HHRA shares its science via Heartland Stories Radio, a weekly 29-minute podcast and radio show hosted by producer and good food pioneer Theresa Marquez. With rotating guests, each show shares important information about what we can all do to ensure a healthy, just food system for the 21st century.

“I have dedicated my 40-year career to protecting family farmers and facing our health crisis through a culture of healthy food,” says Marquez. “I am inspired and dedicated to learn from professionals, using science to understand our problems — but sometimes the best common sense and inspiration comes from people on the ground facing problems and finding solutions that are often fun and creative.”

Heartland Stories Radio Episodes


Episode 106: Erin Silva

Agroecology and Organic Grain Research

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Episode 105: Cathy Erway

The Art of Eating In

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Episode 104: George Siemon

Organic Can Feed the World

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Episode 103: Frances Moore Lappé (re-run)

50 years of Diet for a Small Planet


Episode 102: Lauren Perkins

Being a 4th Generation, Young Female Organic Dairy Farmer

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Episode 101: Robert Gottlieb

Professor Robert Gottlieb, author of “Care-Center Politics” and Farm to School Pioneer

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Episode 100: Wade Miller

Small Family Farms, Small Carbon Footprint


Episode 99: Nicole Rakobitsch

Nicole Rakobitsch: Sustainability on Small Organic Family Farms

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Episode 98: Dr. Niesha Douglas

Niesha Douglas: The Story of Food Insecurity in Greensboro, North Carolina


Episode 97: Dr. Marion Nestle

Nutrition, Food and Politics with Marion Nestle

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Episode 96: Dr. André Leu

Dr. André Leu: Regeneration International


Episode 95: Marianne LeGreco

Marianne LeGreco: Communication and the Paths to Food Justice

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Episode 94: Naima Dhore

Naima Dhore: The Story of a First-Generation Somali Farmer in Minnesota

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Episode 93: Don Stuart

Don Stuart: “No Farms No Food: Uniting Farmers and Environmentalists to Transform American Agriculture”


Episode 92: Annie Shattuck

Annie Shattuck: Agroecology and Pesticides in Rural Communities in Southeast Asia

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Episode 91: Javier Zamora

Know Your Farmer: Javier Zamora, Organic Farmer & Owner of JSM Organics

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Episode 90: Dr. Julie Guthman

Julie Guthman: “Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry”

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Episode 89: Teresa Mares

Food systems, Food Justice and Migrant Farm Workers

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Episode 88: Dr. Leonardo Trasande (re-run)

“Sicker, Fatter, Poorer”: Understanding Endocrine Disruptors


Episode 87: Kelly Ryerson (re-run)

The Glyphosate Girl’s Story


Episode 86: Raj Patel (re-run)

“Inflamed”, His Newest Book Co-authored With Rupa Marya


Episode 85: John Ikerd (re-run)

Our Broken Industrial Food System

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Episode 84: Jacob Hundt

Holistic Higher Education in Microcolleges

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Episode 83: Dr. Michelle Perro

Sick Kids and What Parents Can Do About It


Episode 82: Molly Jahn

The Real Risks in the Food System


Episode 81: Andy Fisher

Big Hunger

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Episode 80: Tony Bedard (Re-run)

Frontier Co-op’s Story of Giving Back


Episode 79: Dave Goulson (Re-run)

Silent Earth

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Episode 78: Rachael Jones

The Locavore Farm

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Episode 77: Dr. Christopher Carter

The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice


Episode 76: Liz Carlisle

“Healing Grounds – Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming”

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Episode 75: Tammi Jonas

The Story of a Farmer, Agroecologist, and Mindful Meatsmith

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Episode 74: Michel Nischan

Bringing Healthy & Wholesome Food to Those in Need

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Episode 73: Elena Terry

Elena Terry of Wild Bearies: The Healing Power of Ancestral Indigenous Food

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Episode 72: Larry Jacobs

The Story of an Organic Farming Pioneer

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Episode 71: Sarah Nelson

18 Reasons: Why Cooking Still Matters

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Episode 70: Dr. Ricardo Salvador

The Union of Concerned Scientists

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Episode 69: Michelle Horovitz

Appetite For Change


Episode 68: Jeanette Burlingame

Community Hunger Solutions


Episode 67: Alicia Kennedy

The Entangled Story of Food, Capitalism and Sustainability


Episode 66: Dr. Robert Kremer

Glyphosate and Its Devastating Impact on Soil Biology

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Episode 65: Dr. David Haas

The Science Behind Healthy Moms and Babies


Episode 64: Dr. Asa Bradman

The CHAMACOS Study and the Impact of Pesticides on Farmworker Kids


Episode 63: Autumn Ness

The Movement To Ban Pesticides on Maui

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Episode 62: Chris Bradshaw

Dreaming Out Loud, A Food Justice Social Enterprise

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Episode 61: Aimée Code

The Xerces Society and the Protection of Invertebrates


Episode 60: Dave Goulson

Silent Earth


Episode 59: Dr. Joan Dye Gussow (re-run)

Grow Your Own Food, Eat Healthy and Be Active


Episode 58: Dr. Kara Young (re-run)

