Friday at 9:30 am


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

Earth Justice: Corporate Rights vs. The Rights of Nature THOMAS LINZEY and MARI MARGIL December 4, 2015 | 9:30 am

"The people in the communities we work with recognize that the structure of law was never intended to protect the environment but, instead, to regulate its exploitation. They recognize that, in order to change the existing structure of law, a movement for nature’s rights is necessary, and it’s time we heard their voices and joined their cause."

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From Bows and Arrows to Laptops: Marrying Traditional Knowledge with Web Technology to Save the Amazon CHIEF ALMIR NARAYAMAGO SURUI and REBECCA MOOR December 11, 2015 | 9:30 am

"20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change are due to tropical deforestation. It’s more than all the transportation in the world put together. If we could just make trees worth more alive than dead, It’s the easiest way to reduce greenhouse gas emission."

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From Soap Operas to Avatars: Digital Diplomacy and Making Fiction into Fact December 18, 2015 | 9:30 am

Digital and media entrepreneur William Ryerson effectively uses innovative media for social change. Digital citizen diplomats Joshua S. Fouts and Rita J. King design virtual games that help foster vibrant community and culture in the physical world. They’re all demonstrating the game-changing power of technology to change the world for the better.

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Generation Green: Fulfilling the Promise of Jobs and Justice JEROME RINGO December 25, 2015 | 9:30 am

Join Apollo Alliance president Jerome Ringo and clean energy leader Billy Parish for a hopeful glimpse into the organizations and programs that will give our children the opportunity to make a living and make a better world.

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Going Locavore: Urban Food Innovation and Community Transformation MICHAEL POLLAN January 1, 2016 | 9:30 am

Urban food innovators are designing vibrant new local food economies built on environmental and ecological integrity, sustainability, diversity and equity. Join author Michael Pollan, Fair Food Foundation CEO Oran Hesterman, faith-based change-maker James Ella James and student leader Victoria Carter for a smorgasbord of nourishing morsels from the emerging locavore movement.

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Planting Buildings: The Living Building Challenge JASON McLENNAN January 8, 2016 | 9:30 am

This is nature’s blueprint for building a better world, says visionary architect Jason McLennan. He designed the Living Building Challenge 2.0 to raise the bar on green building: meet or exceed what nature provides. While the standards seem impossibly high, it may be simpler than we imagined.

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Reinhabit, Rehydrate, Regenerate: Permaculture Designs for an Enduring Planet BROCK DOLMAN January 15, 2016 | 9:30 am

Join master permaculture designers Darren J. Doherty and Brock Dolman for both practical and poetic ways to re-educate earthlings in soil and water literacy. Their practical vision for regenerating ecological integrity and social resiliency prepares us for the challenges of climate change and environmental stress. But above all, they illuminate inspired pathways for restoring nature and people in the re-enchantment of Earth.

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Sisters in Spirit: Women Transforming the World JENSINE LARSEN and SALLY ROESCH WAGNER January 22, 2016 | 9:30 am

"With every cell of my body, I believe that the creative human potential of women and girls is the greatest untapped resource on earth. we have the potential right now to use the power communications technology to truly connect and truly unleash this potential, and the implications for the environmental movement are vast as we have the power to activate legions of guardians and champions for the Earth that are right now unseen."

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Where Angels Fear To Tread: Making Art That Heals the Broken Places LILY YEH January 29, 2016 | 9:30 am

Painter and professor Lily Yeh’s approach to community healing takes that which is broken and creates something whole and wholly new and beautiful through public art. From Philadelphia to Rwanda, broken places are her canvases. People’s stories are the pigments. People’s talents and creativity are the tools. At the heart of her work is the transformation of human heart.

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Why The World Doesn’t End: Re-Creation Myths of Nature and Culture MICHAEL MEADE February 5, 2016 | 9:30 am

Mythologist, author and storyteller Michael Meade, founder of the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, reminds us that the word “apocalypse” - which has come to mean the end of the world, actually means an “unveiling.” Once we penetrate that veil, it’s not the end--but the beginning of a new story--a new beginning to the old story.

