300 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 114 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

    Program The World

    Program The World

    This week: Let’s talk about the Information Era.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate (and subscribe!) to the 19th, an independent, non-profit, kick-ass newsroom reporting on gender and politics.Volunteer with Tech Shift to build a fairer, more just technological future.🌏️ Get educated about the powerful institutions using technology to change society through the invaluable reporting by The Markup.Be heard about keeping companies accountable to assessing AI for bias and effectiveness and ask your representatives to support the Algorithmic Accountability Act.Invest in climate tech solutions that will accelerate the transition to a clean economy with a href="https://flight.beehiiv.net/v2/clicks/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5mdWxsY3ljbGUuY29tLz91dG1fc291cmNlPWltcG9ydGFudG5vdGltcG9ydGFudC5jb20mdXRtX21lZGl1bT1yZWZlcnJhbCZ1dG1fY2FtcGFpZ249cHJvZ3JhbS10aGUtd29ybGQiLCJwb3N0X2lkIjoiYmZmM2RjYjQtZjM0Zi00ZmQwLWFiMzUtMTliZTg4ODIxNmFhIiwicHVibGljYXRpb25faWQiOiJhNzg0Yzc1Zi1mYTg3LTRjZDItODllMS02MTA2NzU2MGIxOWMiLCJ2aXNpdF90b2tlbiI6IjRmNjkwZDZkLTNlNGEtNDE3Ni1hZWFkLWYwNDk5OWM5YTgyMCIsImlhdCI6MTcxMjY5MzE5NCwiaXNzIjoib3JjaGlkIn0.y_bJgxm5JMFaRgv7wVIMA03swM1zgUGf07vDLzB6HsI" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 27 min
    The Social Infrastructure of Water

    The Social Infrastructure of Water

    What have we learned from millennia of water insecurity, of climate changes and disasters, of building along freshwater ways and the ocean, that we can apply today?
    That's today's big question, and my guest is Dr. Amber Wutich.
    Dr. Wutich is an ASU President's Professor, Director of the Center for Global Health, and 2023 MacArthur Fellow.
    She's an expert on water insecurity, and directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a cross cultural study of water knowledge and management in over 20 countries.
    Dr. Wutich’s two decades of community based field work explore how people respond individually and collectively to extremely water scarce conditions. She leads the NSF Action for Water Equity, a participatory convergence study that develops collaborative water solutions with water insecure U.S. communities. Her teaching has been recognized with many awards, including the Carnegie Case Arizona Professor of the Year.
    As maybe the most important thing that neither you or I can live without, water is both becoming more scarce in Central America, Northern India, Syria and other places, and more prevalent through sea level rise, flooding and storms where we're not ready for it.
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    Connect with Amber on LinkedIn, Twitter, and BlueSkyDonate or volunteer with Water For PeopleDonate to Dig DeepLearn more about Amber's work with NSF-funded Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination NetworkLearn more about the National Science Foundation
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Aftermath

    The Aftermath

    This week: Bernie decided March 15th is Long COVID Awareness Day, so I thought it was an appropriate moment to try to pull together the threads of why Long COVID pisses me off so much, examples of other self-defeating issues we never learned from, and a blueprint for how to do better, better.
    Here's What You Can Do:🌎️ Donate to Partners in Health to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to quality healthcare.Volunteer for a clinical trial to help us better understand the impacts of COVID and Long COVID.Get educated about how you can start a career in public health.Be heard about early detection in your community and get your local officials to start a wastewater intelligence program with Biobot.🌎️ Invest in a matching fund with a...

