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Politics

Democracy Means a Healthy and Safe Environment for All: Jovita Lee on PYP 430

Today’s guest, Jovita Lee, is co-founder and vice president of Democracy Green, a North Carolina-based non-profit dedicated to environmental justice.  The environmental movement has a long and shameful history of privileging certain parts of the environment over others. Specifically, it’s focused on preserving spaces enjoyed by the rich, and where the rich live.  The result… Read More

Going from Racist to Anti-racist with Dustin and Josh LaJaunie: PYP 415

Dustin and Josh LaJaunie have amazing transformation stories. They went from obese to fit. From junk food addicts to plant-based eaters. From hunters to vegans. From sedentary to active.  And, as you’ll see and hear, from racist to antiracist. Read More

Becoming Beloved Ancestors with Carolyn Raffensperger: PYP 366

Carolyn Raffensperger has been advocating for the environment since 1982. She’s currently executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, which is a key proponent of the Precautionary Principle when it comes to balancing economic and environmental impacts. Raffensperger sees the environmental movement’s best strategy to reverse the destruction of our planet as one… Read More

Healing Racism in the Vegan / Plant-based Community with Milton Mills, MD: PYP 357

In June, 2019, Dr Milton Mills gave testimony before the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee about their persistent recommendation to include dairy in our diets. Dr Mills short presentation was not what I was expecting to hear. Instead of just repeating the overwhelming body of evidence showing that cow’s milk is not a healthy or… Read More

Tackling Food and Economic Insecurity Through Urban Agriculture with Jesse Herrera: PYP 330

Jesse Herrera is founder and chief visionary of Urban Theory, which I’d categorize as a “think tank” and an “act tank” for social and economic and environmental justice. Jesse is a former gang member, as well as a recovering architect. An urban planner. A visionary realist. We met at the World Healthcare Congress this past… Read More

Charles Eisenstein on Climate Reductionism and True Planetary Healing: PYP 309

Charles Eisenstein has been challenging my thinking for about 15 years now, but never more so than with his latest book, Climate: A New Story. Basically, Eisenstein argues that focusing all our environmental activism on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming is a bad idea. As a card-carrying member of the enlightened, scientifically-literate,… Read More

Feminism, Veganism, and Activism with Carol Adams: PYP 296

Carol J. Adams is the author most recently of Burger and Protest Kitchen, and a self-described “feminist-vegan.” Read More

Neal Barnard, MD, on Not Eating, Testing, or Exploiting Animals in Pursuit of Health: PYP 291

Neal Barnard, MD, is the president and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – an organization far too large and influential to still be called a “committee,” but who among us hasn’t outgrown our childhood name? – and the founder of the Barnard Medical Center in the DC area. He’s also the author… Read More

Crazy Adventures and Looking at the World Differently with Jeff Seal: PYP 286

Jeff Seal is a comedian, documentarian, adventurer, and undercover clown operating out of New York City. One of my son Elan’s favorite YouTube artists, Jeff points out the hilarity, absurdity, and injustices of life through art and comedy. When Elan shared Jeff’s work with me, I was particularly struck by his videos on dumpster diving… Read More

Sharing Music and Making This Place Our Home with Micah Hendler: PYP 283

Micah Hendler is the founder and director of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, and one of Forbes’ magazine’s “30 under 30” (global leaders and change-makers under the age of 30). He founded the chorus to promote connection and peace between the teen communities of East and West Jerusalem; that is, inaccurately but roughly speaking, Palestinians… Read More