Conversations with people… and encounters with ideas… that are re-inventing the world.


Memories of War, and the Music of Peace

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 | 0 comments

A Sunday Herald Remembrance Day column from 2008 ***** The bullet, said Johnny Mauger, went in one side of his friend’s head, but it didn’t quite come out the other. Johnny tapped his temple. The bullet made a little bulge, like a pimple, right here. His voice was soft and sad as he remembered his friend, another young kid from Cape Breton, dead in a...

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David Montgomery!

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Our newest interview, David Montgomery, is a geologist, a professor, a rock musician – and the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, a startling book that details how human beings have been mining the soil since the dawn of agriculture, turning the Fertile Crescent, for instance, into the desert that is modern Iraq. It takes from 500 to 1000 years for...

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Echoes of Gandhi – Sunday column, January 16, 2011

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 | 0 comments

I need to know more about Mahatma Gandhi.   During the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing three towering figures in the Indian eco-justice movement. Bunker Roy is the founder of Barefoot College; Satish Kumar edits Resurgence magazine; and the protean Vandana Shiva is a physicist, eco-feminist, philosopher and doughty foe of...

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