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Dori and Val tell you everything you wanted to know about living a green lifestyle that is more hip than hippie. It's upbeat, informative, and at times rather funny. (Yes, we shave).
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DATE: Wed, 22 Sep 2010
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More Hip #271 - Conscious Cooking

More Hip Than Hippie #271 - Conscious Cooking Author Anni Daulter discusses the joys of conscious cooking for babies and toddlers. The Hipsters meet author/cook/mom/cool chick Anni Daulter, who has released a book and a baby this year. Anni discusses ways to prepare food for your family that nourishes both body and soul. Also, Dori and Val hit up a Brewfest, and Val puts out an APB on Malloy! Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Need another reason to love autumn? You got it: Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing. Featuring a medley of fall flavors, this seasonal brew is subtle enough to pair with your favorite fall fare. Chocolate: We bust out another offering from Chris's care package. Andrea Stainer Origins Java Milk Chocolate, Hint of Vanilla. Despite its measly 38% cacao content and slightly chalky consistency, the bar had a nice mild flavor. Hip News and Finds Finds: crApp. They say the unexamined life is not worth living. Reach your full potential with the Poo Log, an iPhone and iPad app that'll have you loving your leavings. Poo-per. Odorless, eco-friendly Poo Poo Paper helps to keep elephant, horse, cow and panda potty out of the waste stream. (Thanks Ashanti!) Hip News Zone defense. Remember when countries could agree on things and change the world? In 1987, the Montreal Protocol phased out the use of aerosol CFCs. Now, as a result, the UN reports that Earth's ozone holes have stopped growing and will return to pre-1980 levels before the middle of this century. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ You're in hot water! Pay a visit to your water heater. Adjust the temp down to 120 degrees, the ideal setting to maximize energy efficiency. If you do this before winter hits, it'll be easier to adjust to a slightly cooler shower! Conscious Cooking The Hipsters meet author/cook/mom/cool chick Anni Daulter, who has released a book and a baby this year. In Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, Anni discusses ways to prepare food for your family that nourishes both body and soul. Between parenting 4 kids and writing 4 new books, Anni takes time to share tips for creating meaningful mealtime rituals and more. Anni introduces the Fundamental Five principles for feeding little ones. Check out some of her tips and recipes. Coming in March 2011, her new popsicle book, Ice Pop Joy! Anni's husband Tim has a blog called Practicing Happy. Listener E-mails Attention lurkers: we want to hear from you! Drop us a line just to let us know you're out there. Of course, feel free to add comments, questions and links..we love to get your input at [email protected] Check out our blog! Jeromy in Arkansas is right; you can polish a turd, but it's still a piece of sh*t. So it is with corn sugar, formerly known as HFCS. Erica in Connecticut wants to join a CSA but doesn't want want to waste the surplus. Start with a half-share, and consider canning the rest. Amy in San Diego peels back the layers of packaging to reveal the true carbon footprint of bananas. Audrey in Texas wonders if she should line her trashcan with BioBags or just let it go commando. Jason in New York is troubled by stories of Nike sweatshops in Asia. He also thought of us when he heard about deep-fried beer. Thanks Jason! (Best. Porn Star Name. Ever.) Ridley in Idaho will never again travel without her Klean Kanteen. Sandy in New York wonders why stores don't give us 5¢ back when we use no bag at all. Yeah, what's up with that? Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Autumnal Equinox or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! Give a Fiver to a Tiger! Val has launched Operation Greenpaws to help a local animal santuary raise funds for their upcoming relocation. Donate just $5 to the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, and you'll receive a pile of great coupons! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Thu, 09 Sep 2010
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More Hip #270 - The Dumpster Diva

More Hip Than Hippie #270 - The Dumpster Diva Designer Tiffany Threadgould returns to remind us that garbage has feelings, too. The Hipsters welcome the delightful Dumpster Diva,Tiffany Threadgould, back to the show! Our favorite design junkie has been busy with several exciting projects lately. Tiffany took a break from moving into her new Brooklyn workspace to reveal all the details of her trashy life. Also, Dori opens her Piehole to spill some bitter news. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Half a world away, delicious hops are grown and harvested with this beer in mind. Sierra Nevada flies them fresh from New Zealand to Chico for their final destination: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. The flavor of this hoppy brew is perfect, and you can't even taste the carbon footprint. Chocolate: Thanks to listener Chris in Montana (long story) for the huge care package o'chocolate! This week we sampled Andrea Stainer Origins Ecuador 70% Cocoa, Floral & Sweet. A simple bar with a subtle flavor, this paired nicely with our beer. Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! Don't you love it when a simple product makes your life better? That's how Val feels about her Dechlorinating Shower Filter. By softening water, it enables your personal care products to work more effectively and leaves you feeling cleaner. Plus, Val no longer smells like a public swimming pool. Yogi and Boo-Boo approve. Pack a quick planet-friendly meal and eat it al fresco with a Boxsal compostable picnic kit. Pick the style that suits you and leave no trace behind. Hip News Plastifornia. The Golden State has failed in its attempt to ban single-use plastic bags. Despite widespread support for the bill, the state Senate couldn't close the deal. To paraphrase the Governator, we'll be back! Are we there yet? A new study finds that the average male drives an extra 276 miles lost each year because he won't ask for directions. Honey, just pull over at that nice clean gas station... Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Socks on the rocks! Feel that chill in the air? Time to take the woolens out of storage...and freshen them up with a spritz of vodka! Put some of the cheap stuff in a spray bottle and apply liberally to musty coats and accessories. Don't worry, you won't smell like you had a martini for breakfast (you didn't, did you?). The Dumpster Diva The Hipsters welcome the delightful Dumpster Diva,Tiffany Threadgould, back to the show! Our favorite design junkie has been busy with several projects, including a new "ReMake It" kit--the Plastic Bag Trash Can. Tiffany took a break from moving into her new Brooklyn workspace to spill all the details of her trashy life. Tiffany's company, RePlayGround, continues to create fun recycling projects for all ages. Take a look at their popular ReMake It kits. She's a designer for TerraCycle, a great company that turns trash into cool products. Catch her Garbage Moguls show on the National Geographic Channel. You can pick up Tiffany's first book, "ReMake It", on Earth Day 2011! Until then, check her out on YouTube. Want to hire her for an event? She's available for corporate workshops, parties, bar mitzvahs... You can probably find Tiffany at a Maker Faire near you! Listener E-mails Christine in Flagstaff, Arizona spotted this house made of shipping containers in her neighborhood, and wonders if this is a new trend in green building. The answer is yes! We think it's a great way to repurpose these tough containers when they're out of commission. Send us a photo of the finished product, OK? Adam in Tennessee wants to know if the new Ten Thousand Villages store in his town is the real deal, and if Equal Exchange coffee is truly a fair trade product. Yes and yes, so go shopping! Ashanti in Austin, TX recommends Beer Wars, a film about the struggles of indie beer makers. She also yearns to keep a few farm critters, which we heartily support. Andrea in Houston, TX is planning her nuptials, and would love some green wedding tips. Congrats! Kristin in New Hampshire is a restauranteur with a trashy dilemma. We suggest using BioBags. Lurker Alert! A big Hipster Howdy to Michelle in Colorado and Meghan in Virginia, who have officially unlurked themselves! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Rosh Hashanah or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! Attention lurkers: we want to hear from you! Drop us a line just to let us know you're out there. Of course, feel free to add comments, questions and links..we love to get your input at [email protected] Check out our blog! Val has launched Operation Greenpaws to help a local animal santuary raise funds for their upcoming relocation. Donate just $5 to the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, and you'll receive a pile of great coupons! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Wed, 25 Aug 2010
SIZE: 26.5 MB
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More Hip #269 - Meeting Mr. Wright

