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34 minutes | May 12, 2015
S5E3: The Human COP
The stories of those in civil society who seek to enact change in the international climate change policy process. Featured is the work of negotiator trackers in the "Adopt a Negotiator" initiative, which aims to paint a personal face on the negotiators. And we hear the story behind "Fast for the Climate," the narrative of solidarity (and spiritual cleansing) in response to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Photo courtesy of Adopt A Negotiator (https://www.flickr.com/photos/adoptanegotiator/)
16 minutes | May 7, 2015
S5E2: Thinking Outside the Green
Our 2013 interview with Ozzie Zehner about what's wrong with mainstream environmental discourse, and how changing zoning laws in San Francisco could make the world a better place in many different ways.
29 minutes | Mar 29, 2015
S5E1: Coffee: Trouble Brewing?
It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee? From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’ joe. Hosted by Mallory Smith and George Lavender. Contributing producers: Jennifer Dunn, Laura Flynn, Mallory Smith. Featuring: Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers; Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network; Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner; Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station
3 minutes | Dec 27, 2014
Xmas Markets in Berlin (GGR shorts)
Exploring local wintertime traditions and describing alcoholic beverages in the central European alternative capital, this story is not typical GGR fare. An original (shorter) version of this story appeared on NPR Berlin (http://www.nprberlin.de/post/holiday-report-rixdorf-christmas-market).
33 minutes | Jul 9, 2014
I was born with a disease called cystic fibrosis (CF), the number one genetic killer of children in the United States. The most serious complication of the disease, which affects about 70,000 people worldwide, is the vicious cycle of chronic infection, inflammation and scarring in the lungs caused by defective chloride ion channels in the cell membrane. Metaphorically speaking, the planet is diseased too. But while I can stand up and talk about my experience, the environment speaks to us in a language that is often incomprehensible to those who don’t study science. It speaks in a set of symptoms, signs that grow louder and clearer by the year. In Biome, you'll hear two stories that may not seem to have anything to do with each other. But be patient. I'll walk you through a story of DNA and destruction, of colonization and conservation, of the body and the biome. This piece was produced as part of The Senior Reflection in Biology. Music used: The Album Leaf - Blank Pages, A Day in the Life, Perro, Summer Fog, Shine The American Dollar - Anything You Synthesize This Will Destroy You - I Believe in Your Victory Maneli Jamal - Us Against them Antoine Dufour & Tommy Gauthier - Solitude Josh Woodward - Together On Our Own
24 minutes | Jun 28, 2014
S4E7: How The Tractor Ruined Farming
Green Grid Radio returns to the topic of food. This time, we go all the way back to the farm, and to the promise of the tractor. The tractor that promised to make life for farmers easier and our farms more productive. In today's episode, however, we meet a man who shares a story about the true impact the tractor had on farmers, and ultimately on our ability to grow food. Hosted by Diane Wu, produced by Erik Olesund and featuring Matt Rothe. (Photo: Matt and his dad Larry on a combine. Weldona, CO. October, 1979)
16 minutes | May 23, 2014
S4E6: Biofuels, or How GGR Learned About Popcorn-smelling Exhaust
Biofuels, mainly ethanol, now account for one-tenth of car fuel consumed in the United States and that number is set to rise. But are biofuels the silver bullet for the looming energy crisis? Produced by Citlalli Sandoval and Lingzhi Jin. Guests include: Dogpatch Biofuels, San Francisco's only biodiesel gas station; Karl Knapp, Associate Professor for Stanford's Department of Civil Engineering; David Lobell, Associate Director of the Center for Food Security and the Environment at Stanford; and Eric McAfee, entrepreneur, VC and philanthropist in the renewables field.
8 minutes | May 12, 2014
S4E5: Stanford's Divestment in a Tale of Three Meetings
Stanford University made national news last week when the Board of Trustees announced the decision to divest the $18.7 billion endowment from coal investments. We bring you the story of the students of Fossil Free Stanford who were called into a surprise meeting with Stanford administrators and walked out smiling and speechless.
19 minutes | May 5, 2014
S4E4: Friends Don't Let Friends . . .
