Podcast: 2% Solutions for the Planet with Courtney White

2percentThe environmental problems we face today are significant. So it’s somewhat natural to assume that the solutions that will have an impact on those problems must themselves be significant, must be big. But in Two Percent for the Planet, Courtney White argues that many of the solutions that can make a real difference are actually smaller ones: low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies that can be employed today.

In this podcast, Courtney White takes us through a few of the the fifty innovative & engaging success stories from his book to inspire urban-dwellers, farmers, ranchers—anyone lamenting the scope of the problem and the apparent lack of action steps. New concepts such as agrivoltism and fibershed are introduced with a very practical overview of innovations from around the world.

Take a listen:

About the Author

Screen shot 2016-01-14 at 1.10.50 PMCourtney White is a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist. He dropped out of the “conflict industry” in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. He is the author of Grass, Soil, Hope, Revolution on the Range, and The Age of Conqequences. He lives in Santa Fe with his family and a backyard full of chickens.

This show originally aired live on January 13th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: B-52’s Frontman Fred Schneider & Breyting Community Roaster

A tale of two longtime friends. One is a former straight edge punk & BMXer turned coffee disrupter, Von Coven, with a mission to help the communities in Laos & Vietnam still impacted by the Southeast Asia Conflict through his company, which is set to open a 4,000 square foot coffee roasting and packing plant, Breyting Community Roaster in DeLand, Florida this weekend. The other just so happens to be world famous frontman of The B-52’s, Fred Schneider, whose legendary dance party hits such as Love Shack, Rock Lobster and Private Idaho are still played on heavy rotation decades after their release.

Take a listen: (actual talk starts at the 4:25 mark)

After Breyting’s signature blend, Snake Bomb, launched to rave reviews, these friends decided to team up to craft a special line of coffee blends roasted to Fred’s liking: Monster & Invasion of the Caffeine Snatchers. Both will debut locally at the Grande Opening Tour & Tasting followed by a Monster Bash afterparty, hosted by Schneider. Both events are free and open to the public this Saturday, November 7th in DeLand, Florida. More details on both events can be found here.

And a shout out to today’s co-host Ms Mekanism who is a fabulous rock start in her own right and Miriphoto, who came to capture behind the scenes photos today (coming soon).

About our guests

fredschneiderFred Schneider is best known as the lead singer of legendary rock band The B-52’s with his four of his friends — Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson. Their 1979 self-titled debut album sold 500,000 copies behind the party rock hits “Rock Lobster” and “52 Girls.” Their 1980 follow-up, Wild Planet, proved to be another commercial success and critical darling, powered by singles such as “Private Idaho,” Give Me Back My Man” and “Strobe Light.”

In addition to his long tenure with The B-52’s, Schneider has enjoyed a successful solo career as both a musician and an actor. He has released two solo albums, Fred Schneider & The Shake Society (1984) and Just Fred (1996). In 2006, Schneider formed a synthetic pop band called The Superions, releasing both a self-titled EP and an album, Destination… Christmas!, in 2010. Schneider has also worked sporadically as an actor in films such as The Flintstones (1994) and The Rugrats Movie (1998).

riccovenVon Coven is the founder of The Breyting® Group, a privately held brand management company that cultivates a flourishing portfolio of branded companies and product collections. Each brand operates independently and with its own distinct identity and market segment and are supported by important synergies such as a shared fulfillment system, a talented support team, and an unwavering devotion to quality and ethics. Coven is a lifelong activist & his strong sense of integrity is the driving force behind his missions to raise awareness about important causes &  pay attention to the human & environmental impact of his work.

Tune in on November 4th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL or listen live online here.

