Ep. #90 – Low Carbon Leisure & Pleasure (Live at Nerd Nite Austin!)

Posted on Sep 14, 2017
Ep. #90 – Low Carbon Leisure & Pleasure (Live at Nerd Nite Austin!)

Please enjoy our first ever live Cultures of Energy show in which Cymene, Dominic and Penn sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen (of Hot & Bothered podcast fame, https://www.dissentmagazine.org/tag/hot-bothered) talk to Nerd Nite Austin about how to expand our emotional range when dealing with the Anthropocene, the limits of environmental austerity messaging for changing high carbon behavior […]

Ep. #89 – Naveeda Khan

Posted on Sep 7, 2017
Ep. #89 – Naveeda Khan

Dominic and Cymene plug low carbon leisure and pleasure and consider the world of competitive dishwashing. Then (8:49) we welcome to the podcast the amazing Naveeda Khan from Johns Hopkins. We compare the experiences and media coverage of recent flooding in Houston and South Asia, noting especially how terms like “shelter” and “refugee” are deployed […]

Ep. #88 – Harvey’s Aftermath (feat. Jim Blackburn)

Posted on Aug 31, 2017
Ep. #88 – Harvey’s Aftermath (feat. Jim Blackburn)

The sun is finally shining again over Houston but the process of coming to terms with Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic impact on the city and region has only just begun. Cymene and Dominic share their thoughts about how the storm will affect Houston’s future. Then (24:29) we are joined by our Rice colleague, celebrated environmental attorney […]

Ep. #87 – Hurricane Harvey (feat. Timothy Morton)

Posted on Aug 27, 2017
Ep. #87 – Hurricane Harvey (feat. Timothy Morton)

On today’s emergency shelter in place edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast we speak to Timothy Morton to help process the Hurricane Harvey landfall and catastrophic flooding that Houston and SE Texas is experiencing right now. We muse on hyperobjects, human-nonhuman solidarities, hurricanes vs tornados, the optimal Harvey soundtrack, Charlottesville, samsara, denial, neoliberalism, storm […]

Ep. #86 – Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Posted on Aug 24, 2017
Ep. #86 – Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Texas coast, which prompts some moments of reflection from your co-hosts. Then (13:02) we welcome dear friend of the pod, Kaushik Sunder Rajan from the University of Chicago, to the conversation to talk about his fascinating new book, Pharmocracy (Duke UP, 2017), which explores the global hegemony of […]

Ep. #85 – Jason W. Moore

Posted on Aug 17, 2017
Ep. #85 – Jason W. Moore

Cymene and Dominic talk capital and Vanilla Isis and then (11:21) we welcome to the podcast the one and only Jason W. Moore from Binghamton University, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015) and Anthropocene or Capitalocene? (PM Press, 2016). We chat with Jason about his most recent work, co-authored with Raj […]

Ep. #84 – Ashley Carse

Posted on Aug 10, 2017
Ep. #84 – Ashley Carse

It’s all about the Panama Canal on this episode of the Cultures of Energy podcast! Dominic and Cymene sing Van Halen and share tales of self-sabotaging students and then (13:58) the phenomenal Ashley Carse joins us to talk about the Panama Canal research that culminated in his book, Beyond the Big Ditch (MIT Press, 2014). […]

Ep. #83 – Jennifer Lieberman

Posted on Aug 3, 2017
Ep. #83 – Jennifer Lieberman

Dominic and Cymene go into the vault to talk steam tunnels, heat wells, bland college town food and Enrico Fermi’s ghost. Then (10:41) we are fortunate to be joined by Jennifer Lieberman from the University of North Florida who introduces her terrific new book, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882-1952 (MIT Press, […]

Ep. #82 – The Climate Media Net

Posted on Jul 27, 2017
Ep. #82 – The Climate Media Net

This week on the Cultures of Energy podcast we do a deep dive into a fascinating project, The Climate Media Net (https://theclimatemedia.net), which seeks to make climate change a part of television comedy and drama in the UK. First, Cymene and Dominic brainstorm their own climate TV ideas. Then (18:45) we’re joined by one of […]

Ep. #81 – Snowpiercer with Ragnar Hansson

Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Ep. #81 – Snowpiercer with Ragnar Hansson

Summer’s a good time to just relax and have a little fun, no? This week we’re introducing a new occasional feature on the Cultures of Energy podcast, a lively discussion of a work of climate fiction. After debating what to call the feature (Ecoflix, Drowned Worlds, Soylent Rainbow, even Unicorn Time—whaaaat?—) we transport you (14:29) […]