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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nancy Pearlman- Bio and stories

Hello Earthscope listeners-

Today I will be posting some stories made from my interview with Nancy Pearlman. But first, you should all know a little more about Pearlman herself- she sets a high standard for environmentalists and journalists alike.

Nancy Pearlman Bio
Nancy Pearlman has been an environmental activist since 1968. Nancy helped coordinate the first Earth Day in Southern California in the 1970's, and has since been involved with hundreds of conservation organizations- as administrator, participant, founder and more. She founded the Ecology Center of Southern California in 1972 and Project Ecotourism in 1993.

Pearlman is also the Executive Producer and host of the longest-running environmental radio series in the nation- Environmental Directions. The show is international, and produces weekly half-hour segments featuring environmental scientists, activists, government representatives and more.

She is also the Executive Producer and host of the three-time Emmy-nominated environmental television series ECONEWS, on which she covers relevant ecological issues. Nancy’s public service announcements have won numerous Buccaneer Awards from the Public Interest Radio and Television Educational Society.

Currently, Nancy serves as an Elected Trustee on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. She has won countless awards as a broadcaster, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor, producer, on-air personality, and outdoorswoman. For more than 40 years, she has served as an advocate to the environmental cause, and has made herself known as a strong presence. She was selected by the United Nations Environment Programme as a Global 500 Laureate.

As Executive Director to Educational Communications, Nancy has edited for 33 years the bi-monthly “Compendium Newsletter” and edited for 29 years the “Directory of Environmental Organizations”. She is also president of a media consulting firm which creates audio-visual materials. She has taught Cultural and Physical Anthropology, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Mass Communications at the college level. Nancy is also a blue-ribbon judge for the ChevronTexaco Conservation Awards.

Pearlman is a member of the Gypsy Folk Ensemble, and her athletic achievements include completing the Western States 100-mile run, finishing the Ironman Triathlon, climbing more than 100 listed peaks in California, winning long-distance races such as the 1980 Regional Championship 50-mile race and performing in equestrian events.


Now, listen to some Pearls of environmental wisdom! Click play to listen, and enjoy:

-Katherine Hafner, Earthscope reporter

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Laura Musikanski stories, cont'd

Hey guys!
Today I am posting more stories from my interview with Laura Musikanski, executive director of the Happiness Initiative.

Press play to listen, and enjoy!

Stay tuned for more interviews with influential environmental leaders, like Nancy Pearlman and Deb Callahan!

You can also listen to Earthscope in the SF Bay Area on 91.7 FM KALW Radio.

-Katherine Hafner, Earthscope reporter

Friday, July 27, 2012

Laura Musikanski- Stories and bio

Hi all!
Earthscope recently interviewed Laura Musikanski, executive director of the Happiness Initiative, an organization which aims to measure cities', states' and countries' success on a scale of 1 to happy, essentially. Learn more about Musikanski below:

Laura Musikanski Bio
Laura Muskianski is executive director and co-founder of the Happiness Initiative, a happiness-striving organization based in Seattle. But before this role, Laura also served as executive director of Sustainable Seattle, a regional sustainability indicator organization. Musikanski is a lawyer with an MBA and certificates in Environmental Management and Environmental Law and Regulations from the University of Washington. She later taught at the Univ. of Washington MBA program and at professional training programs there. She has also worked as an entrepreneur and consultant for corporations in the United States.

Alright, now the good stuff! Her interview with Earthscope reporter Katherine Hafner- Here are two stories about her Happiness Initiative. The first explores what exactly the HI aims to provide to the public. The second explains what their measuring system is when it comes to objectively observing happiness in others. Enjoy!

More stories from Musikanski are on the way, stay tuned!

You can also listen to Earthscope in the SF Bay Area on 91.7 FM KALW Radio.

-Katherine Hafner, Earthscope reporter

Monday, July 16, 2012

Paul Stamets- Stories and bio

Earthscope has been hard at work, finding stories about environmental causes to share with you! Today I will be posting a series of stories made from interviewing Paul Stamets, a mycologist who studies the medical effects of mushrooms and fungi. Below is included a brief bio of Stamets, as well as three short stories.

Paul Stamets Bio:

Paul Stamets is a long-time mycologist and author. He developed an interest in science at a young age, and always hoped to own his own laboratory. Today, he runs Fungi Perfecti, a family-owned company that sells mushroom kits and supplies. He is also very involved with the research of the medicinal properties of mushrooms, including turkey-tail mushrooms. Author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World, Stamets is an active environmental and fungi advocate. Stamets has filed multiple patents on the antiviral, pesticidal, and remediative properties of mushroom mycelia. His work with mushrooms in studying cancer has made him known as a pioneer in the field of science, and led him to receive an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the National College for Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Among the many awards Stamets has won for his outstanding work and visionary research are the Bioneers Award from The Collective Heritage Institute in 1998, as well as the Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils in 1999. He has given TED and TEDMED talks and interviews, and has been featured in several documentaries, including 2012, Time for a Change. Stamets has discovered four new species of mushrooms, and is the author of at least 6 books.

Below are 3 Earthscope stories with Stamets. Hit play to listen, and enjoy:

You can also listen to Earthscope on KALW 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area.

That's all for now- stay tuned for more stories!

-Katherine Hafner, Earthscope reporter

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Welcome to Earthscope

Hello fellow environmental enthusiasts, passionate peoples and interested idealists! Welcome to the official blog of Earthscope Media, home to some of the most sustainable minds of the past, present and future. Earthscope Media is a subset of the Environmental Education Council of Marin, located in Fairfax, California, and provides media coverage, training and information to local environmental programs and figures. Earthscope Radio produces 52 stories a year dealing with environmental and sustainability issues, that air on our partner station KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, reaching more than 200,000 listeners. Our mission is to educate the public about important environmental issues to create change on a local, national and ultimately global scale. In a society that is increasingly dominated by commercial interests and sometimes misguided information, we strive to preserve journalistic integrity and educate people about the Earth we all share. Together, we can make this Earth a more sustainable place to live.

The Environmental Education Council of Marin also parents Teen Environmental Media, a program dedicated to encouraging young people to become involved in environmental engagement through media training. Featured in National Geographic Kids Magazine, the TEM program provides vocational training to interested high school youth.

More information about these programs can be found at

Stay posted on both our blog and website for relevant radio stories, including interviews with Assemblyman Jared Huffman, ABC7 News anchor Cheryl Jennings, and more!  

-Katherine Hafner, Earthscope Reporter