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The Climate Pod
The Climate Pod

The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at... more

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How To Win Climate Arguments And Influence People (w/ Dr. Genevieve Guenther)

Bad actors continue to push fake talking points to obscure the truth on climate change and slow down action. So... more

10 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Highways Are Horrible For Climate Change. How Does The Problem Keep Expanding?

For 70 years, building out and expanding American highways have been core parts to the entire US transportation project. But... more

26 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm on America's Clean Energy Mission

President Biden campaigned on the promises of producing 100% of America's electricity with clean energy resources by 2035 and getting... more

19 Jun 2024 · 32 minutes
Grief, Racism, and the Climate Crisis (w/ Mary Annaïse Heglar)

Mary Annaïse Heglar is back on the show to discuss her new book "Troubled Waters", a fictional account of a... more

12 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
What Will The Future Of Climate Denial Look Like? (w/ Tad DeLay)

The climate movement is used to fight denial. Few who do this work escape the need to push back against... more

05 Jun 2024 · 56 minutes
We Need More Climate People (w/ Tom Steyer)

Hundreds of billions of dollars have already been invested in clean energy projects in America since the Inflation Reduction Act... more

29 May 2024 · 36 minutes
The Complex Threat Of Sea Level Rise (w/ Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney)

This week, two Pultizer Prize-winning reporters join the show to discuss their new investigative series, “The Drowning South," and how... more

22 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Groundbreaking Economic Study Suggests Greater Climate Damages (w/ Dr. Adrien Bilal and Dr. Diego Kaenzig)

In 2018, economist William Nordhaus won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy model, which... more

15 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Is Climate Anxiety Keeping People From Having Children? (w/ Dr. Jade Sasser)

Over the past five years, there have been several studies showing how the climate crisis is impacting major life decisions. ... more

08 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Why Is Climate Change Missing In Our Movies? (w/ Anna Jane Joyner and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson)

Popular films have massive influence over our culture. It's where we go to see the biggest stories on the biggest... more

01 May 2024 · 56 minutes
The American Climate Corps Explained (with White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi)

The American Climate Corps, an initiative that will employ 20,000 Americans in its first year to combat the climate crisis,... more

22 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
CNN's Bill Weir On The Life Lessons Found In Climate Reporting

For years, we've watched as Bill Weir has brought climate storytelling to one of the biggest news networks on television.... more

17 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Washington Post's Shannon Osaka On Microplastics, Extreme Weather Costs, And Covering Climate In 2024

Shannon Osaka has been one of our favorite climate journalists for years. So we were incredibly excited to have her... more

10 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Why Capitalism Won't Save the Planet (w/ Brett Christophers)

For decades, the biggest pushback against renewable energy was that it was more expensive to generate than electricity that came... more

03 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
How Do You Behave Ethically In A Climate Crisis? (w/ Travis Rieder)

The climate crisis presents us with a number of moral challenges. We all produce emissions, but there are massive differences... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Rhetoric vs Climate Reality

In 2021, Greta Thunberg spoke to the youth climate movement at an event leading up to COP26. Her famous "Blah,... more

20 Mar 2024 · 44 minutes
Degrowth, Malthus, and the Climate Crisis (w/ Giorgos Kallis)

Over the last century, economic growth, as measured by increases in countries' Gross Domestic Product, has been the key indicator... more

13 Mar 2024 · 58 minutes
The Adventurers Behind A Thrilling New Climate Documentary (w/ Dr. Lonnie Thompson, Danny O'Malley, and Dr. Alex Rivest)

It's incredible how dramatic climate science can be. That was my first thought after I watched the new documentary, Canary, which... more

06 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
How Can The Climate Movement Build Real Power? (w/ Dana Fisher)

Who can the climate movement turn to for real change? Politicians? Business leaders? International negotiators? The reality, as Professor Dana... more

28 Feb 2024 · 52 minutes
What's Keeping Nuclear Energy From Playing a Larger Role in Decarbonization? (w/ Dr. Matt Bowen)

The International Energy Agency, among other prominent modelers of our energy future, projects that nuclear energy's current global capacity must... more

21 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
Why Is 'New Climate Denial' So Popular On Social Media? (w/ Imran Ahmed)

"It is vital that those advocating for action to avert climate disaster take note of this substantial shift from denial... more

14 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
2024 is Forecasted to Pass 1.5 Degrees - What Does That Mean? (w/ Dr. Nick Dunstone and Dr. Richard Betts)

In 2015, representatives from all countries attending COP21 agreed to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2.0 degrees... more

07 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
The New Politics Of The Climate Crisis Era (w/ Ajay Singh Chaudhary)

We witness the climate crisis every day. Unfolding on our news feeds, impacting our communities, and undeniably causing unfathomable, inequitable... more

31 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Immediate Benefits of Decarbonization (w/ Dr. Drew Shindell)

