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    The Common Good Podcast
    A Production of Jubilee Economics  

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    Why do we produce TCGP? Because as an economy shaped by corporations and capital has gone global, the common good has more often suffered than benefitted. AND because the OneEarth economy we talk about (we often call it jubilee) is irrevocably committed to the common good.

    Begun in 2010, by Lee Van Ham and Ed Lucas, The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) is now 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. Interviewees talk about their workplace, congregation, organization, or personal lives.

    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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    Thursday
    Jun142018

    Mid-June :: Bill Ryerson of Population Institute: Crises Caused by Exploding Population

    Bill Ryerson of Population Institute and Population Media Center

    To listen, click the player below.

    In two podcast episodes with Bill Ryerson, we delve into the population explosion—a topic that continues to be largely avoided even though it is core to the civilizational and ecological disasters unfolding.

    Episode 1. Crises Caused by Exploding Human Population

    COMING NEXT: Episode 2. Reducing Human Population through Methods That Work

    Co-host Lee Van Ham: “At the very time when species extinctions are happening faster than at any moment since 65 million year ago when dinosaur populations collapsed, one species, Homo sapiens, is in a burst of exponential growth. Now numbering 7.6 billion, our rise to become the overwhelmingly dominant species on the planet carries with it the harbinger of catastrophic decline. Because Nature’s ecosystems seek balance, no species has ever remained overwhelmingly dominant for long. Theoretically, it is possible that Homo sapiens, having evolved a high level of intelligence, will choose actions that cooperate with Nature in re-establishing a balance among species. But current trends indicate that our species will need to be brought back into balance through disaster, disease, and death, just as happens with other species when they have risen to dominate the resources of a region and destroyed the balance of the planet. The MultiEarth worldview is proving to be especially ineffective in dealing with population growth.” (quote from Blinded by Progress by co-host Lee Van Ham)

    So, as we start this two-part series on human population, I am one who says, “There really isn’t anyway that we can be stewards of this planet with the top predator continuing to expand numbers, and doing so explosively.”

    Again, quoting from the chapter on population in my book, Blinded by Progress: “Our growth rate exceeds our consciousness to even calculate its impact, and all of us, scientists included, are scrambling to come up with the framework in which to discuss this rapid takeover of our planet by our own species. E. O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist retired from Harvard, has described this unusually rapid numerical growth by a species of primates (_Homo sapiens_) as ‘more bacterial than primate.’ He calculates that ‘human biomass is already a hundred times larger than that of any other large animal species that has ever walked the Earth.’ All species, including our own, are reeling from our heavy footprint upon our planet.”

    NOTE—Study: Human 0.01% of World’s Biomass, Cause 83% of Extinctions—Real News Network.com, 6/6/18, 9 min.

    Co-host Jerry Iversen: I wrote an essay recently called Options to Curb the Two Primary Drivers of the Climate Crisis: OverPopulation and OverConsumption. I’ve worked on the issue of overconsumption for some 25 years. Since circulating the essay for response I’ve learned that few people want to touch overpopulation, not in the progressive church, not among non-profits, not liberal politicians. I’ve vowed to carry on this conversation, which began with my interview of John Seager, head of the Population Connection, formerly Zero Population Growth. PART 1 // PART 2 // ESSAY

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    Thursday
    May312018

    Episode 96 :: Bonnie Tarwater of Church for Our Common Home on Shifting Spiritual Practices and Congregations to More Earth-Based Ways

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

    In the New Story of OneEarth living, religion and science are in a new relationship pursuing a mutual goal. That goal? Living with all beings in interdependent relationship that sustains life, reverses climate change, and breaks through to new social and economic systems. Now, how is this affecting houses of worship? Faith communities of all stripes? It’s the pursuit of this new interconnection between spirituality and science that led to the interview of this podcast. Glad you’re listening.

    For everyone intent on living within the capacities of Earth, our common planetary home, Earth Day is a highly important day. Our podcast today is a fitting sequel to Earth Day 2018 which was this past April 22. It was a special weekend for me and Juanita, my spouse. Let me tell you why. On Saturday, Juanita and I heard two renowned people, a climate scientist and a theologian. They shared the same platform. They described how science and religion were joining together in a whole New Story for OneEarth living. The scientist was Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at University of California San Diego and UNESCO Professor of Climate and Policy TERI University, New Delhi, India. In 1975, Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons.

