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Listen in and join us as we bend the motherf’ing arc of history towards a radically more livable planet for you, me, and everybody else.

Our Webby-nominated, weekly conversational podcast dives into a question affecting everyone on the planet right now: climate change, clean energy, space, artificial intelligence, antibiotics, cancer, and medicine.

Our guests: 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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We’re still on a brief hiatus from our regular episodes, but Quinn & Brian are back this week for more Fun Talk! And we brought all kinds of good stuff to help this Friday go down real smooth: the morning show that starts in the afternoon, cats against Trump, Brian’s ongoing move, a female sorcerer's phallic objects found in Pompeii, the badass women in the movie Hustlers, our old friends at Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and a message that Quinn sent Brian (without response) at #420.We’ll be back to our normally scheduled programming on 9/24!FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message“Experts in Pompeii Have Discovered a Female Sorcerer’s Mysterious Arsenal of Charms—See Them Here:” news.artnet.com/art-world/sorcerer-trove-discovered-pompeii-1623607Connect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
Fun Talk is here to help you start the holiday weekend by drowning out the people you actually know with two strangers talking in your ears! This week those pessimistic strangers that everyone loves to love, Quinn & Brian, chat about Quinn’s fairweather nature, apartment searching, Scott Reinhard’s sweet-ass maps, asking our Presidential and Senatorial candidates questions, finishing the get-it-done draft of Quinn’s book, the different ways that people approach writing, and some sweet-ass globes.FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageCheck out these sweet maps: scottreinhard.com/Mapping-and-VisualizationGlobe Makers: instagram.com/globemakersShazam Discovery Top 50 Playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/shazam-discovery-top-50/pl.eba7614f65cd42ff8868b2d8181f49f4Connect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
In Episode 78, Quinn & Brian discuss: Planning for chaos.Our guest is Bina Venkataraman, author of the upcoming book The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age and a teacher in the program on Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Fair warning, so you don’t get upset like Brian did: this is not a real telescope. But you should still be excited, like Brian is now, because Bina is awesome and her book sounds fantastic.As you can probably tell from the title of Bina’s book, this is actually a pretty positive episode! Of course, because we can’t let the silver lining distract you from the thundering cumulonimbus above our heads for too long, we will remind you that a book like this is only necessary because we’re pretty much one Instagram filter away from it being Mad Max out there.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Trump’s Book Club:The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messagePreorder The Optimist's Telescope: writerbina.com/the-optimists-telescopeTwitter: twitter.com/binajvBina’s TEDTalk: ted.com/talks/bina_venkataraman_the_power_to_think_ahead_in_a_reckless_ageConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
It’s Fun Talk, and you know what that means – it’s a conversation that’s fun! ...or, sometimes, super sad. But that would be a bad title. Anywho! This week, Quinn and Brian chat about whether you’d rather have a break or replays, the Emmett family’s ALS fundraiser, Chernobyl 2.0, insensitive polls, your feedback about this podcast (good and bad), podcast swapsies, Brian’s Giphy stats, postcards from Antarctica, sponsoring Science Hack Day San Francisco 2019, vegan protein bars, the most dangerous movie ever made, moving as far away from Quinn as possible, joining a basketball league, and Quinn’s vacation vacation.FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageSarai - Winner Represent (Pepperjuice Remix) by Pepperjuice: soundcloud.com/pepperjuice/winnerrepresentScience Hack Day San Francisco 2019 (it’s FREE!): http://sf.sciencehackday.org“'Aquarela': Inside The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made”: www.indiewire.com/2019/08/aquarela-the-most-dangerous-movie-ever-made-documentary-1202048704/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/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
In Episode 62, Quinn & Brian asked: 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.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
In Episode 77, Quinn & Brian discuss: How Colorado can fix this wholllllle thing with one little election.Our guest is Mike Johnston, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado and the first in our series of conversations about the 2020 elections.The 2020 Senate elections are going to be really important because flipping the Senate is one of the only protections we might have from another four years of a Republican President – or, if we want to think a little more optimistically, it will allow a new President to make more significant and impactful changes to policies that affect everyone, everywhere.Colorado is the state where we're most likely to flip a seat, so it’s really going to set the tone for the rest of the 2020 elections.And we like what Mike has done with his political career so far. As a State Senator, he passed major legislation that opened the doors of college to undocumented students, invested in renewable energy, and won a fight with the NRA to pass common sense gun safety. As Mike said when he announced his campaign, “Colorado deserves a U.S. Senator who will run to our hardest problems and show the leadership to pass real progressive policy.”Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/important-not-important/message!Trump’s Book Club:Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageSupport Mike at https://www.mikejohnstonforcolorado.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikejohnstonco/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeJohnstonCO/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeJohnstonCOThese Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore: https://www.amazon.com/These-Truths-History-United-States/dp/0393635244Connect 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/ImportantNotImportant--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
Fun Talk is the most funnest talking you’ll hear all week, on this podcast feed, and this week Quinn & Brian dive into why plant names are the best, recommending products like Oprah, the vegan cheese struggle, wanting to be eaten by an alien, some great new comics that have come out recently, there’s some really good anime(?), medicine cabinets: pro or con, our reignited fear of asteroids, and your friendly reminder that you should be joining us at L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand if you will be in the area.FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageL.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/registerPlant Delights Nursery: www.plantdelights.comUnReal snacks: getunreal.comMylk Guys: www.mylkguys.comConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
In Episode 76, Quinn & Brian discuss: What you don’t see (any more) when you snorkel.Our guest is Dr. Kim Cobb, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who specializes in climate change, specifically how the extremes of climate change are changing in the ocean due to anthropogenic greenhouse gasses. She describes herself as 40% Climate Scientist, 40% Mom, and 20% Indiana Jones, somehow managing to balance research in remote areas of the world with raising four children. So she’s definitely badass, probably super human.Dr. Cobb, like some of our other guests who are researching the future of climate change impacts, is doing so with increasing urgency and desperation in a valiant effort to help us avoid the worst effects of climate change. As science and Dr. Cobb’s body of work are actively attacked by politicians, policy makers, and the public, she and her colleagues are being forced to stand up and scream that we need different policies, now, to keep our communities clean and safe – and we’re happy to at least offer our roof as another place to shout from.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Trump’s Book Club:Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageDr. Cobb’s lab: shadow.eas.gatech.edu/~kcobbTwitter: twitter.com/coralsncavesCitizens’ Climate Lobby: citizensclimatelobby.orgConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
Fun Talk: It Behooves

Fun Talk: It Behooves

2019-08-0200:25:56

Another week, another Fun Talk. Today, Quinn & Brian chat about this dope ice cream they found at Salt and Straw, Quinn’s quiet life in Virginia, looking forward to checking out The Boys, squeezing peanut butter and jelly right into your mouth, Brian looking for a place to move in with with his girlfriend, the most annoying thing about living with Brian is how perfect of a roommate he is, using MyFitnessPal to track Brian’s macros and calories, the L.A. pier to pier swim, and Water Country USA.FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays.Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message!Links:Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.comLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageSalt and Straw flavors: saltandstraw.com/flavors/#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/ImportantNotImportantLeave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/messageFollow 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--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
In Episode 50, Quinn & Brian discussed: 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 SepúlvedaDancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason StearnsLinks:Learn more at https://www.dcpolicycenter.orgYesim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yesimsyCheck out https://pactio.us/host/molly-petersonMolly on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mollydaciousGreater Greater Washington: https://ggwash.orgConnect with us:Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.comFollow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmettFollow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertkenLike and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportantCheck us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportantFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImpPin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportantTumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.comImportant, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message
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