Radio Day Unabridged from Rick Meghiddo on Vimeo

We went to the open-house day of the “Pearlman Cabin” in Idyllwild, CA, designed by John Lautner.  While being at the event, Nancy Pearlman asked me if I would be willing to be interviewed for her KBPK 90.1 FM Environmental Directions radio program. I said, “Yes, but when, where?” “Today, here,” she said. “OK,” I answered, surprised.

Nancy Pearlman is an award-winning broadcaster, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor and producer, who has made safeguarding the earth’s ecosystems a career. Since 1977, she has hosted and produced the country’s longest-running environmental radio show: Environmental Directions. 

I thought that the main subject of the radio interview was going to be John Lautner. Unscheduled and spontaneous, we touched on many subjects: Wright, organic architecture, sustainability, Lautner’s architecture, Israel’s irrigation, use of solar power and water desalination plants, the cabin’s integration to nature, Idyllwild, organic architects, Ruth’s Farm Urbana, population growth and a view of the future.

Several weeks later Nancy sent me an unabridged copy of the recorded interview, sound-edited by Robert Payne. I decided to produce a film version of it. The result is in the documentary included here. The problems ahead of us are not only quantitative, they are also qualitative. The message is how to create spaces for people in tune with resources and Nature.

For an abridged version of this documentary (16:44′), go to