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The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at the heart of the climate crisis. Hear from guests like Jane Goodall, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeffrey Sachs, David Wallace-Wells, Adam McKay, Bill Nye, Rob… read more

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Ed Yong On Appreciating The Immense World Around Us

June 29th, 2022


We can't fully appreciate the world around us without trying to understand the vastly different experiences of other animals on our shared planet. …

Life In The City Of Dirty Water (w/ Clayton Thomas-Müller)

June 22nd, 2022


Clayton Thomas-Müller has spent decades fighting for justice and climate action as an organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on …

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy On The Clean Energy Defense Production Act Announcement

June 15th, 2022


Gina McCarthy currently serves in the Biden Administration as the first ever White House National Climate Advisor. On June 6th, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to drive domestic manufacturing of clean …

Bill McKibben Wonders What Happened To His Generation

June 8th, 2022


Bill McKibben needs no introduction. The legendary author, educator, organizer, and activist has spent decades in the climate fight. He is the co-founder of, the first global grassroots climate campaign, and …

Are Big Oil Companies Price Gouging Us? (w/ Fossil Free Media's Jamie Henn)

June 1st, 2022


Jamie Henn pulls no punches when he criticizes Big Oil's role is high prices at the gas pump. As he explains in this week's episode, skyrocketing …

How Do We Process Climate Grief? (w/ Dr. Britt Wray)

May 25th, 2022


Facing up to a climate crisis is a lot to handle. We have to push for the rapid deployment of solutions to mitigate more warming and greater damage. …

Jeffrey Sachs On Ending The Russia-Ukraine War

May 18th, 2022


This week, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs joins the show to give his thoughts on the international diplomacy he says is needed to end the Russia-Ukraine War. In April 2022, Professor Sachs and the UN Sustainable Development …

Fighting For A Global Plastics Treaty (w/ Christy Leavitt and Christopher Chin)

May 11th, 2022


This is Part Four of our four-part series, Waves of Change, in collaboration with Oceana. In March, at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) in …

Plastic Production Is Poisoning Nearby Communities (w/ Yvette Arellano and Christy Leavitt)

May 4th, 2022


This is Part Three of our four-part series, Waves of Change, in collaboration with Oceana. This week, we shift our focus from offshore drilling to …

Love Canal: The True Story Of An Environmental Disaster (w/ Keith O'Brien)

April 29th, 2022


In his new book, Paradise Falls, New York Times bestselling author Keith O'Brien details the true story of a working-class neighborhood in western New York that is suddenly confronted with a wide-spread environmental …

Environmental Justice Impacts of Offshore Drilling (w/ Dr. Gabriella Meltzer and Earthjustice's Chris Eaton)

April 27th, 2022


This is Part Two of our four-part series, Waves of Change, in collaboration with Oceana. This week, we examine how offshore drilling for oil …

Preventing the Next Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster (w/ Healthy Gulf's Cynthia Sarthou, Oceana's Diane Hoskins, and Vipe Desai)

April 20th, 2022


Introducing a new four-part series, Waves of Change, in collaboration with Oceana. Over the next four weeks, we'll explore the climate, economic, and …

Dr. Marshall Shepherd Explains The Extreme Weather Gap

April 13th, 2022


As a warming planet makes extreme weather worse, some communities are more vulnerable and less capable to react than others to hurricanes, heat …

Climate Citizen: Preserving Biodiversity And Restoring Nature

April 7th, 2022


This is Part Four of our four-part series, Climate Citizen, in collaboration with Global Citizen. This week, we look at the critical need to preserve …

New IPCC Report on Mitigation of Climate Change (w/ Lead Author Dr. Paulina Jaramillo)

April 4th, 2022


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report, Mitigation of Climate Changeprovides an update on the planet's current trajectory for global warming, the failings of governments to live up to …

Global Populations and The Climate Crisis (w/ Dr. Jennifer Sciubba)

April 1st, 2022


The world is populated by almost 8 billion people. Is overpopulation actually a problem? As climate change disrupts and destroys the livelihoods of …

Climate Citizen: Addressing Loss And Damage

March 30th, 2022


This is Part Three of our four-part series, Climate Citizen, in collaboration with Global Citizen. This week, we look at the critical need to reckon …

David Sirota On Climate Change At The Oscars And The Power Of Storytelling

March 25th, 2022


David Sirota is a journalist, author, founder and Editor in Chief of The Lever, podcast narrator, and now an Oscar nominee for his work co-writing Don't Look Up with Adam McKay. He joins us on the show days before the …

Climate Citizen: Climate Funding And Impacts

March 23rd, 2022


This is Part Two of our four-part series, Climate Citizen, in collaboration with Global Citizen. This week, we look at the critical need for greater …

Climate Citizen: Halting Climate Change

March 16th, 2022


Introducing a new four-part series, Climate Citizen, in collaboration with Global Citizen. Over the next four weeks, we will be discussing some of …

Climate Misinformation Surrounding The Russia-Ukraine War (w/ Media Matters for America's Evlondo Cooper)

March 9th, 2022


In recent weeks, as tragedy has unfolded in Ukraine, a disturbing trend has emerged: climate misinformation flooding major media coverage of the war.

