Category Archives: Podcast

410: Race, part 2: How do you learn when people respond to questions with criticism and judgment?

on November 17, 2020 in Podcast

My second episode with guest Dan McPherson of Leaders Must Lead on race. Probably one more after this one. Say someone doesn’t know something about race but wants to. If that person sees others talking about the subject get chastised and even fired, how can that person learn? If anything, won’t they learn not to ask? If so, won’t they remain ignorant? Doesn’t ignorance contribute to racism. Dan and I[…] Keep reading →

409: Kevin Cahill, part 2: Systems change, fast and effective

on November 14, 2020 in Podcast

Everyone gets we have to change system, which means global economy. They think we have to start huge. If it’s not big enough, it’s not worth doing. History suggests otherwise, in particular Edwards Deming’s results transforming Japan in the 50s, or the U.S. war efforts before that, or several American companies since. Kevin runs the Deming Institute, which trains people in the Deming philosophy and practice. Kevin speaks from experience[…] Keep reading →

408: Nancy Reagan and the Environment

on November 13, 2020 in Podcast

Here are my notes I read from for this episode: Just say no drugs winning Try telling smoker that cigarettes cause lung cancer and see if it stops. Doesn’t. It takes work but rewarding Try giving more and more facts. They heard already. Now imagine Nancy Reagan was a smoker or cocaine user while saying just say no Imagine she smoked or did drugs while saying not to. That’s Al[…] Keep reading →

407: Eric Metaxas: William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace

on November 12, 2020 in Podcast

A few months ago I hadn’t heard the names William Wilberforce or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Now they rank among my greatest influences. Eric Metaxas’s biographies of these two men were among the main reasons. Once I read them, I had to meet Eric and bring his view here. Read the books, learn about the men, what they did, and the environments in which they did it. Few who spend time with[…] Keep reading →

406: J. B. MacKinnon, part 1: The Once and Future World

on November 10, 2020 in Podcast

J. B. MacKinnon’s book The Once and Future World influenced my view of nature as much as anyone’s. I thought I knew what nature was, what we were trying to conserve or preserve, but I wasn’t even close. I found his writing gripping and colorful. I’ll link to a couple recordings I made that quoted the book at length. We’ve been talking about our work, his new book he’s nearly[…] Keep reading →

405: No, It’s Not Just a Piece of Cloth

on November 9, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from: No, it’s not just a piece of cloth • Context ◦ Mark Meadows and Ben Carson tested positive ◦ US is spreading virus maybe most in world. White House more infections than Vietnam ◦ In fact there are more people in Ben Carson with covid than in Vietnam. ◦ Masks halt spread. ◦ People say tragic that it’s become political, but even so,[…] Keep reading →

404: Michael Moss, part 1: Salt, Sugar, Fat, Convenience, Addiction, and the Environment

on November 5, 2020 in Podcast

Michael Moss had already risked his life as a reporter in Baghdad, where he interviewed Islamic militants and exposing that US marines lacked body armor. He had also already won a Pulitzer prize for reporting on food. Then he wrote Salt Sugar Fat, which has become one of the core books on the field of the food and doof industries. For me, the title has become one word, SaltSugarFat, to[…] Keep reading →

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