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Best of Blue Dot: America's environmental conscience: a conversation with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben.
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Bill McKibben.

Host Dave Schlom visits with one of the true heroes of environmental activism in the U.S. and the world -- Bill McKibben.

His 1989 book, The End of Nature, McKibben brought the issue of global warming to a general audience for the first time. In the decades since, he has never faltered in his messaging that the climate crisis is truly an existential threat.

In his new book, The Flag, The Cross and The Station Wagon, McKibben goes back to his childhood routes in suburban New England and muses on what has happened to create the deeply polarized politics of today as well as looking for solutions through his Third Act movement that seeks to mobilize "experienced" citizens (those of us over 60) to try and turn the tide back on threats to democracy and our planetary home.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.