Are EVs Actually Cheaper? (w/ Atlas Public Policy's Nick Nigro and Tom Taylor)

February 23rd, 2022


The biggest hurdle to the mass adoption of electric vehicles seems to be the sticker shock of higher prices. But what is the true cost of an EV …

Why America's Fossil Fuel Gamble Was A Financial Failure (w/ Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran)

February 16th, 2022


The burning of fossil fuels has warmed our planet, polluted our air, and poisoned our water. On top of all of that, fossil fuel companies require …

The Facts Of Saving Our Planet (w/ Professor Mark Maslin)

February 9th, 2022


This week, we speak to one of the leading global experts on climate science to get straight to the most important facts in combating the climate crisis. Prof. Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at …

Rep. Ro Khanna on Fixing Big Tech, Build Back Better, and Fossil Fuel Hearings

February 2nd, 2022


This week, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) joins the podcast to discuss his new book "Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us", as well as what he thinks will happen with President Biden's climate legislation in …

Billionaires Are Ruining The Planet (w/ Peter S. Goodman)

January 26th, 2022


In Davos Man, an excellent new book by New York Times’ Global Economics Correspondent Peter S. Goodman, the case is clear: billionaires are making …

Major Global Shifts On The Climate Crisis' Front Lines (w/ Financial Times' Simon Mundy)

January 19th, 2022


This is one of the most wide-ranging, comprehensive episodes we've ever had. Simon Mundy, who serves as the Moral Money editor of the Financial Times, spent years traveling through 26 countries on six continents finding …

Adam McKay On 'Don't Look Up'

January 12th, 2022


Adam McKay is the writer/director of some of our favorite films over the years - from Anchorman to The Big Short to Vice and more. So when we heard he was making a disaster film that serves as an allegory for climate …

Remembering Dr. Thomas Lovejoy (w/ WWF's Carter Roberts)

January 8th, 2022


The world lost a legendary biologist and conservationist when Dr. Thomas Lovejoy passed away in December at the age of 80. Carter Roberts, president …

The 'Doomsday Glacier's' Disastrous Potential (w/ Dr. Richard Alley)

January 5th, 2022


This week, we spoke with Dr. Richard Alley, a glaciologist and member of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaborative, about why this particular …

Climate Change In 2021: The Biden Era Begins (Part Two)

December 29th, 2021


When Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in 2020, it marked a massive shift for the direction of the United States' action on climate change. And once President Biden was inaugurated in 2021, his administration brought big …

Climate Change In 2021: Denial And Consequences (Part One)

December 22nd, 2021


After decades of denial and delay tactics by the fossil fuel industry, in 2021, America was largely unprepared for multiple climate-fueled extreme …

Centering Environmental Justice In Congress (w/ Rep. Donald McEachin)

December 8th, 2021


This week, we speak with US Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA) about the environmental justice measures contained within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Act. Rep. McEachin, representing …

What Does The Build Back Better Act Mean To Biden's Climate Pledges? (w/ Rep. Sean Casten)

December 1st, 2021


The House passed President Biden's Build Back Better Bill and now this historic climate legislation sits in the Senate waiting to get final approval. …

Is Geoengineering Worth The Gamble? (w/ Gernot Wagner)

November 24th, 2021


This week, climate economist Gernot Wagner discusses his new book "Geoengineering: The Gamble". Gernot Wagner was the co-founding director of …

COP26 Is Over - Where Do We Go From Here? (w/ Global Citizen's Michael Sheldrick)

November 17th, 2021


After a two year wait, COP26 has finally concluded. We are left with the Glasgow Climate Pact, which is no doubt disappointing and fails in several key areas. But all was not lost at COP26. Several major commitments …

UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen On Why Climate Ambition Can't Stop At COP26

November 12th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we speak with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen …

COP26: How All Governments Can Address Climate Change (w/ Scotland Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Michael Matheson)

November 11th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we speak with Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy, and Transport, Michael Matheson. He provides insight into what all …

COP26: Technologies We Need To Fight Climate Change (w/ Bertrand Piccard)

November 10th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at how to leverage science and technology to decarbonize …

COP26: Progressing Gender Equality In Climate Action (w/ Climate Outreach's Amiera Sawas)

November 9th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we discuss gender equality and representation with Amiera Sawas, Director of Programmes and Research at Climate Outreach. She explains …

COP26: Why Migration Policy Is Critical To Climate Adaptation (w/ Julia Blocher)

November 8th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at why global migration policy is  crucial to adaptation in …

COP26: Protect And Restore Nature (w/ Oceana's Jackie Savitz and World Resource Institute's Bernadette Arakwiye)

November 6th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we celebrate COP26's Nature Day with two exceptional guests. Jackie …

COP26: Young Leaders Fight To Be Heard (w/ John Paul Jose)

November 5th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we welcome Indian environmental and climate justice activist John …

COP26: The Need For Clean Energy Now (w/ Rep. Sean Casten)

November 4th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we welcome back Rep. Sean Casten to the show to discuss what global …

COP26: Financing A Sustainable Economy (w/ Tom Steyer)

November 3rd, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at how to mobilize public and private finance for climate action with investor and former presidential candidate Tom Steyer. As …

COP26: Can World Leaders Stabilize The Climate? (w/ The Economist's Oliver Morton)

November 2nd, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we look at the big picture of the climate crisis with The Economist's Oliver Morton to talk about their latest Special Report “

What's At Stake At COP26? (w/ Time's Justin Worland)

November 1st, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we kickoff our two week special coverage of COP26 in Glasgow with Time Magazine's Justin Worland, senior correspondent covering climate …

Halloween Special: Frankenstein And Climate Change (w/ Michael Wysession)

October 30th, 2021


We're mixing it up for this episode to celebrate our favorite spooky holiday with an exceptional guest that gives us the very real climate-related …

Jane Goodall On COP26 And Using Hope To Inspire Climate Action

October 27th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, Dr. Jane Goodall, the legendary primatologist and anthropologist, …

The Climate Chaos Of Ancient Civilizations (w/ Brian Fagan)

October 20th, 2021


How did our ancestors handle catastrophic changes to their climate? Brian Fagan has been researching that very question for decades. As one of the …

