Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

This Green Earth - November 24, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

  Joining Chris and Katy in the first part of the show is Jim  Steenburgh  a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and author of  the bestselling book, “Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.”  We get his thoughts on our coming El Nino winter – and the certainty’s and uncertainty’s associated with that.

  During the first half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Tom Diegel, the Vice President of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance about their involvement with the Mountain Accord.  In the second half of the program they speak with author Susan Imhoff Bird about her book titled: Howl – Of Woman and Wolf.   Drawn to wolves’ resilience and innate sense of place, Bird discovers important personal truths as she learns about the science, the behaviors and the myths surrounding these controversial and misunderstood creatures.


     Chris and Nell chat with two authors today.  First they  interview Andrew Nikoforuk about his book: Slick Water – Fracking and One Insiders Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry.  The second segment of the show, Peter Seidel talks about his book: There Is Still Time.

This Green Earth - November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

The State of Utah continues to consider the construction of a large pipeline that would convey water from Lake Powell to Washington County and the St George area.  Chris Cherniak and Katy Wang spoke with Zach Frankel the Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council about the project, its costs and whether or not 21 economists can change the mind of one governor. Then on the second half of the show they spoke with Stanford Professor Marc Jacobson.  His article in the latest National Geographic is titled, A Blueprint for a Carbon Free America.

This Green Earth's first guest is Adam Briggle who is a philosophy professor and author of a new book titled: A Field Philosophers Guide to Fracking – How One Texas Town Stood up to Big Oil and Gas.  He talks about the grass roots effort that he was part of, the David and Goliath nature of the battle and how he applied a philosopher’s toolkit to breakdown and addresses such a hot button issue.

With the human-caused 'Sixth Extinction' receiving increasing attention, Johns Hopkins University Press recently published a book whose title pulls no punches: The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. In segment one, host Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson interview professor Paul Ehrlich.

This Green Earth - October 13, 2105

Oct 13, 2015
Bee Friendly

Today, Jules Angel of Summit County Gardens stops by to discuss bad honey from China and why Park City needs to become a certified bee friendly city. Then, Ray Milliner, Summit County planner talks about the Counties draft plan to establish a “cap and trade”

This Green Earth - October 6, 2015

Oct 6, 2015

On today’s show Chris Cherniak and guest host Katy Wang covered three types of harvesting activities.  First, beekeeper Doug Fryer discussed how he harvests honey from his local hives.  What’s the process like? And what do all those female bees do for the next five months? Then Ken Kullack, executive director of the Summit Community Garden, discusses how their “garden grew.” He also talked about their garlic planting event they will be holding at the garden Saturday, October 10.


It’s an all local’s show today on This Green Earth.  First Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson welcome Captain Matt Meinhold of the Park City Fire District and Dave Eskelson of Rocky Mountain Power to discuss the districts installation of solar panels on the roof of their administration and warehouse buildings.

The second guest is Katy Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series, talking about this week’s film, Project Wild Thing.  It’s a documentary that chronicles the director attempt to get his children out of the house in into the outdoors.


This past summer was the warmest on record ,and 2015 is set to become the warmest year ever, surpassing the old record which was set just last year. Joining  hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  to discuss the planets on-going fever, and what this past summer was like closer to home, is Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. In the second half of the show, Judy Dorsey, president of the Brendle Group, joined the show to discuss how businesses and municipalities incorporate concepts of sustainability into their daily practices.