053 – Battle of the Currents (Was Edison Smarter than Tesla?) – Dead White Scientists Series

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tby68-b9af9d

In the early days of the electric grid a battle emerged between DC electricity and AC electricity.  Thomas Edison championed DC – Westinghouse (and Tesla) argued for AC power.  What emerged was the “Battle of the Currents” – with engineers traveling the country electrocuting dogs and cats (and perhaps even elephants).  The bodies of technicians hung tangled in wires in front of city hall.  Spin doctors and editorials ran wild.  So what really happened and why do we use AC electricity today instead of DC?  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

052 – Reclaiming Building Materials (Salvaging our History)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2b7is-b9af7f

In a world that is running out of everything, he with the most garbage wins.  Modern building techniques normally focus on reducing the amount of time required to install – rather than the quality of the materials used.  Old buildings, that are usually crushed and thrown in the landfill are an amazing source of high quality building materials.  When a building is lost, the stories of our past are lost with it.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

051 – Becoming a Sustainable Engineer

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6z9be-b9af70

If you look hard enough, some university engineering programs offer an emphasis in sustainability.  Nicholas Anderson, intern at Blue Rock Station and engineering student at the University of Dayton discusses his decision to focus on sustainability, the challenges faced in going against established systems, and how theory and reality part ways.   Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

048 – Building a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pkkb8-b628ce

For the past 15 years or so, the plastic bottle greenhouse at Blue Rock Station has helped start the garden in the spring and kept greens safe over the winter.  Find out how to build a handy greenhouse from discarded 2-liter soda bottles, and some old tires.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.

047 – Factory Farms

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-inen4-b628c4

About 95% of all the meat consumed in America is produced in factory farms.  Meanwhile, about 85% of Americans say they want the animals they consume treated humanely – a big disconnect.  Find out the harsh realities of factory farming and what we can do about it.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities of sustainable living.