Cathy Bradberry

Host, Producer

Cathy Bradberry has worked for South Carolina Public Radio for more than 10 years. Currently host and producer of Earth Sense She started by managing operations on weekends and producing local content. She currently produces a number of daily programs ranging in topics from classical music to recycling and education. She has received a Masters in Education from Columbia College. As Production Manager for Song Travels, Bradberry coordinates all stages of production and corresponds with artists, talent agencies, and studios.

Ways to Connect

Cold Weather Safety

Dec 29, 2017

Winter weather can turn hazardous quickly, but if you’re prepared, you can handle anything Mother Nature throws at you!  If you don’t already have an emergency kit, think about pulling together a few emergency items like batteries, candles, a first aid kit, et cetera.

We’ve talked about common cold weather myths, and one of the most common misconceptions about this time of year is that you don’t need sunscreen.  In fact, snow and ice can reflect up to eighty percent of harmful UV rays, so lather up with sunscreen even in the winter.

Winter is here and with it comes some outdated information about the cold temperatures, but don’t let winter health myths get the best of you!  For starters, cold air does not make you sick.

You’ve been enjoying that Christmas tree all month long, and while it’s sad to think about taking it down and packing away your decorations, start planning for how you’ll reuse that live Christmas tree.

This time of year is magical- unless you’re allergic to the holidays!  No, I’m not talking about Scrooge, but think about all the allergy irritants this time of year.  First, those decorations have been sitting in the attic for a year collecting dust, and anyone with indoor allergies knows that dust can be a real headache.

Winter Mulch

Dec 22, 2017

As the weather turns colder, it may be a good time to plan winter mulching for your garden.  The point of mulching in the fall and winter time is to prevent the ground around your plants from alternately freezing and thawing, which can injure plant roots.

The best way to stay healthy during cold and flu season is to let your immune system do the work.  In order to do that, you have to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to keep you well.  Fruit and vegetable smoothies are a great way to get a large number of vitamins and minerals in your diet quickly.

Wine Bottle Crafts

Dec 20, 2017

Whether you’re in the mood for decorating or just looking for a crafty hobby, using items you already have or finding items that might otherwise be trash is the best way to get your creative juices flowing and help Mother Earth. Wine bottles are fairly easy to come by, and you may have a few lying around waiting to be recycled.

DIY Furniture

Dec 19, 2017

Furniture can be an expensive investment, but if you have an eye for up-cycled materials and a little creativity, you could make your own tables rather than buying them brand new.  Some old sawhorse legs and a few wood pallets could make an industrial desk for your office.

Have you got some old dishes that just are just a little too old fashioned?  Or maybe you’re just ready for a change in the kitchen!  Here are some fun ideas for ways to re-invent that dinnerware with just a few basic supplies.

Winter Heating

Dec 15, 2017

As the weather gets colder, you can really start to feel the pinch of heating your home when you receive that monthly power bill!  But your heating system, and the way you use it account for a lot of that bill.  Before you upgrade your system, improve the efficiency of your house- this will allow you to purchase a smaller unit and save you money on the upgrades.

Wood Pellet Stove

Dec 14, 2017

Heating your home in the winter accounts for a large portion of your power bill; that’s why many people are looking for thriftier ways to stay warm.  Freestanding wood pellet stoves, or models that fir into an existing fire place, are becoming more popular.

Brighten Your Space

Dec 13, 2017

  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it can be so easy to drop into a seasonal depression, but you can combat the blues by simply brightening your indoor space.  If your ceilings aren’t already white, a fresh coat of paint can make a cave-like room much lighter.

Have you got a small space in your home where you’re just not sure how to maximize utility?  Whether it’s a bay window dining area or a small home office, there are a few design choices you can make so the space seems larger and serves its purpose.

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Whether you’re heating your home, or enjoying a fire pit s’mores party in the yard, what you burn can be as important as where you burn.  Indoors or outside, natural wood is considered carbon neutral since it only releases the amount of carbon dioxide that the tree required over its lifetime.

Dog Friendly Decor

Dec 8, 2017
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  Dogs are man’s best friend and designing and decorating a comfortable home to include Fido can fun.  Spring for a dog bed that compliments your style and that will hold up over time.  Organize Fido’s leash and poop-bags by the door on a hanging wall hook to clear up clutter and make dog walks more convenient.  

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, then you may be aware that many countries do not refrigerate eggs like we do in the US.  Have you ever wondered why?  We didn’t always wash our eggs.

Stress is the workplace seems to be getting worse as American workers are expected to do more with less.  But don’t let the stress at work affect your health.  The first step to avoid stress is to recognize when you’re feeling stressed. 

Thrifting Tips

Dec 5, 2017

Creating a stylish home on a budget can be a tall order, but by keeping an open mind, finding great items at the thrift store, flea market, and even yard sales can be fun.  The trick is to think creatively!

Meal Planning

Dec 4, 2017

We’re all trying to get more done in less time, but being on the go all the time can negatively affect your eating habits.  The best defense is a good plan!  So take a few moments to plan your meals for the week.

We’ve been talking about ways to reuse items you already have, so here are a few more ideas to keep you thinking.  Those plastic containers and milk jugs can all be modified into handy scoops, dust pans, and garden trowels.

When you start thinking about all the possibilities, reusing what you already have becomes a fun game.  For example, those large black binder clips can be clipped to your desk and used as electric cord keepers for your computer or even your cell phone charger.

Reusing items you already have is the best way to save money and help the environment.  Recycling is great, but it’s not energy neutral.  However, finding new uses for everyday objects is, so with that in mind, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Olive Oil is a staple in many kitchens, but did you know that there are a slew of uses for olive oil that don’t involve the stove?  For instance, olive oil can be used as a natural eye make-up remover and a moisturizing shave cream.

Our schedules tend to be jam packed with work, school, and everything in between, but if you can carve out ten to thirty minutes for a nap, you may feel a boost in your mental and physical well-being.  There are many benefits to taking a nap including improved cardiovascular health and healthy weight management.

These days, it’s difficult to find the energy to make it through the fast pace of life.  Between professional obligations, wanting to spend time with family, and of course, trying to fit in personal goals and fitness, it can all start to feel like there’s just not enough time in the day.  But there are a few simple things you can do to help boost your energy and your mood.  

It just stands in your kitchen quietly doing its job day in and day out.  You may not think about it much, but life certainly would be more difficult without your refrigerator!  Using your fridge seems like a no-brainer, but refrigerators and freezers require large amounts of energy to chill foods.  The manner in which you use yours can help reduce energy waste.  

No-Bake Energy Bars

Nov 22, 2017

Do you find that your energy drops off dramatically in the afternoon?  Are you struggling to stay awake and stay on task during the day?  While coffee and caffeine may offer a temporary pick-me-up, a better alternative is a light snack packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to rev your energy and keep your brain firing on all cylinders.  Here is a great recipe for no-bake energy bars

Emergency preparedness is a good idea any time of year, and your car is one place where you should definitely have a few emergency items on hand all the time.  Consider keeping things like jumper cables, a flashlight, a small first aid kit, water, and flares or reflective triangles.

Denim Crafts

Nov 20, 2017
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Denim is a versatile fabric.  It looks great, fits everybody, and holds up over time.  But there will come a time when you favorite jeans are too worn to wear.  Before you throw them out, think about ways that you can use the fabric!  Re-using and re-purposing those old pants can save you money and save space in the landfill!  And you can do all sorts of creative things with denim.  And you’ve already got ready made pockets for hanging organizers, pocket refrigerator magnets, or that canvas tote that would be perfe

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