Environmental Podcasts

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Here you'll find informative and interesting podcasts by SEJ members and other journalists, and science professionals. Know of a great podcast we should include on this page? For consideration, send the link and a short description to SEJ's web content manager Cindy MacDonald.

America Adapts
Focuses on how to adapt to climate change.

Behind the Schemes
Does a great job covering issues related to wildlife trafficking.

Bionic Planet
Launched in 2016 by award-winning business and science reporter/SEJ member Steve Zwick, Bionic Planet breaks down the wonkier aspects of land use and climate change for a mainstream audience. It was produced only intermittently in 2020, but will return to full production in 2021.

Broken Ground
The Southern Environmental Law Center's podcast explores environmental issues in the South (Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).

California Burning
This five-part podcast series on the issues around California wildfires takes a deep look into the poor environmental practices that have led to these problems — and how improving how we interact with the environment can improve things, not just for fire conditions, but for ecosystem restoration and climate change. Produced by Matthew A. Fidler/North State Public Radio.

The Carbon Copy
SEJ member Alexandria Herr is a producer at Post Script Media, where she leads production on this weekly climate news podcast distributed through Canary Media.

Chesapeake Uncharted
This podcast by Chesapeake Bay Journal staff writer and SEJ member Jeremy Cox is a reported journey around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, driving home the message that you don’t have to look to the north or south poles for evidence of climate change: It’s happening here and now.

Cinema Verde's Director Discussions
Cinema Verde, founded and directed by SEJ member Trish Riley, has made its podcasts available on all major channels, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Stitcher, creating another digital way to spread the word about the work of independent environmental filmmakers.

Climate Cast
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News meteorologist Paul Huttner offers the latest research on Earth's changing climate.

Climate Now
Interviews with researchers and other experts on climate science, economics, policy, clean energy and negative emissions technologies.

Climate One
Climate One from The Commonwealth Club offers a weekly podcast exploring topics including economics, energy, food, resilience, technology, transportation and water.

Conservation Connection
Join the Last Chance Endeavors team as they interview today's leading wildlife scientists and conservationists about their most recent discoveries. Listen in to hear the ongoing story of the scientific studies being conducted to protect our planet's future.

Costing the Earth
BBC Radio's program looks at how humans affect the environment and how the environment reacts, questions accepted truths, challenges those in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world.

Crazy Town
With equal parts humor and in-depth analysis, Asher, Rob, and Jason safeguard their sanity while probing crazy-making topics like climate change, overshoot, runaway capitalism and why we're all deluding ourselves. Crazy Town is a project of the Post Carbon Institute.

The Crisis
A Vice News investigation into a deadly fight over the environment and who controls it. Season 1 delves into the murders of three Colombian coal miners who were working for an Alabama coal company, and unravels a decades-long saga of bribery, scandal, civil war, contamination and death. Hosted by Ramón Campos, Sayre Quevedo and SEJ member Agnes Walton.

Defending the Planet
This limited podcast series (weekly June 2 through July 7 inclusive) from Columbia Law School will explore the critical role law and lawyers play in confronting the global climate crisis. Hosted by Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and the founder and faculty director of the Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

This podcast, from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, explores the controversy surrounding the ambitious plan to save the Everglades, hosted by SEJ member Amy Green.

Courtroom drama, secret documents, psychological warfare, whistleblowers, media manipulation, this is a story that has it all. Join SEJ member Amy Westervelt and team as they uncover the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century — the creation and spread of climate denial — and why it's been so effective.

ecoTalk//Eco Justice for All in R.I.
SEJ member Bernardo Motta and his Communities of Hope team at Roger Williams University work with Frank Carini and ecoRI News to bring you this monthly podcast about environmental-justice issues in Rhode Island, with a focus on problems and solutions.

The Energy Gang
Greentech Media's podcast covers renewables/clean tech.

The Environment in Focus
Since 2007, national award-winning environmental journalist and author Tom Pelton has hosted this weekly public radio program and podcast about the issues and people affecting our world.

The Environment Report
Mostly Great Lakes and Michigan focused.

Environmental Health Chat
The NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Partnerships for Environmental Public Health network produces this podcast series exploring how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

The Environmental Podcast
Two Environment and Sustainability students produce this podcast with an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability thinking.

SEJ member Parimal Rohit teams up with Dana Miller and Mary Carreon to bring you weekly environmental news in this podcast "where we have connections and provide information on climate issues and stories that affect us every day."

Fire!: An American Burning
This five-episode podcast, produced by Ryan Schnurr for Belt Magazine, is about industrial fires, climate crisis and our complex relationships to the non-human world.

For the Wild
Facilitates conversations with people including Chris Hedges, Sylvia Earle, Vandana Shiva, Jill Stein, Winona La Duke, Terry Tempest Williams and more, around land-based restoration, wilderness conservation, storytelling and education.

Future Ecologies
Through storytelling, interviews and science communication, this monthly podcast explores how  we relate to our living planet.

Generation Anthropocene
A science podcast featuring stories and conversations about planetary change.

Green Divas Radio Show
A one-hour radio show featuring interviews with high-profile celebrities and leaders in the green living movement (including Green Dudes).

Green Dreamer
Interviews with various thought leaders and environmentalists such as Adrian Grenier, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Leah Penniman, Tristram Stuart and 1% For the Planet's Kate Williams. Example: The Bug Chicks on "What arthropods can teach us about social-emotional learning."

The GroundTruth Podcast
GroundTruth is a podcast about global reporting on issues ranging from terrorism to global warming to income inequality.

Hazard NJ
This limited-series investigative podcast from PBS affiliate NJ Spotlight News examines how Superfund sites across New Jersey will be impacted by climate change and what's being done to clean them up. Hosted by journalist/SEJ member Jordan Gass-Poore'. Project website.

In a limited series of up-to-the-minute interviews with Bill McKibben, Mary Heglar, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Kate Aronoff and others, Emily Atkin connects the dots on how two of the most pressing issues of our time — COVID-19 and the climate crisis — are really one and the same. Find all six here, alongside the Drilled podcasts.

The International Center for Journalists' IJNet podcast series comprises six episodes on environmental reporting.

In This Climate
Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and The Media School interviews scientists and others "working toward solutions, the legislation to watch and the ways you can remain resilient."

The Last Environmentalist
Josh Dorfman's weekly podcast about action, ingenuity and hope in the face of climate change.

Living on Earth
On Public Radio International (PRI), hosted by SEJ member Steve Curwood.

Living Planet
Deutsche Welle combines elements of a televised news magazine with a podcast on their website.

Locally Led Adaptation — A Time for Action
Following the Jan 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit, where 40 governments and leading organizations endorsed eight principles for locally led adaptation, and prior to to the UN climate summit (COP26) negotiations in Nov 2021, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) created a mini-series of three podcast conversations to examine related issues and solutions.

Mongabay Newscast
Mongabay is a nonprofit provider of conservation and environmental science news. The podcast can be found here as well as on Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes, Google Play and other places you get audio.

Nature: Breaking
New in July 2022, this World Wildlife Fund podcast will feature interviews with a wide variety of WWF experts commenting on issues from climate change to biodiversity loss to plastic waste.  The first full episode will be released on August 16, with bi-weekly episodes to follow.

No Planet B
Environmental scientists Wyatt Jordan and Breanna Waterman interview researchers, farmers, professors and astrophysicists to learn about how they're affected and what their research and experience can tell us about climate change.

NPR's Environment Podcast
Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution and endangered species.

On the Green Fence
From a German perspective, Deutsche Welle reporters Neil King and Gabe Borrud explore divisive and pressing environmental topics, such as climate protests, meat eating, wolves, having children or not, degrowth and more.

The Outlaw Ocean Podcast
This seven-part series "explores a gritty and lawless realm rarely seen, populated by traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways." Created and produced by The Outlaw Ocean Project, from CBC Podcasts and the L.A. Times.

Panda Pod
World Wildlife Fund's monthly podcast series.

Parts Per Billion
Reporters for Bloomberg Law's environmental policy podcast cover issues from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change.

A podcast on plastic, people and the planet by freelance journalist Anja Krieger.

Podship Earth
Hosted by Jared Blumenfeld, former West Coast administrator of the EPA, this award-winning podcast explores different aspects of sustainability/environmental change and social impact each week.

Poetry & Planet
Monthly podcast featuring the best contemporary poetry focusing on nature and the environment; produced by EarthTalk.

Pulse of the Planet
Two-minute science vignettes with Jim Metzner.

"Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience."

Reveal Radio, from The Center for Investigative Reporting, is available as a weekly podcast, hosted by Al Letson and co-produced with PRX.

Reversing Climate Change
This weekly podcast takes an in-depth look at people, organizations and concepts coming together to go beyond carbon reduction to make CO2 removal from Earth's atmosphere a reality. No time for deep looks? Carbon Removal Newsroom is a shorter version from the Nori CO2 carbon removal marketplace, discussing current developments in getting excess carbon out of the atmosphere.

Rising Tide: The Ocean Podcast
SEJ member David Helvarg's podcast is "full of blue beat story ideas, leads, pitches and yaws."

Science Friday
Stories about science, technology and more, from the "outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies."

Scientific American's Podcasts
"Sixty-second science" on a variety of topics.

Sea Change Radio
Nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental and economic sustainability.

The Steady Stater
The Steady Stater, hosted by Brian Czech, is a podcast by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, dedicated to exploring limits to growth and sustainable solutions. Czech and his guests discuss the principles of steady-state economics and how they apply to contemporary politics and policy. Airs Mondays at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Stories for Earth
This podcast focuses on stories that can help people develop emotional resilience to the climate crisis. Every month they examine a book, movie, TV show, video game or any other kind of relevant cultural narrative that can teach us lessons about mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Sustainable Asia
Asian voices give perspective on how different countries in Asia are tackling environmental problems on a changing planet.

Sustainably Geeky
Each episode explores a different sustainability topic and features a subject matter expert to help break down complex issues for listeners.

The Sweaty Penguin
This weekly podcast takes a non-partisan comedic approach to environmental issues with an opening monologue by host Ethan Brown explaining the issue, followed by an interview with an expert to learn about their research and hear their perspective.

Temperature Check
Grist's weekly podcast covers climate, race and culture, hosted by Andrew Simon.

SEJ member Ashley Ahearn hosts a national podcast produced out of KUOW in Seattle, exploring the choices we make in a world we have changed.

Produced by Auricle Productions, Threshold is a Peabody Award-winning podcast that tells captivating stories about people and the planet. Each season is a deep dive into one pressing environmental story, explored through the intersections of science, politics, culture and environmental justice. Threshold aims to make space for thoughtful, honest and intersectional conversations about human relationships with the natural world. SEJ member Amy Martin is founder and executive producer.

TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate)
MIT experts explain climate change science, technology and policy topics in short 10-minute episodes.

Transnatural Perspectives
Norway-based environmental writer Josh Bennett "puts nature in focus whilst communicating on Society and Culture Across Environments and Landscapes" via conversations, writings and other media inspired by the experiences of international researchers and practitioners in fields related to Outdoor and Environmental Social Studies.

Trump on Earth
Produced by The Allegheny Front, an environmental reporting project based in Pittsburgh, this podcast explores the environment in the Trump era. Each episode sorts through how changes to environmental policy affect people around the world — with deep analysis, clear information and real talk from the critics, scientists and thinkers who know the issues.

The Undark Podcast
Undark's monthly audio exploration of science and society.

From the The Narwhal, this six-part investigative podcast is about Bear 148, a female grizzly bear who ended up dying 450 km from her home range, spurring major public outcry. Emma Gilchrist, Narwhal editor-in-chief/executive director and B.C. investigative reporter Sarah Cox are SEJ members.

Warm Regards
Climate conversations between Eric Holthaus, reporter/SEJ member Andrew Revkin and Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist.

What a Waste
Comedians Lucia Whalen and Tyler Horvath have solved the climate crisis with their new podcast. In each episode, Lucia teaches Tyler about an environmental issue that he previously pretended to know about. They are also joined by special guests including scientists, journalists and comedians. Follow @whatawastepod on Instagram and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Original music by Steve Malden and podcast art by Elsie How.

What About Water? with Jay Famiglietti
This podcast, hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab, "connects water science with the stories that bring about solutions, adaptations & actions for the world's water realities." Don't miss the November 23, 2022 episode, "Submerged: Indigenous Communities and Mega-Hydro Projects," produced by SEJ member Farha Akhtar as a 2022 fellow of The Uproot Project.

The Writers' Co-op
This business podcast is for freelance writers. It's hosted by SEJ member Wudan Yan and freelancer Jenni Gritters. Hear about finding clients, diversifying income streams, saying no, taking care of your mental health, negotiating contracts, getting paid on time, how to look at investigative journalism as a business, balancing full-time work with freelance gigs and more.

Yale Climate Connections
An online news service providing daily radio broadcasts and original online reporting, commentary and analysis on the issue of climate change. An initiative of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication.

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