PODCASTS

Podcasts have exploded and so have climate change podcasts, in part because not everyone learns by reading, some learn by listening. There are at least two sites which, in our opinion, have selected the best climate change podcasts: Player.fm with way more than 200 podcasts and a vastly more curated list (although not so up-to-date) from Earther.

Hot Take is a very outspoken site examining how the media does and doesn’t talk effectively about climate change. Go here to listen to one of Hot Take’s co-hosts, Mary Annaise Hegler, interview the other, Amy Westervelt (who also has an amazing podcast, Drilled) where true crime and climate change intersect.

In early 2020, CCR’s own Mike Shatzkin did an interview with Jason Voss of The Sarasota Institute about the whys and hows of “putting a price on carbon”.  Mike makes a powerful argument for the solution he favors, carbon-fee-and-dividend, whereby all the revenue from taxing carbon is returned in “equal shares to everybody”. This 33-minute long podcast covers all the bases on this subject which will be a topic of increasing debate and contention as the challenges of climate change become more and more evident.

In the fall of 2021, Doug Parsons of America Adapts was kind enough to alert me to iHeart Radio which is the first podcast app to have their own Climate Change category.  No surprise that within their top Climate podcasts are a number of our own. Doug wondered, in the same email, whether Apple might do the same thing…

Check out our own list below…

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‘Eyes in the Sky’: New NASA Satellite Will Watch Climate Change

Amy Westervelt

‘Eyes in the Sky’: New NASA Satellite Will Watch Climate Change

By David Roberts Photo: Isabella Reyes-Klein 10/27/21

In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about America’s polluted information environment — the ubiquity of disinformation — driven by social media and “fake news.” What is less discussed is that purposefully crafted disinformation designed to shape public opinion to the benefit of the wealthy and powerful is nothing new. In fact, it’s almost as old as the country itself.

A Matter of Degrees

A Matter of Degrees

11/02/20

Join Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson as they tell stories about the powerful forces behind climate change — and the tools we have to fix it. Give up your climate guilt. Sharpen your curiosity. This show is for the climate-curious people who know climate change is a problem, but are trying to figure out how to tackle it. We’re telling stories about the levers of power that have created the problem — and the tools we have to fix it.

America Adapts

America Adapts

07/08/19

The America Adapts podcast explores the challenges presented by adapting to climate change, the global movement that has begun to drive change, and the approaches that are already working. Join climate change adaptation expert Doug Parsons as he talks with scientists, activists, policymakers and journalists about the choices we face and the people who make them. There is also a dedicated app here.

Bite

Bite

07/01/19

Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. We’ll help you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.

Boomtown

Boomtown

11/02/20

In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics. This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is on a path to destruction. Meet the people cashing in and those just trying to get by as the world around them is turned upside down.

Broken Ground

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Broken Ground

06/30/21

This season, Broken Ground talks with women on the frontlines of the fight for environmental justice. Subscribe to hear directly from these activists who are trailblazing a path to a healthier environment for all.

Climate 2030

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Climate 2030

11/15/19

A podcast about climate and politics – and the most important decade in human history. It’s hosted by Years Of Living Dangerously award-winning documentary producer David Gelber and Climate Nexus Executive Director Jeff Nesbit.

Columbia Energy Exchange

Columbia Energy Exchange

06/05/19

The Columbia Energy Exchange podcast features in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society. Hosted by Bill Loveless, the program explores today’s most pressing opportunities and challenges across energy sources, financial markets, geopolitics and climate change as well as their implications for both the U.S. and the world. One episode features Dr. Katherine Hayhoe discussing how to understand and talk about climate change.