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Important, Not Important

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Worried the world’s going to hell in a handbasket? There’s still hope! Our weekly conversational podcast dives into a question affecting everyone on the planet right now or in the next ten years: climate change, clean energy, space exploration, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence, antibiotics, cancer, and bio-tech. Our guests are on the front lines: scientists, doctors, engineers, politicians — even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice, their vote, and their dollar. Hosted by Quinn Emmett and Brian Colbert Kennedy.

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Worried the world’s going to hell in a handbasket? There’s still hope! Our weekly conversational podcast dives into a question affecting everyone on the planet right now or in the next ten years: climate change, clean energy, space exploration, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence, antibiotics, cancer, and bio-tech. Our guests are on the front lines: scientists, doctors, engineers, politicians — even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice, their vote, and their dollar. Hosted by Quinn Emmett and Brian Colbert Kennedy.

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Great Start

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Looking forward to more important and not important content.

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This was all I expected and more. Thanks for putting this together and for sharing.

iTunes Ratings

215 Ratings
Average Ratings
213
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1

Great Start

By Sncogswell - Feb 02 2018
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Looking forward to more important and not important content.

Great

By 88Mag - Jan 27 2018
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This was all I expected and more. Thanks for putting this together and for sharing.

Top 10 Episode of Important, Not Important

Rank #1: #31: Can Texas Go (Clean Energy) Independent?

Aug 21 2018
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In Episode 31, Quinn & Brian ask: Can Texas Go (Clean Energy) Independent? Joining us this week is candidate for Texas district 21, Joseph Kopser. He’s a military vet and clean energy entrepreneur on the hunt for enemy of science Lamar Hunt’s seat. This is the first in our series of conversations with candidates supported by 314 Action, the largest pro-science advocacy organization committed to electing scientists and STEM professionals to public office.  Links: Joseph Kopser on Twitter Kopser for Congress 314 Action Town Hall Project Republicans for Carbon Tax, Fortune magazine Operation Free Rocky Mountain Institute Stealth Power Trump’s Book Club: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord https://anchor.fm

Rank #2: #32: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?

Aug 28 2018
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Our guest is Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, whose mission is to “educate, equip, and mobilize Christian communities and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's Creation,” focusing on providing support to the vulnerable and marginalized. https://anchor.fm

Rank #3: #33: This is Zero Hour... So What The Hell Are You Doing?

Sep 04 2018
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Our guests are Elsa Mengistu and Emelly Villa, two of the young people behind Zero Hour, a movement that is bringing the voices of diverse youth into the conversation on climate and environmental justice. They’re doing incredible things to make this the world they want to (and can) live in – and they’re only 17 and 18! https://anchor.fm

Rank #4: #30: What’s the Business Incentive for Climate/Clean Energy Action?

Aug 14 2018
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In Episode 30, Quinn & Brian ask: what’s the business incentive for climate/clean energy action? In light of the Paris Agreement and all the b******t that’s gone down since, we drafted Will Hackman to be our guest and explain it all. Will’s been a campaign manager for the House and Senate, he’s worked as a marine fisheries conservation advocate, he represented Georgetown University at the UN climate change conference, and he’s an author on various energy, environmental, and climate change topics. He’s also leaving immediately after this call to go to Alaska and potentially never come back.  Links: Will Hackman on Instagram Will on Medium US leading on carbon reduction The Paris Agreement Bank of America and Wells Fargo climate funding  McDonald’s reducing emissions COP24 America’s Pledge We Are Still In ITC tax credit Most effective steps to tackle climate change as an individual Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord   https://anchor.fm

Rank #5: #34: Electrocuting the S#!t Out of Cancer.

