earth en "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Alan Weisman is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller <a href=""><em>The World Without Us</em></a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the award-winning journalist traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?</span></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79940 at "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?" By Alan Weisman "Cows Save the Planet" by Judith Schwartz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>Cows Save the Planet</em>, journalist <a href="">Judith Schwartz</a> looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face.</p><p>In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems.</p><p>Schwartz says <em>Cows Save the Planet</em> is a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69824 at "Cows Save the Planet" by Judith Schwartz "To Repair the World" by Paul Farmer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Doctor and social activist Paul Farmer is one of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice. In his new book, <em>To Repair the World</em>, he encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68960 at "To Repair the World" by Paul Farmer Vox Pop : Astronomy with Bob Berman : 5/2/13 <p>On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your Astronomy-related questions.</p><p>One of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, Bob can translate complex scientific concepts into terms that are easily understood by the casual stargazer, yet meaningful to the most advanced researchers.<em> </em>WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 19:00:00 +0000 63698 at Vox Pop : Astronomy with Bob Berman : 5/2/13 2013 Orion Book Award - Craig Childs' "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Craig Childs’</a> book <em>Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth</em> has won the <a href="">2013 Orion Book Award</a> in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner.</p><p>Speaking for the jury, <a href="">Orion Magazine</a> associate editor Hannah Fries said, “A mixture of adventure, science, and engaging storytelling, Apocalyptic Planet demonstrates an open-mouthed awe of the earth in all its dynamism, a spirit of passionate curiosity, and a fresh and humbling way of thinking about the planet and our place within its grand, catastrophic life.”</p><p>Craig Childs and Amanda Fries join us.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 62115 at 2013 Orion Book Award - Craig Childs' "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth"