We launched the Mongabay Newscast in September 2016 and have released a new episode every two weeks since then. Now that we’ve arrived at the end of 2017, however, we’ve decided to take a break from our regular production schedule and instead take a look back at some of the most compelling conversations we featured on the Mongabay Newscast this year.
From world-famous conservationists like Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson to renowned musicians like Paul Simon and best-selling authors like Margaret Atwood, we welcomed a lot of truly fascinating people onto our podcast in 2017. Below are six of our favorite quotes from the Newscast this year, which will hopefully provide jumping off points for you to dig in more deeply.
Harvard professor, climate historian, and noted author Naomi Oreskes appeared on the Mongabay Newscast shortly after the Trump presidency officially began. We wanted to know what environmental stories Oreskes was worried would get lost in the media’s hyperfocus on the chaos surrounding the new Trump Administration in the U.S., and also spoke with her about her lecture at the 2017 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in which she laid out an evidence-based case for why scientists should be speaking out about their work in public more often.
Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and acclaimed climate science communicator at Texas Tech University, teamed up last year with her local PBS station, KTTZ, to write and produce a web series called “Global Weirding.” We checked in with Hayhoe as she was in the middle of shooting the second season of Global Weirding in order to get a sense of what to expect from the new episodes of the show and how she views the overall political landscape around climate action today.
12-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon embarked on a 17-date US concert tour in 2017 — which he announced right here on Mongabay.com — with all proceeds benefiting Half-Earth, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Mongabay contributor Justin Catanoso interviewed Simon about his long-time friendship with E.O. Wilson and why Dr. Wilson’s Half-Earth idea inspired him to get involved in an environmental cause.
Margaret Atwood’s novels and poetry have won everything from an Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction to the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Atwood recently tackled a medium she is not as well-known for, however: She wrote a comic book series, called Angel Catbird, that “was a conservation project from the get-go,” she told Mongabay.
Edward O. Wilson is considered one of the greatest scientists of the last 100 years.
Mongabay senior correspondent Jeremy Hance interviewed Wilson in January about the Half-Earth book and conservation initiative, his thoughts on the then-incoming Trump Administration, and how he maintains hope for the future.
Jane Goodall’s work as a primatologist studying animal behavior for the past six decades has made her a household name. Just before Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett Butler interviewed her, Goodall’s contention that chimps have personalities just like people, which she’d held for nearly 60 years, was vindicated by new research.
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