Unequal Access: Racial Inequality in Today’s Food Systems

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Episode 57: Jose Oliva

Why We Fight for Food Workers

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Episode 56: Atina Diffley

Conversation with Atina Diffley, Organic Farmer and Steward of the Land

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Episode 55: Beth Hoffman

“Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America”


Episode 54: Carey Gillam (re-run)

The Monsanto Papers

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Episode 53: Loren Cardeli

Why I Stand With Small Farmers

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Episode 52: Sophie Ackoff

Young Farmers and Their Future

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Episode 51: Karen Mischel

Becoming Mayor of Viroqua, Wisconsin

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Episode 50: Tony Bedard

Frontier Co-op’s Story of Giving Back

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Episode 49: Cynthia Barstow (re-run)

Protect Our Breasts: Young Women Fighting Against Breast Cancer

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Episode 48: Ashley Koff

The Compassionate Dietician

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Episode 47: Frances Moore Lappé

50 Years of Diet For a Small Planet

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Episode 46: Melody Meyer

A Passionate Organic Pioneer


Episode 45: Ken Cook

The Story of The Environmental Working Group


Episode 44: Dr. Fred Provenza

The Wisdom of Nourishment

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Episode 43: Ken Lee

Lotus Foods: The Story of Sustainable Rice


Episode 42: Brianna Fiene

Building Resilient and Equitable Food Systems in Wisconsin


Episode 41: Marlaina Freisthler

The Heartland Study: The Impact of Herbicides on Mother and Infant Health


Episode 40: Rupa Marya

Co-author of: “Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice”


Episode 39: Raj Patel

“Inflamed”, His Newest Book Co-authored With Rupa Marya

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Episode 38: Kendra Klein

Kendra Klein from Friends of The Earth on Pollinators, Pesticides and Organic Food

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Episode 37: Karen Washington

The Healing Power of Community Gardens in NYC

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Episode 36: Mary Cleaver

A Local and Sustainable Food Story


Episode 35: Robyn O’Brien

Healthy Soil, Capital and Farming


Episode 34: Dr. Kara Young

Unequal Access: Racial Inequality in Today’s Food Systems

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Episode 33: Ken Meter

“Building Community Food Webs”


Episode 32: Dr. Shakara Tyler

Reclaiming the Ancestral Roots of Black Farming


Episode 31: Fred Kirschenmann

The Three “R’s” in Food and Agriculture – Regenerative, Resilience and Relationship


Episode 30: Carolyn Raffensperger

The Precautionary Principle’s Tale


Episode 29: Cori Skolaski

The Organic Certification Process

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Episode 28: Maria Rodale

Growing Up Organic


Episode 27: Tom Frantzen

Why Diversity in Farming Leads to Stability

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Episode 26: Audrey Tran Lam

Reducing Urban Pesticides in Iowa

Episode 25: Dr. Kamyar Enshayan

Why Iowa Cannot Feed Itself With Corn and Soybeans

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Episode 24: Cynthia Barstow

Protect Our Breasts: Young Women Fighting Against Breast Cancer


Episode 23: Dr. Samina Raja

Food Systems Change Agent

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Episode 22: Tom Philpott

The American Way of Farming

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Episode 21: George Siemon

On the Spirit of Organic

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Episode 20: Leonardo Trasande

“Sicker, Fatter, Poorer” — Understanding Endocrine Disruptors


Episode 19: Kelly Ryerson

Becoming Glyphosate Girl


Episode 18: Carey Gillam

The Monsanto Papers

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Episode 17: Dr. Bruce Lanphear

The Negative Impact of Toxic Chemicals on our Health

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Episode 16: Odessa Piper

Chef Odessa Piper on the Hidden Magic in Food


Episode 15: Sarah Minnick

Local Food, Local Flavor, Killer Pizza: Meet Chef Sarah Minnick


Episode 14: Leah Penniman

Farming While Black: A Conversation With Leah Penniman

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Episode 13: Nse Witherspoon, MPH

One Mom’s Passion and Career: Protecting Children’s Health

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Episode 12: Dr. Jifunza Wright-Carter

Healing Communities Through Healthy Food, Medicine and Compassion

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Episode 11: Kevin Mahalko

All About Grazing and Why Cows Should Eat Grass

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Episode 10: Jen Salinetti

A Woman’s Story on Nurturing the Lan‪d‬

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Episode 9: Dr. Joan Dye Gussow

Grow Your Own Food, Eat Healthy, Be Activ‪e‬

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Episode 8: Charles Benbrook, PhD

Roundup Weed Killer: What We All Need to Know

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Episode 7: Kathleen Merrigan, PhD

Talking Sustainability With Dr. Kathleen Merriga‪n‬

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Episode 6: Author John Ikerd

Our Broken Industrial Food Syste‪m‬

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Episode 5: Albie Miles, PhD

Transforming Hawaii’s Food System by Empowering Native Hawaiian Yout‪h‬

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Episode 4: Mackenzie Feldman

Student Activism for a Herbicide-Free Campu‪s‬

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Episode 3: Chef Ann Cooper

School Lunches, and Feeding Our Children During COVID-1‪9‬

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Episode 2: Dr. Michelle Perro

Why Our Children Get Sicker: The Link Between Gut Health and Pesticide‪s‬

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Episode 1: Dr. Phil Landrigan

How Pesticides Are Threatening Our Children’s Healt‪h‬