More Hip Than Hippie #269 - Meeting Mr. Wright Charter Hipster Bob Wright made the trek to Chico to talk about his work at a food bank. Dori and Val welcome longtime listener Bob Wright to the show this week! Does his name sound familiar? Bob provided those cheesy tiaras and Disneyland antenna balls back in the early days. He was inspired by a previous show to tell us about the efforts food banks make to rescue groceries for the hungry. He also introduces the Hipsters to the concept of the secondary porn star name. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: The sustainable geniuses at New Belgium Brewing cooked up an ancient beer recipe and dubbed it 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. We think it would be fantastic with a hearty meal. Those medieval monks knew how to brew! Chocolate: Val's FedEx rep went to Europe and brought us back some chocolate! Kinder Maxi is a German treat for milk chocolate lovers, a bit too sweet and gooey for snobs like us. But Leonard, thanks for being our chocolate mule. Hip News and Finds Finds: Pawesome! Val has launched Operation Greenpaws to help a local animal santuary raise funds for their upcoming relocation. Donate just $5 and you'll receive a pile of great coupons! We're so sari. Eco-fashionistas will love the upcycled silk sari scarves and wraps from GreenSewn. Bonus: they plant 10 trees for every purchase. Hip News We got the beet. A federal judge has overturned approval of Monsanto 's biotech sugar beets, pending further study. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Catch some air! It's been a long, hot summer. Have you changed the filter on your air conditioner or swamp cooler lately? Saves energy, saves you money! Meeting Mr. Wright Charter Hipster Bob Wright made the trek to Chico to talk about one of his passions--feeding the hungry. As Agency Relations Manager at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, CA, Bob builds bridges between those with too much food, and those with too little. He thinks of it as a form of recycling. Is there a difference between a food bank and a soup kitchen? Yep! To find a food bank near you or learn more about domestic hunger relief, check out Feeding America. Here are some guidelines for starting a local food pantry. By the way, Bob's other passion is his Baseball History Podcast. Listener E-mails Attention lurkers: we want to hear from you! Drop us a line just to let us know you're out there. Of course, feel free to add comments, questions and links..we love to get your input at [email protected] Check out our blog! Karen in Colorado doesn't like cleaning baby toys with bleach. Try OdoBan or Steramine instead...or, how about a UV Sanitizing Wand? Lisa in Chicago loves Intelligentsia Coffee and their Direct Trade program. Jessica in Pittsburgh wonders what we think about Vogue Italia's oil-spill fashion shoot. Share your opinion! Greg in New Hampshire (Live Free or Die!) shares some tempting ideas from Komforte Chockolates. Yes, your wife rocks and so do you! Shout-Out!! A big Hipster Howdy to Meaghan in Canada, who mentions us on her vlog. Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Labor Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! Charter Hipster Doug Hilton in Lancaster, PA has been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. He's undergoing chemotherapy and needs some Hipster Mojo to keep his spirits up! Send him some love on his Facebook page and keep him in your thoughts while he kicks some cancer ass. You can also send him a nice email through us, at [email protected] More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com. Check out our new blog.

DATE: Wed, 11 Aug 2010
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More Hip #268 - Here Comes the Sun

More Hip Than Hippie #268 - Here Comes the Sun As the solar energy industry evolves, more homes and businesses take advantage of incentives to "go solar". Thanks to government rebates, it seems easier than ever to afford an array of PV panels on your roof. Does solar energy make sense for your home or business? What is the "trifecta of disaster"? Dori and Val seek enlightenment from Tim Hamor, co-owner of a solar system installation company in Chico. (Tim previously appeared in show #65, Going Solar.) Also, the Hipsters encounter a Beer Pimp and Val goes ape for Adam-12. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Our new Favorite Listener is Megan in Arizona, who introduced us to the complicated pleasures of Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Brewery. What started as a potential malt-face mishap, turned into a positively passionate pairing! Chocolate: Luckily, the simple goodness of Ghirardelli's Twilight Delight complemented the beer perfectly. And this Twilight contained no whiny vampires. Hip News and Finds Finds: Are you gonna use that teabag? A London fashion student creates compostable clothing from tubs of tea and yeast. BioCouture jackets, t-shirts and dresses go back to nature when they go out of style. Changing channels. Val's family has cut the cord on cable TV, opting instead for low-cost Boxee and Netflix. Savings=Beer Money! Hip News Frankenfish. A very special variety of salmon is coming to a market near you, courtesy of AquaBounty. It'll be loaded with Vitamin GMO, but don't worry, the FDA says you don't need to know that. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ From Listener Alex in Cleveland: Be mindful of your water usage! Turn off the tap while you scrub your hands, then turn it back on to rinse. From Listener Megan in Arizona: Invest in a reusable mug for your visits to the coffee shop! You'll keep paper cups out of the landfill while saving yourself a bit of change. Here Comes the Sun Our friend Tim Hamor of Alternative Energy Systems sheds some light on going solar! First, the nuts and bolts: how a solar cell works. Get an energy profile to determine if solar works for you. Use this calculator to get a rough idea. Learn about rebates and incentives to help you get into a solar energy system: DSIRE and SEIA are great resources. The 2006 California Solar Initiative serves as a model for the new 10 Million Solar Roofs initiative put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Remote monitoring of your home's solar energy usage? There's an app for that! Listener E-mails Attention lurkers: we want to hear from you! Drop us a line just to let us know you're out there. Of course, feel free to add comments, questions and links..we love to get your input at [email protected] Check out our blog! Sarah is traumatized after reading her toothpaste tube. Uncle Harry's Tooth Powder to the rescue! Barb in Colorado suggests Greener Photography as a resource for eco-friendly brides-to-be. Alex in Cleveland has a cool tip for Midwesterners: splurge on Jeni's Ice Creams. They deliver! Dolores in Cleveland loves her local Blackout Stout. Hey, hire Alex as an intern at Earth Day Coalition! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Back-to-School or anytime! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! Charter Hipster Doug Hilton in Lancaster, PA has been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. He's undergoing chemotherapy and needs some Hipster Mojo to keep his spirits up! Send him some love on his Facebook page and keep him in your thoughts while he kicks some cancer ass. You can also send him a nice email through us, at [email protected] More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com. Check out our new blog.

