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Animalia

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At Animalia we aim to share important stories and information related to protecting this planet and positively impacting the public discussion around climate, biodiversity, and the natural world.

88 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S3:E8 - 53 Miles of Maine, Episode 5 of 5 - Bringing Two Sides Together

September 2nd, 2022

54:37

Welcome to the 5th and final episode of our series, 53 Miles of Maine, covering a very controversial transmission line to run through Maine carrying hydropower electricity from Canada into the New England grid that was …

S3:E7 - 53 Miles of Maine, Ep 4 of 5

August 2nd, 2022

55:25

Today in Episode 4 of 53 Miles of Maine, we dive into the role competitive energy companies, such as NextEra, played in supporting the opposition …

S3:E6 - 53 MILES IN MAINE, Part 3 of 5

June 30th, 2022

53:39

Welcome back to 53 Miles in Maine, our 5-part series covering a controversial clean energy project that got shut down by a pubic referendum in Maine in November 2021 and is now being decided in the courts.

In this …

S3:E5 - 53 MILES IN MAINE, Part 2 of 5

June 15th, 2022

1:16:30

Welcome to the 2nd episode in our 5-part series covering a controversial clean energy project in Maine. It’s a hydropower initiative that initially got approved by state and federal agencies, then voted down in a public …

S3:E4 - 53 MILES IN MAINE, Part 1 of 5

May 28th, 2022

53:27

Welcome to Part 1 of our 5-part series covering a very controversial renewable energy project that got shut down in a public referendum in Maine …

S2:E3 - WHY OUR WESTERN COLONIAL MODEL OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MUST BE CHANGED

April 12th, 2022

58:59

The Northern Rangelands Trust, or NRT, is one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, setting up community conservations across nearly 10% of Kenya.

Last year, they were called out in a scathing report …

S3:E2 - A CONVERSATION ABOUT ECO-ANXIETY

April 5th, 2022

58:54

If you care about this planet and are worried about where things are heading when it comes to global warming and biodiversity collapse, well, you're …

S3:E1 - HOW WE CAN SAVE THE ARCTIC

March 17th, 2022

57:27

Welcome to Season 3 of the Animalia Podcast!

We’re back!

We felt the best way to kickoff this new season would be talking about the Arctic.

As you’re …

S2:E36 - MY 3 REFLECTIONS ON 2021 IN OUR FIGHT TO SAVE THIS PLANET

December 31st, 2021

31:43

The final episode of 2021 and the final episode of Season 2 here on Animalia.

To close things out, I’m going to share my thoughts on 3 different …

S2:E35 (Full Version) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

December 18th, 2021

1:00:27

Today on Animalia we dive into the wonderful, critical world of Kelp! A special type of seaweed that will likely, and hopefully as you’ll learn in …

S2:E35 (5-Minute Teaser) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

December 18th, 2021

6:55

Welcome to the 5-minute teaser episode about kelp forests and kelp farming!  If you are interested in this episode, please go and check out the full …

S2:E34 - (5-Minute Teaser) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

December 11th, 2021

8:28

This is the short, 5-minute (ish) teaser of our episode about de-extinction.  Now that the technology has arrived, larger questions loom about …

S2:E34 - (Full Version) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

December 11th, 2021

1:04:58

Welcome to a very special episode of Animalia. Today we are talking about the merits, ethics, and potential outcomes good and bad with de-extinction. …

S2:E33 (Full Version) - THE CRITICAL ROLE OF CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

December 1st, 2021

1:13:26

Today we are bringing you a very special and valuable discussion with two incredible young climate activists:

  • Raeesah Nor Mohamed from South Africa

S2:E32 (5-minute Summary)- USING BEER TO PUSH THE CLIMATE AGENDA FORWARD

November 23rd, 2021

7:54

This is the 5-minute summary version of our episode sitting down with New Belgium's Katie Wallace and how the company is pioneering ways to help save this planet, including making a rather horrible version of their …

S2:E32 (Full Version) - USING BEER TO PUSH THE CLIMATE AGENDA FORWARD

November 23rd, 2021

50:56

Who knew beer could be one of our best levers in climate communications?  This week on Animalia, we sit down with Katie Wallace, New Belgium's …

S2:E31 (5-Minute Summary) BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE & AN ANTHROPOLOGIST WALK INTO A BAR...

November 17th, 2021

7:59

This is the 5-minute(ish) summary version of our episode about the biodiversity crisis and it's links to climate justice with anthropologist Eduardo …

S2:E31 (Full Version) BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE & AN ANTHROPOLOGIST WALK INTO A BAR.....