Will We Decarbonize Transportation Fast Enough? (w/ National Geographic's Craig Welch and Sam Howe Verhovek)

October 6th, 2021


This week, we look into the future of decarbonizing transportation with two great writers featured in National Geographic's October cover story on the issue. First, Craig Welch talks about his piece “The Future of …

How Climate Change Worsens Droughts and Wildfires (w/ Dr. Park Williams)

September 29th, 2021


This week, we take a deep dive into how climate change is exacerbating extreme droughts and accelerating wildfires with bioclimatologist Park …

Road to COP26: Climate Displacement and the Need For Funding For Loss and Damage (w/ Runa Khan)

September 24th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, Runa Khan, founder and Executive Director of Friendship International, joins the show to talk about the work her organization has done to …

Road To COP26: Green Generation Initiative's Elizabeth Wathuti On Representing Youth And The Global South On Climate's Biggest Stage

September 8th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we talk to Elizabeth Wathuti, the Global South Co-Chair of the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council, about advocating for the …

Covering Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters (w/ CBS News' Jeff Berardelli)

September 3rd, 2021


Hurricane Ida was a Category 4 hurricane, first causing massive damage to Louisiana as it made landfall and later flooding New York City and other areas across the eastern half of the United States. At the same time, …

Road To COP26: WHO Director Maria Neira On The Public Health Crisis Caused By Air Pollution

August 25th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we talk to the World Health Organization's Director of Public Health and Environment Dr. Maria Neira about the 7 million premature deaths …

Road To COP26: New Zealand Minister For Climate Change James Shaw On Learning From COVID-19, COP25 Failure, And Unlocking Capital For Climate Action

August 18th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we talk to the Hon James Shaw, New Zealand's Minister for Climate Change, Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity), MP, and …

Legendary Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle On A Lifelong Fight To Protect The Oceans

August 16th, 2021


Dr. Sylvia Earle is the perfect guest for a deep dive into a very important conversation: ocean exploration and conservation. As a National Geographic Explorer At Large, Dr. Earle is an internationally renowned …

Road To COP26: The IPCC's New Report "Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis" (w/ Dr. Ed Hawkins)

August 9th, 2021


On this installment of our series, The Road To COP26 Presented By Octopus Energy, we talk about the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) release of part of a major report on the current state of the …

What Keeps A Climate Scientist Up At Night? (w/ Dr. Andrew Dessler)

August 4th, 2021


Extreme weather events have devastated communities across the globe in 2021. Wildfires, floods, and heatwaves have been made worse by human-caused climate change, just as climate scientists have warned us about for …

Gov. Jay Inslee On The Pacific Northwest Heatwave And The Blueprints For Climate Success

July 28th, 2021


Washington Governor Jay Inslee made a big splash on the national stage centering his 2020 Democratic Presidential campaign on the climate crisis. Now, after his home state of Washington and much of the Pacific Northwest …

David Wallace-Wells On 2021's 'Off The Charts' Climate Emergencies

July 21st, 2021


David Wallace-Wells is no stranger to contemplating the most disruptive and devastating outcomes of the climate crisis. His pivotal 2019 book, The Uninhabitable Earth, and 2017 article of the same name detailed some of …

1970s Energy Crisis - Part 2: Public Panic And Political Shifts (w/ Dr. Meg Jacobs)

July 16th, 2021


This is Part 2 of our two-part series covering the 1970s oil crises in America. You can listen to Part 1 with Jay Hakes here.

Professor Meg Jacobs …

1970s Energy Crisis - Part 1: Presidential Policies And Energy Economics (w/ Jay Hakes)

July 14th, 2021


This is Part 1 of our two-part series covering the 1970s oil crises in America. The conversations in this series help us understand how the oil …

Road To COP26: UK MP David Lammy On The Inextricable Links Between Racial and Climate Justice

July 7th, 2021


This episode kicks off The Climate Pod's "Road To COP26", our months-long series of conversations with world leaders about the importance of the United Nations' COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, and what must be accomplished …

Sen. Tina Smith On The Need For A Clean Electricity Standard | Media Matters' Allison Fisher On Climate Misinformation On Fox News' Flagship News Hour

June 30th, 2021


With a bipartisan agreement reportedly in place on a smaller Senate infrastructure package, President Biden has signaled he will not sign the bill without additional legislation to address climate change. Sen. Tina Smith

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull On The Anti-Democratic Forces Opposing Climate Action

June 23rd, 2021


Malcolm Turnbull, the 29th Prime Minister of Australia, joins the show this week to discuss the growing threat of misinformation to liberal …

Stopping Pipelines (w/ Dallas Goldtooth and Jane Kleeb)

June 16th, 2021


Dallas Goldtooth and Jane Kleeb have been fighting pipelines for years. Like so many others, opposing the Keystone XL pipeline has been a remarkable …

Why Post Growth Economics Is Key to Sustainable Progress (w/ Tim Jackson)

June 9th, 2021


This week, Tim Jackson joins the podcast to discuss his new book, Post Growth: Life after Capitalism. He discusses how we reshape our economy to be in better balance with our natural world, prioritize our well-being, …

Alex Steffen On The Climate Conversation's Necessary Snap Forward | Evlondo Cooper On Environmental Justice In Broadcast TV Coverage

June 4th, 2021


Two great guests discuss a few of the most important aspects of the climate crisis conversation. First, Alex Steffen, author, speaker, and futurist, talks about his new newsletter, podcast, and book project called The …

