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KWMR Post Carbon Radio
with Bing Gong & Karen Nyhus
Category: News & Politics
Location: Point Reyes Station
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February 23, 2015 03:37 PM PST

A Conversation with Renee Lertzman, PhD.
Dr. Renee Lertzman is an applied researcher, speaker, instructor, and strategic communications specialist,
resides in Inverness, and her work focuses on the psychological dimensions of climate and environmental engagement and communications.

February 10, 2015 06:40 AM PST

Update on recent victories and future plans for Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power. Rather than wait for the President or Congress to give us green lights, Northern California is leading the way in new energy models that bring cleaner sources, lower prices, green jobs, and energy democracy. Find out how you can green up your power and help spread the success.

Featuring Woody Hastings of the Center for Climate Protection, Jamie Tucker, Marin Clean Energy Communications Director, and Jessica Tovar of Bay Localize and the Local Clean Energy Alliance.

January 27, 2015 04:26 AM PST

Featuring: Mainstreet Moms Kris Brown and Kathy Calloway discussing actions to ban tracking in California on Saturday, February 7 at 11:30 am in Oakland

Harvey Wasserman - journalist, longtime anti-nuke activist, and advocate for renewable energy and Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle - Ecological Options Network of Bolinas discussing actions to close down Diablo Canyon.

January 12, 2015 02:57 PM PST

Capitalism is so yesterday. It's the new year - out with the old, in with the new! This week on Post-Carbon Radio, we start off 2015 on a deep dive into capitalism and the climate crisis with Cynthia Kaufman, author and Director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at DeAnza College.
Hold on to your seats - it's fast-paced and fun! After a big-picture history of how we got into this pickle, Cynthia brings us lots of good news about how to get out of it. For one, although it's wily and adaptive, capitalism isn't the undefeatable monolith we sometimes think it is, so we don't have to overthrow it all at once to halt its devastating effects. What's more, solutions are already available; what's good for the climate is good for our happiness, and there is plenty of wealth and leisure time to go around. Cynthia uses feminist theory to help us figure out how to start, which is easier once we realize half the economy isn't capitalist, anyway. Don't worry; we didn't miss racism or patriarchy as the colors of the really-existing capitalism we have. We discuss Cynthia's two books, Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change and Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope. Some serious theory made useful and hopeful in down-home, common-sense, bite-sized pieces.

December 22, 2014 04:02 PM PST

First hour - International Focus - Update on UN Climate negotiations COP 20 in Lima, Peru. We will be talking to activists who were in Lima.

Claire Greensfelder is a lifelong environmental, peace and safe energy activist, educator, political campaigner, and journalist. Claire presently serves as Policy and Organizational Consultant to the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI) and to the international, multi-media exhibit-Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change (CWE).

Jane Lapiner is a dancer, the Artistic Director of The Human Nature Theater Company. Recently, Human Nature has produced two shows about climate change, both comedies, and is currently working on its third. Jane lives on a small farm in the lower Mattole River Valley. Jane teaches a variety of dance and theater classes in the schools and community and has helped produce over the years a number of excellent school shows for local touring.

David Simpson is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley. He majored in English and HIstory. He performed with the San Francisco Mime Troupe in the mid-1960's where he met his life partner, Jane Lapiner. David was a co-founder of the Mattole Salmon Group, the Mattole Restoration Council and the Institute for Sustainable Forestry. He has been a producer and performer in all of Human Nature's shows and has done bioregional standup comedy throughout the Shasta bioregion. David and Jane have attended five of the last six United Nations Conferences of the Parties of the UNFCCC.

In the Second Hour - We focus on national, sub-national, state, local communities, individual responses to climate change

Jeff Conant - directs Friends of the Earth’s international forests program, which seeks to protect forests and the rights of forest-dependent peoples by addressing the root causes of forest destruction, and knowledgeable on Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and California’s AB32. Jeff has written frequently for outlets such as Alternet, Corpwatch, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, Race, Poverty and the Environment and Z Magazine.

Cynthia Kaufman - Cynthia has a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and teaches Philosophy and Women’s Studies at De Anza College in Cupertino. Director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change. She is a climate justice activist and social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change.

Peter Asmus - Peter is an internationally known expert on energy, a principal research analyst at Navigant Research. Formerly, he was a senior research analyst contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Energy practice, with a focus on wind energy as well as emerging energy distribution models such as micro grids and virtual power plants. Asmus has 20 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, and consultant. Peter is also a KWMR programmer.

December 09, 2014 05:21 AM PST

Earth at Risk Conference on November 22-23, 2014 in San Francisco, featuring Jeanette Armstrong (Okanagan) speaking out for Mother Earth and an Indigenous panel on Building Resistance Communities, fighting pipelines, extraction, and fracking on their lands.

