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Climate news, culture and commentary from the team behind Drilled and Hot Take.

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Episodes

Maddie Stone on Microsoft's Role in the Climate Crisis

In a new story co-published by Grist and Drilled, Microsoft employees who spent years fighting the tech giant's oil ties... more

08 May 2024 · 35 minutes
Welcome to Spill and Happy Earth Day: Freeing Palestine Is a Climate Issue

Hot Take co-hosts Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt are back with a new show blending climate news updates and... more

22 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
Climate News Update: The New Carbon Majors + Swiss Elders Win Landmark Climate Case

Lots of news lately on stories we've been following, so in today's episode: an update! The landmark Carbon Majors report... more

16 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
Slow Factory's Céline Semaan on Climate Justice, Collective Liberation, and Building an Unbreakable Movement

When Celine Semaan began calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, she was surprised at the backlash she and her team... more

02 Apr 2024 · 43 minutes
Messy Conversations: Rhiana Gunn-Wright on What the Climate Movement Loses When It Excludes Environmental Justice

Rhiana Gunn-Wright was one of the architects of the Green New Deal, and today works as the climate policy director... more

05 Mar 2024 · 1 hour,
Messy Conversations: How to Talk to Kids about Climate Change, with Mary Annaïse Heglar — a Mini Hot Take Reunion!

Mary Annaïse Heglar's first book is out today, and it's a children's book about climate change. It's the first of... more

27 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
Messy Conversations: Akshat Rathi on Climate Capitalism

Bloomberg climate reporter Akshat Rathi joins us to discuss his new book Climate Capitalism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit... more

05 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
The Climate Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

Some mining companies claim that we can't "electrify everything" without deep-sea mining—a claim that has been debunked by various scientists.... more

03 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Introducing: Inherited — Climate Youth Stories From Around the World

In the Season 3 premiere of Inherited, host Shaylyn Martos introduces us to storyteller Camara Aaron, who shares a personal... more

20 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
F$#%, Marry, Kill Big Oil

For our last episode of Hot Take, Amy and Mary revisit their favorite jokes, and dig into the listener mailbag... more

30 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
The Zombie Apocalypse Is Real

This week, Amy and Mary discuss zombie ice viruses, the Keystone pipeline spill in Kansas, a global biodiversity crisis, the... more

16 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Won't Someone Think of The Children

This week, Amy and Mary chat with Rebecca Nagle - an Indigenous journalist, host of This Land, and long-time friend... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
'Tis the Season to Want Nothing

Just in time for the holiday season, Amy and Mary chat with Aja Barber - a writer, stylist and consultant... more

02 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Call the COPs

Amy and Mary break down this year's COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and explore the history of U.N. climate conferences... more

18 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
No Country for Centrist Dems

This week on Hot Take, Amy and Mary break down the midterms, examine the shadowy billionaires funding Republican candidates, and... more

11 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Every Election Is a Climate Election with Rhiana Gunn Wright

This week on Hot Take, Amy and Mary speak with Rhiana Gunn-Wright - Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt... more

04 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Election Spooktacular

This week on Hot Take, Amy and Mary pick apart the climate implications and nuances in key midterm races (Fetterman,... more

28 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
On the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis

This week on Hot Take, Mary is joined by Sara Sneath, investigative reporter and alligator doula and Drew Costley, climate... more

21 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Climate Candidates To Watch In The Midterms

This week on Hot Take, Amy & Mary discuss the new wave of Southern Black Democrats running on climate centric... more

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Reclaiming Identity Politics with Olúfemi Táíwò

This week on Hot Take, Amy & Mary talk to Olúfemi Táíwò, author and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown,... more

07 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Hurricane Season Heats Up

This week on Hot Take, Amy & Mary give updates on Hurricane Ian, Manchin's failed permitting bill, discontent in Europe,... more

30 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Ask a Scientist, with NASA’s Dr. Kate Marvel

Today on Hot Take, Mary and Amy are joined by Kate Marvel, climate scientist at NASA, who answers listener questions... more

23 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Follow the Money, Eat the Rich

We hear all the time that acting on climate can upset the delicate balance of the economy, worsen inflation, kills... more

16 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Both Sides of the Mississippi

For this week’s Hot Take Labor Day special, Mary and Amy look into the connections between labor unions and the... more

09 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Climate Colonialism 101

This week on Hot Take, Mary and Amy talk to Abrahm Lustgarten about how colonialism, both in the past and... more

02 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
A FOX in the newsroom

This week, Mary and Amy are joined by Evlondo Cooper, a journalist at media watchdog - Media Matters, to chat... more

26 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Amy and Mary Take a TV Break

Tune into Hot Take this week, where Mary and Amy take a much needed break by watching TV! They look... more

19 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Devil in the IRA details

Amy and Mary cut through the noise to break down the good and the bad in the climate legislation that... more

11 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Quiet Climate Emergency

This week, Mary and Amy break down the latest in climate news from - the Inflation Reduction Act, the possibility... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Climate Behind Bars

