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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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In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian meander about all the fun that’s fit to talk about: why Quinn’s obsessive behaviors are a necessary evil, going straight Mad Men, loving spreadsheets, Mint (but if you never used it), how other people’s dreams affect our real life, how you get people off of drugs (like, bad drugs), and Quinn’s nuclear power soapbox.Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comWatch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantRead “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501144316Watch “Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6jAC6XxAIConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In Episode 66, Quinn & Brian discuss: Why, apparently, we can't -- and further -- shouldn’t just blow up asteroids.Our guest is Professor K.T. Ramesh, who is a professor of mechanical engineering at John Hopkins, founding director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), and our new hero. You can think of HEMI as a real-life Avengers (no, we’re not just stuck on Endgame), except every member is like Bruce Banner without all the Hulk-iness or Tony Stark if he was never kidnapped by terrorists. Every day, they’re working to protect people, structures, and the planet, exploring a number of topics that are both critically important and impenetrably complicated. One of their newest studies reveals that Hollywood and Atari may, in fact, have been incorrect when they repeatedly suggested that one viable way to defend the planet from an incoming asteroid would be blowing it up. We don’t know about you, but we certainly feel lied to – so it’s refreshing to have this conversation with Professor Ramesh to set the record straight.Trump’s Book Club:These Truths by Jill Lepore: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3\Links:Learn more about Professor Ramesh & HEMI: https://hemi.jhu.edu/the-hemi-team/leadership/k-t-ramesh/“If We Blow Up an Asteroid, It Might Put Itself Back Together”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/science/asteroids-nuclear-weapons.htmlTwitter: https://twitter.com/jhu_hemiFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopkinsExtreme/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kt-ramesh-4a9b054/Listen to Radiolab’s Dinopocalypse ep: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/dinopocalypseDouble Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission: https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dartWatch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
It’s time for another Fun Talk, your chance to hear Quinn & Brian talk about drinking big ol’ crazy smoothies, not winning a Webby (unsurprisingly), being buddies at the gym, which Avenger we would be (which is totally not the same thing as when we did Marry, Fuck, Kill with the Avengers), Brian finally getting to come to Easter, whether Elon Musk is a soon-to-be super villain or just kind of oblivious when he’s talking, why Brian is maybe probably going to stop eating chicken, another one of Brian’s tier one friends, and new shirts coming soon.Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantConnect 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.comImportant, 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
In Episode 65, Quinn asks: Is Chernobyl a preventable and rare accident from the past or a vivid picture of our hellish nuclear future?Our guest is Craig Mazin, a screenwriter, podcaster, and the creator of a new HBO mini-series called Chernobyl – which is debuting TODAY, May 6th. So, if you currently have an account just to watch Game of Thrones, you’re in luck!We’ve had some accidents, but we’ve learned from them... right? We answer that question, talk about the how and why of nuclear power (and disaster), and take a gander into the future of energy.Trump’s Book Club:Final Exit by Derek HumphryLinks:Watch Chernobyl (2019): https://www.hbo.com/chernobylChernobyl companion podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-chernobyl-podcast/id1459712981Scriptnotes podcast: http://scriptnotes.net/Ted Cruz’s Ex-Roommate (i.e. Craig) Shares ‘Misery’ Of Living With Him, After Porn Clip ‘Like’: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-roommate-porn-craig-mazin_n_59b7cff4e4b031cc65cc995dConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about Teddy being on his millennial shit, why colleges are upending traditional majors, creating curricula for the future, the anthropology and sociology of farming in Middle America, Quinn’s thoughts on his kid’s potential collegiate future, the mind-blowing trillion dollars of student debt, how an allergist appointment changed Quinn’s life, the cookie-fueled monster inside of Quinn (feel free to send fan art to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com), Brian’s childlike sense of answering questions, and eating nutrients.Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comWatch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantHeadspace: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app“Colleges are upending majors”: https://www.axios.com/future-of-higher-education-college-majors-8250f920-d8f6-4f1f-92de-7191d4cfd586.htmlConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In a very special Episode 64, Quinn & Brian discuss (live! Kind of): everything that’s good at the Sunrise Movement Tour (and everything that’s not-so-good in the local communities)!Our guests are politician and native Hawaiian Kaniela Ing, environmental activist Michelle Cerecerez, native activist Miguel Quimichipilli Bravo, and LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez.We make some new friends and have a lot of fun while we chat about the Green New Deal, supporting indigenous people, the scars of hyper gentrification, being surprised