For links to audio of the keynote speakers, Derrick Jensen, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, and Thomas Linzey, and various panels: email

November 24, 2014 05:37 PM PST

On this show Post Carbon Radio will focus on how women are organizing across the country and globally to face the triple crisis, resist further destruction, and envision and bring into being a deeply better future for humanity. We'll hear from Robin Milam on the second Women's Congress for Rights of Future Generations just concluded in Minneapolis, MN, and her work with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. She will be joined by Pennie Opal Plant, an artist, activist, Bay Area member of Idle No More and collaborator with Robin on Rights of Mother Earth. Pennie, who recently traveled to New York with Bing on the Climate Train, will talk about our responsibilities and relationship to Mother Earth, recent victories and lessons learned in ongoing struggles against climate madness in native country, reasons to be optimistic and strong moving forward together, and upcoming opportunities to plug in.

November 10, 2014 05:16 PM PST

A 2-hour KWMR Special:
A collaboration between the Farm and Foodshed Report (Robin Carpenter- Host) and Post Carbon Radio (Bing Gong & Karen Nyhus - Co-hosts) featuring:

Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Director of Greenhorns: Young Farmers’ Movement and Agrarian Trust
Evan Wiig - Founder and Director of the Farmers’ Guild
Arron Wilder - Farmer, Table Top Farm, soil scientist, organizer of upcoming January 11th - Young Farmers’ Forum on Succession and Success Stories: The Future of Ranching and Farming in Marin
Molly Myerson - young Bolinas farmer, Little Wing Farm
Mickey Murch - young Bolinas farmer, Gospel Flat Farm & artist

A conversation with leaders of the new young agrarian movement discussing:
1. Challenges of farming and ranching nationally, in California, and locally in West Marin (access to land, economic, housing, shortage of farmers…)
2. Shortage of younger age farmers to begin farming where elder farmers are leaving off. What we can do to promote agriculture as a lifestyle in West Marin and beyond. How can the next generation of agrarians carry out the important work of growing food?
3. Pairing farmers and ranchers with landowners in West Marin and beyond. Specific programs geared towards that end (Landlink) networking with landowners.
4. Current examples of farmer/ranchers working with landowners - challenges and successes. Some potential scenarios whereby farmers/ranchers create benefits for landowners by improving land create potential income for otherwise unused land. Ecological services.
5. The upcoming forum in January 2015 on facilitating the continuing of an agrarian culture in Marin county (and beyond); working partnerships between landowners and agriculturalists.

October 29, 2014 04:39 PM PDT

I attended this amazing gathering of thoughts-leaders - over 50 speakers from many diverse fields - critiquing technology, our current mindset, and our separation from Nature. We are so immersed in technological change, we rarely stop or slow down to contemplate it’s impact on us, and question if we are better off today with our cell phones, computers, GMO’s, etc. The teach-in looked at new emerging technologies - nano-technology, synthetic biology, geo-engineering, drones, and others.

I was able to audiotape most of the teach-in, and will eventually archive the material here at - Bing Gong, KWMR Post Carbon Radio co-host with Karen Nyhus

On today’s program:
Jerry Mander - Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology
Doug Tompkins - Technolgy & Nature/ Clash of Concepts
John Michael Greer - Author, “The Wealth of Nature”: False Promises

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October 28, 2014 10:56 AM PDT

On this week's show, we interview two guests on the broader picture of drought in Northern California and the U.S. West. First, Stephanie Castle of the Center for Hydrologic Modeling at U.C. Irvine will tell us about her new findings concerning groundwater depletion in the Colorado River Basin, which supplies seven western states including California. Then we hear from Ann Maurice of the Ad Hoc Committee for Clean Water in Occidental, a 30-year veteran activist on water issues in Northern California. Ann will discuss the natural relationship of groundwater to surface flows, the engineered connections across county lines between source waters and our farms, taps, wells, vineyards and wildlife, and some of the political struggles she anticipates as California moves rapidly to regulate groundwater statewide.

KWMR has been covering the drought all year on a series of shows about water sources, supplies, scarcity, storage and strategies, including five shows on Amanda Eichstaedt's "Swimming Upstream." Two weeks ago on this show, we interviewed Brock Dolman about the California Drought. All these shows are downloadable at and we encourage you to listen to them for more detail on West Marin’s situation in particular, and that of coastal California more generally.

This week’s show is hosted by Karen Nyhus. Karen is a long-time activist on environmental, peace and social justice issues. Originally from Maine, she has lived in the bay area for over 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in Feminist Studies from Stanford and a Master's in Environmental Science and Policy from San Francisco State, she is also a technologist and writer who consults to the nonprofit sector. Karen and I met four years ago at the People’s Climate Conference in Bolivia. We’re both pleased to be collaborating on KWMR Post Carbon Radio about the converging crises of climate, economy, and war.

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