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Mothers of Invention

34 EpisodesProduced by Doc SocietyWebsite

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. 

34 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

The Very Nature of Ownership

October 14th, 2020

50:24

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

19:56

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

43:53

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

14:55

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

48:05

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

18:25

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

41:23

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

15:09

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

44:26

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

14:48

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

46:03

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

2:37

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

44:57

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

48:56

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

38:15

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

11:34

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

43:02

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

8:42

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

40:26

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

43:57

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

40:54

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

11:47

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

41:28

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

40:49

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

36:41

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

10:08

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

46:36

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

3:08

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

47:40

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

5:10

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

37:01

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 …

BONUS: What the Actual Paris?!

July 22nd, 2018

4:40

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 …

All Rise

July 22nd, 2018

43:38

 

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 …

Introducing Mothers of Invention - Launching 23rd July

July 16th, 2018

1:47

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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