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Bioneers

Bioneers brings bold innovators with break-through solutions to the airwaves with our eighth annual radio series. “Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature” airs in more than 250 cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Ireland and is free to all stations, distributed by WFMT Radio Network.

Upcoming episodes

From Slavery to Stardust: What Would Healing Look Like? August 5, 2016 | 9:30 am

What’s it like to be in someone else’s skin? What if the color of the skin is different – say, black and white? What might happen when the descendants of a white slave trader and of black people who were enslaved meet? That is the brave and wrenching journey embraced by Thomas DeWolf, whose white ancestors were once the nation’s biggest slave traders, and Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, descendants of African people who were enslaved. Together they depict their remarkable journey to discover what healing looks like.


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An Oil Spill Runs Through It: Corporate Power and the Sliming of American Democracy August 12, 2016 | 9:30 am

Some say the modern environmental movement was born in an oil spill in April 1970. Enraged by the first television images of the massive crude oil spill off the pristine Santa Barbara coast, 20 million Americans took to the streets chanting with one voice: Protect Mother Earth. Constitutional attorneys Jeff Clements and John Bonifaz join with biologist and democracy advocate Dr. Riki Ott to explore new strategies to overcome the relentless fight put up by big oil and big business. Could it mean a 28th Amendment to the Constitution?


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Education for Action: Reinventing Everything August 19, 2016 | 9:30 am

Perhaps the single greatest systems error of human civilization is the illusion that people are somehow separate from nature – not subject to the ground rules for the rest of the web of life. As a result, we’re getting an environmental education the hard way - because when you fight nature, you lose. Join ecoliteracy leaders David Orr and Dr. Anthony Cortese and young educational social entrepreneur Jess Rimington for an inspiring teach-in on how educators and students are creating a living curriculum for an engaged society that’s solving problems while studying them.


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Molecular Psychology: Good Chemistry with Nature’s Green Chemistry August 26, 2016 | 9:30 am

Did you ever ask yourself who in their right mind would invent a convenience to keep food fresh that would one day litter the landscape, wash up on every beach around the world and release toxic substances into the web of life and your body long after its short disposable life? Master green chemists and educators John Warner and Amy Cannon say all that is changing -- by necessity and by design. The radical growth of green chemistry is showing we can have good chemistry with the Earth by emulating nature’s green chemistry and do good business at the same time.


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Recent episodes

The Organic Revolution: From Hippie to Hip to Scale July 15, 2016 | 9:30 am

Though still small in the big picture, organic food has come all the way -- from hippie to hip to mainstream since the Sixties. But can organic food and fair food ever feed seven billion people? How can the entire food chain become sustainable? And does sustainability stack up to profitability? Visionary food entrepreneur Gary Hirshberg answers those questions with a resounding “yes”. As founder and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s largest organic yogurt company, Hirshberg has demonstrated that environmentally and socially responsible business can also be profitable.


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Women and Power: “Power Over” or “Power To”? July 8, 2016 | 9:30 am

Around the world, women are inspiring each other to envision a world where women lead, but quite differently. Women are spontaneously redefining power and shaping it in novel ways. According to social justice advocate Gloria Feldt and community advocate Reinette Senum, leadership begins inside -- with "power to" rather than "power over". How is the leadership of women benefitting us all?


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Globalocal: The Migration of Grassroots Solutions July 1, 2016 | 9:30 am

Innovations usually arise locally. If conditions are right, they spread globally. That story is playing out around the world today. In India, human rights activist Mallika Dutt designed an elegant media campaign that successfully interrupts domestic violence live in real time. High school educator Jay Vavra helped his San Diego students save endangered species in Africa by using simple genetic identification technologies in local African bushmeat markets. Nonprofit leader Shannon Horst employs holistic rangeland management techniques to stop the spread of deserts in Africa, the U.S. and worldwide. What's spreading fastest is hope


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Future Generations Are Screaming At Us: The Clean Energy Climate Challenge June 24, 2016 | 9:30 am

The climate crisis is a crisis of governance and leadership. Will we move rapidly enough to realign our policies, politics and economy to stabilize the climate? Creative and innovative people from all walks of life are stepping forward to address the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. Community organizers Susan Marshall and John Fogarty are taking power local. Youth advocate Alec Loorz is mobilizing young people worldwide for the defining issue of their lives. NASA's chief climatologist James Hansen says there’s still time.


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Tears in the Eyes, Rainbow in the Heart: Dr. Jane Goodall’s Reasons for Hope June 17, 2016 | 9:30 am

It has been 50 years since Dr. Jane, as she’s affectionately known, began her intensive solitary studies of chimp behavior In Africa’s Gombe National Forest and inspired the world to save the rapidly dwindling populations and their habitats. Today her compelling vision in action to restore people, animals and planet is delivering real hope. The visionary primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall revolutionized primatology and helped us realize how close our kinship is with the animal kin-dom


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Upscaling Goodness: Treehuggers, Earth Acupuncture and Community Forests June 10, 2016 | 9:30 am

Los Angeles as a lighthouse of environmental restoration? After 40 years of increasingly connected neighborhood actions restoring the landscape of the City of Angels, Andy Lipkis and TreePeople, the legendary group he founded, are ready to scale up. After catalyzing the first major urban Department of the Watershed, TreePeople and friends are motivating millions of Angelenos to grow environmental and community interconnectedness across the entire L.A. watershed. Next destination: all Southern California.


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All Love Begins with Seeing: Poetry and Justice for All May 27, 2016 | 9:30 am

Shailja Patel's unique artistry is a provocative smash up of genres. She's a slam poetry champion and star of her award-winning, one-woman play “Migritude” about the intricate webs of global migration and cultural identity. As an acclaimed poet of South Asian and Kenyan ancestry, through her fearless art she embodies the authentic voices of women, South Asians and Africans who are otherwise seldom heard. For her, the ultimate destination of poetry is justice -- too heart-breakingly beautiful to be denied


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Bread and Roses: Time Poverty, Super-Wealth and the Politics of Happiness May 20, 2016 | 9:30 am

At the same time the Great Recession has inflicted enormous pain and suffering, it has also caused people to take a deeper look at what’s really important in our lives. Many are finding that time is not money – time is far more valuable.


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Inalienable: Belonging to the Earth Community May 13, 2016 | 9:30 am

Deep Ecology extends an inalienable right to life to all beings. Yet as the naturalist Aldo Leopold observed, “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Either harden your shell, or be a doctor. Joanna Macy decided to be an Earth doctor. A systems theorist, author and lifelong activist, she describes how healing the world and healing your heart and soul go hand in hand.


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Is Nothing Sacred? A Spiritual Response to the Ecological Crisis May 6, 2016 | 9:30 am

Religion is the oldest, most compelling moral framework for social action. As director of World Wildlife Fund’s Sacred Earth Program, Buddhist Dekila Chungyalpa shows how religion and spiritual consciousness are emerging globally as powerful forces for restoring our relationship with nature and each
other.


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