    The theologian was John Cobb, a scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology. He is the author of more than 50 books and is described as one of the most significant theologians of the past century. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a major influence in the ecologic movement in China. In 2015 at age 90, he was the architect of a major world conference with Claremont School of Theology, “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecologic Civilization.”

    The architect of this Earth Day event was Bonnie Tarwater, the innovative pastor of the Church for Our Common Home. On Sunday morning Juanita and I went to this house church congregation, formed in the last couple years. John Cobb gave a fascinating homily in the backyard on “God’s Call to Earthism.” A provocative conclusion to what I consider to be a great Earth Day weekend—an inclusive weekend that included Buddhists, Christians, and Sikhs among various religious traditions.

    That story is the background for this podcast. The Church for Our Common Home takes its name from Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” which has the ecological subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home.” A lot of the rest of the story comes out in the interview-conversation I recently had with Bonnie. So let’s go to that now.

    http://www.churchforourcommonhome.com

    ALSO MENTIONED

    Robert Jensen: “We Are All Apocolypticycts Now”

    “Saving Paradise”

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    Wednesday
    May162018

    Mid-May--Susan Taylor Part 3 on Giving, Sharing, Investing: When Doing Good Matters More Than Getting All You Can

    A 3-part series on Simple Living Works! Podcast and The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen.

    ** SLW! episode 111 for mid-April, 2018, features part 1 of our conversation with Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors about her book “What About Our Money: A Faith Response” — Wrestling with Systems Where Money Is Boss

    ** In early May, TCGP #95 features Susan part 2 on Matters of the Heart.

    ** In mid-May, SLW! #112 features Susan part 3 on Giving and Investing.

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    Thursday
    Apr262018

    Episode 95: Susan Taylor Part 2 on Matters of the Heart

    What About Our Money?

    Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*

    To LISTEN, click the player at the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.  SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

    A 3-part series on  Simple Living Works! Podcast and The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen.

    ** In episode 111 for mid-April, 2018, of SLW! we featured part 1 of our conversation with Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors about her book “What About Our Money: A Faith Response” — Wrestling with Systems Where Money Is Boss.

    ** In early May, TCGP #95 features Susan part 2 on Matters of the Heart.

    ** In mid-May, SLW!  #112 features Susan part 3 on Giving and Investing. PREVIEW NOW

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    Saturday
    Apr142018

    Mid-April: Susan Taylor on Wrestling with Systems Where Money Is Boss

    What About Our Money?

    Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*

    To LISTEN, click the player at the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.  SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

    A 3-part series on  Simple Living Works! Podcast and The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen.

    ** This is episode 111 for mid-April, 2018, of SLW! We feature part 1 of our conversation with Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors about her book “What About Our Money: A Faith Response” — wrestling with Systems.

    ** In early May, TCGP #95 features Susan part 2 on Matters of the Heart.

    ** In mid-May, SLW!  #112 features Susan part 3 on Giving and Investing.

    Click to read more ...

    Saturday
    Apr142018

    Episode 94: Time for Healthcare for All—the Majority Want It and California's Nearly There

    For techical reasons, this episode has been reposted. Enjoy.

    Listen to this high energy, informative conversation with Julie Trager & Ava Torres-Bueno, two advocates for single payer healthcare. Their backgrounds in healthcare bring deep knowledge to their convictions. They tell how all of us can be served better and cheaper through California’s single payer plans.

    Julie and Ava answer the objections to single payer that we often hear and explain how those objections come from the money-interests (insurance, pharma) who want to keep the status quo … and protect their profits. After this podcast you’ll be smarter about why and how single payer will serve us far better than the costly, confusing system we have now. You’ll know how you can help make it real asap.

    We urge you to visit the website of California Health Care for All http://www.healthcareforall.org for helpful information and how you can help build momentum for this change in your area.

    Also, on a related healthcare issue, Ava has written a well-informed, sensitive book, Peace beyond Abortion. It gets beyond the tragic frameworks used in much of the pro-choice vs pro-life debate which cannot be helpful to thousands of women (and men) caught in the excruciatingly difficult decision regarding a pregnancy. Ava’s book will help.

    Also Mentioned

    OpenSecrets.org

    Future episodes of Simpler OneEarth Living feature Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors on her new book “What About Our Money.”