November 17th, 2021

1:04:13

We've long been exploring ways to help people understand the relationship between our climate and biodiversity crises.

Well, who better to do this …

S2:E30 (5-Minute Summary) DECARBONIZING OUR ELECTRICITY GRID

November 10th, 2021

6:00

This is the abbreviated, 5-minute teaser version of our episode with Dylan Leazes, who works in Congress, on the need to decarbonize our electricity …

S2:E30 - (Full Episode) DECARBONIZING OUR ELECTRICITY GRID

November 10th, 2021

1:20:33

One of the most important things we can do in order to address climate change is decarbonize our electricity grid. As much as 25-33% of our emissions come from electricity and that is only going to increase as the world …

S2:E29 (5-Minute Summary) COME FALL IN LOVE WITH PARASITES

November 3rd, 2021

8:59

This is the shortened, 5-10 Minute Summary edition of our episode on parasites and why it's critical to conserve them to combat our biodiversity …

S2:E29 - (Full Episode) COME FALL IN LOVE WITH PARASITES

November 3rd, 2021

1:18:43

Raise your hand if you have ever actively thought about parasite conservation and the importance of protecting these species. Most of you probably have your hands down. And understandably so, after all, don’t parasites …

S2:E28 (5-minute Summary) BRINGING SEA WALLS TO LIFE

October 19th, 2021

6:33

This is the very short, 5-minute (ish) summary of our full episode on Living Sea Walls, a really critical innovation that we are excited to profile! …

S2:E28 (Full Episode) BRINGING SEA WALLS TO LIFE

October 19th, 2021

49:43

One of my favorite novels of all-time is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  The idea of breathing life into something that previously housed none is both exhilarating and fantastical.  Now in the case of Dr. Frankenstein, it …

S2:E27 - US WOLF STATUS GOING INTO DREADED 2021 HUNTING SEASON

October 13th, 2021

31:58

This summer we released a 4-part series chronicling the war on wolves in the US from the mid 19th century through today.  If you haven't had a chance …

S2:E26 - (5-Minute Summary) CAN WE REMOVE MORE CARBON THAN WE EMIT?

October 5th, 2021

7:04

This is the abbreviated, 5-minute summary version of our episode discussing Carbon Removal with Rory Jacobson from Carbon180.org.  If you find it …

S2:E26 - (Full Episode) CAN WE REMOVE MORE CARBON THAN WE EMIT?

October 5th, 2021

50:46

Is it possible to pull enough carbon out of the air to meet our emissions goals? Today on Animalia, we are talking Carbon Removal. We delve into the …

S2:E25 (5-Minute Summary) - HOW SAVING SEA STARS CAN SAVE OUR FORESTS

September 21st, 2021

10:10

This, is the 5-minute (ish) summary of our episode How Saving Sea Stars Can Save Our Forests.

A couple weeks ago our Animalia newsletter (subscribe here if you have not yet) we surfaced a story about the devastating …

S2:E25 - (Full Episode) HOW SAVING SEA STARS CAN SAVE OUR FORESTS

September 21st, 2021

48:58

A couple weeks ago our Animalia newsletter (subscribe here if you have not yet) we surfaced a story about the devastating 2013 sea star wasting disease that killed upwards of 90%+ of some sea star species up and down …

S2:E24 - (5-Minute Summary) THE BAD ASS WOMAN FROM BAD RIVER

September 14th, 2021

7:40

This is the 5-minute(ish) version of our episode, The Bad Ass Woman from Bad River.  

We sit down with Philomena Kebec, a Native woman from the Bad River Band in Norther Wisconsin, to discuss some of the experiences and …

S2:E24 - THE BAD ASS WOMAN FROM BAD RIVER

September 14th, 2021

1:14:53

In the production of our series The American War on Wolves, I met a really amazing person named Philomena Kebec.

Philomena is a member of the Bad …

S2:E23 - (5-Minute Summary) GOING NUCLEAR

August 31st, 2021

8:10

This is the 5-minute (in this case 8 minute) version of our episode on Nuclear Energy. Listen to this one if you want some quick takeaways while on the go, but then go check out the complete episode when you get a …

S2:E23 - GOING NUCLEAR - THE FULL EPISODE

August 31st, 2021

1:05:53

Nuclear Energy! In today’s episode we give you a deep dive into nuclear energy and why it may be our only way off of fossil fuels.

