visiting professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, School of Pharmacy University of Washington and Des Moines University Iowa. Dr. Sodhi has been featured on radio and television programs across the country, and presents at conferences internationally. Dr. Sodhi sits on the Panel of Experts with Dr. Andrew Wile for Natural Health Magazine, is a featured expert in Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide, and is featured in The Textbook of Natural Medicine . He has also written for many other publications. He is currently busy attending to patients from all over the world at the Ayurvedic Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Bellevue, Washington . He envisioned Ayush Herbs along with his three brothers, which has become an international company. Contact: www.ayurvedicscience.com 425-453-8022 www.ayush.com 800-925-1371

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Expat Files – 08.30.15

-In Latin America, more and more nearly forgotten first-world has-been personalities, lecturers (and faded dinosaurs of rock) are showing up here and there. They’re doing a re-heated hash of their once popular old and moldy seminars and tours. Nope, these folks have not faded into the sunset kindly, instead they’ve found a second life in the 3rd world, a lucky way to cash in on their long past glories.

-Certain adventurous and astute stateside people (and their promoters) have figured out the famous first-world “lag-time effect” combined with the gringo advantage can mean more than a “dead cat bounce”. It often can mean a brand new wave of popularity and success for gringos (even if their Spanish languages skills are nil)

-Today we see Expat Eddie stumbling along trying to use a very effective type of Latin Craig’s list website called www.OLX.com. In this new adventure Eddie’s uses the website to locate and buy a used high-end elliptical trainer. As usual the story has some surprising twists and unexpected turns. Only in Latin America!

-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL:

Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.

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The Gary Null Show – 08.31.15

Dr. Michael Hudson is one of our nation’s important economists and Wall Street financial analysts. He is currently the President of The Institution for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and was the Chief Economic Policy Advisor for the Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a research association at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. Dr. Hudson has served as an advisor to the White House, State and Defense departments at the Hudson Institute, in addition to the United Nations Institute where he became a specialist in global economics.

Dr. Hudson has written several books and many important papers and articles, the latest being “The Bubble and Beyond: Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and Global Crisis” AND “Financial Capitalism and its Discontents”. His website is Michael-Hudson.com