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Thursdays at 3:30 PM on KFCF-FM

October 8 at 3:30 PM

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century


Writer, naturalist and activist Terry Tempest Williams asks “Can we love ourselves, each other and the Earth enough to change?” She invokes our deepest humanity to honor and protect the wilderness that’s the cauldron of evolution – and of our own imagination. “Our power lies in the love of our homelands,” she tells us in this eloquent, heartfelt tour-de-force, and protecting the wild requires bringing democracy home.



Thursday 1:00 PM

Host: Greg Dalton

Guests: Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research; Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Hunter Cutting, Director of Strategic Communications, Climate Nexus

This program was recorded live at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on March 3, 2015.

If anybody has seen the big picture when it comes to climate, it’s Kathryn Sullivan. As a former NASA astronaut and the first woman to walk in space, she’s gotten more than a bird’s eye view. “When you get even a couple hundred miles away and look back the planet you get a really different sense of proportion,” she marvels. The atmosphere we depend to survive on looks “like the fuzz on the tennis ball. It's remarkably thin…a little fluid membrane that envelops this ball of dirt and makes it habitable. It's very elegantly and finely structured.”

It’s an elegance that the public first glimpsed in the famous “Earthrise” photos, taken in 1968 by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders. This new perspective on our home planet helped shape our understanding of the effects we humans were having on it, and spurred the environmental movement.

“We are the first generation of human beings ever in the history of humankind that has the ability to comprehend and measure our planet with satellites and other instrumentation,” says Sullivan, who now heads up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “We can essentially take a snapshot of global conditions, oceanic conditions, atmospheric conditions. And this has what’s made it possible for us to have the kind of forecasting we have in weather forecasting and longer range outlooks. “

The outlook for California is sobering, according to Louise Bedsworth of the state’s Office of Planning and Research. California has seen its share of recent extreme weather events, including the 2013 Rim Fire, which burned over 250,000 acres and impacted tourism and other businesses throughout the region. And there’s more to come this year as the summer heats up.

“I think probably one of our biggest impacts of concern is going to be the effect on the state's water supply,” Bedsworth warns. While the amount of precipitation is hard to predict, “we’ll have more of that precipitation as rain than as snow, so that is going to really impact the state's water supply.

We also know that we'll see more extreme events, more large destructive wildfires, severe droughts and heat waves.”

And it’s not just California that’s feeling the heat. According to NOAA’s latest National Climate Assessment, the frequency of extreme weather events, from hurricanes and floods to wildfires and drought, is on the rise across the country. We know that climate change is causing this weather whiplash, but how? Kathryn Sullivan describes it as “kitchen table science.”

“The energy that drives weather in our planet is the heat coming in from the sun, the moisture content of the atmosphere, and obviously the rotation of the earth all of the swirling that that introduces,” she explains. “So we’re dialing up the extra heat in the atmosphere...when you heat up the water, the relative humidity in a hot atmosphere can be much higher than in the cooler and drier atmosphere.

“It’s really stovetop science working on the planetary scale.”

This global chemistry experiment has given birth to some familiar names in the news: Superstorm Sandy. Hurricane Katrina. Winterstorm Juno. While the practice of naming our weather has been criticized as media hype, Hunter Cutting of communications firm Climate Nexus says it’s actually helpful to the average viewer. “If you give something a name, it's a character in the story,” he says. “Scientists work with numbers and formulas. Average folks tell stories…then that story can be expanded to talk about what causes storm, what changed the odds of the storm happening. That’s how you can bring climate change into the conversation.”

Human, plant and animal migration is an important, if less dramatic, part of the climate story, adds Kathryn Sullivan.

“Disease patterns are migrating. The hay fever seasons have already expanded by up to 26 days” throughout North America, she says. Biologists have observed growing seasons changing all around the globe. “Human migrations are also being observed, and are very much a concern of national security officials in many, many, many countries.” Sullivan cited a recent National Academy of Sciences study that draws a link between climate change, drought and the Syrian uprising.

When it comes to escaping disaster, Sullivan emphasizes that it’s not about location – it’s about community. The word “resilience,” she says, has three strands: “It’s societal, it’s economic and its ecological resilience. You’ve got to be looking at all three, you’ve got to be weaving all three, or the notion is meaningless.”

So, “adaption or mitigation?” asked one audience member. Which strategy will better ensure our survival? Hunter Cutting believes that with the temperature projected to increase by up to eight degrees, we can – and should – do both. “It’s a bit of a balancing act, right?” he replied. “Eight degrees may not sound like much. But that's about the amount of temperature change that we saw that ended the last Ice Age, and we’d have crocodiles living in the Arctic. So we really don’t want to go there.” Reducing emissions will help keep that number down, but what’s a manageable number?

