TV series donated to library |

TV series donated to library

Janaia Donaldson
and Robyn Mallgren
Special to The Union

Editor’s note: Janaia Donaldson and Robyn Mallgren of Yuba Gals Independent Media have donated DVDs of 172 “Peak Moment TV Conversations” to the Nevada County Library. They live on Round Mountain, north of Nevada City.

We produce “Peak Moment TV Conversations,” half-hour programs cablecast in western Nevada County on NCTV and on up to 50 community access television stations nationwide. “Peak Moment” is also a YouTube channel and has garnered more than 1.5 million viewings worldwide.

Though the programs are available on the Internet, we want to have them available on DVD for our community. Future episodes will be donated to the library by Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy.

Episodes showcase people who are contributing to self-reliance in their communities. Producer and host Janaia Donaldson leads the conversations and tours of backyard gardens, alternative vehicles, farms and urban composting toilets. Robyn Mallgren is the director, videographer and editor.

Our goal is to present inspiring personal stories and fresh perspectives and clarity on our rapidly-changing world conditions.

Nevada County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg expected the donated DVDs to prove popular.

“Locally produced books and medial are often a barometer of the interests of the community,” Trygg said.

“Peak Moment TV Conversations” was inspired by a viewing of “End of Suburbia” at a town hall meeting organized by Reinette Senum in mid-2005. The film brought into sharp focus our concern for the effects of oil dependence, climate chaos and an uncertain economy.

We launched the program in early 2006, featuring local guests and filming in the studios of NCTV, in Nevada City.

In summer 2006, we traveled in our Vanagon camper to more than 20 West Coast communities and taped more than 90 “Peak Moment” conversations.

This summer, we are revisiting the Pacific Northwest in our mobile studio, an RV modified so we can produce and upload programs to the Internet while on the road taping new shows.

We have some exciting programs lined up. The economic downturn of 2008 and the reality of peak oil have led many communities to focus on local food security: Yard-sharing, community gardens, protecting farm land.

We’ll also tape people investing in local businesses, creating tool-sharing libraries, and retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

“Peak Moment TV Conversations,” blogs and specials are online at

Yuba Gals Independent Media can be reached at

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