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    Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*
    Produced as a Collaboration of Jubilee OneEarth Economics and Simple Living Works! 

    This podcast is also known as The Common Good Podcast (TCGP).

    Scroll down to LISTEN to episodes and READ written introductions.

    SUBSCRIBE (free) by going to “TCGP Subscription Options” on right hand column on this page, and subscribe. Or subscribe through iTunes as The Common Good Podcast. We appreciate your interest and loyalty.

    The podcast is directed by Lee Van Ham with Jerry Iversen as producer and co-host.

    Episodes feature conversations with people who are growing in the consciousness of living a OneEarth economy, meaning that they search for choices they can make daily to best fit their lives into the abundance of our one planet home.

    We interview people who we believe are contributing substantively to Earth’s full community of life — people who seek to live with sufficient rather than excessive incomes, who believe in democratic distribution of power, who seek right relationships between all species, and who work for healthy, balanced eco-regions. This OneEarth worldview is, we believe, infused with the sacred as expressed in diverse spiritualities.

    Please share episodes in your emails, on Facebook and Twitter, or whatever social media you like to use.

    Email us at lee@jubilee-economics.org. Please rate us and leave a comment in iTunes Music Store. Donation is another style of feedback we appreciate. Thank you.


    Wednesday
    Mar132019

    Ep.04/19: Banker Pat Trahan--Leaving Suburb Isolation for Urban Diversity; Leaving Wall Street to Invest in Neighborhood

    Simpler OneEarth Living

    A co-production of Jubilee OneEarth Economics and SimpleLivingWorks.org

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    In this podcast, banker Pat Trahan speaks about growth economics, the Great Recession of 2008-09, Wall Street. and investing in our local neighborhood. His perspective differs from many in the banking world.

    Pat tells why his family sold their suburban home in a gated community of Lafayette, Louisiana (city of 127,000) and moved into a mixed neighborhood in the city’s urban sector.

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    Monday
    Feb252019

    Ep.03/19: How InEquality Hurts Everybody—Talking with Chuck Collins of the InEquality Project

    Simpler OneEarth Living

    A co-production of Jubilee OneEarth Economics and SimpleLivingWorks.org

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    For better clarity, you may want to listen to this episode on headphones or earbuds.



    Over the last few decades 15% of U.S. wealth has been transferred from 99% of the populace to 1%. The 2018 tax revisions continue that trend—something many of us will notice as we file 2018 tax returns. In this moment of GREAT INEQUALITY, we’re excited that we get to share the voice and thought of Chuck Collins with our listeners. I (Lee) first became familiar with him through the book, Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change, co-authored by Chuck in 2000. Then I was greatly impacted by a book he wrote with Felice Yeskel, Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (2005). That book so clearly explains how the economic system can lessen the economic divides in our society and how it can increase them. Subsequently, I established a relationship with Chuck at the Solidarity Economic Forum in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2009. When I wrote my first book, Blinded by Progress, Chuck agreed to write the “Foreword.” I’m grateful for that.

    As Program Director of InEquality and the Common Good, a part of the Institute for Policy Studies, Chuck edits the “Inequality This Week” eNewsletter. In fact, a good way to appreciate why Chuck can speak with authority to inequality and the racial wealth divide is to scan titles of his writings.

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    Saturday
    Jan262019

    Ep.02/19: “No!” to More Factory Farms—Talking with Adam Mason of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

    Simpler OneEarth Living

    A co-production of Jubilee OneEarth Economics and SimpleLivingWorks.org

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    Today we feature a conversation with Adam Mason about a strategic campaign in Iowa led by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI). They want a moratorium on any new and expanded hog farms where thousands of hogs are confined in very small pens. AND, if you love eating a meal with some tasty pulled pork or bacon, or frequently pick up some quick food at fast food chains, you’ll want that campaign to succeed. Be sure to listen to this podcast. This podcast links those food choices to the factory farms which highlight deep ecological and economic problems with the global food supply system, a complex system that starts on farms and finds its way to our plates.

