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The 2019 Webby-nominee for Best Host and Best Science show returns to bend the motherf’ing arc of the universe towards a radically more livable planet for you, me, and everybody else.

Each episode dives into one question affecting everyone on the planet right now: climate change, clean energy, space, artificial intelligence, and medicine.

Our guests are diverse (78% women and/or POC) and qualified: scientists, doctors, politicians, even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice and their dollar.

Hosted by Quinn Emmett & Brian Colbert Kennedy
108 Episodes
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If you've been wondering how else you can help fight coronavirus besides staying at home in sweatpants, this episode is for you. Please share widely. You can find links and additional details at importantnotimportant.com/blog/fight. Find links from this newsletter and more at importantnotimportant.com/newsletter Got feedback? Email us at funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
What is the most embarrassing period of your life? How easily searchable is it in an online database? Well, if it’s anything less than very searchable, your embarrassment is more on the DL than Quinn’s. Today, we explore these embarrassing periods of our lives, complete with practical advice for saving those memories so that you whole family can enjoy them for years to come. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, and we stop whenever Brian gets (more) tired. If you want to hear us pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Mondays. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Links: The best photo scanning service: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-photo-scanning-service Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In Episode 89, Quinn & Brian discuss: Taking down the white guy who politically stabbed you (and the planet) in the back. Our guest is: Dr. Arati Kreibich. She gave us a call a couple weeks back to explain that she’s a freshman Councilmember in Glen Rock, a proud immigrant, a neuroscientist, a mother, and a grassroots organizer who is now running for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, because I GUESS THAT’S WHAT IT’S COME TO. In the last congressional election, Dr. Kreibich campaigned (a lot) for the current representative, Josh Gottheimer. She saw Josh as an opportunity for the district to move forward, but she’s been disillusioned and disappointed by the decisions he’s made in the name of “bipartisanship.”  So, instead of backing another rich white man who doesn’t actually care, Dr. Kreibich decided to take Gottheimer down herself. WE'RE IN. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Trump’s Book Club: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Night by Elie Wiesel https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Twitter: twitter.com/Arati4Congress www.aratiforcongress.com Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
Our Fun Talk episodes are usually reserved for our premium members, but seeing as we’re all locked in our houses for the next year, we’re temporarily moving them into the main feed. Everybody needs a laugh and believe us when we say there’s no saving the world in these ones, folks. Enjoy. Who was Brian’s childhood celbrity crush? Who graced the inside of Quinn’s locker? These are the hard-hitting questions we dedicated ourselves to answering for all of you shit-givers. But before that, because this epsiode was recorded two weeks ago, we made predictions about where the world would be today. Were we right? You be the judge. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, and we stop whenever Brian gets (more) tired. If you want to hear us pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Mondays. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
Our Fun Talk episodes are usually reserved for our premium members, but seeing as we’re all locked in our houses for the next year, we’re temporarily moving them into the main feed. Everybody needs a laugh and believe us when we say there’s no saving the world in these ones, folks. Enjoy. After a brief coronavirus interlude, Quinn & Brian start asking the important questions: What boy band would you want on a deserted island with you? That’s right, it’s the Lord of the Flies reboot you’ve all been waiting for! FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, and we stop whenever Brian gets (more) tired. If you want to hear us pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Mondays. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Links: Read: "Less than a Fifth of Deep-Sea Life Is Identifiable" Watch: "Tyler, the Creator Wins Best Rap Album for 'Igor' at the Grammys" Listen: The New Rock on Apple Music Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In Episode 88, Quinn & Brian ask: You voted for clean energy… so why hasn’t it become a thing yet? Our guest is: Dr. Leah Stokes, author of the new book Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States She’s like Captain Planet if Captain Planet was a powerful woman with a Ph.D. in kicking polluters’ asses AND public policy. At the end of this episode, you’ll know exactly why your state is still building or spewing fossil fuels and how you can help burn it all down. The energy system in our country is functioning exactly as it was designed — poorly and toxically — but we do have the ability to reclaim our air, reclaim our water, and reclaim our health if we start working together now. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Trump’s Book Club: “The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir” by Samantha Power https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Twitter: twitter.com/leahstokes Website: www.leahstokes.com Leah’s Book: www.leahstokes.com/book NextGen America: nextgenamerica.org Indow Window Inserts: indowwindows.com Get the 5 Calls app: 5calls.