Podcast: Know Your Rights & The Foodie Expo

An information packed show featured in two segments. The first is a citizen activists Know Your Rights Series activists Lizi Bourassa & Yulissa Arce where we learn the importance of flexing our citizen muscles. Hilarity ensues on the second half by the highly entertaining by the darling of the Food Network, Emily Ellyn, and Chef Manny FD (and local firefighter) as they promoteThe Foodie Expo in Oviedo, FL. Take a listen:

About the “Know Your Rights” Series

The Know Your Rights Series (KYRS) is a FREE educational tool for the public which is designed to help community members gain further understanding of your civil, social and labor rights. The aims is for Greater Orlando citizens to leave each workshop feeling empowered to take action if participants are ever concerned that their rights may have been violated. Upcoming classes include,  Your Rights as a Tenant,  Understanding Immigration Rights and Your Voting Rights. For more information & to RSVP, check out the host Florida Institute for Reform & Empowerment (FIRE).

The Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (F.I.R.E.) is a nonpartisan 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low and moderate income Floridians to be leaders in their communities.

About the foodie expo

Screen shot 2015-10-20 at 11.50.32 AMThe Foodie Expo is a bounty of Orlando’s restaurants, food trucks, and farmer’s market vendors, together on 35 acres of beautiful Florida farmland. Hosted by Food Network star Emily Ellyn, this food-centric event will feature Live cooking demos by Cutthroat Kitchen winner Chef Manny FD , live sushi class, and Italian meatball class by Isabella Morgia Di Vicari.

Learn about sustainable living concepts, raising animals, or growing your own vegetables in our Community Garden. listen to music, find a new favorite food truck, meet celebrity guests, and enjoy a day with your whole family. There will be a Kid Zone, LOTS of Farm Animals, A Petting Zoo, Kid Maze, and much more!

Event takes place Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 11AM to 8PM in Ovideo, Florida. RSVP and ticket information can be found here.

This show originally aired live on Wednesday, October 21st at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters

Edible Orlando’s Pam Brandon & Katie Farmand  and Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson shared with us a few backstories about their second cookbook together, Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters. Three of the most influential women in Florida’s Food Movement, this tasteful trio first appeared on Front Porch Radio to promote their first book together: Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans. Amongst many things we discussed were Sheepshead (the ugly fish), fancy Hemingway inspired cocktails, and towards the very end we heard some tips for local food entrepreneurs to get noticed by media. Listen in:

Buy Local: Available locally for purchase at BookMark It, located inside East End Market.

About the Book

goodcatchSurrounded by water on three sides with an inland maze of lakes, rivers, streams, and springs, Florida has a fishing culture unlike any other state and with it comes an abundance of delectable recipes. Following their award-winning Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans, authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson take readers on a journey to savor the bounty of the state’s countless waterways and bring these distinctly Floridian recipes from the sea to your table.

In Good Catch, the authors befriend the fishermen, the frog giggers, and the shrimpers whose pride in their hard work is near tangible and whose joy comes from spending time so close to nature. Their stories, evoking a way of life that has endured for generations, will transform you—if you have not been already—into a champion of local fishermen.

From amberjack to snook, from roasted Apalachicola oysters to steamed spiny lobster from the Florida Keys—plus, all the accompanying starters, salads, and sides—Good Catch brings Sunshine State flavor into your kitchen.


PAM BRANDON is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for OrlandoSentinel.com and the Palm Beach Post. She has written twelve cookbooks, including  the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook. Her favorite Florida seafood, hands down, is wild-caught, crispy fried shrimp with a splash of lemon.

KATIE FARMAND, a proud Florida native, is an Orlando-based food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She is the editor of Edible Orlando magazine. She grew up deep-sea fishing with her grandparents and, to this day, a sandwich made with fried freshly caught grouper is her definition of perfection. This is her second cookbook.

HEATHER McPHERSON is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and OrlandoSentinel.com. She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and is author of two cookbooks, coauthor of five cookbooks, and editor of three others. She loves all Florida seafood, but grouper with a lemony caper-dill sauce is her favorite.

This show originally aired on October 14th at 4pm EST live on WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.