Curious and confused about the world they live in, Johanna Kinnock and Maria Brus Pedersen strike up exciting conversations with inspiring people and journey through their answers. Tag along for the ride - you might just end up thinking differently.
Noise pollution: Taking human sounds out of our oceans and restoring balance
In the 5 Podcast, Thomas Loudon investigates issues and solutions that create a more sustainable world one step at the time.
Just because we don’t hear much when we stick our heads in the water, doesn’t mean that there isn't sound there. In fact, sound is everywhere in the ocean – and it’s vital to marine life. It’s how sea creatures navigate, how they communicate, how they find mates and how they get to their next meal. And after millions of years of evolution, it used to be perfect. Then humans came along and added the sound of engines, airguns, sonar and more to the soundscape. In this episode we speak to a marine biologist Nathalie Houtman, marine ecologist Serena Rivero and Michel André, the director of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics in Barcelona, about the effects of our noise on life in the ocean – and even life on land. Frans Hendrik Lafeber tells us how the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) is making ships quieter. But we start with a man who had a close encounter with killer whales, and wonders whether noise played a role.
Here's what you can do if you want to know more:
Listen to the sounds of the ocean at the Discovery of Sound in the Sea site
Take a deep and very visual dive into the topic with the amazing documentary Sonic Sea
Check out the work of the Embassy of the North Sea here
Listen to the deep in real time here
Discover what WWF is doing to protect the oceans here
Food waste: Throwing the planet in the bin
Johanna Kinnock & Maria Jencel find out what it actually takes to be the change they want to see in the world.
What comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, is a vital life source, and ends up in the bin one third of the time? You guessed it: food. In this episode of the 5 Podcast we’re talking about food waste. Johanna and Maria ask how big a problem it is for the planet, how we can waste less, and how we got so casual about wasting food in the first place. We're joined by Tristram Stuart, a campaigner who wants us all to throw less away, and Mette Toftegaard Rasmussen of eSmiley, which makes software to help businesses get food waste under control. Plus, Maria comes face to face with the amount of food she actually wastes in a year.
What we read and watched
Tristram Stewart: the global food waste scandal, ted talk
Selina Juul: Stop Wasting food, ted talk
Food waste is an ethical scandal, the UN
Greenwashing: Avocados aren’t sustainable and other lessons from a day of going green
Johanna Kinnock and Maria Jencel try to find out what it actually takes to be the change they want to see in the world. “Greenwashing” is the scary trend of companies' trying to appear far more sustainable than they actually are. In the corporate race to sound and look as green as possible, how can consumers keep up? How do we know what's for real? We speak to greenwashing expert Andreas Rasche about whether intention matters when it comes to sustainability and Gordon Renouf, co-founder of popular brand transparency app Good On You about how everyone has the right to know where their clothes came from. We also throw ourselves in the green end by trying to go a day without consuming anything un-sustainable (to dubious success).
Here are links to what we've been reading about greenwashing.
The troubling evolution of greenwashing, The Guardian
Good On You, transparent fashion app
This app tells you how ethical fashion brands really are, DAZED
Morals and money in tech: Does Zuckerberg really know who your next lover is?
Johanna Kinnock and Maria Jencel try to find out what it actually takes to be the change they want to see in the world. Do you ever get the sense that your phone knows a bit too much about you? For this episode of the 5 Podcast, we take a deep dive into our own data and investigate whether Mark Zuckerberg truly knows "who our next partner will be”. We ask digitisation expert Christiane Vejlø (Elektronista) about what exactly he meant by that, and whether a moral compass is on its way to Silicon Valley anytime soon. Finally, we talk to the founder of an ethical search engine, who proves that there are people in the tech world who are at least as concerned about our right to privacy as they are about making money.
Here are some of the things that inspired us when making the podcast.
The Social Dilemma, Netflix. Watch it here.
Givero.com, the moral search engine. Use it here.
“How Evil is tech?”, The New York Times opinion. Read it here.
Elektronista, a (danish) platform for thinking about tech and humankind. Check it out here.
The New School: teaching kids about consent, coding and climate
Johanna Kinnock and Maria Jencel ask big questions about the world around them and get an eclectic mix of guests to help find the answers. What didn’t you learn in school that you wish you had? What skills do you hope the class of 2020 is graduating with? The education system is like a super tanker that hasn’t changed direction much ever since attending school first became mandatory around the year 1800. But at 5 we think that with all the brand new challenges looming on the horizon, it’s time for schools to break out of their tired old ways. For this episode of the 5 Podcast, the 5 Media editorial staff invent our perfect school, “the new school”, and we speak to some of the fiery teachers trying to get coding, sex ed and climate to the top of the curriculum.
Here's where to go if you want to learn more:
Raising a digitally literate generation - Lis Zacho Tedx Talk
From what if to what next - Rob Hopkins podcast with Karen MacLean from the Green Free School
Why are Finland’s schools so successful? - Smithsonian Magazine
Meming our way through 2020: Eminem, Melania Trump and the female orgasm
Johanna Kinnock and Maria Jencel ask big questions about the world around them and get an eclectic mix of guests to help find the answers. 2020 has been a year we will always remember, with Corona, BLM and a historical election coming up. As the news has run amok, the internet has tried to keep up, which has led to an explosion of satirical, hysterical and downright absurd memes. Today the 5 Podcast examines memes as a cultural phenomena of our time. We dive deep into the meme world and ask - why are they so popular? What do they do, if anything? And why is humour so powerful when the world looks like it’s burning? We also take on the daunting challenge of making our own meme, and get some help from a meme expert and a meme maker along the way.
As always, here are some links to stuff we talked about in the podcast:
What exactly is a 'Karen' and where did the meme come from? - The BBC
The Memes! They're Everywhere! - An Xiao Mina for the Atlantic
Coronavirus Remix - YouTube
Maya Tekeli on Instagram
Finding 5 (and our memes)
Came across this podcast just a few days ago, and I am already loving it! I really like your way of communicating topics, that easily could have been difficult to understand, but you manage to explain and discuss, while the listener (me 😉) feels like an active part of that discussion.
When is the next episode out??
I like the enegy
There’s good energy in the studio and the common interviewing enhances the feeling of being nearly with you.
This is super!