DATE: Thu, 29 Jul 2010
SIZE: 22.4 MB
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More Hip #267 - Pimp My Shrimp!

More Hip Than Hippie #267 - Pimp My Shrimp! Shrimp trawling accounts for one third of global seafood bycatch. Shrimp is the world's most valuable seafood, but many other creatures die in the process of getting it to our dinner plates. Poor practices by fisheries and farms take an unacceptable toll. Dori and Val dive into the effects of bycatch and what consumers can do to protect sea life. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: The angels sing! Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has released their fall offering, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. Rich with light malty smoothness, this brew will pair nicely with those warm soups and hearty meals that we can't bear to think about in July. Chocolate: Val forgot the chocolate. And the angels wept. Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! For fans of the farmer's market, ChicoBag presents the new Produce Stand collection. The starter kit includes 3 easy-to-tote reusable bags, each designed to optimize freshness. Cold comfort. Do you leave the ceiling fan on when you're not in the room? FAIL! Here are 5 air-conditioning myths, busted. Roadkill swill. A Scottish brewer is selling 12 bottles of the world's strongest beer...inside the bodies of dead animals. Hare of the dog, anyone? Hip News Hot, fat and crowded. Due to climate change, squirrels are getting fatter and having more babies. And probably watching more daytime TV. Sea change. President Obama has established a new national ocean policy, which will provide a framework for "eco-system based" stewardship of our waterways. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Show off your six-pack! When you finish off that sixth bottled beverage, don't throw out the cardboard carrier--use it as a handy tote for condiments! Fill each compartment with fixin's for burgers and hot dogs, or with spoons and forks wrapped in napkins. Val got this idea from a brewery (surprise!). Pimp My Shrimp! Listener Amy in San Diego writes: I've been reading books about the food system lately, and right now I'm working my way through Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I wanted to share an interesting tibdit I learned about "bycatch." Bycatch is actually a euphemism for sea creatures that are caught by commercial fisherman that they don't want. The part that caught my eye was this section on shrimp bycatch. "Shrimp accounts for only 2 percent of global seafood by weight, but shrimp trawling accounts for 33 percent of global bycatch. We tend not to think about this because we tend not to know about it. What if there were labeling on our food letting us know how many animals were killed to bring our desired animal to our plate? So, with trawled shrimp, for example, the label might read: '26 pounds of other sea animals were killed and tossed back into the ocean for every 1 pound of this shrimp." Fish, turtles, seabirds and other animals suffer the effects of bycatch. Concerned scientists are designing fishing gear to reduce seafood bycatch. The Monterey Bay Aquarium points you to sustainable choices with their downloadable Seafood Watch pocket guide. Check out their app for your iPhone. Speaking of the Aquarium, Dori found her new favorite sea creature there: the Leafy Sea Dragon! Listener E-mails Charter Hipster Doug Hilton in Lancaster, PA has been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. He's undergoing chemotherapy and needs some Hipster Mojo to keep his spirits up! Send him some love on his Facebook page and keep him in your thoughts while he kicks some cancer ass. You can also send him a nice email through us, at [email protected] Emily in Tennessee knows that the one thing missing from your martini is...seafood! No problem, thanks to Alaska Distillery's Smoked Salmon Vodka. Go ahead, drink like a fish. Meredith in New Orleans wants PJ's for her teenie weenie greenie, but doesn't want flame-retardant chemicals. Check out Carter's, or just stick with t-shirts and sweats! Gabrielle in Oregon needs ideas for inexpensive trinkets for her summer camp. Try making necklaces from recycled wine corks or recycled wood blocks. Send pics! Elizabeth in St. Paul, MN shares another side of the raw milk debate. Brigid in Chicago watched Fast Food Nation and now wonders where her organic grass-fed beef is processed. Organic meat is processed separately; ask your farmer for details. Katie in Toronto (eh!) wants to feel good about eating bananas, and hopes this article will help. Amy in Massachusetts cuts her sugar usage by mixing it with a bit of stevia. Her fave tea recipe: 5 bags of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea, 2 bags of Peppermint tea, a little stevia. Amy, look at this! Suzana in Canada (eh!) is looking for tips on green entertaining. Try some of Trystan's Tips, and stayed tuned for an upcoming show on that topic. Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Back-to-School or anytime! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com. Check out our new blog.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jul 2010
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More Hip #266 - Fair Trade Coffee

