The Power Hungry podcast spotlights energy, power, innovation, and politics. Author and journalist Robert Bryce talks with top thinkers, writers, and influencers.
Art Berman: Petroleum Geologist and Director, Labyrinth Consulting Services
Art Berman is a petroleum geologist and one of America's top energy analysts. In this episode, Art talks about why supply drives oil prices, why no country or company can be “energy dominant,” how physics explains our dependence on oil, the U.S. as a superpower in refined oil products, Iran as the “ascendant power” in the Middle East, and how LNG exports are contributing to the surge in domestic natural gas prices.
Mark McKinnon: Creator and Co-Host of The Circus on Showtime
Mark McKinnon is a former political strategist and the creator and co-host of The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth on Showtime. In this episode, McKinnon explains why he is worried about the state of American democracy, gerrymandering, partisanship, the politicians he believes could lead a reform movement, and why despite his many concerns, he remains “a prisoner of hope.”
Franklin “Chuck” Spinney: Author of "The Defense Death Spiral”
Franklin “Chuck” Spinney, is a retired military strategist and author of the 1998 report “The Defense Death Spiral,” who served in the U.S. Air Force before becoming a high-profile critic of the Defense Department’s weapons acquisition process and overall strategy. In this episode, Chuck explains why it is “ridiculous” to blame the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan on President Biden, how the war on terror has been used to justify ever-larger defense budgets, his recollections of the military strategists Pierre Sprey and John Boyd, and how the ongoing growth of the “military-industrial-Congressional-complex” is undermining American democracy.
Antoine Saab: Founder and CEO of E24 Solutions.
Antoine Saab is the founder and CEO of E24 Solutions, a company that provides solar and battery installations to homes and businesses in several countries. In this episode, Robert talks to Saab, who appeared in Juice: How Electricity Explains the World, about the “total collapse” of the Lebanese economy, why E24 uses lead-acid batteries instead of lithium-ion, Chinese-made solar panels, and why, as he said in Juice, “microgrids are the future.”
Pamela Ronald: Professor in the Genome Center and Department of Plant Pathology at University of California, Davis
Pamela Ronald is one of the world’s leading scientists on plant genetics, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis, and the co-author (with her husband, Raoul Adamchuk) of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. In this episode, she and Robert talk about the evolution of pathogens, why nearly everything we eat has been genetically modified, her work on developing flood-resistant strains of rice, CRISPR, and why geneticist Barbara McClintock, the winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is one of her personal heroes.
Roger Pielke Jr.: Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado
Roger Pielke Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado, comes back on the podcast for a second time. In this episode, he talks about the “catastrophe bias” in the latest IPCC report, the media coverage of the report, the need for more “robust science advice” in policymaking, why America’s reaction to Covid-19 was the “biggest policy failure” in modern U.S. history, the Olympics, the suspension of sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, and the “intersection of expertise and democracy.”
The episode with Robert Hargreaves is excellent and so informative! I wish him great success with his current work!
A nice broad look into our energy landscape
Robert interviews a wide range of guests. He has a pragmatic rational approach to our energy future and seems to be searching for smart people across the political spectrum. A great listen!
Bryce does a great job of explaining the world power markets. His research and open discussions leave nothing out. He looks as power as an end result and the impacts of how we generate. Each week a new guest gives me insight into the world of power.