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"The Conversations Most Vital to Our Survival As a Species”. Quinn Emmett & Brian Colbert Kennedy, publishers of the popular “Important, Not Important” weekly newsletter and otherwise regular, progressive, terrified folks like you, host weekly-ish conversations with awesome scientists, engineers, doctors, politicians, and journalists, as they discuss the questions and topics most likely to either save the planet, or end it! Topics include climate change, artificial intelligence, clean energy, space exploration, antibiotics, bio-tech and more.
||Explicit#39: Is The Ocean Running Out of Oxygen? Is That Bad?||In Episode 39, Quinn & Brian ask: Is The Ocean Running Out of Oxygen? Is That Bad? Our guest is Dawn “Deepsea Dawn” Wright, Ph.D., the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (AKA Esri) and a Professor of...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#38: Is It Harder to Build Clean Power Plants or Play in a Reputable Cover Band?||In Episode 38, Quinn & Brian ask: Is it harder to build clean power plants or play in a reputable cover band? Our guest is Sean Casten, a scientist, clean energy entrepreneur, and cover band member who is running for Congress in Illinois’...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#37: Why Does Congress Need a Female Air Force Officer / Engineer / Chemistry Teacher / Mom?||In Episode 37, Quinn & Brian ask: Why does Congress need a female Air Force Officer / Engineer / Chemistry Teacher / Mom among its ranks? (Possibly our dumbest question yet?) Our guest is Chrissy Houlahan, a candidate for Pennsylvania...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: After Dark #01||In After Dark Episode 1, Quinn & Brian talk about whatever they want. Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane Follow Quinn: @quinnemmett Follow Brian: @_bpck Like and share us on...||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#36: Can Latinos Save the Planet?||In Episode 36, Quinn & Brian ask: Can Latinos save the planet? Our guest is Mark Magana, the Founding President & CEO of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources, and conservation advocates. Mark started...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#35: Can These Scientists Really Save Congress?||In Episode 35, Quinn & Brian ask: Can these scientists really save congress? Our guest is Shaughnessy Naughton. She is the President & Founder of 314 Action, an organization founded by members of the STEM community; grassroots...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#34: Electrocuting the S#!t Out of Cancer.||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...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#33: This is Zero Hour... So What The Hell Are You Doing?||In Episode 33, Quinn & Brian ask: This is Zero Hour... so what the hell are you doing? Our guests are Elsa Mengistu and Emelly Villa, two of the young people behind Zero Hour, a movement that is aligning the voices of diverse in the conversation...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#32: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?||In Episode 32, Quinn & Brian ask: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice? Our guest is Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, which we’re pretty sure means she’s the boss of all the...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#31: Can Texas Go (Clean Energy) Independent?||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...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30: What’s the Business Incentive for Climate/Clean Energy Action?||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....||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29: The Pope Has Decided to Defeat Climate Change with His Own Bare Hands.||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...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28: Why the Hell is Space Exploration Important When the Planet is Literally on Fire?||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...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27: What Happens When the Atlantic Ocean Invades the Arctic Ocean?||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...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26: He's Given 200 Climate Speeches to Congress. What's Next?||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...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25: Middle School Physics: Lame, or the First Step to Being an Superhero?||In Episode 25, Quinn & Brian ask: “Middle school physics: Lame, or the first step to being a SUPERHERO?” Our guest today is “The Physics Girl”, Dianna Cowern. She’s hunted for dark matter with MIT and Harvard, worked at GE, and is now...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24: When Will San Francisco Be Underwater?||In Episode 24, Quinn & Brian ask: when will San Francisco be underwater? On the mic today is the ever-intrepid Molly Peterson, a renowned reporter focusing on the environment and climate change. Molly’s worked at Southern California...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23: Can We Predict the Next Big Earthquake?||In Episode 23, Quinn & Brian ask: can we predict the next big earthquake? Pretty please? Joining us is Josh Bashioum, founder of Early Warning Labs, an earthquake early warning technology developer, whose mission is to improve, expand, and...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22: How Does Your Phone Call Become Law?||In Episode 22, Quinn & Brian ask: how does your phone call become law? To help answer that question, they’ve got Andres Jimenez on the line. Andres is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Citizens Climate Lobby, working...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21: The #1 thing you can do to fight climate change||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,...