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Michael D. Austin’s role on Blue Planet Almanac has been described as “Mother Earth’s Kid-Brother™,” in which he serves as a bridge between humanity’s pasts and futures. A new version of Blue Planet Almanac is in the works through his Soul Rider LLC. These days Michael readies and launches startups, including an archaeological project whose subject spans several nations, a project advancing the sale of 18th dynasty Egyptian antiquities, and conservation telerobotics and game startup, Hardshell Labs.

Austin can be found on LinkedIn, and has represented leading edge organizations in advancement of their programs, technologies and revenue. He has collaborated as a director, strategist or representative with organizations including the 5 Gyres Institute • American Cancer Society • Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert Conservation Area Plan • Boston Red Sox’ Pitcher Tim Wakefield and Pitching In For Kids • California State Polytechnic University & FoundationCity of HopeDirect Relief International • Pro football player Earl Campbell, the Pro Player Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society • Yvon Chouinard’s Great Pacific Iron Works and PatagoniaGreat American Ink vintage animation art • Healthy Life All-Positive Talk RadioMono Lake Committee • New Orleans Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees Dream FoundationSierra Club United Way Los AngelesWhole Life Times & Whole Life Productions • Super Bowl Champion and author Roland Williams’ 2013 startup, Block University.

Austin’s favorite professional moments include when…

  • his marketing team negotiated Sierra Club’s first corporate sponsorship,
  • in an Outward Bound Ropes Course for company team-building, he was first to climb atop a wobbly 75 ft. telephone phone – which swayed several inches under one’s weight. Then he dove into thin air to catch a trapeze eight feet away.

At University of California Santa Barbara and Riverside Austin read environmental studies, biology and comparative religion. At UCSB he was The Daily Nexus‘ first environmental news feature writer. His senior research paper explored, “The Symbolism of Flying and Ascension in Classical Yoga Traditions.” He tutored college chemistry and math, gathered field data contributing to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, and researched the bionomics of Kestrels.

Growing up as an experienced, amateur naturalist, Mike hiked and biked in California’s coastal foothills and fished in its beautiful streams and rivers from an early age. Some of his favorite personal moments as an Earthling include when he…

Before it was fashionable Mike often commuted on bicycle. Automobilers from the mid-1970s remember the custom fabricated bumper-sticker mount on his bike saying, “Conserve Energy. Your Children Will Thank You!”

He doesn’t believe reality television exists ;)


Blue Planet Almanac’s news site is humming away while new shows and publications on consciousness & sustainability are readied. Blue Planet Almanac™ was all-positive Healthy’s 1st comprehensive reporting and show on sustainability. Averaging 3 million listeners monthly, is a member station of the National Association of Broadcasters, and carried as one of only 64 talk radio stations in Microsoft® Windows Media® News + Talk and Windows Media Player® Radio Tuner, available on every Internet Explorer on Earth. HRN7 talk radio is syndicated/simulcast 24/7 over 58 distribution channels including TuneIn Radio, Internet, WiFi, PDAs, Smartphones, mobile, podcasts, iTunes, downloadable MP3s, RSS feeds, archives and private radio networks. Healthy Life’s all-positive programs span a variety of news/talk genres and are hosted by recognized experts in TV, film and radio. HRN7 talk radio listeners hail from 108 countries. About 83% hear their favorite programs in 1,240 cities through all 50 U.S. states.

Blue Planet Almanac radio and the hors d’oeuvres of Thursday’s News@7 Environmental Super-Segment are currently on hiatus. We’re now in discussions to bring back Blue Planet Almanac, through a media foundation. Both shows aired on the all-positive talk radio network, from January 2009 through March 2011, offering thoughtful perspectives on conscious, green living on our favorite planet. It featured fascinating interviews, news and product reviews. Lifestyles of health and sustainability are encouraged on Blue Planet Almanac – including science and policy of importance to Earthlings. At Blue Planet Almanac’s news site are contained links to stories, news and reviews from the radio hour, where listeners and Web surfers can reflect and act. Blue Planet Almanac provides Good Choices for Earthlings™.


  1. Intriguing. This sounds timely and worth our time to tune into. G’luck!


  2. When and where is the film “Addicted to Plastic” going to be next aired? Thanks, LT


  3. Thanks, Leslie: Hard to tell because Sundance doesn’t have it posted. That’s common for showbiz. I TiVoed it on 4-28 on Sundance. Yesterday when I talked with him, he reiterated that he usually doesn’t get advance notice when it airs. For example, it aired on CBC a few days ago. Try adding it to your DVR list and if you can’t find it in the next week, have someone drop me a note and I’ll loan you Blue Planet Almanac’s copy. Or, given your interests you could also contact Ian through Cryptic Moth Productions.


  4. […] Planet Almanac founder and host Mike Austin was gracious enough to have me live on his radio show a few weeks ago. For anyone who would like to […]


  5. How is the state of the Gulf?
    Also, Prince Charles’ new book and film sound actually worth their salt. Who would’ve thunk it? Ahead of his time. Gosh!


  6. […] Planet Almanac founder and host Mike Austin was gracious enough to have me live on his radio show a few weeks ago. For anyone who would like to […]


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