Naomi Oreskes On Exxon's Decades-Long Doubt Campaign And Big Oil's Bad Week

June 2nd, 2021


Last week, we saw massive news break for some of the world's biggest fossil fuel companies. ExxonMobil was one of the companies that received backlash for climate inaction and our guest this week, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, …

How Do We Live With Hotter 'Climate Normals'? (w/ Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Kathy Baughman McLeod, and Dr. Laurence S. Kalkstein)

May 28th, 2021

Recently, NOAA released their new U.S. Climate Normals map, which is updated every ten years. It's yet another reminder that we are living in an increasingly warm world. So how will we adapt? Three expert guests join us …

Preventing Pandemics In A Time Of Science Denial And Climate Change (w/ Dr. Peter J. Hotez)

May 26th, 2021


How do we prevent future pandemics? As COVID-19 has continued to rage across the globe, Dr. Peter J. Hotez has been working tirelessly to answer that question - in addition to leading efforts to develop a COVID-19 …

Rep. Earl Blumenauer On Making Polluters Pay | Dr. Robbie Shilliam On Decolonizing Politics

April 21st, 2021


This week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer joins the show to discuss his new legislation to reinstate superfund taxes and make polluters pay for toxic cleanup. …

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Dark Money And Climate Politics | Maurice Mitchell On Racial And Economic Justice In Infrastructure Plans

April 14th, 2021


This week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) talks to us about dark money in politics, the biggest obstacles to passing big, bipartisan climate laws, …

Jeffrey Sachs on Biden's Infrastructure Goals | Yonah Freemark on the American Jobs Plan's Transportation Priorities

April 7th, 2021


This week, two expert guests, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Yonah Freemark, join the show to talk about the American Jobs Plan and how we can better decarbonize our economy with smart infrastructure spending. Professor …

Living In A World Remade (w/ Nathaniel Rich)

March 31st, 2021


This week, Nathaniel Rich, award-winning journalist and author of Second Nature: Scenes From a World Remade joins the show to talk about what he's …

"The Ministry For The Future" Author Kim Stanley Robinson On The Systemic Breakdown At the Core of the Climate Crisis

March 24th, 2021


This week, Kim Stanley Robinson, renowned science fiction writer and author of "The Ministry For The Future," joins the show for a wide-ranging …

The Successes And Failures Of The Conservation Movement (w/ Michelle Nijhuis)

March 17th, 2021


This week, Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, joins the show to discuss the history of the conservation movement. Michelle explains how conservation expanded beyond …

Debunking The Deficit Myth To Help Save the Planet (w/ Dr. Stephanie Kelton)

March 10th, 2021


This week, Dr. Stephanie Kelton joins the show to discuss how American politicians totally misunderstand the national debt and how the Federal …

Renewable Energy and Climate Lessons From Winter Weather Disasters (w/ Dr. Gabriel Filippelli and American Clean Power CEO Heather Zichal)

February 24th, 2021


This week, we look back on the winter weather disaster in Texas and assess the lessons moving forward: how do we properly adapt to a changing climate that's affecting our winters? Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, Professor of …

How To Understand The Next Great Migration (w/ Sonia Shah)

February 17th, 2021


Sonia Shah's new book The Next Great Migration is an essential read for the climate movement. What are most people missing when it comes to migration across the globe? Shah discusses the common misconceptions, where it …

Scott Kelly Gives Us An Astronaut's View On Climate Change

February 10th, 2021


Commander Scott Kelly is here! The renowned space explorer and author of the new children's book Goodnight, Astronaut, joins the show to discuss the adventures he documents in the book, why he wants to inspire kids to …

Climate Activism In The Biden Era (w/ and 350 Action's May Boeve)

February 3rd, 2021


What do activists do when you have a U.S. president that actually takes climate change seriously? May Boeve, co-founder and Executive Director of and 350 Action, has a plan and she's ready to accelerate action …

Why Climate Needs You To Run For Office (w/ Run For Something's Amanda Litman)

January 27th, 2021


This week, Amanda Litman, executive director of Run For Something, joins the show to talk about why running for local office matters greatly to …

Dr. Michael Mann On The New Climate War

January 20th, 2021


Dr. Michael Mann is back on the show! The world-renowned climate scientist and author of the recently released book, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet, discusses how public opposition to climate …

How To Make Climate Policy Work (w/ Danny Cullenward and David Victor)

January 15th, 2021


What happens when market-based climate policies meet real world politics? That's exactly what Danny Cullenward and David Victor wanted to explore in …

Tom Steyer On What Biden's Victory and Georgia Senate Wins Mean For Clean Energy Jobs

January 13th, 2021


This week, Tom Steyer is back! We talk about the Georgia Senate wins, upcoming Biden Administration, renewed Trump impeachment calls, and how better leadership sets the stage for a renewed effort for spurring clean …

"A Children's Bible" Author Lydia Millet On Climate Fiction And Envisioning Crisis

December 30th, 2020


This week, Lydia Millet, author of "A Children's Bible", a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year, joins the show to talk about why she wanted to …

Ian Haney López On Building Multiracial Coalitions For Climate Action

December 23rd, 2020


This week, Ian Haney López, author of Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America and Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, joins the …

Climate Change In 2020: America Confronts Compounding Crises

December 16th, 2020


America faced an inflection point in the climate crisis in 2020. Record-setting fires and environmental devastation were inescapable sights on the news, as the tragic consequences of a warming planet were on display at …

What Motivates Environmental Voters? (w/ Nathaniel Stinnett of Environmental Voter Project)

December 9th, 2020


This week, Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and executive director of the Environmental Voter Project, joins the show to answer one basic question: what the hell is going on with environmental voters? Just kidding...kinda. …

Heather McTeer Toney on Building An Equitable Environment, Climate, and Future For All Children

