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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.

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INDEX to PAST EPISODESEpisodes 1->87 // Episodes 88 (2018) -> current

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.

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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.


Thursday
May162019

Ep.06/19: Carrie Radloff--Working for Environmental Progress in the Politically Regressive Midwest

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

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Today we feature a conversation with Carrie Radloff, a Sierra Club activist and member of the Sioux City, IA, Environmental Advisory Board

When one looks at the tri-state area on the Missouri River that includes Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska, one wonders, “Is anything positive happening there?” So much of the politics is regressive. But this episode answers a resounding YES! Despite anti-environment corporations and Republican-held legislatures and governors’ offices, activists in the Sierra Club and with local city governments are working to keep their environment clean and healthy.

She currently serves as Chair of the Northwest Iowa Group of Sierra Club and works tirelessly and without pay to research issues, reach out to other groups, and communicate clearly.

Carrie is driven to help make good things happen, and has a pleasant temperament and humorous honesty that makes her the first person many turn to on environmental issues.

In addition to chairing the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board, Carrie is PR/Membership chair of the Loess Hills Wild Ones chapter, and many other organizations and endeavors close to her heart.

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Earlier Episodes

Ep.05/19: Steven Cornett: Partnering with Nature for Healthy Food and Soil through Regenerative Farming

By 2030, it’s essential that we change the way food is grown if we are to keep the planet livable. In his early 30s, Steven Cornett understands the urgency and the daunting scale of such change. He makes a living farming 5000 square feet in a couple of large backyards. His company and You Tube channel are called Nature’s Always Right. He says: “I believe that radically changing our food system can achieve massive economic and social change that will help breakdown many government monopolized services and replace them with legitimate and efficient private service providers.” Helping to change our current large scale degenerative food system to a small scale regenerative agriculture system will have a major influence over the future of our world and society.


In episode 04/19, banker Pat Trahan speaks about growth economics, the Great Recession of 2008-09, Wall Street, and investing in our neighborhood. His perspective differs from many in the banking world. Pat says: “I think Jubilee is the antidote to the growth-for-the-sake-of-growth model where all the lines in all the graphs move only up and to the right. My reading of the Jubilee passages is that the means of production should be redistributed and democratized on occasion. Our system only redistributes some of the fruit of production. Meanwhile, wealth and power become more and more concentrated.”

Pat has written a series of short, thought-provoking responses to the book Creative Capitalism. 

References: Richard Rohrer—Center for Action and Contemplation // James Howard Kunstler // CNU-Congress for New Urbanism // Chuck Marone—Strong Towns


Ep. 03/19—Inequality Hurts Everybody!—Talking to Chuck Collins of Inequality.org

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 the trend—something many of us noticed as we filed 2018 tax returns. As Program Director of InEquality and the Common Good, a part of the Institute for Policy Studies, Chuck edits the “Inequality This Week” eNewsletter and has authored many books including the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green) and his new book: Is Inequality in America Irreversible? (Oxford, UK-based Polity Press).

BONUS Podcast! Alternative Radio: Economic InEquality Kills—Stephen Bezruchka


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

Be sure to listen to this podcast. Adam links our 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.


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

Jimmy Marcelin is 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. 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.


The Common Good Podcast #102FAIR TRADE in Schools and Congregations (12/1/18)

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—St Martin of Tours, LaMesa, California.

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.


The Common Good Podcast #101The Power of Small, Jubilee Circles to Bring Change in Mexico (11/1/18)

Ep. 06/19: Carrie Radloff, environmental activist

Tuesday
Apr302019

Ep.05/19: Steven Cornett: Partnering with Nature for Healthy Food and Soil through Regenerative Farming

By 2030, it’s essential that we change the way food is grown if we are to keep the planet livable. In his early 30s, Steven Cornett understands the urgency and the daunting scale of such change. He makes a living farming 5000 square feet in a couple of large backyards. His company and You Tube channel are called Nature’s Always Right. Here are his own words from his website:

“Growing food is my passion but I have two higher goals beyond just farming:

#1: I want to help as many people learn to grow food as I can. So they can experience the joy and health benefits of raising their own produce, and if it’s right for them, make a living enjoying this amazing lifestyle.

#2: I believe that radically changing our food system can achieve massive economic and social change that will help breakdown many government monopolized services and replace them with legitimate and efficient private service providers.

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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

SHOW NOTES

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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

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, as The Common Good Podcast.

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

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, as The Common Good Podcast.

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

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, as The Common Good Podcast.

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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