The negative impacts of climate change are almost always depicted on a global scale and decades-long timeframe. However, the positive... more

24 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Can Mass Protest Movements Deliver Climate Revolution? (w/ Vincent Bevins)

"From 2010 to 2020, more people participated in protests than at any other point in human history. But we are... more

17 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
An Optimistic Case for a Sustainable Future (w/ Dr. Hannah Ritchie)

As global temperatures continue to rise, fossil fuel production continues to increase, forests continue to be cut down, and species... more

10 Jan 2024 · 48 minutes
How Are Progressives Transforming US Climate Policy? (w/ Ryan Grim)

I don't know if you've heard, but in 2024, there is a little ol' election happening in the US that... more

03 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
What Did We Learn About Climate Media, Activism, and Justice in 2023? (w/ Evlondo Cooper and Mitzi Jonelle Tan)

It's been a long year and so much has happened in the fight for climate justice. How has it been... more

28 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Unequal Climate Impacts on Natural Capital (w/ Dr. Bernie Bastien-Olvera)

As the planet warms, ecosystems are on the move. Biologists and climate scientists have observed the migration of forests toward... more

20 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
COP28: What's Behind The Headlines? (w/ Nina Lakhani, Aderonke Ige, and Rachel Rose Jackson)

COP28 has come to a close. Since the final day of the conference, we've seen both a number of headlines... more

16 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Messages That Actually Motivate Climate Action (w/ John Marshall)

For the last four years, John Marshall and the team at Potential Energy Coalition have been testing more than 3... more

13 Dec 2023 · 54 minutes
How To Earn Rural Support Of Climate Action (w/ Jane Kleeb)

Rural voters are often overlooked or completely ignored when it comes to progressive campaigns, including ones centered on climate action.... more

06 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
What's At Stake At COP28? (w/ David Gelles and Pascoe Sabido)

This week, we have two great guests on the show to explain what's at stake at COP28 and some of... more

29 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Fifth National Climate Assessment (w/ Allison Crimmins)

Since 2000, the United States Global Change Research Program has periodically published a report on its assessment of the climate... more

22 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
2023 State of the Climate (w/ Dr. Jillian Gregg)

Each year, scientists from around the world develop a comprehensive report on the state of the climate crisis. The report... more

15 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
Outer Space Won't Save You From Climate Change (w/ Zach Weinersmith)

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just escape to space? Just go live on Mars and leave all our... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
How Has Energy Security Changed Since The 1973 Oil Crisis? (w/ Jason Bordoff)

We've just passed the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which kicked off almost a full decade of... more

01 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Why Infrastructure is Critical to a Sustainable and Just Society (w/ Deb Chachra)

Modern infrastructure has the ability to make our lives better.  Instant access to power and clean water. The ability to... more

25 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
How Fragile Is Our Climate? (w/ Prof. Michael Mann)

In his latest book, Our Fragile Moment - How Lessons From Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive The Climate... more

18 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
Are Carbon Offsets Junk? (w/ Rachel Rose Jackson)

Every year, billions of dollars are spent worldwide on carbon offsets, and the size of the market is expected to... more

11 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
Ending Wealth Supremacy (w/ Marjorie Kelly)

The perpetual extraction by those striving for limitless wealth has set our planet on a trajectory that could make living... more

04 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
Live at Farm Aid 2023! (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff, Greer Farms, and The Particle Kid, aka Micah Nelson)

Last weekend, we recorded some great conversations at Farm Aid 2023 in Noblesville, Indiana! Given that Farm Aid 2023 was... more

27 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
The Extraordinary Costs of Climate Denial (w/ David Lipsky)

With his new book, The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial, David Lipsky explores the long history... more

20 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Rhiana Gunn-Wright On How Climate Policy Falls Short On Racial Justice And The Green New Deal's Legacy

As one of the architects of the Green New Deal, Rhiana Gunn-Wright has been a part of a fundamental shift... more

13 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Is Capitalism Devouring the Planet? (w/ Professor Nancy Fraser)

In her 2022 book, "Cannibal Capitalism", Professor Nancy Fraser argues that "capitalism harbors a deep-seated ecological contradiction that inclines it... more

06 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
Examining the Waste Crisis (w/ Oliver Franklin-Wallis)

Every year, humans generate over 2 billion metric tons of solid waste worldwide. Where does it go after you're done... more

30 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
Maui's Recovery And The Fight Against Disaster Capitalism (w/ Kaniela Ing)

At the time of publishing, the devastating wildfires in Maui have left hundreds missing, already more than one hundred people... more

23 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
Kurt Andersen On 'Command Z' And Why We Can Still Fix Things

When Ty talked to Kurt Andersen back in 2020 upon the release of his exceptional book Evil Geniuses, we... more

16 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Why Heat Is So Deadly (w/ Jeff Goodell)

Jeff Goodell is the author of more than a few books on climate change, but none are more timely than... more