when you meet people with basic consideration for other human beings, environmental racism, and all of the important work that Sunrise Movement is doing here in California.Links:Join the Sunrise Movement Tour: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/tourKaniela Ing: https://www.kanielaing.com/Michelle Cerecerez: https://www.calfac.org/person/michelle-cerecerezMiguel Quimichipilli Bravo: https://twitter.com/ogBravo1Nury Martinez: http://www.nury-martinez.com/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/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In today’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about how nice weather brings bad things, whether or not Quinn is a doctor (it’s so hard to remember sometimes), our love/hate relationship with medicine, why it’s so much more fun when just Brian is talking, teaching a man to fish using Instagram, robbing Girl Scout Cookies, making real changes in our lives, skiing with a baby, that fucking puppy we saw one morning, not winning a Webby, trying to meet people in the middle (as long as there are facts in the middle), the youth, and why we need to put a greater premium on empathy.Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comWatch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantIn LA and listening on 4/26? Come hang out! http://sunrisemovement.org/tourConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In Episode 63, Quinn & Brian discuss: Building a new pipeline of sustainable food growers.Our guest is Dena Leibman, the Executive Director of the Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (or Future Harvest for short), a non-profit that works to build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed from farm and fishery to table. But Dena is one to practice what she preaches – or a workaholic – so the Leibman family also started ZigBone Farm Retreat, a 100-acre sheep and goat farm in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains that they are slowly converting into a naturally built retreat center and event space.And you know what’s really cool? Food without a bunch of shit in it, literally and figuratively; food that keeps us healthy instead of making us sick; food that makes us stronger, faster, and generally more like The Six Million Dollar Man. Today, we learn where our current food pipeline fails us – and what we can do to start supporting more sustainable farming and distribution practices today.Trump’s Book Club:He’s maybe not reachable by book, but we try: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3Links:Future Harvest: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/Beginner Farmer Training Program: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/new-farmers/how-applyFoodshed Field School: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/foodshed-field-schoolFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FHCASA/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fhcasa/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Find a local CSA: https://www.localharvest.org/csa/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/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
We’re back for another Fun Talk, in which Quinn & Brian go on about Quinn’s choice of curtains, the Webbys, Carl Sagan’s insane brain and clear voice, a quick introduction to Battlestar Galactica, pitting science and religion against each other in a metaphorical ring, taking everything too personally, where we’re real cray cray, Brian’s vacation to Carmel, which character from Sex & The City Brian is, sports people, an un-approved message from friend-of-the-pod Conor, and the most frustrating texts that Quinn has ever sent. (If Quinn has ever sent you a frustrating text that made you question why you’re friends, send us an email to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com).Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comWatch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportantContact by Carl SaganConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
In Episode 62, Quinn & Brian ask: Where does Ebola go from here?Our guest is Karin Huster, a Field Coordinator at Doctors Without Borders, where she is currently bouncing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She spent a decade in the trauma ICU before flinging herself head first into humanitarian efforts across the globe. She’s sorta the Forest Gump of humanitarian field nurses; if there’s a health-related outbreak, or a storm-related outbreak that turns into a health-related outbreak, she’s there – and she’s inspiring as hell!The latest Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, which is the worst on record for the DRC and the second largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. Ebola is a beast of a disease, the kind of thing Hollywood uses as a go-to when they need a horrible disease outbreak. However, we do actually have some experimental drugs for treatment and a promising vaccine, thanks to recent medical advancements, but they don’t seem to be doing a lot to slow the spread of this disease. But why? We get into it in this episode, and Karin explains in further detail in a beautifully written New York Times opinion piece, “Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?”Trump’s Book Club:Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3Links:Support: http://doctorswithoutborders.org“Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/ebola-treatment-democratic-republic-of-congo.htmlLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-huster-a225352/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reunionislagirlRead all of Karin’s articles: https://muckrack.com/karin-huster/articlesConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comIntro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comImportant, 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
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