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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 Webby-nominated, 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 Webby-nominated, 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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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.

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218 Ratings
Average Ratings
215
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Great Start

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

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

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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 Webby-nominated, 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.

Rank #1: #45: Poop Vs. Cancer

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Our guest is Dr. Diwakar Davar, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a a medical oncologist/hematologist. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Nov 27 2018
49 mins
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Rank #2: Fun Talk: I Can Be Quiet & Calm (But Rage is Consuming Me on the Inside)

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In today’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about why Quinn enjoys this job but Brian does not, baseball’s opening day, Presidential candidates Andrew Yang & Cory Booker, the no fossil fuels pledge, offsetting your carbon emissions, why the best thing you can do about climate change is talk about climate change, Brian being late to work (but not too late), Denver!, this Brexit stuff, and Brian being sad because he hasn’t made the gym a priority. ***ALERT ALERT ALERT: We've been nominated for Best Podcast Host in the Webby's! Vote for us right here and help save the planet!*** Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Venture for America: https://ventureforamerica.org/ Calculate your carbon footprint: https://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator Buy carbon offsets: https://www.terrapass.com/ https://www.carbonfootprint.com “If your carbon footprint makes you feel guilty, there’s an easy way out”: https://qz.com/974463/buying-carbon-credits-is-the-easiest-way-to-offset-your-carbon-footprint/ “Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?”: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/should-you-buy-carbon-offsets “Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights”: https://www.wired.com/story/airline-emissions-carbon-offsets-travel/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Apr 05 2019
45 mins
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Rank #3: Fun Talk: Marry, F***, Kill: The Guys in The Avengers

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Quinn & Brian chat about getting nominated for a Webby (check our more deets below), Quinn’s mean Slack messages, what Brian should do when his friend visits town, Marry/F**k/Kill The Avengers, being excited for a new Star Wars coming out in December, meeting Dan Gordon & all of the awesome things that Dan is doing to create a more progressive future, and our short-lived improv careers. If you didn’t hear in our last episode, we have some BIG news: we have been nominated as Best Podcast Host in the 2019 Webbys! You can show us your support by going to importantnotimportant.com/vote! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Listen to Schmolitics: http://www.schmoliticsshow.com Run For Something: https://runforsomething.net Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Apr 12 2019
42 mins
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Rank #4: #59: Is Florida the Harbinger of Doom? (Probably)

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In Episode 59, Quinn & Brian ask: Is Florida the harbinger of doom? (Probably) Our guest is Dr. Salvador Almagro-Moreno, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. His lab, The Moreno Lab, lies at the interface between ecology and pathogenesis, studying the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens. From what we can tell, this means they’re focusing on how and why bacteria want to eat and/or kill us. This episode contains what has to be some of the most scientifically-laden potty talk you’ve ever heard as we learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly awaiting us in our poop and the water. But don’t get us wrong, this is some serious s**t. We’ll also spoil one big takeaway from this episode now, and we hope you take it to heart: do NOT retire to Florida. Trump’s Book Club: Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links:  Learn more at http://vibriocholerae.org/  Florida Man: https://floridaman.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bioetry  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalvadorAlmagroMoreno  The toxic consequences of polluting our coasts | Salvador Almagro-Moreno | TEDxOrlando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXqJO5IJFQc The Darwin Awards: https://darwinawards.com/ “The Midwest flooding has killed livestock, ruined harvests and has farmers worried for their future”: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/us/floods-nebraska-iowa-agriculture-farm-loss/index.html Connect with us:  Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Mar 26 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #5: #14: How do we improve America’s agriculture system?

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In Episode 14, Quinn (Brian abandoned him) asks himself: How do we improve America’s agriculture system? On the mic, Emily Cassidy, the Sustainability Science Manager at the illustrious and beautiful California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and a leading member of their new climate action initiative, Planet Vision. Emily's the co-author of a highly cited paper called “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet”, investigating how to sustainably feed 9 billion people.  Today we put Emily’s long background in natural resources science to use and discuss the steps America, and Americans, need to take to improve our food system, and make it healthier. For the air, for the land, for the water, and for each of us, inside our bodies. Also: Jane Goodall, and cow farts vs. cow burps. Links:  Emily Cassidy on Twitter PlanetVision on Twitter California Academy of Sciences PlanetVision JANE documentary Netherlands greenhouses Added Sugars on the new nutrition label Michael Pollan on how to eat: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” BBC: Most nutritious foods Trump’s Book Club: A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Apr 24 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #6: #44: Is Food Waste the Stupidest Thing We Do (& How Do We Cut it in Half)?