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20: How the hell are we gonna feed 10 billion people?||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,...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19: What’s the future of antibiotics?||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,...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18: A new science foundation in America||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...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17: What’s the future of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change?||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...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16: Clouds ruin EVERYTHING||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...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action, Part II?||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...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14: How do we improve America’s agriculture system?||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...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13: A blueprint for suing the pants off fossil fuel companies||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...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12: Can algorithms predict the next major pandemic?||In Episode 12, Quinn and Brian ask: Can algorithms predict the next major pandemic? Pretty please? Joining us: Dr. Sam Scarpino, Assistant Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences and Physics and a core faculty member in the Network...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11: Can carbon capture be a building block in climate action?||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...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10: The Tantrum That Saved The World||In Episode 10 (we made it!), Quinn & Brian read a picture book. And a damn good one. Introducing The Tantrum That Saved The World. On the mic: Megan Herbert, Aussie co-author and illustrator of the popular new children’s book...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9: How do we stay safe from infectious disease (zombies)?||In Episode 9, Quinn and Brian cower under the desk and ask: How do we stay safe from infectious disease (zombies)? Please meet Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician, Assistant Professor at Boston University, and the Director of...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8: How do we safeguard science in American schools?||In Episode 8, Quinn and Brian ask: How do we safeguard science in American schools? Here to answer: Don Duggan-Haas, a lifetime advocate for science education standards (he literally wrote the textbook, and yes, this is the correct use of...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7: How can we use the ocean without using it up?||In Episode 7, Brian and Quinn ask: How can we use the ocean without using it up? Meet Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist extraordinaire. And like a hundred other things, because her hobbies...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6: The queer female volcanologist who wants to change Congress||In Episode 6, Quinn and Brian meet the queer female volcanologist who wants to change Congress Today's guest is the one and only Jess Phoenix, volcanologist, geologist, and Congressional candidate for CA-25. We discuss her experience in the...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5: Is climate action worth getting kicked out of Congress?||In Episode 5, Quinn and Brian conclude (for now!) their conversations with conservative climate activists, asking: Is climate action worth getting kicked out of Congress? Uniquely qualified to answer is former Congressperson Bob Inglis of South...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4: What does the bible say about climate change?||In Episode 4, Quinn and Brian continue with the second in their "trilogy" of conversations with conservative climate activists, and ask: What does the bible say about climate change? Here to answer: Reverend Mitch Hescox of the Environmental...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3: A professional climate denier changes his mind||In Episode 3, Quinn and Brian host the first of three conversations with conservative climate activists. In the first, a professional climate denier changes his mind. Meet Jerry Taylor, former professional climate denier turned good guy....||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2: Can this boat full of women save the world?||In Episode #2, Quinn introduces his co-host, Brian Colbert Kennedy, the mad genius (ugh) behind IMNIM’s infographic game. Together, they ask the question: Can this boat full of women save the world? Join Quinn and Brian as they have a...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1: Sixteen Minutes to Live||In this impromptu first episode of the Important, Not Important podcast, host Quinn Emmett is joined by childhood friend David Schmidt for a conversation about the longest thirty-eight minutes of David’s life — what he said, did, and feared the...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is excellent.
V engaging. Look forward to #2!
I'm subscriber to the newsletter, and every week I can count on learning something I didn't know, or getting a perspective I hadn't considered. So far, I can say the same about the podcast. And knowing how thourough and engaging the newsletter is, I'm excited for the future of this podcast.
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If you're like me, then 90% of your podcasts are for mindless entertainment, creating a void of actual news and important conversation that puts incredible pressure on making sure that remaining 10% is invested wisely. This podcast is perfect for that 10% - relevant, interesting, entertaining, and will always improve your understanding of the world. Great stuff, excited for more.