An Organic Conversation is a weekly podcast and national radio show inspiring health, sustainability, and mindfulness featuring iterviews with authors, filmmakers, non-profits, and changemakers. Hosted by Ecologist and Organic Food Advocate Helge Hellberg.
An Organic Conversation covers topics on food and nutrition, health and wellness, organic gardening, parenting and healthy kids, natural pets, green homes, eco-travel, environmental news, advocacy, inspiration, and personal growth. It is listened to in over 100 countries, continuously ranks in the Top 10 Health Podcasts*, and was rated as the #1 Green Food Show in the U.S.
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4 Wheel Bob: A True Tale of Strength, Courage, and Wisdom
In this life, in this world, you would think that we might run out of ideas, or stories, or goals - that the human capacity will at one point exhaust itself, that all songs might be written one day. Well, clearly not so. We’ve come across this incredibly wonderful movie, as slow as a wheelchair, and as deep as human inspiration can lead us – in this case up the mountain, into the heart and soul of the viewer. It’s called 4 Wheel Bob: A True Tale of Strength, Courage, and Wisdom. It’s filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area, where this show is produced, and it was nominated as one of the Bay Area’s Most Important Environmental Film Contributions this year at the San Francisco Green Film Festival. We are speaking with the filmmaker today and with the star of the documentary.
Tal Skloot, Director, 4 Wheel Bob, SF Bay Area
Bob Coomber, Lifelong Outdoorsman, 4 Wheel Bob, SF Bay Area
Your Brain on Nature: How Our Environment Becomes Us
If you live in a city and spend a significant amount of time on your devices, this show is for you. New research has found that a cellphone is addictive, literally. The best antidote? Nature! The temperatures are warming, a big spring cleaning is around the corner, and with it, we allow the energy of the natural environment to re-enter our lives. What does that really mean and how important is it? Just how much does the world of technology and the world outside really affect us? Today we’ll find out with new research done by Dr. David Strayer, a Professor of Cognition and Neural Science, who will speak with us about just how much our environment becomes us.
Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science, University of Utah, Park City, UT
Essential Oils: The Amazing Properties of Scent
Imagine there is a new world out there, a different dimension, right at your fingertips, that you could enter at any time, that can bring you joy, and pleasure, and healing. That world exists, and it is our topic in this episode - Essential Oils. We have had shows on scents and the importance of our ability to smell, and while we appreciate the beauty and comfort a nice scent can give to us, we were stunned when we came across a brand new book on Essential Oils and their therapeutic use. The book is called “Healing Civilizations,” and while that seems like a bold title, the book delivers on it. It’s a tour around the world with your nose, combining ancient wisdom with modern studies of therapeutic essential oils. In this episoe, Helge Hellberg is speaking with the author, Dr. Nadim Shaath.
Dr. Nadim Shaath, Author, Healing Civilizations: The Search for Therapeutic Essential Oils & Nutrients
Patience Gray: A Life About Food
Ever heard of Patience Gray? If you have – good for you! And if you haven’t, you still most likely are affected by her passion and work every day, as this woman has defined our modern way of eating and cooking more than any other woman of her time. We are talking with the author of a new book that is honoring Patience Gray's dedication to food, and her unwillingness to accept societal standards, luckily, as we are all better for it today. She was the Alice Waters of her time, helping to redefine our relationship to eating.
Adam Federman, Author, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray, Vermont
Sustainable Fashion: A Beautiful Idea for Fabric Waste
We talk a lot about sustainability on our plates on this show - organic food and agriculture as the foundation for social and environmental justice. But of course, the conversation about how to create true sustainability on this planet includes all aspects of human life. Today it’s about sustainable fashion. We are speaking with an expert about the fashion industry in this episode, specifically about the insane amount of fabric waste created every day, around the world, and even in a city near you, here in the U.S. That expert, Angela Chou, has created an alternative, a true solution to what we can do about all this fabric waste - and she will share her model with us today.
Host Helge Hellberg in an organic conversation with Angela Chou, Founder of Utterly, San Francisco, CA
Love Thy Nature: A Beautiful Reminder of the Gift of Life
In the world of news and politics and social and environmental justice we, as a culture, often focus disproportionately on what is not working. From a deeply human perspective, the film Love Thy Nature brings the balance back in focus by reminding us of the beauty of this planet and the blessing to be alive. Host Helge Hellberg is speaking with the filmmaker of Love Thy Nature today – an incredibly powerful conversation and the essence of why we are doing this show, what it means to be human, our opportunity for one another, and our responsibility for this one planet that we all call home.
Sylvie Rokab, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Love Thy Nature, Los Angeles, CA
An educational and "tasty" listen!
Just started listening but finding the conversation interesting and educational. I work in the organic and biodynamic food sector so it's very relevant to my everyday life. I'm eager to try out some of your "bites" suggestions! Thanks for the great work.