Sunscreen: Understanding Ingredients, Risks and Natural Alternatives


This week the AOC Team speaks with an expert about what we can do to protect ourselves from the sun's potentially harmful rays while still enjoying the call of the outdoors.


Rebecca Hamilton, Director of Product Development, Badger Balm, Gilsum, NH

Best Food for Your Best Friend: Diet & Lifestyle for Optimal Pet Health



Much like us, the well-being of a dog is dependent on food and lifestyle. Tune in this hour to discover how to evaluate commercial pet foods, how to supplement your dog's diet with whole foods from your fridge, and what other recommendations will make your companion's life as happy and healthy as possible.

Diana Laverdure, Pet Nutritionist & Co-Author, Canine Nutrigenomics, Delray Beach, FL
Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM, Veterinarian & Co-Author, Canine Nutrigenomics, Garden Grove, CA

The Raw Food Diet: What, Why & How



The Raw Food Diet is the antidote to high heat and extensive food processing, but is it for everyone? International raw food expert Ani Phyo shares with us the specifics of how raw food works, what the health benefits are, and how anyone can improve their diet with simple raw food upgrades to their everyday meal planning.

Ani Phyo, Author & Health, Wellness, Raw Food & Detox Expert, Los Angeles, CA

Beauty or the Beast: Choosing Safe Personal Care Products



When it comes to health, the world of cosmetics and body care products is tough to navigate, in great part because there are few manufacturing standards and little transparency in labeling. In this episode, we are joined by a topic expert to learn what to look for in personal care products, what to avoid, and how to get involved in improving regulations for what we put on our -- and our loved one's -- bodies.

Janet Nudelman, Director of Program & Policy, Breast Cancer Fund, San Francisco, CA

Hands-On Gardening: Spring Into Season



Whether you farm a window box or an acre of land, rejoice in the ability to be nourished at your own hand and learn the best ways to begin and sustain an abundant organic garden. 


Willow Rosenthal

Author, The Essential Urban Farmer, Oakland, CA

Annie Spiegelman, 

Author and Master Gardener, The Dirt Diva, Novato, CA

Stories My Mother Told Me: Creating Professional Narrative



In the final part of our Mother's Day Series, a filmmaker and her mother tell their story of creating a business together and how they combine the skills of the millennial and baby boomer generations to help business professionals how to tell their own story.

Debbie Sultan, Co-Founder & Marketing Guru, Food Guru, San Francisco, CA
Ariel Sultan, Co-Founder & Video Guru, Food Guru, San Francisco, CA

Orchard House: Life Lessons from Generations of Gardeners



In Part Two of our Mother's Day Series, we visit the pages of a beautiful new memoir, Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow, and speak with the author about what happens when, on a common ground, differences become cherished strengths.

Tara Austen Weaver, Author, Orchard House, Seattle, WA

Mother Earth, Mother of Mine: Lessons from a Biodynamic Family Business



In a month-long feature on motherhood throughout the month of May, we look first at a family whose business is based on caring for Mother Nature. The mother-daughter duo discusses similarities in raising a family and tending to the land, and the opportunities to build upon the wisdom from each generation.

Katrina Frey, Executive Director, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA
Eliza Frey, Winemaker, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA

Making Your Life More Vanilla: Simple, Sweet & Sustainable



Vanilla has become a synonym for plain and predictable. Yet this spice has one of the most special stories you've never heard. Travel with us in Malagasy stories and develop a new appreciation for the orchid that produces one of the most fundamental flavors of modern cuisine.

Nathaniel Delafield, CEO & Co-Founder, LAFAZA, Oakland, CA
James Delafield, CPO & Co-Founder, LAFAZA, Oakland, CA

The Three Season Diet: An Ayurvedic Approach to Weight Loss



The science of Ayurveda teaches us how to live in balance with our own nature and with nature around us. By eating detoxifying foods in the spring, hydrating foods in the summer, and grounding foods in the winter, we follow the seasonal rhythms of the harvest and of our own bodies.

Dr. John Douillard, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Founder, LifeSpa, Boulder, CO
Emma Frisch, Author & Chef, Frisch Kitchen, Ithaca, NY

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