This week, Mary and Amy are joined by investigative journalist Alleen Brown to take a closer look at mass incarceration.... more

29 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Joe Manchin vs. The World

This week, Joe Manchin spiked Biden's climate bill, but the planet is no political football. This week's episode of Hot... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
"Resistance" Over "Resilience"

Today on Hot Take is all about resilience—and the limits thereof. Mary talks with two fellow southerners - Ko Bragg,... more

15 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Scene on Radio: In the Beginning

This week on Hot Take, we’re off! But, we’ve brought you an episode from one of our favorite shows -... more

08 Jul 2022 · 46 minutes
Supremely F$%#ed

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary sit down with Leah Litman, a law professor from our sister show -... more

01 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Trans Rights Are Climate Justice``

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Yessenia Funes, Climate Director of Atmos Magazine, discuss queerness and climate justice, recent elections... more

24 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
How Many Oil Jobs Are There Really?

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk to Sara Sneath, New Orleans-based investigative journalist of Floodlight, about exactly what... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
A Republican Climate Plan?

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary discuss the recent Republican “climate plan”, the Democratic primaries, heatwaves, a special fossil... more

10 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Death of Democracy with Adam Serwer

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer about the future of US politics and... more

03 Jun 2022 · 49 minutes
Of Meat and Men with Alicia Kennedy

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary sit down with writer Alicia Kennedy to discuss the Netflix documentary, Bad Vegan.... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Down Uterus, Down Girl! with Rebecca Solnit

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with Rebecca Solnit about our patriarchy problem, the leaked Supreme Court draft... more

20 May 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
A Total Moral Disaster

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with David Wallace-Wells about the lessons we can learn from Covid-19, the... more

13 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Kids Are All Angry!

Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary revisit why Joe Biden is struggling with Gen Z, and they talk about... more

06 May 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Free Britney and Lock Up Exxon

Amy and Mary sit down with Kate Aronoff, climate reporter at The New Republic, to talk about wtf nationalization means.... more

29 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Real F&#!bois of Fossil Fuel

Hot Take is officially BACK! And in their very first episode as part of the Crooked Media network, Amy and... more

22 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Coming April 22... the return of Hot Take!

The climate crisis is literally the world’s biggest existential problem. But we can’t even begin to solve it if we... more

15 Apr 2022 · 2 minutes
Big Oil Had a Bad Month (Which Means We Had a Good One)

In our S3 finale we talk about the very bad month Big Oil had in May, how much the climate... more

06 Jun 2021 · 58 minutes
What Covid and Climate Have in Common: Science Denial

Pro Publica healthcare reporter Caroline Chen joins us to talk about her experience navigating that minefiled, where public health and... more

16 May 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Moving Fast and Breaking Sh*t

Journalist Maddie Stone joins us to talk about Silicon Valley (yes, also the HBO series) and Big Tech's approach to... more

02 May 2021 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
April 20 Is #FUBPday

We missed the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, so on the 11-year anniversary we're going big: It's #FUBPday.... more

18 Apr 2021 · 48 minutes
Hot and Cold with Rev Yearwood and The Coolest Show

In this crossover episode with The Coolest Show, Rev Yearwood takes us to school and church with an in-depth conversation... more

04 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Ultimate Abolition

If you want to see the true toll of the climate crisis, you have to train yourself to look for... more

21 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
The Greenwashing Olympics

A dramatic reading of the book Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero with Emily Atkin and Brian Kahn, plus a... more

07 Mar 2021 · 29 minutes
Two Sides to Every Story?

Lewis Wallace, journalist and author of the book The View from somewhere, and the podcast by the same name, joins... more

21 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Blood for Oil, with Antonia Juhasz

Investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz joins us to talk about all the many ways oil, war, and climate change intersect.Read more:https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/light-sweet-crude-a-former-us-ambassador-peddles-influence-in-afghanistan/https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/the-new-war-for-afghanistans-untapped-oil/https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/why-rex-tillerson-could-be-americas-most-dangerous-secretary-of-state/Subscribe... more

07 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
No Better Time for Climate Reparations, with Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

The term climate reparations first came into the global climate conversation back in 2009. It disappeared for a while but... more

24 Jan 2021 · 1 hour,
2020: The Shitshow

In our 2020 year-in-review episode, Mary and Amy talk about how Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter protests impacted climate coverage,... more

10 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Newsletter Preview

The story behind our newsletter, and a look at some of our favorite pieces from our first year. Learn more about... more

13 Dec 2020 · 43 minutes
Making the Case, with Rhiana Gunn-Wright

On our birthday episode, policy expert Rhiana Gunn-Wright joins to talk about the pernicious narrative that Progressives harmed down-ballot Dem... more

22 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Mitch McConnell's Cold Dead Hands

For our election 2020 recap episode, political consultant Rania Batrice joins us to break down what this means for climate,... more

06 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
All the Lives in the Balance, with Rachel Ramirez

There’s a lot on the line this week. But we wanted to take a moment ahead of this momentous election... more

01 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
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If you want to see the true toll of the climate crisis, you have to train yourself to look for the most... more