JAM March Update

28 03 2012

JAM has had some breaks because of Spring Break and of course the approaching finals and other class demands, but they still managed to sneak in a show on the 25th. But that’s not all SIUE’s sustainability-themed web radio show has been up to. Now, you can go to their archive site and listen to past shows for free! You can listen to each host’s section on the show and the beginning of the shows too (like the favorite cat breading conversation!). Check this site out to keep updated on the radio show and listen to the topics covered. Learn about sustainability news and share a laugh with the sometimes goofy hosts John, Amy, and Maame!


March 25th

John talked about “Hungry for Change,” a health and sustainable lifestyle documentary. Check it out!

John’s Playlist:

“Pathetique” by Andrew Bird

“Fatal Flower Garden” by Andrew Bird

“11:11” by Andrew Bird

Maame used her favorite site, and found an article on recycled furniture and a recycled home. Both of her articles were about things built from something else!

Maame’s Playlist:

“Satisfy My Soul” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

“Danger” by Erykah Badu

“I Got Five On It” by Luniz

“Love & Happiness” by Al Green

And Amy couldn’t be there so instead the radio show had yet another John on the air!

He talked about Germany and how their phasing out nuclear power.

John’s Playlist:

“Shaft in Africa” by Johnny Pate

“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

“Pressure Drop” by Toots & the Maytals


JAM February Update

20 02 2012

February 5th

JAM (John, Amy, and Maame) had their third successful radio show. If you missed it because you were working or your friend tore out your internet line, then fear not! We’re going to catch you up on what happened on the show.

Opening songs:

“Hot In Herre” by Jenny Owen Youngs

“Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds

Amy opened up the show with a non-sustainability related topic; in bread cats. The new internet craze that Stephen Colbert reported on is called breading cats! JAM had a fun time getting silly and talking about this ridiculous topic on Sunday.

Following this opener topic, Amy went into discussing an article she found about ways to keep your food (specifically produce) out of the fridge but still staying fresh. The article showcased designs for shelves to keep apples, potatoes, roots (like carrots), eggs, and spices fresh that utilize the science of these foods. Keeping these produce items out of your fridge makes you have more space, which could mean you can get a smaller fridge and save energy!

Amy’s Playlist:

“Helicopter” by General Electriks

“Home” by LCD Soundsystem

“Private Eyes” by The Bird and the Bee

“Suicide” by The Raveonettes

“Heartbeats” by The Knife

Maame discussed the principle of the Triple Bottom Line and how to apply this to your life in order to be more sustainable. The Triple Bottom Line consists of three Ps: Profit, People, and Planet.  If you want to apply this idea to your life do so by:

-Check out the sustainability tips from the January 31st show. These tips can help you become more energy-efficient and buy better, longer-lasting products. This will help you save money = PROFIT.

-Become involved in your community. Buy from local business and volunteer. Supporting your local economy and lending out a hand to those around you keeps your community strong. It really does feel good to give back and meet new people along the way = PEOPLE.

-The last one is a bit obvious. Do more to help out the environment. Try to conserve all the natural resources we have and keep them healthy and alive = PLANET.

These are just a couple of tips and examples on how you can implement the Triple Bottom Line (which is a business phrase) into your everyday life.

Maame’s Playlist:

“Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest

“He Can Only Hold Her” by Amy Winehouse

“Candy” by Cameo

“A.D. 2000” by Erykah Badu

“Wash” by Bon Iver

John dedicated his time on the show to talk about personal responsibility. Whether you’re a big corporation, like GAP, or students on SIUE campus; you need to realize you live on this planet and you need to take care of it. Take responsibility for your actions and for your place in the world. You can affect the environment and the lives of those are you, either positively or negatively. Just remember that.

John’s Playlist:

“Imperials” by Ratatat

“Sivad” by Miles Davis

“Spiral Dance” by Keith Jarrett

“Chippie” by Ornette Coleman

“Birdland” by Weather Report

Closing Song: “Any Way You Want It” by Journey

February 12

JAM went on air at 1PM like always. This time, however, there was a twist. The usual JAM member (John, Amy, and Maame) weren’t all present. Instead, fellow SOS member JoLyn, filled in as the “J” in JAM. John was out of town in St. Louis and JoLyn took his spot for this week.

