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From Crooked Media, Hot Take is a holistic, irreverent, honest look at the climate crisis and all the ways media and society are talking—and not talking—about it. Hosted by real-life friends Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt—an essayist and a journalist— Hot Take offers a unique perspective on the issue of climate change. With a breath of fresh humanity and humor, conversation moves swiftly from cackling about the bad week an oil company had, to speaking seriously and passionately about the unequal distribution of climate impacts and our own experiences of climate grief. And then washing it down with a round of dad jokes!

Every week, we’ll connect you with the latest climate news and with the journalists and storytellers trying to make sense of this complex issue to help you see the world through climate-colored glasses.

New episodes every Friday.

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    • 4.7 • 21 Ratings

From Crooked Media, Hot Take is a holistic, irreverent, honest look at the climate crisis and all the ways media and society are talking—and not talking—about it. Hosted by real-life friends Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt—an essayist and a journalist— Hot Take offers a unique perspective on the issue of climate change. With a breath of fresh humanity and humor, conversation moves swiftly from cackling about the bad week an oil company had, to speaking seriously and passionately about the unequal distribution of climate impacts and our own experiences of climate grief. And then washing it down with a round of dad jokes!

Every week, we’ll connect you with the latest climate news and with the journalists and storytellers trying to make sense of this complex issue to help you see the world through climate-colored glasses.

New episodes every Friday.

    The Quiet Climate Emergency

    The Quiet Climate Emergency

    This week, Mary and Amy break down the latest in climate news from - the Inflation Reduction Act, the possibility of a climate emergency declaration, Taylor Swift’s private jet use, and much more.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Climate Behind Bars

    Climate Behind Bars

    This week, Mary and Amy are joined by investigative journalist Alleen Brown to take a closer look at mass incarceration. If we're going to talk about the communities most vulnerable to climate change, we have to talk about mass incarceration. From prison labor to prison evacuation, from ICE detention centers to juvenile justice centers, nothing good comes from the convergence of the climate crisis and the mass incarceration crisis.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Joe Manchin vs. The World

    Joe Manchin vs. The World

    This week, Joe Manchin spiked Biden's climate bill, but the planet is no political football. This week's episode of Hot Take takes a closer look at the true stakes of the climate crisis with a focus on the Global South. Mary is joined by Dharna Noor to talk through extreme heat and rising authoritarianism in India, floating cities in the Maldives, drought in the Horn of Africa, and a rotting oil tanker in Yemen—and so much more.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    "Resistance" Over "Resilience"

    "Resistance" Over "Resilience"

    Today on Hot Take is all about resilience—and the limits thereof. Mary talks with two fellow southerners - Ko Bragg, Scalawag’s Race & Place Editor, and Amal Ahmed, Disaster Reporter at Southerly. They discuss the uneasiness of today's summers, the problems with individual responsibility and why "resilience" is almost never the right word.

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Scene on Radio: In the Beginning

    Scene on Radio: In the Beginning

    This week on Hot Take, we’re off! But, we’ve brought you an episode from one of our favorite shows - Scene on Radio. Amy was the co-host of the most recent season, along with John Biewen. If you like this episode, make sure to check out Scene on Radio to listen to the rest of their 5 episode series about climate change. Next week, we’ll be back with more Hot Take!

    The climate emergency is here. How did we break so bad? How did we become the kind of society that would unleash so much destruction on our only home, and ultimately on ourselves and our children? And, crucially, who is this we? Our story starts with the Book of Genesis.

    By host and producer John Biewen, with co-host Amy Westervelt. Interviews with David Pecusa, Bina Nir, and Kate Rigby.

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    • 43 min
    Supremely F$%#ed

    Supremely F$%#ed

    Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary sit down with Leah Litman, a law professor from our sister show - Strict Scrutiny, about SCOTUS aka the most hated reality TV show in America. They discuss Roe v Wade, WV v EPA, Ted Cruz’s slimy finances, and the Republican Attorneys General Association otherwise known as the villains you need to know about.

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    • 1 hr 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

iolanthemae ,

Comforting & informative

This podcast helped me to examine my anxiety surrounding the climate crisis. Hearing these smart and funny women discuss bug issues in a warm and informed manner makes it easier to keep up to date with climate news without becoming overwhelmed. Thank you Mary and Amy ❤️

FleurRendell ,

What I need right now

I love this podcast. Here, in Australia, climate is a big issue with bushfires on our doorstep every few years, evacuation plans, code red days (leave your house and go somewhere safe - schools close these days) Thank you to these two wise women for their take on the best coverage and story sharing around climate realities. It is therapy and helps me go on. Highly recommend Hot Take.

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