Monday On the Air

Sharon March 30th, 2008

Oddly enough, I’m all over the radio tomorrow.  First, I’ll be on Vicki Walker’s Media Watchdogs show in Kansas City KKFI 90.1 from 9:40 Central (10:40 my time) to a bit before 11, talking about Victory Gardens.  If you want to stream along, it is on the web at

Then, I’m off (metaphorically speaking, I’ll actually still be in my kitchen) to Mendocino County, California to appear for the second time on Jason Bradford’s radio show on 90.7, 91.5,  from 9-10am Pacific, noon to 1 my time.  With Jason I’ll be talking about food preservation.

Now unfortunately, both interviews are happening on a day when the husband is off teaching and I am doing the Mom thing.   Thus far, all phone interviews have been scheduled for times when some other competent adult was around.   I suspect bad parenting will ensue - the distribution of sweet bribes and television will probably be required.  Feel free to take bets on whether either interview will be interrupted by me screaming “Stop that right now, Mommy is on the phone!”



13 Responses to “Monday On the Air”

  1. Crunchy Chickenon 30 Mar 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Cool. I’ll be betting on the parental screaming. At least I don’t feel so bad. I generally attempt to arrange phone interviews when no one is around but that never prevents my Mom from showing up out of the blue, coming in and interrupting.

    Good luck!

  2. Philon 31 Mar 2008 at 2:31 am

    The idea of of digging for victory is once again catching on over here in the UK, with celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver at the forefront:

    The archive propaganda film about WWII victory gardens in the USA at the end of that story is well worth a watch.


  3. MEAon 31 Mar 2008 at 8:39 am

    On of my happiest moments as a parent was when I was on the phone with the pediatriction, a women whom I admire greatly. In the middle of a profession discussion about symptions, she suddenly shouted, “If you don’t stop doing that to your sister, you’ll be sorry,” and then, without skipping a beat, returned to the matter at hand. I suddenly realized that not every moment with my children had to be a carefully scripted moment in a loving patient voice — I could lose it, and we’d all survive.


  4. Lisa Zon 31 Mar 2008 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the link about Jamie and the Victory Garden film, Phil. I just sat through all 20 minutes of the film. It was an interesting look at gardening 60 years ago–still with a horse but also with some of the “newfangled” chemical inputs. I don’t know what all those pesticide dusts were (chemical or not?), but I was sure worried about that kid spraying them without a mask or anything.

    Since I’ve only done square foot gardening, and on a small scale so far (about to expand greatly this year, though), I’m not familiar with how to row garden really. I’m wondering how many people that 1/4 acre garden, planted twice in a season, feeds. Was it just enough for the family? Or do you think they were marketing some of it? Interesting!

    I also noticed the film didn’t not touch on the subject of enriching the soil in any way. No compost, manure, etc. Or did I miss that?

  5. Lisa Zon 31 Mar 2008 at 9:57 am

    Great interview on Kansas City radio. It’s nice to put a human voice to the “Prophetess of Doom” lady!!! ;-)


  6. Tina Ughrinon 31 Mar 2008 at 9:59 am

    Just heard the first interview. You were very relaxed and handled the interviewer’s somewhat stumbling questions really well. It was neat as a reader of your blog to hear you talk about the issues to a different audience. I liked how positive and supportive you were of those of us early in the process.


  7. Edon 31 Mar 2008 at 10:28 am

    Thanks to Phil for the link to my post with the Victory Gardens video - it’s so interesting to watch. I’ve enjoyed reading your writing about local agricultural responses to peak oil/food security concerns. Great to hear so much enthusiasm. I’ve had several comments on my site from a group advocating a small-area farming method called SPIN farming. Might be the kind of thing you’re interested in - it’s a method for financially-viable farming on an acre or less.
    More here.

  8. Lisa Zon 31 Mar 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I had the chance to listen to the 2nd interview as well. It was a very good show. I’ll have to try and tune in to Jason’s show more often. Sounds like he’s very knowledgable and interested in what I’m interested in. Good listener call-ins too!

    Thanks for letting us know about the interviews. I need to read, hear, read and hear again these things because they’re so different from what we usually hear. I learned new things from this. Thanks.

    You do a great job, Sharon, at making things accessible for the listeners. I’m really looking forward to your books now.

  9. Sharonon 31 Mar 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. It felt like both interviews went ok, except for the giant coughing fit I had during #2 - but it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    The kids were angels - amazing how much some sugar and bugs bunny cartoons can buy you as a parent ;-). It was me making all the weird strangling noises.


  10. Susan Buhron 31 Mar 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Best wishes for non-interrupted interviews. I take classes on the phone and I’m here to tell you that the mute button is a glorious liberator. Find it and use it well. When your interviewer is meandering through a complicated question about the inter-related causes of the impending crisis(es? what is plural?), you can administer whatever set of bribes and threats are required, all while appearing to be merely thoughtful.

    Thanks for all you do!

  11. Lisa Zon 31 Mar 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I knew you’d bring up the coughing. But for the listener, it was no big deal. Humans always focus on “what went wrong”, don’t we?

  12. Cathon 31 Mar 2008 at 1:35 pm

    My best friend was on a conference call with a large group of prospective clients and had her four year old burst into the office yelling ‘mummy mummy, come wipe my bum!’ … so it could always be worse! Hope it went well.

  13. lavonneon 31 Mar 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Dang, I missed both of ‘em!

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