Like many others, when you think of nuclear you probably think of large scale accidents, …

S2:E22 - LET'S CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT SHARKS

August 24th, 2021

42:02

What's the first emotion that comes to mind when you think of sharks?  For most people it's fear.  Fear of an open water attack.  A fear that has …

S2:E21 - How Composting Can Help Solve our Soil Health & Waste Crises

August 17th, 2021

57:49

You’ve probably heard the disturbing stat before: we throw away 40% of our food here in the US.

And that’s a big problem on multiple fronts. For one, …

Episode 4 of 4 - The American War on Wolves: The Battleground of 2021

August 5th, 2021

1:58:54

Welcome to Episode 4 of Animalia’s The American War on Wolves.

In this 4th and final episode of the series, we dig into what’s been happening in 2021 …

Episode 3 of 4 - The American War on Wolves: Recovery & Reintroduction

July 27th, 2021

1:21:34

Welcome back to The American War on Wolves, a 4-part series chronicling the historic extermination of the critical gray wolf in the United States …

Episode 2 of 4 - The American War on Wolves: An Historical Extermination

July 20th, 2021

58:44

Welcome back to Episode 2 in our 4-part series: The American War on Wolves.

In this episode we are going to go back in time to the mid-1800s when …

Episode 1 of 4 - The American War on Wolves: Establishing a Foundation

July 14th, 2021

57:12

We’re so excited to bring you our first ever mini-series here on Animalia.

The American War on Wolves

If you’re not already aware, 2021 has become a …

S2:E16 - Climate Migration hits the US Southwest Border

July 6th, 2021

1:18:15

You’ve probably seen the “US Southern Border Crisis” plastered across news media the last few months. There is a surge of migrants coming from …

S2:E15 - The Subcultures of Sperm Whales & How this is Changing Conservation Science, with Hal Whitehead

June 14th, 2021

50:38

One of the most fascinating shifts happening right now in conservation biology is factoring in different cultures within certain species and the need …

S2:E14 - Farming Goes Indoors, with the Chief Science Officer of Bowery Farming

June 9th, 2021

50:03

The hottest trend in agriculture is indoor, controlled farming. Often called “vertical farming”. These are massive warehouses, some as large as …

S2:E13 - Managing California's Natural Resources

May 25th, 2021

1:11:16

If you are not already aware, California is a big, complicated state.  It's home to over 40 million people and if it were an independent nation, it …

S2:E12 - How Rats Are Saving People's Lives

May 18th, 2021

46:11

This episode is hopefully going to forever change your prospective on rats!

Yes, the well known rodent that we often look at as pests in our day to …

S2:E11 What is Happening to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil?

May 11th, 2021

57:07

The deforestation crisis in the Brazilian Amazon has been making headlines globally dating back to 2019. In fact, the latest finding - that the Amazon in Brazil is now officially producing more greenhouse gas than it …

S2:E10 What Makes Food Organic & Where The Lines Get Drawn

April 27th, 2021

1:08:14

If you are like us, you probably try to buy and consume organic food whenever you can.  Sometimes it's not available, sometimes it's a bit too expensive, and sometimes you might just wonder, "what exactly makes food …

S2:E9 Finally Answers to the Question "Are The Bees Dying?"

April 13th, 2021

58:33

You've heard this question a lot in the last few years.  What's killing the bees?  Why are they dying? How bad is this?
Well, while many articles share this headline, few actually explain it.

For starters, do you even …

S2:E8 Can a Snail Save an Entire Tropical Forest?

April 6th, 2021

25:29

The Polymita Picta is one incredible, beautiful snail you are gonna want to get to know!

It is native to Cuba and does some incredible work in …

S2:E7 Why Citizen Science is Important and How You Can Get Involved

March 23rd, 2021

43:56

Did you know that everyone uses the scientific method everyday, even when we don't realize it?  That's highly recommended when making any important decisions, however, it's not quite Citizen Science.  Citizen Science is …

S2:E6 Changing Culture in our Fight to Save this Planet with Vietnam's Climate Hero

March 16th, 2021

53:10

The role of shifting our culture as citizens and consumers is incredible important in the fight to save this planet. That often starts with the …

S2:E5: A Detailed Discussion about the Philosophy & Culture of Traditional Chinese Medicine

March 9th, 2021

1:02:39

In this episode we sit down with a Practitioner and Researcher from China who has dedicated herself to fully understanding the manufacturing of …

S2:E4 When The Buying Stops, The Killing Can Too

March 2nd, 2021

51:07

You may not have heard of WildAid but you probably have seen or heard of their work. In the battle against wildlife trafficking and poaching, while many other organizations focus on the supply side of the issue - …

S2:E3 A Tall Order - Protecting Wild Giraffe with The Giraffe Conservation Foundation

February 20th, 2021

1:05:27

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When most people think of …

S2:E2 Teaser - An Excerpt From Bog Inglis, A Leader in the Conservative Climate Community

February 16th, 2021

2:53

Here is a short excerpt from Bob.