Sep 11 2018
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In Episode 34, Quinn & Brian discuss: Electrocuting the S#!t Out of Cancer. Our guest is Theo Roth, an MB/PhD student candidate at UCSF who spends his days running experiments in the Marson Lab, and contributing to kick-ass research like the development of new tools for efficient CRISPR genome engineering in human cells. The topic of this episode is extremely close to us and particularly relevant right now because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Childhood cancer, unfortunately, only receives 5% of the total federal research funding, which means we need more people like us supporting cancer researchers and hospitals that are working to help children with cancer. So our goal with this episode is to not only explain all of the awesome work that Theo does and how in the hell he electrocutes cancer cells – although we definitely get all up in that – but also to identify some steps you can take RIGHT NOW to support people like Theo who are fighting the good fight and working to eliminate cancer. On that note: f#$k cancer in the face.   Trump’s Book Club: The 8th Day of Creation by Horace Freeland Judson   Links: Support Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Learn more about Marson Lab: marsonlab.ucsf.edu The Emperor of All Maladies by by Siddhartha Mukherjee Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli Watch: The Knick Sign up for Nature’s email newsletter Sign up for STAT’s newsletters Read: "Why Daydreaming is Good for Us"   Connect with us: https://anchor.fm

Rank #6: #28: Why the Hell is Space Exploration Important When the Planet is Literally on Fire?

Jul 31 2018
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In Episode 28, Quinn & Brian ask: why the hell is space exploration important when the planet is literally on fire? To answer that, they’ve brought on The Space Gal, Emily Calandrelli. And boy does she set the record straight. Emily is an MIT-engineer turned Emmy-nominated science host on TV and online, and she’s also a children’s book author. Join us as we discuss the history of space exploration, what she’d do as NASA administrator/dictator, and her own upbringing in West Virginia. Links: Emily Calandrelli “The Space Gal” on Twitter NASA Space Grant Ada Lace Bill Nye Saves The World Trump’s Book Club: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord   https://anchor.fm

Rank #7: #29: The Pope Has Decided to Defeat Climate Change with His Own Bare Hands.

Aug 07 2018
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In Episode 29, Quinn & Brian ponder the fact that the Pope Has Decided to Defeat Climate Change With His Own Bare Hands.  Our guest — Jose Aguto. Jose is the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, where he works to lead Catholicism into climate action, which includes building and providing the tools to do so.  We’re excited to continue our streak of talking to and hopefully not insulting the last segments of the population that we (desperately) need to get on board with climate action — whatever their beliefs. Cracking this little problem is gonna take every single last one of us, and yes that means you too, Steve. Links: Jose on Twitter (j/k he’s not on Twitter because he’s smart) Catholic Climate Covenant Catholic Energies Care for Creation Catholic Climate Declaration Pope Francis’ fresh new mixtape aka Laudato Si Trump’s Book Club: The Imitation of Christ Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord https://anchor.fm

Rank #8: #27: What Happens When the Atlantic Ocean Invades the Arctic Ocean?

Jul 24 2018
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In Episode 27, Quinn & Brian ask: what happens when the Atlantic Ocean invades the Arctic Ocean? Our guest: Julia Roberson, vice president of relations for the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. Julia takes complex issues, like one ocean invading another, and makes them real and relevant to human beings, and finally (and most specific for us) helps us act on them. She’s damn funny and way smarter than us, but once again, a gentle reminder: it’s a low, low bar. Links: Julia Roberson on Twitter Ocean Conservancy on Twitter Tuskfish use TOOLS Bye, lobsters! The Atlantic Ocean is Invading the Arctic Ocean Ocean acidification The great Pacific garbage patch Straws are no bueno Trump Book Club: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord https://anchor.fm

Rank #9: #26: He's Given 200 Climate Speeches to Congress. What's Next?

Jul 17 2018
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In Episode 26, Quinn & Brian ask: what drives a man to give 200 climate speeches to Congress? That's once a week since 2007. Our guest today: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the junior senator from Rhode Island. We discuss his speeches, his future carbon bill, bi-partisanship, calling b******t when we see it, Rhode Island’s fossil-fuel lawsuit, and so much more.  Links:  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Twitter Sandra Thornton Whitehouse Republicans for Carbon Tax Resilient Rhody Trump’s Book Club: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Like and share us on Facebook! Check us on Instagram! Follow us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr! Ok that’s enough good lord   https://anchor.fm

Rank #10: #35: Can These Scientists Really Save Congress?

Sep 18 2018
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Our guest is Shaughnessy Naughton. She is the President & Founder of 314 Action, an organization founded by members of the STEM community; grassroots supporters and political activists who believe in the power of SCIENCE! https://anchor.fm