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Featured by the LA Times, La Opinión, and NPR! Electric Futures is a new podcast series from the University of Southern California exploring lesser-known stories of the energy transition, from the perspectives of the people most impacted by the changes that transition will bring. In Season 1, former USC Provost and current professor Charles Zukoski explores the tradeoffs California's Imperial Valley faces as the lithium extraction industry comes to town, weighing economic opportunity, environmental impact, and a worldwide hunger for lithium. More episodes coming soon.

Electric Futures University of Southern California

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Featured by the LA Times, La Opinión, and NPR! Electric Futures is a new podcast series from the University of Southern California exploring lesser-known stories of the energy transition, from the perspectives of the people most impacted by the changes that transition will bring. In Season 1, former USC Provost and current professor Charles Zukoski explores the tradeoffs California's Imperial Valley faces as the lithium extraction industry comes to town, weighing economic opportunity, environmental impact, and a worldwide hunger for lithium. More episodes coming soon.

    Valle de Litio | Episodio 7: Una Época de Cambio

    Valle de Litio | Episodio 7: Una Época de Cambio

    Este episodio fue hecho especialmente en Español para explicar en resumen la investigacíon hecha por el ex-rector y profesor de ingeniería química y ciencias materiales, Charles Zukoski. En esta temporada hemos explorado el potencial de la industria de litio para la transición energética en el Valle Imperial, California.

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    Las transcripciones de los episodios en inglés y español están disponibles aquí.

    Si desea leer más sobre los temas tratados en este podcast, consulte nuestro documento de recursos adicionales.

    Puedes seguirnos en Instagram en ⁠⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠⁠.

    Nuestra anfitriona para este episodio es Natalie Lopez, una estundiante de la Universidad del Sur de California nació y creció en el Valle Imperial.

    Este episodio fue una colaboración con Dimelo, la única publicación en español para USC Annenberg Media.

    Las voces de las entrevistas fueron hechas por Natalia Ozuna, Valeria Macias, y Jose Romo. Fue producido y escrito por Natalie Lopez y editado por Erick Treviño.

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    Lithium Valley | Episode 7: A Time of Change

    This episode was made especially in Spanish to briefly explain the research done by former provost and professor of chemical engineering and materials sciences, Charles Zukoski. This season we have explored the potential of the lithium industry for the energy transition in Imperial Valley, California.

    We want to hear from you! ⁠Please take this short survey⁠⁠.

    Episode transcripts in English and Spanish are ⁠⁠available here⁠⁠.

    If you’d like to read more about the topics covered in this podcast, please check out our ⁠additional resources document⁠.

    You can follow us on Instagram at ⁠⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠⁠.

    Our host for this episode is Natalie Lopez, a student at the University of Southern California and a lifelong resident of the Imperial Valley.

    This episode was a collaboration with Dimelo, the only Spanish-language publication for USC Annenberg Media.

    The voices of the interviews were done by Natalia Ozuna, Valeria Macias, and Jose Romo. It was produced and written by Natalie Lopez and edited by Erick Treviño.

    Electric Futures is an original podcast from the University of Southern California, hosted by Charles Zukoski, the Vivian Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the former USC Provost. This series was executive produced by Allison Agsten, the director of USC’s Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

    USC Annenberg professor Mallory Carra is our lead producer. Natalie Lopez and Spencer Cline are our associate producers. Cindy Chai is our research assistant. This episode was directed by Mallory Carra, and edited and sound designed by Spencer Cline.

    Our cover art is by Matthew Buxbaum. All music and sound effects used with express permission under unlimited blanket license authority from Epidemic Sound.


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    • 29 min
    A Message from our host, Charles Zukoski

    A Message from our host, Charles Zukoski

    Host Chares Zukoski wants to thank you for listening to the show and let you know about an exciting paid survey opportunity. We want to hear from you! Please take this short survey⁠.

    Thanks again for listening. We hope you enjoyed Season 1.




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    • 30 sec
    Lithium Valley | Episode 1: The White Gold Rush

    Lithium Valley | Episode 1: The White Gold Rush

    We’ll get to know Imperial Valley, an area that is home to nearly 180,000 people located in Southeastern California, 200 miles from USC. This community is located at the heart of the Lithium boom. Some have referred to this as a white gold rush because of the enormous demand for lithium as a major component in the batteries that power electric vehicles and so much else in our everyday lives.

    Change is coming to Imperial Valley and its communities. But given this industrialization, can the Valley continue as the massive producer for the agricultural products that feeds the world?

