The WFMT Radio Network
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 2013. 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 FTP site. Please let us know if you plan to eliminate your CD use of this program by calling Carol Martinez at WFMT, 773-279-2112. Here is the information, which is for station use only! Do not give to listeners!
Web site: www.radio.bioneers.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Martinez at 773-279-2112 or email email@example.com
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 www.bioneers.org
And for Bioneers premium items for your fund drives, contact the Bioneers Radio Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BIONEERS: REVOLUTION FROM THE HEART OF NATURE
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-01 - RELEASE: January 1, 2013
Close Encounters of the Biological Kind: Learning from the Locals
Nature bats last, but more importantly, it's her playing field. Wouldn't it be wise to learn the ground rules and how to play by them? Join Janine Benyus as she describes her exploration of biomimicry, the art of imitating nature's evolutionary genius to serve human ends harmlessly. What can the Namibian beetle teach us about coping with drought?
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-02 - RELEASE: January 8, 2013
You are Where You Eat: Trans-farming Urban Food and Growing Community
LaDonna Redmond and Wil Bullock live in communities where 12-year olds suffer heart attacks, and where it's easier to buy a semi-automatic weapon than an organic tomato. But they are changing that reality, providing access to fresh, healthy foods, and re-establishing the connections between food and community.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-03 - RELEASE: January 15, 2013
A Thing Unseen: The New Superpower of Global Popular Movements
Despite its apparent dominance, is globalization a house of cards? With world opinion against it rising, globalization appears to be unraveling. Maude Barlow describes her experience in Cancun at the WTO Summit, Tom Hayden marks the birth of the next global superpower, and Holly Near invokes the spirit of a new rising in the world.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-04 - RELEASE: January 22, 2013
Cultivating Women's Leadership: The Revolution Is To Be Well
Young women across the US are stepping boldly into their power. From the heart of Native American and urban communities, this generation of engaged women is taking leadership beyond old models of hierarchy and self-sacrifice. Vickie Downey, Rha Goddess and Lateefa Simon express the soul and passion at the center of new collaborative, egalitarian approaches to promoting positive social and environmental change.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-05 - RELEASE: January 29, 2013
All My Relations: Indigenous Vision
In these ecologically perilous times, many call for a fundamental change of heart if we are to restore vital ecosystems. Oren Lyons, Leslie Gray and John Mohawk remind us of the values that sustained indigenous people for thousands of years in a balance that supported the land, and offer direction toward nothing less than a value change for survival.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-06 - RELEASE: February 5, 2013
Connecting the Drops
Could Los Angeles stop draining water from the Colorado River and become self-sufficient? That's a question that Andy Lipkis and his organization, Three People, are tackling in an unprecedented alliance with public works agencies. Their work proves that the more we learn about how ecosystems operate, the more sustainable we can design our cities and our human infrastructures.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-07 - RELEASE: February 12, 2013
Tattooing the River: People, Place and the Art of Diversity
Award-winning painter Judy Baca describes how art can re-connect people to place, revive disappearing history, and repair cultural root systems. While working with at-risk youth to create The Great Wall of Los Angeles, the world's longest mural, Baca realized that restoring a disappeared river also meant restoring disappeared cultures.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-08 - RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2013
Blue Gold: Who Owns the Rain?