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Our guest is Dr. James Rogers, founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences and one of our most mind-blowing guests yet. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Nov 20 2018
1 hour
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Rank #7: #15: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action, Part II?

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In Episode 15, Quinn and Brian dig deeper and ask: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action, part II? On the mic: Akshat Rathi, a reporter for Quartz in London. He wrote a series last year called The Race to Zero Emissions about carbon capture, and we dig into that, and the next 10 years of CCS, today. Akshat’s resume: he’s previously worked at The Economist and The Conversation. His writing has appeared in Nature, The Guardian and The Hindu. He has a PhD in chemistry from Oxford University and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and if that isn’t enough to convince you, well I’m sorry. Links: Akshat Rathi on Twitter “The Race to Zero Emissions” series Carbon Engineering Canada’s first carbon capture power plant Illinois carbon capture plant The Clean Air Task Force Carbon Capture Coalition The Social Cost of Carbon Trump’s Book Club: Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse 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   This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

May 01 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #8: #29: The Pope Has Decided to Defeat Climate Change with His Own Bare Hands.

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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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Aug 07 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #9: #16: Clouds ruin EVERYTHING

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In Episode 16, Quinn & Brian ask: what's the future of climate modeling? Also, what's a climate model? Enter Dr. Kate Marvel. She's a climate scientist and a writer. A theoretical physicist by training, she is now an associate research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. Because, sure. Dr. Marvel's research focuses on how human activities affect the climate and what we can expect in the future, using satellite observations, computer models, and basic physics to study the human impact on variables from rainfall patterns to cloud cover. Links: Dr. Kate Marvel on Twitter Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity The Earth System Grid Marvel Climate We Need Courage, Not Hope - OnBeing Her pick for Trump’s Book Club: The Constitution of the United States of America 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   This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

May 08 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #10: #28: Why the Hell is Space Exploration Important When the Planet is Literally on Fire?

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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   This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jul 31 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #11: #50: It’s Getting Hot in Herre & America’s Poor are (Not Surprisingly) Dying Fastest

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In Episode 50, Quinn & Brian discuss: How D.C. and LA are dealing with urban heat issues.    Our guests are Yesim Sayin Taylor and Molly Peterson. Yesim is the founding Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center and Molly is a renowned reporter focusing on the environment and climate change (and our first returning guest!).  We all remember when Nelly said, “It’s getting hot in herre,” but not a lot of people remember the whole verse: “It’s getting hot in herre, so take off all your clothes / all of the poor minorities in America are suffering and dying before everybody else / Uh, uh, uh, let it hang all out.” But it’s a shame, really, because if we’d just paid more attention to Nelly’s important message back in 2002, maybe we wouldn’t be facing this problem today.  Trump’s Book Club:  The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepúlveda  Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns  Links:  Learn more at https://www.dcpolicycenter.org  Yesim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yesimsy  Check out https://pactio.us/host/molly-peterson  Molly on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mollydacious  Greater Greater Washington: https://ggwash.org  Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com  Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jan 01 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #12: #17: What’s the future of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change?

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In Episode 17, Quinn & Brian ask: What’s the future of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change? Joining us: Jason Friesen, the founder and executive director of Trek Medics, a 501 c3 registered NGO dedicated to creating or improving emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies. We talk about the current and future state of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change. Because the big one's coming. Jason would like you to know that they make their services available to all communities, regardless of race, religion, or creed. He's saved six lives since Brian woke up. Links:  TrekMedics.org Trek Medics on Instagram Disaster Preparedness Team Rubicon Charity Navigator Zello 5 steps to emergency response: Can you help? Did you find the patient? Do you need additional resources? Are you able to transport the patient? Did you get to your destination? Jason’s pick for Trump’s Book Club: The Little Prince, by Antoine Saint Exupery Quinn Emmett on Twitter Brian Colbert Kennedy on Twitter Intro/outro by Tim Blane Subscribe to our newsletter and buy cool gear 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

May 15 2018
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #13: #27: What Happens When the Atlantic Ocean Invades the Arctic Ocean?

