RADIO

NPR is dominating our radio section with their numerous brilliantly produced shows from Science Friday to The Brian Lehrer Show and Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. One of the most interesting special series they produced in 2019, and continues to be timely, is Getting to Zero Carbon with numerous shows using many of their best hosts — from Ari Shapiro and Ailsa Chang to Mary Louise Kelly — to create programming around companies taking on the challenge of climate change, Google’s aspirations to power all of its operations with carbon-free energy, bringing solar to communities of color, banning gas, capturing carbon, new battery technology, and more.

 Locally produced radio is also weighing in, even as it is often distributed to multiple markets. On Long Island’s East End, Francesca Rheannon, host of The Writer’s Voice, has a focus on global warming. Listen to her spectacular interview with Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War and keep checking in as she interviews Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and the newly published Under a White Sky (both of which have gold stars on our own BOOK list). 

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Writer’s Voice

Writer’s Voice

Francesca Rheannon 2/4/21

 Writer’s Voice is national in scope, although it is locally hosted and produced by Francesca Rheannon. The show airs on 40+ stations nationwide, locally on Long Island’s East End WPKN 89.5FM and internationally as a podcast at www.writersvoice.net. Their climate series can be found here.

After Biden’s First Actions On Climate Change, How Much More Can He Do Alone?

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After Biden’s First Actions On Climate Change, How Much More Can He Do Alone?

Correspondents Lauren Sommer & Kirk Siegler Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP via Getty Images 2/1/21

This past week, President Biden signed executive orders that represent his administration’s first actions in the fight against climate change. Some changes will take longer than others — and many more will not be possible without help from Congress.