Go ahead and check out the full episode for our complete discussion!

S2:E2: Let's Dispel the Notion that There are No Conservatives who care deeply about the Climate Crisis

February 16th, 2021

47:16

There is a false narrative out there that all conservatives stand against climate action and all liberals stand for it. Things are not so black and white and we are letting partisanship get in the way. While it’s true …

S2:E1 Can We Actually Recycle Our Way Out Of Our Waste Problem?

February 9th, 2021

1:13:24

Welcome to Season 2 of the Animalia podcast, where we cover all things conservation, climate, and sustainability. We’re opening this season with a long overdue chat about waste and recycling. How much progress are we …

Episode 32: Nature's Positive Takeaways from 2020 & What To Expect in 2021

December 30th, 2020

32:16

Ahhh 2020. The end is finally here.

It's been a painful and tumultuous year on so many fronts.  And while we are happy to turn the page forward into …

EP31: Why Most Clothes Are Made With Petroleum And How Kintra Fibers Is Changing That

December 16th, 2020

59:43

You may think of cotton as the dominant source of clothing and apparel. For a long time, I certainly did. However, synthetic fibers actually make up 63% of all the fibers used for the clothing industry worldwide. Why is …

Ep 30: Saving the Last African National Parks with Mark Hiley

December 9th, 2020

1:14:29

Poaching, corruption, and climate change have caused havoc for many national wildlife parks throughout Africa.  So how can we revitalize them?  Is …

EP:29 The Psychology of Talking Climate Change with Molly Kawahata from Obama's Climate Policy Team

December 2nd, 2020

1:14:23

Ever wonder why it’s hard to talk about climate change in a way that is just simple and easy to understand for everyone around you? Why have we made this so hard and how to we fix it? Well you’re in luck, because the …

Ep 28: 2020 California Fires - What Happened & What's Next?

November 19th, 2020

1:08:12

By now I'm sure everyone is familiar the terrifying size and scope of the 2020 wildfires in California. Over 9,000 different fires, over 4.5 million acres burned, tens of thousands of homes lost or people displaced, …

A Peak Inside the World of Poaching with Author & Journalist Rachel Nuwer

November 10th, 2020

47:43

In this episode we discuss the fascinating world of poaching and wildlife trafficking detailed in the booked POACHED with author Rachel Nuwer.  

Rachel is an award winning journalist who covers conservation & …

A Climate Conversation with my Conservative Leaning Father

November 3rd, 2020

1:09:05

Just in time for the tail end of election season, in this episode we take a break from our deep dives into core subject matters with scientists, conservationists, and advocates for the natural world. Instead, I share a …

Black Birders Week & The Movement Behind It

October 28th, 2020

49:46

By now, everyone is familiar with the May 26th incident in Central Park between Christian Cooper & Amy Cooper that went viral.  That video and the outcry it spurred was a catalyst to the launch of #BlackBirdersWeek, …

Gigantic "%*#$"-ing Solutions

October 14th, 2020

1:26:50

What is GiganticFuckingSolutions.com?

You'll have to talk to Gabi & Ben Kay to find out.  This incredible couple turned their careers in …

The State of Greenwashing in Fashion

October 2nd, 2020

1:18:42

Feeling confused on how to determine what is actually sustainable or not?  You're not alone.  The issue of greenwashing - exaggerating, embellishing, or downright making up environmental claims - is probably worse in …

Inside the Sinking of Jakarta & The Move to Borneo

September 18th, 2020

1:11:16

Indonesia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, with nearly 280M people to date, close to the size of the UA. It's capital city, Jakarta, is now sinking. Due to it's local water system, poor city …

Venture Capital & The Future of Food

September 9th, 2020

1:20:30

Julianne Hummelberg is Vice President at PowerPlant VC, a company that has invested in several plant-based food companies many of which are household …

A Positive Future for Captive Wild Elephants

September 1st, 2020

1:03:29

For centuries, mankind has had a complicated relationship with elephants.  On one hand we greatly respect these magnificent animals, their cognitive ability, their social and emotional intelligence, their ability to …

The Mauritius Oil Spill

August 26th, 2020

44:56

In this episode we chat with Dr. Steven Murawksi and Dr. David Hollander about the oil spill off the coast of Mauritius and the lasting damages these …

NatGeo Explorer Niall McCann on The Mysterious Botswana Elephant Deaths & Creating Impact

August 11th, 2020

1:11:22

Meet Niall McCann the most interesting man on Earth. 

