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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

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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

    Saving Democracy From The Bottom Up

    Saving Democracy From The Bottom Up

    What are reverse coattails, and how might they slow climate change, prevent the next pandemic, and keep Nazis off of school boards?
    That's today's big question, and my returning guest is Amanda Litman.
    Amanda is one of my favorite people. She is the co-founder and co-executive director of Run for Something, which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office, state, and local, and all those fun levels.
    Since launching in 2017, a thousand years ago, Run for Something has elected more than 1000 leaders across nearly all 50 states, mostly women and people of color.
    Politico named Run for Something and Amanda, one of the 50 ideas driving politics in 2018. Bloomberg called her one of the People to Watch in 2019. Fortune named her to their annual 40 under 40 list in 2020. And in 2022, Amanda was one of the Time Next 100, a list of 100 rising stars from around the world.
    And look, it's yet another election year in America because it's another year in America, so there is never a better time to invite Amanda back onto the show.
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    North Woods by Daniel MasonFind all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club
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    Run for Office!Volunteer for a progressive, young candidateDonate to help get progressive, young candidates elected Learn more about running for office, support the educational efforts of Run for Something and make a c3 donation at Run For Something Civics
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    • 40 min
    The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

    The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

    This week: How are we supposed to navigate this energy transition, AI, and pandemics, if we cannot agree on the most basic, fundamental shit?
    We argue about tradeoffs or gently suggest expanding the scope of our moral concern to include other people’s air, water, food, shelter, and health, instead of simply saying some things — like the lives of children — are simply, emphatically, non-negotiable.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate to Tobacco-Free Kids to protect kids from e-cigarettes.Volunteer with Everytown to prevent gun violence in schools.🌎️ Get educated about the many co-benefits of electric school buses.Be heard about keeping kids healthy by urging your representative to co-sponsor the Universal School Meal Program Act.🌍️ Invest in companies with ESG metrics that align with your morals using fennel.
    🌎️ = Global Action Step
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    • 26 min
    If This, Then What Else?

    If This, Then What Else?

    This week: Today’s essay is a bit of a departure — I just wanted to make super clear where I stand vis a vis the next eleven months.
    A MAGA party don't stop unless we stop it.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate to Voters of Tomorrow to defend democracy for the next generation.Volunteer with Run For Something to help young, diverse progressives get elected.🌍️ Get educated about how your country is keeping up with its commitments to the Paris Agreement using the Climate Action Tracker, and then hold your public officials accountable.Be heard about returning political power to the people and contact your representative to support the Democracy For All Amendment.🌏️ Invest in sustainable companies with Util, using insights based on data, not greenwashing.
    🌎️ = Global Action Step
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    • 26 min
    2024: The Gaps and How to Close Them

    2024: The Gaps and How to Close Them

    This week: Today’s essay is my version of a 2024 preview. Unlike other previews, though, it’s less, “This is what is going to happen” and more “These are the table stakes as far as I can tell.”
    I think that approach is much more helpful, but you can be the judge.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate to the 19th, an independent newsroom that focuses on gender, politics, and policy. Journalism is being hit hard, and small outlets that do incredible work like the 19th are more essential than ever.Volunteer with the Environmental Voter Project. If there was ever a year to do this, it’s this one.Get educated about multisolving with resources from The Multisolving Institute. As you’ll read in the essay below, the issues are myriad, but we can choose solutions that address many problems at once.Be heard about green transportation by urging your representative to reject cuts to Amtrak.Invest in companies that area...

    • 37 min
    2023 Review: What Just Happened?

    2023 Review: What Just Happened?

    This week: I’m back today to share my 2023 wrap-up. It’s a pretty stream-of-consciousness endeavor, but I think it sums up where I was right in my 2023 preview, where I was very wrong, how the world changed — or didn’t — and most importantly, how we responded.
    Here's What You Can Do:Donate to CAMFED to help them educate 5 million girls in Africa by 2030 (educating girls is key to building climate resilience!)Volunteer with Action for the Climate Emergency, a network of young people working in key states to register young voters and educate them on climate change and climate justice.Get educated about your country’s GHG emissions to thoroughly understand how and where to prioritize decarbonization resources using the Country Emissions Inventory from Climate Trace. Filter by year, sector, and type of GHG.Be heard about protecting pregnant people at a federal level and urge your representative to support codifying abortion access.Invest in solar and electrification by opening a bank account with a...

    • 36 min
    Best of: The End of the Universe

    Best of: The End of the Universe

    How will the universe end?
    That's today's big question, and my guest is Sarafina El-Badry Nance.
    Sarafina is an NSF graduate research fellow, astrophysics Ph.D. candidate, and Forbes 30 Under 30 Science 2022 honoree, specializing in supernova and cosmology.
    She's also the author of the new, honest, and empowering memoir "Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark".
    Sarafina and I recorded this conversation back in 2021, and not only is it an all-time listener favorite, well, the universe at large hasn't ended yet, even though it's felt like it was coming sometimes. We've all been through a lot since then, and this conversation is still and will remain, evergreen.
    Sarafina's goal is to measure the rate of the expansion of the universe as propelled by dark energy. And, I'm sorry if that isn't exciting enough for you, I don't know what to tell you.
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    "Untamed" by Glennon DoyleFind all of our guest recommendations at the INI Book Club: https://bookshop.org/lists/important-not-important-book-club
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    starafina.comInstagram: @starstrickensfTwitter: @starstrickenSFLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sarafina-nance-7a5888a0Watch: Constellationsgirlswhocode.comthebreasties.org
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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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