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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

    HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses

    HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses

    There are plenty of people sitting around waiting for some magical new or improved technology to come along and fix the mess we’ve made for ourselves with the climate emergency. That’s probably not going to happen—and, anyway, we have the tools we need to ditch fossil fuels now. In the first part of the episode, reporter Molly Schwartz looks into some of these solutions, including wind farm construction and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.
    In the second part of the program, host John D. Sutter speaks with Mafalda Duarte, the head of the Climate Investment Funds. (The Climate Investment Funds is FP Studios’ partnering organization for Heat of the Moment.) Duarte explains that her group’s goal is not only to give loans for solar farms and other green projects but also to help tip the scales in favor of a clean energy revolution.
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    • 32 min
    HOTM: The Future of Green Energy

    HOTM: The Future of Green Energy

    As the world looks to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, there’s hope in the growing renewable energy market. In this episode of Heat of the Moment, Daniel Schrag, the director of Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, speaks to host John Sutter about the benefits of renewable energy and the policy challenges involved in moving to greener power sources. Later, the reporter Sebastian Bouknight travels to Morocco and the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex to get a firsthand look at the remarkable advances being made in concentrated solar power.
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    • 30 min
    HOTM: When Climate Hits Home

    HOTM: When Climate Hits Home

    In this episode of Heat of the Moment, climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. Host John D. Sutter speaks with Ama Francis, a native of Dominica and a climate law fellow at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law about ways to change immigration policy to help those whose homelands have been destroyed.
    In the second part of the episode, the reporter Philip Nii Lartey takes us to Ghana, where the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program (FIP) is helping to persuade cocoa farmers stay on their land. With the aid of FIP, farmers are improving yields and mitigating climate change by planting shade trees to protect their cocoa fields.
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    • 26 min
    HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience

    HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience

    All of the weather these days is forming in an atmosphere that humans have warmed on average by about 1 degree Celsius. It’s not that fossil fuel pollution is causing all the bad weather, but it does play an inextricable role. In this episode of Heat of the Moment, host John D. Sutter speaks with MIT professor Kerry Emanuel, a leading expert on hurricanes and climate change, about how the crisis has evolved.
    Later in the episode, reporter Dhashen Moodley shares the story of how officials in Mozambique responded to extreme weather by fortifying key elements of their infrastructure to make their country more resilient.
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    • 29 min
    HOTM: What Would Greta Do?

    HOTM: What Would Greta Do?

    The Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has helped ignite a global youth climate movement that’s energizing a new generation of activists. In this episode we profile two young climate leaders. First, host John D. Sutter talks with Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a U.S.-based organization whose mission is to get young people to advocate for climate action. We’ll then travel to the Philippines with reporter Avery Thompson and meet Marinel Ubaldo, an activist who is helping her country evolve toward a sustainable future.
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    • 29 min
    HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter

    HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter

    How much would it cost to fix climate change—and who should pay? Should it be the United States—the biggest polluter historically? Should it be China—the largest annual polluter these days? Is the entire industrial world to blame? These are some of the thorny questions the Heat of the Moment host John D. Sutter discusses with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. Stiglitz is a top expert on how economic policy can play a leading role in steering the world away from fossil fuels.
    Later, Emily Johnson reports on real-life examples of how investments can kick-start change. She looks at projects supported by our partners at the Climate Investment Funds in Jamaica, Tajikistan, and Turkey.
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    • 30 min

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