Season Nine

Ending the Nuclear Era: Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce is the author of Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age, and has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 88 countries over the past thirty years. We discuss the legacy of secrecy surrounding nuclear technology, the true cost of waste management, and whether we’re nearing the end of the Nuclear Era.

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Our Radioactive Ocean: Ken Buesseler

Ken Buesseler is a marine radiochemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who studies the fate and distribution of radioactive elements in the ocean. We discuss the safety of the Pacific Ocean, the natural occurence of radioactivity in our environment, and a citizen scientist project for oceanic testing.

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A Renewable Future: Mark Z. Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. We discuss the various practical problems that make nuclear energy not a viable solution for decarbonization, which renewable sources work better, and why electrifying our lives is a big part of the solution.

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COVID-19 Special Edition

Bonus episode! We share four perspectives about the impact the global pandemic is having on America’s poor. We discuss healthcare, housing, cash transfers, homelessness, and bail.

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A Nuclear Future: Joshua Goldstein

Joshua Goldstein is a political scientist, nuclear advocate, and co-author of Bright Future, How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow. We discuss why we should be thinking of nuclear as a clean alternative to coal, and how nuclear energy could be the technology for rapid decarbonization and a green future.

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Criminalizing Ecocide: Jojo Mehta

Jojo Mehta is the co-founder and director of Ecological Defense Integrity, a non-profit organization working to establish ecocide as a core international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We discuss the power of criminalizing ecocide in order to change the behavior of corporate perpetrators.

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Climate Policy Failures: Leah Stokes

Leah Stokes is a professor at UCSB and the author of Short Circuiting Policy. She works on energy, climate and environmental politics. We talk about the successes and failures of clean energy policy in the US, and how energy companies are fighting back against decarbonizing the energy system.

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Writing Climate Policy: Jerry Taylor

Jerry Taylor is the President and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, a non-partisan think tank that works to promote an open society. We talk about his conversion from climate denier to climate advocate, working behind the scenes to persuade Republican lawmakers to act on climate change, and why a carbon tax is the most effective public policy to do so.

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