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Vandana Shiva – Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind

A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled “Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values,” warns: “One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.” Gene Drives have been called …

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All Together Now – 06.23.16

Eleanor LeCain talks about business as a powerful ally in the sustainability movement with two business leaders – Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation for Stonyfield yogurt, and John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation, the leading natural household cleaning products company.

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Meditations and Molotovs – 06.20.16

On today’s program, Vince speaks with author and activist Liza Featherstone, who recently edited a collection of essays entitled, “False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” They discuss Liza’s perspective on the 2016 elections, feminism, political activism and much more.

Liza Featherstone is a contributing writer to The Nation. A free-lance journalist and essayist, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate and many other publications. Featherstone is also the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart (Basic Books, 2004). Last year, she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University.

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Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. – The Little-Known Downsides of Mindfulness Practice

As I pointed out recently, mindfulness practice has entered the mainstream of western culture to such an extent that 2014 was proclaimed as “The Year of Mindfulness” by the New Republic, and futurists see “mindful living” as a top trend that will influence consumers in the years to come. Most readers may know this already, but here’s a quick refresher. Mindfulness practice refers to a set …

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Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

Work-life balance is one of the aspects of well-being that I have the hardest time implementing in my own life. As a happiness researcher and consultant, I really do try to practice what I preach. But work-life balance is something I often work at for short bursts before I end up backsliding into workaholism. I know that I am not …

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How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth?

The librarian was nondescript in the way that everyone standing behind a counter is, probably in her 30s, with straight, fox-colored hair. When she took my stack of books, I noticed the way her sweater draped over a conspicuous melon-shaped belly, and I felt a tug in my chest and warmth rise in my stomach. It took a moment to …

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Research shows how reading for pleasure can improve your life

Research by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS) has found that people who read are more likely to be satisfied with their lives. The study, headed by Dr Josie Billington, explored the emotional, social and psychological benefits to adults of regular reading for pleasure. Commissioned by Galaxy chocolate on behalf of Quick Reads, a programme …

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Cole Mellino – There Will Be More Plastic Than Fish in the Ocean by 2050

There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, warned the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in a report published Tuesday. The report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, was produced by the foundation and the World Economic Forum with analytical support from McKinsey & Company.   Every year “at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean—which …