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September 21, 2016

Is Your Media Skewed?

Larry Atkins has been around the media for a long time and has a new book out called “Skewed” which rips into the biases that are inherent in media. We all know it is there but to what extent?

Who do we trust and where can we get our information? The answer is “it’s complicated” but this media veteran takes us on a tour of what to look for and how to avoid being herded by the “influences” that are driving our consumption of information.

Original story with transcripts can be found at


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November 12, 2015

World Water Conditions Explained With John Lambie

John Lambie is a licensed civil engineer in California, Oregon, and Washington states, a Professional Geologist and Engineering Geologist in California, and a Certified Water Rights Examiner in Oregon. He has evaluated and modeled groundwater at the basin scale and site scale for a wide variety of water resource projects. The projects have ranged from municipal and industrial supply planning and evaluation, to water supply for habitat areas. He has also worked on characterization and remediation of hazardous chemicals in soil and water under the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, CERLCA, RCRA, NEPA, and correlative state laws.

John Lambie joins Pedram [...]

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November 12, 2015

How to Empower Communities with David Gershon

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. David joins Pedram on this episode of The Urban Monk Podcast to talk about the process of empowering communities.

In this episode, he also discusses the projects he’s been working on, which includes the Cool City Challenge that aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The Cool City Challenge will prototype the Cool Block Program in three Northern California cities and then take it to scale statewide, [...]

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November 1, 2015

Humans are like reckless teenagers??? Well, yes.

I had the privilege of interviewing Duane Elgin on the show last week. He’s sat on Presidential councils and is a leading voice globally around the subject of our collective future. He’s awesome.

A topic that came up is one that I found quite compelling. The assertion is that humanity is now in its adolescent stage. Most people in the progressive health, green, and conscious capital movements are trying to have “adult” conversations with a culture that can’t quite hear it yet. That’s a problem since the icebergs are melting and the population is growing rapidly. In fact, Duane mentions that a modern urban planning nightmare lies in planning [...]

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