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Mothers of Invention

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Climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution! Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins in this uplifting and fascinating podcast, and meet a host of game-changing women fighting to save all our lives. 

39 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Bernie Sanders Specialsode: Democracy with a very big D

December 16th, 2020


In an extra special live edition of Mothers Of Invention, US Senator Bernie Sanders and Mary meet for the first time! Moderated by Thimali, they discuss reentering the Paris Agreement, reimagining global …

How To Listen To Mothers Of Invention

November 11th, 2020


Are you new to climate justice and want to learn more? Looking to get involved in the movement and not sure where to start? Mary, Maeve …

Brave Enough To Imagine

November 4th, 2020


The only way to create the future is to imagine it first. In our final release of Season Three, Mary, Maeve & Thimali explore regenerative futures for all on the other side of a very special US election.

We May Be Small But Our Impact Is Huge

October 28th, 2020


The climate crisis has made our young people a marginalized group. But the youth climate movement is being led by no ordinary generation. They are passionate, educated and organized. In our season finale, six …

The Meeting Circle

October 21st, 2020


Thimali engages in a little self-care with her friend, climate essayist and co-host of Hot Take podcast, Mary Annaïse Heglar. Strolling …

The Very Nature of Ownership

October 14th, 2020


Extractive capitalism has caused so much destruction to our planet. So with all we've learnt this season, how can we rethink the value of natural resources, and the people who work hard to bring them from the …

Oh my God, Mom

October 7th, 2020


Keep having climate chats with your family that end in eye rolls, clenched or lost teeth? Well in this week's minisode, Maeve & Thimali …

Microbial Magic

September 30th, 2020


We sometimes forget that the most sophisticated carbon sequestration infrastructures in the world are thousands of years old! Reforestation …

How to Sue Your Country

September 23rd, 2020


Taking your government to court over their climate impact is a fast-growing phenomenon that’s seeing powerful change. Individuals and …

We are the People of the Beans

September 16th, 2020


We learned in our last episode that food insecurity will cause huge swathes of climate migration by the end of the century. So are there …

Two Grow Wild in the City

September 9th, 2020


Do you do a sad face when you see a big grey space in the town centre where a tall green tree should be? Well this episode is for you. Maeve …

Universal Language

September 2nd, 2020


This late into the climate crisis, it’s now time for us to embrace adaptation as a solution, as communities reconsider the fight for their …

Take Action, Even If You're Scared

August 26th, 2020


Yearning for good news? Hungry to get involved in IRL change? Well we could all learn a lot from our friend Tara Houska who has been …

Million Dollar Questions

August 19th, 2020


The IPCC uses the Industrial Revolution as the keystone for human-induced climate change, but there is a different marker for black, brown …

Dear Ruler: Letter Writing Tips for Exasperated Voters

August 12th, 2020


Ever wanted to write a letter or email to rage and complain to the Powers That Be, but found yourself lost after “Hey. You.”? Yeah, us too. But take a deep breath and join Maeve and Thimali as they figure out …

We Are Really Big Huggers

August 5th, 2020


We moved heaven, Earth and Covid, and we are back! But with too many emergencies stacking up, and no way to press pause on the climate crisis, how do we cope? How do we visualize what happens next? Daiara …

SEASON 3 TRAILER - We’re Back! And We’re Not Backing Down!

July 29th, 2020


It’s mad, sad, exhausting and unfair. So what do we fight for and how do we get there? Climate justice is racial justice is gender justice. That’s how.

