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This page is an index of audio programs, including presentations, presentation excerpts, panel discussions, documentary interviews, online interviews, talk radio guest appearances, broadcast radio news and feature stories, green performances, and radio documentaries, for speakers, performers and authors with last names starting with "B."

Arlene Blum

Is Your Couch Making You Sick? Interview with Arlene Blum. As the director of the Green Science Policy Institute, Arlene Blum talks about the fight to get toxic flame retardants out of our sofas and tells us everything we need to know about protecting our families. Listen Here >>

The Wendel Forum: The Dangers of Flame Retardants. Interview with Arlene Blum. Flame retardants, which are used in electronics, furniture and baby products, are similar to PCBs and DDT, toxic chemicals that were banned decades ago. Blum explains that they pose serious, long-term health concerns because they alter hormone levels, damage reproductive organs, impair thyroid glands, and change DNA. These chemicals continuously migrate out of products. In the case of couches, for example, they emit toxic dust even when no one is sitting on a couch. Listen Here >>

Women's Voices: Health Impacts of Chemical Flame Retardants. Interview with Arlene Blum. Janie Rezner's guest on Women's Voices, KZYX, is environmental health scientist Arlene Blum. Chemical flame retardants are found in almost all upholstered furniture, Blum explains. Flame retardants are associated with an assortment of health concerns, and a recent study found these chemicals in the blood of every child tested. You may choose to throw out your couch after hearing what Blum has to say. Listen Here >>

Method To The Madness. Interview with Arlene Blum. Lisa Kiefer interviews Blum, co-founder of the Green Science Policy Institute, author, environmental scientist, and record-setting mountaineer, about her battle against dangerous carcinogens in California furniture. Listen Here >>

Furniture Makers Getting Rid Of Flame Retardants In Their Products. Interview with Arlene Blum. Blum explains the dangers of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or PBDEs) used as flame retardants, and describes regulatory reform efforts to allow furniture makers to meet fire resistance standards without using them. Listen Here >>

David Blume

Air America Radio: The Thom Hartmann Show. Interview with David Blume. The author or Alcohol Can Be A Gas tells listeners how they can make alcohol fuel for 40 cents a gallon, as well as much more related to alcohol biofuels, permaculture, and beyond (starts at 1:16). Listen Here >>

Green Wizardry! Interview with David Blume. In his book Alcohol Can be a Gas!, Blume provides an in-depth exploration of the entire field of bioethanol. In this interview about his book, he discusses its forgotten history as well as the current state-of-the-art. Listen Here >>

Higher Ethanol Blends & Air Pollution. Interview with David Blume. Higher blends of ethanol in gasoline reduces air pollution, including the three major pollutants, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons. Listen Here >>

NPR’s Science Friday: Ethanol Power to the People. Interview with David Blume. Discussion of the most common misconceptions about the use of ethanol for fuel, and about Blume’s vision for decentralized, community supported ethanol production in the United States. Listen Here >>

The Alcohol Revolution. Interview with David Blume. As Executive Director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture and author of Alcohol Can be a Gas!, Blume discusses alcohol, permaculture, and Consumer Supported Energy. Listen Here >>

Annie Bond

Eight Steps To Improving Your Food Choices. Interview with Annie Bond. The author of True Food: 8 Simple Steps to a Healthier You, Bond discusses why slow, local, organic, and whole food matters, for both your health and the Earth. Listen Here >>

Tips For A Toxic Free Home. Interview with Annie B. Bond. The best-selling author of five books, including Better Basics for the Home and Home Enlightenment, Bond talks about the most important things you can do to remove toxics from your home, yard and garden, and personal environment. Listen Here >>

Toxic Free Cleaning Basics. Interview with Annie B. Bond. Discussion of how to clean your home with natural substances you probably have in your kitchen, plus a few more that are easy to find and inexpensive. Bond is the best-selling author of five books, including Better Basics for the Home and Home Enlightenment. Listen Here >>

Natural Solutions For Bugs. Interview with Annie B. Bond. Bond has been researching and writing about safe DIY alternatives to toxic products for more than twenty years. On this show, Bond and her interviewer Debra Lynn Dadd discuss how to control pests, including ticks, mosquitoes and other summertime bugs. Listen Here >>

Wendy Brawer

Founding The Green Map System. Interview with Wendy Brawer. The Green Map System is an online platform for building community maps and guides to green living, nature and cultural resources. Green Map is now a presence in close to 900 communities in 65 countries. As Brawer remembers, it all started back in 1991, when she and a group of inspirational people from around the world were in New York City, preparing for the Earth Summit. Listen Here >>

Hillary Brown

Re-Designing Cities: Tips On Making The Most Of Concrete. Interview with Hillary Brown. NPR’s Living On Earth focuses on architect Hillary Brown, author of Next-Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works. Brown offers tips on how to make a healthier and more sustainable city utilizing a new approach to the miles and miles of concrete and pavement rights-of-way in big cities. Listen Here >>

Tips On Making The Most Of Concrete. Radio interview with Hillary Brown. In this NPR Living On Earth interview, Brown offers some tips on how to make the most of miles of concrete and pavement rights-of-way in big cities. Listen Here >>

Lester Brown

The 21st Century Goldrush: African Arable Land Grabs. Online presentation by Lester Brown. Countries worried about their future food supplies (along with investment banks) are buying up arable land in Africa, yet they are failing to deliver any benefits to local people. Listen Here >>

China Heeds U.S. Economist's Food Warnings. Radio feature with Lester Brown. One of the reasons often cited for rising food prices is that more and more people in India and China are eating meat and dairy products. Brown has often warned of the possible impacts of this on world food markets, and he has become a person Chinese leaders are listening to very carefully. Listen Here >>

Fresh Air: Food – The Hidden Driver Of Global Politics. Interview with Lester Brown. Food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics, Brown explains in this interview with Terry Gross. Listen Here >>

Food: Selling Like Hotcakes... And Starting Wars. Interview with Lester Brown. Many are anticipating a global food crisis. A hot commodity is also a high-priced one. Brown details what may prove the coming food crisis in the 21st century. Listen Here >>

The Sobering Facts on Global Resource Scarcity. Online interview with Lester Brown. Discussion of the global depletion themes that concern Lester Brown the most, including population growth, water usage, limits to food production and climate change. In many of these areas, the picture painted by the data is alarming. Our future choices are quickly being limited to when these constraints will limit our way of life, not if. Listen Here >>

Science Friday: Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet. Ira Flatow leads discussion with Lester Brown, Gawain Kripke, and Gerald Nelson. Nearly a billion people worldwide don't have reliable access to food, according to United Nations estimates, and some experts worry climate change will drive that number even higher. Flatow and guests discuss the challenge of keeping food supplies secure in the face of a changing climate. What are the problems? Where can we look for solutions? How can farmers adapt in coming generations. Listen Here >>

Voice of America: Extreme Weather Intensifies International Food Crisis. Interview with Lester Brown. Climate change could break Africa’s agricultural backbone. Brown explains: “The earth’s climate system is now changing. And with each passing year, the climate system and the agricultural system are more and more out of sync with each other…making it more difficult for farmers to expand production fast enough to keep up with (world) demand (for food).” Listen Here >>

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