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  • Sustainable Seafood?

    Billions of people worldwide rely on seafood for nutrition and economic livelihood, but 90 percent of fish populations are currently overfished.

    Your seafood choices matter, and buying responsibly is one of the most important ways you can contribute to healthier oceans. On today's show: breaking down exactly how to be an informed seafood consumer.

    Here's a preview:

    [3:00] Everything you need to know about that wild-caught fish

    [14:00] Dirty little secrets from fish farms

    [21:00] ... But which is healthier: farmed or wild caught?

    [26:00] 6 ways to buy seafood like an informed and conscious consumer, plus: what it looks like to use a sustainable seafood guide IRL

     

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    34m | Feb 22, 2024
  • Unpaid Labor And Gendered Work

    Reminder to my fellow moms: You don't have to do it all. 

    Studies have shown for decades that women in heterosexual partnerships are responsible for the "invisible labor" at home. Not surprisingly, carrying the lion's share of the burden has oversized impacts on women's mental health.

    The solution sounds simple: Divvying up domestic responsibilities decreases resentment and increases family cohesion. But how do we best encourage our partners and children to participate in the work of the home for the long haul?

    It's not gendered work; it's the work of the family and all should contribute. On today's show Lori Sugarman-Li encourages us to release the need to do everything; she also calls on our partners and children to step up and participate in the essential - yet sadly unpaid! - work of the home.

    Here's a preview:

    [6:30] Semi-disturbing stats re: impacts of inequitable unpaid labor on women's wellness

    [9:00] Defining family flow: How can we best change a family's flow if the flow isn't working for everyone?

    [17:00] They aren't chores! Here's why we must change both the language and the energy around "chores"

    [19:00] Full task ownership versus division of labor: Which provides long-term balance?

    [30:00] Words of encouragement for the default (ahem ... 'she-fault') parents, plus: cycle breaking is in our hands

     

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    40m | Feb 20, 2024
  • HEADLINES: An Oceans Update

    The enviro-news you need to know for Friday, February 16 2024:

    [1:00] Are you a victim of seafood fraud? Probability says yes

    [6:30] What warm oceans mean for hurricane season here in the US 

    [11:00] Why are Louisiana's coastal wetlands predicted to collapse, and what does this mean for storm protection?

     

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    17m | Feb 16, 2024
  • How To Stop Playing Weekend Catch Up

    Weekends *should be* for resting, exploring, and participating in beloved hobbies. Yet for so many of us, our weekends are bogged down with housework. Errands too.

    On today's show Tyler Moore explains his system for centering his weekends — and his life — around what's most important.

    Here's a preview:

    [6:00] Be efficient about it: The order in which you perform household tasks matters!

    [9:00] Mondays are for bathrooms! 3 benefits to maintaining a weekday cleaning routine

    [18:00] Is it really as simple as lowering expectations, or is this terrible advice?

    [25:00] Surthrival = getting through a stressful time while simultaneously noticing moments of thriving

    [28:00] Home rhythms and routines can indeed secure space for more of what actually matters, and here's how

     

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    35m | Feb 15, 2024
  • The Anti-Aging Problem

    It can often feel in our culture as though women aren’t allowed to age. If we do? The patriarchy will (gasp!) deem us irrelevant. 

    Enter countless off-the-shelf products, monthly treatments, and medical procedures that claim to turn back the clock, albeit temporarily. And while hair dyeing, teeth whitening, and more are wildly popular amongst women (and men!) forty-plus, such habits often come with excessive exposure to cancer-causing agents and hormone disruptors.

    On today's show Sophia Ruan Gushee encourages us to diversify our risks as we consider which anti-aging products to try.

     

    Here's a preview:

    [6:00] "I never worried about toxins and I turned out fine." This logic is flawed, and here's why

    [11:00] Don't go straight to the permanent hair dye! And other hair dyeing considerations 

    [17:00] Teeth no longer pearly white? Beware of the heavy metals 

    [24:00] Take an inside-out approach (not a 10 step regimen) to glowing, radiant skin 

     

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    36m | Feb 13, 2024
  • HEADLINES: The Food Episode (Sort Of)

    The enviro-news you need to know for Friday, February 9 2024:

    [1:00] Your plant-based meat could soon have animal fat

    [5:00] A hamburger that saves the planet? Hmm ...

    [10:00] Introducing Michael Mann, the hockey stick chart, and 2 climate change deniers

    [15:30] Let's talk about Taylor's private jet ...

     

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    18m | Feb 9, 2024
  • Plasticizers

    By the time you open, say, a container of yogurt, the food has taken a looong journey to reach your spoon. And at each step, there's the chance that a little something extra has snuck in.

    Consumer Reports tested supermarket staples and found high levels of bisphenols and phthalates — also known as plasticizers — within. The bad news? Scientists believe there's no safe level of plasticizers on human health.

