Happy (almost) Earth Day! There's always a lot to think about on holidays like this one. But there's also a lot to celebrate, if you ask me. I'll be doing both while hiking in one of my favorite places with Morty the dog this Friday. I'll also be streaming these ten great podcast episodes on repeat. Some of them are hopeful, some are practical, and some are downright depressing. But all of them honor the spirit of the day and are worth a listen or two, I think.
Apocalyptical from Radiolab [Dec. 9, 2013, 1 hour, 40 minutes]. One of the most mind-blowing uploads I've ever heard. The crew performs live on stage, exploring endings of all types (including the extinction of the dinosaur population 65 million years ago).
Can Hacking the Stratosphere Solve Climate Change? from TED Radio Hour [Aug. 9, 2013, 16 minutes]. Scientist David Keith proposes a shocking solution to cooling down the atmosphere: releasing a massive cloud of sulfuric acid into the sky.
Do not drink: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan from Reveal [Jan. 23, 2016, 54 minutes]. "You hear about it in third world countries, but how does this happen, specifically in a state that is surrounded by the Great Lakes?" The team dives in to uncover the truth behind Flint's toxic tap water.
Even a Single Tree Makes a Difference from Yale Climate Connections [March 30, 2016, 2 minutes]. "The trees that are planted in people's yards, the trees that constitute what we think of as the urban forest, all of those trees have a role to play in capturing carbon."
Galapagos from Radiolab [July 17, 2014, 1 hour, 6 minutes]. The islands that inspired the theory of evolution are undergoing rapid change, and one naturalist asks, "If things keep going this way, who's going to stand up for nature?".
High and dry: A deep dive into the water crisis from Reveal [Oct. 3, 2015, 52 minutes]. The show's reporters travel from California to New York, examining the country's water crises (from drought to pollution to skyrocketing bills) along the way.
Hot In My Backyard from This American Life [May 17, 2013, 1 hour]. Fascinating stories about a climatologist, a conservative lawmaker, and a progressive political activist, and their bold attempts to shift the climate change discussion.
How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency? from Freakonomics Radio [Feb. 5, 2015, 33 minutes]. Environmental economist Arik Levinson considers whether energy-efficient regulations are actually doing any good (spoiler: they're really not).
Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'? from Fresh Air [April 18, 2016, 37 minutes]. Journalist David Quammen walks host Terry Gross through the growing pressures on the park's ecosystem (and makes me feel pretty guilty about an upcoming Wyoming camping trip).
The Environment Under President Trump from Parts Per Billion [April 10, 2016, 9 minutes]. If you're wondering what environmental policy would look like under President Trump, look no further than this short upload from Bloomberg BNA's new podcast.