Featured Episodes

Why Garbage Incinerators Are A Bad Deal For Communities (Episode 68)

Why Garbage Incinerators Are A Bad Deal For Communities (Episode 68)

Hibba Meraay

March 21, 2019

Host John Farrell speaks with ILSR’s Marie Donahue and Neil Seldman about the harmful impact of burning trash to generate electricity. The trio dive into ILSR’s recent report Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy. They also discuss Baltimore’s recent passage of the Clean Air Act.  READ MORE


Recent Episodes

People Love Local Food. Yet Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On?  (Episode 65)

People Love Local Food. Yet Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On? (Episode 65)

Hibba Meraay

February 7, 2019

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Leah Douglas, a reporter covering the political economy of food. They discuss corporate concentration in the food industry and the future of American farming.  READ MORE


How Minneapolis is Planning for a More Equitable Future (Episode 64)

How Minneapolis is Planning for a More Equitable Future (Episode 64)

Hibba Meraay

January 24, 2019

Host John Farrell speaks with Minneapolis City Council Member, Jeremy Schroeder, about the city's plans to combat climate change, increase affordable housing, and make sure Minneapolis is accessible to all.  READ MORE


Electricity and Internet: Pieces of the Same Puzzle (Episode 63)

Electricity and Internet: Pieces of the Same Puzzle (Episode 63)

Hibba Meraay

January 10, 2019

Host Chris Mitchell speaks with community broadband network pioneer Billy Ray about parallels between the movements for municipal electric utilities and community broadband networks.  READ MORE


Will Santa Sleigh the Monopolies? (Episode 62)

Will Santa Sleigh the Monopolies? (Episode 62)

Hibba Meraay

December 27, 2018

Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR Co-Directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell for a year in review. They discuss developments in the movement against corporate concentration, Amazon's stranglehold on the economy, batteries as a game changer in the energy world, and more.  READ MORE


How Community Composting Disrupts Big Waste (Episode 61)

How Community Composting Disrupts Big Waste (Episode 61)

Hibba Meraay

December 13, 2018

Host Brenda Platt speaks with Terry Craghead of Fertile Ground, a worker-owned community composting cooperative. Fertile Ground is building up the local economy by reducing food waste, creating jobs and combatting climate change.  READ MORE


How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

Hibba Meraay

November 29, 2018

We talk with Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, about her organization's pioneering work to strengthen Arizona's entrepreneurs and its local economy.  READ MORE


Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Hibba Meraay

November 15, 2018

Co-hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue speak with Tulsa City Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper. Earlier this year, the city council of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in north Tulsa, a predominantly African-American area.  READ MORE


City Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Clean Energy Equity (Episode 58)

City Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Clean Energy Equity (Episode 58)

Hibba Meraay

November 1, 2018

Host John Farrell, is joined by Alan Hipólito of Verde. Alan is leading the movement for clean energy equity in Portland, Oregon and spearheading a campaign for an important initiative on the ballot this year.  READ MORE