    On todays show Dr. James Rogers breaks down everything you need to know about the plastic chemicals hiding in your food.

     

    Here's a preview:

    [2:00] So many plastic problems, so little time! Breaking down the differences between PFAS, plasticizers, microplastics, and more

    [6:00] The documented human health effects of plasticizers, plus: What their cumulative effects mean for chronic conditions

    [12:00] 9 phthalates are banned in toys but they're allowed in food? Make it make sense!

    [15:00] 5 ways plasticizers become stowaways in our food

    [20:00] Lifestyle changes that reduce your exposure to phthalates and bisphenols

     

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    25m | Feb 8, 2024
  • The Negativity Bias

    If you're like most humans, 70-percent of your thoughts each day skew negative. 

    The good news? You aren't your thoughts; you're the observer. On today's show therapist Risa Williams shows us how to break free of the negativity bias that afflicts our species once and for all.

    Here's a preview:

    [1:00] No-Spend Reset wrap-up! Here are the biggest takeaways from you, our listeners

    [8:30] The real-life and real-time benefits of being the observer

    [11:30] How to catch your bias towards negativity *before* you spiral

    [17:00] Whatever you decide to instantly re-play in your brain impacts your mood. Is it time to change the channel?

    [38:00] Changes to the podcast are a-comin'! Now's your time for public comment

     

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    44m | Feb 6, 2024
  • 3 Things Our Kids Really Need

    Enough with excessive educational toys, extracurriculars, and enrichment activities. It’s time to take a step back, put our wallets away, and realize what our children *actually* need.

    On today's show: re-centering our parenting efforts around 3 of the most important childhood needs.

    Here's a preview:

    [10:00] Kids need your undivided attention! Make sure you're giving twice as much positive attention as negative attention

    [13:00] What recent research says about the benefits of delighting in our children

    [16:30] 3 benefits to signing up for one less extracurricular

    [28:00] Not all foods are created equal! Kids really do need these 8 micronutrients 

     

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    39m | Feb 1, 2024
  • Be Bold! Breaking Food Waste Norms

    Reducing food waste doesn't always jive with societal norms.

    That's because keeping perfectly edible food out of landfills might mean being the weirdo who boxes their wedding entree. Or asking (gasp!) to take home extra pizza from a child's birthday party. 

    On today's show: A conversation with journalist Rachael Jackson about how to value food more than we value fitting in. 

     

    Here's a preview:

    [7:45] Is composting the solution to food waste? (Answer: No.)

    [10:00] 5 ways to shamelessly break social norms around food and waste

    [23:00] Brown avocados, wet spinach, and more: Can we eat or should we toss?

     

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    36m | Jan 30, 2024
  • HEADLINES: Spin City

    First facts, then the inevitable spin! The enviro-news we are spinning for Friday, January 26 2024:

    [1:00] 3 cheers for a White House pause in the natural gas export terminal CP2

    [5:00] No one likes air pollution. Enter new rules for fine particulates 

    [10:00] Understanding the global average temperature, with predictions for 2024

    [12:30] Where to put Lahaina's toxic debris? Next to an important coral reef, of course 

     

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    16m | Jan 26, 2024
  • Willful Blindness

    When faced with information that challenges our long-held beliefs, we humans do one of two things. Either we think hard about our values and adapt our lifestyles to reflect this new data, or we cling to willful blindness so that we may continue to think and act in the ways we've always thought and acted.

    In honor of Veganuary I bring you a conversation with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau about changing our beliefs — and perhaps our diets — in the face of new information.

     

    Here's a preview: 

    [7:30] Unpacking willful blindness: How and why we tell ourselves untruths to maintain long-held beliefs

    [11:00] Cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable. Why, then, do some people learn and change while others cling to defunct beliefs?

    [19:00] It's not giving up, it's letting go! Uncovering the story that's underneath your eating habits that you're unwilling to let go of

    [23:00] Debunking 3 commonly-held plant-based myths to reflect updated science 

    [37:00] Attitude is everything, so flip the script!

     

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    43m | Jan 25, 2024
  • Advice For Living

    Wisdom is the cumulation of valuable lessons we pick up along our journeys through this messy thing called life, and pearls of wisdom are guideposts to help us navigate the complexities of living in an uncertain world in an uncertain time.

    On today's show: A conversation with author Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo about trusting the wisdom of the experts — both modern and ancient — so as to better overcome life's challenges and improve overall well-being. 

    Here's a preview of the wisdom we discuss today:

    [1:30] First, eat your frog!

    [4:00] Schedule your time in 168-hour chunks

    [11:30] Set criteria, meet criteria, and be satisfied (no perfection required)

    [18:00] Stop over-apologizing (seriously, stop it!)