09 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
David Wallace-Wells on 2023's Climate Crisis and the Uncertain Road Ahead

David Wallace-Wells is back on the podcast to talk about the extreme heat waves, off-the-charts ocean temperatures, massive wildfires, and... more

02 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
The Long History of Profit And Environmental Consequences (w/ Mark Stoll)

Throughout all of human history, we've been changing and adapting our landscape to advance our species. Obviously, this has often... more

26 Jul 2023 · 55 minutes
Al Roker - Live at TED Countdown Summit!

Legendary TV weatherman Al Roker joins the show this week! He discussed the escalation of extreme weather events, the disproportionate... more

19 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
How The Pandemic Is Reshaping Our World (w/ Felix Salmon)

Years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we've learned an extraordinary amount about how governments and economies can respond during prolonged global... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Confronting Climate Change's Disproportionate Impacts On Black Communities (w/ Heather McTeer Toney)

Centuries of systematically racist American policy has pushed Black communities into enduring the worst impacts of fossil fuel pollution and... more

05 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
3 Critical Changes Needed To Decarbonize 5X Faster (w/ Simon Sharpe)

How do we dramatically accelerate the pace of climate action and reduce emissions? According to Simon Sharpe's new book, Five... more

28 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
What's Causing the Ocean Heat Wave? (w/ Jeff Berardelli)

The record-shattering ocean surface temperatures across the Atlantic over the last two weeks have shocked anyone paying attention to the... more

21 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
A Week Of Deadly Wildfire Smoke (w/ Heatmap's Robinson Meyer, Emily Pontecorvo, Jeva Lange)

Last week, wildfire smoke blanketed some of North America's biggest cities, sweeping across large swaths of the northeast and beyond.... more

14 Jun 2023 · 47 minutes
A Path Out of the Water Crisis (w/ Dr. Peter Gleick)

Dr. Peter Gleick, one of the world's leading scientists and communicators on water and climate crisis issues, returns to The... more

07 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
A Path Out of the Water Crisis (w/ Dr. Peter Gleick)

Dr. Peter Gleick, one of the world's leading scientists and communicators on water and climate crisis issues, returns to The... more

07 Jun 2023 ·
Why "Emergency Mode" Climate Activism Is Essential (w/ Dr. Margaret Klein Salamon)

Not all climate activism has been popular. Some of the most viral, disruptive protests have been met with backlash, even... more

31 May 2023 · 57 minutes
Exploring How a Utopian Future Can Turn Dystopian (w/ Michelle Min Sterling)

As the Earth warms and many parts of America become uninhabitable, where will Americans go to find new homes? How... more

24 May 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Deploy Clean Energy While Minimizing Environmental Impacts (w/ The Nature Conservancy's Jessica Wilkinson and Nels Johnson)

In order for the United States to hit its Net Zero Emissions Goal by 2050, it's estimated that 3,100 gigawatts... more

17 May 2023 · 46 minutes
Why Economic Rights Are Critical To Climate Action (w/ Professor Mark Paul)

More than four years after it was first introduced, the Green New Deal has been extraordinarily influential in public policy... more

10 May 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Systemic Racism and Rising Seas Collide in Charleston (w/ Susan Crawford)

Over the next 30 years, it’s expected that thirteen million Americans living on the coasts will be forced to leave... more

03 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Climate Film Club - "There Will Be Blood" (w/ Adam Nayman)

When Adam Nayman reflects on what makes There Will Be Blood so resonate, it's one of the central questions Paul Thomas... more

26 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" New Edition (w/ Professor Michael Tondre)

In this installment of The Climate Pod's Climate Book Club (a new thing, maybe?), we revisit Upton Sinclair's 1927... more

19 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
What Does The IPCC Report Mean For Fossil Fuel Expansion? (w/ Greenpeace's Tim Donaghy and Data For Progress' Danielle Deiseroth)

The latest publication from the IPCC, AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023, outlines a grim future if we don't decarbonize faster... more

12 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes
Why We Need Fewer Cars (w/ Daniel Knowles)

There are an estimated 1.4 billion cars in use around the world. Despite the fact that cars and trucks are... more

05 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
Jared Yates Sexton On How Our History Of Power And Paranoia Drives Crises

In his latest book, The Midnight Kingdom: A History Of Power, Paranoia, and The Coming Crisis, Jared Yates Sexton... more

29 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
'Extrapolations' Dorothy Fortenberry On Making Television About The Climate Crisis

On the new show, Extrapolations, dramatizing the climate crisis isn't just about showing the science unfold. As co-showrunner Dorothy Fortenberry explains on... more

22 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
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'Extrapolations' Dorothy Fortenberry On Making Television About The Climate Crisis
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On the new show, Extrapolations, dramatizing the climate crisis isn't just about showing the science unfold. As co-showrunner Dorothy Fortenberry explains on the show... more