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Courageous Conversations about Climate Change Featuring PRX Living on Earth Podcast

Courageous Conversations about Climate Change Featuring PRX Living on Earth Podcast

What happens when you hear or read the words “climate change”? Are you curious? Do you think about your, or your children’s life or lifestyle? Do you feel threatened? Or do you wonder what’s the big deal? Or do you deny that climate change exists? The following information is not meant to scare but to raise awareness of our planet’s condition. That is why it is a part of the series titled a courageous conversation.  Consider this: The changes in climate to date have little parallel in human history.  The last decade is quite likely the hottest the planet has…
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How often do you as a woman consider: How Climate Anxiety Is Shaping Family Planning?

How often do you as a woman consider:  How Climate Anxiety Is Shaping Family Planning?

In recent months, the notion of family planning as a means of fighting climate change has emerged from the eco-warrior fringe and entered the mainstream public conversation. Last winter, on the Facebook page, BirthStrike, a group of about 650 people based in Britain, have pledged to forgo having children because of “the severity of the ecological crisis.” One post BirthStrike post shared the following: “For several months after her daughter was born in 1991, Lori Day had terrifying anxiety dreams about failing to protect her baby. Decades later, the recurring nightmares about her daughter’s safety have returned, triggered by the prospect of…
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What story do you tell yourself when the White House calls?

What story do you tell yourself when the White House calls?

This month’s theme, “Stories We Grew up with,” expands our appreciation of who we have become due to the stories we have been told and the ones we have told ourselves growing up. We look at how these stories have impacted our thoughts, our dreams; ultimately, I believe everyone has a story and is a story. Author Richard Kearney says in his book On Stories, “telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for a while, food makes us live; stories are what make our lives worth living.” Isak Dinesen says, “To be a…
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Legacy is for the living with father and son Courtney and Asa Nero

Legacy is for the living with father and son Courtney and Asa Nero

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 says, “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built, or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way, so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. Dara Horn says. “Every person has a legacy. You may not know what your impact is, and it may not be something that you can write on your tombstone, but…
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New weapons in the fight against human trafficking revealed with advocate Ms. Anne Basham

New weapons in the fight against human trafficking revealed with advocate Ms. Anne Basham

Researchers have found that sex traffickers often target children and youth with a history of maltreatment, sexual abuse, low self-esteem, and minimal social support. About 10,000 children a year suffer the horrors of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. Each victim on average is forced to have sex more than five times a day. Yet the buyers who fuel the child sex trade are seldom held accountable. Most just blend back into their families, jobs, and neighborhoods. My guest at the table today is a wonderful resource to educate us about the human trafficking space. Beyond that, she is also an expert and advocate in the…
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A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

When Tonya was 13, she met Eddie (a pseudonym) at the apartment she lived in with her mother in the Dallas, Texas, area. His estranged wife was the property manager. Tonya was classmates with Eddie’s stepdaughter, so the two would often see each other at the apartment and in the local grocery store. It was there that the two first exchanged numbers. “It was a casual relationship at first. You could see there was a mutual connection. I thought he was cute,” Tonya recalled. “I could tell he was really flirtatious with me. We would talk and flirt a lot,…
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Don’t Despise Small Beginnings Featuring Millennial Sherrita Wilkins

Don't Despise Small Beginnings Featuring Millennial Sherrita Wilkins

“Millennials, they are the most threatening and exciting generation since the baby boomers brought about social revolution, not because they’re trying to take over the Establishment but because they’re growing up without one. The Industrial Revolution made individuals far more powerful–they could move to a city, start a business, read, and form organizations. The information revolution has further empowered individuals by handing them the technology to compete against huge organizations: hackers vs. corporations, bloggers vs. newspapers, terrorists vs. nation-states, YouTube directors vs. studios, app-makers vs. entire industries. Millennials don’t need us. That’s why we’re scared of them.” Lindsey Pollack says…
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What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

Dollar-for-dollar, human trafficking in America is far worse than it is overseas. It is a market that is growing exponentially, putting $975 million in the pockets of human traffickers every year. Every 2.5 hours, a child is taken by human traffickers. Seven years is the average lifespan of a child victim once taken. Ninety-six percent of trafficking victims are female. Every trafficked child is purchased for sex 5.4 times a day. Human traffickers use any tool available to them to connect with potential victims. Contrary to popular belief, these predators rarely kidnap victims but rather employ psychological manipulation to get…
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Voices From The Future: Millennials on the Move.

Voices From The Future: Millennials on the Move.

I can remember when an application was for filling out for employment, and a program was a TV show. Memory was something you lose with age, and a CD was a bank account. I love intergenerational conversations about then and now, perhaps because I believe life is a process, not an event, a journey, not a destination. However, we also know that events shape values, shape behavior, and trends change over time. This week we hear from another group of Voices from the Future”. Voices that expand our appreciation that who they have become result from the events, stories they…
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Kids These Days: Courageous Conversations By Teens About Teens.

Kids These Days: Courageous Conversations By Teens About Teens.

It is what it is, but it is not what it seems to be. During this past season, perhaps some of you have felt mental and emotional uncertainty and unrest. It seems that everything that could be shaken was shaking, where noise, angry noise, appears to be drowning out laughter and love. I am describing what I felt from an adult perspective, someone who has known challenge and loss and fear, and somehow with the help of faith and time and supportive friends, I recovered, I healed. I was blessed. But what about the children, the next generations? How do…
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