When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine

Arts & Culture Podcasts

A serious, but not too serious, discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Location:

United States

Description:

A serious, but not too serious, discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Language:

English

Contact:

740-674-4300


Episodes

169 – Are We Ready for Electric Vehicles?

2/5/2023
Electric vehicles are changing the way we fuel our transportation system. They are cleaner, faster, more efficient and cheaper than the internal combustion engine. Every major car company (and many you have never heard of) are planning to convert their fleet of vehicles to all electric by 2040. But there are a number of fundamental changes that will be required to how we wire our homes, how we manage the grid, and pricing policies used by utilities that must change if we are going to make...

Duration:00:29:31

085 – When Energy is Free

1/29/2023
We are used to energy becoming more and more expensive over time. The cost of electricity has increased 7 fold since 1970. That same year a gallon of gasoline cost 36 cents. But solar energy has changed that assumption. The cost of a solar panel has dropped from over $100 per watt in 1975 to only around 25 cents today. If these trends continue - energy will soon be free. But that doesn't mean you won't pay for it. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station to discuss how energy will...

Duration:00:29:29

081 – Becoming an Annoying Consumer

1/22/2023
Every dollar you spend is a vote. And you should only vote for those companies that support a world vision that you support. But how can you know what their world vision might be? And when you vote - how can you tell those companies you did not buy from that you voted for someone else. In other words - how can you become an annoying consumer. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for an optimistic discussion of sustainable living and living your values.

Duration:00:29:25

092 - Thanks for Nothing

1/15/2023
For the past decade or so, Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station have observed a three month period of non consumption - their Thanks for Nothing season. It is a break from our consumer society, where they do not buy anything - and even turn off the electricity. Find out what motivated this bizarre behavior and what lessons are learned - and how it has enriched their lives.

Duration:00:29:45

168 - Urban Food Forests

1/8/2023
The concept of a food forests, integrating marketable crops into a woodland environment, managing not just the turf for planting – but every vertical layer of space – is catching on in the world of agriculture innovations. But can this concept be successful in an urban environment as we seek to provide local and sustainable food sources where we live? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion about the promise and perils of urban food forests.

Duration:00:29:04

167 - Reclaiming Downtowns

1/1/2023
How do you create or recreate a vital and vibrant downtown district? As so many cities and small towns have seen their commercial districts fall into disuse and disrepair, there is a movement to recapture the days of locally-owned, walkable business districts. Marietta, Ohio is a small town located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. They have actually been fairly successful in achieving this goal. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Luke Sulfridge as he...

Duration:00:29:37

166 - Nukes in Ohio

12/25/2022
Ohio is dealing with legacy fallout from a nuclear waste facility that has resulted in widespread contamination and soaring cancer rates. Two nuclear facilities are literally crumbling in Lake Erie and are at the center of a scandal involving bribery and the Speaker of the House and other state officials facing prison time. And power from nuclear energy simply cannot compete with wind and solar without massive infusions of public funds. So of course the Ohio legislature has decided that now...

Duration:00:28:22

165 - Food Forests

12/18/2022
Even big agriculture is beginning to look at this ancient process of using our forests as a food production model and venue for crop planting and harvesting. So what is this concept, how does it work, and what does it mean for the health and vitality of our planet? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of food forests, not only regarding their economic benefits to marginalized populations, but as a restorative practice for our planet.

Duration:00:28:44

057 - Raising Naturally Healthy Pets

12/11/2022
Like humans, many of the illnesses suffered by your pets are the result of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Yet the medical model - which extends to the world of veterinary medicine - seems fairly clueless in how to use natural remedies to keep your pet healthy and help it regain health when things are out of balance. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Duration:00:29:36

097 - Resilient Community Development

12/4/2022
In the 1950s city planners pretty much all thought that bigger was better. More growth, more business... all good. Then sometime in the 1970s folks started worrying about the boom bust cycle of development. Planners began asking how development could be more sustainable. Growing with the future in mind. Now growth must be resilient, able to adapt and weather the certain storms of climate change, changing technologies, energy interruptions. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station...

Duration:00:29:36

053 - Battle of the Currents

11/27/2022
The history surrounding the early days of electricity involved backstabbing, double dealing, huge egos battling it out in public – the electrocution of horses, dogs, people, and even elephants. Dubbed “the battle of the currents”, this dis-information campaign pitted Thomas Edison against Tesla (and his boss, Westinghouse). Another in our Dead White Scientists series – find out what happened just over 100 years ago that led us to the electrical system (largely unchanged since then)...

Duration:00:28:20

041 - Opting Out (Everything they ever told you is Wrong)

11/20/2022
Society tells us to aspire to certain ideals. We should own a big house, drive a nice car, go for that next promotion... eat this, drink that. What happens when you reject these as goals? How do you form your own path in a world that judges you against fairly rigid guidelines? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Duration:00:29:06

033 - Living a Net Zero Lifestyle

11/13/2022
We have heard of net zero energy. Net zero construction. But the heart of sustainability is seeking to live a net zero life. How do you get through this life with as little adverse impact on the generations that follow. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Duration:00:29:19

112 - Adapting Your Property to a Changing Climate

11/6/2022
If you have been paying attention, you will notice that the climate is changing. Plants and trees that used to thrive are dying off. Pollinators are disappearing. The seasons seem to arrive early - or late. It is too wet, then too dry. Climate change is real and it is here now. So how can we adapt our property, gardens and forests to deal with this new reality? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable...

Duration:00:29:24

164 - Thriving

10/30/2022
In a world where it is often a struggle just to get through the day, how is it that some people seem to thrive. What does this involve and how do you get into that state of mind. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion on how not to just get by, but to thrive.

Duration:00:29:01

163 - Finding Your Path

10/23/2022
Many of us feel that there must be something wrong with us in that we enter college not know what we want to do in life, leave college equally uncertain, enter a job, question that decision, and then seemingly wander through life along an aimless and crooked path. But such a course is likely the norm rather than an exception. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a conversation with Alex Nash about her journey from intern to college to job to Peace Corp to college to job to...

Duration:00:29:17

162 – Why is the Cost of Electricity Rising so Dramatically?

10/16/2022
A recent report shows the average cost of electricity rose more than 15% from 2021 to 2022. Yet the cost of producing electricity has fallen just as dramatically over recent years. Why is this happening and what will happen in the future? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion the impact of fear, greed and the weather in the world of electric utilities.

Duration:00:29:29

161 – Solar and Fire

10/9/2022
In 2021 Amazon shut down all their solar electric systems on their buildings because an incredible 12% of them caught fire since being installed. So does solar PV present a significant risk or was this just a case of shoddy installation? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of rooftop solar and the risk it presents for fires.

Duration:00:29:15

040 – Learning to Thrive

10/2/2022
Most of us are just getting through the day. But there are a few among us who seem to thrive – embracing each new dawn as a joyous opportunity. How do they do it? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

Duration:00:29:04

160 - Is Cultural Appropriation Inappropriate?

9/25/2022
What is cultural appropriation and how does it differ from cultural appreciation? Is it a real thing, or just a Twitter excuse to be offended by just about everything? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for an inappropriate discussion about cultural appropriation.

Duration:00:29:11