The climate crisis is a marathon, and every good marathon needs people on the sidelines cheering, handing out water, and getting a little day drunk. The goal of Sweatpants: A Low-Key Climate Podcast is to be the loudest, day-drunkest, people in the climate game. Every episode, comedian and climate science & policy expert Rollie Williams (Climate Town, Columbia University) talks to climate scientists, journalists, and activists as well as comics, artists, and etceteras about climate change and more. Sometimes they'll get into hard numbers, but it's mostly a candid, human conversation between human people. Climate change is an emergency, but it's not a sprint. If you need a break from the charts and climate projections and want to hear low-key conversation about climate, Sweatpants is the podcast for you.
Dads are hard to impress with Adam Met
To round out this season of Sweatpants we’ve got the incredibly talented Adam Met from the band AJR on the program. After Rollie peppers Adam with questions about what it was like to play the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, they get into unimpressible fathers, climate policy, being careful in public, and getting called Doctor. Oh yeah, did I mention that? Adam literally just successfully defended his dissertation and is now Dr. Adam. All this and more in on the season finalé of Sweatpants.
A Trip to COP26 with Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro
This episode of Sweatpants features such a rock solid guest that it came dangerously close to becoming too high-key. Luckily for us, Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro was able to thread the needle and save the episode. Join us as we talk about COP26, why greenwashing is maybe okay sometimes, and real estate in Barcelona.
Forcing Climate Comedy into Existence (with Sasha Stewart)
A low-key climate podcast could never be complete without having Sasha Stewart as a guest. Sasha has worked on everything from The Colbert Report to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to Amend: The Fight For America, and if an episode ever had a segment about climate change, she probably had a hand in it.
Sasha and Rollie get into environmental stereotypes in fiction, why so many writers don't seem to create a lot of climate comedy, and what a buddy comedy starring two people with the last name of 'Hall' might be called. It's low key? It's about climate? That's both boxes checked. Enjoy.
Your Brain on Climate Change (with Dr. Shannon Odell)
Never has a guest on Sweatpants understood the concept of a low-key climate podcast faster than Dr. Shannon Odell (Drunk Science, Fun City, Your Brain On Blank). Despite having a PhD in Neuroscience, Shannon is also a working comedian in New York City, and you better believe they get into it on the podcast. Shannon and Rollie try to get into brains of climate deniers as well as people suffering from climate grief, but they do it in a really low-key way so they don't violate the sacred tenet of the podcast.
Please don't kidnap my mother (with Dr. Geoffrey Supran)
Put your kids on silent and throw your friends in a volcano because you don't want to miss a second of this episode featuring Dr. Geoffrey Supran (Harvard, MIT, Climate Social Science Network). Actually, you know what, I think I came in a little too hot with that intro. And a lot of you don't even have kids or access to a volcano. You know what, I'll just say Dr. Supran is one of the most interesting people I've ever met and he pivoted from being a top tier physicist to becoming a climate activist after a stunning series of revelations. Intrigued much? Oh yeah you are. Give it a listen. Or don't! I'm not your parents.
Link to the paper we're talking about in the episode: https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00233-5
Link to another paper: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/20/big-oil-congress-climate-change
If something I do fails, I want it to be my fault (with Emily Atkin)
If you're looking for a relaxing trip to podcast city, you've come to the right place. Today's guest is the creator and writer of the Heated Newsletter, Emily Atkin, and she's got some insane stories to tell. Honestly, there are some pretty high key moments, so if you're allergic to excitement, get lost. Emily and Rollie talk about the ill-fated climate debate, Emily's life as a reporter, and there may even be a secret post-credits scene if you stick around long enough.
Funny and awesome
A great antidote to hanging out with your infuriatingly anti-science family! Comedy and science and hangs; oh my!