ACROSS THE MARGIN: THE PODCAST

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Podcast host Michael Shields guides you deeper into the stories told at the online Arts & Culture magazine, Across the Margin. Listen in as he takes you on a storytelling journey, one where you are bound to meet a plethora of intriguing writers, wordsmiths, poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers, activists, and unhinged eccentrics illustrating the notion that there are captivating stories to be found everywhere…

LATEST EPISODES

Episode 125: The Other Dark Matter with Lina Zeldovich Across the Margin: The Podcast

This episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast features an interview with Lina Zeldovich, a writer and editor specializing in the journalism of solutions. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Atlantic, and Newsweek, among many other popular outlets, and she has won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her first book, The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste Into Wealth and Heath, is the focus of this episode. Did you know that the average person produces about four hundred pounds of excrement a year (keep in mind, more than seven billion people live on this planet!). Because of the diseases it spreads, humankind has learned to distance themselves from our waste, but the long line of engineering marvels we’ve created to do so — from Roman sewage systems and medieval latrines to the immense, computerized treatment plants we use today — has also done considerable damage to the earth’s ecology. Now scientists tell us that we have been wasting our waste. When recycled correctly, this resource, cheap and widely available, can be converted into a sustainable energy source, act as an organic fertilizer, and provide effective medicinal therapy for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection. In clear and engaging prose that draws on her extensive research and interviews, Lina Zeldovich documents the massive redistribution of nutrients and sanitation inequities across the globe. She profiles the pioneers of waste upcycling, from startups in African villages to innovators in American cities that convert sewage into fertilizer, biogas, crude oil, and even life-saving medicine. She breaks taboos surrounding sewage disposal and shows how hygienic waste repurposing can help battle Climate Change, reduce acid rain, and eliminate toxic algal blooms. Ultimately, she implores us to use our innate organic power for the greater good. In this episode host Michael Shields and Lina Zeldovich discuss the stigmas around human waste that has led it to being undervalued throughout history. They converse upon many invaluable uses of our organic matter, from fertilizer to biofuels and beyond. And they explore how sewage technologies and greening up fuel can help fight Climate Change. Grossly ambitious and rooted in scientific scholarship, The Other Dark Matter shows how human excrement can be a life-saving, money-making resource — if we make better use of it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Episode 125: The Other Dark Matter with Lina Zeldovich
  2. Episode 124: American Gadfly with Skye Wallin
  3. Episode 123: The Aldous Huxley Episode with Jake Poller
  4. Episode 122: Pushing Cool with Keith Wailoo
  5. Episode 121: Intentioning with Gloria Feldt

ARCHIVED EPISODES

ep113


THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL with BEN PROUDFOOT

An interview with Ben Proudfoot, the Oscar nominated creative force behind Breakwater Studios.

ep112


WHITE RADICALISM & BLACK POWER IN THE 1960s with PATRICK BURKE

Featuring an interview with Patrick Burke, associate professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

ep111


FREE RADIO: EARTHWORMS

Featuring an interview with the backbone of the Asheville, North Carolina based hip-hop group Free Radio, emcees Austin Haynes and Johnny Reynolds.

ep110


JACOB APPEL

Featuring an interview with Jacob M. Appel, one of the most prolific, accomplished, yet humble people in America.

ep109


SUN RA’S CHICAGO

Presenting an interview with author and Associate Professor in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago, William Sites.

ep108


THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW & NEW BEGINNINGS with JIMMY CHAIRMAN

An introduction to producer, writer, filmmaker, and media expert Jimmy Chairman. From 2006 until 2020 Chairman interviewed 10,000+ celebrities for a living. 

ep107


ROW with DANIEL GOLDSTEIN

Celebrating, through an interview with director and playwright Daniel Goldstein, the release of the inspiring new musical Row, adapted from the moving memoir A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure.

ep106


LOUDER THAN BOMBS with ED VULLIAMAY

Presenting an interview with Ed Vulliamy, former reporter for The Guardian and The Observer and his latest book Louder Than Bombs — part memoir, part reportage — a story of music from the front lines of war.

ep105


UP FROM NOTHING with JOHN HOPE BRYANT

Featuring an interview with entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader John Hope Bryant, in a thought-provoking episode which centers on Bryant’s latest book, Up From Nothing.

ep104


SAINT DISRUPTION’S JEFF FIREWALKER SCHMITT

Presenting an interview with musician, folk healer, ceremonialist, and scientist Jeff Firewalker Schmitt. Schmitt, along with renowned jazz musician John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood), have formed a musical collaborative called Saint Disruption.

ep103


CHICAGO SOUL MUSIC & BLACK CULTURAL POWER with AARON COHEN

Featuring an interview with Aaron Cohen, author of Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

ep102


SANYA N’KANTA

Presenting an interview with Sanya N’Kanta, the Jamaican born and Charlotte-based musician who has made a name for himself with his genre-blurring style, bringing together rock, reggae, hip-hop, house music, and electro-pop.

ep101


THE REVISIONARIES with A.R. MOXON

This episode explores “The Revisionaries,” a new book by A.R. Moxon, and an achievement in fiction writing. It’s a tour de force of a novel heralded by critics as a “modern classic” and a “spectacular invention.”

ep100


HOW TO DO NOTHING with JENNY ODELL

This thought-provoking 100th episode presents an interview with Oakland, California-based artist, writer, & educator, Jenny Odell. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney’s, & Sierra Magazine. 

ep99


RUNNING TO PROTEST & ABOUT THE PEOPLE with COFFEY

Presenting an interview with Brooklyn-based filmmaker & activist Coffey. Formerly the fashion editor of the hip-hop magazine XXL and the founder of the Define New York Run Club, Coffey is one of the leaders behind the Running To Protest movement.