#1502 Conflict, Climate, Capitalism and Famine

Air Date: 7–22-2022

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Today, we take a look at how the war in Ukraine is exacerbating the food crisis that was already underway in a world of climate chaos and capitalism driving resources to the brink

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Ch. 1: Global Food Prices Are at A Record High - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-22-22

We speak with Ukrainian-American Anna Nagurney, Chair in Integrative Studies at the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst about the latest on Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian food exports.

Ch. 2: Why War in Ukraine is Causing Apocalyptic Famine - RealLifeLore - Air Date 6-30-22

Explaining why the geopolitical destabilization of the war in Ukraine may be part of Russia's plan and what actions the world can take to reduce the famine

Ch. 3: The Famine Is Coming: War in Ukraine & Climate Crisis Contribute to Food Insecurity in Somalia - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-23-22

Joining us from Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, says poorer countries in Africa aren't able to financially compete with richer countries to afford basic staples like wheat.

Ch. 4: For Bread: On capitalism's global food crisis - Prolekult - Air Date 7-2-22

An overview of the fundamental factors driving the global food crisis. The piece looks at the way fertilizer has shaped agriculture, the composition of agricultural capital, and the environmental crisis' impact on agriculture globally.

Ch. 5: Food Shortage or Economic Crisis Experts Say Poverty & Capitalism Are Real Drivers of Global Hunger - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-23-22

We speak with food systems experts Sofía Monsalve Suárez and Rachel Bezner Kerr about how to prevent a looming global food shortage.

Ch. 6: Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli: The future of the food ecosystem -- and the power of your plate - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 5-9-22

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli lays out what it would take to build a more equitable, sustainable food system that nourishes all people and asks us to widen our perspectives before eating our next meal.


Ch. 7: Are Food Shortages Coming to the United States? - David Pakman Show - Air Date 4-20-22

Are food shortages really coming to the United States, as some are claiming?

Ch. 8: Why War in Ukraine is Causing Apocalyptic Famine Part 2 - RealLifeLore - Air Date 6-30-22

Explaining the slow-moving famine already underway before the start of the war in Ukraine


Ch. 9: Requesting a Culture Wars episode - Phil from California


Ch. 10: Final comments on our coverage of the culture wars


#1479 Torturing Children and Families in the Name of Protecting Them (Trans Rights)

#1498 Pride and Prejudice

#1470 Distorting History and Banning Books is a Power Play of Exclusion

#1453 The Tea Party Too (School Board Backlash and the Dark Money Behind It)

#1501 Navigating Post-Roe America

#1374 Tell Stories, Not Myths - Columbus and the Centrality of Colonialism

#1431 Stealing Native Children and Their Future

#1492 The Great Replacements (Conspiracy vs Reality)

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: Photograph of a cluster of golden wheat grains on a white surface. A small, colorful figurine of a globe rests on top of the grains.

Credit: "Globe and wheat. Global wheat shortage." by Jernej Furman, Flickr | License: CC BY 2.0 | Changes: Slightly cropped


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