Episodes

June 11, 2021

Issue #234: Tripping Over Our Bootstraps, Cover My Crops, AI is as Ba…

This week: “Do not come”; The pandemic is not over for everyone; We can do better, can’t we? Cover crops; Language barriers in AI…

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June 7, 2021

115: Fossil Fuel Propaganda

In Episode 115 , Quinn & Brian discuss: How to stop fossil fuel advertising. Our guests are JaRel Clay and Jamie Henn. JaRel Clay…

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June 4, 2021

Issue #233: Big Renewable Energy, AI Isn’t All That (Yet), Hot Vax Su…

This week: bigger doesn’t mean better; COVAX has got next, finally; a brand new day… and vaccine; AI and medicine – so close, and…

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May 31, 2021

114. Carbon Offsets: Not A Get Out of Jail Free Card, TBH

In Episode 114 , Quinn asks: What are carbon offsets, and do they even work? Our returning guest is Akshat Rathi , a reporter at …

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May 28, 2021

Issue #232: These Shrooms Aren’t Fungi, Climate Change Is Costly, Kee…

This week: a brutal day for oil; fungi on the move (not great); wastewater: so hot right now; paying for climate protection; vacc…

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May 26, 2021

Do Better Better #18: Back to the Future

Synopsis: We can time travel to the past to understand how we got to where we are today. But the past doesn’t dictate the future …

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May 24, 2021

113: Lessons from Plants

In Episode 113 , Quinn asks: What can we learn from plants? The answer, it turns out, is: A whole heck of a lot. Our guest is the…

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May 21, 2021

Issue #231: Electric Truck Boogaloo, Get Your Colon Checked, What’s Y…

This week: An electric truck for the masses; India’s vaccine production stays home; Better cancer screening; Beef emissions. Find…

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May 19, 2021

112. The Next Pandemic

Oh, when we were young and so naive. In Episode #9 (!), Quinn and Brian got to know Dr. Nahid Bhadelia , an infectious diseases p…

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May 10, 2021

111: When Your Government Runs on Windows 95

In Episode 111 , Quinn & Brian discuss the past, present, and future of government IT infrastructure. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??? …

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May 7, 2021

Issue #229: Fossil Fuel Funding, MDMA Magic, Leaky Legislation

This week: fossil fuel financing under the microscope, India’s COVID summer, MDMA to the rescue, how to fix our water pipes. Psyc…

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May 3, 2021

110. The End of the Universe

In Episode 110 , Quinn’s talking about the end of the universe. His guest is Sarafina Nance , Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley, astrop…

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April 30, 2021

Issue #228: Carbon Offset Upset, the COVID Baby Bust, Man vs. Mosquito

This week: AI is going backwards; carbon offsets are a mirage; falling birthrates and COVID; the end of malaria?; Jordan’s out of…

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April 26, 2021

109. Introducing “What Can I Do?”

In Episode 109 , Quinn & Brian try to help answer the eternal question: What can I do? Our guest is Frank Buncom IV , Head of Pro…

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April 23, 2021

Issue #227: Building a Better Battery, It’s Covid Crunch Time, I Was …

This week: Batteries 101; too many vaccines, not enough takers; new antibiotics, but are they the right ones?; water disputes gro…

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April 19, 2021

108. Data for Progress

In Episode 108 , Quinn & Brian discuss: Data for progress. Our guest is Julian Brave NoiseCat , the Vice President of Policy & St…

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April 16, 2021

Issue #226: Show Me Receipts, I Like Those Odds, The Next Frontier in…

This week: Biden’s climate disclosures; Johnson & Johnson on pause; Odds of being infected post-vaccination; Biotech’s next decad…

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April 12, 2021

107. Start a Sustainable Fashion Revolution

In Episode 107 , Quinn & Brian discuss: How to buy clothing that lasts while not polluting the oceans or exploiting low-income wo…

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April 9, 2021

Issue #225: The Cost of Climate Change, Skeptical Evangelists, Algori…

This week: Climate finance remains unregulated; God vs Vaccines; AI antibiotics are coming; New data on food waste since the 1960…

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April 7, 2021

Do Better Better #17: Start Over

Synopsis: Starting over sucks. But, like in Contra, maybe starting over is just the thing that’ll save the world. Do Better Bette…

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April 5, 2021

#106: Black Moms Matter

In Episode 106 , Quinn & Brian ask: Why is it so dangerous to have Black babies in America? Our guest is Congresswoman Lauren Und…

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April 2, 2021

Issue #224: Biden Steps Up, The Take-Home Test You Hope to Fail, Why …

This week: Biden’s plan, explained; financial climate risk, uncovered; at-home COVID tests, approved; pesticide poisonings, revea…

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March 29, 2021

Best of the Best: “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where T…

Hi. Hello. Americans are leaving their living rooms again, which means we’re shooting people again, too. As such, we’re re-runnin…

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March 26, 2021

Issue #223: Summer’s About to Get a Whole Lot Longer

This week: The Western drought grows; China’s vaccine exports; menthol cigarettes on the run; bacon and Alzheimer’s; croissants a…

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