The WFMT Radio Network

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The WFMT Radio Network

The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

This award-winning 13-part series of half-hour shows features the "bioneers" - social and scientific innovators with breakthrough solutions for people and planet.  These are the ardent voices of our most brilliant visionaries with both feet on the ground.  They span the rich arc of human endeavor and practical transformation toward a future environment of hope.  Join over 370 stations worldwide in 11 nations to reach passionate and loyal listeners. Produced by Collective Heritage Institute/Bioneers, an internationally acclaimed nonprofit educational organization.

The Bioneers Radio Series continues with Series XII, Spring 2014.  Cutting edge - charismatic - provocative - hopeful!  This stirring, award-winning documentary series The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is composed of themed half-hour programs highlighting cutting-edge solutions to major environmental challenges and crises, along with broader social approaches for ecological and cultural restoration.  Breakthrough ideas, technological innovations and bold activist social strategies make for compelling radio, powered by the charismatic voices of the Bioneers themselves.

The Bioneers radio programs are available for download from their web site.  The Bioneers would like to be more environmentally friendly, so we encourage as many stations as possible that require CDs to use this web site to obtain each week's program.  Please let us know if you plan to eliminate your CD use by calling Estlin Usher at WFMT, 773-279-2112 or email    Here is the information, which is for station use only!  Do not give to listeners!

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Please note that these programs are available on CD free of charge, but we urge the foreign stations to download from this website.

The Bioneers urge us to balance human cleverness with the wisdom of nature and to reflect carefully upon the power of our intellect and technology to make life better, looking to billions of years of evolution in nature for inspiration.  They call us, by word and example, to a change of heart, a change of heart for the birthing of a time grounded in social, economic and ecological justice.  These radio series represent both the heartbreaking and triumphant stories of Bioneers from around the world.

The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature was nominated for the United Nations Public Information Program for Environmental Programming.  Series III won a Bronze Medal award from the New York Festival of International Radio and in 2004, the show, Restoring Life's Fabric: The Biological Bottom Line with David Suzuki was awarded the Crystal Award of Excellence and Peace Means Coming Back to the Table: Transforming Urban War Zones with Aqeela Sherrills was awarded the Crystal Award of Distinction.  Both of these programs are from Series IV.  The series won New York festivals' Finalist Award in 2004 and 2006.

Recently, A Sense of Wonder: Ecological Literacy and the Facts of Life received the Crystal Award of Excellence from the International Communicator Awards, a nationally recognized honor.  Connecting the Drops: Restoring Social Ecology in Los Angeles received the Crystal Award of Distinction.  These programs are from Series V.   And in 2007, the program Global Warming: A Climate of Peril and Promise featuring Bill McKibben, garnered the Finalist Certificate from the New York festivals.  This is the 4th NYf award in the history of the series, two of them the prestigious WorldMedal® for excellence in environmental programming.

"I am moved to write you about the success of the Bioneers series on our station.  Thank you for providing us with the compelling reporting and insights into an aspect of our culture which receives so little media attention.  It is a joy for us to broadcast the Bioneers series and it is a joy
for our listeners to hear."
 - Richard Towne, General Manager, KUNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"The Bioneers series is well-produced, and beautifully condenses the key messages and information.  The speakers are among the most innovative thinkers and 'do-ers' of our time, and extending their reach through the radio series is a very valuable service."
- Ms. Lyons Filmer, Program Director, KWMR, Point Reyes, California.

This series is available free of charge to all stations and may be broadcast twice in the same calendar year.  Stations do not need to be a WFMT Radio Network affiliate to broadcast.  The Bioneers is available on ContentDepot or on CD, and is available either as an on-going series or as twelve 13-part weekly ½ hour programs.  For more information or to schedule these programs please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112 or email or David Sims at 773-279-2027.