More Hip Than Hippie #266 - Fair Trade Coffee Do we pay a fair price for fair trade goods? Consumers don't pay enough for coffee. That's according to Amy Louis, a wholesale coffee distributor who has experienced life at the origin of our cuppa joe. Amy makes the case for fair trade while explaining the difference between good coffee and great coffee. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Val's hubby returned from a roadtrip to the coast with a selection of beers from Six Rivers Brewery. We sampled their India Pale Ale this week, finding it pleasant but unremarkable. Rob swears it tasted better on tap. Chocolate: Keeping with our coffee theme this week, we revisited Sweet Riot Flavor 65 dark cacao nibs dunked in dark chocolate. We like how you get loads of crunchy sweet caffeine in a cute reusable tin. Hip News and Finds Finds: If it makes you hippie... Greenie Sheryl Crow releases her latest album on July 20th, followed by an eco-friendly tour. We played a clip of her new single, "Summer Day". Eggscellent. Slug bait? Face mask? Learn about 12 things you can do with eggshells. Viva Val! The Green Diva treated her pals to a decadent Chocolate Chile Cake a la Viva Daisy. Hip News Ray of Flight. In Switzerland, a solar-powered plane successfully completed a 24-hour flight last week. It won't replace conventional planes yet, because it landed on time and no luggage was lost. Yes they can! Congrats to the Washington couple who set out to pay for their wedding by recycling aluminum cans. Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish collected 400,000 cans and now have $3800 to spend on their DIY green wedding. That's uncanny! Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Trim your waste! According to the EPA, "yard trimmings and food scraps result in 26% of the US municipal solid waste stream." So make the committment to compost those scraps, whether it's in a pile in your yard or in a worm bin under the sink. Fair Trade Coffee Do you think Fair Trade coffee is too expensive? Meet Amy Louis of Six Degrees Coffee Service, who makes the case that we're not paying enough! After visiting Nicaragua and seeing the benefits of fair trade for herself, Amy believes that a grass-roots campaign to educate consumers will make a world of difference. She also gives the Hipsters her take on beans, baristas and "cupping". (No, it isn't naughty.) The coffee we drink comes from two types of beans: Arabica and Robusta. Amy believes we'll agree to pay more for coffee when we get the facts about Fair Trade. Transfair USA is a great resource. Starbucks Coffee has developed its own set of standards called C.A.F.E. Practices. Amy's favorite coffee roasters include Thanksgiving, Equator and Peet's. Want to know more about coffee? Contact the Specialty Coffee Association of America, or SCAA. Just don't ask about the civet poop coffee. Listener E-mails Tell No Impact Man you'd love to hear him chat with the Hipsters! Send him a nice email. Don't forget us...we love to hear your questions and compliments at [email protected] Check out our new blog! Margie in California is lactose-intolerant, but she and her hubby can enjoy dairy products again since they switched to raw milk. Elizabeth in St. Paul, MN is following the story of an e-coli outbreak linked to raw milk. Eileen in Dominica completely disagrees about the safety of raw milk. Val recommends reading this article by the Nourishing Gourmet. And congrats on the upcoming Teenie Weenie Greenie! Melanie in Lansdale. PA is full of questions! A few answers: for cars, look into the new Nissan LEAF; for pressure cookers, anodized aluminum seems to be safe; for beeswax candles, see your friends at Greenfeet! Greg in Lancaster, PA has advice for taking caffeine out of your tea, courtesy of the New Tea Lover's Treasury. Julie thinks Hipsters will enjoy the Nourished Kitchen blog, which has a page devoted to dark chocolate! Jenny in Ontario, Canada (eh!) fears we've fallen victim to greenwashing by Haagen Dazs. Au contraire! We just think it's a darn tasty treat. Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Bastille Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Thu, 01 Jul 2010
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More Hip #265 - Raw Milk

More Hip Than Hippie #265 - Raw Milk Proponents of raw milk believe that we should reap the health benefits of drinking milk in its natural state. Did you know that drinking a glass of raw cow's milk could put you on the wrong side of the law? The Chicken Chick, Carol Albrecht, spills the facts about this controversial subject. Also, as the Chico summer starts to sizzle, Val's talkin' trash and Dori's waiting for an egg.Beer and Chocolate: Beer: As summer heats up, go Rogue with a mild, unfiltered Somer Orange Honey Ale. It's a big-ass bottle of sunshine. Chocolate: If you require dairy-free, gluten-free treats, here's your Dream come true! The Dark Chocolate Raspberry Dream bar is creamy and smooth enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! Your perfect pie deserves a Perfect Pie Plate, right? Bake up a bounty of berries in this old-school enamelware pan, available in 3 marbled colors. Spamalot. Until the end of August, Chipotle wants you to forward your junk emails to them; in return, they'll donate cash to The Lunch Box. And they'll order Ciali$ with their winnings from the Nigerian lottery. Hip News Moby Sick. Scientists report stunningly high levels of toxic heavy metals in whales all over the world. Brown goes green. Eight major US cities will soon see hybrid gas-electric UPS trucks on the streets, as the delivery company makes plans to add 200 of the vehicles to its fleet. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ From Listener Carrie in Rockledge, FL: When you are cleaning your microwave, just use a large glass Pyrex and fill it with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a cup of water. Nuke it for 2 minutes and it will steam and loosen all the gunk on the inside of the oven. Wipe away with an old cloth. No more chemical sprays or wasted paper towels! Raw Milk Have you ever tried raw milk? Chances are, you've grown up with homogenized, pasteurized milk from the supermarket. Proponents of raw milk, like Carol Albrecht of Chaffin Family Orchards, argue that you should reap the health benefits of drinking milk in its natural state...trouble is, that mouthful of moo-juice might put you on the wrong side of the law! First, we need to understand what homogenization and pasteurization do to milk. Carol recommends reading Dr. Weston A. Price's classic book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, to learn about the dangers of processed food. The Campaign for Real Milk helps you find local sources for raw milk, as well as a summary of laws in your state governing raw milk consumption. You can follow the legal battles of raw milk advocates Max Kane and Michael Schmidt. To learn more, Carol suggests viewing the upcoming documentary film "Farmageddon". Get cooking with a copy of Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions! Listener E-mails Tell No Impact Man you'd love to hear him chat with the Hipsters! Send him a nice email. Don't forget us...we love to hear your questions and compliments at [email protected] Check out our new blog! Shanan in New Hampshire (live free or die!) needs some tips for recycling canning lids. She also found family fun on a potty break in Vermont. Jenn in North Carolina shares an idea to help Coca-Cola become EcoCoke. Sarah in NYC has more baby-related tips: read Growing Up Green by Deirdre Imus and find an eco-friendly baby registry. Alex in Cleveland, OH recommends that Hipsters read "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future" by Jeff Goodell. Anyone up for a new Book Club? Kate in Wisconsin sent a link about high levels of lead found in children's juices. E. W. in Kentucky wants to see More Hip t-shirts in size "jumbo petite" (2X) to accomodate his curves. We'll work on that, because we love Hipsters of all shapes and sizes! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Independence Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Thu, 17 Jun 2010
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More Hip #264 - Happy 5th Anniversary!

