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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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Episodes

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