Opening Songs (played because of a Beatles and high school themed dream Amy had):

“Twist And Shout” by The Beatles

“Lady Madonna” by The Beatles

“Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles

Amy found an article that week about sustainable measures New York City is taking, especially with their older buildings. Mayor Bloomberg wants to make the entire city more sustainable, and one way to do this is by improving the performance of older buildings through a “greening process.”

Though, Amy also wanted to know what sustainable building measures were being taken in her own city of St. Louis. Apparently, with help from the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity and its developments, St. Louis has one of the highest levels of LEED Platinum Homes in the country! This just goes to show that being sustainable can be a personal choice for improvement or can be something that positively impacts a whole city.

Amy’s Playlist:

“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

“Hey” by Elvis Perkins

“40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

“Brand New Key” by Melanie

“Ghosts” by Laura Marling

JoLyn had two topics she wanted to discuss. The first one came from an article about global warming. However, this article talked about the name “global warming” and how the phrase is too comfortable-sounding to effectively alert people to the major problem that our planet is going through.

Her second topic dealt with the well-known 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The ladies talked about which one of those Rs they practice the most and which one they have trouble with. They discussed useful tips and told lots of personal stories dealing with the 3 Rs. Check it out!

(Also, the ladies introduced the word “Upcylcing” and JoLyn wanted to have a link to an upcycle craft place in St. Louis!)

JoLyn’s Playlist:

“Just Jammin'” by Gramatik

“Collarbone” by Fujiya & Miyagi

“Santa Fe” by Beirut

“Bongo Bong” by Manu Chao

“The Joker” by Steve Miller Band

Maame talked about plastic pollution in the ocean (which makes us sad), and how the Grand Canyon is no longer going to allow the selling of bottled water (which makes us glad).

Maame’s Playlist:

“Livin’ In The Jungle” by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” by Digable Planets

“Award Tour” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Zimbabwe” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Closing Song: “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”

Feb. 19th

Opening Song: “Emergency On Planet Earth” by Jamiroquai

Amy informed listeners on what composting is and the benefits of starting your own compost. Check out these sites she found!



She also went into the topic of “zero-waste” and found a great article on places all across America that are implementing zero-waste policies and practices.

Amy’s Playlist:

“You Were the Last High” by The Dandy Warhols

“Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes

“Float On” by Modest Mouse

“Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

“Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage The Elephant

John had an interesting topic; cheese and how it could help out biofuels!

John’s Playlist:

“In One Ear & Out The Other” by Fujiya & Miyagi

“Millennium Dodo” by Atmosphere

“On The Sly” by The Bamboos

“Bloodshot Eyes” by General Electriks

“Bustin’ Out (On Funk)” by Rick James

End Song: “We Built This City” by Starship

Feb. 26th

Maame found a great opener topic with the help of an article about a newly discovered water-world.

She then went into two other articles that she wanted to talk about; one on gardening with bikes and how cool that it and another about how the Heartland Institute wants school to teach climate change as a controversy and not something solidified by scientific facts.

Maame’s Playlist:

“Never Give Up On The Good Times” by Spice Girls

“Show Me Love” by Robin S

“Give Up The Funk” by Parliament

“Award Tour” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Where Do We Go From Here” by Jamiroquai

Amy talked about a new science that is being developed that will allow trees to produce their own light. She tied this into sustainability, by saying that this technology could cut energy costs for street lighting.



Amy’s Playlist:

“No Home” by The Ettes

“Favorite Thing” by The Replacements

“Salty Dog” by Flogging Molly

“Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello

“The Man Who Would Be King” by The Libertines

John talked about Recyclemania and how our campus has done events in the past similar to it with the Residential Halls, what they’re doing now to see how much the campus is currently recycling, and how SIUE is looking to get involved in the Recylemania competition in the future.

John’s Playlist:

“Bowls” by Caribou

“Imprint After” by Toro Y Moi

“Hurly/Burly” by Man Man

“Leave House” by Caribou

“A Satisfied Mind” by Johnny Cash

JAM’s Second Show!

31 01 2012

Your favorite SOS radio talk show hosts had another successful two-hour radio show this past Sunday! In case you didn’t know or haven’t been tuning in, we’ll catch you up on how to listen to them, get your voice/opinion heard on air, what they talked about, and what music they jammed out to this week.