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In Episode 87, Quinn & Brian ask: What, exactly, are we putting on our bodies (and why aren’t more people asking questions about it)? Our guest is: Gregg Renfrew. Gregg is a serial entrepreneur who most recently founded Beautycounter to increase transparency and safety in the personal care industry. She also actively lobbies for regulation in the cosmetics industry to limit the number of harmful chemicals included in products sold in America because, you know, less poison in and on our bodies is a good thing — a good thing that many other companies in the beauty industry fight vehemently against. There are complicated ingredients in our cosmetics, moisturizers… well, pretty much everything we’re sold to put on our body to make it look or feel better. And these ingredients are increasingly obscured by labeling trickery, like the deceptive word “fragrance” that can hide dozens of potentially dangerous chemicals — and, holy hell, after what we learned in this episode, we are so on board with getting to the bottom of all of it. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Trump’s Book Club: “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Instagram: www.instagram.com/greggrenfrew Facebook: www.facebook.com/gregg.renfrew www.beautycounter.com The Never List: www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list Want to take action now? Text #betterbeauty to 52886 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In this special episode, Quinn (with some help from our friends at the CDC and elsewhere) talks you through everything you need to know about the coronavirus, what you can do to prepare, and — maybe most importantly — what you can’t. Want to read or print or share with friends? The matching blog post is here: https://www.importantnotimportant.com/blog/2020/3/2/how-to-survive-the-coronavirus-with-your-sanity-intact.
In Episode 86, Quinn & Brian ask: What can we do to support the black farmers who have the ancient answers to rebuilding our soil, farms, and food system? Our guest is: Leah Penniman, Co-Director and Farm Manager of Soul Fire Farm, a farm dedicated to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Leah is also the author of “Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.” In many ways, Soul Fire Farm represents a new start for American agriculture — a new start built on some very old roots, carrying on the legacy and wisdom of sustainable African farming traditions. We all benefit from the incredible work that Li and the others at Soul Fire Farm are doing, and this is a piece of historical and ecological education that everyone in the US, in particular, should be aware of. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Trump’s Book Club: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: www.soulfirefarm.org www.farmingwhileblack.org Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust: www.nefoclandtrust.org National Black Food and Justice Alliance: www.blackfoodjustice.org Instagram: www.instagram.com/leahpenniman Facebook: www.facebook.com/leah.penniman Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In Episode 85, Quinn asks: Is there a blueprint for fighting food waste in your city? Our guest is: Rick Nahmias. As Founder and Executive Director of Food Forward, Rick has spent more than a decade harvesting the bounty of LA’s fresh fruit and vegetables and getting them to the organizations feeding the many, many, many people in Southern California who cannot otherwise afford it. When you realize just how much food goes to waste in the United States, it’s a little sickening. And when you then consider how many people go hungry every day in the United States, it’s more than a little disheartening.  But the bright side — and, yes, we know that we wouldn’t need to talk about the bright side of every topic if we didn’t exclusively talk about how our world is going to hell — is that, wherever you might live, you can help get food out of the landfill and onto the plates of people who need it. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Trump’s Book Club: The Dalai Lama's Book of Love and Compassion by Dalai Lama https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: www.foodforward.org Spring Melt (April 4th @ The Jim Henson Company Lot): www.foodforward.org/about/spring-melt Instagram: www.instagram.com/foodforward Facebook: www.facebook.com/foodforwardla Twitter: www.twitter.com/foodforwardla Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
We’re back!  In Episode 84, Quinn & Brian ask: Is the USA responsible for climate refugees (and then turning them away)? Our guest is: Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration and human rights attorney and proud Mexican-American woman running for Congress in Texas’ 28th district to fight for working families. Early voting starts Feb. 18th in this district, so get on it Texan Shit Givers! Jessica’s opponent and the district’s incumbent is Henry Cuellar, “an anti-choice, anti-labor, pro-NRA Democrat who voted with Donald Trump and the Republicans almost 70% of the time last Congress,” according to Jessica’s campaign website. Rick Perry also appointed him to Texas Secretary of State, so that’s a big red flag. On top of all that, Cuellar is one of the top congressional recipients from the oil and gas industry and — surprise, surprise — he has voted for rolling back environmental regulations. Funny how that works. But here’s the thing: those choices don’t just affect voters in Texas’ 28th district. They affect generations of people in Texas, as well as people from other areas of the world who are already experiencing devastating effects from the climate crisis. But doing the work now to support and vote for people like Jessica will improve the lives of people around the world, for generations. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JCisnerosTX Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcisnerostx_/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JCisnerosTX Website: http://www.jessicacisnerosforcongress.com/ Are you a Shit Giver? Do you hate ads? Just love Fun Talk? Head over to http://importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to learn more about our new premium feed! Look at George W. Bush cradling Jessica’s opponent’s face: https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/capitol-hill-president-george-w-bushs-state-of-the-union-address-2006-picture-id95669298?s=2048x2048 “Climate refugees can't be returned home, says landmark UN human rights ruling”: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/20/climate-refugees-cant-be-returned-home-says-landmark-un-human-rights-ruling Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
