I am totally plugged in to podcasts
I pretty much live with earphones on my head or my phone plugged into my car speaker as I play an endless stream of podcasts. When I am not trying to track down where in the world Sam Sanders is (NPR Politics Podcast,) I am playing and replaying episodes of the Fishko Files hosted by the delightful Sara Fisko at WNYC. I adore audio, and with my curiosity about climate change and my obsessive hunger to communicate climate, I regularly listen to various climate change-themed podcasts.
After producing 50 episodes of the quirky and queer Climate Stew Show, I moved on to host Citizens’ Climate Radio, which includes interviews of climate advocates. I have on guests who talk about climate from many angles including faith, health, and policy. We’ve explored denial as well as the now famous talking point, “We need to act on climate for the children and the grandchildren!” (I asked some of those tikes to weigh in.)
Women’s voices in climate communication and art
You will notice I tend to have a majority of women guests on the show. In the media it seems the climate world is dominated by men, but in six episodes I have been able to feature 12 women. I also am committed to pursuing guests from outside of North America in order to get a more balanced global perspective. In past shows I have had guests from Nigeria, China, and Chile. In January’s show I will present interviews with climate advocates from Nepal and the Marshall Islands.
The show also has an Art House segment with musicians, poets, comics, and other sharing their climate-inspired art. Each episode ends with a Citizens’ Climate Puzzler question–a dilemma for climate change communicators to consider. Follow Citizens’ Climate Radio on Twitter.
Three Excellent Climate Change Podcasts
When not producing and listening to my own show (yeah, I listen to every episode on every possible platform) I tune into others. Here are three of my favorite climate-themed podcast
The Elephant–A podcast series exploring the stories, challenges, issues, and ideas related to climate change.
This show, produced and hosted by Kevin Caners, has completed its first season and promises to come back in 2017 with a co-host/producer and the aim of making it more of an audio magazine program. But don’t wait for the new season. Dig back into the archives to hear insightful and informative interviews with international players in the climate world and thought leaders. Many but not all of the interviews were conducted during the famous Paris climate summit (COP 21.) The show has featured intellectual and political commentator–Noam Chomsky, coral reef expert–Justin Marshall, co-founder of Occupy Wall Street–Micah White, and former president of Costa Rica and current president of the Carbon War Room, Jose Maria Figures.
Warm Regards–a podcast about the warming planet
According to their SoundCloud page:
Warm Regards is a podcast about the warming planet. The show is hosted by meteorologist Eric Holthaus. Co-hosts are Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist at the University of Maine, and Andy Revkin, a veteran journalist at the New York Times. The show is produced by Stephen Lacey. Our theme music comes from WJLP.
Listening to this show is like sitting down with three of your smartest climate friends, who not only share what they know about science and policy, but also their feelings as they process the complications of living on a planet that is dangerously stressed. They do not shy away from talking about a political climate that seems dead set against addressing it. Jacquelyn Gill often raises issues of justice and how climate affects people and human rights. While the show is pretty heavy on science and may be geared towards listeners who want to know more about climate science, their personal insights, their disagreements, and the moments when they are willing to be vulnerable about how our changing climate affects them personally makes the show highly compelling.
No Place Like Home–Getting to the heart of climate change through personal stories.
Hosted by Mary Anne Hitt & Anna Jane Joyner. Produced by Zach Mack.
This new podcast only has four episodes so far, but they are off to a good start. The hosts met through their time featured on the TV Series Years of Living Dangerously. Both are women from the South who from a strong Christian background, and they seek to focus on storytelling and climate change. In episode #3 they conducted an absolutely brilliant interview with the stunningly insightful and entertaining social media strategist, Renee Miller. They talked about “pop culture, social media, race in the climate movement, and our favorite world-saving celebrity vampire Ian Somerhalder.”
According to Ryan J. Smith at Blessed Tomorrow blog,
These open and honest thirty-minute installments are unique not only for their helpful guidance about what works but also for their frank discussion about what does not work, freely noting pitfalls from which we all may learn.
According to their site they are:
a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society.
This is not a podcast exactly, but I add it as a special mention. Yale Climate Connections is a 90 second audio climate confection that highlights individual’s stories about how they got engaged in climate work and about solutions scientists and ordinary people are pursuing. They featured me earlier this year as queer climate advocate with a passion for pasta. Hosted by Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and edited by a team of folks including Sara Peach, the show appears on radio stations across the country and is available through the Yale Climate Connection website.
I want to offer special thanks to Mary Ann Hit, Ann Jane Joyner, Zack Mack, Eric Holthaus, Jacquelyn Gill, Andy Revkin, Sara Peach, Stephen Lacey and Kevin Caners for the time and care they put into their programs. We are each in our own ways breaking the collective silence around climate change. And thanks to all the listeners who support our shows. When you get a chance, drop a line to your favorite podcasters. It can be lonely work. It means the world to us when we hear from listeners.