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029 - The Man Who Invented Everything (William Murdoch) - Dead White Scientist Series

029 - The Man Who Invented Everything (William Murdoch) - Dead White Scientist Series

June 13, 2021

Probably the most important scientist that you have never heard of.  William Murdoch was involved in creating or perfecting most of the major inventions that brought us through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age.  

From the steam engine to the locomotive, to the automobile to the steam boat - he even invented the pneumatic tube (that thing that delivers checks at the bank) and a way to purify beer with fish.  And oh yeah, he also invented gas lighting that illuminated the world prior to the electric light bulb.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of sustainable living - and the Dead White Scientists that made it all possible.

120 - Building a Tiny House

120 - Building a Tiny House

June 6, 2021

How much is enough?  Is the next generation less obsessed with a big home in the suburbs?  Can comfortable shelter be achieved on a small footprint... with a small budget? 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Destiny Dame, a student intern at Blue Rock Station who is currently working on the $5,000 tiny home project- and contemplating how to live a life and create a business around a smaller household footprint.

119 - Is Sustainability Sustainable?

119 - Is Sustainability Sustainable?

May 30, 2021

It's fine to worry about the climate and whether our behaviors are sustainable when you have enough - enough to eat, a comfortable place to live, a sense of physical safety.  But how do we convey a sense of urgency to those struggling to get through the day?

How can our message be tailored to various demographics - student, young, old, white, black?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Alexis Romero, a sustainability student at the University of Florida working to address these issues and concerns.

077 - Who Revived the Electric Car?

077 - Who Revived the Electric Car?

May 23, 2021

One hundred years ago the world changed - transitioning from the horse and buggy to the automobile.  Most of the cars in that age were electric, relying on big bulky batteries for power.  

Henry Ford and Charles Kettering doomed those early electrics (you will have to listen to find out how).  General Motors revived it in the 1990's, then killed it again.  But from the ashes emerged products like the Prius, and companies like Tesla.  

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station discuss how this time around everything is different - and how the electric car will change our society in ways as profound as the horseless carriage did 100 years ago.  (Repeat from April 2020)

118 – Preppers

118 – Preppers

May 16, 2021

The world is teetering on the edge of disaster. The Great Depression – the Cold War – 9-11 – Katrina – the 2008 Economic Meltdown – Covid...

Doesn't it make sense to build yourself a bunker, stock it with beans and ammunition, and wait out the Zombie Apocalypse? Is that what it means to be a “prepper.” Or is it just a common sense approach to have the skills and supplies on hand to deal with whatever emergency may come your way?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they discuss the realities of living a sustainable life.

117 – Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

117 – Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

May 9, 2021

Many people hold the same dream. Quit your job, move to the country, live the simple life. Somehow create your own little business where you are in charge of your own destiny.

But before you tell your boss to shove it – you need to think long and hard about just what it takes to run a business... any business. Do you have what it takes? Do you have enough capital (time and money)? Is the reality of your dream really what you want?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they discuss the realities of living a sustainable life.

116 – First Energy Scandal

116 – First Energy Scandal

May 2, 2021

In July 2020 the Ohio Speaker of the House, Larry Householder was arrested by the FBI and along with a group of utility lobbyists – charged in connection with a $61 million dollar “pay-to-play” scheme that netted First Energy somewhere between $1 – $2 billion dollars of taxpayer money.

This was the latest development in a pattern of corruption that places high-ranking Ohio politicians in league with state utility companies, not only lining their own pockets – but providing the motivation to weaken or repeal laws aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they try to follow the money that plays a big part in the political opposition to trying to reduce the impact of fossil fuels on the only planet we have.

115 - Why Become a Flexitarian

115 - Why Become a Flexitarian

April 25, 2021

The raising of livestock is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas. 

Our industrial meat production processes are cruel and inhumane to the animals as well as the people who work within the system.

The over-eating of meat is a major contributor to the decline in health of the planet's population.

So why not change things up a bit?

Flexitarian is the new buzzword for those who have decided to give up a bit of meat, use meat substitutes, and generally try for a bit of moderation in their diet.  

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

114 - Socially Responsible Investing

114 - Socially Responsible Investing

April 18, 2021

Every dollar you spend is a vote.  Every dollar you invest or save is also a vote.

How can you make sure that the companies you support also support an agenda and a world vision that you agree with?  And just what should you look for when trying to decide where to place your money?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Michelle Wilson, Financial Planner and owner of Athens Impact Socially Responsible Investments as they discuss the evils and advantages of money.

113 - Have We Reached Peak Climate Change?

113 - Have We Reached Peak Climate Change?

April 11, 2021

Since the beginnings of the industrial revolution, economic greed and industrial activity have behaved like frat boys at an open bar.  The result - a changing climate that threatens our very existence on this planet.

But have political will, economics and technology all aligned at this moment to ensure that the worst is behind us and the healing has begun?  President Biden has recently announced a $2 trillion sustainability package.  Corporations and investors are abandoning fossil fuel projects and flocking to renewables.  The solar industry grew 47% during a pandemic year. 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a surprisingly hopeful discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

 
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