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Jean Ponzi with environmental issues,education and conversation.

Jean Ponzi with environmental issues,education and conversation.
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St. Louis, MO


Jean Ponzi with environmental issues,education and conversation.




Greening Death: Turning a Human Practice Back to Earth

Suzanne Kelly was deep into Ph.D. work in women's studies in 2005 when her beloved father died. Her grief and experience with conventional memorial processes moved her to explore today's movement (ironic, given our age-old traditions) to send our bodies back to Earth. Literally. Kelly's new book Greening Death is a scholarly treatment of options for Green, or natural, burial. She covers the history of our resource-intensive, toxic and expensive funeral practices, and examines...

Duration: 00:45:05

City Energy Project: Powering Efficiency in St. Louis Buildings

Twenty U.S. cities are using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - a sensible, user-friendly product of our federal taxes as work - to "benchmark" energy use as a first step to strategic investment in energy efficiency measures. St. Louis joined this progressive, prudent group in 2017 by passing an ordinance and signing on to the City Energy Project. Use a common measure to inform improvements that can cut costs? Make existing buildings more comfortable and healthier? Protect the environment...

Duration: 00:49:46

Water Issues: Meddling, Muddling and ADVOCACY

For a region of this planet blessed with so much WATER, you'd think we'd have darn diligent doggin' of water protection. And you would be RIGHT. Water quality advocates with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment are among our waters' ardent champions. This week Earthworms talks with Brad Walker, MCE's Rivers Director, and Alicia Lloyd, Water Policy Coordinator (looking handsomely Glad in Plaid) for an update on water advocacy issues, needs, and some victories during 2017. You'll...

Duration: 00:49:44

Kakao Chocolate - BEST of the Bitter and the Sweet

What's fair and profitable, local and global, bitter and sweet - and Brown and Green? In St. Louis, Kakao Chocolate is all this and more. Ingredients in the story of Brian Pelletier, Kakao owner and Chief Chocolatier, include a dramatic career transformation, deep commitment to sustainable ideals and practice, and passionate love for creating the food that makes US feel like we're in love. Brian savors telling his tale as if it were one of his own (popular!) Salted Carmel Truffles....

Duration: 00:35:12

The Easy Chicken: Fowl Fun Comes to YOU!

Want to take a peck at keeping chickens in your backyard - but you're feeling overwhelmed at the prospect? Maria Jansen and her clan have EGGSactly the perfect option for you! The Easy Chicken, a family-owned enterprise, will help you launch a Chicken Adventure, worry-free, by leasing everything you need: Coop, Hens, feeding and watering gear, even a starter bag of super-healthy Chicken Feed. You get to try what may be THE most popular Green home-hobby for up to six months - with the...

Duration: 00:31:59

Keeping Geese - for fun, eggs, companionship and weed control!

Homesteading is a sustainable trend for rural, suburban and even urban folk. Up on her stead in Liberty, Maine, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen so loves sharing life with a flock of geese she has written a whole honkin' how-to about it. Could Kirsten's new book, The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese (2017, New Society), entice your feathered fancy goose-ward? Perhaps this Earthworms conversation will! The scoop includes: choosing the best breed of goose for you, hospitable shelter and...

Duration: 00:36:58

Successful Cheesemaking - You Can Do It!

What food (technically) almost makes itself, is portable, gives a happy home to a host of guest flavors - and can be made by anyone, at home? Three hearty cheers for CHEESE! Merryl Winstein has been making and teaching the art of Cheese for years. Along the way, she realized how much she didn't know - that others could use if the info was available! What to do? Write it up! She did, and snapped the 800+ photos that show how this culinary alchemy works in "Successful Cheesemaking:...

Duration: 00:39:16

Four New Missouri State Parks! But their process gets put on hold . . .

Missouri's state park system is nationally regarded as a public property gem. Our parks offer free admission to nearly 90 sites and a wide variety of ecological features, activities and accommodations. Four new parks could add economic benefits to areas in need, and round out the range of natural communities within the park system. But the governor has put a hold on these parks' development process. Jennifer Connor, who is Ozarks Conservation Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club in...

Duration: 00:35:57

Orchard-ing Grows New Benefits in Community Gardens

Scoot over, please, dear tomatoes and peas. Fruit and nut trees and bushes are moving into community gardens. And neighborhood garden leaders are transplanting their "orcharding" skills from Kansas City to St. Louis. Dean Gunderson, who is Garden Programs Manager for STL's long-growing Gateway Greening, is collaborating with The Giving Grove, based in KC and led by Rob Reiman. These folks are digging nourishing new delights into the urban neighborhoods they serve, while cultivating...

Duration: 00:37:36

Joan Lipkin - Focusing Theater Power on Climate Change

Music: Deep Gap, performed live at KDHX by Marisa Anderson THANKS to Anna Holland, engineer for this Earthworms edition Related Earthworms Conversation: (Ralph Nader)

Duration: 00:40:58

Dr. Elaine Ingham: Soil Science Rocks Plant Health!