He sailed across the Atlantic on a rowing boat. Adventures for a living and is an official Nat Geo Explorer.

McCann founded his own conservation, National Park …

Lab Grown Meat Is In Your Future | With Michael Seldon, CEO of Finless Foods

July 28th, 2020

1:07:19

What if your favorite meat could be cultured in a lab and created with much less environmental harm? Would you be down?

We chat with CEO of Finless …

Dog's Mental Health | With Paul Mundell - Head of Animal Behavior at Companion Labs

July 21st, 2020

53:33

The stigma surrounding mental health is starting to wane, but humans are not the only ones whose mental health can be afflicted. Like humans, dogs who suffer from conditions like anxiety or depression can self-harm and …

What You Didn't Know About Sloths! | Chatting Community Based Conservation With Katra Laidlaw

July 6th, 2020

59:49

Katra Laidlaw (she/they) has always been inspired by  animals living parallel yet distinct lives and seeks to foster symbiosis between wildlife and humans wherever possible. Having studied the environment and theater in …

The 2020 Australia Bushfires: What We Learned

July 3rd, 2020

1:03:36

The 2019-2020 Australian Wildfires were some of the worst in the country's history.  Over 18 million hectares where burned - nearly the size of New Jersey - , over 400 million tonnes of carbon were released in the …

Birding While Black | With Professor & Poet Dr. J. Drew Lanham

June 19th, 2020

1:18:33

We're joined by Clemson University Distinguished Professor and Author Dr. J. Drew Lanham for an insightful conversation on scales of economy, …

Part 1: The #BLM Movement And Environmental Intersectionality

June 9th, 2020

54:34

We share our personal connections to the Black Lives Matter movement and how inextricably linked social justice and environmental justice are.

Check out this resource to deepen your anti-racism work:

Social Media's Impact On Conservation With TikTok Star Jake Colvin

June 4th, 2020

40:57

We're joined by YouTuber and Tik Toker Jake Colvin, whose ocean conservation and shrimp parasite removal videos have earned him almost 7 million …

Adaptability & Addressing The Environmental Crisis With Autodidact Gaya Roshan

May 25th, 2020

41:22

For 20 years Gaya Roshan, has explored deep ecology through film and advisory work in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. With only two years of …

Filmmakers' Role In Wildlife Conservation | With Sanctuary Director Ezra Gentle

May 19th, 2020

51:22

Ezra Gentle's new short Sanctuary highlights the story of a family of women in Namibia running Co'Lu'Bi Wildlife Sanctuary, rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing baboons back into the wild. 

James and Annalie chat …

The Peculiar Pangolin

May 12th, 2020

43:54

We're joined by Paul Thomson, Conservationist and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Save Pangolins, to uncover the mysteries of the pangolin, a …

Community in Conservation | Chatting Mental Health with Lonely Conservationists Founder Jessie Panazzolo

May 6th, 2020

38:29

We chat with Conservationist, Ecologist, and Founder of Lonely Conservationists Jessie Panazzolo.

She's built a platform connecting a community of …

Finding Credible Environmental News With Journalist Jeremy Hance

April 28th, 2020

55:17

In this age of media overload how do we identify credible news sources? 

We chat with writer and environmental journalist Jeremy Hance, whose monthly …

COVID-19's Impact On Conservation | With Conservationist Nicki Wheeler

April 22nd, 2020

44:50

James, Annalie, and Nare are joined by Latin American Sea Turtle Association's Nicki Wheeler, highlighting the chaos the Coronavirus has brought conservations worldwide and immediate ways to help them. 

Donate to save a …

Should Vegans Eat Oysters? The Plant-Based Environmental Debate

April 17th, 2020

28:03

James and Annalie dive into the ethics and science of consuming mollusks, is it vegan? And our thoughts on the vegan-environmental movement.

Episode 03: Tiger King and Big Cat Conservation

April 9th, 2020

25:29

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! This week we're covering Tiger King and the complicated issue of big cat conservation. 

Episode 02: Animal Vaccine Testing | Technologies Moving Us Forward

April 6th, 2020

19:47

James and Annalie chat about the current state of animal vaccine testing and the innovations in bio-science propelling health and humane testing forward. 

Episode 01: Nature & Pollution Improving | The Silver Lining of Covid-19 Lock Ins

March 20th, 2020

25:29

In Animalia's first episode we chat about the effects of COVID-19 lock-ins and the flourishing of nature and reduced pollution. James and Annalie …

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