Seed Savers

In this episode, Indu Ramesh and her team visit Vanastree, a non-governmental organization that coordinates interactions among seed-savers and farmers of traditional crops in India’s most biodiverse region.

Featured Guests

Sunita Rao, founder of Vanastree; Manorama Joshi , Co-founder; Shamala Hegde, active member who also composed and wrote the song; Lakshmi, of African heritage; Dr. Pratibha Joshi, who translated Shamala’s regional language

Fighting Goliath (Part 2)

In this edition of Making Contact: The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. And the potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects. On this edition, the second of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tarsands. Fighting Goliath produced by Barbara Bernstein.

Featuring:
Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director; Linwood Laughy, writer & historian; Borg Hendrickson, Clearwater Country co-author; Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author; Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director; Annick Smith, A River Runs Through It co-producer; Bob Gentry, environmental attorney; Steven Hawley, Recovering a Lost River author; David James Duncan, The Heart of the Monster co-author; Zack Porter All Against The Haul executive director; Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist; Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist

Queering History – a play about LGBTQ issues in schools

This week Sprouts presents OutCasting, LGBTQ youth radio, this week featuring an abridged reading of the play, “Queering History,” written by Maggie Keenan-Bolger with homeless LGBTQ youth, about the effects of LGBTQ history not being taught in schools. Coincidentally, three years ago, on July 14, 2011, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Act was signed into law in California, ending the exclusion of LGBTQ history in California schools. On an earlier edition of OutCasting, we spoke about the law with its sponsor, Cal. State Sen. Mark Leno (online at mfpg.org or outcastingmedia.org).

“Queering History” was written by Maggie Keenan-Bolger with homeless LGBTQ youth. This program was produced by OutCasting youth participants Lester, Nicole, Sydney, Travis, and Josh.

Are Religious Institutions Exempt from Labor Law? and State Takeover of Normandy School District: Will Teachers Pay the Price?

Colleen Simon was fired by the Kansas City Archdiocese for being married–can they do that? We’ll talk to Colleen, her wife Donna, and her attorneys this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, in eastern Missouri, the State Department of Education fired the elected Normandy School District board and appointed a new one. They fired all the teachers and are making them re-apply for their jobs. Can they do that? Tune in to find out: Thursday at 6PM, rebroadcast Friday at 5AM.

Are Religious Institutions Exempt from Labor Law? and State Takeover of Normandy School District: Will Teachers Pay the Price?

Colleen Simon was fired by the Kansas City Archdiocese for being married–can they do that? We’ll talk to Colleen, her wife Donna, and her attorneys this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, in eastern Missouri, the State Department of Education fired the elected Normandy School District board and appointed a new one. They fired all the teachers and are making them re-apply for their jobs. Can they do that? Tune in to find out: Thursday at 6PM, rebroadcast Friday at 5AM.

Not All Taxes Are Created Equal

This week on Radio Active Magazine, Janet Rogers of Transit Action Network discusses the 10-year 3/4 percent Missouri Amendment 7 Transportation Sales Tax with Sheila Styron of Whole Person, Linda Smith of League of Women Voters and David Kingsley, retired UMKC professor. Can they answer the question “Why vote NO on this state sales tax for transportation when there is such a huge list of projects to complete?”

David Alexander Bullock on Detroit Water, Ralph Nader on Export-Import Bank

This week on CounterSpin: The UN says water is a human right, and if people are unable to pay, shutting off their water is a human rights violation. That puts the city of Detroit on the wrong side of international law, as well as human decency, with shut-offs affecting thousands of city residents. But the water shut-offs are only the latest attack on the poor and public resources in Detroit. We’ll hear from an area activist, Pastor David Alexander Bullock. unstoppable-large

Also this week: Something called the Export-Import Bank started getting some press once Tea Party activists and Republican lawmakers started criticizing it as corporate welfare. Pundits say the critics don’t know what they’re talking about and could threaten American jobs. But our guest, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, thinks the bank deserves some scrutiny—and that it’s an issue that resonates beyond the Tea Party right.

The Future of Civilization

When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and “unprecedented” closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. The Guardian, captures the hypocrisy,  “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning. The eco-crisis includes rising temperatures and sea levels, deforestation and species extinction, drought and soil erosion, and water and food shortages. In the not so distant future the ecological crimes against the Earth will come home to roost. Rex Weyler in EcoWatch warns,  “A great reckoning awaits humanity if we fail to awaken from our delusions. Earth’s delicately balanced systems can reach tipping points and collapse.”

Lester Brown is the president of the Earth Policy Institute. The Washington Post calls him “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” In 1974 he founded the Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. He is the recipient of many awards including the UN Environment Prize. He is the author of numerous books including Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, World on the Edge, Full Planet, Empty Plates and Breaking New Ground.