November 25th, 2020


This week, Heather McTeer Toney, Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force, joins the show to discuss raising the next generation for climate action and the "mom-partisan" approach to the environment. She also discusses …

Jamil Smith on How the Biden Administration Should Fight Environmental Racism

November 18th, 2020


This week, Jamil Smith, Senior Writer at Rolling Stone for national affairs and culture and an Emmy winner, joins the show to discuss his piece "

"Sea Fever" Is A Nightmare Climate Allegory (w/ Director Neasa Hardiman)

October 30th, 2020


This week, Neasa Hardiman, writer and director of Sea Fever, joins the show to discuss her ecological thriller film and why she was thinking about …

Sean McElwee of Data For Progress on Changing Climate Politics

October 28th, 2020


This week, Sean McElwee, Co-founder and Executive Director of Data for Progress, joins the show to discuss how the political landscape is changing to …

How Does Climate Change Affect Individual Extreme Weather Events? (w/ "Angry Weather" author Dr. Friederike Otto)

October 14th, 2020


This week, Dr. Friederike Otto, author of Angry Weather, and acting director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and co-investigator on the international project World Weather Attribution, …

Zephyr Teachout on Why Breaking Up Big Business is Critical to Climate Action

October 7th, 2020


This week, Zephyr Teachout, Fordham law professor and author of Break 'Em Up, joins the show to discuss how weakened antitrust regulations have led …

Dr. Genevieve Guenther on Ending Climate Silence in Media

September 30th, 2020


This week, Dr. Genevieve Guenther, founder and director of End Climate Silence, joins the show to discuss how to improve media coverage on climate topics. She tells us what strategies she uses, explains how language …

Kurt Andersen on "Evil Geniuses" and The Unmaking of Environmental and Climate Protections

September 23rd, 2020


This week, Kurt Andersen, best-selling author, co-founder of Spy magazine, former editor-in-chief of New York magazine, and legendary journalist, joins the show to discuss his new book, Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of …

Rep. Mike Levin on California Wildfires and Climate Change at the Debates

September 16th, 2020


This week, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA), who represents California's 49th district, joins the show to discuss how Congress should handle the ongoing …

Zach Carter On the Keynesian Approach to Climate Action And a Green New Deal

September 9th, 2020


This week, Zach Carter, author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, joins the show (14:58) for a wide-ranging and in-depth conversation on the legendary economist and what a …

Vann R. Newkirk II on "Floodlines" and Hurricane Katrina's 15th Anniversary | Bob Henson on Hurricane Laura

September 2nd, 2020


This week, Bob Henson gives us an update on the 2020 hurricane season and what happened when Hurricane Laura made landfall last week (3:07). 

Then, Vann R. Newkirk II joins the show to talk about "Floodlines," which …

The West is Burning (w/ SF Chronicle's Lizzie Johnson and UCLA and Weather West's Dr. Daniel Swain)

August 25th, 2020


With wildfires breaking out in the western United States, we talk to reporter Lizzie Johnson at the SF Chronicle and Dr. Daniel Swain, climate scientist at UCLA and author of the Weather West blog, about the epicenter …

Climate Experts React to DNC Convention (w/ Climate Power 2020's Lori Lodes, Sunrise Movement's Mattias Lehman, Data for Progress' Danielle Deiseroth, and Evergreen Action's Sam Ricketts)

August 22nd, 2020


This week, the DNC held the first-ever virtual convention by a major party. Meanwhile, for the climate crisis, the week of was both historic and …

Jamie Margolin on Powering the Youth Climate Movement | Dr. Michalea King on Greenland Ice Sheet's Point Of No Return

August 19th, 2020


This week, author and climate activist Jamie Margolin joins the show to talk about her new book, Youth to Power. We discuss how she found her voice …

Revisiting Australia's Bushfires (w/ The Guardian's Graham Readfearn)

August 5th, 2020


This week, we talk to Australian reporter Graham Readfearn, who's part of an incredible environment and climate team at The Guardian Australia that is putting together the remarkable series "After the bushfires." We …

Eric Holthaus On His Vision Of The Future Earth

July 29th, 2020


This week, we're joined by Eric Holthaus, meteorologist and writer, to talk about his new book "The Future Earth." Eric shares his radical vision for …

Tom Steyer on Biden's Climate Plan and Voter Turnout | Dr. Johan Rockström on Concerning New Climate Data

July 22nd, 2020


This week, Tom Steyer joins the show again to talk about his new role as chairman of Joe Biden's Climate Engagement Advisory Council and get his …

Bill Nye on the Importance of Science During COVID-19 and Climate Change | Wawa Gatheru on Black People's Erasure in Environmental Studies

July 15th, 2020


This week, Bill Nye joins the podcast to talk about the importance of sticking to science when it comes to handling the current pandemic and …

John Podesta on Trump's Climate Weakness and Facebook's Failure | Rep. Kathy Castor on House Dems' Climate Plan

July 8th, 2020


This week, John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff and founder of the Center for American Progress, joins the show to talk about Climate Power 2020's memo on President Trump's electoral weakness on climate …

Climate Reality's William J. Barber III on Training Activists on Environmental Justice | UN Report on Gender, Climate, and Security

July 1st, 2020


This week, Climate Reality's Strategic Partnerships Manager William J. Barber III joins the show to tell us about the organization's upcoming

How To Get To 90% Clean Energy By 2035 (w/ 2035: The Report's David Wooley and Energy Innovation's Sonia Aggarwal)

June 24th, 2020


Happy 1st Anniversary to The Climate Pod! This week, co-hosts Ty Benefiel and Brock Benefiel talk to two clean energy policy experts about a new …

