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Solstice Story: Nutcracker and the Shape Shifter – Ep. 201

Co-host and Producer Jack Eidt, in his role as a Literary Fiction writer, reads an excerpt of his short story based on The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet, with an 1892 score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet libretto was adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Here we present Jack’s own pro-peace-environmental re-imagining of that story, called The Nutcracker and the Shape Shifter, published in 2022 in the Fifth Fedora Anthology of Weird Noir and Stranger Tales, Published by Borda Books. We also feature excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, the Nutcracker, Opus 71, recorded by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, featuring Boys’ Choirs Rijnmond, Rivierenland and Waterland conducted by Arie Hoek. For more information CLICK HERE

The Fifth Fedora Anthology:

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest – Complete concert in HD:


Rising Tides, Retreating Homes: California Against the Sea – Ep. 200

Wherever land meets sea, global warming is wreaking havoc. As the ocean absorbs heat generated by the burning of fossil fuels and its attendant climate breakdown, its waters swell into overwhelming tides and city-engulfing storms. Glaciers melt, Pacific Islands shrink, Indonesians flee their seaside capital, and North Carolina’s beaches disappear with each passing supercharged hurricane. On this show, we talk with Environmental Reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Rosanna Xia, as she delves into these issues in her book, California Against the Sea. For more information, CLICK HERE



Restoring Grasslands & Rainfall in the Desert – Ep. 199

Human-caused desertification and soil erosion is changing the landscape of Earth, with Africa and Asia being particularly vulnerable; many in these regions rely on subsistence farming. Humans are accelerating the degradation of land through deforestation, urbanization, mining, monocrop industrial farming, and conventional ranching, however, turning land into desert is not a fixed or foregone conclusion. Our guest in this show, Alejandro Carrillo, Managing Partner, Grasslands Regeneration Project for Las Damas Ranch, has been working to green the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico. For more info, CLICK HERE.



Talking Trash: The Truth About Zero Waste – Ep. 198

Guest Host Auri Jackson, writer-director formerly of BuzzFeed interviews EcoJustice Radio Co-Host Jessica Aldridge, who is a 16 year recycling and resource management expert in her day-job as Sustainability and Zero Waste Programs Director for Athens Services. For more info, CLICK HERE.



The Māori Way of Water – Ep. 197

Humanity has a primordial connection to water. For Indigenous peoples, such as the Māori, Water is an Ancestor, a living entity to be communed with, revered and treated with sacred reciprocity. There is a growing wish to restore traditional concepts of marine and aquatic cultivation and care, to address climate change, microplastics, health of marine life, contaminants, and aquaculture. If water is an ancestor, what is our obligation to it? In this episode, join Heni Unwin, Kairangahau or Research Scientist with the Cawthron Institute, in pondering these questions from her diverse perspectives as a Māori descendant and marine scientist. For more info, CLICK HERE.



Freedom to Repair: Taking on Manufacturers & Winning – Ep 196

The Right to Repair our electronics and other materials sounds like a no brainer. But historically manufacturers have said otherwise and fought, with millions of dollars, to stop legislation that allows consumers access to the resources to repair items like cell phones, toasters, and even tractor trucks.
On this show Right to Repair takes center stage with guests Liv Butler, Policy Associate for Californians Against Waste and Elizabeth Chamberlain, Director of Sustainability for iFixit. From new legislation in California to the national and global movement and successes, we discuss how manufacturers are being required to provide repair tools, parts, and manuals and examine concern around manufacturer compliance. For more info, CLICK HERE.



Preserving the Language and Legacy of the Lakota – Ep. 195

Because there are few speakers of the Lakota language under the age of 30, Sage Fast Dog answered his community’s call to create a Lakota Immersion School, Wakanyeja Ki Tokeyahci that would empower youth and revitalize the Lakota way of life. In this episode he shares the journey of reclaiming the Sicangu education system and uplifting Lak̇ota language, culture, and Indigenous identity. For more info, CLICK HERE.




The Open Source Seed Initiative: Freeing The Seed from Corporate Control – Ep. 194

Patented and ‘indentured’ seeds are taking over the world’s food supply, says our guest Jack Kloppenburg. This would end farmers and gardeners ancient right to develop new varieties, forcing them to buy seed anew for every crop. Enter the Open Source Seed Initiative or OSSI. Jack Kloppenburg shares how we can create and sustain an equitable food system that celebrates the legacy and potential of a single seed.

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Burn Scars: A Poetic Reckoning with Wildfires – Ep. 193

We talked with Margaret Elysia Garcia, author and poet published by El Martillo Press. She wrote about the destruction of her NorCal hometown by wildfire and the work to deal with life after the fire. Margaret began writing her poetry collection “Burn Scars” while waiting at traffic stops driving from her mother’s house to her former hometown. She grappled with the destructive aftermath that began with a eulogy and ended with a 79 page poetry book memoir.

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Move the World: Uplifting Youth Through Art, Community, and Composting – Ep. 192

Cecilie Stuart joins us to share her own journey as a climate advocate and the urgent need to uplift and educate youth as stewards of Earth. Education might take the form of self-expression through climate-related dance, arts and theater programs of Move the World or through composting and “closing the loop” with Full Circle Compost, a non-profit committed to reversing global warming by teaching youth and local communities to compost where they live, from schools to backyards.

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