    This Southern California county with sky high unemployment rates and  with 17% of citizens living below the poverty line is about to be the center of a billion-dollar business boom…but at what cost? 

    Episode transcripts in English and in Spanish are ⁠available here⁠.

    If you’d like to read more about the topics covered in this podcast, please check out our additional resources document.

    You can follow us on Instagram at ⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠.

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    Electric Futures is an original podcast from the University of Southern California, hosted by Charles Zukoski, the Vivian Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the former USC Provost. This series was executive produced by Allison Agsten, the director of USC’s Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

    USC Annenberg professor Mallory Carra is our lead producer. Natalie Lopez and Spencer Cline are our associate producers. Cindy Chai is our research assistant. This episode was directed by Mallory Carra, and edited and sound designed by Spencer Cline.

    Our cover art is by Matthew Buxbaum. All music and sound effects used with express permission under unlimited blanket license authority from Epidemic Sound. 


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    • 32 min
    Lithium Valley | Episode 2: The Tech Behind the Scenes

    Lithium Valley | Episode 2: The Tech Behind the Scenes

    There’s a big demand for the batteries but it’s a challenge in how to gain access to all the lithium needed for the electric vehicles that are flooding the streets of the world. There's a new way to access the lithium in the brines — but don’t call it mining. In this episode we will explore this chemistry and more…

    We want to hear from our listeners! Please take this short survey.

    Episode transcripts in English and in Spanish are ⁠available here⁠.

    If you’d like to read more about the topics covered in this podcast, please check out our additional resources document.

    You can follow us on Instagram at ⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠.

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    Electric Futures is an original podcast from the University of Southern California, hosted by Charles Zukoski, the Vivian Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the former USC Provost. This series was executive produced by Allison Agsten, the director of USC’s Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

    USC Annenberg professor Mallory Carra is our lead producer. Natalie Lopez and Spencer Cline are our associate producers. Cindy Chai is our research assistant. This episode was directed by Mallory Carra, and edited and sound designed by Spencer Cline.

    Our cover art is by Matthew Buxbaum. All music and sound effects used with express permission under unlimited blanket license authority from Epidemic Sound. 


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    • 32 min
    Lithium Valley | Episode 3: Transforming a Small Town Economy

    Lithium Valley | Episode 3: Transforming a Small Town Economy

    We will look at how Lithium extraction is expected to boost  the local economy and the trade-offs associated with the growth of this industry. The community is preparing - with cautious optimism. In the face of diminished flows in the Colorado River, memories are haunted by past hype.

    We want to hear from our listeners! ⁠Please take this short survey⁠.

    Episode transcripts in English and in Spanish are ⁠available here⁠.

    If you’d like to read more about the topics covered in this podcast, please check out our ⁠additional resources document⁠.

    You can follow us on Instagram at ⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠.

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    Electric Futures is an original podcast from the University of Southern California, hosted by Charles Zukoski, the Vivian Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the former USC Provost. This series was executive produced by Allison Agsten, the director of USC’s Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

    USC Annenberg professor Mallory Carra is our lead producer. Natalie Lopez and Spencer Cline are our associate producers. Cindy Chai is our research assistant. This episode was directed by Mallory Carra, and edited and sound designed by Spencer Cline.

    Our cover art is by Matthew Buxbaum. All music and sound effects used with express permission under unlimited blanket license authority from Epidemic Sound.


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    • 34 min
    Lithium Valley | Episode 4: Whose Health? Consider the Consequences

    Lithium Valley | Episode 4: Whose Health? Consider the Consequences

    We’ll look at how Lithium extraction in the Imperial Valley may potentially impact the environment and health issues in the area. What health and ecological changes can the community expect? What  bargain does the community accept as they venture into this natural resource extraction industry?

    We want to hear from our listeners! ⁠Please take this short survey⁠.

    Episode transcripts in English and in Spanish are ⁠available here⁠.

    If you’d like to read more about the topics covered in this podcast, please check out our ⁠additional resources document⁠.

    You can follow us on Instagram at ⁠@usc_electricfutures⁠.

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    Electric Futures is an original podcast from the University of Southern California, hosted by Charles Zukoski, the Vivian Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the former USC Provost. This series was executive produced by Allison Agsten, the director of USC’s Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.

    USC Annenberg professor Mallory Carra is our lead producer. Natalie Lopez and Spencer Cline are our associate producers. Cindy Chai is our research assistant. This episode was directed, edited and sound designed by Spencer Cline.

    Our cover art is by Matthew Buxbaum. All music and sound effects used with express permission under unlimited blanket license authority from Epidemic Sound. 


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    • 29 min

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