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Important, Not Important
Important, Not Important
Important, Not Important

Science for people who give a sh*t. Want to feel better AND unf*ck the world? The 6-time Webby nominee delivers deep conversations with... more

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How to See The Forest

This week: Are we in the hardest part of the climate transition?Here's What You Can Do:🌎️ Donate to 350.org, a global movement working... more

26 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Saving Democracy From The Bottom Up

What are reverse coattails, and how might they slow climate change, prevent the next pandemic, and keep Nazis off of... more

19 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

This week: How are we supposed to navigate this energy transition, AI, and pandemics, if we cannot agree on the... more

14 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
If This, Then What Else?

This week: Today’s essay is a bit of a departure — I just wanted to make super clear where I... more

09 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
2024: The Gaps and How to Close Them

This week: Today’s essay is my version of a 2024 preview. Unlike other previews, though, it’s less, “This is what... more

07 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
2023 Review: What Just Happened?

This week: I’m back today to share my 2023 wrap-up. It’s a pretty stream-of-consciousness endeavor, but I think it sums... more

29 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
Best of: The End of the Universe

How will the universe end? That's today's big question, and my guest is Sarafina El-Badry Nance. Sarafina is an NSF... more

22 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Best of: Episode X: A Far Out Geek Girl Rises

Why does it matter who reviews our video games? That's today's big question, and my guest is Swapna Krishna. Swapna... more

15 Jan 2024 · 1 hour,
Best of: Why We Can't Focus

How do we get our attention back? That's today's big question. I think about it every day, and my guest... more

08 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Best of: Internal Activism

How's your mental health around climate change? That is today's big question, and my guest is Britt Wray. Britt and... more

01 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
How To Make Ethical Decisions

Has there ever been a more important time, a more consequential time, to lead with ethics? That's today's big question,... more

04 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
The Creepy Reality of Consumer Tech (Privacy Not Included)

What are the best holiday gifts that aren't privacy nightmares? That's today's big question, and my guest is Jen Caltrider.... more

27 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
🌎 How Does The Brain Work?

This week: How the hell does the brain work? And what does it have to do with lemonade stands and... more

22 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Best of: Life Finds A Way

I think about time a lot. Some days I feel ancient, some days I can’t believe how old I am.I’ve... more

20 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Female Origin of Species

How did the female body drive 200 million years of human evolution? And why the hell are we just finding... more

13 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
🌎 Coffee: Back To The Future

This week: Will coffee survive climate change?Here's What You Can Do:Donate to support African farmers by increasing incomes and improving food... more

10 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Can Your Gut Predict Alzheimer's?

Can your gut composition predict Alzheimer's? That's today's big question and my returning guest is Gautam Dantas. Gautam heads up... more

06 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
🌎 How I think about how to think about what’s next

This week: How I think about how to think about what’s nextHere's What You Can Do:Donate to help the BlueGreen Alliance unite labor... more

02 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
What Causes Depression?

Content WarningWe're going to be talking about stress and anxiety, depression, suicide, and more today.If any of this could be... more

30 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
🌎 The Disconnect

This week: Exactly why the youths are so pissed off.Here's What You Can Do:Donate to the Steve Fund to support the mental health... more

24 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
🌎 The Illusion of Choice

This week: It can be difficult as hell to understand when we don’t actually have a choice — and when... more

18 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Every single one of us needs air, water, food, shelter, and energy. So why are the infrastructure that provides them,... more

16 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
🌎 The coolest year of the rest of your life

This week: Why was this year so hot? Will it keep getting hotter, and for how long? It’s not an... more

11 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
🌎 The Long Defeat

This week: Tolkien described life (and often, his stories) as a "long defeat", where evil frequently, inevitably wins. But he... more

26 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Turning The Tide On Microplastics

What are microplastics doing to us? And how do we stop putting them into our water, and our bloodstreams, and... more

25 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Next Big Test

This week: Are you ready for the next big test?Here's What You Can Do:Donate to Cooperation Humboldt, a worker-led, non-hierarchical non-profit that... more

23 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Did You Hear The One About The Starfish?

This week: Because I am a sap, I have been thinking about my kids a lot lately. And kids in... more

21 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Best of: Peer Pressure Works

Over the past few years, more and more voters have cited “action on climate” as a reason for voting the way they... more

18 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Introducing: Catalyst with Shayle Kann - The Carbon Market's Quality Problem

Voluntary carbon credits are a lot like used cars: You really have no idea what their quality might be. Or... more

11 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
🌎 The Best Kinds of Stories

This Week:Telling better stories is a type of Compound Action.Here's What You Can Do:Check out the Good Energy Project's playbook... more

25 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
How To Access Better Maternal Mental Health Care

How can we provide better mental health support for pregnancy, postpartum, and loss around pregnancy? That's today's big question, and... more

21 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
What Can You Do With Just 493 Genes?

