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Science for people who give a sh*t.

Want to feel better AND unf*ck the world? The 6-time Webby nominee delivers deep conversations with the world's smartest people (scientists, doctors, CEO's, farmers, and more!), and digestible news updates every single week, loaded with tips and steps you and we can take to fix this place right up.

We're talkin' clean energy and coral reefs, COVID vaccines and pediatric cancer research, clean water and carbon capture tech, asteroid deflection and artificial intelligence ethics.

"A vital service in an era where important truths, outright fiction and mere trivia all compete for your attention.” - Craig Mazin, creator, writer, and executive producer of HBO's Chernobyl

Hosted by Quinn Emmett

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    • Science
    • 4.7 • 105 Ratings

Science for people who give a sh*t.

Want to feel better AND unf*ck the world? The 6-time Webby nominee delivers deep conversations with the world's smartest people (scientists, doctors, CEO's, farmers, and more!), and digestible news updates every single week, loaded with tips and steps you and we can take to fix this place right up.

We're talkin' clean energy and coral reefs, COVID vaccines and pediatric cancer research, clean water and carbon capture tech, asteroid deflection and artificial intelligence ethics.

"A vital service in an era where important truths, outright fiction and mere trivia all compete for your attention.” - Craig Mazin, creator, writer, and executive producer of HBO's Chernobyl

Hosted by Quinn Emmett

    Fellowship of the Climate

    Fellowship of the Climate

    “What can I do?” This is the question I get most often.
    It’s the question that early on pivoted our newsletter and then this podcast towards measurable action steps that help you feel better and drive systemic change.
    I don’t have anywhere near all the answers to basically anything, so I usually answer people with “What CAN you do?”…to stall for time, but also to open up the conversation.
    Because the answer to what CAN you do is usually best found at the intersection of your interests or passions or skills, and the eleventy billion problems and opportunities we have before us.
    And so, almost a hundred and fifty published conversations later and ten times as many offline, some of my favorites remain talking to young people about their lived experiences and how they’re directing it towards a problem and solution, towards a radically better world, however ambitious and however much I am a moron and don’t understand the basic science behind it.
    But on the other hand, somebody’s gotta support these folks. And so those of us with privilege, with a mic or a checkbook or both have to – at the very least – step up and ask a slightly different version of that question, which is:
    “How can I help?”
    My guests today are Lissie Garvin and Laura Stieghorst.
    Lissie is the Foundation and Fellowship Director at the new 776 Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the venture capital firm with the same name, both founded by Alexis Ohanian.
    Lissie helped run Reddit, was chief of staff at Initialized Capital, working alongside Alexis.
    Laura Stieghorst is one of the first 776 Fellows. She is the co-founder and CEO at BASICO2, where they are working to understand how we can safely rebalance ocean chemistry using natural mechanisms to remove CO2 from the ocean and restore coral reefs. No biggie, right?
    Combined, these two humans are a shining example of humanity’s young people, our most affected, our most ambitious, doing hard things. Because we have to, because they want to, because, in the end, some of these things might be possible, and might change the world.
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    INI Book Club:
    https://bookshop.org/a/8952/9780812975598 (The Wild Trees) by Richard Preston
    https://bookshop.org/a/8952/9781623172480 (Climate: A New Story )by Charles Eisenstein
    https://bookshop.org/a/8952/9780674241282 (Lessons from Plants) by Beronda L. Montgomery
    Find all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club (https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club)

    Links:
    Follow https://twitter.com/garvinlissie?lang=en (Lissie) and the https://twitter.com/776Foundation (776 Foundation) on Twitter
    Follow https://twitter.com/laura8fl1?lang=en (Laura )and https://twitter.com/BASI_CO2 (BASICO2) on Twitter
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/basico2 (Donate) to BASICO2
    https://www.776.org/ (Apply) to the 776 Fellowship Program

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    Edited by https://anthonyluciani.com (Anthony Luciani)
    Produced by https://www.linkedin.com/in/willow-beck-074070122/ (Willow Beck)
    Intro/outro by Tim Blane: http://timblane.com/ (timblane.com)
    Artwork by https://amritpaldesign.com/ (Amrit Pal)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Newsletter #287: France has *how many* EV mail trucks??

