Thom Hartmann talks toxic discourse with Jim Hoggan

Thom Hartmann, the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US, recently discussed the toxic state of public discourse with James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re and Idiot, on his national TV program The Big Show.

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“James Hoggan, of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up/DeSmogBlog/The David Suzuki Foundation joins Thom. Americans are also frustrated with deeply dysfunctional political system in which lies and propaganda have replaced basic fact – they’re angry at a political culture that thrives on polarization and spin – and they’re frustrated with breakdown of our public discourse. Which raises the question – why is the political discourse in this country so screwed up?”

This placement is one of many in our book publicity campaign for this title. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, product or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.

 

The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy

“Birth Dearthers” argue that low birth rates spell economic and social disaster for the United States. However, The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy, edited by John Seager and Lee S. Polansky, effectively debunks this myth.

The Good Crisis argues that we have no shortage of people in our country. The problem is we’re not preparing them to become the highly skilled workers necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, to contribute to innovation and growth in our economy, and to the social security system critics keep warning about.

For example, it’s estimated that two million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next decade due to a “skills gap.” In addition, there will be great opportunities in the knowledge economy, ranging from health care to information systems to education. Yet we currently have more than 15 million U.S. children trapped in poverty with limited access to quality education. Seager and Polansky suggest we think of them as future doctors, engineers, teachers and entrepreneurs and take steps accordingly.

Backed by extensive research and real-world examples, The Good Crisis presents a path to a more productive, sustainable world including:

• Retraining older people, teaching job skills for today’s economy.

• Ensuring that children have access to better education and healthcare. There are proven links between a quality education, increased productivity, and shared upward mobility.

• Preventing teen pregnancy through peer counseling, comprehensive sex education, and access to birth control. • Welcoming marginal groups into the workforce.

The Good Crisis dispel anxieties about the impact of slowing population growth, and discuss innovative and practical solutions.

John Seager is currently available for media interviews. Please call Kathlene Carney, Carney & Associates publicity services for scheduling and review copies.

News & Observer features Candid Creatures

Photo: A chimpanzee reaches out to touch the camera trap and triggers its motion sensor, taking an apparent selfie. Credit: Badru Mugerwa/ITFC/TEAM Network

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Zoologist Roland Kays

The News & Observer ran a marvelous feature about Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, by zoologist Roland Kays (Johns Hopkins University Press) in advance of the Kays’ upcoming author book signing event scheduled for August 16 at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.

Correspondent Corbie Hill wrote, “Observing animals in the wild can be tricky; if you can see them, chances are they can see you. Or smell you. Or hear you. Many times, they know you’re coming and vanish. For biologists, this is a big deal. Even if animals get used to you and go back to their business, are they still behaving as they would if no one was there? One solution is camera traps, which are the focus of local zoologist Roland Kays’ new book…” Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article94338262.html

This placement is one of many in our book publicity campaign for this title. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, product or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.

Viewpoints discusses toxic state of public discourse

Viewpoints, a public affairs show that’s syndicated to more than 500 radio stations across the U.S., recently interviewed our client James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.

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Here’s an excerpt from the show’s summary: “The presidential primaries this year underlined the sorry state of public discourse in the U.S. Name-calling, bullying, shouting and misinformation took center stage along with the candidates, and it makes you wonder if we’ll ever get back to reasoned, polite discourse on important issues during this election cycle. Our guest wondered too, and he researched the topic of toxic public discourse and why it permeates our political and social communications these days. He also provides some suggestions for advocates and candidates to get their points across without resorting to nastiness and acrimony.”

This interview is one of many on our Radio Media Tour for this title. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, product or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.

Gerardo Ceballos on PBS’ The Open Mind

Check out our brilliant client Gerardo Ceballos on the current episode of PBS’ The Open Mind.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 10.06.38 AMFrom the transcript: “Author of The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Mexican conservationist Gerardo Ceballos joins me to discuss his landmark study of accelerated human-induced species loss. His stunning finding: we’re entering the sixth great extinction of humanity. Wow. A scholar at Stanford University and the University of Mexico’s Institute of Ecology, Ceballos is credited with spearheading the first endangered species act of Mexico. “Humanity has unleashed a massive and escalating assault on all living things,” Ceballos writes, “potentially the worst ecological crisis since the asteroid hit that killed the dinosaurs.”

Ceballos co-authored The Annihilation of Nature with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich last fall. A highly-readable, emotive, and hugely important book, three of today’s most distinguished conservationists bring us face-to-face with the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, telling the stories of the birds and mammals we have lost and those that are now on the road to extinction. These tragic tales, coupled with eighty-three colour photographs from the world’s leading nature photographers, display the beauty and biodiversity that humans are squandering.