As water tables plummet and a billion of us lack access to clean water, large global corporations are working to charge us for the rain. Visionary change-maker and author Maude Barlow describes how companies are turning water into a commodity, and we hear from activist Nancy Price about what people are doing around the world to stop it.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-09 - RELEASE: February 26, 2013
Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Ecology of the Heart
Nine out of ten Americans strongly favor wilderness protection, but Federal policy actually threatens such preservation. In her decades of work at the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria Flora faced threats and harassment as she tried to protect the forest commons. She tells us that in order to sustain landscapes, we need to sustain ourselves; and in order to sustain ourselves, we need to sustain landscapes.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-10 - RELEASE: March 5, 2013
Think Globally, Act Non-Locally: Prayer, Healing and Fertility
Can consciousness change the actual outside physical world at a distance? Dr. Larry Dossey says it can. He describes how major scientific studies are revealing the healing power of intercessory prayer and distant intentionality. The revolutionary implications of these studies in the field of medicine are just beginning to be understood.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-11 - RELEASE: March 12, 2013
Light at the Crossroads: Environment Meets social Justice
Because environmental destruction leads to scarcity, and scarcity leads to conflict, restoring the environment is key to peace. Yet those working for the environment and those working for social justice have not linked arms until recently. Van Jones invites us to bring down the social walls that we ourselves have built, and work together to counter the time-worn strategy of divide and conquer.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-12 - RELEASE: March 19, 2013
A Sense of Wonder: Ecological Literacy and the Facts of Life
Does our very survival now depend on our ability to understand the facts of life, nature's operating instructions, and how to live by them? Join the Center for Ecoliteracy's Fritjof Capra, Zenobia Barlow and Esther Cook to learn how experiential, participatory education in the environment is revolutionizing education from kindergarten through high school through an education of the heart.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-13 - RELEASE: March 26, 2013
Unembedding the Media: Going where the Silence Is
Today, a mere eight corporations control over 70% of the world's media. Journalist and radio broadcaster Thom Hartmann reminds us that until recently the media were part of the commons, protected by government for the public good. And host of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman tells us that how the media uses the public airwaves is up to us.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-14 - RELEASE: April 2, 2013
Working With Nature to Heal Nature: Landscapes of Hope
Just like our bodies, nature has a profound capacity for healing and self-repair. Filmmaker-turned-ecological-restorer John Liu shifted from documenting China's massive environmental and societal upheavals to filming a groundbreaking, large-scale ecosystem restoration cum local economic renewal. Prioritizing nature's ecological functions above producing goods and services, the groundbreaking work is spreading to other nations, with Liu as a global ambassador of dramatic ecosystem restoration wonders.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-15 - RELEASE: APRIL 9, 2013
Escaping Control: Linking Gender, Social Movements and Democracy
World-renowned feminist, writer and change-maker Gloria Steinem connects the dots among disparate social movements to reveal the common patterns of oppression that underlie them all. From gender and race to democracy and universal spirituality, she applies her razor intellect, compassionate heart and nuanced eye to weave a unifying vision of a richly human and humane world where all people are valued for their uniqueness and full humanity - neither treated as property, nor defined by labels or stereotypes.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-16 - RELEASE: April 16, 2013
A World That Works For All: Fireflies, Dumpsters, Soft Power and the Design Science Revolution
The visionary designer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller's remarkable legacy inspires new generations to create the Design Science Revolution he first called for in the 1960s. Elizabeth Thompson, executive director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), brings to life Bucky's vision, along with contemporary BFI Challenge Award recipients. Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Architecture at MIT, and John Edel, Director of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, whose imaginative design innovations "address humanity's most pressing problems."
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-17 - RELEASE: April 23, 2013
Not Fate, But Choice: Reinventing Fire for the Clean Energy Era
The internationally acclaimed energy and design strategist Amory Lovins shows how by 2050 we can run our energy system with no oil, coal or nuclear power. He says we can achieve that vision with clean energy and energy conservation, led by business, without an act of Congress or any new inventions. By making this transition, we can save more than $5 trillion and double the size of the US economy.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-18 - RELEASE: April 30, 2013
Millions of Elders: Biomimicry and How Nature Would Do It
Biomimicry is decoding astonishing treasures from nature's recipe book that we can mimic for our technological and industrial practices. It's also changing how we think: a crash course in environmental education from nature's viewpoint. Biomimicry Guild co-founder Dr. Dayna Baumeister chronicles the latest biomimicry inventions and educational breakthroughs by asking, "How would nature do it?" The U.S. Government's first certified biomimicry professional, Marie Zanowick, shows how biomimicry is influencing federal policy and actions.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-19 - RELEASE: May 7, 2013
