Consumption, Hoarding, Tight-wad Show

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Consumption is necessary for survival but also produces negative consequences for human health, society, and the environment. Research across domains (addiction, obesity, debt, consumer behavior, material waste, hoarding) finds overlapping biological and psychological bases for consumption-related phenomena, suggesting the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach. Our guests Scott Rick and Stephanie Preston joined us  in the studio right before the holidays to unpack these themes of societal consumption.

Scott Rick is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at the University of Michigan, with a Ph.D. in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon. He has written papers with such provocative themes as “Fatal (Fiscal) Attraction; Spendthrifts and Tightwads in Marriage.”

Stephanie Preston is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Michigan, with a focus on cognition and cognitive neuroscience. Her laboratory uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the interface between emotion and decision making.  They work to determine the proximate (what the brain and body are doing) and ultimate (why they exist, how they evolved) bases of the complex behaviors.

Co-hosts Rebecca Hardin and Kat Superfisky take us through another great hour of environmental radio — with some smashing tunes from Madonna to Erykah Badu!

Poverty and Sustainability: Lessons from (and in) Detroit

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Delray is one of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods. It is a long-time victim to city planning efforts, sits in the most polluted zip code in the state of Michigan, and is the future home of the bridge plaza for the proposed International Trade Crossing to Canada – that is all to say, it is a HOT-BED for environmental injustice. Listen in Monday, December 5th, as Urban Planning Professor Larissa Larsen joins us in the studio to discuss the muddy terrain of urban sustainability in Delray. We will also have recent UM grad Chris Detjen in the studio to share his experiences living in Detroit and working on sustainability issues. The whole radio hour is  punctuated by some catchy Detroit tunes. Do tune in!

Turkeys, Travel and Teleportation


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Just in time for the mass exodus from Ann Arbor, SNRE’s own Shelie Miller, a specialist in life cycle assessment and energy, will share insights on sustainable transit.  Beyond the typical modes, we hope she will entertain our questioning of teleportation as surely the MOST sustainable transit form! 😉  Turkey man and local farmer John Harois will be in the studio to tell us about his magnificent birds. We’ll hear why Kat’s dad drives afar for these delectable pavos. And we also found a turkey slayer to call in with the gruesome details. It IS hot in here!

Environment, Information, and Sustainable Development: the Africa-Asia Nexus


From oil wars to heroic computer geeks to strapping GPS devices on cows…

Join us for this interview with recently hired faculty in the cluster for research and teaching on “Environment, Information, and Sustainable Development:  the Africa-Asia Nexus.”  Joyojeet Pal is assistant professor at the School of Information, Omolade Adunbi is assistant prof in the Department of African and African-American Studies, and Bilal Butt is in SNRE.  Host Rebecca Hardin will talk with them about the view of these issues from their homes and field sites in India, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Talkin’ GMO’s with Jeffrey Smith



Wondering about all this hype and controversy around GMO’s? “It’s Hot in Here Radio” presents an hour of GMO talk, punctuated with some catchy tunes, including, yes, a rap song about GMO’s.

Millions of people speak out against the spread of Monsanto’s biotech food, but what is the science actually saying about the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms? Local activists Karen and Francis preview “World Food Day” coming up this weekend, October 15th, 5-9pm at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market — where the talk and activism will be centered around education about the harmful effects of GMO’s. Also in this radio hour, hear exceprts from a pre-recorded interview with Jeffrey Smith, a bestselling author who is leading the charge to warn the public.

UM Campus Sustainability Variety Show


Sick of environmental talk being so gloomy-n-doomy? Wish you knew more about what sustainability-related initiatives and events were happening on U-M’s campus? Been hankering for some great tunes about Mother Earth? Welp, then WCBN 88.3FM has the answer for you!

Co-hosts Kat Superfisky and Laura “Smitty” Smith bring you the “U’M Sustainability Variety Hour”!

Not all environmental talk needs to be depressing! listen in on this informative and inspirational segment about sustainability happening right here on U-M’s campus…from the top down AND bottom up!

Special guests include: Student Sustainability Initiative, Environmental Issues Commission, Graham Scholars, TEDxArb folks, and real students taking real sustainability courses!

Homegrown Festival Preview


The righteous Laura Miesler joined us in the studio to chat about the upcoming, also righteous, Homegrown Festival(!) Listen to that conversation here…along with some great tunes by bands that will be at the festival. How can you listen and not get pumped about this event? Additionally in this episode: learn what to do when vehicles vacate city streets, and why Brazil nuts are so dang good for you.

SELMA Cafe, Farmer Fund, 20 in 20, Tilian, and more!

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Well first at the start of the show we tried (epic fail) to talk to Scott Brines about the proposed new bridge / international crossing that would have landings in the Delray community of Detroit and Windsor. Scott is a Delray resident and a board member for the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition. Due to technical difficulties with the studio setup this phone interview had to be delayed until the end of the show so you can find it at the last few minutes of the Part 1 and first minutes of Part 2. When reached Scott was able to clarify that this new bridge would be built as a public/private partnership and that the community of Delray is not necessarily opposed to this development, especially if certain “green” design elements are taken into consideration. The community has often felt forgotten, having some of the worst air quality in Detroit and state (if not country), and in some ways sees the proposed bridge development as an opportunity to start having things done the right way as long as their voices and concerns are heeded. This community will actually be presenting in front of the state legislature this Wednesday 6/15. If you would like to show your support at that event or any other related event you can call (313) 842-1961 or find details here and here.

The bulk of the hour we spoke in the studio with Jeff McCabe covering everything from SELMA Cafe, 10% Washtenaw, the emerging Farmer Fund in partnership with University Bank, the upcoming effort to build 20 Hoop(houses) in 20 Days (sign up to help here!), Tilian Farm Development Center, and visions for the future. Come out and help build a hoophouse in the coming weeks!

May 23: Change. Chicken. Curiosity. Clean Air.


Join us this week as we check-in and chat change with Kat Superfisky in Brooklyn, John Harnois on his farm in Whitmore Lake, Emily Plews in Columbus, and Michelle Martinez in Detroit! Bam!

Lessons Learned

  • The Big Apple is Green, and Superfisky is basically famous.
  • The brand spankin’ new Ann Arbor Wednesday Night Market opens June 1st (4:30-8:30PM) in Kerrytown and the West Side Farmers Market opens Thursday June 2nd (3-7PM!) in the parking lot of Zingerman’s Roadhouse! will have music and other delicious things. Mark your calendars to ‘shop on by’ and say hi to everyone’s favorite fowl farmer John Harnois of Harnois Farms and IHIH’s own green thumb Shannon Brines of Brines Farm!
  • Appreciative Inquiry is comin’s outta Case Western University in Cleveland. Neat.
  • Get your third I/eye on, says Emily Plews. Curiosity and re-flect/flexion make all kinds of new things possible. Try it, you’ll like it.
  • Particulates (including PM2.5) blow more than just your nose.  Get more info here and sign THIS PETITION in support of the EPA’s strong air-toxics standard.  Thank you Michelle and to the Sierra Club for working to keep the air we breath from contributing to our premature death(s).   Air. For your health!

    (and "for your wine")

Stay curious all, and go turn the world on with your smile!

May 16th: A Conversation with Michelle Martinez of the Sierra Club


The Sierra Club‘s not just about birds anymore.

Join us, as we talk fish, hair, toxics, green jobs, energy, environmental justice and more with Michelle Martinez, former UM School of Natural Resources and Environment M.S. student and current organizer with the Sierra Club.

Michelle loves fish (and people) – truly a soul sister.

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