The Bioneers conference, Visionary and Practical Solutions for Restoring the Earth, is the cornerstone from which the emotionally moving radio programs are built.  Held annually in October, the conference is widely regarded as the pre-eminent gathering of environmental visionaries - visionaries with both feet on the ground.  More information on the Bioneers conference can be found at

And for Bioneers premium items for your fund drives, contact the Bioneers Radio Team at



PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-01
RELEASE:  December 31, 2013

Nature's Recipe Book:  Life Shops At Home
How would nature do it?  Biomimicry is a revolutionary emerging science that models nature's genius to design leading-edge technologies that work in harmony with nature, not against it.  Janine Benyus, a "biologist at the design table," shares mind-bending applications of nature's time-tested recipes and survival tips.  Transforming future technologies are the glue of the blue mussel, the beak of the kingfisher, and the interdependent roots of the Seven Sisters Oak.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-02
RELEASE:  January 7, 2014

Global Warming: A Climate of Peril and Promise
While human activity continues to devastate the atmosphere, a countervailing movement is afoot, evident in the deployment of alternative energy technologies and shifts in the design of our society.  Author Bill McKibben portrays a hopeful vision of how Americans can achieve greater satisfaction - environmentally, culturally and spiritually - as addressing global warming improves our lives and relationships to community.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-03
RELEASE:  January 14, 2014

Thinking Like Cathedral Builders: Green Building for the Long Haul
Few people realize that poor design and inefficient buildings account for half America's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  Master builder John Abrams finds that tapping human ingenuity with a long view will serve future generations, the environment and the human spirit.  The kind of green building Abrams employs necessarily addresses the architecture of communities, businesses and the human heart.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-04
RELEASE:  January 21, 2014

Making Tomorrow Today: The Power of Youth
Dynamic young people are surmounting considerable social and economic obstacles by following their dreams to create a better world.  Jessica Rimington, Rhummanee Hang, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Manuel Francisco, Caleb Ryen, Amalia Anderson and Lily Dong are enlivening the horizon of positive possibilities with grace, courage and boundless creativity.  They'll settle for nothing less than justice, cultural preservation and the defense of wild lands.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-05
RELEASE:  January 28, 2014

Going Local: From Wal-Mart to Small Mart
What are the hidden costs of lowest-cost products?  Try socially irresponsible labor practices and environmental and community degradation, for starters!  Author and economist Michael Shuman portrays how locally-owned businesses and localized economies are circulating innumerable benefits back into the community, while raising environmental quality and the quality of life.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-06
RELEASE:  February 4, 2014

Indigenous Peace Technologies: The Ancient Art of Getting Along
How do we create peace?  What can we learn from indigenous societies who have addressed this profound question over thousands of years?  Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Gkao Goma and Megan Biesele share powerful stories of how indigenous social technologies have succeeded in resolving conflict, and still are.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-07
RELEASE:  February 11, 2014

A Fork in the Road:  Make Friends with a Farmer
Local, organic food is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.  Beyond the benefits to the growers, our health and the land, could it become a matter of survival?  Author and farmer Michael Ableman shares his cross-country journey celebrating the reverent reconnection with food and the land that is transforming how we will produce our future food.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-08
RELEASE:  February 18, 2014

Heart to Heart: Women's Leadership in Transforming Culture
All too often, there's a disconnect between how women are portrayed in popular culture and the media, and how women see and portray themselves.  Sarah Crowell, Joanna Macy, Susan Griffin, Sofia Quintero and Akaya Windwood take apart gender politics and put them back together with the emotional intelligence that is shifting the definition of power and fostering new models of women's leadership.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-09
RELEASE:  February 25, 2014

Green-Collar Justice: Another World is Possible
One person's trash is another person's treasure, as the saying goes.  Entrepreneur and activist Omar Freilla and "deconstruction" business owner Justin Green are solving for pattern:  By working to eliminate waste, they are creating green collar jobs and improving the environment in some of the nation's most underserved communities.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-10
RELEASE:  March 4, 2014

Forest Lifeboat: From Spirit Bears to Victoria's Dirty Secret
How do you go from being a passionate tree-hugger to a business-suited change-maker on behalf of the forests?  Enter Forest Ethics program director Tzeporah Berman.  With a string of conservation successes, including the "Amazon of the North," her inspiring story show how innovative market-based strategies, strange bedfellows, and public embarrassment are powerful tools to preserve the wild places that provide our essential ecosystem services.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-11
RELEASE:  March 11, 2014

War, Earth, and the Soul: The Warrior's Path of Redemption
Is high-tech war that can annihilate human civilization and nature on a global scale really a viable response to conflict in the 21st century?  The traumatic wounding of war is so deep that it calls for more than antidepressants or stress management.  Dr. Edward Tick's heart-rending experience shows us that transforming the demons of war can lead to a redemptive path of healing and reverence for life.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-12
RELEASE:  March 18, 2014

Kicking the Habit: Sugar, Fat and Junk-Food Junkies
"You do what you eat."  Groundbreaking medical research now shows that what we eat is directly connected to how we behave.  Maggie Adamek's research for The Sugar Project tracks how the changing American diet has made profound health impacts on behavior, especially among our children.  Transforming how we feed ourselves is showing that food is medicine that can change negative behavior dramatically.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-13
RELEASE:  March 25, 2014

Intelligence in Nature: Coming Full Circle
What do octopuses, bees, plants and slime molds have in common with human beings?  For one thing, they exhibit the ability to solve problems and make decisions.  Author and anthropologist Jeremy Narby reveals his astonishing research on the profound intelligence active throughout nature.  After all, how could people be intelligent if the nature that created us were not even more intelligent?