JAM is an acronym for the three main radio show hosts; John, Amy, and Maame. They are all members of SOS and each Sunday from 1PM-3PM they talk about sustainability issues on their mind and what music they have stuck in their head at that moment. JAM’s show is made possible by SIUE Web Radio, and they are all very grateful to utilize Web Radio as an outlet for sustainability topics and discussion. If anyone would like to contribute to conversations they’ve had in the past or what they’re talking about live, then you can call in or leave a comment on either SOS’ Twitter, Facebook, or right here on our blog! JAM checks these social media outlets while in the booth and can answer your comments right over the air. (How cool is that?!)

Opening songs:

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

“Surf Rider” by The Lively Ones

“Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield

On Amy’s segment this week, she gave some tips for living sustainability. She found some great ideas while researching her topic and came across a blog post she particularly found interesting with some suggestions to really think about. One of the tips, learning to grow food, lead Amy to find a great article on urban gardening.

Amy’s Playlist:

“Boyfriend” by Best Coast

“The Devil Never Sleeps” by Iron & Wine

“Treat Her Right” by The Commitments

“Never Forget You” by Noisettes

“She Ain’t a Child No More” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Maame found an article about an upcoming UN conference in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The conference is focusing on sustainable development for countries; making sure economies can grow without harming resources and the environment for future generations. Maame is hoping this conference will use the focus of sustainable development to tackle environment problems, like climate change.

Maame’s playlist:

“Phoenix” by Maxwell

“Kneelin’ At My Alter” by Arrested Development

“Big Eater” by The Bad Plus

“Generosity” by Mirah

“Staring at the Sun” by TV on the Radio

“Concrete Jungle” by Bob Marley

John recently wrote a paper on the topic of free trade coffee, and decided to use his time on the show to inform and discuss this topic.

John’s Playlist:

“The Next Movement” by The Roots

“Step Into the Realm” by The Roots

“Proceed” by The Roots

“Essaywhuman?!!!??!” by The Roots

“The Ultimate” by The Roots
Since JAM is a weekly event, we encourage SOS members to tune in and find out what’s going on every week. JAM needs live listeners to accomplish all that they want to accomplish, so for now on there will be a monthly JAM update on the blog instead of one every week. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SHOW (it’s all online!) and come here to voice your opinion about the show, catch up on any broadcasts you missed, or for other updates on the SOS club in general.

JAM with SOS

27 01 2012

In case you haven’t heard, SOS has a new committee (headed by John Shaw), that is getting the sustainability message out over radio waves. SIUE has their very own web radio station, and three SOS members have taken on the task of getting their own sustainability-themed radio show. John, Amy, and Maame (or JAM) talk a bit about themselves, play sweet tunes, and present and discuss sustainability topics that interest them. Listeners can tune in every Sunday from 1PM to 3PM, and can even call in or leave a comment on our Facebook, Twitter, or here on our blog that JAM will answer on air.

JAM had their first radio show last Sunday, and it was a huge success. But it’s ok if you missed it! We will be updating you about what you missed last Sunday on JAM!

Opening song: “Gangsta” by tUnE-yArDs

Each member of JAM presented their own topic that they had researched and wanted to discuss, as well as played their own playlist of songs.

Amy went first. She presented facts on solar power panel manufacturers in the United States and China and what issue the United States was facing because of this. The basic points of the topic dealt with tax credits American’s can receive for installing solar panels on their home, and the topic of more American’s are buying the cheaper Chinese manufactured solar panels instead of American-made ones. She looked into, and asked her hosts, how this topic applies to sustainability. On one hand it’s great people are using solar power, on the other hand they aren’t supporting the American economy.

The main points covered were:

-Since 2009 homeowners are able to get a federal tax credit worth 30% of the cost of their new solar system, even if they’re also receiving state of local financing. This is helpful because the initial capital cost for solar systems is the major economic hurdle for installing solar panels. Panels have a very long life though and once installed, they require very low maintenance. The solar tax credit directly impacts this major obstacle when purchasing and installing a solar panel system. (Ex. A typical home solar system generals about 3 kilowatts of power. In California, the typical cost for getting a home solar system is $24,300. The average California state rebate is worth $4,650 which brings the cost down to $19,659. The 30% tax credit would ten be worth $5,895. This cuts the overall cost down to $13,755.)

Stimulus Adds Tax Credit for Home Solar Panels in 2009

Understanding and Applying the Residential Solar PV Tax Credit

-Many countries are pushing for ways to find domestic energy sources that are less polluting than fossil fuels. In the United States, despite rapid growth in recent years, solar power accounts for less than 1% of electricity use. The United States only accounted for $1.6 billion of the world’s $29 billion market for solar panels; California is by far the leading state.

