Welcome to Isla Earth
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About Us

The Isla Earth Radio Series is a fun and engaging weekday radio program with an information rich website and free monthly newsletter called the e-Digest. Our team of science writers and editors scour the planet for breaking news about the issues most critical to the health and well- being of this island we call Earth. We cover stories from Antelopes to the near-extinction of the Zuber. We also bring to you the latest on alternative energy development and about the environmental and conservation work of community groups and organizations. If you have a great story idea for us to look at, click here.

For two years in a row, we were named a finalist in two categories of the prestigious Los Angeles Press Club's annual journalism awards. In 2008, the Isla Earth Radio Series won first place in the News Bureau category. And in 2009, the International Academy of the Visual Arts selected our website as a W3 Silver Award Winner in the category of Environmental Awareness.

You can hear the program on radio stations around the world. To locate a station, click on the top, left-hand button titled "Find A Station Near You" and to subscribe for our free monthly newsletter called the e-Digest add your email address in the box to the left and press "Send".

The Isla Earth Team

Anthony Francis Michaels, Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor

Anthony Francis Michaels is the co-founder of Proteus Environmental Technologies, a unique company that takes transformational discoveries by university faculty and works with them to create successful environmental companies in areas of great overall importance.  Formerly, he was a professor of Biology at USC and, for 12 years, the initial director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.  Forhis own scholarship, Michaels specializes in environmental science, biological oceanography and a range of topics at the interface between science and human decision-making. He was founding president of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.

Mark Allen Bernstein, Ph.D.
Science Advisor

Mark Allen Bernstein is the managing director of the University of Southern California Energy Institute. He has many years experience in energy and environmental issues including air pollution and climate change, with an emphasis on policy and economic implications.  He has worked in the private sector, academia and the public sector including two years in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration.

Ann M. Muscat, Ph.D.
Executive Producer and Science Advisor

A biologist, Ann Muscat specializes in marine ecology and invertebrate zoology. She has additional expertise in the areas of free-choice learning and the public understanding of science, and has developed several museum exhibits and educational programs on the environment. She is President and CEO for the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Patricia J. Maxwell, M.B.A.

Pat Maxwell loves the great outdoors and people. She is an accomplished writer, editor, and radio producer with a science emphasis. Prior to joining the Catalina Island Conservancy she led communications efforts for both the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. When not producing the Isla Earth Radio Series, she can frequently be found hiking the foothills around her home, wearing her dusty gray hiking boots and floppy hat made out of recycled paper.

Lacey Kendall
Studio Engineer

Lacey Kendall has enjoyed a diverse career: 25+ years as a rock & roll disc jockey in Southern California, Hollywood audio engineer, political talk show host, college professor at the University of LaVerne and San Bernardino Valley College and Broadcasting Consultant for California State University San Bernardino. While she spends most of her time listening to college kids, talk radio, Isla Earth voice tracks and loud rock & roll, Lacey best enjoys quiet bike rides in the desert and mountain areas of Southern California.

Rick Cass
Sound Engineer

After being discharged from the U.S. Navy Rick Cass began his media production career at Wichita State University. He worked in professional broadcasting for a while and then decided that Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California was the place to put down roots. He has been there for over 20 years creating, editing, and directing numerous productions for the university. These days he's busy passing on his knowledge to students. And as a native son of South Dakota, where the air is clean and the water is fresh, Rick is very much in tune with how vital and fragile our beautiful blue planet is and why we need to care for it. He's an invaluable member of the Isla Earth team, adding the final touches and sound effects to each show.

Mandy Bennett
Production Coordinator

Mandy Bennett, a Ph.D. student in history at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, is deeply involved in environmental issues as well environmental justice. She has her M.A. in history with an emphasis in environmental history and a particular focus on the U.S. Forest Service. She is the production coordinator for the Isla Earth Radio Series, ensuring that information is uploaded to the Isla Earth website and PRX, assists with idea generation, and with the production of the e-Digest. A long-time Sierra Club member, she has been fascinated by the life and travels of John Muir, founder of that organization.

Voices of Isla Earth

Daily Host

Mara Holland

Mara Holland is delighted to give a voice to the many environmental issues facing us today. She is especially fond of successful animal conservation scripts. And as an artist says she would enjoy giving each animal a character voice. She has been the 'voice' for clients like HBO and Verizon. She is also an accomplished actress whose art has included community theater, film, commercial voiceover. Her work with costuming has included creations that span the playful (Disney attractions) to the sublime (“Flower Drum Song,” Mark Taper, Los Angeles). With a deep appreciation for nature, Mara counts Isla Earth among her most gratifying assignments.

Guest Hosts

June Lockhart

June Lockhart made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of "Peter Ibbetson." She appeared in a dozen or more movies before 1947, and made her Broadway debut in the comedy "For Love or Money." She may be best known for her roles as TV moms Ruth Martin "Lassie" (1954) and Maureen Robinson "Lost in Space" (1965).

Jere Laird

Jere Laird is a well recognized voice in Southern California with more than 40 years of radio and television experience. His first beat, while at KNX News Radio, included stories about education and the courts. He covered the Manson trials and Pentagon Papers trial. In 1973, Jere became the financial editor at CBS-TV, when the Dow was at 500 he reminded me, and gave financial reports from the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange with mere seconds for preparation.