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-14
RELEASE:  April 1, 2014

Regeneration: Wisdom of the Wild, Generosity of the Heart
Globally renowned social entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken eloquently portrays how humanity can win a sustainable future, by debunking the delusion that we're here on Earth for only ourselves.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-15
RELEASE:  April 8, 2014

The New Abolitionists: Farewell, Fossil Fuels
Renowned author and environmental activist Bill McKibben, and award-winning biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, illuminate the frontline fight of the global movement to abolish fossil fuels.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-16
RELEASE:  April 15, 2014

Disruptive Design: What Good Looks Like
2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award winners, visionary architect Jason McLennan and entrepreneur Cheryl Dahle, explore breakthrough systems designs that create a happy, healthy sustainable world.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-17
RELEASE:  April 22, 2014

In Pursuit of Happiness: Becoming Beloved Community
Civil liberties and legal scholar john a. powell, and social justice advocate Grace Bauer, advocate for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of "beloved community" to overcome conflict, separation and the burdens of history, and work together to heal our societies.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-18
RELEASE:  April 29, 2014

Betting Big on a Native Dream: Coming Home to a "We" Culture
Chairman Greg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, facing cultural resistance, gambled to create a casino that would uphold traditional values and benefit Native land and local communities.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-19
RELEASE:  May 6, 2014

Amazon Visions: Solutions for Saving the Lungs of the Planet
Amazon Watch founder Atossa Soltani and visionary political leader Marina Silva, Brazil's past Minister of the Environment, are supporting local indigenous peoples to protect their lifeways and the fragile Rainforest ecosystem that sustains our planet.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-20
RELEASE:  May 13, 2014

One Percent Solutions: Climate Disruption, Fossil Billionaires and Democracy Deficits
Activist Victor Menotti, legal scholar john a. powell and author and political operative Steven Hill, outline strategies for shifting power from the clenches of fossil fuel mega-billionaires, to unlock the political stranglehold on American democracy, energy policies and politics.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-21
RELEASE:  May 20, 2014

Church Without a Roof: Keeping the Faith with Creation Care
Episcopal Reverends Fletcher Harper and Sally Bingham, and Baptist Church Administrator G.L. Hodge, preach the gospel of Creation Care - the "oneness of all life" philosophy being embraced by progressive faith communities everywhere. 

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-22
RELEASE:  May 27, 2014

Resilience from the Ground Up: A New Strategic Narrative
Author and founder Bill McKibben, Transition U.S. leader Carolyne Stayton, community organizer Mary Gonzales and retired Marine Colonel Mark 'Puck' Mykleby, are building on the national movement to create resilience from the ground up at the local level.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-23
RELEASE:  June 3, 2014

Women Changing the Story: Mother Bears, Polar Bears, Purpose and Power
Courageous and eloquent environmental and social justice leaders - journalist Rose Aguilar, biologist Sandra Steingraber, and reproductive justice advocates Vanessa Daniel and Eveline Shen - share their stories of how the leadership of women is changing the story and the world.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-24
RELEASE:  June 10, 2014

Inner Resilience: Back to Our True Nature
Visionary physician Dr. Gabor Maté explores the deepest psychological, emotional and social forces that are leading to our society's poor health and unhappiness.  We have the capacity to heal both the planet and ourselves by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing, social beings.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-25
RELEASE:  June 17, 2014

A Parade of Dwarves: Democratizing Wealth for a New Economy
Political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz and social entrepreneur Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative, depict breakthrough models for breaking the vicious cycle of extreme wealth inequality by democratizing ownership and access to capital.

PROGRAM #:  BIO 14-26
RELEASE:  June 24, 2014

'Flavas' of a Whole Community: Recipes for Food Justice
The People's Grocery Executive Director and home-grown food justice leader Nikki Henderson, is working to curb low-income community health problems that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh, and locally grown foods.