UPDATE: They did not call me as scheduled, but the segment has good information with anthropologist Robin Nagle.
I’m scheduled to be on the second hour of this week’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow talking about landfills, recycling, and trash. If your local public radio station carries both hours, you can hear it on the radio. If your local station only carries the first hour, you can find the full episode on the podcast version.
Wednesday morning, Dan Loney of the Knowledge@Wharton show spoke to me about the implications of New York City’s new styrofoam ban. SiriusXM listeners can find Knowledge@Wharton on Channel 111, and I am told the episode will be available for the next few days.
Quiet here recently due to book writing and editing. Final copyedits to Clean and White are in, and I am working on Aluminum Upcycled.
I briefly emerged from my cave to speak to City Limits about NYC’s plan to adopt single stream recycling.
Last winter, Brian Balogh of the BackStory podcast interviewed me for an episode on the history of waste. Now, the episode (including that interview as well as ones with fellow waste scholars Robin Nagle, Catherine McNeur, Brett Mizelle, Bart Elmore, and David Sklansky as well as recycling logo designer Gary Anderson) is available to hear.
If you’re curious about my family’s story as it relates to this history (and also want to hear my voice decay), click the link, as the American History Guys chose to use the part where I discuss what prompted me to write Cash for Your Trash (and much of that book’s second and third chapters).
Brian Balogh also gets an egregious pun (and my reaction to said pun) onto the podcast.
Recently, I spent an afternoon discussing various aspects of waste past and present with the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy for their Distillations podcast. The episode is now complete. Listen or download to iTunes here.
Thanks to Michal and Bob, as well as Mariel Carr for producing and David Barnes for suggesting me as a guest.
Kevin Whiteacre, Director of the Community Research Center and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Indianapolis, runs a website called MetalTheft.Net that “aims to identify and provide high quality, scholarly, professional, and publicly available literature on metal theft” through articles and interviews. Recently, he interviewed me on the history of metal theft, and our conversation is now available online.