More Hip Than Hippie #264 - Happy 5th Anniversary! Dori and Val celebrate 5 years of podcasting "More Hip Than Hippie". The Hipsters have hit another milestone! This week marks the end of their 5th year as co-hosts of your favorite eco-funny podcast. After more than 200 beers quaffed and chocolates nibbled, they find time to respond to a few listener requests. They also come up with a name for their imaginary lovechild.Beer and Chocolate: Beer: If life leaves you wondering "WTF?", open up a big-ass bottle of Wilco Tango Foxtrot Brown Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Co. You'll discover why they're one of our favorite breweries Chocolate: Our 5th anniversary is golden! Green & Black's Maya Gold is sensationally smooth with just the right mix of spicy and sweet. A Hipster classic. Hip News and Finds Finds: High Five! Need a special treat for our 5th anniversary? Haagen-Dazs Five is a new line of scrumptious ice creams containing only 5 ingredients, all of them found in nature. Try the lemon. Party on wheels. Chico recently hosted a Bicycle Music Festival, a mobile concert that literally runs on pedal power. Uplifting Hip News Sit. Stay. Sniff. Man's Best Friend is now saving endangered animals by locating their poop in the wild. Good boy! Montana gives a dam. In an effort to save the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, officials are releasing water from Libby Dam so that the ancient creatures can spawn. Believe us, they're not as cute as a dog Teenie Weenie Greenie™From Listener Melanie in Lansdale, PA: Take control of what you eat! If you have little ones in your life, give them homemade food whenever possible. For babies, the Fresh Baby So Easy baby food kit is a great start. Bigger kids love homemade ice pops. Try your hand at making yogurt! Happy 5th Anniversary! It was a dark and stormy night...well, not really. It was a warm spring evening in 2005 when we hatched the plot for our little podcast. Now, 264 shows later, it's time to look back at 5 beer-and-chocolate-soaked years of interviews, e-mails and really bad songs. Bottom line: we love you, man!Top 5 Breweries: 1. Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, CA 2. (tie) Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR and Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma, CA 3. Butte Creek Brewing Co. in Chico, CA (RIP!) 4. (tie) New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, CO and North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, CA 5. Samuel Smith Brewery in Tadcaster, EnglandTop 5 Chocolatiers: 1. Dagoba Organic Chocolate 2. Trader Joe's 3. (tie) Green & Black's and Seeds of Change 4. (tie) Endangered Species and Newman's Own 5. ZazubeanListener E-mails Tell No Impact Man you'd love to hear him chat with the Hipsters! Send him a nice email. Don't forget us...we love to hear your questions and compliments at [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and More Hip memories at our MHTH forum! Catherine in Utah has a great green gift idea for new moms: a gift certificate for a lactation consultant or a postpartum doula. Jimmie in Los Angeles is craving a good Chipotle burrito after seeing the chain's founder addressing the Senate on PAMTA. Christine in Florida shares a video with some fun facts about disposable coffee cups. Yes, she brings her own mug. Kara from Czechoslovakia wonders if decaf tea is full of chemicals. Depends on the method used to remove the caffeine. By the way, your English doesn't suck. George in Minnesota invites Hipsters to participate in the Odwalla Plant a Tree program. You betcha! Sarah in NYC did something gnarly to her hand, then asked doctors to put in biodegradable corn plastic anchors to hold the stitches. She's green to the bone! Patrick in NC points out that beer can make a good hair rinse. Like we need an excuse to take a bottle of beer into the shower. Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Summer Solstice or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! ** FACEBOOK ALERT! ** We'll soon switch from our "Friend" page to a "Fan" page, so get ready to "LIKE" us even more! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Wed, 02 Jun 2010
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More Hip #263 - A Zero Waste Home

More Hip Than Hippie #263 - A Zero Waste Home Blogger Bea Johnson tells how her family has learned to live without generating household waste. After moving into a smaller house, Bea and her family needed to simplify their lives. They began a quest to eliminate unnecessary packaging and other trash...and ended up with a Zero Waste Home! Bea regales the Hipsters with her tale of reducing, reusing and refusing waste. She also reveals her unusual alternative to chocolate. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Dori's boss ordered her to finish off half a growler of Silver Peak Brewery's Peavine Porter, one of the house brews from that Reno resort. It's a long story with a reasonably happy ending. Chocolate: Our quest for a guiltless Mounds bar is over! Sunspire has created a Coconut Almond Bar that is rich, gooey and delicious. It's also full of natural ingredients that we could identify and pronounce. Win! Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! It stirs, its scoops, it scrapes. The bambu Spoontula is actually a set of 3 different utensils, each designed to do a variety of kitchen jobs. Old Spoontulas never die--just compost 'em when you've worn them out! Let's talk about Rx. Just in time for summer, our friends at MNN present 5 first-aid essentials for the eco-friendly home. Want to be like Paul McCartney? Sign Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution petition! Hip News Pulp friction. In a deal with environmentalists, paper companies in Canada agreed to keep their paws off 75 million acres of boreal forest for 3 years. Burning question. Is it still OK to use sunscreen? According to the Environmental Working Group, only 8% of current products are recommended, including TerraSport SPF30. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Grain of truth! The next time you get food stuck on your cast iron pan, try adding water and a handful of chunky salt. Bring it to a boil, then scrape away the schmutz!   A Zero Waste Home 18 months ago, Bea Johnson and her family decided to start cutting down on household waste. By tackling one item at a time, they were able to achieve The Zero Waste Home. Now she offers tips and ideas in her blog about dealing with everyday waste challenges. The fabulously French Bea poured a glass of rosé and shared her story with the Hipsters. Look at your trash. Pick one item to eliminate, figure out how to do it. Repeat. Find your staples. Take note of items you use regularly (rice, noodles, etc), then find a way to buy them in bulk. Shop with reusable containers. Use a pressure cooker to speed up meal preparation, so you won't be tempted to buy packaged food. Use furoshiki instead of gift wrap. Include a card with instructions so your recipient can pass it on. Pig's ears? Vraiment, Bea? Listener E-mails Tell No Impact Man you'd love to hear him chat with the Hipsters! Send him a nice email. Don't forget us...we love to hear your questions and compliments at [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and random French words at our MHTH forum! Melissa in NC wonders if "eco" hair dryers are worth the money. Val's Silent HP is energy efficient AND comes with a lifetime warranty. Tommi in Iowa has a Teenie Weenie Greenie on the way (congrats!) and would love some Hipster tips for an eco-friendly baby experience. Cloth diapers and glass bottles are a good start. Patrick in NC shares good news: moderate drinking may protect the brain from Alzheimer's. Sorry pal, no new photo of Val's Double Dangs, but thanks for asking! Gary in Oregon sent the story of a squabble outside a strip joint, centering on suspicious swine. (We love alliteration!) Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Father's Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Thu, 20 May 2010
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More Hip #262 - Makin' Bacon

