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In response to the national election and the appointment of people who continuously call into question the validity of science around important topics such as HUMAN CAUSED climate change, a group of passionate volunteers are organizing the Idaho March for Science in Boise on April 22nd, 2017.

This group is engaging and activating people from across the political spectrum to stand up in defense of science and the role it plays in protecting and enhancing our quality of life for all communities. They care about protecting the free exchange of ideas as our society continues to try to solve our most pressing environmental, health, economic, and social problems. Tune in to my conversation with two of the volunteer leaders in this effort in defense of science: Dick Jordan and Kevin Shrumm.

Dick Jordan is a science teacher with 35 years of experience (fun) inspiring the next generation of scientists and environmentalists and Kevin Shrumm is an undergrad student at Boise State studying Geoscience and Education.

 

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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

 

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. This is part two of our conversation with these national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

 

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A pediatrician and a transportation engineer walk into a bar…do they hit it off or do they blame each other for ruining the health of our society?

This is part one of this conversation between two very passionate and knowledgeable advocates for building healthy communities who come from very different backgrounds. We discuss the history of transportation planning and town and city building, based mostly around the convenience of automobiles, that has led our country (in part) to a massive health epidemic- namely diabetes. Dr. Richard Jackson has literally written the book about “building healthy communities” and was the host of the PBS series Designing Healthy CommunitiesGary Toth with the Project for Public Spaces is a transportation engineer with decades of experience in that profession and in working with communities across the country to plan and implement multi-modal transportation projects and create great places for people. Both have been guests on the show before, but this time they go head to head!

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greenbelt fallBoise and it’s civic leaders have a long history of conserving open space, cleaning up and protecting the Boise River, and providing a wide range of recreation opportunities that many people believe make this small northwest city one of the most desirable places to live. That history goes back decades with countless individuals working collectively to create the Boise we know today.

On October 21st Boise lost one of the civic leaders who had a great influence in creating the Boise River Greenbelt and in preserving the Boise Foothills when Ken Pursley passed away in a boating accident pursuing one of his passions in the Amazon Basin. My guest is Jeff Fereday, one of Ken’s long time friends and colleagues, and we discuss Ken’s efforts to preserve what he loved about Boise and Idaho.

Boise, Idaho. Skyline with foothills beyond in the spring.I also speak with Martin Balben, a representative of the Boise Clean Water and Open Space Campaign on which Boise citizens are voting on November 3rd at the polls. We discuss the ballot measure and how the $10 million will be administered on behalf of Boise citizens if it does pass.

Check out our conversation about Boise’s history of open space preservation, one of it’s influential champions, and the current proposal to continue that work with a new levy.

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