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Environment and Activism

Ep. 1 – Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can’t Be Named

Gary Snyder, Kim Stanley Robinson, Laurie Glover, introduced by Jack Shoemaker

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Snyder and renowned science fiction writer and environmentalist Robinson climbed a mountain in the Sierras to christen it Mt. Thoreau. With their editor and publisher, they talk about civil disobedience, nature writing, the environmental movement, poetry and naming the unnameable. Sponsored by the Journal of Alta California.

Ep. 2 – Alice Waters and Jonathan Kauffman: A Revolution in Food

Alice Waters, Jonathan Kauffman, interviewed by Tom Philpott

The purchase, preparation and experience of food are choices that profoundly shape not only our individual lives but social justice and our entire ecosystem. Alice Waters (“the most important figure in the culinary history of North America”) and San Francisco Chronicle food writer Jonathan Kauffman highlight the implications. Sponsored by Mother Jones.

Ep. 3 – Smart Activism: History and Hope, with L.A. Kauffman and Rebecca Solnit

L.A. Kauffman, Rebecca Solnit

One of the Bay Area’s most famous activists talks with a movement insider on the history and future of activism. How have past movements used disruptive tactics to catalyze change? Is there hope in the dark, and how do we act on it? Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design.

Ep. 4 – The Imperative for Truth: Academy Award-Winning Documentarian Errol Morris in Conversation with Edward Frenkel

Errol Morris interviewed by Edward Frenkel

In a time when truth is ever more embattled, one of its greatest creative and intellectual practitioners releases his new book at the festival.

Ep. 5 – Race and Resistance in the Trump Era: Fighting Words and Wisdom from The Nation and Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, Walter Mosley, Steve Phillips, and Joan Walsh, moderated by Mark Hertsgaard

Join some of The Nation’s finest current contributors for a fierce discussion on how to advance racial justice in today’s America. Panelists include Alicia Garza (co-founder of Black Lives Matter); Steve Phillips (founder of Democracy in Color); essayist and novelist Walter Mosley; national political correspondent Joan Walsh and investigative editor Mark Hertsgaard. Sponsored by The Nation Magazine.

Ep. 6 – Activism at a Crossroads

Micah White and Becky Bond, moderated by Monika Bauerlein

Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of “The End of Protest”) and Becky Bond (former senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and co-author of “Rules for Revolutionaries”) will offer guidance for a new era of social change and activism. Sponsored by Mother Jones Magazine.

Ep. 7 – Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change

Paul Hawken in conversation with Mark Hertsgaard

Hawkens’ “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” shows a realistic path to roll back global warming within thirty years. Come learn how humanity has the means at hand to address this potentially devastating threat.

Ep. 8 – Gentrification, Evictions and the State of Our Cities

Paul Madonna and Peter Moskowitz, moderated by Narda Zacchino

Journalist Peter Moskowitz (“How to Kill a City”) and artist Paul Madonna (“All Over Coffee”) uncover the forces behind gentrification evictions, how this phenomenon changes cities and how to fight back.

Ep. 9 – Cleve Jones: Rising Up

Cleve Jones, interviewed by Scott James

Mentored by LGBT rights pioneer Harvey Milk, Jones is the author of “When We Rise,” which inspired a recent ABC mini-series. Hear Jones’ personal telling of nearly four decades of activism at the heart of the gay rights movement.

Ep. 10 – Writing Climate: Literature of the Anthropocene

Charlie Jane Anders, Cai Emmons, Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by David Wallace-Wells

The 20th century brought us “1984” and “Brave New World” as harbingers of terrifying social and technological change. In the 21st century, we have bold and urgent climate literature. Hear from the talented authors bringing us these stories, moderated by the former deputy editor of The Paris Review.

Ep. 11 – Horizon: Interview with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez interviewed by John Freeman

Taking us from pole to pole and across decades, “Horizon,” the latest by celebrated humanitarian Barry Lopez, glimmers with insights on our place in this world and on writing as a way of living and seeing. Lopez will be in conversation with John Freeman, writer, editor and prominent literary critic.

Ep. 12 – The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells interviewed by Julian Brave NoiseCat

One New York Times reviewer called journalist David WallaceWells’ “The Uninhabitable Earth” ”the most terrifying book I have ever read.” It also is one of the most important. Both literary and science-based, the book is a chilling account of the ticking clock looming over humanity as climate change threatens to render the earth unfit for human life.