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Connect The Dots – Unfractured – 11.08.17

Unfractured: Listen to Sandra Steingraber, biologist, award-winning author of Raising Elijah, and activist leader of New Yorkers Against Fracking, speaking on the human side of activism as revealed in the new film, Unfractured, which portrays her work to achieve the 2014 New York State fracking ban—with Chanda Chavannes, the film’s director— in conversation with Alison Rose Levy. Download this episode …

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.18.17

CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS For Earth Day week – The wisdom of the forest in the time of rapid climate change and what we need to learn from nature in order to counter human greed and hubris If Jane Goodall is the ambassador for the animal kingdom, and Vandana Shiva is the ambassador for seeds, then Diana Beresford-Kroeger is unquestionably …

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It’s All About Food – John Joseph and Brian Kateman – 04.18.17

Part I: John Joseph, The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon In his autobiography, John recounts his hard times and spiritual redemption. A traumatic childhood in foster homes was just the beginning of John’s evolution. Before fronting one of the most important bands in the underground punk scene, the Cro-Mags, as well as Bloodclot, John faced homelessness, addiction, betrayal and insanity. Still, …

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Visionaries – 02.13.17

“Do We Need College?” Suppose an 18-year-old came to you and asked, “I have $100,000+ and 4 years. What should I do with them?” Would you advice them to go to college? Obviously college is great for some people, but is it the right choice for everyone? And if not, what would you advise them to do instead? Today we process thoughts about education.

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Slavko Nissl – Monsanto GMO Seeds in Nigeria, Breaking the Agricultural Cycle, Complicity of UN World Food Program

Nigeria’s Farmers Alliance of over 14 million farmers have called on all farmers especially in the Northeast to reject the genetically modified organisms (GMO) and Hybrid seeds distributed by the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank. The body in a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC), called for intervention to stop WFP and World Bank …

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Jonathan Latham, PhD – There’s Nothing Parochial About the Issue of GMO Food Labeling

The GMO labeling issue has quieted down some but there is still plenty to discuss. Just this week the USDA proposed its definition of a GMO for labeling purposes and it includes loopholes for gene editing. However, it is also possible for reasonable people to imagine that GMO labeling is a sideshow to the real business of the food movement. …

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Lorraine Chow – GMO Arctic Apples to Hit Shelves Next Month Without Clear Labeling

The first genetically modified (GMO) apples, which are engineered to resist browning when sliced, will arrive in select midwestern U.S. stores next month. The fruit, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and sold under the brand name Arctic Apples, will be packaged as “grab-and-go” slices, according to Capital Press. Read more

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Lauren McCauley – NY Nuke Plant to be Shuttered, But Will Cuomo Turn to Dirty Gas Instead?

New York’s “dangerously decrepit” Indian Point nuclear power plant will officially shut down by April 2021, according to an agreement reached this week between the state and Entergy utility company. A source “with direct knowledge of the deal” told the New York Times that one reactor will “cease operations by April 2020, while the other must be closed by April …

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Wes Annac – Psychological And Spiritual Benefits Of Psilocybin

Psilocybin, the natural hallucinogenic compound found in various species of psilocybin mushrooms, has been found to treat depression, anxiety, and other serious mental illnesses. As we’ll learn, extensive research into its benefits was lost by the 70s due to its classification as an illegal drug. Research on the benefits of LSD and other psychedelics was lost for the same reason. …