New Book and Podcast Recommendations

Podcasts keep my mind learning while my hands work in the greenhouse and gardens. Three have meant a lot to me lately, as well as a book that is beautifully assembled and blazingly hopeful.

First the podcasts. Living on Earth has been around for awhile. It’s a weekly go-to source for coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health, hosted by Steve Curwood. It has a lot of different segments in each episode with news and interviews.

Second, How to Save a Planet, hosted by Alex Blumberg and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, is a newer show for those hungry for climate news focused on fascinating weekly topics, with in-depth interviews with a variety of people engaged in planet-saving enterprises: kelp farmers, native tribal leaders, electricity experts, Black Lives Matter leaders, Republican legislators, Gina McCarthy…. You never know who will turn up there and where the thought-provoking, fast-moving conversation will go. Notes for each show include doable calls to action.

And a third podcast for the climate curious, A Matter of Degrees, is hosted by Dr. Leah Stokes, a political scientist and author of Short Circuiting Policy, and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, vice president at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions resource.

And the beautiful book, featured above: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis is edited by two of the podcasters–Ayana Johnson (of How to Save a Planet) and Katharine Wilkinson (of A Matter of Degrees). All the essays and poems are by women from multiple ethnic backgrounds and professional specialties who stand together at the forefront of the climate movement, “harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.” They include such prominent climate women as Katharine Hayhoe, Gina McCarthy, and Naomi Klein, as well as poets like Mary Oliver and Alice Walker, and introduce you to many more besides. If you choose to download it as an audio book, there is a further joy: some of the essays are read by Jane Fonda and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The essays are sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always deep, always thoughtful. And having co-edited an all-female book myself (After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology), I am deeply appreciative of this kind of effort to raise feminist voices.

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