Ep. #80 – Gökçe Günel

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017
Ep. #80 – Gökçe Günel

Dominic and Cymene eat crow about Larsen C, discuss d-bags and make an exciting announcement about next week’s episode. Then (16:29) we welcome to the podcast former CENHS postdoc and current Arizona anthropologist Gökçe Günel. We learn about Gökçe’s fascinating work on Abu Dhabi’s prototype city-of-the-future, Masdar City, a project which recently culminated in her […]

A Cautionary Tale About Protecting the World’s Tropical Wildlife

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017
A Cautionary Tale About Protecting the World’s Tropical Wildlife

by Elaine Shen  **This piece is a shorter version of Elaine Shen’s essay, which was among the 2017 winners of the Greene Prize for Environmental Writing.** “My Ph.D. advisor told me when I first visited Madagascar to be careful, because once you drink the water, you will be back,” Amy Dunham chuckled. “And she was right. […]

Ep. #79 – Antarctica! with Jessica O’Reilly

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017
Ep. #79 – Antarctica! with Jessica O’Reilly

With Antarctica back in the news again, Dominic and Cymene share their feels about the imminent Larsen C calving and the possibly less probable rise of penguins and puffins against human governance (#thepuffrising). Then we talk to the only anthropologist we know who works in Antarctica, the fabulous Jessica O’Reilly from Indiana University. We start […]

The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017
The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Volvo announced this weekend that all new vehicle models produced by the Swedish company would be either electric or hybrid beginning in 2019, as part of a process that will phase out the internal combustion engine. On the decision, the CEO of Volvo declared, “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” […]

Ep. #78 – Sophia Roosth

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017
Ep. #78 – Sophia Roosth

Cymene and Dominic talk drone dreams, disappearing glaciers and boring sagas and then (13:07) the wonderful Sophia Roosth (Harvard, History of Science) joins the pod to talk about, among other things, her excellent new book, Synthetic: How Life Got Made (U Chicago Press, 2017). We begin with synthetic biology, where it came from and what […]

Ep. #77 – Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017
Ep. #77 – Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Dominic and Cymene expose the truth behind a rabid raccoon attack and then (16:46) former CENHS star Matthew Schneider-Mayerson (now Yale-NUS) joins the podcast to talk about his book Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture (U Chicago Press, 2015). Matthew reminds us how much the threat of “peak oil” and energy depletion was […]

Ep. #76 – Greta Gaard

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017
Ep. #76 – Greta Gaard

Cymene and Dominic speak ecological truth to nostalgia and then (16:09) welcome to the pod Greta Gaard, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and, once upon a time, a co-founder of Minnesota’s Green Party. We all know ecofeminism is back but Greta reminds us how it never really went away. She […]

Ep. #75 – Claire Colebrook

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017
Ep. #75 – Claire Colebrook

Cymene and Dominic speculate about fonts and life after academe. Then the fantastic Claire Colebrook joins us on the pod. We begin by discussing her recent two volume collection, Essays on Extinction (Open Humanities Press, 2014) and what got her interested in thinking about extinction in the first place. We talk about whether human existence […]

Ep. #74 – Amelia Moore

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017
Ep. #74 – Amelia Moore

Cymene and Dominic process today’s news about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as well as yesterday’s ExxonMobil shareholder insurrection, which will force the company to start measuring the size of its carbon bubble. Then (18:03) we turn to sunnier places and faces and welcome Amelia Moore from the University of Rhode Island to […]

2017 Greene Prize winners announced!

Posted by on May 31, 2017
2017 Greene Prize winners announced!

The Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) at Rice University is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Endowed by the family of alumnus David Greene (’93), the Greene Prize was established in 1998 to encourage the creation, dissemination, and recognition of original environmental […]