Category Archives: Podcast

715: My mom, Marie Spodek, part 3: Starting a food coop and making ends meet as a single mom in a food desert with three kids

on August 24, 2023 in Podcast

I’ve written about how people act like food coops don’t work for people without resources like time and money or who have kids. It took me a long time to realize they didn’t see food coops being started because the people starting them didn’t have time or money and had kids. When my parents couldn’t make ends meet, then after they divorced and struggled more to make ends meet, forming[…] Keep reading →

714: Adam Hochschild, part 3: King Leopold’s Ghost

on August 22, 2023 in Podcast

Adam‘s book Bury the Chains inspired me to see British abolitionism as a role model movement for sustainability. The writing was simple and clear. The subject inspirational and relevant. We talked about it in our first episodes, which I recommend. At last I read his most renowned book, King Leopold’s Ghost, which we talk about in this episode. I came to it after reading Heart of Darkness, which it complements. Regular[…] Keep reading →

713: Matthew Matern, part 3: A trial lawyer’s view

on August 19, 2023 in Podcast

Matt and I talk about his commitment and how it affected him. I talk about the Spodek Method in general and other leadership tools like creating role models. Matt talked about his hopes and expectations about technology. When I asked him if he could imagine a world where no one polluted, he shared that he hadn’t thought about it, but find the idea almost beyond conception. Think about it: if[…] Keep reading →

712: Guy Spier, part 1: The Education of a Value Investor

on August 16, 2023 in Podcast

Guy is a successful, well-known hedge fund founder. He’s famous for paying a lot of money for one meal with Warren Buffet (hundreds of thousands of dollars), which he found worth it. He and I know each other partly through a guest also in finance I did several episodes with, Whitney Tilson, though we emailed before we found Whitney in common. Regular listeners know a strategy of this podcast is[…] Keep reading →

711: Kate Siber: “Should I Stop Flying? It’s a Difficult Decision to Make.”

on August 11, 2023 in Podcast

I was led to Kate’s article Should I Stop Flying? It’s a Difficult Decision to Make. from a newsletter from Flight Free USA. I’ve read, heard, written, and said a lot about not flying. I found her article the most sensitive, comprehensive, and thoughtful on the internal, personal challenge and gut check of deciding to stop flying. I’ll let you read the article to find where she lands on not[…] Keep reading →

710: Madeline Ostrander, part 2: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth

on August 8, 2023 in Podcast

Since our last conversation, check out the reviews that have come in about Home on an Unruly Planet from past guests of this podcast: “With deep, compassionate reporting and elegant prose …  Ostrander finds creativity, vital hope, and a sense of home that outlasts any address.”—Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction “As each new climate calamity obliterates, incinerates, or engulfs entire communities,[…] Keep reading →

709: Madeline Ostrander, part 1: At Home on an Unruly Planet

on August 7, 2023 in Podcast

What’s actually happening with our environmental problems? Scientists predict. Journalists in periodicals tend to write what gets attention and clicks, so we don’t know how accurately they represent versus sensationalize. There’s plenty to sensationalize after all. Madeline spent time with several communities to find out what problems they faced, how seriously, and what they were doing about it. The result is she sensitively portrayed them in her book At Home[…] Keep reading →

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