Interview with Ward B. Stone, American environmental hero

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Dr. Ward B. Stone in his days as NYS Wildlife Pathologist. Photo by Eric.

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Tonight’s Edition of Planet Waves FM

As for tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here]: Shortly after finishing The Book of Your Life, I drove up to Troy, NY, to meet my old friend and mentor Dr. Ward B. Stone. You may know that I have some years in as an environmental investigative reporter, and Ward was one of the people who helped me.

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Pisces Beatle George Harrison and a Fender guitar.


In his capacity as wildlife pathologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Ward played many roles, including citizen advocate.

Starting at 1:22 of tonight’s program, Ward and I talk about the history of the environmental movement, from an angle that’s almost banned from the news: chemicals. We’re all so soaked in “better living through chemistry” that the whole matter of what these chemicals are and what they actually do gets lost in the sauce.

In the first segment of the program, I offer my last thoughts on Uranus conjunct Eris prior to Friday’s conjunction.

I also read the chart of our musical guest, George Harrison, and play some of the music of this sublime Pisces artist, as our farewell to Pisces time. You can see his chart on the program page for tonight’s show. Some selections are from the Concert for Bangladesh (Amazon | iTunes), and others can be found on the compilation Let It Roll (Amazon | iTunes).

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Thank you for tuning in. It’s good to be with you.

with love,

PS — In cased you missed an early letter in this series, here it is: A Note from your Personal Journalist. In tomorrow’s letter, I’ll tell you a little about my astrological education, and my approach to teaching.

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