Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Conversation with Jennifer Michael Hecht

In this episode, Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, speaks with Yale University Press Director John Donatich, about how we can forestall the rising tide of suicides in the United States and worldwide, combing through the history of suicide to recover the most powerful arguments against the irretrievable act.

Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier: a Conversation with Tom Kizzia

Tom Kizzia’s recent book, Pilgrim’s Wilderness, details the strange (but true) journey of the self-proclaimed Papa Pilgrim, who established his wife and fifteen children in America’s largest national park in south-central Alaska. In this podcast, Kizzia visits with Amy Mount, Yale F&ES ’14, about how the Pilgrims touched off one of the most-visible controversies between environmentalists, government officials and local land-rights advocates in a generation.

Nature’s Trust: a Conversation with Mary Wood

In this podcast Marissa Knodel, Yale F&ES ’15, visits with Mary Wood, faculty director of the nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon School of Law, about her recent book, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age. The book highlights flaws in current environmental law practices and offers transformational change based on the public trust doctrine. An ancient and enduring principle, the trust doctrine asserts public property rights to crucial resources. Its core logic compels government, as trustee, to protect natural inheritance such as air and water for all humanity.

Exploring the Roots of Environmental Law: a Conversation with Tom Jorling + Leon Billings

In this podcast, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy Associate Director Josh Galperin visits with former US Senate staffers Leon Billings and Tom Jorling about the policies and personalities that led to the first major environmental laws in the nation — and what the history of environmental lawmaking can tell us about the political stalemate we face today.

Chris Boswell: Sustainable Food in Rome

Chris Boswell, founder of the Rome Sustainable Food Project, talks about facilitating the cross-pollination of ideas from food leaders all over the world by encouraging them to come to the table and share meals and ideas with the Project in Rome. Boswell spoke to how the Project believes in the power and importance of improving the way institutions think about the food they serve, and about educating a new generation of people to keep that focus real and vital.