8 episodes

Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania's new podcast that explores environmental humanities and all of its branches.

The Canopy from Penn Program in Environmental Humanities PPEH

    • Society & Culture

Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania's new podcast that explores environmental humanities and all of its branches.

    EJ Philly, Episode 3: Living on the Fenceline

    EJ Philly, Episode 3: Living on the Fenceline

    This episode of EJ Philly explores the legacy of the PES refinery, one of the oldest crude oil processing centers located on the East Coast of the United States. For this segment, we talk to community members and local advocates in Philadelphia. We hear their experiences of residing next to a refinery that has historically had broad impacts on the everyday lives and health of local community members, living on the fence line. We also hear about their hopes for a more just future in the aftermath of the refinery closure in 2019.



    Credits

    The conversations in the episode included Charles Reeves Jr. and Alex Imbot (Tasker Morris Neighborhood Association), Donna Henry (Southwest Community Development Corporation), Russell Zerbo (Clean Air Council), and Dr. Marilyn Howarth (University of Pennsylvania). The episode was researched, scripted, and recorded by Adwaita Banerjee, Jiji Kramer, and Sheil Desai. This episode was produced by Jasmine Erdener. Dr. Kristina Lyons and Dr. Marilyn Howarth provided editorial direction for the podcast series. Campbell Knobloch served as the managing editor.



    Music

    Ziv Moran – Like a feather 

    • 20 min
    EJ Philly, Episode 2: Gardening Under Precarity

    EJ Philly, Episode 2: Gardening Under Precarity

    This episode of EJ Philly features a conversation with members of the Novick Urban Farm and Southeast Asian community in Philadelphia. Farm Manager Clara Varadi-True, Assistant Erin Dorsey, and community farmers Naw Doh, Hser Ku, and Wah Paw walk us through the challenges of farming in cities, the struggle for land in Philadelphia, and the power of building community through food – all over a home-cooked Burmese meal.



    Credits

    These conversations with Clara Varadi-True, Erin Dorsey, Naw Doh, Hser Ku, Wah Paw, and Shwe Chit of Novick Urban Farm were facilitated and recorded by Carissa Claunch, Yamila Frej, and Lotus Kaufman. This episode was produced by Jasmine Erdener. Dr. Kristina Lyons and Dr. Marilyn Howarth provided editorial direction for the podcast series. Campbell Knobloch served as the managing editor.



    Music 

    Ziv Moran- Like a Feather 

    • 22 min
    EJ Philly, Episode 1: Feeling the Heat

    EJ Philly, Episode 1: Feeling the Heat

    This episode of EJ Philly focuses on how climate change and inequality affect the creation of heat islands in urban spaces. We hear from multiple perspectives – a physician researching heat’s effect on health, a program manager impacting policy in the city’s Office of Sustainability, and community leaders and activists confronting heat islands. Through these conversations, we hope listeners come away with an understanding of how the built environment impacts extreme heat, its inequitable impacts on different communities, and current approaches to cool down the city’s neighborhoods.



    Credits

    The conversations with Meeka Outlaw (Independence Mission Schools), Gabriella Paez (Nueva Esperanza Inc.), Sameed Khatana (University of Pennsylvania), and Korin Tangtrakul (Office of Sustainability) were facilitated and recorded by Karishma Lachhwani and Tom Statchen and were produced by Jasmine Erdener. Karishma Lachhwani and Tom Statchen wrote the script. Dr. Kristina Lyons and Dr. Marilyn Howarth provided editorial direction for the podcast series. Campbell Knobloch served as the managing editor.



    Music

    Ziv Moran – Like a Feather

    Sounds from Pixabay

    • 17 min
    Environmental Justice in Academia

    Environmental Justice in Academia

    In this episode, Penn undergraduate student and Environmental Humanities minor Yamila Frej interviews PPEH 2022-2023 Public Pedagogies Fellow Jane Robbins Mize. They discuss the importance of public engagement in environmental justice at universities, where scholarship has historically excluded our most vulnerable community members. Jane Robbins illuminates how academics—both students and scholars—can ensure that their work makes meaningful contributions to justice movements outside the university walls. They draw on examples of public engagement from the 2023 spring course “Remediating the Environment,” which Jane Robbins taught and Yamila took, as well as environmental justice activism on Penn's campus. Listen to get inspired and take action!



    Credits

    This interview with Jane Robbins Mize (University of Pennsylvania) was facilitated and recorded by Yamila Frej (University of Pennsylvania) and produced by Jasmine Erdener. 

    Be in touch!

    Comments and feedback welcome at director@ppehlab.org! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @ppehlab.

    • 12 min
    Landscapes and Infrastructures

    Landscapes and Infrastructures

    This episode of The Canopy features two conversations on two distinct topics. The first, with Dr. Dan Grimley, Head of Division for the Humanities at Oxford University, continues our series of conversations about environmental justice between students at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and partners in the International Doctoral Cluster for Environmental Humanities at Oxford and the University of Toronto. The second segment features our very own Rahul Mukherjee who talks about his book, Radiant Infrastructures: Media, Environment, and Culture, now out with Duke University Press. Here, Rahul considers how “cultures of uncertainty” permeate contemporary discussions of environmental and public health.

    Credits
    These conversations with Dan Grimley (Oxford University) and Rahul Mukherjee (University of Pennsylvania) were facilitated and recorded by Sylvie Josel and Angela Faranda, and were produced by Jasmine Erdener. Sylvie Josel wrote the script for the first segment and Bethany Wiggin and Angela Faranda for the second.

    Music
    Lianne La Havas - Paper Thin
    Lianne La Havas - Bittersweet
    Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers
    Curtis Harding - Explore
    Lianne La Havas - Green Gold

    Be in touch!
    Comments and feedback welcome at director@ppehlab.org! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @ppehlab.

    • 23 min
    Resisting Extraction

    Resisting Extraction

    Description
    This episode of The Canopy features four environmental humanists in two transatlantic conversations. They consider how the environmental humanities can make work for environmental justice and consider how university-based researchers might–and in some cases do–make work that resists extractive logics.

    Credits
    These conversations with Maria Blanco (Oxford University) and Rebecca Macklin (University of Edinburgh) were facilitated and recorded by Emma Fogel and Bethany Wiggin, and were produced by Jasmine Erdener. Emma Fogel wrote the script for the first segment and Bethany Wiggin the second.

    Music
    Beach House - New Romance
    CASTLEBEAT - Looking For Something
    MGMT - The Youth
    The xx - Crystalised
    Maribou State - 'Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)'

    Be in touch!
    Comments and feedback welcome at director@ppehlab.org! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @ppehlab.

    • 31 min

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