About the show, “The Open Mind was created and hosted by Richard D. Heffner, American historian, broadcaster, and university professor. Beginning June 2014, The Open Mind continued with a new host, Mr. Heffner’s grandson, Alexander Heffner. The Open Mind as a weekly public affairs program was designed to elicit guests’ insights into the challenges Americans face in a variety of contemporary areas of national concern.

“As host of The Open Mind, Heffner continues its mission to engage viewers, especially a generation of young Americans, through a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas. In a recent New York Times story, he described his goal to “interrogate ideas” rather than guests furthering a “vision of communications and media serving the public interest. Always true to its roots of nonadversarial conversation, The Open Mind explores ideas of the most compelling writers, technologists, artists, practitioners of law, policy and all realms of public life.”

Carney & Associates provides publicity services for people who improve our work.  Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how we can help promote your science or nature book or organization.

Slide Shows Generate Publicity for Photo Books

As traditional book review channels continue to dry up, new opportunities for book publicity appear. One of my favorite ways of publicizing photo books now is to offer slides shows for media sites. Everyone loves beautiful pictures, right? Especially those of cute animals and wildlife. And shrewd editors know those enticing images bring eyeballs to their sites.

Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, an extraordinary book by zoologist Roland Kays (May 15, 2016, Johns Hopkins University Press) is a perfect candidate for this type of publicity campaign. Here are some examples of our coverage for this title so far:

Washington Post
How cameras in the wild have transformed what we know about animals

Science Friday
A Candid Camera for Wildlife

The New York Times
Photographing Wildlife Without a Photographer

The Guardian
Captured! How wild animals really behave – in pictures

Popular Science
10 EMBARRASSING ANIMAL PHOTOS CAPTURED BY CAMERA TRAPS

Discover Magazine
Camera Traps Capture the Lighter Side of Nature

Stay tuned, as we continue to post examples of creative ways to generate publicity in this ever-changing media landscape.  Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how Carney & Associates publicity services can help promote your upcoming book.

Photo Credit: TEAM Network and the Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research, Manaus, Amazon State, Brazil, from Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature

I’m Right and You’re An Idiot

We’re thrilled to be conducting a radio media tour for an incredibly timely book, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up by leading public relations executive James Hoggan (May 24, 2016, New Society Publishers).

Public discourse on some of the most pressing problems facing society has never been more fractured. From climate change and income inequality to gun control and immigration, debate has become a toxic mix of intolerance, misinformation and deliberate distortion on both sides of the political spectrum. We are more polarized than ever on many of the issues, and the prospect of resolving them seems bleak.

For example, the poisonous rhetoric from our presidential candidates and their surrogates is a symptom of how bad the situation has become. On many issues there is simply no real debate, just vicious personal attacks designed to reinforce dogma rather than win support through persuasive logic.

How we got here and how we get out of the mess is the focus of the new book. “I wanted to find out how misinformation campaigns work, how we have come to a time when facts don’t matter and how we can start having real public conversations again,” Hoggan explains. “So I began to explore how these tendencies arise, what spurs us to become close-minded, aggressively vitriolic and most importantly, what we can do about it.”

JamesHogganJim’s a fascinating man. The Tyee recently described him thusly, “James Hoggan has been navigating the perilous waters of public conversation for 25 years as a public relations specialist. He’s built serious credibility not by being the spinniest guy in the room, but by daring to call bull on the clever but misleading techniques of many of his peers. A longtime sustainability advocate, Hoggan blew the whistle on the climate change denial lobby with his book Climate Cover-up, and launched DeSmog Blog with the stated aim of “clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”

Stay tuned, we’ll be posting links to Jim’s radio interviews as the campaign progresses…

At Carney & Associates, we specialize in providing publicity services for people like James Hoggan, people who improve our world. Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how we can help promote your book or organization.

 

Humane Educator Featured on 60+ Radio Stations

 

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Zoe Weil

Our client Zoe Weil was recently interviewed on Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast hosted by the excellent Alex Wise. Sea Change Radio, which is broadcast to over 60 stations, interviews figures who advance the world’s “shift to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.” It’s an incredible program, and we’re honored to have booked many of our clients there over the years.

Here’s Sea Change’s description of their two-part interview with Zoe:

cover_onefont“What’s the purpose of schooling? Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, right? Well, our guest today begs to differ. Zoe Weil, author and the founder of the Institute for Humane Education, argues that the obligation of education is to cultivate a generation of “solutionaries” – kind, just, and socially conscious people who will protect the environment and promote human rights. We talk about her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach, and touch upon educational equity issues like implicit bias, summer learning loss, the resurgence of school segregation, and how Common Core fits into her vision for meaningful change.”

