• A Nuclear Future: Joshua Goldstein

    “We’re more scared of nuclear power than scared of climate change.”

    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.

  • Criminalizing Ecocide: Jojo Mehta

    "The reality is that current regulation is simply not stopping the harm that we're witnessing."

    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.

  • Climate Policy Failures: Leah Stokes

    “This is a political battle against vested interest groups who have created a system that we are locked into.”

    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.

  • Climate Justice: Julian Brave NoiseCat

    “The Green New Deal is a progressive climate platform that aims to take on the twin crises of inequality and climate change.”

    Julian Brave NoiseCat is Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Data for Progress, Narrative Change Director of The Natural History Museum, author, and a First Nations member. We discuss the need for climate justice, what we can learn from our indigenous communities, and why durable clean energy policy is key to stopping climate change.

  • Writing Climate Policy: Jerry Taylor

    “You pass a carbon tax and a piece of legislation, the next year it's in play.”

    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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    As we heard from Jojo Mehta, the co-founder of Stop Ecocide, companies aren’t going to magically change their ways to save the world unless we literally force them to do it. Check out her interview with Mila here: Last week, we heard from Leah Stokes, who broke down how companies and utilities in the energy...

  • The Environmental Impact of COVID-19

    Welcome to the Future Hindsight blog, lockdown edition! First and foremost, we hope this post finds you, your family, loved ones, and friends in good health and good spirits. Secondly, we hope this post finds you INSIDE. Seriously, unless you work at a healthcare facility, pharmacy, or grocery store, please just hunker down. Since no...

  • Mila’s Podcast Magazine Feature

    Earlier this month, our host and executive producer Mila Atmos sat down with Lisbeth A. Tanz of Podcast Magazine for a look inside her journey as a podcaster and the ideals that inspire Future Hindsight. For us at Future Hindsight, podcasting is very much a form of civic engagement, and Mila strongly believes that inspiring others to act is...

  • What’s the #1 Guarantee of a Good Education?

    During our recent conversation with Daniel Markovits about rampant inequality in America, we were struck by how much education either makes or breaks your future. Because more affluent Americans get access to better education, they’re more likely to go to good colleges, get good jobs, and remain wealthy. Listen to our conversation with Daniel here:...

  • What Speech is Unprotected?

    When we talked with Suzanne Nossel, the CEO of the PEN America Foundation, we focused on free speech in America, and how it’s under attack in various ways. One interesting thing she said was that there is no actual definition of “hate speech” and that “hateful speech” is a better representation of the kinds of...

  • The Impact of Conservative Courts

    During our conversation with law professor Robert L. Tsai, we discussed how courts and the judges that sit on them can greatly help or greatly hurt the causes pushing for equality in America. Listen to our interview with him here! One of the most important (and worrying) developments concerning the courts in recent years has...

  • Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review

    We recently talked with Jane Suiter and David Farrell, who were instrumental in the implementation of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly. The Citizens’ Assembly uses deliberative mini-publics to recommend policies to the Irish Parliament. Listen to our interview with them here! While we were talking, Jane discussed a deliberative democratic initiative happening on the other side...

  • Why the US Doesn’t Declare War

    Earlier this season, we talked with Stephen Wertheim of The Quincy Institute. During our interview we spent some time discussing the ways in which the US wages war, and how we seem to get ourselves into an awful lot of conflicts without having Congress declare war. So, we thought we’d give a brief overview of...

  • 4 of Illinois’s Last 7 Governors Were Jailed. Why?

    Our newest episode with David Greising of The Better Government Association really opened our eyes to the impact of investigating, and the role that good journalism and concerned citizens play in making sure our policymakers stay honest. Listen to our interview with David Greising here! It’s no secret that Illinois has a problem with corruption,...

  • Why We Vote on Tuesday

    Our latest episode with Seth Flaxman of Democracy Works is all about how his organization is making it easier than ever to vote. They’ve created TurboVote, which lets you register to vote and order absentee ballots online, making it more convenient to do our civic duty. While we were talking, Seth mentioned that Election Day...

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