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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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jul 24 2018
53 mins
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Rank #14: #18: A new science foundation in America

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In Episode 18, Quinn & Brian try to build a more flexible, approachable, and fun new science foundation in America. But they don't know where to start. Enter the legendary Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer”. He's an astronomer (obviously), author, and science communicator extraordinaire and we chat about rebuilding the foundations of American science. And that, friends, starts with enthusiasm. Science — f**k yeah! Links:  Phil Plait on Twitter Phil’s blog Phil’s newsletter The Science and Entertainment Exchange Global Weirding Crash Course 314 Action Trump’s Book Club: The Madhouse Effect by Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

May 22 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #15: #13: A blueprint for suing the pants off fossil fuel companies

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In Episode 13, Quinn and Brian plot a blueprint for suing the pants off fossil fuel companies. Of course we don't know where to start, so we asked for help. Meet the mastermind: Mayor Serge Dedina of tiny Imperial Beach, California, one of the first cities to sue fossil fuel companies for climate change damages. We discuss what led to their suit, but more importantly, actions other cities should be taking to plan for the future, including their own legal action. Also: surfing, Nazis, and grandmas. Links: Mayor Serge Dedina on Twitter Wild Coast Serge’s book choice: Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari Blue Carbon Australia 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Apr 17 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #16: #19: What’s the future of antibiotics?

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In Episode 19, Quinn & Brian asks: What’s the future of antibiotics? To answer: the irrepressible Dr. Gautam Dantas, the professor of pathology and immunology and biomedical engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He leads the Dantas Lab, where they work at the interface of microbial genomics, ecology, synthetic biology, and systems biology, to understand, harness, and engineer the biochemical processing potential of microbial communities. We have a lovely, not terrifying chat about designing new antibiotics in the post-antibiotic area. Topics covered include bacteria as the O.G., Thanos, precision medicine, cows, horror shows from the ancient past buried in ice cores, and your vote and where it should go.  Links:  Dr. Gautam Dantas on Twitter Dantas Lab “Why Some Bacteria Eat Antibiotics”, NBC News “Antibiotic Resistance is Ancient”, Science Daily Trump’s Book Club: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

May 29 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #17: #11: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action?

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In Episode 11, Quinn & Brian ask with fingers crossed: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action? On the mic: David Hawkins, director of the climate program at the National Resources Defense Council, and the man basically responsible for you breathing clean air most days. So, you’re welcome.   We discuss David’s history of working to safeguard the planet, but more specifically, his thoughts on the futuristic but necessary technology that is carbon capture, and whether we can pin our hopes on it. Stay tuned for his thoughts on using your voice and vote to move the needle. Also: yodeling.  Links: David Hawkins on Twitter NRDC.org https://echo.epa.gov Enter a city or state name or zip code and it will crank out a facilities list. For example, put in Houston, TX and hit the search icon. On the right hand side there will be a count of facilities with violation info (eg, 154 with significant violations). You can select one of those items and a list of individual facilities will be retrieved. Next, click on a facility of interest to get more detail. Next, vote your representative out of office. Have a nice day! The Invention of Nature by Alexander Humboldts The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Apr 03 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #18: #26: He's Given 200 Climate Speeches to Congress. What's Next?

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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   This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jul 17 2018
1 hour
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Rank #19: #20: How the hell are we gonna feed 10 billion people?

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In Episode 20, Quinn and Brian wonder: How the hell are we gonna feed 10 billion people? Enter Fred Iutzi of the Land Institute, where they’re focused on the incredibly modest goal of working to displace the predominant industrial, disruptive system of agriculture by providing staple foods without destroying or compromising the cultural and ecological systems upon which we so very much depend. Links: Fred Iutzi on Twitter The Land Institute Long Root Ale by Patagonia “The Importance of Soil”, NY Times “Why the paleo diet is half-baked”, Scientific American Motorcycle death data Trump’s Book Club: Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jun 05 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #20: #21: The #1 thing you can do to fight climate change

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In Episode 21, Quinn & Brian finally get to the heart of it: What’s the #1 thing YOU can do to affect climate change? On the mic and down the street, Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Peter wrote a book called “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” and also he’s got chickens and no longer a motorcycle (BRIAN). Links: Peter Kalmus on Twitter Becycling.life Trump’s Book Club: Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus Carbon footprint calculator Citizens Climate Lobby Vipassana Meditation Headspace How to compost Wirecutter’s Best Composter for Kitchen Scraps 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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message

Jun 12 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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