The Cultures of Energy Podcast: A Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016
The Cultures of Energy Podcast: A Year in Review

On December 23, 2015, Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe launched the inaugural Cultures of Energy podcast with science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi as their first guest. Since then, the podcast has run 47 additional episodes featuring a diverse range of activists, historians, scientists, anthropologists, politicians, and artists as guests. Cymene and Dominic have […]

Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016
Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

All this Russia hacking talk has Cymene and Dominic thinking about Boris, Natasha, Rocky & Bullwinkle. To set matters straight (12:02) Yale anthropologist Doug Rogers joins us to talk about the intersections of energy, power and culture in Russia. We cover the Russian hacking story and what the American news media gets right and wrong […]

Ep. #47 – Naomi Oreskes

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016
Ep. #47 – Naomi Oreskes

Cymene and Dominic talk fake news and our alleged ‘post-truth’ condition and then (19:13) we are fortunate enough to welcome to the podcast distinguished Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes who—together with her collaborator Erik Conway—has been drawing attention to disinformation campaigns for decades. We talk about their legendary book Merchants of Doubt (http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org) and […]

Ep. #46 – Paige West & J.C. Salyer

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016
Ep. #46 – Paige West & J.C. Salyer

Dominic and Cymene talk Trumpism vs. Reaganism and whether we are somehow cycling back to the “culture wars” on race, gender and sexuality from the 1980s. We drop a (conspiracy?) theory about climate denial and then (16:15) share our recent conversation with J.C. Salyer and Paige West about their work in Papua New Guinea (PNG). […]

Standing Rock 2 (feat. Nick Estes & Kristen Simmons)

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016
Standing Rock 2 (feat. Nick Estes & Kristen Simmons)

We’re offering some food for thought on Standing Rock this Thanksgiving week. Our guests are the brilliant scholar-activists Nick Estes and Kristen Simmons who help us to better understand what has happened with the water protectors over the past two months and especially during dramatic recent events at the camp. Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa […]

Ep. #44 – Stefan Helmreich

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016
Ep. #44 – Stefan Helmreich

  On this week’s podcast, Dominic and Cymene continue to process election aftermath and offer thoughts on how to escape the dungeon. Then (14:20) things get wavy when Stefan Helmreich from MIT—author of Alien Ocean (U California Press, 2009) and Sounding the Limits of Life (Princeton U Press, 2016)—joins the conversation and we talk about […]

Ep. #43 – Elizabeth Povinelli

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016
Ep. #43 – Elizabeth Povinelli

  Cymene and Dominic share honest thoughts from the morning after the morning after. Then, because we all need a new superhero right about now, (27:07) Beth Povinelli of Columbia anthropology fame joins us for a conversation that riotously veers between serious philosophical discussion and Scooby Doo. Our dreaming is Beth’s latest work, Geontologies: A […]

Ep. #42 – Andrew Mathews

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016
Ep. #42 – Andrew Mathews

It turns out that one of your co-hosts is a magical creature – feel free to guess which one. This week we are thrilled to welcome to the podcast (9:35) fellow Oaxacanist anthropologist Andrew Mathews who shares his thoughts on states and statecraft and how best to conceptualize and study what they do. We talk […]

Ep. #41 – Fred Stenson

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016
Ep. #41 – Fred Stenson

On today’s special bonus Tuesday episode of the Cultures of Energy podcast, Cymene and Dominic share their election season nerves and then have the chance (9:05) to talk to novelist Fred Stenson (http://fredstenson.ca ) about his recent and moving work, Who by Fire (Doubleday Canada, 2014), which explores the history of oil and gas development […]

Ep. #40 – Amitav Ghosh

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016
Ep. #40 – Amitav Ghosh

Cymene and Dominic define (finally!) professionalism and offer a brief review of Leonardo DiCaprio’s soon to be released climate change documentary, Before the Flood. Then (11:43) we are very pleased to welcome to the podcast acclaimed novelist, Amitav Ghosh, author of The Shadow Lines (1988), The Hungry Tide (2004) and The Ibis trilogy (2008-2015), among […]