Good Jobs, Clean Environment: Both or Neither
The emerging green economy promises to provide large-scale job creation while healing the Earth and building the middle class. Roxanne Brown, Assistant Legislative Director for the United Steelworkers and Steering Committee member of the BlueGreen Alliance, describes how this national partnership of major labor unions and environmental organizations is expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. BlueGreen Alliance Director of Chemicals, Public Health and Green Chemistry Charlotte Brody portrays the real-time societal transformation underway when workers and environmentalists find common ground and also honestly acknowledge their differences.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-20 - RELEASE: May 14, 2013
Conspiracy of Ancestors: The Indigeneity Essentials
We're all indigenous to planet Earth, but we've not been acting that way. Cultural ecologist, indigenous scholar and activist Dr. Melissa K. Nelson reminds native and non-native peoples alike that we all need to re-indigenize ourselves by learning and practicing nature's operating instructions and the Original Instructions for how to be a human being. At this unprecedented moment of globalized environmental breakdown, it's going to take the best of Western science and the indigenous science of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to navigate this evolutionary keyhole.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-21 - RELEASE: May 21, 2013
Passing Through: Farming Fields of Dreams
Our food and farming systems may top the list of the most destructive abuses of land in history. What needs to change? What models are there to guide us? Visionary organic farmer, food system entrepreneur and award-winning writer/photographer Michael Ableman reflects on what it will take to restore healthy thriving lands and a functional and equitable food system with access for all. How will we feed the world's growing population and provide access to healthy food? As locavores know, the answers hit close to home.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-22 - RELEASE: May 28, 2013
Swimming Our Talk: Blue Mind, Ocean Heart
Illuminating the magical underwater world, Jacques Cousteau's 1960s films and TV show caused a sea change by moving the hearts and minds of tens of millions. Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, ocean advocates Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, and the Truckee High School Envirolution Club are among the rising tides of passionate innovators making remarkable advances to understand and restore the waters of the world. Their inspiring stories give good reason for hope, including the scientific fact that we have a "blue mind" born in and of the ocean to guide us.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-23 - RELEASE: June 4, 2013
Security by Design: Environmental Security is Homeland Security
The concept of national security is moving beyond bullets, bombs, soldiers and war craft to encompass the country's internal resilience, health and environmental sustainability. What's needed, say two leading environmental visionaries, is the equivalent of a wartime mobilization to create a sustainable planet including a far more decentralized infrastructure. Global energy strategist Amory Lovins and Oberlin College Professor David Orr advocate sustainability as the strategic imperative and foundation for a new national security narrative. The military is starting to agree.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-24 - RELEASE: June 11, 2013
Taking a Breath: Healing the Inner Environment
Brain research is revealing astounding insights into the mechanisms of post-traumatic stress and neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to be rewired and re-trained. The world today is ravaged by traumas - from war, privation and economic crashes to natural disasters and ongoing environmental degradation. In response, world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. James S. Gordon of the Center for Mind Body Medicine has trained thousands of teachers globally to advance ancient mind-body healing techniques of self-care to reconnect each individual with his or her own nature, with family and community, and with the natural world. The results are impressive. What might happen if we approach healing the environment from the inside out?
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-25 - RELEASE: June 18, 2013
Radical Patriotism: Growing Growers and Seeding Leaders for a Real Food Future
What happens when green turns to grey? Fewer than 5 percent of 2 million American farmers are under 45 years old. Bucking that trend is the next generation of unstoppable young farmers Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Tyler Webb, and Sarita Role Schaffer, along with renowned urban food innovator Nikki Henderson and real food advocate Amin Steele. With dirt under their nails and laptops at their fingertips, they're reinventing a "radical patriotism" founded in a return to local agriculture and community. It runs on clean energy and knows how to move markets. It seeks greater self-sufficiency, self-determination and food justice, and the checkout line is the pulpit.
PROGRAM #: BIO 13-26 - RELEASE: June 25, 2013
A Fantastic Object: Social Capitalism and the United States of Europe
Despite suffering severe shocks from the 2008 global economic and banking crisis, nations of the European Union have provided the world with a potent new economic species. "Social Capitalism" shares prosperity more widely, institutionalizes broader national democracy, and creates long-term environmental sustainability. It includes universal healthcare that's affordable, education for all that is often free, family-friendly work policies, and real worker participation in corporate decision-making. Europe watcher Steven Hill believes it may be the most important innovation in the world economy since the rise of the corporation - and we all have a "ringside seat to history."