“Two degrees…we can adapt to that much,” he concludes. “So I think we have to do both. We have to mitigate to avoid the catastrophic, and adapt to what we can’t avoid.” And change, Cutter points out, is one of the signature characteristics of our species.

“Adaptation is just going to be part of what we do now going forward in the future.”

Climate One

This American Life MONDAYS at 2 PM on KFCF 88.1 FM

Ira Glass is one of America's premiere storytellers and his show "This American Life" can be heard on KFCF Mondays at 2:00 PM.

This American Life

Oct 5 - 2:00 PM Gladiators in the Colosseum. Sideshow performers. Reality television. We've always loved to gawk at the misery or majesty of others. But this week, we ask the question: What's it like when the tables are turned and all eyes are on you? An episode from last year, with one story swapped.

Planetary Radio

Sundays at 6:30 PM

Planetary Radio image NASA/JPL

Scott Hubbard and John Logsdon led the Humans Orbiting Mars Workshop last spring. They return with Casey Dreier as the report on that workshop is released to the world. Emily Lakdawalla sizes up NASA’s announcement about water on the surface of Mars right now. Bill Nye calls us on his way toward the Crimson Tide.

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Alternative Radio

Wednesdays at 11 AM

Oct 7 - Chris Hedges [AR Upcoming] Chris Hedges - Extraction Industries & Sexploitation The scourge of male violence against women will not end if we dismantle the forces of global capitalism. The scourge of male violence exists independently of capitalism, empire and colonialism. It is a separate evil. The fight to end male violence against women, part of a global struggle by women, must take primacy in our own struggle. Women and girls, especially those who are poor and of color, cannot take part in a liberation movement until they are liberated. They cannot offer to us their wisdom, their leadership and their passion until they are freed from physical coercion and violent domination. This is why the fight to end male violence across the globe is not only fundamental to our movement but will define its success or failure. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed. None of us is free until all of us are free. Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of many books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and Wages of Rebellion. Chris Hedges

  • Oct 7 Chris Hedges – Extraction Industries & Sexploitation
  • Oct 14 Osagyefo Sekou – Faith, Ferguson & Non-Violent Resistance
  • Oct 21 Katie Singer – Electronic Silent Spring
  • Oct 28 Edward Said – Culture & Imperialism
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    Pacifica Evening News - Evenings at 6 PM on KFCF

    Black Friday 14 Protest Ends With 14 Arrests

    14 religious leaders were arrested at an Oakland courthouse where they were protesting the prosecution of 14 Black Lives Matters activists. The interfaith protesters held a sit-in at the courthouse lobby, where they called on District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to drop criminal charges against the “Black Friday 14” who blocked a BART train last November. Christopher Martinez files this report from Oakland.

    Donald Trump Sticks by False Claims

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has doubled down on his claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheered after the 9-11 attacks, despite a wealth of evidence that never happened. Trump is making hay with attacks on immigrants and Muslims, as well as other factually-challenged claims about black on white murder, that have led to some calling him “the first fact-free presidential candidate.” Christopher Martinez reports.

    Turkish Military Downs Russian Jet, Complicating Global Response to Syrian Civil War

    The downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish military is raising serious concern about escalating conflict in the region. According to the Russian government, the SU-24 fighter was in Syrian airspace, but Turkey disputes this claim. Obama called on Russia to shift the focus of its air strikes to defeating the Islamic state, rather than supporting the Assad regime, which the United States and Turkey both oppose. Pacifica's Claire Stremple has the story.

    California Budget Surpluses Projected Through 2020

    New budget forecasts from the state Legislative Analyst show an $11.5 billion dollar surplus by the end of the fiscal year, with surpluses continuing through the end of the decade. This could spell good news for health and welfare programs that are still suffering from cuts made during the great recession, but Republican lawmakers are urging caution, calling on lawmakers to ignore pent-up demands and instead invest in a limited number of programs. Christopher Martinez reports.

    Oakland adds $250,000 for minimum wage enforcement

    Over 40,000 workers are taking home fatter paychecks, and over 50,000 are now eligible for paid sick leave since Oakland’s new minimum wage law went into effect March 2. Dire predictions of harm to the economy have not materialized. But not all workers know about the new law, and some employers may be ignoring it. Pacifica reporter Tom Herriman files this assessment from Oakland.


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