Check out part one and part two of Zoe’s interviews online at Sea Change Radio. It’s a great listen!

This national placement is part of our comprehensive book publicity campaign, which includes a Radio Media Tour, for the Institute of Humane Education. Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how Carney & Associates publicity services can help promote your science or nature book or organization.

Science Friday Features Candid Creatures

UPDATE: Roland Kays also appeared on Science Friday’s radio program on May 6, 2016, reaching 1.5 million listeners on 374 public radio stations!

Today, NPR’s Science Friday posted an awesome article about our client’s book Candid Creatures. Here’s an excerpt from Julie Leibach’s clever piece. Be sure to check out her entire post for more, including a selection of our amazing photos:
CandidCreaturesCover“A new book of unabashed selfies has been released, but it reveals neither hide nor hair of a Kardashian. There is, however, plenty of hide and hair. Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, by zoologist Roland Kays, is an album of wildlife photos captured with camera traps—devices that researchers install in the field to record members of the animal kingdom as they lope, scamper, or climb about their business. Kays’ book is also a rich summary of the insights that scientists have gained from using these tools.

“In essence, modern camera traps work like this: When a warm-blooded animal (or a reptile heated by the sun) walks in front of the device, an infrared motion-sensing component detects a change in heat signature, which triggers a digital camera to snap a photo. It’s then up to the researchers to recover the memory card containing the footage.

2.6.05Day-cougar“It’s kinda like Christmas every time you open the camera trap and get to see what pictures you get,” says Kays, a research associate professor at North Carolina State University and the director of the Biodiversity Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, who often uses camera traps in his work.

“Of course, there are millions of crappy pictures of animal butts,” he concedes, but when you hit upon a great shot of, say, a coyote in the middle of a frame, “you’re like, ah, that’s cool.” For Candid Creatures, Kays compiled what he calls the “greatest hits” of global camera trapping efforts, consisting of more than 600 photos from 153 research groups, including his own.”

This prestigious placement is part of our comprehensive book publicity campaign, which includes a Radio Media Tour, for Johns Hopkins University Press. Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how Carney & Associates publicity services can help promote your science or nature book or organization.

 

 

 

Bay Nature Cover Story

BayNatureCoverThe April-June 2016  issue of Bay Nature magazine features our client’s book The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling  on the cover!

The author, John Muir Laws, is a renowned naturalist, educator, and artist. Called a modern day Audubon by the Washington Post, Laws’ nature guides are highly respected among scientists and nature lovers alike.

The Bay Nature cover story features an excerpt and drawings from this newest Laws Guide. Here’s a sample:

“Writers, naturalists, and scientists in all disciplines use journals to preserve what they have seen, done, and thought in the course of their work. My journal is the most important tool I carry into the field with me—it is even more necessary than my binoculars. Journaling is a skill for anyone who wishes to live life more deeply, a skill that you can learn at any age and that will develop with intention and practice. Sketching and writing as you explore is the most effective thing you can do to launch yourself in the process of discovery.

“Keeping a nature journal is a way to rediscover the thrill of science. Observing and journaling will slow you down and make you stop, sit down, look, and look again. How often do we take the time to be still, quiet, and attentive? Engaging in this process helps you to organize your thoughts, piece together answers, and ask richer questions. Once you slow down and look long enough to record observations in your journal, mysteries will unfold before you. At the core of all science are insatiable curiosity and deep observation, qualities that lead to the best kind of learning: learning motivated by your intrinsic wonder, hunger to understand, and ability to observe.

“I draw and work in my nature journal for three reasons: to see, to remember, and to stimulate curiosity. These abilities will be reinforced for you, too, every time you sit down to journal—and you don’t have to be good at drawing. The benefit of journaling is not limited to what you produce on the page; it is, rather, found in your experience and how you think along the way.

“In any moment, it is possible to learn about your surroundings through observation. It is also easy to walk through the world caught up in your own thoughts and worries, looking without truly seeing. The difference between these two experiences is conscious, focused attention. Inspired by Kerry Ruef’s Private Eye Project, I use three prompts—“I notice,” “I wonder,” and “It reminds me of ”—as the foundation of my practice because they lead to conscious attention.”

This prestigious cover placement is part of our comprehensive book publicity campaign for Heyday publishers. Please contact Kathlene Carney to discuss how Carney & Associates publicity services can help promote your science or nature book or organization.