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Resisting Trump!


Our guests today share their perspectives on resistance and organizing in the Trump era. Professor Robin D.G. Kelley outlines the five things we must do now to resist Trump, and Becky Bond discusses the lessons she learned while working for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and how we can use these “Rules for Revolutionaries” now. Also,…

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Home Cooked


You may know Anya Fernald as a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef. She’s also founder of the world’s largest sustainable meat company and author of the new cookbook Home Cooked. Also, Dr. Stanton Glantz was the first to expose the tobacco industry’s deceptive practices, and now he’s working with his UCSF colleagues to…

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Race, Politics and Food


What’s the connection between race, culture, health and food? We talk with Chef Therese Nelson, founder of the Black Culinary History Project, and Dr. Ricardo Salvador, who tells us about the Plate of the Union campaign. Also, hear what you can do about the toxic chemical BPA in your food. If you enjoy this episode,…

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The Best of B4uLeap


It’s summer, so it’s a good time for our “best of” show. Featuring best-selling science humorist Mary Roach, Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Blum and Dan Fagin, food advocates Dr. Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe, legendary satirists Paul Krassner and Harry Shearer, and many others. On this episode we look back on our podcasts with leading…

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A Grocery Store Revolution


Brahm Ahmadi is creating the People’s Community Market, a revolutionary grocery store to tackle environmental injustice and health disparities in West Oakland’s under-served “food desert.” And a former podcast guest, social justice comedian Negin Farsad is coming to Oakland to promote her new book How to Make White People Laugh. We’ll hear the event details…

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Bread, Wine, Chocolate – with Simran Sethi


In the first of two episodes on food, health, and justice, we speak to Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. Hear Simran’s tale of traveling to six continents in pursuit of delicious and endangered tastes, with stories that highlight the inspiring people and places that are bringing back the…

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Michael Green on Green Divas Radio

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Hear CEH Chief Executive Officer Michael Green on the Green Divas Radio show, on the Flint water crisis and more. (Michael’s interview starts at 35:30)

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Environmental Justice in Flint and Beyond


“It is even more important for public health leaders and physicians to use their voice in communities that have become largely voiceless, and that is what Flint had become.” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research demonstrated that the children of Flint  were suffering lead poisoning due to the change in the city’s drinking water supply. “That, to…

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Into the Magic Shop


Growing up, Jim Doty was from a poor, dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a chronically depressed mother. But he overcame his childhood to become a successful neurosurgeon and the founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. On this episode,…

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Changing Batteries to Change the World


The race to the next generation of batteries may change everything, making electric cars and the transition to an all-electric, 100% renewable energy economy a reality. We talk to Steve LeVine, author of “The Powerhouse,” about the race to build a better battery, and to researcher Mark Jacobson, who has authored plans for a global…

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