This is a special preview of our new weekly audio newsletter. It's all the most vital science news you missed, with action steps you can take to fight back, delivered in five minutes and read by Brian. After this week, it's a premium-only product, so if you find it valuable, go to importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to subscribe! This week: the EU lost their meat pies to Boris but gained a hell of a lot of clean energy; energy emissions are flat worldwide but flat isn't enough; be damn glad you're not stuck on a cruise ship with the coronavirus; we CRISPR'd the first cancer patients; can we trust BP oil?; Democrats are campaigning on fixing our soil Find links from this newsletter and more at importantnotimportant.com/newsletter Got feedback? Email us at funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new premium podcast feed — The Shit-Giver Edition! Our main feed (this one) will always be free, and will always host the latest in our award-nominated "save the world" conversations, with ads read by us to help pay the bills. Our mission remains to reach the greatest audience and affect as much change as two guys and a rescue dog possibly can. But for those of you that don't want ads, or love Fun Talks, or just want to support our hard work -- you can now go premium! In exchange for supporting the show with $5 a month or $49 a year (a 17% discount!), you'll get:  Exclusive access to *ad-free* versions of the main "save the world" shows All of our *Fun Talk* episodes A *brand-new* audio version of our weekly newsletter. That’s all of the news you missed, read in the sultry voice of Brian Colbert Kennedy, delivered to your favorite podcasting app every Friday. Plus, you’ll get a *discount on merchandise* in our store! So head on over to http://importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to invest in the future of our work and help pay, most importantly, for Brian’s coffee. Thanks, as always, for all of your support. Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
This week's Fun Talk begins with a Quinn and Brian planning their next cannabis-fueled caper — think Cheech & Chong, but with more gentrification. It’s actually one of our most fun topics on Fun Talk, so you’re welcome.  Reminder: this is the last Fun Talk on our main feed. If you enjoy them, head on over to importantnotimportant.com/shitgiver to subscribe to our new premium, Shit Giver feed! Also today: Brian shares how things are going at the new restaurant. You still can’t check out their menu online because they don’t have a website, but you can check out their Instagram: @methimatabar. We also touch on our Amazon-sponsored Orwellian future and how even doorbells are spying on you before kinda go off the rails after that, but hey, that’s kinda the point. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Mondays. Have feedback or questions? Tweet us, or send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com. Links: Amazon's Ring video surveillance doorbell, explained Brian’s restaurant: @methimatabar Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
In Episode 83, Quinn & Brian discuss: Blue carbon, the patriarchy, and how one of those two things has ruined the other (we’ll give you three guesses). Our guests are Dr. Sarah Myhre and Priya Shukla. Dr. Myhre is a leading voice in the fields of climate science, science communication, and public advocacy, as well as a Fellow with Project Drawdown and the Executive Director of the Rowan Institute.  Priya is a PhD Student (AKA an almost-doctor) at UC Davis studying how climate change affects shellfish aquaculture operations within the coastal ocean, as well as a board member at The Rowan Institute and a Forbes contributor writing about ocean science. Blue Carbon is not an upcoming sequel to the highly-underrated Deep Blue Sea or a spinoff of the Netflix show Altered Carbon. Rather, it’s our best chance of sucking carbon right out of the air, if the man doesn’t keep trying to keep it down. These two more or less cut us out of the conversation — as it should be when we’re talking to two people who actually know what they’re talking about — debating the merits of different solutions to healing our oceans and addressing the climate crisis. But(!) we do make a few jokes. So, you know, we’re doing our part too. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: F*** You Very Much: The Surprising Truth about why People are So Rude by Danny Wallace & Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Sarahmyhre.com Sarah on Twitter: twitter.com/sarahemyhre Priyashukla.com Priya on Twitter: twitter.com/priyology Read Priya’s blog: www.forbes.com/sites/priyashukla/ 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 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
We’re interrupting your normally scheduled programming with a Special Election Report! So, today, Quinn & Brian ask: Will You Help Us Flip Virginia? Our guest is Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, an immigrant, educator, and mother who is running in the general election for Virginia State Senate District 10 on November 5, 2019 — just seven days after this episode airs! That means there are just seven days left to flip Virginia and make it blue. This is a special episode for us, and not only because we think Brian’s U.S. electoral map Halloween costume looks much better on him in blue (we’re thinking long-term here). Virginia is also Quinn’s home state and we have an opportunity to guide it towards a significantly more kick-ass future with women like Ghazala at the helm! So, if you don’t do it for the future of our nation and world, will you at least do something for Quinn? Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Support Dr. Hashmi: Donate to Dr. Hashmi RIGHT NOW: secure.actblue.com/donate/ghazalahashmiwebsite Learn more at ghazalahashmi.com Trump’s Book Club: The Constitution of the United States of America: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Other Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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 Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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