More Hip Than Hippie #262 - Makin' Bacon Llano Seco Rancho manager Dave Sieperda touts the benefits of sustainable farming and organic pork. Oh yes, there's a difference between organic and conventional meats. The Hipsters chew the fat with ranch manager Dave Sieperda as he explains how his sustainable operation works, why organic meat is more expensive and why it's better to produce bacon from happy pigs. Also, Val talks uniboobs and rock star toes while Dori searches for a bottle opener. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Don't hate us because we're Chicoans! Sierra Nevada has finally bottled their Crystal Wheat, calling it Old Chico...but it's only available here. Um, road trip? Chocolate: Our new Favorite Listener, Brenda in Minneapolis, made our day with healthy, organic Fair Trade Innercalm In-Fused chocolate from Intelligent Nutrients. Thank you for sending along copies of David Wagner's "Life as a Daymaker". Hip News and Finds Finds: Vampire slayer. The adorable Bugplug uses sensors in its "eyes" and "tummy" to power down your energy-sucking gadgets. This award-winning concept won't hit the market until a company adopts it. Oil for one, one for oil. Aspirin? Dice? Umbrellas? Check out the Daily Green's list of 60 surprising products made from oil. Hip News: Nonscents. Top-selling fragrances for men & women often contain secret chemicals that could harm you, according to a new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. That's right, Halle Berry and J. Lo could be disrupting your hormones. Power pants. Japan's population is aging, which means fewer baby diapers and more adult diapers. One company is turning the grand-nappies into biomass fuel pellets for heating. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Branch out! If you need a trellis in your garden, fashion one from tree branches and jute twine. Grab some shapely branches from your own or a neighbor's tree, string twine between them and let your vines climb.   Makin' Bacon Consumers know that organics usually taste better, but there's more to the story. Dave Sieperda is the manager of Llano Seco Rancho, a sustainable farming operation here in Northern California. Dave explains how his operation works, why organic meat is more expensive and why it's better to produce bacon from happy pigs! Dave manages the beautiful 18,000 acre Llano Seco Rancho in Butte County, CA. The ranch has been family-owned since 1861. Dave follows organic practices that are better for the animal, the land and the consumer. Can organic farming feed the world? The debate continues. Listener E-mails Rob in Kentucky posted this cartoon on our Facebook page. We had to share. Carrie in PA fears that her beloved soy candles source back to Monsanto. Sorry to say, it's probably true...can you learn to love beeswax? Annie in Calistoga bought a recycled vinyl bag from Elbow Grease Designs and loves it! Sarah in NYC needs a big Klean Kanteen and some good glass containers. She also shares Green My Parents for the kiddos, and 1BOG for group solar discounts. Chrissy in NC is excited to find a great way to reuse non-stick pans: cool birdhouses! Elizabeth in Minnesota uses rhubarb in lentil soups and dal. That sounds yummy...and so does this pie! (Thanks Janis!) Melinda in SC passes along recipes for making your own soap, lotion and deodorant. Sebastien in Montreal (eh!) watched "Food Inc." and promptly joined a CSA and a co-op. Bon idée! Emily in Tennessee discovered a delectable delicacy in a homebrew magazine: Bacon Beer. Let the angels sing. Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and bra recommendations at our MHTH forum!   Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Memorial Day, Victoria Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Wed, 05 May 2010
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More Hip #261 - Life Without Monsanto

More Hip Than Hippie #261 - Life Without Monsanto In March 2010, April Davila embarked on a quest to live a Month Without Monsanto. So how tough could it be to avoid all Monsanto products for one month? After spending 30 days naked, starving, drunk and hairless (OK, not really!), April answers that question and explains her motivation for doing it. Also, Dori's chickens get names and Val takes to the stage for ChicoEatLearnGrow. Beer and Chocolate: Beer: We found much to enjoy in this big-ass bottle of Decadence Pomegranate Saison from Valley Brewing Co. The hint of fruit juice added a tart freshness to the Belgian-style ale. Chocolate: Speaking of decadence, hello? $6 for a little chocolate bar? Earthsource Righteously Raw Acai Cacao had a nice truffley texture but a bit of a bitter finish. On the plus side, it's organic and soy-free, so it probably hasn't been touched by the icy hand of Monsanto. Hip News and Finds Finds: Reusable bag, supersized. If you do a lot of home improvement projects, consider getting a Bagster instead of renting a metal dumpster. Buy it, store it, use it when you need it, call Waste Management to dump it for you. What's in Season? Find the answer with Real Simple's handy online guide. Learn to buy, store and prepare all those fresh goodies you see at the farmers' market. Hip News Winds of change. America's first offshore wind farm gets the green light. Cape Wind will power homes in Massachusetts and piss off the rich people in Nantucket. Bye bye birdies. Species of plants and animals continue to be lost at an alarming rate, so world leaders have failed to keep biodiversity commitments made in 2002. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ I think I can! To protect seedlings in your garden, remove the top and bottom from a coffee can (or other large can) and place the metal cylinder around your delicate sprouts. The can provides shade and shelter; just recycle it at the end of the season!   Life Without Monsanto In March 2010, April Davila embarked on a quest to live a Month Without Monsanto. She thought it would be as simple as avoiding GM corn and cotton; however, she soon realized that the agribusiness giant is much more deeply entrenched in our daily lives. Faced with having to source the seeds of her food, April found few choices available in the supermarket and even fewer companies willing to take a stand against GMOs. April maintained a blog about her experiences and hopes to turn it into a book. April's quest began when she read this report about the dangers of genetically modified corn. Her search for GMO-free foods led her to Lundberg Farms and Massa Organics. April wore only organic cotton, since Monsanto controls much of the cotton seeds in production. Learn about the disastrous failure of their bt cotton in India. Avoiding Monsanto's GM soy in personal care products, April washed only with Dr. Bronner's soap. At least she could still drink! April chose 15-year-old whiskey and biodynamic wine. Two of April's favorite resources are Vandana Shiva and the Center for Food Safety. You'll find other resources on her blog and her Facebook page. If you want to avoid Monsanto seeds, consult the Garden of Eatin'. Yep, there's an app for that! iPhone users, get the ShopNoGMO app. Listener E-mails Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and chicken names at our MHTH forum! Theresa in NC wonders if Quorn is a good product. It's made from a fungus but isn't a mushroom; it's a good source of protein but is also an allergen. You decide. Colleen in Buffalo, NY is appalled by the wasteful new Kleenex Hand Towels. As for audiobooks, wait for Michael Perry's "Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs & Parenting". Miles in Toronto (eh!) is writing about the evils of HFCS on his website, Miles Ahead. Thanks for the shout-out! Sarah in NYC is ready to upgrade her TV and found some good info about LED TVs. She also wants to get rid of her old scented candles without tossing them out. We recommend keeping 'em for an emergency, or just burn them outside. Oh, and we'll check out your blog! Patrick in NC did the legwork and found that LED bulbs work best as rapid on/off "pee" lights. Emily in Indianapolis shares a link to an Ode magazine article about our buddy Ken Grossman. Dig around the site, you'll find a tidbit about Val! Nancy in Arizona makes her own reusable bags from old sheets and jeans, and loads them up with local goodies at the farmer's market. Shout-Out! Check out listener Patti's podcast, PregTASTIC! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Mother's Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Wed, 21 Apr 2010
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More Hip #260- Backyard Chickens