    I (Lee) grew up on an Iowa farm and I remember the first time I saw a cattle lot that went on and on as we drove by it. The manure was pooled at one end. We rolled up the car windows to keep out the smell. But after that boyhood experience, it would be years later before I understood how farms were increasingly being run like industrial businesses, and the more that agriculture became agribusiness, the more the farm animals took a hit. Increasingly, beef, dairy, pigs, and chickens were moved off open pastures and free ranges. Instead, they were confined to feedlots and small pens on supersized factory farms, meaning that just as a factory puts together its product piece by piece, step by step, so the animals were fed and treated in a machine-like, computerized process that produces a marketable product in a set number of days.

    As you listen to this podcast think about how you participate in this food supply system that is ruining the health of both planet and people. What it does to the animals is acutely unnatural and abusive. AND consider how what you eat gives you leverage to bring positive change.

    We may just be on the cusp of a major revolution in how food is grown, both plants and animals, and what people eat. A commission called EAT-Lancet Commission came out this January with the “planetary health diet.” It’s called that because it’s a diet that simultaneously describes for us food that is healthy for the planet to grow and for people to eat. This commission says that a global agricultural revolution is as necessary as the reduction of fossil fuel use in our work to reduce Earth’s fever and engage all causes of climate change. The Commission also said: “Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth.” This podcast helps us use that lever better.

    The factory farms of Iowa destroy environments all the way from the soils and waterways of the state to the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its location between the two great rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, Iowa is the second greatest polluter of the Gulf. Agricultural chemicals and manure from factory farms run off the land into waterways, end up in one of the two big rivers, and eventually in the Gulf of Mexico where they create an enormous dead zone in the Gulf. No marine life can live in those zones.

    For clean air and water, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is teaming up with the Sierra Club, as well as county and city governments. This matters to anyone who eats pork or chicken or cares about the Earth. Adam Mason serves as the State Policy Organizing Director for ICCI.

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    Thursday
    Dec202018

    Ep.01/19--Immigration and Borders: Horrors, Opportunities, and Needs—Talking with Jimmy Marcelin

    Simpler OneEarth Living

    A co-production of Jubilee OneEarth Economics and SimpleLivingWorks.org

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    This January podcast features an interview with Jimmy Marcelin, the playmaker at Safe Harbors, San Diego, where 100 to 300 immigrants arrive daily after crossing the busiest border crossing in the world, the Tijuana to San Diego crossing.

    They’ve crossed into the U.S. through the Tijuana-San Diego crossing, just 17 miles south of Safe Harbor’s facilities in the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center where Jubilee OneEarth Economics also has an office. The San Diego-Tijuana crossing is currently the busiest anywhere in the world.

    Safe Harbors is the organization which does this amazing work of receiving immigrants who arrive with a host of unmet needs—so many needs everyday that you may well be able to help. Check out their website https://www.safeharbors.net/.

    Safe Harbors is part of the multicultural, multilingual ministry center called the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center. The immigrants who arrive are sometimes delivered by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and is part of the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security. ICE is much in the news for the horrors that happen to so many people in the name of enforcement of border security. These horrors are increasingly being stepped into by organizations determined to humanize the treatment of migrants. In addition to ICE’s inhumane and atrocious activities, they also process some people who have papers or seek asylum. Some of these people, ICE delivers to Safe Harbors.

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    Friday
    Dec142018

    Mid-Dec. :: WHOSE Birthday? part 4:

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    Counter-Offensive to Over-Commercialized Christmases

    Since we’re likely to see indications of the commercial Christmas before Halloween is over, it’s not too early to begin a Counter-offenseive to such over-commercialization of a special day for one of the world’s primary religions. Simple Living Works (SLW) has conducted an annual counter-offensive for many years. In 2013, SLW added podcasting to their counter-offensive, reprising audio from their annual anti-consumerist question, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” This year The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) joins the effort, and does so for two reasons.

    (1)*OneEarth celebrations of special days.—*Christmas, as defined commercially, is all about giving. Which, commercially speaking, means you have to buy first so you have something to give. As a result, the economics of Christmas exceeds by far the resources of one planet. The Common Good Podcast and Simple Living Works move side-by-side in pointing the way to a OneEarth Christmas.