In Episode 82, Quinn & Brian discuss: How to fix our somewhat pressing land reconfiguration issues -- from 30,000 feet down to the soil under your feet. Our guest is Dr. Iara Lacher, a land use ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She is also the co-runner of a small nursery out of northwestern Virginia called Seven Bends Nursery. The work she does is based around sustainable planning and living, where they conduct the science to provide information for use in planning, land use, and conservation. She also wants to, through the nursery, provide these materials on a smaller scale to homeowners. We have a lot of work to do to combat climate change. We need to drastically rebuild our land use from top to bottom, reforesting the world — and before we can even start doing that, we have to stop deforestation. There is no one solution that’s going to solve it all, but we need a diverse portfolio of planning for our ecological future. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Smithsonian Institution: www.si.edu Conservation Biology Institute: consbio.org Changing Landscapes Initiative: www.vaworkinglandscapes.org/what-we-do/collaborative-projects/203-changing-landscapes-initiative 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 Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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
In Episode 81, Quinn & Brian discuss: Legalizing the weed of the sea. Our guests are Bren Smith and Tom Ford, two fine, clean-living gentleman who are out on the water, every day, trying to change the way that we eat and use the ocean to our benefit — and, more importantly, to the ocean’s benefit (which seems obvious to us, but apparently is not). Bren started the Thimble Island Ocean Farm, a farm dedicated to restorative ocean farming, and is the Executive Director and co-founder of GreenWave, a nonprofit supporting a new generation of ocean farmers feeding the planet and building a blue-green economy in the era of climate change. Tom Ford is Executive Director of The Bay Foundation, Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program, and Co-Director of the Coastal Research Institute at Loyola Marymount University — all of which adds up to him being a super smart guy with a lot of ideas about how we can improve both the ocean and our lives, and as we’ll learn today, some of them are surprisingly cheap and easy! Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: The Lorax & In a Fisherman's Language: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message GreenWave: www.greenwave.org The Bay Foundation: www.santamonicabay.org/ Eat Like a Fish by Bren Smith: www.amazon.com/Eat-Like-Fish-Adventures-Restorative-ebook/dp/B07GMYJJWM “Is Seaweed the Next Superfood?”: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/a-new-leaf 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 Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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
In Episode 80, Quinn & Brian discuss Quinn’s wife’s least favorite thing: Mosquitoes! Our guest is Dr. Natalie Kofler, a trained scientist and the founding director of Editing Nature at Yale University, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. Dr. Kofler’s work navigates the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of gene editing applications designed to impact wild species, such as CRISPR-edited mosquitoes to prevent malaria transmission. Dr. Kofler shares a deep level of technical understanding, paired with a heaping helping of compassion and nuance that is really something to behold. We are so happy she’s one of the people leading us into the future, and leading by a much-needed example. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Editing Nature: editingnature.org Twitter: twitter.com/nataliekofler 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 Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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
In Episode 79, Quinn & Brian are back to discuss: Optimism in the air (wait... that doesn’t sound like us). Our guest is Beth Gardiner, an environmental journalist and the author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution. We talk about why Beth was driven to write Choked, how we got to the sad state that we’re in on this planet right now, and how we’re actually getting out of it. It’s not improving everywhere, and it could definitely be improving faster, but this is one area where you can actually see and feel change happening. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: “Field Notes from a Catastrophe” by Elizabeth Kolbert: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Read “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution:” www.amazon.com/Choked-Life-Breath-Age-Pollution/dp/022649585X 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 Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message 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
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Allie

great podcast! thank you

Sep 23rd
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Nat

Why spray food with stuff and ship it around the world when there are ways to grow and sell locally? Why not develop research to help farmers in harsh climates instead?

Nov 29th
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Charles Matthew Miller

Begs the question can we speed this process up?

Sep 15th
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Charles Matthew Miller

Terrified by what passes as truth..

Sep 15th
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