How Do Americans Feel About Climate Justice Policies? (w/ Dr. Parrish Bergquist)

June 17th, 2020


This week, Dr. Parrish Bergquist joins the show to talk about her new study with Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Matto Mildenberger about Americans attitudes …

MN350's Sam Grant on Fighting Climate and Racial Injustice in Minneapolis | Plus, Data For Progress' Marcela Mulholland on How Joe Biden Can Win w/ Climate

June 10th, 2020


This week, we talk to MN350 Executive Director Sam Grant about climate activism and racial justice in Minneapolis. What's the role of a climate …

Dr. Michael Mann on 2020 Hurricane Season, Australian Bushfires, and More| Plus, Evergreen Action's Jamal Raad on 2020 Climate Policy

May 27th, 2020


This week, Dr. Michael Mann joined the show! The renowned climate scientist (newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences!) talks about his group's new study on the 2020 North Atlantic Hurricane Season, what it was …

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali on Environmental Justice During COVID-19| Plus, Climate Power 2020's Lori Lodes on New Election Messaging

May 20th, 2020


This week, we talk to Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali about the concerns of the most vulnerable and front-line communities during COVID-19. He talks to us …

Former Senator Russ Feingold and Dr. Thomas Lovejoy on Avoiding Catastrophic Biodiversity Loss

May 13th, 2020


This week, two remarkable guests help us better understand the ongoing biodiversity crisis and what to do about it. Former Senator Russ Feingold …

Ed Begley Jr. on Sustainable Living and the DeSmog Team on the COVID-19 and Climate Denial Connection

May 6th, 2020


New podcast! New format! 

This week, we discuss sustainable living and climate action with legendary actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. He tells us about his career fighting for change, what inspires him …

Tom Steyer on the Path Forward to a Green Economic Recovery

May 4th, 2020


On today's show, we speak to Tom Steyer, former presidential candidate and co-chair of California's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, about …

Ted Danson on Environmental Activism, Ocean Conservation, BP Oil Spill, and More

April 29th, 2020


This week, we talk to legendary actor and long-time environmental activist Ted Danson. He tells us what inspired him to advocate for the environment and climate, his work with Oceana, his reflections on the 10-year …

How is the Coronavirus Impacting Clean Energy? (w/ LA Times' Sammy Roth)

April 24th, 2020


Happy 50th Earth Day! This week, Ty and Brock discuss a wide-range of climate news! With oil prices dropping like a surprise Beyonce album, what …

Climate Advocacy In Lockdown

April 10th, 2020


This week, we talk to Madeleine Para, VP of Program for the Citizens' Climate Lobby. We discuss how climate advocates can adjust during life in quarantine and use this time to their advantage. Madeleine explains what …

How to 'Short Circuit' Clean Energy Policy Now (w/ Dr. Leah Stokes)

April 1st, 2020


This week, we feature a lengthy and remarkable interview with Dr. Leah Stokes, author of the new book "Short Circuiting Policy," about the pathway to …

The Bizarre Connection Between Coronavirus and Air Pollution

March 25th, 2020


This week, we look at the very strange relationship between air pollution and COVID-19. Dr. Marshall Burke, Stanford University Earth System Science …

Coronavirus Sparks New Climate Change Fears (w/ TIME's Justin Worland and GreenBiz's Joel Makower)

March 18th, 2020


How is the novel coronavirus creating new concerns in the fight against climate change? This week, we dig into the subject with a couple of great guests. 

First, TIME's Justin Worland joins the show to talk about how …

Rep. Sean Casten on Fighting For Climate in Congress| Washington Post's Chris Mooney on the Coronavirus and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 11th, 2020


This week, we talk to Rep Sean Casten (D-IL) about his career as an energy entrepreneur before joining Congress, how climate change factored into his decision to run for a House seat in 2018, and what bills he is …

Julian Brave NoiseCat on the Green New Deal, Changing Climate Policy, and Much More | Plus Conversations on National Security in a Climate Crisis and the Oregon GOP Walkout

March 4th, 2020


This week, we talk to Julian Brave NoiseCat about a variety of climate issues. He tell us about his journey to the climate movement, how the Green …

National Environmental Protection Act Under Threat | Plus Sunrise Scientists Explain Their Support For A Green New Deal (w/ WE ACT's Kerene Tayloe, Sunrise Scientist's Isaac Larkin, and Dr. Emily Grubert)

February 29th, 2020


This week, a coalition headed to Washington D.C. to try to halt changes to the National Environmental Protection Act. WE ACT's Kerene Tayloe, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, was part of the coalition and joins …

New Record Temperatures and the Looming Extinction Crisis (w/ Washington Post's Matthew Cappucci and University of Arizona's Dr. John J. Wiens and Cristian Román-Palacios)

February 20th, 2020


Both the continent of Antarctica and the month of January hit new record temperatures in 2020. How did this happen? We talk to Matthew Cappucci of …

Climate Media in 2020 (w/ Mary Annaïse Heglar and Mark Hertsgaard)

February 12th, 2020


This week, we take a look at ways to improve media coverage around the climate crisis with two of the most innovative, important voices in the industry. First, we're joined by Mary Annaïse Heglar, writer and co-host of …

Felix Salmon on Davos' Hypocrisy Gap and Climate Economics | Rolling Stone's Justin Nobel on the Massive Danger of Toxic Waste from Oil-And-Gas Wells

February 5th, 2020


Big show this week! First, Felix Salmon (chief financial correspondent for Axios, Slate's Money podcast, Axios Edge Newsletter) joins the show to discuss why all that talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos may be …

NASA's Dr. Gavin Schmidt on the 2nd Hottest Year on Record | CCL's Daniel Palken on How To Talk To Conservatives

