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The Best of Planet Watch 2017-PW051

Happy New Year from Joe and Rachel! Welcome to a new bunch of shows and an expanding network of radio stations running the program. In the coming year we’ll have more interviews with leading scientists and engineers and big thinkers helping us figure out how to live more wisely on this planet. For this week, • Read More »


Happy Holidays from Planet Watch-PW050

In this podcast we hear from family and far flung friends (in Norway and Virginia) and explore the traditions, rituals and science behind winter time and solstice. Rachel reads from Jean Ritchie’s “Singing Family of the Cumberlands” about old Christmas and the first Christmas trees to come into the mountains in the 1930’s. Plus, talk • Read More »


A Passive House That Uses 80% Less Energy-PW049

Chie Kawahara and Kurt Hurley designed their passive house to save tons of energy. Find out how they turned a 95-year old house into a modern energy saving miracle. And they did it without solar electricity! More at Midorihaus.com. Plus, what’s greener, fake or real Christmas trees? Alexis Navarro explores this vexing question.  Air Date: • Read More »


BlueMind:Your Brain on Water-PW048

Why do our brains behave so differently around water, and how can we harness that relationship to clean up the rivers and oceans of the earth? We talk with best-selling author and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols about his book BlueMind and the new book he’s writing about ways to save the blue part of • Read More »