198 episodes

The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at the heart of the climate crisis. Hear from guests like Jane Goodall, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeffrey Sachs, David Wallace-Wells, Adam McKay, Bill Nye, Robert Bullard, Catherine Coleman Flowers, Ted Danson, Michael Mann, Rainn Wilson, Stephanie Kelton, Mark Hyman, and many more. Hosted by brothers Ty and Brock Benefiel.

The Climate Pod The Climate Pod

    • News
    • 4.7 • 209 Ratings

The Climate Pod is a wide-ranging conversation with leading experts on the politics, economics, activism, culture, science, and social justice issues at the heart of the climate crisis. Hear from guests like Jane Goodall, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeffrey Sachs, David Wallace-Wells, Adam McKay, Bill Nye, Robert Bullard, Catherine Coleman Flowers, Ted Danson, Michael Mann, Rainn Wilson, Stephanie Kelton, Mark Hyman, and many more. Hosted by brothers Ty and Brock Benefiel.

    How To Build Climate Political Power After The Inflation Reduction Act (w/ Nathaniel Stinnett and Lori Lodes)

    How To Build Climate Political Power After The Inflation Reduction Act (w/ Nathaniel Stinnett and Lori Lodes)

    The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act. The 2022 midterm elections are less than 90 days away. With historic investments in climate action almost signed into law and historic stakes for the upcoming elections, what should the climate movement do now? We asked two political experts on this week's show. 
    First, Nathaniel Stinnett, Executive Director of Environmental Voter Project, joins us to discuss new polling data in battleground states and what it means for climate-concerned voters. He also discusses why the climate movement is lacking in political power now and what we can do about it.
    Then, Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power, joins the show to discuss what the Inflation Reduction Act means to the climate movement in America, what we can learn from the passage of the Affordable Care Act, how climate politics are changing, and what is critical to accomplish more bold legislation now.  
    Volunteer with the Environmental Voter Project here
    Volunteer with Climate Power here
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Existential Physics (w/ Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder)

    Existential Physics (w/ Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder)

    This week, Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist, a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, and the author of the new book “Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions”, joins us to discuss how understanding science can help us better understand the meaning of our own existence. We also talk about whether everything is actually happening all at once, if humans can create new universes, and whether or not human behavior is truly predictable.
    Check out Dr. Hossenfelder's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SabineHossenfelder
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!

    • 36 min
    Sen. Tina Smith On The Inflation Reduction Act

    Sen. Tina Smith On The Inflation Reduction Act

    It's been a crazy week. Less than two weeks after Sen. Joe Manchin appeared to put an end to all hope of new federal climate spending, everything changed on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin announced an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act, which, if passed, will include $369 billion for climate and energy proposals - the biggest climate bill in US history.
    Sen. Tina Smith has been at the center of the fight for a massive federal climate bill since negotiations started. Last year, she joined us on The Climate Pod to discuss the need for a Clean Electricity Standard and explain how the Build Back Better framework could transform the American economy and global emissions. She's back on the show to react to this week's news on the Inflation Reduction Act, discuss what happens next in the Senate, and what the Democrats plan to do to fight for more climate legislation if the bill passes. 
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!
     

    • 36 min
    Paul Krugman on Inflation, Climate Spending, and the Future of the Economy

    Paul Krugman on Inflation, Climate Spending, and the Future of the Economy

    Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize in Economics recipient and Distinguished Professor of Economics at City University of New York, joins the show to talk about what's driving the world's rising inflation rates, how investments in climate solutions would impact inflation and the economy, and the prospects of Congress passing a climate spending bill. Dr. Krugman also provides his thoughts on the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates, whether or not the US is in a recession, and what all of this means for climate investments.
    Plus, co-hosts Ty and Brock Benefiel discuss the importance of environmental and climate advocates building political power and the urgency to elect policymakers who will support climate solutions.
    Further Reading:
    Paul Krugman "I Was Wrong About Inflation"
    Paul Krugman "Climate Politics Are Worse Than You Think"
    Nathaniel Stinnett "Climate Movement Must Stop Hoping for Political Heroes"
     
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!
     

    • 45 min
    Manchin Ruins Everything (w/ Robinson Meyer)

    Manchin Ruins Everything (w/ Robinson Meyer)

    Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin may have ended the possibility of new federal spending on climate provisions. Or at least it seems that way. What we know is that for the last year and half, people all over the world have waited and watched to see what Manchin would accept to push the United States toward meeting it's commitments in the Paris Agreement. And now, that answer may be nothing. In his recent piece, Joe Manchin’s Fickleness Is a Needless Catastrophe, The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer unpacks the saga and why this time feels different. He joins the show to discuss his piece as well as explain the very real implications for the Senate's massive failure and what could happen next. 
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!
     

    • 30 min
    Deconstructing The Real Causes Of Climate Change (w/ Prof. Aviva Chomsky)

    Deconstructing The Real Causes Of Climate Change (w/ Prof. Aviva Chomsky)

    Solving the climate crisis is about more than just swapping out fossil fuels with renewables. Though renewable energy is required for a sustainable planet, understanding the political, social, and economic structures that have allowed for fossil fuels to be burned long after global warming reached dangerous levels is essential for attacking the root causes of the crisis. Professor Aviva Chomsky addresses these issues in her new book Is Science Enough? Forty Critical Questions About Climate Justice. In this conversation, Professor Chomsky explains why social, racial, and economic justice is just as crucial as science in determining how humans can reverse climate catastrophe. We also discuss the Green New Deal, the Degrowth movement, tension between unions and the environmental movement, and why climate change is a democracy problem. 
    Read Is Science Enough?
    Subscribe to our Substack newsletter "The Climate Weekly": https://theclimateweekly.substack.com/
    As always, follow us @climatepod on Twitter and email us at theclimatepod@gmail.com. Our music is "Gotta Get Up" by The Passion Hifi, check out his music at thepassionhifi.com. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! Subscribe to our new YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group. Check out our updated website!
     

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Megrettle ,

Thank you for making this podcast!

Definitely a must-listen for anyone that cares about the future (so basically everyone, hopefully). Ty and Broc are upbeat despite talking about challenging topics and do a great job of interviewing big-name experts so that anyone can understand. Thanks for doing what you do!

oliviabaker13 ,

Insightful and inspiring!

Brock and Ty are such a dynamic hosting duo - doing the important work of amplifying important environmental and sustainability conversations. After each episode you’ll feel inspired and empowered by these incredible interviews. Highly recommend tuning in!

Stop_taking_all_thenicknames ,

Climate change with a social justice twist

I love that each episode addresses how climate change will affect all members of our society, including those who are disenfranchised. I feel like other podcasts just gloss over these issues. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak up for those who are often ignored in climate change talks.

Top Podcasts In News

The New York Times
NPR
The Daily Wire
Cumulus Podcast Network | Dan Bongino
New York Times Opinion
Serial Productions

You Might Also Like

Climate One from The Commonwealth Club
BBC World Service
TED
Critical Frequency
Global Optimism
Wood Mackenzie