Guest contributor Christina Morrisett shares a story of identity, transformation, and fish. Produced as a part of the Your American Life course at Stanford in Winter 2014 (http://www.stanford.edu/group/storytelling/cgi-bin/joomla/index.php/courses.html).
14 minutes | Apr 28, 2014
S4E3: Getting Around: Hackathon Edition
Seven producers, three teams, twenty four hours. Here's what we made in our 2014 radio hackathon on "Getting Around." Bonus points were awarded for laughter, the phrase “bicycle baron”, sound effects, and not using the word “environment”. Listen to see if anyone was able to get all of them! Hosted by Mallory Smith and Calvin Hu.
24 minutes | Dec 16, 2013
S4E2: Dumpster Diver Interceptors
Food waste is the worst. But what can one person really do about it? The Green Grid Radio team goes for a dip in Palo Alto's finest dumpsters. Produced and co-hosted by Diane Wu and Adam Pearson and featuring GGR staff Erik Olesund and Mallory Smith. The voices of interceptors, friends, and guests on this podcast include: Stephanie Pollack and Maxine Lym. The music that graced our ears came from: Kevin MacLeod, Keep Them Alive, Malt.Tabulated Sounds, nisei23, Tussle, krackatoa, and Derek Mendez.
30 minutes | Nov 16, 2013
S4E1: Tipis, Trash, Homs, and Urchins
Adam reflects on going to camp for the first time, Citlalli learns how much harder it is to throw out a tea bag in Germany than in the United States, Diane describes visiting an ice cream shop in pre-war Syria, and Mallory goes for a dive with volunteers reclaiming a kelp forest from some prickly invaders.
6 minutes | Sep 15, 2013
Snapshots Of Syria (GGR Shorts)
This summer, the production team took some time off to follow our inspiration, wherever it led us. We have put together a few shorter pieces that we’ll be releasing periodically, experimenting in shorter-form storytelling. This second piece comes from producer Diane Wu. I've been thinking about Syria a lot this summer. In 2009, I had the chance to visit Damascus and Homs, and lately I've spent a lot of nostalgia time with photographs that I took on that trip. One particular picture inspired me to make a little radio piece. Check out that photo and others at greengridradio.org. Music by Peter Swift and Damscray.
6 minutes | Sep 5, 2013
Tipi Time (GGR short)
This summer, the production team took some time off to follow our inspiration, wherever it led us. We have put together a few shorter pieces that we’ll be releasing periodically, experimenting in shorter-form storytelling. The first piece comes from producer, Adam Pearson. I had never been to summer camp before. No, not until this summer. “Tipi Time” is the story of my experience at ReCharge a gathering of rising clean energy leaders with different skillsets and passions. This was my first summer camp experience, in a way, but also much more. Voices include ReCharge delegates, Matthew Eastman, Dominic Coccia, Nolan Rutschilling, Jamila Tull, Richard Shelton, Michael Grubert, Tara Sulzer, and Founder of Creative Facilitations Stephanie Pollack.
61 minutes | Jun 20, 2013
S3E8: One Nation, Under Meat: Part 2 - The American Dream Strikes Back
This week we returned to the topic of meat production and food systems, exploring political and economic barriers to change in the U.S. and abroad, ways to move toward a less environmentally and socially destructive food system, and our own thoughts and perspectives on these critical issues. Like last week, we followed the wisdom of one of our guests, Dan Blumstein, and experimented with talking about food over food; Green Grid Radio team members Mallory, Adam, Erik and Diane discussed politics, education, climate change and energy, the world food economy, interconnections in the food system, local food, diversification, American eating habits and social norms, top-down versus bottom-up change, and more! Guests include: Stanford undergraduate student Caroline Hodge; Matt Rothe, Fellow at the Institute of Design at Stanford; Environmental Earth System Science Professor Rosamond Naylor, of the Center on Food Security and the Environment; Graham Meriwether, Director of the documentary American Meat; Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association; UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Dan Blumstein, author of Eating Our Way to Civility; Professor Christopher Gardner of the Stanford School of Medicine; Vasile Stanescu, Stanford PhD candidate in the Program of Modern Thought and Literature; and Debra Dunn, co-founder of FEED Collaborative and Professor at the Institute of Design at Stanford. Hosted by Mallory Smith and Erik Olesund.
