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In This Climate

We’re a podcast from Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and The Media School. We’re here to bring you the scientists working toward solutions, the legislation to watch and the ways you can remain resilient.


Barbara Buffaloe, Mayor of Columbia MO
Gabe talks with Barbara Buffaloe, mayor of Columbia, MO, about climate challenges and success in her community.
30:01 2/21/24
Are coated agricultural seeds killing insects? A conversation with author Elizabeth Hillborn
Elizabeth Hillborn's book " Restoring Eden" chronicles her search to discover what was poisoning her wetland.
28:06 12/11/23
What is happening to coal culture in the Midwest?
An interview with Siri Chilukuri and John McCracken about thir Grist article.
35:21 11/1/23
Is coal making Indiana's electricity more expensive? State Affairs' Ryan Martin
A discussion with journalist Ryan Martin (State Affairs) about the impact of coal on energy pricing in indiana.
16:58 9/28/23
Michael Mann: Hope, disinformation, Carl Sagan, and climate communication
For Climate Week, Gabe interviews climate scientist and communicator Michael Mann about his current activities as a climate communicator.
28:15 9/21/23
What to do when your child's lead levels are high? Journalist Lauren Silverman
Gabe talks with journalist Lauen Silverman about her experiences after learning that her child had elevated lead levels.
34:20 9/13/23
Can we do better at preventing environmentally caused cancer? Interview with Kristina Marusic
Kristina Marusic's book "A New War on Cancer" tells stories of those who are working to reduce exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in the enviroment.
31:04 8/25/23
Heidi Roop, “The Climate Action Handbook”
Gabe talks with Heidi Roop (Univ. Minn) on her new book “The Climate Action Handbook.” 
37:13 5/27/23
The Anthropocene, Explained: Jason Kelly, Professor of History and Director of the Indiana Arts and Humanities Institute
The Anthropocene, a period in which environments are fundamentally changed by humans. Jason Kelly, Professor of History (IUPUI) and Director of the Indiana Arts and Humanities Institute explains.
38:51 4/7/23
Vetocracy: Francis Fukuyama discusses ways to improve our ability to make decisions about climate
Many projects and policies that could help with climate change stumble on too many decision points, places where ideas can be shot down. Francis Fukuyama discusses his idea of "vetocracy" in relation to climate.
30:41 3/31/23
Can insects be food? Gabe interviews Christine Picard (IUPUI) about insects as food and feed.
Insects can provide protein, and increased use of them as feed and food may have beneficial climate effects. Gabe Filippelli interviews IUPUI's Christine Picard about her research.
40:51 3/22/23
Nimble environmental solutions: Interview with Todd Myers, author of Time to Think Small
Are top-down solutions the best way to achieve environmental improvements? Author Todd Myers discusses ways to incentivize change at the individual level.
35:26 3/14/23
Is spring early? We have the scientific (phenological) answer.
 A discussion with Erin Posthumus from the National Phenology Network. They track the seasons through "phenology," the study of cycles and seasons in nature. She tells us if "spring" is really early, and by how much.
28:15 3/6/23
Conversations with birds: Author Priyanka Kumar
Emily Miles converses with noted author Priyanka Kumar.
45:06 2/26/23
Opposition to Buffalo Springs restoration: Conversation with Andy Mahler
As the Forest Service's plan for forest restoration in the Buffalo Springs moves ahead, some citizens are opposed. A conversation with Andy Mahler.
28:31 2/10/23
Hoosier National Forest: Buffalo Springs Update
An update about the Buffalo Springs Forest Restoration project in Southern Indiana, with US Forest Service reps Chris Thornton, Marion Mason, and Todd Ontl.
30:59 1/24/23
Is Indiana lagging in the energy transition? A conversation with David Konisky.
A discussion with David Konisky (O'Neill School, IU) about how the energy transition is proceeding in Indiana.
34:09 1/11/23
Rural energy: Cooperatives and public-owned utilities, with author Michelle Moore (Rural Renaissance, Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power. Island Press).
A discussion of cooperatives and public-owned utilities as a way to provide rural energy, with author Michelle Moore (Rural Renaissance, Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power. Island Press).
32:01 1/2/23
Resilience in Indianapolis
Jim talks to Gabe about environmental resilience issues in Indiana, mainly Indianapolis. Urban heat, green insfrastructure, the White River.
37:33 12/15/22
Hoosier history and environmental attitudes
Does the history of Indiana shape how Hoosiers relate to the environment today? Conversation with Eric Sandweiss, Professor of History at IU Bloomington
36:05 12/7/22
Biodiversity and species movement in the Midwest: Conversation with Ellen Ketterson
Ellen Ketterson is the founder of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. She discusses her chapter in the new book Climate Change and Resilience in Indiana and Beyond.
