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Episode Nine — Interview with a Random Baby

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Episode Nine -- Interview with a Random Baby

It gets weirder. In episode nine of Climate Stew I interview an infant who is pretty darn smart when it comes to global warming and air pollution. We also dive deep into the seas to try and figure out where all the heat is going, and from the year 2164 we learn about the role of the artist in climate history. As always we have great music.  Listen here or on  iTunes, and Stitcher.

Want to see Peterson and Marvin Bloom and Timothy Meadows live and on stage? See the full tour schedule.






Intro: Hello and welcome to another exciting and weird episode of Climate Stew. As your host, I get to introduce you to lots of interesting people. This week I conduct an interview with a random baby who spits up some amazing answers to my questions. While I often think of small children as walking bio-hazards, turns out they have their own atmospheric hazards that bother them. Also, Timothy Meadows reveals the important role of art in addressing climate change, but first the news.

News: Our climate change news story this week takes us under the sea. For a long time scientists recognized the important role the oceans play in absorbing excess heat that gets trapped in our atmosphere. These large bodies of waters serve as carbon sinks draining the skies of energized CO2. Researchers have been trying to better understand ocean warming and acidification (or what I call Mother Nature’s heart burn). They recently observed that the upper 700 meters, or 2,296 feet of the ocean has been warming faster than expected—24 to 55% faster than it was in the 1970’s. The effects of this warming in the upper portion of the oceans are still being researched. Likely it is the cause for coral bleaching leading to coral death. Scientists project that fish will need to adapt to more carbon dioxide and warmer waters, or they too will perish.

Yet In the deeper parts of the ocean, scientists have not yet observed a similar warming trend in data collected between 2005 and 2013. For scientists this raises questions and has got them hungry for more details.

The oceans are vast and studying them requires taking samples over large distances, so scientists stress that more research and many more deeper samples are needed to get a better picture of what is happening out there. And who knows with more probes in the deepest oceans, perhaps they will also find some real live mermaids and mermen, unless they too are trying to escape to safer waters. Ahh Ahh Ooo Ooo Oooo

Eric Ducharme obsessed with Mermaids.

Eric Ducharme obsessed with Mermaids.

Main Segment: Random Baby Interview

Most people do not know that I can talk baby talk. Well, that’s not exactly true, I can interpret baby talk. In fact, I am an official UN interpreter of baby talk. Unfortunately there is not much work for me at that UN though because most countries are oppressive and refuse to allow babies to rule.

Today I have the privilege of interviewing a random baby. Few know just how worldly wise babies are and how strongly opinionated. I have few questions prepared for the little tike who prefers to remain anonymous so as to speak more freely without fear of any repercussions.

Hello random baby and welcome to Climate Stew.


Thank you. As you know we are concerned about climate change, and I imagine as an infant arriving on a dysfunctional planet, you too are concerned?


No you’re right. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t put words in your mouth. Ok, let me ask you then, how do you feel about our current climate crisis?


Ok, so you are not concerned.


Who is the mystery Random Baby??

Who is the mystery Random Baby??

You are alarmed. Got it. And is there is any single the climate change issue that particularly has you alarmed right now at this stage in your infancy?


Really, health issues. That’s not what I expected. Please explain.


Ah, yes, that makes sense. Wow 7 million deaths a year globally, mostly among the youngest and oldest, due to air pollution. How many is that in the USA?


50,000, ok, that is significant. You say the causes of death are from asthma, stroke, other respiratory problems, and heart disease.


I see, tiny particles go into tiny lungs like yours and cause irritation. But is this all pollution outdoors because of factories and car exhaust?


Yes, in the US but elsewhere poor women and children who live in homes where they burn wood fires for food are particularly at risk in their own homes. But what does this have to do with climate change?


That makes sense. The same pollutants causing these health problems are also warming the planet. By dealing with those pollutants people in cities will almost immediately benefit from them. That gives an incentive for lawmakers to act and see quick results which is always good for reelection. Clever Baby


Sorry, adults are so often patronizing with our, Ooo ju witttle sweetie cutie baby. Sorry. They told us not to do that during our baby talk training program.

Well, that’s all the time you have. Would you be willing to come back to Climate Stew to answer more questions.


Ok, we’ll have your adult look at your schedule and see when you can fit me in.

That Day in Climate History

I am Timothy Meadows, it is Saturday, November 10th, 2164 and time for That Day in Climate History

Throughout history artists have taken on the roles of educating and then exhorting the public to action in the time of crises or oppression. The nation of South Africa for a long time institutionalized racism in a system called Apartheid. During the 1980’s artists in South Africa and beyond began to use their art to engage the world in the anti-Apartheid Movement demanding an end to the racial oppression by the minority white South African public and government. The music, images, theater performances, and films of this time helped garner sympathy and understanding worldwide for plight of the Black South African majority.

During the early 21st Century fiction writers, visual artists, and performers began to use their art to raise the alarm about global warming. A genre of novels and films known as cli-fi educated masses of people. The works of writers Barbara Kingsolver, Ian McEwan, Glen Retief, and filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky and Bong Joon-ho provided fictional lenses for looking at the reality of a changing planet. While some warned of grim dystopian futures, others imagined a better life with cleaner air and more intentional communities, a life that gratefully we enjoy today. On this day in 2164, we remember that day in climate history.


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Closing: Thank you for joining me for this episode of Climate Stew. Please visit Climate  Stew dot Com for links to show topics, music credits, and a full transcript. I’m very interested in hearing from you. Please leave a comment at our website or consider joining our Climate Stew Facebook Group. See me live and in person this week in the Pacific Northwest. Visit Climate Stew website and look under the About menu for full schedule. Special thanks to Lori Kershner, Soren Kershner, Oh, and Joe G, who even as a baby allegedly had sass, class, and style.

Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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