More Hip Than Hippie #260 - Backyard Chickens Thousands of ordinary folks are raising backyard or urban chickens as a source of sustainable food. The "Chicken Chick" is in the henhouse! Carol Albrecht from Chaffin Family Orchards joins the Hipsters to discuss the ins and outs of chicken ownership. She also explains why we should avoid "battery eggs" and how to use roadkill to your benefit, then tackles questions from our Facebook friends! Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Holy Homegrown Hops! The Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Ale is a delightful limited-edition brew not to be missed. "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters. GYO is a Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own." Chocolate: No, those aren't dog turds, they're Next Organics Dark Chocolate Coconut pieces. Nice flavors, but the brittle bits of coconut are a shock if you're expecting to bite into a Mounds bar. Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! Here comes sandal weather, so freshen your feet with Peppermint Foot Scrub. With natural pumice and walnut shells, this organic scrub exfoliates and invigorates. Toys R 'X'. They've banned pthalates from kids' toys, but what about adult toys? Find a selection of body-safe products at Ethical Sex Toys. Hip News Et tu, TJ? After Greenpeace outed their fishy seafood practices, Trader Joe's has announced plans to clean up their act. Watt a deal! Guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen can earn a free meal by generating a few watts of electricity on a stationary bike. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Put a lid on it! Shanan in New Hampshire writes: "Another way to reuse yogurt containers with lids is to punch a bunch of holes in the top and put baking soda in them. I pack one at the bottom of storage containers when I put my winter things away. Add a few drops of essential oils and put them in closets and drawers too; great way to freshen the house!"   Backyard Chickens The "Chicken Chick", Carol Albrecht, is in the henhouse! She's part of Chaffin Family Orchards, a sustainable 5-generation family farm in Northern California. Carol has been raising chickens for 35 years and shares her wealth of knowledge about the care and feeding of backyard poultry. Her farm is currently home to about 500 chickens! Heirloom breeds help protect genetic diversity in livestock. Try to support endangered chicken breeds. When ordering chicks by mail, use a no-kill hatchery like Sandhill Preservation Center. Carol recommends Harvey Ussery's Modern Homestead to get great tips for raising chickens on a small scale. If your town doesn't allow backyard chickens, get support from groups like CLUC. Carol started a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is dedicated to "Food, Farming and the Healing Arts". She teaches cooking classes based on Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions". Listener E-mails Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song (thanks Jessica in Pittsburgh)! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and favorite egg recipes at our MHTH forum! Maggie in Madrid wants the truth about CFLs. Yes, they save energy! Use a dimmable CFL to extend the bulb's life in a dimmer switch. Sarah in NYC wonders about her acrylic drinking glasses. The bad news: they are indeed non-recyclable plastic. The good news: they don't contain BPA and you can buff out the scratches. Brian in Tennessee thinks NASA scientist James Lovelock is rightfully glum about our future prospects, but hopes we'll geoengineer Mars first. He also shares a story about self-pollinating almond trees. Ashanti in Austin, TX loves Dirt Girl World, an animated show about real food, coming soon to the Sprout Network. Katie in Toronto (eh!) wants everyone to watch the Story of Stuff and a shorter segment about Bottled Water. As for rental cars, go with something small and lightweight with cruise control and A/C. Heidi in New York can't believe the ticket price for a 3D movie! You should be able to Train Your Dragon on DVD by Christmas. Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Earth Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Wed, 07 Apr 2010
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More Hip #259 - Beautiful Butterflies

More Hip Than Hippie #259 - Beautiful Butterflies Butterflies play a vital role in maintaining earth's ecological balance. Do you take the time to notice butterflies? There are more than 17,000 species found everywhere in the world except Antarctica. Dori and Val get to know these amazing insects a little better, busting a few myths along the way. This week's show also has a bass soundtrack as the Hipsters share studio time with Chico faves The Yule Logs! Beer and Chocolate: Beer: Our favorite Mexican restaurant brew is Negra Modelo. This dark beer not only puts out a jalapeno fire, but also pairs well with chocolate. Chocolate: Ah, Ghirardelli, if only your Milk & Peanut Butter bar were made with dark chocolate! Great texture, nice creamy filling...just a tad too sweet. Hip News and Finds Finds: Greenhouse effect. Designers in New Zealand have created the Plant Room so apartment-dwellers can have their own garden in the sky. Seed money. Ready to start a Farmers Market in your community? The USDA is offering a grant program, so hurry and apply by April 15th. Hip News The good news. The EPA moves to curb mountaintop removal mining by tightening water quality standards. The bad news. Obama reversed a ban on oil drilling off most US shores. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Three times a lemon! From Frugal Homemaker Plus: "I got three uses out of the lemons today! The zest and a bit of the juice made excellent lemon poppy seed bread. I then sprinkled baking soda in them and scrubbed my shower walls with them. (Some vinegar on a sponge took care of the spots the lemon/baking soda combo did not take care of.) I then ran the peels through my garbage disposal for that lemon fresh scent. Not bad for a couple of humble lemons!"   Beautiful Butterflies One of nature's greatest pollinators, the butterfly leads a fascinating life. Learn how to attract these legendary creatures into your garden, how to assist a butterfly in need and how to help threatened butterfly populations. Butterflies are great indicators of a healthy environment. From egg to chysalis, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is a wonder of nature. If you touch a butterfly, will it die? Nope, that's one of the myths about them. Bring butterflies to your home with a nice spa. No room? Whip up some butterfly bait! If you have space, grow these butterfly-attracting plants. We found step-by-step instructions for giving an injured butterfly first aid. It's been a bad winter for Monarch butterflies. Find out what you can do to help them at MonarchWatch. Listener E-mails Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and butterfly pics at our MHTH forum! Paige in New York loves No Impact Man. She also heard that rabbits are the new urban chickens. OK, but only kill the ugly ones. Sarah in Maryland needs disposable plates for her green wedding. Check out Bambu, Preserve and Bagasse, or just go with the real deal! Patrick in NC wants to eat fish with a clean conscience. We recommend you roll with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. Jenny in Ontario (eh!) is proud of her green city, Windsor, which is hosting an Environmental Expo this month. Keynote speaker: Bill Clinton. Erin in New York doesn't want to use bleach to clean moss off her brick patio. Try Oxy-Boost and a whole lotta elbow grease instead. Kathy in Pittsburgh, PA found that a Klean Kanteen full of ice makes a great long-lasting icepack. But it couldn't make Rick Springfield less hot, right? Jason in Rochester, NY wonders where to recycle batteries and whether to start composting. He also enters the Porn Star Name Hall of Fame! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Administrative Professionals Day or any day! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

DATE: Tue, 30 Mar 2010
SIZE: 20.2 MB
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More Hip #258 - No No Nanofood!

