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Today on Hot Take, Amy and Yessenia Funes, Climate Director of Atmos Magazine, discuss queerness and climate justice, recent elections in Latin America, the vanishing Colorado River, and more.Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at more about Yessenia and Atmos’ work at
Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk to Sara Sneath, New Orleans-based investigative journalist of Floodlight, about exactly what kind of jobs the fossil fuel industry creates and the quality of those jobs. Plus all the ways Big oil undermines labor rightsFollow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
A Republican Climate Plan?

A Republican Climate Plan?


Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary discuss the recent Republican “climate plan”, the Democratic primaries, heatwaves, a special fossil fuel f@$#boi, and more.Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer about the future of US politics and how the path to climate justice requires a functioning democracy. Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary sit down with writer Alicia Kennedy to discuss the Netflix documentary, Bad Vegan. They also talk about bad weather, bad politicians, bad carnivores, and bad Bezos.  Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with Rebecca Solnit about our patriarchy problem, the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, her role as the climate hope lady, and so much more!Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
A Total Moral Disaster

A Total Moral Disaster


Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary talk with David Wallace-Wells about the lessons we can learn from Covid-19, the parallels between pandemic response and climate response, and how Russia’s war in Ukraine sits at the intersection between the two. Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
The Kids Are All Angry!

The Kids Are All Angry!


Today on Hot Take, Amy and Mary revisit why Joe Biden is struggling with Gen Z, and they talk about the terrible heatwave in South Asia, climate court cases, everybody’s (least) favorite billionaire and more! Follow us on twitter @RealHotTake and signup for our newsletter at
Amy and Mary sit down with Kate Aronoff, climate reporter at The New Republic, to talk about wtf nationalization means. They explore America's long and obscured history of it and why, how however messy it may sound, nationalization may be our best shot at transitioning the fossil fuel f*$%bois out of the business of global destruction.
Hot Take is officially BACK! And in their very first episode as part of the Crooked Media network, Amy and Mary reflect on the roots of Earth Day, which was born out of the Civil Rights movement and used as a vehicle for holding Big Oil accountable. Then they share their picks for the biggest villains in the fossil fuel industry today. (Also - Happy F&#k BP Week, everybody!) 
The climate crisis is literally the world’s biggest existential problem. But we can’t even begin to solve it if we don’t know how to talk about it first. That’s why Hot Take is back! Every week, Amy Westervelt and Mary Annaïse Heglar will talk about how climate change touches every aspect of our lives, and how our media is either getting the story right or entirely losing the plot. They’ll also connect you with other storytellers who grapple with how to tell this saga and who can help you understand the world through climate colored glasses - and who and what to be mad about for getting us here. New episodes once a week every Friday.
In our S3 finale we talk about the very bad month Big Oil had in May, how much the climate story has changed in the past couple years, and what lies ahead as wildfire and hurricane season pick up, and pipeline protests rage on.
Pro Publica healthcare reporter Caroline Chen joins us to talk about her experience navigating that minefiled, where public health and climate intersect, what happened when all the climate journalists got reassigned to Covid, how to better integrate the ways we talk about health and climate, and a whole lot more.Reading List:A Tiny Number of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why.How Inequity Gets Built Into America’s Vaccination SystemVaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat HesitancyHow Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos
Journalist Maddie Stone joins us to talk about Silicon Valley (yes, also the HBO series) and Big Tech's approach to both climate change and climate journalism.
April 20 Is #FUBPday

April 20 Is #FUBPday


We missed the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, so on the 11-year anniversary we're going big: It's #FUBPday. Plus: Why Seaspiracy sucked
In this crossover episode with The Coolest Show, Rev Yearwood takes us to school and church with an in-depth conversation about the history of the civil rights movement, the climate movement, and the role of religion in both. Plus: we call bullshit on the American Petroleum Institute's "climate plan."Sign up for our newsletter: out The Coolest Show: Hip Hop Caucus:
The Ultimate Abolition

The Ultimate Abolition


If you want to see the true toll of the climate crisis, you have to train yourself to look for the most vulnerable populations. And you’d be hard pressed to find a population more vulnerable than prisoners. This week, we’re joined on the podcast by one of our favorite guests ever, Drew Costley, to talk about why there is no humane future for prisons and what might come next.Sign up for our newsletter: readings for this episode: 'People are in danger': the prisoners feeling the effects of US climate crisis The Climate Disaster Inside America's PrisonsLet's Talk About Wildfires and Prisons What Happens to Prison Inmates Caught in Hurricanes?For the Families of People in Prison, Hurricanes Bring Extra Panic and Uncertainty Climate Apartheid Is the Coming Police Violence Crisis Climate Change Behind BarsHow the U.S. Prison System Contributes to Climate ChangeDefunding the Police Is an Environmental Justice Issue How Louisiana's Oil and Gas Industry Uses Prison LaborIs Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind (Published 2019)Aching for Abolition: As a survivor of sexual violence, I know prison isn't the answer
A dramatic reading of the book Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero with Emily Atkin and Brian Kahn, plus a look at the energy industry's annual conference, CERA Week, or as we like to call it, the Greenwashing Olympics.For more of Emily's reading: to our newsletter:
Two Sides to Every Story?

Two Sides to Every Story?


Lewis Wallace, journalist and author of the book The View from somewhere, and the podcast by the same name, joins us to talk about one of our least favorite conventions in journalism: both sidesism.Check out more from Lewis, including his book, podcast, speaking events and trainings: to our newsletter:
Investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz joins us to talk about all the many ways oil, war, and climate change intersect.Read more: to our newsletter:
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