Exploring the Future of the Rational Middle

By Chris Lyon |

As a kid, I loved dinosaurs, I loved space, and trains. My entire life revolved around these very different hobbies during my formative years. Soon, space became the focus of all my attention. I watched movies like Apollo 13, 2001, and Star Wars, among others. I watched documentaries like From the Earth to the Moon and For All Mankind. As I entered my teens, I found the famous Carl Sagan epic COSMOS: A Personal Voyage. My mind became an amalgamation of what… (more)

Dawson Creek: Rational Middle’s Crossroads

By Gregory Kallenberg |

We can’t tell you how excited we are to release this next episode of the Rational Middle. It’s called “Energy’s Crossroads: Dawson Creek,” and it looks at one town’s (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Mile One on the world famous Alaska Highway) challenge to resolve an issue where an impending drought had caused it reconsider allowing energy development in the area. Dawson Creek’s city management, along with their plucky city council delivered a bold edict to the energy industry: If you… (more)

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Upcoming Episode About Dawson Creek Water Treatment Plant Highlighted in Interview

By Chris Lyon |

An article written for the Dawson Creek Daily News, written by William Stodalka and featuring Rational Middle director Gregory Kallenberg explores the intentions behind making an episode about the facility due to Shell’s financing of both the series and the treatment plant. Honestly, I think Mr. Stodalka missed the most important part of the story which is the idea that this monumental project be exposed to more people accomplishing two goals. First, by informing people that such a solution exists… (more)

Introducing the Band

By Gregory Kallenberg |

I’m often asked about the team that produces the Rational Middle. Before I answer, being a fan of Socratic method, I often ask, “How many people do you think we have working on the series?” The answers usually start at 10 and, for some, range up to 25 folks working feverishly on the series, social media and keeping things in line. I’m happy to report that Team Rational Middle consists of four people (including myself) and a couple of amazing dudes who… (more)

Realities of Drilling: Extended and Recut

By Chris Lyon |

Last season we released ten films about energy to spark discussion about the challenges facing our nation and the world. Two of the films, called “Realities of Drilling” Parts 1 and 2, were about exploring and producing natural gas in shale deposits – to discuss the risks surrounding drilling in these unconventional plays. Given the political and emotional climate surrounding shale gas development and fracking, it was no surprise to us that they were our most popular films. Towards the… (more)

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The Aspen (Ideas Fest) Effect

By Gregory Kallenberg |

At first, I thought the euphoria I was feeling in Aspen from the launch of the Rational Middle Energy Series at the Aspen Ideas Fest was a result of the altitude. It was only after I had decompressed closer to sea-level, that I realized the continued feeling of giddiness was the result of an amazing reception at one of the world’s most prestigious gatherings of minds (where else can you pass the New York Times’ David Brooks, physicist Brian Greene and Tony Award-winning Julie Taymor in a 40-foot span?).… (more)