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Week of July 20, 2014

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Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from taking action to slow carbon emmissions or prepare for changing weather? What would happen if we looked to the future with hope?

  1. A Hopeful Message - Frances Moore Lappé

    Frances Moore Lappé has working toward sustainability and biodiversity for more than 40 years. But one day, in the middle of a conference about climate change, she started to wonder if people were telling the story all wrong.

    You can also listen to our interview with Wangari Maathai about reforesting Africa.

    Average: 4 (4 votes)
  2. Rethinking Nature

    There's a big debate among ecologists right now over whether we can have hope in the face of climate change. Science writer Emma Marris says we need it. And it’s not just newspaper headlines and environmental campaigns that need to change, we need to rethink “nature.”

    Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
  3. Sonic Sidebar: FutureCoast

    Maybe one way to get people thinking more pro-actively - and more hopefully- about climate change, is to make it fun. Here’s the story of “FutureCoast,” a game about climate change.

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  4. Climate International

    Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Rio... it can be hard to keep track of all the international summits where global leaders have tried to tackle climate change. Do international climate negotiations do any good? Author and lobbyist Felix Dodds thinks so. Here's why...

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. BookMark: Benjamin Kunkel

    Writer Benjamin Kunkel bookmarks Herman Daly's "Steady-State Economics."

    Average: 3 (1 vote)
  6. On Our Minds: Sacred Economics

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    Have you heard about "sacred economics"? It's Charles Eisenstein's viral idea, that we need to get our economic systems back in line with our values.

    Looking for the extended interview with Eisenstein? Here it is.

    Average: 4.5 (4 votes)
photo credit:  Patricia H. via flickr creative commons

Lab Lit


Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction.  This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture

  1. Science in Fiction - Jennifer Rohn

    Why aren't there more realistic portrayals of scientists in literary fiction?  Cell biologist and novelist Jennifer Rohn founded LabLit.com, a website that's at the center of the new movement calling for more and better science in fiction. 

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Archangel - Andrea Barrett

    National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett writes some of the most beautiful fiction we know about scientists.  The stories in her new collection, "Archangel" explore the history of knowledge through five linked characters.  After reading it, we're awfully glad she gave up biology to write fiction.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  3. Sonic Sidebar: Antarctica in Fiction and Art

    Polar science becomes art in the hands of novelist Lucy Jane Bledsoe ("Big Bang Symphony") and musician Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Here are some of their impressions of the continent they can't forget.

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  4. Women and Plants - Elizabeth Gilbert

    Best-selling writer Elizabeth Gilbert brings an intrepid 19th century woman botanist to life in her latest novel, "The Signature of All Things."  In this conversation, she introduces us to the wonder of moss, Darwin's correspondance with "lady scientists" and the 16th century mystic, Jacob Boehme.

    How do you make music from plants?  Here's a recent article about the artist Mileece.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. BookMark - Karl Ove Knausgaard on "The Flame Alphabet"

    Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard recommends a chilling read:  "The Flame Alphabet" by Ben Marcus.

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  6. On Our Minds: Science and the Avant Garde

    Many of the biggest ideas in science today were dreamed up in the studios of NY's avant garde artists.  So says John Brockman.  He was there.  Today, he brings the same  wide-ranging intellectual spirit to his online science salon, Edge.org.


    Want to hear more of Domenico Vicinanza's music from Voyager 1 and 2?  Here it is.

    Average: 5 (2 votes)