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Recent episodes

Don’t Mourn, Organize: Power and Passion for Environmental Justice and Democracy MARY GONZALEZ November 27, 2015 | 9:30 am

Somewhere in a typical American city, a woman wakes up to the noxious odors of a nearby sewage treatment plant. Her daughter carries a rescue inhaler to school. Like hundreds of her neighbors, this woman is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Women and men from vulnerable communities everywhere are rising up to gain equal access to clean water and air, equal environmental enforcement and protection, and equitable land use and planning. Impassioned community organizers Mary Gonzales and Peggy Shepard show us all how successful environmental justice campaigns across the U.S. are raising the voices of people of color and low-income communities and creating a better world for everyone.

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Busting the Drug War: The Dawn of Drug Policy Reform ETHAN NADELMANN November 20, 2015 | 9:30 am

Ethan Nadelmann, founder/director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization, traces the hidden history of drugs laws, which are intimately connected with racism and the political exploitation of people’s fears. He offers a set of practical and effective policy reforms that are now being advocated by a rising tide of former drug warriors.

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Becoming a Habitat: Motherhood, Faith and the Environmental Human Rights Movement SANDRA STEINGRABER November 13, 2015 | 9:30 am

Despite the odds, ecologist, author and mother Sandra Steingraber is an optimist. She’s betting that the burgeoning global environmental human rights movement will free us from our deadly dependency. She believes our grandchildren will look back on us and marvel that our economy was once dependent on toxic chemicals - and they will think of it as unthinkable.

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Ecstatic Revolt: The New Mythos of Eve November 6, 2015 | 9:30 am

As the creation story of Judeo-Christian beliefs, the biblical recounting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden has long had profound influence around the world. So what’s it like to be named Eve? World-renowned playwright and activist Eve Ensler explores her own personal journey into her namesake. The provocative author of “The Vagina Monologues” and founder of V-Day to end violence against women suggests there’s another story beneath the traditional story. For her, it’s both very personal – and very political.

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Ripples of Community Resilience: Small Acts, Big Change October 30, 2015 | 9:30 am

In neighborhoods across the country, citizens are building community resilience – one shovelful and one backyard at a time. Visionary citizen restorationists Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts and Jessie Lerner of Sustain Dane show how seemingly small acts like catching rain and growing food forests are turning green visions into action, with the help of local governments, schoolkids, businesses, artists and churches.

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Youth Solutionaries: Future Present October 23, 2015 | 9:30 am

Youth movements are rising to restore people and planet. De’Anthony Jones, a former President of the Environmental Students Organization at Sacramento State, Chloe Maxmin, co-founder of Divest Harvard, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, hip-hop artist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, say there’s no better time to be born than now because this generation gets to rewrite history. It could be known as the generation that brought forth a healthy, just, sustainable world for every generation to come.

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A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century October 16, 2015 | 9:30 am

Writer, naturalist and activist Terry Tempest Williams asks “Can we love ourselves, each other and the Earth enough to change?” She invokes our deepest humanity to honor and protect the wilderness that’s the cauldron of evolution – and of our own imagination. “Our power lies in the love of our homelands,” she tells us in this eloquent, heartfelt tour-de-force, and protecting the wild requires bringing democracy home.

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Just Say No: Planet Hackers, Resistance Movements & Climate Justice October 9, 2015 | 9:30 am

Climate change is more than an “issue.” According to renowned author and activist Naomi Klein, “It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts.” She says it demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and bottomless resource extraction. She describes the transnational Blockadia movement that’s opposing fossil fuels and warns about geo-engineering fantasies. Canadian Indigenous leader Clayton Thomas-Muller of Idle No More reports from the front lines of the Native-led rights based movement to stop the drilling of the Canadian Tar Sands.

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Next Gen Farmers: A Land-Loving Story October 2, 2015 | 9:30 am

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership in the U.S. will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres. Yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most visionary leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

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Indigenous Women Rising: Upholding the Hoop of Life September 25, 2015 | 9:30 am

From the Canadian tar sands to the oil and natural gas fields of North America and the Amazon jungle, Indigenous peoples of the North and South are converging in one struggle. It is also the reconciliation of two different ways of knowing and being, between the head and heart, sometimes called The Eagle and The Condor. Five Indigenous women of the North and South are showing us how to keep fossil fuels in the ground and uphold our part of the hoop of life. With: Woman Stands Shining, Patricia Gualinga, Crystal Lameman, Eagle Woman, and Eriel Deranger.

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