Mothers of Invention is back! And this year, Mary, Maeve …

You Probably Have Everything You Need

August 21st, 2019


The fashion industry constitutes 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, and is reported to be the fifth-largest polluting sector in …

The Lungs of the North

May 23rd, 2019


The Arctic and it’s melting glaciers are the first images to mind when we think about climate change. But what do we know about the millions of indigenous peoples, who are fighting back against not only shifts …

Jugglers of Time

May 7th, 2019


City resident and co-founder of Help Delhi Breathe, Reecha Upadhyay, tells us how she rallied tens of thousands of voters to pass …

Minisode 3: Earth Day

April 21st, 2019


Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. Mary invites Susan Bass of the Earth Day Network onto the show, who takes us back to the very first Earth Day in 1970, and …

Specialsode: Displaced with Mary Robinson

April 15th, 2019


This week we loan out Mary to International Rescue Committee’s podcast, Displaced, for a chat with Ravi Gurumurthy & Grant Gordon. If you came for Maeve but don’t know about Mary, this week’s specialsode is …

The Climate Name Game

April 8th, 2019


This week Maeve & Thimali play The Climate Name Game! Environmental activist George Monbiot published a compelling list of alternate …

A Second Chance at Life

April 1st, 2019


As we imagine new ideas for our natural resources, a new green economy presents us with a second chance at making good with both the earth and our communities. What will it take to transition to renewable …

Fish Out of Hot Water

March 18th, 2019


The ocean has absorbed 90% of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases, and 40% of our carbon dioxide. We take a trip to Malé in the The Maldives to meet former president Mohamed Nasheed and discover what he sees …

Ghosting the Planet

March 5th, 2019


This week’s episode is co-hosted by Rhiana Gunn-Wright, one of the lead policy writers of the Green New Deal. She joins Mary & Maeve in …

Paw Print

February 26th, 2019


In our first minisode, Maeve and our new series producer, Thimali, have a sit in the park to stalk cutie pie dogs and contemplate meat alternatives to pet food for Maeve’s pal, Shadow.


According to a recent …

Nothing Happens Unless You Press the Button

February 19th, 2019


In our first episode back, Mary & Maeve recap the groundbreaking climate events of 2018. They meet our youngest mother yet, 13 year old …

We Want a Colour TV!

September 30th, 2018


This episode comes to you direct from New York City where Maeve lives and Mary was attending Climate Week. Governments, diplomates, business leaders and climate change gathered to assess progress and push for …

Against the Grain

September 17th, 2018


This episode serves up an all-you-can-eat investigation into food and its connection to climate. We meet Mothers of Invention in India, …

BONUS: When Mary met Gina

September 12th, 2018


Mary Robinson sits on a park bench with Gina McCarthy, ex-head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US under President Obama. They watch the ducks and talk turkey about how America’s …

Under the Weather

September 3rd, 2018


Mary and Maeve learn how all of our access to the very basics - clean air, clean water, livable temperatures - are at risk as well as the mental health implications of the destruction of the natural world. We …

BONUS: The Greatest Taxi Driver in New York

August 30th, 2018


Taking into account Uber and Lyft there's now around 60,000 cabs in New York City — but Maeve thinks she's found the very best of them who's on a mission to effect change while on the move...

Taking Over

August 20th, 2018


This week Mary and Maeve turn up the volume on the women who are helping us consciously-uncouple from our toxic relationship with single-use …

BONUS: Hello, Maeve Calling

August 12th, 2018


True to her word, Maeve has decided to divest her own personal savings. Here’s the phone call when she lets her bank know...

The White Man Stole the Weather

August 5th, 2018


Mary and Maeve are talking about money, money.   Fighting climate change might be a moral necessity but women are learning to hit vested interests where it hurts the most, in the pocket. They hear from South …

All Rise

July 22nd, 2018



Mary and Maeve are laying down the law. Three years ago, 886 ordinary Dutch citizens sued their government over climate change... and won. Tessa Khan, a Bangladeshi-Australian lawyer is in the studio to talk …

BONUS: What the Actual Paris?!

July 22nd, 2018


Before Maeve and Mary’s new podcast series can truly begin, Maeve’s got a confession to make; she doesn’t really, properly, understand what …

Introducing Mothers of Invention - Launching 23rd July

July 16th, 2018


Climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution! Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins in this …

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