How did we get here?That's today's big question, and today my guests are Roy Moger-Reischer, and our first three-time guest,... more

14 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Introducing: Degrees: How To Green Any Job

This week, we’re running an episode of Degrees: Real talk about planet-saving careers, from our friends at the Environmental Defense... more

07 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
🌎 Shiny Things

This week: How to be excited about the future, explained.Plus, the news:🌊 The tipping point for the Atlantic Ocean👶 An RSV shot... more

02 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Introducing: Living Change: A Quest for Climate Leadership

This week, we want to tell you about Andrea Learned’s podcast: Living Change: A Quest for Climate Leadership. In season one, Andrea interviews local... more

31 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
🌎 Haggling Over The Future

This week: This week: Are car dealers the devil? And why?Plus, the news:🇨🇳 Can we build a green economy without China?🦆 Bird flu,... more

25 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
⚡️Electrify Everything: What Does The Pace of Progress Look Like?

Sure, we've got to electrify everything, including 1 billion machines by 2050. But where are we now and how do... more

24 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
🌎 Farm to Table

This week: How can we better protect farmworkers?Plus, the news:A free online summit for eco-anxiety from RITAA new era for... more

19 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Transit For A Habitable Planet

Why the hell is America's public transportation so terrible? That's today's big question, and my guest is Nicholas Dagen Bloom.... more

17 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
🌎 Why I Don't Eat Animals

This week: Why don’t I eat animals?Plus, the news:Carbon capture is (mostly) BSNarcan vending machines save livesThe vertical farming boom... more

11 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
How To Live A Happy Life

How can we live happier lives? That's today's big question, and my guest is Dr. Marc Schulz, the co-author with... more

10 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
🌎 Life, Liberty, and Solar Panels

This week: Texans have a huge opportunity to get even MORE liberty — from the sun.Plus: Diabetes is expected to... more

30 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
🌎 An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This week: Can Apple help improve mental health?Here's What You Can Do: ⚡️LGBTQ+ youth are 4x more likely to... more

28 Jun 2023 · 38 minutes
🌎 The Inevitable Future

This week: Is the future inevitable?Plus: A lack of OB-GYN’s in a post-Roe world, some new bills for agrivoltaics, the... more

26 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
🌎 Start Over (Again)

This week: Got fired? Start over.Plus: More young people are getting cancer, the rise of solar power, new YouTube misinformation rules,... more

09 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
🌎 10 Questions You Need to Ask Right Now

This week: Ask these questions before you click on ANYTHING.Plus: Gut inflammation news, California insurance gets harder to find, 750k... more

07 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Best of: How to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

 What's in wildfire smoke and how can you protect yourself from it? Those are today's big questions, and my guest... more

29 May 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
🌎 Gradually, and then all at once

This week: Things feel pretty out of control. Get used to it.Plus: The Canadian West is burning, Oregon bans PFAS,... more

19 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Health Care Is A Human Right

Is healthcare a human right? That's today's big question, and it clearly shouldn't be a question, but here we are.... more

17 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
🌎 COVID has ended (or has it?)

This week: COVID is over (as far as we know it). What did we learn, and what’s next?PLUS: Gay blood... more

16 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Fighting Food Waste With The iPhone of Trash Cans

How much food do you throw away every week? And do you have to? That's today's big question, and my... more

08 May 2023 · 54 minutes
🌎 Never Tell Me The Odds

This week: Solutions to our biggest problems shouldn’t be so perplexing. On the other hand, washing our hands wasn’t obvious... more

05 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Check Your Insurance Policy

You've got insurance, right? Are you sure? That's today's big question, and my guest is Washington Post reporter Brianna Sacks.... more

01 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
🌎 What Would You Say You Do Here

This week: Is what you’re working on important?Plus: The cleanest produce, a mosquito factory, lots of rooftop solar, autonomous GPT,... more

26 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Every Climate Action Matters

What can I do? The simple question is the underlying premise of everything we do here. It's often the easiest... more

24 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
🌎 This Isn't Rocket Science (Unless It Is)

This week: A very basic way to use a mental model, you’re welcome.PLUS: Mosquitoes, overseas abortion pills, healthy ice cream,... more

18 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Best of: Black Moms Matter

Why is it so dangerous to have Black babies in America?April 11-17th is Black Maternal Health Week, and so we... more

17 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
Finding the Humanity in Artificial Intelligence

If you had all of the data in the world at your hands, what question would you ask first?That's today's... more

10 Apr 2023 · 58 minutes
Best of: What Really Happens When You Just Give People Money?

What if we just gave people money? That's today's big question and my guests are Caroline Teti and Michael Faye... more

03 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Best of: How to Stop School Shootings in the USA

We're going to keeping re-running this 2020 episode until America stops sacrificing children.---Here we are, yet again. We first ran... more

28 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
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Fighting Food Waste With The iPhone of Trash Cans
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How much food do you throw away every week? And do you have to? That's today's big question, and my guest is... more