Podcasts

Food/Water/Regenerative Agriculture:

October 27, 2017: Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services

Nature provides a lot of “services” that we don’t normally think about – pollination, water purification, and more. What’s the economic value of an ecosystem? Today Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Prof. Robert Costanza, Ecosystem Services expert, who challenges us to think about how we place value on things that are priceless.

Professor Robert Costanza is a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system.


October 11, 2017: Research and Regulation of Toxic Chemicales

Geo engineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth’s climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming. Is this a good idea? Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Wil Burns to discuss the potential benefits and risks, as well as the moral, ethical and political considerations of this budding technology.

August 23, 2017: If we learn to control the weather, can we stop climate change?

Geo engineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth’s climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming. Is this a good idea? Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Wil Burns to discuss the potential benefits and risks, as well as the moral, ethical and political considerations of this budding technology.

Wil Burns is Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at the School of International Service, American University. He formerly served as the Director of the Energy Policy and Climate program at Johns Hopkins University, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin in the 1990s.

August 2, 2017: How do we get chemical pollution out of drinking water?

Even micro-doses of hormones can have a drastic impact on the human body. How are hydrocarbons and endocrine disruptors ending up in our water supply, and what can we do about it?

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Terry Collins, Theresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

July 12, 2017: Soil, Struggle and Justice

The New American Economy: Soil, Struggle and Justice
(subtitle: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement and Lessons for the US)

Andreas Hernandes, Ph.D. from Marymount Manhattan College in New York joins us by skype from Porto Alegre, Brazil to discuss an innovative, natural approach to farming known as agroecology. He explains how this practice differs from traditional farming, how it improves the lives of workers and the food they grow, and why Brazilian farmers are pairing agroeclolgy with their Landless Movement. Can the US learn from this practice? Is it possible for us to move from a chemically dependent system to naturally controlled farming? How long would this take? Join us for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Patricia DeMarco.

 

June 21, 2017: Time To Do Away With Pesticides

This week Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Jay Feldman from Beyond Pesticides. He is an expert in how pesticides affect the local ecosystem and alternatives to chemicals like Roundup. In addition to the environmental consequences, consumers are often inadvertently exposed by tracking the chemicals into their homes after coming into contact with them. Agricultural workers are also at risk because they aren’t protected by the labor board, and instead are at the whims of the EPA, which is not an organization designed to protect workers.

June 14, 2017: Industry and Environment Round Table

Dr. Patricia DeMarco hosts a Just Transitions round table with Charlie McCollester, Jim Kunz of IUOE 66 and Policy Director Kristen Osterwood of the Green Building Alliance talking about the move to a sustainable future and the organized labor that can lead the way.

May 3, 2017: Transforming Urban Spaces and Creating Food Security, one Vacant Lot at a Time

Today we debut our new show, The New American Economy. Every Monday at 1pm Dr. Patricia DeMarco joins Charles Showalter in hosting a program on exploring the link between energy, food and water, transportation, and manufacturing and supply chain.
This week we focus on urban and community farming, featuring City of Pittsburgh Open Space Manager Shelly Danko-Day. They discuss the plan to achieve Food Security through local and urban agriculture, and the process of transforming vacant land into productive use, the ordinances required, and the results they’re seeing.

 

Energy:

Sept 27, 2017: Solar Solutions

Why is solar power more popular in some states than others? Can it prevent widespread outages, or help areas that have been ravaged by natural disasters? Dr. Patty DeMarco invites The Solar Foundation’s executive director Ed Guilliland to share some lesser-known fact of the industry on this week’s New American Economy.

June 7, 2017: Reinventing The Electrical Grid

This week Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Michael Rooney and Katrina Kelly, Ph.D. to discuss the new electricity system. Topics include: What is Distributed Energy, and how does it differ from our current central station system? Is the technology in use now? Will it save us money in the short term as well as the long term?

Katrina Kelly holds dual roles at the University of Pittsburgh as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as acting as Manager of Strategy and Business Development for the Center for Energy.Michael Rooney is Manager of District Energy Initiatives at University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy.

May 10, 2017: How Consumers and Workers Both Benefit by Tapping into the Renewable Energy Market

This week on The New American Economy, Dr Patty Demarco has David Orr of Oberlin University and Trustee of Worldwatch Institute, who discusses the process of designing a zero net energy building and campus, and how communities can adopt energy efficiency by design. He also talks to us about the efficacy of wind power in Texas and the burgeoning jobs in the renewable energy sector.

