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Media Coverage – The Small House Society in the News. Recently, there has been significant media coverage of the Small House Society and the trend toward living in smaller spaces. Our work and that of our members has been featured by CNNNational Public Radio, the New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Global News Coverage. The Small House Society has been reported extensively by North American media and as far away as Australia and even China (see article above).

A Diversity of Voices. Of course, no single person or house can alone represent the movement toward smaller, simpler, more sustainable living. For this reason we make an effort to provide a balance of books, news coverage, and other resources that can help convey a message of simpler living on any scale.

Radio Interviews

Audio is now available for recent interviews with Gregory Johnson and other Small House Movement members.

  • Small House Interview on CJBK 1290 News Talk Radio London, Ontario, Canada – 7 October 2013 at 12:15 ET (Read More…)
  • Public Radio Features the Small House Society on Midday with Dan Rodricks of WYPR. 24 July 2013 (Read More…)
  • Small House Movement – Platz ist in der kleinsten Hütte,  9. März 2013. “In Ländern mit hohen Bevölkerungsdichten wie Japan oder hohen Grundstückspreisen wie die USA gibt es natürlich mehr Minihäuser als anderswo. 20130309sa-artikelmagazin-logoIn den USA ist auch die Heimat der Minihausbewegung angesiedelt. In der Small House Society machen sich Menschen Gedanken über Entwicklung und Nutzung kleiner Häuser, zum Nutzen aller Interessierten.” Translation: In countries with high population densities, such as Japan or high land prices as the U.S., there are of course more mini houses than elsewhere. In the U.S., the the mini-house movement is based. The Small House Society is to make people think about development and use of small houses, for the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • Sustainable Home Day, ABC News Radio Canberra Australia, Interview with Gregory Johnson, 10 September 2011. This recorded-live-interview with ABC Radio News Canberra Australia was on 10 September 2011 (11 September 2011 in Australia) as a part of the Sustainable House Day event.
  • Radio Colorado College, “Tiny Homes Take Hold,” 7 July 2011. “Across the country tiny homes are being built, some as small as 65-square-feet. Many are vacation homes, tiny cabins set on a choice piece of land, but some homeowners have turned to tiny homes as their primary residences. The trend is called the Small House Movement and KRCC producer Susan Glairon went to Eaton to visit the owners of one tiny home.”
  • Simple Living and TemperanceOn 2 April 2009, Gregory Johnson delivered a presentation in La Crosse on the topic of simple living and temperance at the Virtues Conference on Temperance at Viterbo University. To hear the presentation as well as questions and answers (1 hr 21m), visit the audio page or right click here and choose save (37.3 MB). About Viterbo University: “Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1890, Viterbo remains committed to its Catholic Franciscan values and its mission to provide each student with a quality liberal arts education rooted in the values of human dignity and respect for the world.”
  • Writers Voices, KRUU FM – Interview with Gregory Johnson, 28 November 2008. “Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline warmly welcomes author Gregory Paul Johnson, as well as guest host Steve Cooperman, this Friday, November 28 at 1pm. Steve Cooperman is a former journalist and KRUU show host who is currently involved in numerous community projects. Steve put his own life on a diet about a year ago when he moved into a 500 sq ft cottage with a wood stove, close to the town square, greatly reducing driving miles.” [ Audio | Article ]
  • WAQY-FM Radio, “Bax and O’Brien” radio show, 17 October 2008. “WAQY-FM serves the Hartford, CT Market as a 50,000 watt station, which not only covers most of Connecticut, but also a majority of Massachusetts as well as parts of Rhode Island. The Bax and O’Brien program has been on the air for the past 13 years, and has been consistently number 1 in the target audience.” [ MP3 Audio File ]
  • Newstalk Radio in Ireland, Moncrieff with Sean Moncrieff, 29 September 2008, 9:20 AM CT. Gregory Johnson was interviewed by Sean Moncrieff of Newstalk Radio, Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio. [ MP3 Audio File ]
  • Public Radio, WSUI, “Live from Prairie Lights” 11 July 2008. After the Mobile Hermitage open house, Gregory Johnson was interviewed by Julie Englander of WSUI (Public Radio) at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City. He read from his book Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned Living in 140 Square Feet. Photos are now available from the day’s events. [ MP3 Audio File ]
  • KRUU LP FMNational Radio in Ireland (20080929mo)
  • Iowa Public Radio Book Reading/Interview (20080711fr1900)
  • Great Lakes Radio Consortium – The Environment Report. This is a nice radio segment and article. (20070608fr1758)
  • ABC News Australia (20070310sa)
  • Public Radio Interview with Ben Kieffer from February 2007 (20070207we)
  • National Public Radio, All Things Considered, 15 May 2006

Television Media and Online Video

Below are links to some of the television media and online videos that featured the Small House Society.

  • IMBC Television Korea. An extended documentary about the small house movement aired in Korea on Friday, 4 March 2011.
  • CNN, American Morning, 22 October 2008. “Jay Shafer designs tiny homes and has even started a blog about living on less. His homes have a designer feel — interior wood paneling, stainless steel kitchens, built-in bookcases — packed into a space about the size of walk-in closets of upscale homes. His smallest home has 65 square feet; his biggest (a three-bedroom place) has 774 square feet.” [ Article | Video ]
  • ABC News, Good Morning America, 19 July 2007. Dee Williams was interviewed on Good Morning America. The video is now being featured across the Internet including the main page of Yahoo.
  • KWWL NBC Chanel 7 Waterloo, Iowa. On March 29, 2007, KWWL briefly covered the Small House Society in an interview with Gregory Johnson. (20070425we1135)
  • The Oprah Winfrey ShowJay Shafer, one of the Small House Society co-founders, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show which aired Tuesday, February 20, 2007. The website has declared: “This Is the Year to Declutter Your Life.” The site has numerous stories with tips to help people declutter their lives – the first step to smaller and more effective living.
  • ABC World News video podcast featured a 77 square foot home in their 24 January 2007 broadcast. Click here to view the QuickTime video in a new window or right click to download it. The file is 12.8 MB and 2 minutes 38 seconds long. For sharpest viewing image, download and then view using QuickTime 7 at “Actual Size.” (20070125th)
  • Another Tiny Home on Wheels. “Positive change begins at home. So when Dee Williams decided to change her life, that’s where she started. In fact, she redefined what “home” meant, right down to what it was, and where it could go.” A film by Mark Hoffman. You can also view the following video at (very nice quality) or on Yahoo Video.
  • CBS Evening News, 10 July 2006. New broadcast included a feature segement on Jay Shafer. (20060710)
  • PBS Affiliate WQPT featured Gregory Johnson and the Small House Society. Click here to view the video now.
  • CBS affiliate KCCI Channel 8 in Des Moines Iowa featured a story about Small House Society Coordinator, Gregory Johnson and his home The Mobile Hermitage.

Print Media and Online News Coverage

Below are just a few samples showing media coverage of the Small House Society.