52 minutes | Jun 6, 2013
S3E7: One Nation, Under Meat: A Tragic Love Story Of the American Appetite
The Green Grid Radio team sliced into a meaty topic this week: the broken American food production system, specifically focusing on meat. Today turkeys cannot naturally reproduce and must be artificially inseminated, 60 billion farm animals are annually killed for human consumption worldwide, and we consume eight times as much chicken as our American grandparents did eighty years ago. What else is going on in meat production? Guests include: Stanford undergraduate student Caroline Hodge; Matt Rothe, Fellow at the Institute of Design at Stanford; Environmental Earth System Science Professor Rosamond Naylor, of the Center on Food Security and the Environment; Graham Meriwether, Director of the documentary American Meat; Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association; UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Dan Blumstein, author of Eating Our Way to Civility; Professor Christopher Gardner of the Stanford School of Medicine; and Vasile Stanescu, Stanford PhD candidate in the Program of Modern Thought and Literature. Hosted by Mallory Smith and Adam Pearson.
58 minutes | May 31, 2013
S3E6: Is the Sustainability Movement an Activist Movement?
This episode of Green Grid Radio formed out of the observation that many people in northern California are aware of energy and planetary challenges, as well as some solutions. But many young people simply do not fight for the social/environmental issues like college-aged Americans did once upon a time. In looking at the sustainability movements on campus, we draw out some of the societal forces that have changed the way students tackle environmental problems. Stanford Sociology Professor Doug McAdam joined us to weigh in on social movements, noting "divesting from politics is the wrong impulse." Guests on this week's show include Stanford students Nicholas Reale and Jorge Masero of the Civil & Environmental Engineering department; Gregory Hall and Ian Girard of the Stanford Solar Car project; and Naomi Cornman, Co-President of the Green Living Council; Stanford Sociology Professor and Director Emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Doug McAdam; Julie Muir, Community Relations Manager at Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc; Dana Gunders, Project Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Jacob Woodruff, Senior Scientist at SunPower Corp. Hosted by Adam Pearson, Erik Olesund, Diane Wu, Mallory Smith, and Sophia Vo.
63 minutes | May 23, 2013
S3E5: The Lowest Hanging Fruit is the One in the Landfill
How often do you think about the back of your fridge or the bottom of your trash can? Americans eat only sixty percent of the food that we produce each year – the remainder gets tossed somewhere along the path from the field to your table. Food waste is the largest single contributor to our landfills – but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many other options for the food we do not eat. Listen in for some myth busting on expiration dates and the real story of what’s happening to those compostable forks. Guests include Stanford student Nicole Gaetjens; Julie Muir, Community Relations Manager at Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc; Dana Gunders, Project Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Elena Stamatakos and Mahta Baghoolizadeh, volunteers with the Stanford Project on Hunger. Hosted by Diane Wu and Mallory Smith.
59 minutes | May 7, 2013
S3E4: Overfished or: How I Learned to...
Global consumption of fish is on the rise, and so we critically need to effectively manage how we catch fish and how much of it we catch. On "Overfished or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Cocaine Cowboy Fisheries and Love Catch Shares," the Green Grid Radio team begins to dive into this topic and understand what strategies may address the problems we see today in the open waters. We take perspectives from an economist, consumers, and even a fisherman. Featured voices are Professor John Lynham of the University of Hawaii, Stanford PhD candidate Dane Klinger, fisherman Hans Haveman of H&H Fresh Fish, salmon aficionado Elena Lawson, and Stanford undergraduate students Emma Budiansky and Tiffany Li. Hosted by Adam Pearson and Diane Wu.
49 minutes | Apr 24, 2013
S3E3: Stanford Energy Week – Live from White Plaza!
Wednesday in White Plaza featured Green Grid Radio broadcasting live during the Stanford Energy Club's Energy Showcase event. Green Grid Radio brought a solar-powered episode with an appropriate lunch-time focus on food systems. We had a great, lengthy discussion with our guests this week, Ms. Debra Dunn of the Stanford d.school and Sarah Triolo.
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