35:48 12/1/22
158: Climate modeling at the regional level
We talk with Ben Kravitz about downscaled climate models, especially those that are focused on the Midwest and Indiana.
30:27 11/17/22
“Wacky weather and climate chaos—making sense of the role of climate change in fueling weather disasters”
Gabe talks about strange weather and climate chaos. What can we do; what is being done?
28:01 10/11/22
Diversifying Power with Jennie Stephens
To open our fourth season, we chat with Northeastern University professor of sustainability science and policy Jennie Stephens about climate movement leadership and how it needs to shift if we want to see transformative change.
30:47 9/19/22
Remix: environmental education
We're just getting into the fall semester here at IU, so what better time to share an episode that examines methods of environmental education. We revisit conversations about infusing contemplative practice into college sutainability courses, about teaching and learning science with high schoolers, about the potential for music to teach lessons about empathy and sustainability and the potential for visual art to bring ecological data to life. Featured episodes: Supporting the change agent: Educating (virtually) for Environmental Change:  Empathy through environmental music:  Engaging with climate through art:     
44:57 9/13/22
Remix: heat
When we think of this summer's deadly heatwaves and each rollout of temperature projections, it's hard to argue that there's anything more obviously horrifying. So we wanted to go back through some heat-centric conversations from our archive. They're not not sad, but they all circle around the whys and hows of getting here and being here and going forth. We'll hear about migration histories, participatory design, Indigenous knowledge, and how heat interacts with carceral structures, like prisons. A future for Las Vegas, part 1: Building resilience through parks, part 1:  The fire season is far from over, part 1: Prison Ecology: the law and beyond: 
47:19 8/17/22
America's Energy Gamble with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
"We do have the technology," Shanti tells Jim in this interview. "What we need to do now is to put in place the policy to enable reaching these goals." Shanti Gamper-Rabindran is the author of America’s Energy Gamble: People Economy and Planet and works at University of Pittsburgh to analyze the economic, legal, and political barriers and opportunities for the energy transition to renewable energy and for economic diversification of fossil fuel-reliant communities in the United States and globally.
30:46 7/27/22
Fire's Catching: an iteration of Appalachian love for community and earth
The people who form Appalachians Against Piplelines have been resisting the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other extractive, environmentally dangerous projects since 2018, continuing the long tradition of care for the earth and all beings among the mountains. In this sound-rich audio documentary about AAP's work, Appalachian-grown filmmaker Laura Saunders brings together the stories of folks who have dedicated years of labor, risked arrest, and continue to fight for the wellbeing of their communities. The ITC team is deeply grateful to all of the storytellers who shared their time, energy, and selves in this episode. See links at the bottom of the show notes to learn more about them. Thanks also goes to IU's Environmental Resilience Institute for offering High Impact grant funding to pay storytellers like the ones you hear in this episode — those working on the ground toward environmental justice. While our High Impact funding has now come to an end, we at ITC are always happy to collaborate in telling generative environmental justice stories that feel true and useful to the people living them. If you're interested in working together, email AAP Twitter:  AAP Facebook:  AAP Instagram: Laura Saunders: 
39:34 7/6/22
Remix: sustainable food systems
Over the past three years (150 episodes!) of In this Climate, some themes and lessons have emerged. One of those is the necessity of more sustainable food systems. So, this episode, we're pulling interviews from different moments and tying them together for a multidimensional look at how we grow and distribute and consume. We'll hear about Californian water use, local nutrient cycling, unfair coffee trade, and Panamanian campesino land defenders. Camille Pannu: Jason Bradford: Jessica Eise: Marvin Wilcox:  
40:41 6/21/22
How to Community Garden: Faith Farms
Wrapping up our tour of community gardens, Curtis Whittaker tells us the story of Faith Farms in the Emerson neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. Over the past nine years, a team from Progressive Community Church has turned a small patch of land into an expansive collection of year-round growing spaces that produce thousands of pounds of produce for a food-insecure community. They've also organized a Junior Master Gardner program and CSA box subscription. IER story: Faith Farms Facebook:
29:19 6/15/22

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