January 30th, 2020


This week, Dr. Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, joins the show to review the results of NASA and NOAA …

Buzzfeed Investigates A Former CDC Climate Official | Examining Flooding and Air Pollution in Jakarta (w/ Buzzfeed's Zahra Hirji and Vice's Adi Renaldi)

January 22nd, 2020


Two interviews this week discussing two major topics we haven't covered on the podcast. First, Zahra Hirji returns to the show to discuss her investigative reporting into George Luber, a former official in the CDC's …

Australia is Burning, Pt. 2 - Widespread Damage and Misinformation (w/ Earther's Brian Kahn, and UNSW's Dr. Bin Jalaludin and Dr. Stuart Khan)

January 15th, 2020


This week, we look at the widespread destruction that has been caused by the Australian bushfires and misinformation circulating to create a bizarre …

Australia is Burning, Pt. 1 - The Wildlife Crisis (w/ WWF Australia's Dr. Stuart Blanch)

January 8th, 2020


The Australian bushfires keep burning, creating a growing path of devastation and destruction in its wake. One of the many horrific aspects of the crisis is the havoc these bushfires have wreaked on Australia's …

The Future of Energy (w/ Jigar Shah of Generate Capital and Julia Pyper of Political Climate)

December 31st, 2019


Just in time for the New Year! Two exceptional guests talking about the future of energy! This episode, we're joined by Jigar Shah of Generate …

A Decade of Climate Change (w/ The Verge's Justine Calma)

December 28th, 2019


Here it is - our big end-of-the-year, end-of-the-decade episode. First, we discuss some of the biggest stories of the past ten years with The Verge's Justine Calma. 

Then, we review the first year of The Climate Pod, …

The COP25 Failure and the Fight Against "Forever Chemicals" (w/ WWF's Vanessa Perez-Cirera and "Dark Waters" inspiration Rob Bilott)

December 18th, 2019


This week, we discuss the underwhelming results at COP25, as the World Wildlife Fund's Vanessa Perez-Cirera joins the show to talk about her …

Assessing Climate Models and Driving the New Climate Movement (w/ Zeke Hausfather and's Tamara Toles O'Laughlin)

December 11th, 2019


A recent study made news last week when it confirmed many past climate models were pretty damn accurate. We talk to Zeke Hausfather, one of the study's co-authors, about why his group did the study, what exactly they …

COP25 and the Climate Emergency (w/ The Guardian's Fiona Harvey and the Oxford English Dictionary's Fiona McPherson)

December 4th, 2019


World leaders are meeting at COP25 in Madrid, Spain as a wave of new reports continue to be released outlining the growing climate crisis. Will this make a difference? What's at stake for COP25? The Guardian's …

Examining The U.N.'s "Bleak" Report And Understanding The Harvard-Yale Protest (w/ The Washington Post's Brady Dennis and Fossil Free Yale's Martin Man and Alex Cohen)

November 27th, 2019


On Tuesday, the United Nations released its annual "emissions gap" report to determine how the world is progressing towards the goals set in the Paris Agreement. The Washington Post's Brady Dennis joins to show to …

Live in Chicago with Local Activists and Comedians!

November 20th, 2019


Our first live show! This week, we were at Lincoln Hall in Chicago to discuss the climate crisis in the Windy City with inspiring local activists and …

The Path to 100% Renewable Energy and Fires in New South Wales (w/ Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson and The Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Hannam)

November 13th, 2019


NEXT MONDAY: The Climate Pod is live at Lincoln Hall at 7 pm. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE


This week, we discuss the outbreak of bushfires in New South …

Leaving The Paris Agreement. Plus, The First Anniversary Of The Camp Fire In Paradise (w/ Axios' Amy Harder and California Sunday Magazine's Mark Arax)

November 6th, 2019


ANNOUNCEMENT - The Climate Pod Live is happening on November 18th at 7 pm at Lincoln Hall in Chicago! GET TICKETS HERE


This week, the Trump …

What did the fossil fuel industry know? (w/ InsideClimate News' Nicholas Kusnetz, Earther's Yessenia Funes, and E&E News' Nick Sobczyk)

October 30th, 2019


Recently, the House held hearings on Big Oil to allow former Exxon scientists to testify and explain what the company knew about climate change and when they knew it. E&E News' Nick Sobczyk breaks down the day and …

Exxon On Trial, Climate Litigation, and Mayors Fight for Clean Energy (w/ Vox's Umair Irfan and Sierra Club's Liz Perera)

October 23rd, 2019


Busy week! Finally, one of the 14 climate lawsuits against the fossil fuel industry will go to court, as Exxon faces trial this week. We talk to Umair Irfan of Vox about what's at stake with these litigation efforts, …

California Blackouts and Honduras' Extreme Drought (w/ The Guardian's Susie Cagle, Wired's Paris Martineau, and California Sunday Magazine's Jeff Ernst)

October 16th, 2019


This week, we look at a few of the more disastrous aspects of climate adaptation and energy management in the face of changing weather and rising temperatures. First, we untangle the messy Pacific Gas and Electric …

The Problem With Plastics And A Case For Bipartisanship In Climate Legislation (w/ The Intercept's Sharon Lerner and Citizens' Climate Lobby's Danny Richter)

October 9th, 2019


This week, we look at the growing issue of plastics with Sharon Lerner of The Intercept. She explains how little plastic we recycle, how the plastics …

Two Genius Scientists and a Baseball Legend (w/ Dusty Baker, Dr. Andrea Dutton, and Dr. Stacy Jupiter)

October 2nd, 2019


Dr. Andrea Dutton and Dr. Stacy Jupiter, two MacArthur "Genius" Fellows (just named last week!), join the podcast this week to talk about their research and careers, what it was like to receive this incredible honor, …

Picking A Climate Fight (w/ Javier Grillo-Marxuach of Netflix' "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" and Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz)

September 25th, 2019


It's Climate Week! We're back from the Climate Strike in Chicago to share conversations with some amazing activists and entertainers doing their part in the fight for a better planet.