    • 26 min
    The Best Depression Treatment For You

    The Best Depression Treatment For You

    You know you're stressed. You know you're anxious. Do you have depression? And do you need to know the latest in the biology of how the brain works and depression works or doesn't work and whether the gut is involved in getting meaningful help?
    That's today's big question. I promise it's kind of one question, even if there are a ton of different answers, and they're going to be different for everybody.
    This conversation is a follow-up to our last couple of conversations about the brain, the gut, and depression. My returning guest is Srijan Sen.
    Srijan is still the Francis and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Francis and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center. 
    His leading research focuses on the interactions between genes and the environment and their effect on stress, anxiety, and depression.
    Content WarningThis week we're talking about depression, and stress, and anxiety, and mental health, and suicide.This is a very important conversation but if any of this could be triggering to you, please just skip over the next one. Nothing in this conversation, of course, should be taken as medical advice. If a treatment, or some combination of treatments, prescribed or recommended, by your health care provider is working for you, huzzah. That's great. Stay with it. Your personal experience with the treatment is much more relevant than anything in this conversation. If you're using a depression medication or other therapy and not getting relief from your depression symptoms, talk with your health care provider.If you are struggling and feeling distressed, or that you might hurt yourself, text or call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, right now, to get help. And you can even call and press 3 to speak to a counselor with the Trevor Project, who provide wonderful support for LGBTQ+ folks. -----------
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    INI Book Club:
    Find all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club
    Links:
    Follow along with the work of The Sen LabFollow Srijan on TwitterSuicide Crisis Lifeline (Call 988)The Trevor Project Hotline for LBGTQ+ youthListen to Srijan's first episode
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    How To Give

    How To Give

    This week: There are few problems so simple that a single donation can fix them.
    Usually, to turn a problem into a realistic opportunity takes many donations. Over time, spread over a large number of donors.
    But all the work before that is kind of exhausting: you’ve gotta make sure your donation goes to the right place, the right organization, the right people — usually the ones closest to the problem — with the most pragmatic intentions.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate to Give Directly and put cash straight into the pockets of the people who need it the most.Volunteer with Overdose Lifeline to support their harm reduction and awareness efforts.Get educated about starting a resilience hub in your community with resources from the USDN.Be heard about making healthy school meals free for students everywhere.Invest in a sustainable future and find a clean bank to move your money into using a...

    • 29 min
    Can Capitalism (Justly) Solve the Climate Crisis?

    Can Capitalism (Justly) Solve the Climate Crisis?

    The climate clock is ticking faster and faster.
    How can we use capitalism to undo the bad stuff that capitalism did and maybe even make things better?
    That's today's big (loaded) question, and my returning guest is Akshat Rathi.
    Akshat is a London-based senior reporter, newsletter writer, and podcaster for Bloomberg News.
    Akshat has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. Akshat was previously a senior reporter at Quartz and a science editor at The Conversation.
    He is here today to talk about his first book, Climate Capitalism.
    This wonderful book tells the stories of people building solutions at scale to tackle one of humanity's greatest challenges. Some solutions we've already built, like solar and batteries, and some we're still working on because they take a lot of work, and money, and politics.
    In a world where journalism is going bye-bye, and the climate clock is ticking, but we've made so much progress, and we can make so much more, Akshat's reporting in this book couldn't be more timely, as we seek to answer the question, where are we on this timeline?
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    The Long View by Richard FisherFind all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club
    Links:
    Order Climate Capitalism in the US/Canada (out March 12) Order Climate Capitalism in the UK (out now)Order Climate Capitalism in India (out now)Order Climate Capitalism in the rest of the worldListen to Akshat on his podcast Zero, and subscribe to his newsletterRead about the Biden Administration's regulations on the social costs of climate change here and here
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    • 1 hr 2 min

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114 Ratings

114 Ratings

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Put simply: Important, Not Important makes you a better person and helps the world. What Quinn and team are doing with these exceptional conversations gets at the heart of how we can make an impact on the critical issues that we so often feel helpless to attack. The discussions are lively, heartfelt, funny, and informative. I love the science-based approach and the bigger picture view combined with individual actions that empower listeners to make change in their own lives while pushing for even greater action. We are all better off because this exists.

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