More Hip Than Hippie #258 - No No Nanofood! "Officially, the FDA says there aren't any nano-containing food products currently sold in the U.S. Not true, say some of the agency's own safety experts." 75% of American adults know little or nothing about nanotechnology, yet it affects our everyday lives. A three-part series by AOL News entitled The Nanotech Gamble spells out the science as well as the money behind it and the risks it poses, especially in food. The Hipsters put on their lab coats and examine the issue. Also, Dori books the Chicken Chick, Val sings her favorite song ever and Joan Jett still rocks! Beer and Chocolate: Beer: How can you go wrong with something called Hop Juice? This potent 9.4% Double IPA from Left Coast Brewing Co. is a big-ass bottle of delicious! Chocolate: We love, love, love the creamy magnificence of Dagoba Chocolate. However, we've learned not to mix beer with Mint in any way. After quaffing our Hop Juice, we merrily munched the dark chocolate and organic mint with rosemary essence. And it was good. Hip News and Finds Finds: Val's Favorite Thing! If you have a toddler, you need a Munchie Mug. This spill-resistant snack cup keeps those cereal nuggets out of your seat cushions with a soft fabric flap that's easy on little hands. No more picking pretzels off your pants! (Unless you enjoy that sort of thing...) Big screen green. When you head to the movies this summer, look for biodegradable, compostable 3D glasses. Let's hope they don't cost as much as a ticket to a 3D movie. Hip News Pop secret. PepsiCo is on the lookout for the next sweet thing. They're racing to find a calorie-free natural sweetener for carbonated drinks before lawmakers put a tax on sugary beverages. Bad buzz. After a bad winter, honeybees are still in decline. A new study shows their pollen and hives are laden with pesticides. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Banish the bugs! If ants are invading your home, try putting out some corn meal. They'll take it back to the nest for a family feast...and a fatal case of indigestion.   No No Nanofood! 'Nanofood' describes food which has been cultivated, produced, processed or packaged using nanotechnology techniques or tools, or food to which manufactured nanomaterials have been added. Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food-related products currently on the shelf. Nanotechnology is the science of matter that's too tiny to see. Potential benefits of nanotech include the ability to trace outbreaks of foodborne diseases. Nanotech particles are already found in products such as sunscreen, bandages and clothing. A British report called for more studies of the risks of nanofoods, citing safety shortfalls and corporate secrecy. A poll by Hart Research indicated most Americans are unaware of nanotechnology or its use in food.   Listener E-mails   Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and reviews of Hot Tub Time Machine at our MHTH forum!       Brian in Tennessee shares the latest bad news about HFCS. Liver scarring? Really? Katie in Texas loves her round sock dryer and gives a plug to Austin's own Yarn Harvest. Shaun in Australia offers a clip from Futurama that solves global warming! He also recommends watching Bill Gates' energy discussion at the TED talks, and extols the virtues of the KeepCup. Jay found an article about new designs for fish farms that use other sea creatures to consume waste. Sara in Virginia sent us 9 Surprising Uses for Beer. Yes, we remember Body On Tap!   Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Easter or anytime!   Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow Val on Twitter: GrnDiva, at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.  

DATE: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
SIZE: 20.3 MB
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Farmed Salmon Exposed!

More Hip Than Hippie #257 - Farmed Salmon Exposed! Salmon farming imperils the environment, the fish and the health of the consumer. Crowded feedlots filled with feces? Overuse of antibiotics and pesticides? Greedy corporate disregard for regulations? No, we're not talking about the US ag industry. Salmon farms in Norway, Canada and Chile (and the US) employ these spurious means to feed America's appetite. The Hipsters dive into the murky waters with both eyes open. Also, Dori contemplates chicken ownership while Val coins a new More Hip slogan! Beer and Chocolate: Beer: This noble gent is the Hop Czar from Bridgeport Brewing Co. We're normally fans of the Imperial IPA, but Dori found herself making "hop face". Chocolate: The chocolate pairing may be to blame. Q.Bel All Natural Chocolate Covered Wafers are light and flaky like non-toxic Kit Kats, but that subtle hint of mint doesn't work well with beer. Hip News and Finds Finds: Id-vertising. Val recommends the BBC series Century of the Self, a documentary examining the use of Freudian psychology by advertisers and marketers. Bring your own cigar. Farm to fork. Students at the University of New Hampshire can study both food and sustainability in the new EcoGastronomy program. Eat Free or Die! Hip News iPoison. Those shiny touch-screens on your Apple gadgets may cost more than you think. Chinese factory workers exposed to n-hexane are suffering nerve damage, paralysis or worse. Sticker shock. Need a little help choosing a home? The Energy Performance Score (EPS) is a new labeling system that lets you compare houses based on energy consumption, similar to miles per gallon for vehicles. Teenie Weenie Greenie™ Stay sharp! Tired of dealing with dull shaving razors? For disposables, James in PA suggests drying the blade after each use to extend its life, or employing a pair of jeans. Glenn in Texas sends his straight razor to a 'honemeister' and recommends the Straight Razor Place for tips and info (for women too)!   Farmed Salmon Exposed! Two-thirds of the salmon consumed by Americans is farm-raised. A farmed salmon's life is very different from that of their wild counterparts. Learn how these fish farms impact their environment and your health. The lifecycle of a wild salmon is fascinating! Salmon farms crowd thousands of fish into open net-cages in coves along the coast. Multiple antibiotics are fed to the fish, along with treatments for sea lice. Until recently, Chile was the biggest supplier of farmed salmon in the US. Disease killed their industry. Buyer beware: there's no such thing as organic salmon. Not even from Loch Duart. Make good choices with the help of Seafood Watch. Find businesses who don't sell net-cage farmed salmon at Salmon Supporters. Listener E-mails Tell Val what you'd like her to sing during the news song! Send your suggestions with your questions and compliments to [email protected] Check out our new blog! And remember to post articles, links and Earth Hour experiences at our MHTH forum! Veggie Liz in NYC is bummed to hear that bamboo fabric and agave nectar aren't as green as we thought. Raw agave? Um, not so much. Sorry! Tina in Texas found a plant-based Easter Egg Coloring Kit from Eco-Kids. Adele in Ontario (eh!) wants to get the skunk smell off her dogs. Most home remedies have hydrogen peroxide, so your pooch may go blonde! Rob in Kentucky will try his hand at growing stevia, but wants to avoid the licorice taste. Any Hipster tips? Leanne in Vancouver, BC (eh!) fervently hopes she can feel good about buying the delicous tenderloin at Costco. We give it a thumbs up! Elan in New York loves Klean Kanteen but misses his CamelBak spout. Keep your eyes peeled for cool new spouts from KK this year. Chrissy in Charlotte, NC shares a couple of gems--applique with used dryer sheets and a Chocolate Guinness Cake from Nigella Lawson. WE KNOW! Show the world you're More Hip Than Hippie! Grab some merch for Passover or anytime! Twitter goes green on #EcoMonday! Follow us on Twitter: GrnDiva, MoreHipDori and JRich9 at your service! Add us to your friends on Facebook and MySpace! Remember to vote for us at Podcast Alley, and leave a glowing review at iTunes! More Hip Than Hippie is sponsored by Greenfeet.com.

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