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203: Soccer Mom Prepares for the Unexpected

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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pm203_200.jpg“I have a ball preserving food with my friends!” And at the same time Kathy Harrison is making sure her kids can eat if storms knock out power or roads. The author of Just in Case: How to Be Self Sufficient when The Unexpected Happens gives practical tips on storing food without getting overwhelmed. She looks at dehydrating, canning, and root cellaring; finding and preserving local food, and buying food at discount. For Kathy, preparedness is an empowering, community activity. (justincasebook.wordpress.com)

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202: Collapse of the Titans

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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pm202_200.jpgLearn from the Soviets — personal relationships are the best currency, says Russian-born Dmitry Orlov, the author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. The American empire is following the USSR into collapse, he asserts, with financial collapse happening first, followed by commercial and then political collapse. Dmitry, an America resident for several decades, suggests lowering our needs and expectations and replacing money transactions with barter and exchanges. [http://www.cluborlov.com]

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Read in Janaia’s journal Meeting up with Mike Ruppert and Dmitry Orlov.

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199: Peak Oil Blues — We’re All Bozos on this Bus

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

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pm199_200.jpg“My own reaction seemed so crazy to me,” says psychologist Kathy McMahon of her response to Peak Oil. Wondering if she was the only “wacko”, she started the Peak Oil Blues blog to explore her own and readers’ responses. As the “Peak Shrink,” Kathy formulated a delightfully tongue-in-cheek “Panglossian Disorder” — an unrealistic optimism about the future. She is about to publish “I Can’t Believe You Actually Think That!” A Couple’s Guide to Finding Common Ground about Peak Oil, Climate Catastrophe, and Economic Hard Times. (peakoilblues.com, feistylife.com)

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196: Arrival of the Post-Petroleum Human

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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pm196_200.jpg“Petroleum Man is dead. Infinite Growth Man is dead. Post Petroleum Human is alive,” announced Michael C. Ruppert on May 22, 2011. Members of this emerging “species” know they must live in balance with the Earth, while remembering the lessons of industrial civilization.

The star and subject of the documentary film “Collapse”, Mike founded CollapseNet.com in 2010 to empower people to connect and relocalize. He’s the author of Crossing the Rubicon, and Confronting Collapse.

Watch his full presentation at Green Living EcoFest, May 2011: “Birth of Post-Petroleum Human.”

Watch Mike’s 2006 Peak Moment Conversation, “Pondering our Post-Petroleum Future.”

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Read Janaia’s journal “Mike Ruppert and Dmitry Orlov - presentations and conversations.”

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194: Portland’s Neighborhood Tool Sharing Libraries

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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pm194_200.jpgNeed a tool for a few days? Don’t have it? Neighbor doesn’t have it? Borrow it from your neighborhood tool library! No tool library? Check out Portland, where several neighborhoods have started successful tool libraries just in the last few years. Organizers Tom Thompson, Karen Tarnow and Stephen Couche discuss how they got started, stories of community generosity, and the enthusiastic response of all who stop by. In these neighborhoods, there’s no reason not to grab the tools you need and do that project! [www.neptl.org, www.septl.org]

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190: Reclaiming Childbirth

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

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pm190_150.jpgWhy does industrial culture consider this natural event a medical problem? People in the radical birth movement want to broaden the conversation about options for families giving birth. Squat Birth Journal co-editors Jaydee Sperry, Meghan Guthrie, and Danny Scar want families to know they can choose birth processes in which they develop ongoing relationships with midwives and doulas. They also discuss medical costs, safety, health insurance, legal hurdles, and educational challenges. [squatbirthjournal.blogspot.com]

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189: Menu for the Future - Bringing Farmers to the Table

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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pm189_150.jpgWhat happens if you create 25 small groups to discuss food values and issues, and include a local farmer or food producer in each one? Innovative organizers Judy Alexander, Dick Bergeron and Peter Bates facilitated the “Menu for the Future” groups to support local farmers and educate eaters. Results? Eaters changed their food choices, and the market for local food products expanded. Winners all around! [http://www.nwei.org].

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187: How to Boil a Frog - Meet the Filmmaker

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

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pm187_150.jpgFilmmaker Jon Cooksey is one funny guy, even while presenting the most serious problems facing humanity. In this fast-paced conversation, he gallops all over the map with five big problems, five big solutions, and a playful and heartfelt approach. Wacky, sobering, full of animations, with Jon in dozens of personnas, “How to Boil a Frog” is a film to view and discuss with friends. (www.howtoboilafrog.com).

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Read Janaia’s journal Stirring the Pot with the Filmmaker of “How to Boil a Frog” and The Many Faces of Jon Cooksey with video frames, about taping this conversation.

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186: Your Money, Your Life, Your Happiness

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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pm186_150.jpgPublished 20 years ago, Your Money or Your Life was written for these times, asserts co-author Vicki Robin. Following its nine steps has transformed our own lives and those of some of our Peak Moment guests, just like the subtitle says: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.

People examine their assumptions about money, decide what is “Enough,” get out of debt, and free up life energy to invest in what matters most to them. Vicki discusses applying these same tools to relationships with our time, opportunities for creativity and exchange, building community, and her ten-mile food diet. [www.yourmoneyoryourlife.org].

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185: Claiming the Commons — Food for All on Haultain Boulevard

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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pm185_150.jpgRainey Hopewell’s crazy idea has ended up feeding a neighborhood and creating community. She and Margot Johnston planted vegetables in the parking strip in front of their house. They offer them free for the taking — to anyone, anytime — with messages chalked on the sidewalk noting when particular vegies are ready to pick. Neighboring children and adults are joining in to work on the garden, harvesting fun along with food, and even handing fresh-picked vegies to passers-by.

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal Haultain Common: a Garden on Public Land Where All May Harvest about taping this conversation.

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