    [22:00] If you don't ask, the answer is always no

    [27:00] Imposter Syndrome: Name it to tame it

     

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    31m | Jan 23, 2024
  • HEADLINES: Losses And "Gains"

    The enviro-news you need to know for Friday, January 19 2024:

    [00:30] Updates from the Greenland ice sheet

    [5:00] Staggering losses to North American bird populations, plus: outlining their (human-made) threats

    [10:00] Gross! Our favorite foods have an awful lot of microplastics within

    [14:00] "Plastic-free" laundry sheets aren't actually plastic-free

     

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    16m | Jan 19, 2024
  • Is It Time To Quit Amazon Prime?

    Over 200 million Americans subscribe to Prime, and estimates suggest that Amazon delivers 3.4 million packages per day in the US alone.

    Quitters, unite! I'm quitting Amazon Prime, and perhaps it's time for you to consider quitting too.

     

    Here's a preview: 

    [7:30] How on earth is Amazon able to selling items at such low prices? It ain't pretty ...

    [12:00] Amazon is only the cheapest option if you're willing to buy almost everything on Amazon, and I'm going to prove it 

    [20:00] What does Amazon's Climate Friendly Pledge *really* mean?

    [23:00] A laundry list of things we lose when we choose convenience 

     

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    39m | Jan 18, 2024
  • The Fast Furniture Trap

    Did you know? Ikea beds, Wayfair desks, and other fast furniture items are designed to last about five years.

    Fast furniture is mass-produced and relatively inexpensive; it's easy, then, to obtain and abandon. And fast decor? Low price points essentially render disposable those trendy but cheap pillows, artwork, and trinkets.

    There's a better way, and it always starts with slowing down. Slow Style is Zandra Zuraw's framework for creating homes that nurture without breaking the bank, and today she shows us how to create havens that inspire and welcome without anything fast or cheap.

    Here’s a preview:

    [4:30] Why bother surrounding ourselves with beauty (and other big-picture musings)

    [7:00] Mass production, economies of sale, and the environmental implications of fast decor

    [17:00] Developing your eye for design means paying attention! 

    [25:00] How to find the fine line between keeping stuff you hate versus hopping on the hamster wheel of buying

    [30:00] Ethical furnishings companies DO exist! Here's where to find them once and for all

     

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    37m | Jan 16, 2024
  • HEADLINES: President Biden

    The enviro-news you need to know for Friday, January 12 2024:

    [00:45] Want to eat and drink less plastic? Don't drink bottled water ... 

    [5:00] Vroom vroom! Clean yellow school buses are a-comin' nationwide

    [10:00] Say it ain't so: Right now the US is producing more oil than any other country ... ever

    [14:00] Help halt the fossil fuel industry's Liquified Natural Gas export expansion! Here's how

     

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    16m | Jan 12, 2024
  • Identifying Your Shopping Triggers

    You've likely been there. That moment when you look at your credit card statement and your heart sinks. Sometimes logic gives way to desire, and nothing's worse than realizing you overshopped on impulses. A lot.

    It’s time to take a look at what happens in the moments *before* we impulse buy. On today's show: honing in our 5 shopping triggers so we can insert that crucial pause before buying.

    Here's a preview:

    [3:45] Advertisers shape our desires, and the credit industry makes these desires seem affordable. Yikes!

    [9:30] Buyer, beware: when your mind becomes your own worst enemy. 

    [15:00] The shopping trigger that's the most common and the most difficult to overcome

    [23:00] Got parental guilt? Why you should stop buying stuff for your kids to compensate 

    [29:00] Hankering to buy food when your kitchen is full? How to determine whether a physical trigger is colliding with an emotional one

     

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    33m | Jan 11, 2024
  • Why Repairability Matters

    In some ways, our preponderance toward tech disposability is systemic. We consumers in the US are denied the right to repair: fixing a broken smartphone, then, is costly. It's simply more convenient to replace our broken item for the newest model.

    When your device is broken you should have more options than a high-priced service or the landfill, and New York agrees. The Digital Fair Repair Act should make it easier to repair our smartphones and laptops at shops of *our* choosing. It's good news, because the law may ultimately bring down repair prices for all of us. And if repair is affordable? Fingers crossed, tech stays out of landfills.

    On today's show: Nicholas De Leon from Consumer Reports breaks down this landmark grassroots consumer win.

     

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    [3:45] Need-to-know details about New Yorks' Digital Fair Repair Act

    [9:00] Why aren't dishwashers, washing machines, and other "white goods" covered?

    [19:30] What if any benefits from NY's new law will non-New Yorkers receive? 

    [25:00] The bigger picture: Why repair what's designed to break?

     

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    29m | Jan 9, 2024
  • HEADLINES: A Glimpse Into The Future

    The enviro-news you need to know for Friday, January 5 2024:

    [00:45] Is drinking toilet water in our future? (Answer: Yes.)

    [3:45] Some flowers are evolving to pollinate themselves, and this is not good news

    [7:15] Got climate trauma? Good luck finding professional support

    [15:00] A lack of EPA oversight in Cancer Alley

     

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