    Newsletter #287: France has *how many* EV mail trucks??

    This week:
    Ira’s here and ready to fund the future
    It’s back to school and the air’s still not clean
    Our relationship with water is changing everywhere
    Monkeypox folks are helping each other
    Facebook’s liable for a whole lot of data

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    Take a nap you deserve it

    • 13 min
    Science: This Time, It's Personal

    Science: This Time, It's Personal

    In a world where trust in institutions and in news is falling and the role of influencers is growing, finding the connective tissue between you and your audience is key to, well, connecting.
    To establish a rapport, which can if nourished, lead to trust, which can lead to a genuine connection. And for the creator to go further, to push deeper, to find meaning and bearing in places we as consumers or readers or listeners might not otherwise look or expect, like in local news or video game reviews or recipes.
    I think that matters a lot. We’re not only losing trust but feeling that loss. With so much coming at us, we notice and feel a lack of connection, we feel adrift and unmoored. I am moved by people whose work and art I can connect with, whether I’m seeking it out or not.
    Because connection matters. Who we get our COVID information or our weather forecasts from matters, but also who helps us understand where we can find comfort, and why.
    My guest today is Swapna Krishna.
    Swapna is a writer and journalist covering space, science, tech, and pop culture. She writes everywhere from Fast Company to StarWars.com, from StarTrek.com to Business Insider, the LA Times, Bitch Magazine, Bustle, Mental Floss, and more.
    She’s appeared on a million excellent podcasts, at Comic-Con, and is the co-host of her own show, the Desi Geek Girls podcast, and the new host of PBS’s show Far Out.
    Swapna often writes some of the most empathetic tech and pop culture commentary on the web. She has this unique ability to say “this is what this big thing means to me” and make you feel like “yes, me too!” or “Wait I didn’t think about that”.
    We have very different backgrounds and lives but I trust her writing and thoroughly enjoy her new show, and her efforts to try and meet people where they are, on science issues and pop culture fandoms big and small.
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    INI Book Club:
    https://bookshop.org/a/8952/9780593081891 (Sword Stone Table) by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington
    https://www.roshanichokshi.com/the-last-tale-of-the-flower-bride/ (Stay tuned )for Roshani Chokshi's new book
    Find all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club (https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club)

    Links:
    Follow Swapna on https://twitter.com/skrishna?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/skrishna/ (Instagram)
    Follow Swapna on https://www.tiktok.com/@swapna_krishna (TikTok)
    Watch PBS Terra's Far Out on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnNZYWyBGJ1EzMbF4T-PPNmqhXFY87Kfp (Youtube) or their https://www.pbs.org/show/far-out/ (website)
    Listen to and follow https://twitter.com/DesiGeekGirls?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Desi Geek Girls)
    Check out https://www.nasa.gov/connect/social/index.html (NASA Social)

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    Edited by https://anthonyluciani.com (Anthony Luciani)
    Produced by https://www.linkedin.com/in/willow-beck-074070122/ (Willow Beck)
    Intro/outro by Tim Blane: http://timblane.com/ (timblane.com)
    Artwork by https://amritpaldesign.com/ (Amrit Pal)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Newsletter #286: Holy sh*t what a week

    Newsletter #286: Holy sh*t what a week

    This week:
    A surprise for climate development that isn't terrifying?
    Facebook might relax their COVID misinformation policies
    Less land, more rice
    Alzheimer's under a microscope
    A treasure trove of biological proteins

    Get more:
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    Take a nap you deserve it

    • 12 min
    Newsletter #285: How to beat the heat and avoid quacks

    Newsletter #285: How to beat the heat and avoid quacks

    This week:
    How to beat the heat in your city
    COVID quackery
    Introducing "Explainers"!
    A blockbuster depression study
    A new federal privacy bill is comin'

    Get more:
    Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com
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    Take a nap you deserve it

    • 16 min
    Newsletter #284: How to beat plastic

    Newsletter #284: How to beat plastic

    This week:
    Manchin fuels more heat waves
    COVID reinforcements on the way
    India and California fight plastic
    How we fight monkeypox
    Wow Ring doorbells are not great

    Get more:
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    Take a nap you deserve it

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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105 Ratings

105 Ratings

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V engaging. Look forward to #2!

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