The Steady Stater, hosted by Brian Czech, is a podcast by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, dedicated to exploring limits to growth and sustainable solutions. Czech and his guests discuss the principles of steady-state economics and how they apply to contemporary politics and policy. The Steady Stater airs every Monday at 8:00 a.m. EST.
Food Hubs for Thought (with Sabine O’Hara)
Sabine O’Hara occupies a unique niche in ecological economics, with numerous titles to show for it. She’s also developed a dynamic research program at the only urban land-grant university in the USA. Listen to Sabine discuss with Brian her theory of production, urban food hubs, capitalism, and input:output analysis. Learn too about CAUSES, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. It’s a hub, too; of food for thought and thoughts on food.
The Population Balancing Act (with David Paxson)
The balance of nature. Balancing resources among nations. Balancing politics with the raw facts of overpopulation. Working in the population education field is a constant balancing act, and David Paxson has been on the tightrope ever since establishing World Population Balance in 1991. Listen to him discuss his voluminous insights with Brian Czech in this week’s episode of The Steady Stater.
Backtracking the Ecological Footprint (with Bill Rees)
This week’s guest at the Steady Stater is a renaissance man in sustainability studies. Bill Rees conceived the ecological footprint concept, and helped develop the footprinting methodology thereafter. In this episode we explore the concept and do some “backtracking,” too, all the way back to Bill’s original thoughts. Brian and Bill also entertain the backtracking of GDP to the ecological footprint itself.
Holey Bags, McMansions, and Other American Mysteries
Ever wonder why 50% of plastic bags have holes—and always near the bottom? What about Hummers; how in heck did those happen? Then we have McMansions, the NRA’s special Kuznets Curve, and “20 % off” everything, all the time! Let Brian Czech guide you through these mysteries of American life, as a bit of comedic relief inches the steady state economy closer to the cusp of a cultural awakening.
Rolling Out the Doughnut Economy (with Kate Raworth)
Kate Raworth may be the most effective economic reformer today. Her vision of a “doughnut economy”—between the hole of poverty and the outer darkness of planetary overshoot—has rolled into Amsterdam and it’s not stopping there. If we roll it out into a “breadstick”—poverty below and overshoot above—does it amount to a steady state economy? Brian and Kate explore the concept.
What Herman Daly Really Thinks About Markets and Capitalism
Herman Daly’s well-developed thoughts on markets and capitalism have been misunderstood and misrepresented among Marxists and undiscerning muckrakers. It’s time to set the record straight! Don’t miss this clarifying conversation between Brian and Herman. In addition to fascinating discussion about markets, market failures, and models of political economy, this episode is a perfect fit for economics classes.