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PYP 104: Robert Ostfeld on Healing Individuals and Communities from the Roots Up

Robert Ostfeld was collecting Ivy League degrees like some people collect state quarters. With a BA from Penn, an MD from Yale, and a Masters in Epidemiology from Harvard, Robert was well on the way to a prestigious and lucrative career at the pinnacle of conventional medicine. But he threw that plan away when he… Read More

PYP 090: Heather Jo Flores on Turning Lawns into Gardens as a Radical Act

Heather Jo Flores came of age in an “addicted, abusive, and estranged family” in the slums of Los Angeles in the 1980s. An unlikely leader of the modern environmental movement (a label that is far too small for Heather, as you’ll see), she moved from radical activism to community building to connection making to her… Read More

PYP 089: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on Ending the War Against Our Hearts

I’m delighted to share my interview with one of the most important medical figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. I hope this recording will be around in a hundred years so my descendants can brag that great-great grandpa knew both T. Colin Campbell and today’s guest, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, MD. I figure that… Read More

PYP 087: Lani Muelrath on Exercise and Other Fuels for the Plant-Based Journey

Lani Muelrath is one of the world’s most accomplished wellness and fitness coaches. She combines cutting edge scientific research on fitness, diet, and mindset with an encyclopedic knowledge of behavorial science with a lifetime of experience helping people achieve health and happiness. Read More

PYP 082: Susan Levin on the Truth about Diet and “a Bad Game of Telephone”

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Director of Nutrition Education Susan Levin grew up on a high-fat, highly-processed Alabama diet. After discovering for herself the benefits of a plant-based diet, she found herself stymied when trying to tell others about it. “What do you know about nutrition?” they’d sneer. Not to be silenced, Susan completed a… Read More

PYP 074: Tom Campbell, MD on Writing The China Study and Talking to Doctors About Nutrition

Thomas M. Campbell is a family practice doctor in Rochester, NY, an instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and executive director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. He’s also co-author of what’s probably the most influential book on science-based nutrition, The China Study.… Read More

PYP 068: Paul Scutt on Trusting Children and the Problem with Coercive Education

When you think of the school you went to, or the school your child goes to, do these words pop into mind? fun fascinating exciting nurturing empowering joyful community teamwork For most people, not so much. Even those of us who “won” at school, who got good grades and participated in the resume-stuffing clubs and… Read More

PYP 065: Alissa Bilfield and Adam Aronovitz on The Cookbook Project, Starting a Big-Hearted Non-Profit on a Tiny-Ass Budget, and the Problem as the Solution

Alissa Bilfield and Adam Aronovitz are co-founders of The Cookbook Project, an amazingly inspiring, effective, and elegant not-for-profit dedicated to the fine mostly-lost art of home cooking. With projects in 35 US states and over 20 countries around the world, Alissa and Adam are empowering communities to reclaim their culinary roots and break free from… Read More

PYP 062: Elana Priesman on a Junk-Food Childhood, “Try Anything” Desperation, and “Plantsformation”

Elana “Titanium” Priesman is an unlikely subject for a magazine devoted to fitness. Overweight as a child, obese as a young adult, uninterested in sports, picked last in gym class to the groans of her teammates, Elana achieved a stunning turnaround a couple of years ago. Culminating in her profile in the October 2014 Vegan… Read More

PYP 057: Emily Nolan on Radical Honesty, Radical Kindness, Radical Self-Acceptance, and Going “Topless”

Emily Nolan is one of my heroes. She’s an internationally sought after model, a former Olympic trainee, a serial entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for kindness, self-acceptance, and positive body image. As the founder of, Emily writes and creates media that provides “inspiration for kind people.” And as the founder of the non-profit “Topless,”… Read More