 

Transportation:

July 26, 2017: Public Transit Edition

Laura Wiens, the executive director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, talks about what’s going wrong, what’s going right, and why public transit is a key component in our modern society. We discuss how gentrification affects (and is affected by) public transit, the Uber effect, self driving cars, and where we should go from here. Laura was formerly a member of The Union Edge team, and we’re exited to have her back for this interview.

 

May 24, 2017: Electric Vehicle Technology

Did you know that the internal combustion engine is a Victorian era technology that’s only 20% efficient? This week we talk about electric transportation. How does it work? Is it really cleaner, if the electricity came from burning coal?

Dr. Patricia DeMarco hosts a discussion with Lou Hancherick, VP of Marcellus Outreach Butler and the coordinator of their Go Green Festival, as well as the publisher and editor of Harmony magazine.

 

Manufacturing and Supply Chain:

Sept 14, 2017: The New American Economy: Public Banking Is Better For Local Communities 

This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty Demarco we have Mike Krauss, a chair of the PA Public Banking Project, on the program to go over why public banks are much better banks than the banks that we are familiar with. Not only are costs lower in public banks, but they also contribute to the local economy because the only shareholders are the people in the community.

Aug 30, 2017: Does Automation Really Kill Jobs?

Does automation really kill jobs? Dr. Patricia DeMarco discusses manufacturing, robots, and the future of work.

Aug 16, 2017: What Do We Do With Old Tech?

This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty DeMarco we have Ned Eldridge of eLooo LLC on the program to tell us about the complications with recycling technology and how their company deals with them. Some of the most complicated parts of recycling is that there is not always funding to make it easy. There are also many complications with data security and making sure that when things like computers and hard drives get recycled.

Aug 9, 2017: Ingredients In Your Office Building

When you buy food, you check the ingredients list to make sure everything inside is up to your standards. What if we could do the same with construction materials? We could dramatically decrease people’s exposure to dangerous chemicals just by knowing what’s in the products around us. Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites James Connelly to discuss his work with the International Living Future Institute. He asserts that environmentalists should work with business leaders to come up with business-minded, environmentally sustainable solutions to the challenges we face.

May 17, 2017: Labor for Sustainability- Making It In America

This week on The New American Economy, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Jeremy Brecher of the Labor Network for Sustainability to discuss shifting jobs from the fossil fuel industry to the sustainable energy industry. Jeremy also discusses how labor unions have a very important role to play in this transition.

 

Lifestyle:

November 1, 2017: A Global Compact for a Better Future

This week we discuss the UN’s Millennium Declaration of goals for the future, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, establishing universal primary education, and empowering women as an agent of change to give them back control over their own environment, food supply and economy.
Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability & corporate responsibility from Covestro Corporation, to talk about why the company signed onto the UN global compact and what they’re doing to help achieve these goals at home in Pittsburgh and around the world.

October 18, 2017: Trash, Recycling, and The 3 R’s

October 5, 2017: The Hip Hop Caucus On Environmental Justice

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mustafa Santiago Ali, environmental justice advocate. After 24 years at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mustafa became the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Mustafa discusses with us the different things that make his work important and the people that are effected by injustices in our system as it relates to the environment. One of the best parts of being a part of the Hip Hop Caucus is that people are much more likely to listen to the people associated with it as opposed to your average environmentalist.

September 20, 2017: Revitalizing a Community

This week on The New American Economy with Dr Patty DeMarco we have the President of The Homewood Children’s Village out of Pittsburgh, Dr Fred Brown on the program. The discussion surrounds how to revitalize struggling communities by getting the community members themselves involved in the process. To support them or learn more, visit www.hcvpgh.org.

September 6, 2017: Glasgow, Scotland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Cities Becoming Post-Industrial

This week on The New American Economy, Dr. Patty DeMarco has Grant Ervin from Pittsburgh and Jamie Cooke from Glasgow, Scotland on the program to talk about how the two cities are sister cities working to revitalize themselves after being industrial cities for many year and now having to transition to a post-industrial society. A big idea covered in this episode is the transition to a different try of workforce that was previously known in these cities. In Pittsburgh this manifests and investment in the energy industry, and in Glasgow this is seen though the creation of a union for the self-employed and investments in some manufacturing industries.

July 5, 2017: Talking Trash

Humans are currently dumping one garbage truck per minute into the oceans, and by 2020 there will be more plastic in the water than fish. But all is not lost! Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Mark Dixon, a journalist and documentary filmmaker who embarked on a road trip experiment with the goal of creating only a shoebox of trash in a whole year.

May 31, 2017: How Do We Get Chemical Pollution Out of Our Drinking Water?

Even micro-doses of hormones can have a drastic impact on the human body. How are hydrocarbons and endocrine disruptors ending up in our water supply, and what can we do about it?

This week, Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Terry Collins, Theresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.