99 episodes

The 2019 Webby-nominee for Best Host and Best Science show returns to bend the motherf’ing arc of the universe towards a radically more livable planet for you, me, and everybody else.

Each episode dives into one question affecting everyone on the planet right now: climate change, clean energy, space, artificial intelligence, and medicine.

Our guests are diverse (78% women and/or POC) and qualified: scientists, doctors, politicians, even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice and their dollar.

Hosted by Quinn Emmett & Brian Colbert Kennedy

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The 2019 Webby-nominee for Best Host and Best Science show returns to bend the motherf’ing arc of the universe towards a radically more livable planet for you, me, and everybody else.

Each episode dives into one question affecting everyone on the planet right now: climate change, clean energy, space, artificial intelligence, and medicine.

Our guests are diverse (78% women and/or POC) and qualified: scientists, doctors, politicians, even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice and their dollar.

Hosted by Quinn Emmett & Brian Colbert Kennedy

    #85: A Blueprint for Fighting Food Waste in Your Community

    #85: A Blueprint for Fighting Food Waste in Your Community

    In Episode 85, Quinn asks: Is there a blueprint for fighting food waste in your city?

    Our guest is: Rick Nahmias. As Founder and Executive Director of Food Forward, Rick has spent more than a decade harvesting the bounty of LA’s fresh fruit and vegetables and getting them to the organizations feeding the many, many, many people in Southern California who cannot otherwise afford it.

    When you realize just how much food goes to waste in the United States, it’s a little sickening. And when you then consider how many people go hungry every day in the United States, it’s more than a little disheartening. 

    But the bright side — and, yes, we know that we wouldn’t need to talk about the bright side of every topic if we didn’t exclusively talk about how our world is going to hell — is that, wherever you might live, you can help get food out of the landfill and onto the plates of people who need it.

    Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com

    Trump’s Book Club:


    The Dalai Lama's Book of Love and Compassion by Dalai Lama
    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3


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    www.foodforward.org
    Spring Melt (April 4th @ The Jim Henson Company Lot): www.foodforward.org/about/spring-melt
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/foodforward
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/foodforwardla
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/foodforwardla


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    #84: How is Climate Change (Already) Affecting Immigration to the USA?

    #84: How is Climate Change (Already) Affecting Immigration to the USA?

    We’re back! 

    In Episode 84, Quinn & Brian ask: Is the USA responsible for climate refugees (and then turning them away)?

    Our guest is: Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration and human rights attorney and proud Mexican-American woman running for Congress in Texas’ 28th district to fight for working families. Early voting starts Feb. 18th in this district, so get on it Texan Shit Givers!

    Jessica’s opponent and the district’s incumbent is Henry Cuellar, “an anti-choice, anti-labor, pro-NRA Democrat who voted with Donald Trump and the Republicans almost 70% of the time last Congress,” according to Jessica’s campaign website. Rick Perry also appointed him to Texas Secretary of State, so that’s a big red flag. On top of all that, Cuellar is one of the top congressional recipients from the oil and gas industry and — surprise, surprise — he has voted for rolling back environmental regulations. Funny how that works.

    But here’s the thing: those choices don’t just affect voters in Texas’ 28th district. They affect generations of people in Texas, as well as people from other areas of the world who are already experiencing devastating effects from the climate crisis. But doing the work now to support and vote for people like Jessica will improve the lives of people around the world, for generations.

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    Links:


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JCisnerosTX
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcisnerostx_/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JCisnerosTX
    Website: http://www.jessicacisnerosforcongress.com/
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    Look at George W. Bush cradling Jessica’s opponent’s face: https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/capitol-hill-president-george-w-bushs-state-of-the-union-address-2006-picture-id95669298?s=2048x2048
    “Climate refugees can't be returned home, says landmark UN human rights ruling”: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/20/climate-refugees-cant-be-returned-home-says-landmark-un-human-rights-ruling


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    • 28 min
    SPECIAL PREVIEW: Issue #169: CRISPR’ing Cancer, BP Oil, & Democrats Campaigning on Soil

    SPECIAL PREVIEW: Issue #169: CRISPR’ing Cancer, BP Oil, & Democrats Campaigning on Soil

    This is a special preview of our new weekly audio newsletter. It's all the most vital science news you missed, with action steps you can take to fight back, delivered in five minutes and read by Brian. After this week, it's a premium-only product, so if you find it valuable, go to importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to subscribe!



