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The Power Hungry podcast spotlights energy, power, innovation, and politics. Author and journalist Robert Bryce talks with top thinkers, writers, and influencers — as well as regular citizens.

The Power Hungry Podcast Robert Bryce

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The Power Hungry podcast spotlights energy, power, innovation, and politics. Author and journalist Robert Bryce talks with top thinkers, writers, and influencers — as well as regular citizens.

    Joel Kotkin: The Coming of NeoFeudalism

    Joel Kotkin: The Coming of NeoFeudalism

    If you believe that the term “oligarchs” only applies to Russian billionaires, author and demographer Joel Kotkin has some news for you. In this episode, Robert Bryce talks to Joel about his latest book, The Coming of NeoFeudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, as well as a wide variety of topics, including the rise of the technocratic elite, the importance of homeownership, suburbs in the time of Covid-19, California’s regressive energy policies, and what he calls “the betrayal of the middle and working class” by policymakers.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Avik Roy: Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

    Avik Roy: Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

    Whether the issue is climate, energy, or the response to Covid-19, the use of the word “science” has become -- in the words of Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity -- a “cloak of virtue.” In this episode, Robert Bryce talks to Avik about the need to view scientific evidence dispassionately, the limits of models, the American health care system, why his mother is a Democrat, and why, even in the midst of the pandemic, he is hopeful about our future.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jessica Lovering: Good Energy Collective

    Jessica Lovering: Good Energy Collective

    Small modular reactors have the potential to transform the nuclear-energy sector and expand the amount of carbon-free electricity available to consumers. In this episode, Robert Bryce talks with Jessica Lovering -- the co-founder of the Good Energy Collective, a new organization working on progressive nuclear policy -- about the challenges facing the nuclear sector, why she is working to engage young climate activists, the advantages of SMRs, and why they have the potential to be, as she put it, the “iPhone of nuclear reactors.”

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Roger Pielke, Jr.: The Rightful Place of Science

    Roger Pielke, Jr.: The Rightful Place of Science

    Roger Pielke Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado, is an expert on climate change, sports governance, and what he calls the “messy interface” between science and government. In this episode, we discuss his eighth and most-recent book -- The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change -- as well as governance failures in sports and politics, cancel culture, the slow pace of energy transitions, and the possibility that college sports will be canceled this fall.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Joyashree Roy: IPCC Author

    Joyashree Roy: IPCC Author

    In the fourth edition of the Power Hungry Podcast, Robert Bryce talks with economist Joyashree Roy, who was among the members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who, in 2007, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Joyashree and Robert discuss her upbringing in eastern India, why developing countries like India will continue burning coal to produce electricity, and how the pandemic has underscored the need to provide more electricity to people in the developing world.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works

    Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works

    In the third edition of the Power Hungry podcast, Robert Bryce talks with author Matt Ridley about his new book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. They discuss why innovation is needed to find a vaccine for the coronavirus, why China faces a difficult future, birdwatching, and Brexit.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Tyson Culver ,

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Bryce has an innate ability to connect with interviewees in a way that makes audiences feel as if they're the ones who are interviewing the guests - it's authentic without being hokey. On top of that, he's one of the top energy experts in the world, so when the subject inevitably dips into areas involving power, he's able to connect the dots for listeners without talking over their heads. A refreshing podcast that includes both accessible science and current events. Love it.

Athvalley ,

Unpacking the nuance with clarity

Robert Bryce's ability to write clearly and intelligently about complex energy issues has been proven over and over most recently with “A Question of Power,” numerous other books and his many published articles. Thus I was pretty intrigued to see if he could apply his power of written articulation to a conversation with Michael Shellenberger, who seems determined to brand his unique environmental views with blasts of shock and awe, designed to offend. I am pleased to say that Bryce comes through and provides the perfect foil for Shellenberger to enable him to clearly articulate and unpack his deftly nuanced views which can sound heretical and acerbic, especially when taken out of context. Bryce was able to apply his light-shedding probe to starkly reveal the underlying humanistic concerns that force Shellenberger, to his credit, to assess the effectiveness of our environmental choices at a level of social, racial and economic class awareness and honesty that is utterly missed by mainstream environmentalists.

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