First, we talk to writer/producer …

Climate Strike! UN Climate Action Summit! (w/ United Nations' Cassie Flynn and 350's Thanu Yakupitiyage)

September 18th, 2019


This is a big week! On Friday, activists across 150 countries will join #ClimateStrike. We discuss our plans for the climate protest and talk to …

Fighting Climate Injustice w/ Sierra Club's Leslie Fields. Plus New York Times' John Schwartz on Hurricane Dorian and Climate Change, NOAA and more.

September 11th, 2019


Two great guests this week! First, Leslie Fields, senior director of environmental justice and healthy communities for The Sierra Club, joins the show to talk about how The Equitable and Just Climate Platform aims to …

Climate Town Hall Reactions (w/ The Intercept's Akela Lacy and Buzzfeed's Zahra Hirji)

September 5th, 2019


CNN hosted a 7-hour #ClimateTownHall on Wednesday night. We watched all of it. To review the marathon climate discussion with us, we have Buzzfeed's Zahra Hirji. And to talk about her breaking news story that rocked the …

Methane Madness! Why Are Regulations on Emissions Being Rolled Back? (w/ Earther's Yessenia Funes and Environmental Defense Fund's Ben Ratner)

September 4th, 2019


Last week, the Trump Administration announced rollbacks to Obama-era regulations on methane emissions. What's happening? Why is this so bad? What can …

Humans are Warming the Oceans and Burning the Amazon (w/ Dr. Miriam Goldstein of the Center for American Progress and Natasha Daly from National Geographic)

August 28th, 2019


This week we discuss the horrific, human-caused fires burning in the Amazon, and National Geographic's Natasha Daly tells us how the millions of plant and animal species living in the world's largest tropical rainforest …

Vox's David Roberts on Energy Policy, Renewable Goals, and much more. Earther's Brian Kahn on ecofascism.

August 21st, 2019


This is a wide-ranging and wonderful episode. First, we are joined by Earther's Brian Kahn to talk about ecofascism and the dangerous discourse …

Devastating Changes to the Endangered Species Act (w/ Huffington Post's Chris D'Angelo and Born Free USA's Angela Grimes)

August 14th, 2019


On Monday, the Trump Administration announced changes to weaken the Endangered Species Act. This decision comes just three months after the United …

Lobbying For A Price On Carbon (w/ Mark Reynolds of Citizens' Climate Lobby)

August 7th, 2019


For many concerned with climate change, establishing a carbon fee is a step in the right direction when it comes to market-based solutions. Mark …

Democrats Debate Climate! (w/ Emily Atkin of Heated)

August 2nd, 2019


Two more nights of debates! Democrats squared off for round two of the primary debates and the climate talk was...better, maybe? We review the climate discussion with Heated's Emily Atkin, who explains which candidates …

Examining The Water Crisis (w/ Dr. Peter Gleick of Pacific Institute)

July 31st, 2019


Dr. Peter Gleick is a world-renowned scientist, who co-founded the Pacific Institute, received the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and received the 2018 Carl Sagan …

Is Nuclear Power Necessary? (w/ Fmr Deputy Sec of Energy Daniel Poneman)

July 26th, 2019


This week, we're joined by Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy for President Obama and current President and CEO of Centrus Energy Corp, to talk about his book "Double Jeopardy, Combating Nuclear Terror …

How To Be A Climate Activist (w/ Sunrise Movement's Aracely Jimenez)

July 24th, 2019


This week week we talk to Aracely Jimenez, digital media manager for the Sunrise Movement, to talk about the organization's goals, how they plan to …

Air Pollution's Nightmare Reality (w/ "Choked" author Beth Gardiner)

July 19th, 2019


Beth Gardiner is the author of "Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution." In this episode, we talk to Beth about the shocking statistics …

Who's Running the EPA? (w/ Rolling Stone's Andy Kroll)

July 17th, 2019


This week, we talk to Andy Kroll, Washington D.C. bureau chief for Rolling Stone, about his feature story "The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of …

2020 Democrats on Climate, Trump's Environmental Speech and #TeamEndlessWinter (w/ Rebecca Leber, Katherine Hamilton and Connor Ratliff)

July 10th, 2019


Three guests this week! First, Rebecca Leber (Mother Jones) recaps Trump's wild environmental speech on Monday and talks about the Green New Deal and Climate Debate!

Next, Katherine Hamilton (The Energy Gang Podcast) …

A Real-Life Account Of The Chernobyl Disaster (w/ Felicity Barringer)

July 3rd, 2019


In 1986, Felicity Barringer was freelancing for the New York Times in Moscow when the Chernobyl Disaster occurred. She recounts her experience from that time as an American journalist in the Soviet Union, talks about …

HBO's "Ice on Fire" (w/ Director Leila Conners)

June 27th, 2019


This week, we review the new HBO documentary "Ice on Fire" and talk to director Leila Conners, who worked on this documentary with Leonardo DiCaprio and Thom Hartmann. Conners tells us why the group that made "The 11th …

The Power of Misinformation (w/ Amy Westervelt of "Drilled")

June 19th, 2019


For decades, misinformation campaigns have effectively muddied the waters when it comes to Americans understanding the truth about climate change. We're joined this week by the creator and host of the Drilled podcast, …

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