    This week: the EU lost their meat pies to Boris but gained a hell of a lot of clean energy; energy emissions are flat worldwide but flat isn't enough; be damn glad you're not stuck on a cruise ship with the coronavirus; we CRISPR'd the first cancer patients; can we trust BP oil?; Democrats are campaigning on fixing our soil


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    • 6 min
    Introducing the Important, Not Important: Sh*t-Giver Edition!

    Introducing the Important, Not Important: Sh*t-Giver Edition!

    We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new premium podcast feed — The Shit-Giver Edition!

    Our main feed (this one) will always be free, and will always host the latest in our award-nominated "save the world" conversations, with ads read by us to help pay the bills. Our mission remains to reach the greatest audience and affect as much change as two guys and a rescue dog possibly can.

    But for those of you that don't want ads, or love Fun Talks, or just want to support our hard work -- you can now go premium!

    In exchange for supporting the show with $5 a month or $49 a year (a 17% discount!), you'll get: 


    Exclusive access to *ad-free* versions of the main "save the world" shows
    All of our *Fun Talk* episodes
    A *brand-new* audio version of our weekly newsletter. That’s all of the news you missed, read in the sultry voice of Brian Colbert Kennedy, delivered to your favorite podcasting app every Friday.

    Plus, you’ll get a *discount on merchandise* in our store!

    So head on over to http://importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to invest in the future of our work and help pay, most importantly, for Brian’s coffee.

    Thanks, as always, for all of your support.

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    Fun Talk: You Can’t Be Laying Next to Me, Cuddling, & Then Just Start Licking Your...

    Fun Talk: You Can’t Be Laying Next to Me, Cuddling, & Then Just Start Licking Your...

    This week's Fun Talk begins with a Quinn and Brian planning their next cannabis-fueled caper — think Cheech & Chong, but with more gentrification. It’s actually one of our most fun topics on Fun Talk, so you’re welcome. 

    Reminder: this is the last Fun Talk on our main feed. If you enjoy them, head on over to importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to subscribe to our new premium, Shit Giver feed!

    Also today: Brian shares how things are going at the new restaurant. You still can’t check out their menu online because they don’t have a website, but you can check out their Instagram: @methimatabar. We also touch on our Amazon-sponsored Orwellian future and how even doorbells are spying on you before kinda go off the rails after that, but hey, that’s kinda the point.

    FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Mondays.

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    Links:


    Amazon's Ring video surveillance doorbell, explained
    Brian’s restaurant: @methimatabar


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    #83: Knock Knock. Who’s There? Climate Change. Climate Change Who? Climate Change Pooped On Your Head. (A Conversation About Mangroves)

    #83: Knock Knock. Who’s There? Climate Change. Climate Change Who? Climate Change Pooped On Your Head. (A Conversation About Mangroves)

    In Episode 83, Quinn & Brian discuss: Blue carbon, the patriarchy, and how one of those two things has ruined the other (we’ll give you three guesses).

    Our guests are Dr. Sarah Myhre and Priya Shukla. Dr. Myhre is a leading voice in the fields of climate science, science communication, and public advocacy, as well as a Fellow with Project Drawdown and the Executive Director of the Rowan Institute. 

    Priya is a PhD Student (AKA an almost-doctor) at UC Davis studying how climate change affects shellfish aquaculture operations within the coastal ocean, as well as a board member at The Rowan Institute and a Forbes contributor writing about ocean science.

    Blue Carbon is not an upcoming sequel to the highly-underrated Deep Blue Sea or a spinoff of the Netflix show Altered Carbon. Rather, it’s our best chance of sucking carbon right out of the air, if the man doesn’t keep trying to keep it down. These two more or less cut us out of the conversation — as it should be when we’re talking to two people who actually know what they’re talking about — debating the merits of different solutions to healing our oceans and addressing the climate crisis. But(!) we do make a few jokes. So, you know, we’re doing our part too.

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    Trump’s Book Club:


    F*** You Very Much: The Surprising Truth about why People are So Rude by Danny Wallace & Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3

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    Sarahmyhre.com
    Sarah on Twitter: twitter.com/sarahemyhre
    Priyashukla.com
    Priya on Twitter: twitter.com/priyology
    Read Priya’s blog: www.forbes.com/sites/priyashukla/

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