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

    NEWS

    Jubilee Circles, a little book on radicalizing our work for OneEarth living is now available. In a mere 65 pages, it reports on the work of three Jubilee Circles in the U.S. and Mexico and urges you to form such a Circle where you are. It presents 13 themes and over 30 practices to help your Circle get underway. Get your copy by making a donation to The Common Good Podcast (click “donate” button at www.casajubileo.org) or write and ask lee@jubilee-economics.org.

    If you haven’t already subscribed to TCGP, we hope you will now through iTunes or your favorite podcast service.

    ALSO MENTIONED

    Co-host Lee Van Ham’s recent book, “From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable,” is now available online at Powells, Barnes and Nobles, and other stores in addition to Amazon. For a review of the book click REVIEW.

    You can also listen to him talk about the book on an earlier podcast, Episode 77 :: Lee Van Ham: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable

    OF RELATED INTEREST: Co-Host Jerry Iversen’s Simple Living Works! Website & Podcasts

    In 2018 our podcasting brings you two episodes per month. On the first of the month, a new episode on OneEarth living produced by The Common Good Podcast will be posted; then on the 15th, one produced by Simple Living Works! This adds another option for you each month on both websites: Simple Living Works (SimpleLivingWorks.org) and the Jubilee website (casajubileo.org).

    Subscribe to Jerry’s Simpler Living Daily Nudge to get quick reminders of Lee’s blogs, TCGP, SLW! Podcast and other intriguing happenings and events, such as “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations, ways to honor rites of passage and holidays without consumerism. Send NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

    Simple Living Works! Blog and Podcast

    Ep. 94: Calif. Medicare-for-All

    Saturday
    Mar312018

    Episode 94: Time for Healthcare for All—the Majority Want It and California's Nearly There

    Listen to this high energy, informative conversation with Julie Trager & Ava Torres-Bueno, two advocates for single payer healthcare. Their backgrounds in healthcare bring deep knowledge to their convictions. They tell how all of us can be served better and cheaper through California’s single payer plans.

    Julie and Ava answer the objections to single payer that we often hear and explain how those objections come from the money-interests (insurance, pharma) who want to keep the status quo … and protect their profits. After this podcast you’ll be smarter about why and how single payer will serve us far better than the costly, confusing system we have now. You’ll know how you can help make it real asap.

    We urge you to visit the website of California Health Care for All http://www.healthcareforall.org for helpful information and how you can help build momentum for this change in your area.

    Also, on a related healthcare issue, Ava has written a well-informed, sensitive book, Peace beyond Abortion. It gets beyond the tragic frameworks used in much of the pro-choice vs pro-life debate which cannot be helpful to thousands of women (and men) caught in the excruciatingly difficult decision regarding a pregnancy. Ava’s book will help.

    Also Mentioned

    OpenSecrets.org

    Future episodes of Simpler OneEarth Living feature Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors on her new book “What About Our Money.”

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

    NEWS

    Jubilee Circles, a little book on radicalizing our work for OneEarth living is now available. In a mere 65 pages, it reports on the work of three Jubilee Circles in the U.S. and Mexico and urges you to form such a Circle where you are. It presents 13 themes and over 30 practices to help your Circle get underway. Get your copy by making a donation to The Common Good Podcast (click “donate” button at www.casajubileo.org) or write and ask lee@jubilee-economics.org.

    If you haven’t already subscribed to TCGP, we hope you will now through iTunes or your favorite podcast service.

    ALSO MENTIONED

    Co-host Lee Van Ham’s recent book, “From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable,” is now available online at Powells, Barnes and Nobles, and other stores in addition to Amazon. For a review of the book click REVIEW.

    You can also listen to him talk about the book on an earlier podcast, Episode 77 :: Lee Van Ham: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable

    OF RELATED INTEREST: Co-Host Jerry Iversen’s Simple Living Works! Website & Podcasts

    In 2018 our podcasting brings you two episodes per month. On the first of the month, a new episode on OneEarth living produced by The Common Good Podcast will be posted; then on the 15th, one produced by Simple Living Works! This adds another option for you each month on both websites: Simple Living Works (SimpleLivingWorks.org) and the Jubilee website (casajubileo.org).

    Subscribe to Jerry’s Simpler Living Daily Nudge to get quick reminders of Lee’s blogs, TCGP, SLW! Podcast and other intriguing happenings and events, such as “Non-Conform Freely” Celebrations, ways to honor rites of passage and holidays without consumerism. Send NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

    Simple Living Works! Blog and Podcast

    Ep. 94: Calif. Medicare-for-All

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