Harvest the Wind on NPR's Living on Earth

This week's Living on Earth, a show that airs on more than 270 public radio stations across the country, features an interview about Harvest the Wind with host and executive producer Steve Curwood.  The interview took place in the Living on Earth studio in Somerville's Davis Square, just footsteps from the Red Line's subway or, in Boston terms, "T" stop.  After generating all too many carbon emissions as I flew and drove thousands of miles to visit wind farms and factories in America and abroad, I was delighted to hop on the Green Line, just a three-minute walk from our home in Newton, switch to the Red Line downtown, and find myself on Steve's doorstep in less than an hour.

During my undergraduate years in the 1970s, Davis Square was a rundown neighborhood that had one popular destination: the original Steve's Ice Cream before it became a popular nationwide chain.  My friends and I would willingly stand in half-hour lines defying Boston's frigid weather, all for a scoop or two of the best ice cream in town.  A player piano, offering a variety of tunes on precariously brittle paper scrolls, made us feel that much more welcome once we finally made it inside the ice cream shop's doors.

Today Davis Square is a hopping restaurant and entertainment district, transformed in no small part by the arrival of the MBTA's Red Line in 1984.  It's a great example of what well-planned public transit can do to bring new life to urban communities.  Along with the great food and good music, Davis Square has seen moribund industrial buildings turned into attractive loft apartments; it enjoys a healthy stream of bike commuters on the Somverville Community Path; and it offers pedestrians, dogwalkers, and bikers a welcome stretch of tree-lined greenery along the Alewife Linear Park connecting Davis Square to the Alewife multi-modal transit station.

For years now, I have listened to Living on Earth on Boston NPR affiliate WBUR at 7 o'clock on Sunday mornings, long before the rest of my family has begun to stir.  Living on Earth was Steve Curwood's brainstorm, with its pilot launched in 1990 and regular broadcasts begun the following year.  Since then, Steve has received multiple awards for his excellence in environmental reporting.   It was a privilege to be interviewed by him.