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Blue Dot: Hunter Pence's all-star efforts for a better Bay Area: The Healthy Planet Project and San Francisco Baykeeper

San Francisco Baykeeper Sejal Choksi-Chugh with Hunter and Alexis Pence.
SF Baykeeper
San Francisco Baykeeper Sejal Choksi-Chugh with Hunter and Alexis Pence.

Host Dave Schlom visits with two-time World Series champion and four-time MLB All-Star Hunter Pence about the nonprofit organization he and his wife Alexis have founded: Healthy Planet Project. 

Healthy Planet Project volunteer Dominic Marci with Hunter Pence Photo: Tony Marci
Tony Marci
Healthy Planet Project volunteer Dominic Marci with Hunter Pence.

With a variety of partners, Pence, and his team are dedicated to community engagement and youth activation on behalf of the environment. From cleaning up beaches and planting trees in community spaces to kayaking clean up along the coast, the Healthy Planet Project brings people together to make the Bay a better place.
Dave talks to Hunter (now a baseball analyst for the SF Giants on radio and television) about his passion for the environment. San Francisco Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh joins us to discuss the pollution challenges facing the bay and how Baykeeper fights it.

And at the end, Hunter and one of the Healthy Planet Project's young volunteers, Salinas High School student and baseball player Dominic Marci talk about their experiences together in this engaging episode of Blue Dot.

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.