New York Times; Solar Energy

-In the last 2 years, China has emerged as the dominant player in green energy, especially solar power. It accounted for at least 1/2 of the world’s production in 2010. But China has achieved this dominance through lavish government subsidies in its solar industry, which is detrimental to American companies and other foreign competitions. While most U.S. companies still have a technological edge, China has a cost advantage.

New York Times; Solar Energy

-The U.S. solar industry is divided over these imports. Panel-makers say their business is suffering and they want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry say these cheap panels are driving a solar boom in the United States.

National Public Radio; Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

-Some American panel-makers say that Chinese solar panel imports contributed to the collapse of U.S. manufacturers. 3 went out of business in 2010. These panel-makers want tariffs. They acknowledge that Americans will have to pay more for panels if that happens, but it will create a natural balance in a competitive and legal environment.

National Public Radio; Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

-The International Trade Commission reached a preliminary conclusion that American solar panel manufacturers were being harmed by Chinese solar panel imports.

New York Times; Panel Says Chinese Imports Hurt U.S. Solar Firms

-The Commerce Department still has to determine if Chinese panel makers have been doing anything illegal, like subsidizing panel-makers so they can sell below cost aka “dumping” their products in the United States at prices below the cost of making and marketing them. This ruling would impose offsetting tariffs to bring the price of Chinese panels in the American market up to what the Commerce Department deems their fair market value.

New York Times; Panel Says Chinese Imports Hurt U.S. Solar Firms and National Public Radio; Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

-However, some believe that higher prices are bad for companies that install solar panels, and these companies far outnumber panel manufacturers in the United States. Also, when installing solar panels, you need an inverter. An inverter a device that every solar installation needs to convert direct current to the alternating current in a home. A lot of inverters are manufactured in the United States. With fewer installations, then that would mean fewer inverters sold.

National Public Radio; Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

-Solar power is just now becoming less pricey for regular people. Some homeowners in the United States like to buy American, but most just want the best price. Chinese panels are about 10% cheaper, but a tariff could double their price and that could push everyone’s prices up. These sanctions against the Chinese could raise the cost of solar energy in the United States.

New York Times; Panel Says Chinese Imports Hurt U.S. Solar Firms and National Public Radio; Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

-Chinese efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the United States may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Middle East for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines, and other gear manufactured in China.

New York Times; Solar Energy

John and Maame each took a side on this debate, where do you think you stand? Do you think we should keep buying foreign solar panels for cheap, or supporting the American economy and add on tariffs on the foreign panels? Does it matter where the panels come from as long as people are able to buy and use them, or should we help build national businesses even if it means costing more to be “green”? Please give us your opinions and read the articles to understand more about the topic!

Amy’s Playlist:

“Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying” by Belle & Sebastian

“Le Plus Beau du Quartier” by Carla Bruni

“This Charming Man” by The Smiths

“Heretics” by Andrew Bird

“Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes

Maame presented her topic next.

She found a blog that says there are many problems with the sustainability movement, and in some cases it’s unsustainable. She presented his arguments and JAM spent a while talking about their reaction to his statements and refuted them as well. It was an interesting conversation for defending the sustainability movement, specifically saying that it’s not a fad and is something we as a nation and a race need to start investing in. The conversation also went off into each hosts’ personal views of sustainability.

Maame’s Playlist:

“Little L” by Jamiroquai

“Bad Wings” by The Glitch Mob

“The Big Payback” by James Brown

“Didn’t Cha Know” by Erykah Badu

“Marijuana” By KiD CuDi

John was the last to talk about his topic. He informed the listeners of the great sustainability strides Anheuser-Busch, a locally recognized brand, has been taking here in the United States and abroad.

He first informed us of what Anheuser-Busch has done historically when it comes to sustainability. For those interested in knowing all the things they’ve accomplished in the environmental movement; check out their site.

The main point John talked about was how Anheuser-Busch is recycling water at its factory in China, and using this to support the local Chinese public housing. John got his information from an article on TreeHugger.

John’s Playlist:

“I know You Rider” by Grateful Dead

“Mindbender (Confusion’s Prince)” by Grateful Dead

“Fire on the Mountain” by Grateful Dead

“Good Lovin” by Grateful Dead

All in all, JAM’s first show was a 2-hour, jam-packed (pun intended) event with information and great music. Please tune in for their second show this Sunday, 1PM to 3PM!

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