    (2)*Multi-Faith societies can enrich one another’s special days.—*Is Christmas a Christian holiday? The commercial, consumerist Christmas is definitely not Christian. The only religion it expresses is Market Religion. But the birth stories of Jesus have a radical, anti-imperial edge. Many people of other spiritual paths would be interested in talking about such a story. Especially, so, if they are invited to share one of their own special day stories in turn.

    In pursuit of a OneEarth Christmas that throws open the door to any interested persons in our Multi-faith society, TCGP and SLW join in offering a new podcast episode on the 15th of each month, September through December.

    WHOSE Birthday? Part 4 (12/15/18)

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    Thursday
    Nov222018

    Ep. 102: Fair Trade in Schools and Congregations

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    This episode features Lee’s conversation with Anne Pacheco and Diane Hartley on how they brought the Fair Trade Campaigns to their school and congregation.

    For most of us the news about free trade agreements, tariffs and trade wars feel quite beyond our control. But in this podcast we talk about a different paradigm of trade, and it’s the kind of trade over which we have lots of control. We’re talking about the trade structures known as FAIR TRADE. And just how do we exercise our power regarding trade that is fair? In elementary schools, high schools, colleges and congregations. That’s what you’re about to hear about. Stay with us.

    We’ve done several podcasts on Fair Trade. But they’re not redundant. FT has so many aspects, so each podcast is different. Today is no exception as we focus on campaigns to bring FT to schools. Think of the schools where children of your friends and family go — elementary, middle, senior high schools and colleges. That means that actions on trade aren’t just for economic ministers and presidents of countries, whose actions are about the structures of FREE Trade. They are fraught with injustices and bringing favors to corporations and the wealthiest. You and I can protest those, but even better, we can implement Fair Trade, a completely different set of structures that make trade agreements fair and just for all involved and for the planet.

    The FT movement continues to grow. When I moved to San Diego in 2002, I tried to get FT coffee, tea, and chocolate into an exhibit at an alternative holiday market. The person running the market hadn’t heard of it and was skeptical. But she let me display. Well, in the next few years FT began catching on in this area. Leaping ahead, somewhere in the movement toward FT hear in this region, FT took hold in Anne Pacheco and Nancy Ryan. They educated businesses in La Mesa about FT and on the second attempt, the La Mesa City Council approved the proposal to declare LaMesa a Fair Trade town, having met the requirements for such. Anne and Nancy have championed FT tirelessly and continue to have such an impact. Today I interview Anne, and because we’re focusing on FT schools, we include Diane Hartley, principal at St. Martin of Tours Academy, a FT School.

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    Wednesday
    Nov142018

    Mid-Nov. :: WHOSE Birthday? part 3--Simpler OneEarth Christmas in a Multi-Faith Society

    SHOW NOTES

    To LISTEN, click a player below, or visit the Episode Index.
    SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunes, Stitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

    Counter-Offensive to Over-Commercialized Christmases

    Since we’re likely to see indications of the commercial Christmas before Halloween is over, it’s not too early to begin a Counter-offenseive to such over-commercialization of a special day for one of the world’s primary religions. Simple Living Works (SLW) has conducted an annual counter-offensive for many years. In 2013, SLW added podcasting to their counter-offensive, reprising audio from their annual anti-consumerist question, “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” This year The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) joins the effort, and does so for two reasons.

    (1)*OneEarth celebrations of special days.—*Christmas, as defined commercially, is all about giving. Which, commercially speaking, means you have to buy first so you have something to give. As a result, the economics of Christmas exceeds by far the resources of one planet. The Common Good Podcast and Simple Living Works move side-by-side in pointing the way to a OneEarth Christmas.

    (2)*Multi-Faith societies can enrich one another’s special days.—*Is Christmas a Christian holiday? The commercial, consumerist Christmas is definitely not Christian. The only religion it expresses is Market Religion. But the birth stories of Jesus have a radical, anti-imperial edge. Many people of other spiritual paths would be interested in talking about such a story. Especially, so, if they are invited to share one of their own special day stories in turn.

    In pursuit of a OneEarth Christmas that throws open the door to any interested persons in our Multi-faith society, TCGP and SLW join in offering a new podcast episode on the 15th of each month, September through December.

    WHOSE Birthday? Part 3 (11/15/18)

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