It's underfoot, but is it understood? Nature's capacity to feed plants, which in turn feed us (and all Earth's living kin), is powered by critters we CAN see (with a handy microscope), that we CAN WORK WITH, to harvest multiple benefits. Soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham champions this kind of partnership, and teachers humans how to partner with Nature to organically increase food crop yield, restore the health of degraded soils - and even sock tons of climate-changing Carbon into soil,...

Duration: 00:42:46

Learning Green, Living Greener: Northwest Earth Institute's Lacy Cagle

Living more simply? Understanding ecology? Taking an Eco Challenge to change some personal habits? The Northwest Earth Institute, working from Portland, Oregon for nearly 25 years, offers courses for personal online learning to group exploration and discussion. Lacy Cagle, NWEI's Director of Learning, develops courses geared to engage the public with sustainable thinking and action, and work in academic circles to advance "sustainability pedagogy." Her take on how humans have been...

Duration: 00:39:30

Cooperation for Water Security with Alexandra Campbell Ferrari

Here in the KDHX region we don't worry much about water. St. Louis sits at the confluence of the 4th largest watershed on Earth. Not the case in many other parts of the U.S., or the world. Where there's not so much water, how can fair access to water be ensured? For drinking, food production, sanitation - and more uses. In Washington D.C. the non-profit Center for Water Security and Cooperation is researching questions of water equity, and advocating for fair water-related policies....

Duration: 00:37:12

Woodlands, Forests, Ecology in MO - with Carol Davit of Grow Native!

See the forest, see the trees - and appreciate woodland resources of the Show-Me State. From those that tower in the canopy to those that lightly shade ground-level wildflowers, Missouri's native trees are treasured by folks with interests of all kinds. Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation, is also a lifelong student and advocate of native plant ecology in the woods. She describes two related but distinct wooded ecosystems, and the services they provide to...

Duration: 00:23:44

Wild Bird Rehab - Supporting Songbirds with Joe Hoffmann

Songbirds! Our spirits fly with them, their twitterings rise with the sun; we watch 'em, we feed 'em, we love their gentle presence in our lives. This dedicated organization gives 'em a Wing Up when they get hurt, since 1993. Wild Bird Rehabilitation is powered by flocks of volunteers who provide care for injured, ill and orphaned songbirds, toward releasing them back into their natural habitat. Could this volunteer gig launch you into a new love? This month Wild Bird gets a new...

Duration: 00:40:24

Patty Maher: St. Louis' Queen of Green, Historic Home Rehab

Houses built to last a hundred years are getting another century's lease on life from Patty Maher, a specialist in super energy efficient restoration of homes in historic neighborhoods around St. Louis. Patty got into the home-work biz in the 1970s, after getting degrees in philosophy and comparative religions - and building carpentry skills at technical college. Her first building rehab was Cloverleaf Dairy. She transformed it into her own wood shop. Today Cloverleaf General Contracting...

Duration: 00:35:20

Operation Clean Stream - Fifty Years of River Cleanups!

In 1967, the Meramec River had not yet flowed to the edge of a dam proposal controversy that would not end until 1981, but trash and debris from river users and "clubhouses" built along the Meramec's course was a problem that caught the attention of river lovers and enviro-advocates. Half a century ago, the first Operation Clean Stream began a concentrated process to clean up the Meramec. After FIFTY years, there is still a need for this annual river clean-up event, held the fourth...

Duration: 00:39:27

Lawn Alternatives with Neil Diboll of Prairie Nursery

OK, so maybe "No Mow" is a seedy fiction, but there ARE alternatives to conventional turf that can save water and work, turn down the Lawn Boy's carbon emissions - even support the lives of pollinators. All while keeping that sweet green place to play for our kids and dogs. Today's needs have evolved, somewhat, from the country's original No Mow situation: Neil Diboll, president of Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wisconsin, returns to Earthworms to elucidate the what-why-how of Lawn...

Duration: 00:29:38

Native Plant Garden Tour: See, Grow - Love!

Earthworms home turf is the Show-Me State - where ecological gardening ideas and practices are growing like . . . plants with WEED in their names. So it follows that getting to see the plants of this place, the ones that are our Natives, is a great way to explore this Nature Thang that's benefiting critters, people, water quality, and more. St. Louis Audubon hosts their third annual Native Plant Garden Tour on Saturday, September 16, 9 am to 4 pm. Ten homes will open their gardens to...

Duration: 00:40:30

Cheers to 30 Years of KDHX: Jeff Ritter, 1st Volunteer Voice-On-Air

October 14, 1987. They gathered in the shack, on the grassy knoll in Arnold, MO. A small group of volunteers who'd been digging and wiring and building and raising money for - well, probably felt like forever. A switch got flipped. A needle dropped. Static transformed to the ragtime riffs of "Radio" sung by Banu Gipson. KDHX was ON THE AIR! Jeff Ritter (front row, left) was the only one of those ten weary, cheering folk who didn't have to go to work the next morning, so he camped out in...

Duration: 00:27:34

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