Blizzards & climate change & the Anthropocene, oh my!

Mountaineer and social entrepreneur Tom Bowman starts us off with a story of survival. With some help from producers Miles Traer and Leslie Chang, Tom explains how survival literature can provide lessons for confronting some of the changes we’re experiencing in the Anthropocene.

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The Apocalypse (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Anthropocene)

One month after the Mayan apocalypse of 2012, the Generation Anthropocene team of Leslie Chang, Mike Osborne, and Miles Traer chat about the relations between the Anthropocene and apocalyptic pop-culture stories.  Mike reveals the apocalyptic history of the podcast, Miles explains how he thinks the narrative of apocalypse has changed in the shadow of the Anthropocene, and Leslie does her best to keep them both on the rails instead of discussing zombies… again.

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What Would Jesus Do (about climate change)?

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe discusses her Christianity in the context of her academic career… and her marriage to a one time climate skeptic.  She also reflects on whether or not the Anthropocene might have begun with Adam & Eve’s exodus from the Garden of Eden.

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Let’s get a little poetic

We start off 2013 with Kevin Hearle, who performs two poems from his collection Each Thing We Know Is Changed Because We Know It and Other Poems. His poems reflect on the rapid cultural and environmental changes that occurred in Southern California in the 20th century as the state was flooded with newcomers from the East coast and the Midwest. Kevin also discusses the life of a poet, which for him has involved quite a few peanut butter sandwiches.

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