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Growing Authentic Leaders from Communities Most Impacted by Environmental Injustice and Climate Change


On this week’s show, our hosts Rebecca Hardin, Whitney Smith and Nicholas Bruscato discussed Growing Authentic Leaders from Communities Most Impacted by Environmental Injustice and Climate Change with the distinguished Dr. Robert Bullard – “The Father of Environmental Justice” and current Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies (Environmental Protection Agency, 2015).
The Principles of Environmental Justice can be viewed here

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Climate Change in 2014, Tu B’shevat, and SNRE’s Food Olympics


On this week’s show, we discussed current environmental news, climate change with Alexandra (Lexi) Brewer (MS ’15), Tu B’shevat (Birthday of Trees) with Nick Bruscatto (MS ’16), and the SNRE Food Olympics with Rebecca Baylor. We also discussed the upcoming and exciting events happening around SNRE and the University of Michigan!

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Today’s show features Jimmy Chin, renowned North Face team Climber and Photographer, Will Weber, Founder of Journeys International and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and Benjamin Morse, SNRE MSc. student (2016) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Environmental Contamination in Iraq


We start off the show with an old feature, “What’s in season?”, and discussions of kale, squash, fresh herbs and even some late-season tomatoes! Sam Molnar, second-year Environmental Informatics and Environmental Justice master’s student at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, joins us for the show and tells us about a vegan squash soup he made recently. Sam lets us in on his recipe (that sounds amazing) so as Rebecca advised us, “squash soup it up, people!” Continue reading Environmental Contamination in Iraq

Growing Hope


Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti-based nonprofit, helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.  Using a strengths-based approach, the Growing Hope team works to build peoples’ capacity to use community and school gardens as vehicles for positive social, economic, environmental and neighborhood change. They advocate for healthy food, manage an urban farmers’ market, and train youth and adults to make positive investments in their future.

…and they even take the show on the road with Clifford, the big red truck farm! Continue reading Growing Hope

Buzzzzzz…What’s that Sound? It’s the UM Bees


Honey – it’s delicious, nutritious, and one of the most labor-intensive food products known to man. That is, if we give credit where it’s due – to bees and those who work to keep them flourishing!

This week: Rich Wieske, maker of meade and pollinator of the City of Detroit with Green Toe Gardens and Mike Bianco UM Bees Minister (one among many!) and bee activist join us in the studio to share their wealth of knowledge and buzzing passion for reversing one of the most disquieting developments of our time – the disappearance of the honey bees. Jim Johnson, Jennifer’s uncle and backyard beekeeper, joins in the conversation too, with his account of the sacrifices burgeoning beekeepers must sometimes make to keep their hives happy over the recently brutal winter months.

Listen in and learn what intrepid beekeepers like Rich, Mike, and Jim are doing to cultivate more and better hives of happy bees.

Interested in starting your own hive(s)? Check out a beekeepers association nearest you:

At the University of Michigan: UM Bees
The Northern Bee Network
The Southern Michigan Beekeepers Association

The Michigan Beekeepers Association
The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

Food Gatherers & TedxUofM


For over 25 years, Food Gatherers has worked to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the Ann Arbor community. Priya Khangura talks to us about Food Gatherer’s innovative programs, including its food rescue operation, local food bank, school produce pantry, and farm. Listen in for some inspiration to join Food Gatherers in their fight against hunger and food waste, and visit their volunteer page for more info.

In the second half of the show, the most excellent Tedx University of Michigan team joins us to offer a preview of the 5th Tedx U of M event: Against the Grain, where this year IHIH’s own Jennifer Lee Johnson presents on the importance of retheorizing gender and sustainability in relation to the fishing industry on Lake Victoria.

Functional Fitness


Join us in a lively conversation around function, form, fitness, and food with Ann Arbor’s own Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan’s an impressively articulate, generous, and observant trainer and owner of the “boutique-y” gym Functional Fitness.  He’s a self proclaimed “nerd,” but we prefer to think of him as a “fitness intellectual” trained in the vernacular arts of movement.

Cookie Woolner (historian and Riot Grrrl) and Mirs Kahn (UM grad and all around awesome gal) sit in as exxxtra special guest co-hosts.

And, we get pumped with tunes from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roots Manuva, the Descendents, Beastie Boys, Weird Al, and James Brown!

Curious re: Kettlebells? Check out this Irish Maven of Steel:

Urban Ecosystem Health


Ever wonder where all this newly melting snow is heading?  Whether it’s kosher to dump your paint down the drain? Or, whether there’s a toxic plumb of Dioxane 1,4 heading into the mighty Huron River?  Then listen in!

This week Evan Pratt, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, graces the WCBN studios with his water-related (and musical!) expertise.

And, we chair dance to Washtenaw’s own Hullabaloo!

Talkin’ GMOs with Jeffrey Sachs


Wondering about all this hype and con­tro­versy around GMO’s? “It’s Hot in Here Radio” presents an hour of GMO talk, punc­tu­ated with some catchy tunes, including, yes, a rap song about GMO’s.

Millions of people speak out against the spread of Monsanto’s biotech food, but what is the science actually saying about the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms? Local activists Karen and Francis preview “World Food Day” coming up this weekend, October 15th, 5-​​9pm at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market — where the talk and activism will be centered around edu­ca­tion about the harmful effects of GMO’s. Also in this radio hour, hear exceprts from a pre-​​recorded inter­view with Jeffrey Smith, a best­selling author who is leading the charge to warn the public.