#35: Can These Scientists Really Save Congress?

In Episode 35, Quinn & Brian ask: Can these scientists really save congress?

Our guest is Shaughnessy Naughton. She is the President & Founder of 314 Action, an organization founded by members of the STEM community; grassroots supporters and political activists who believe in the power of SCIENCE! They are committed to electing more STEM candidates to every level of elected office, advocate for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and stand up to fight back against the Trump administration's attacks on science.

314 Action’s efforts are always appreciated, but as we rapidly barrel towards the midterm elections here in the U.S. (Nov. 6th, 2018 – don’t forget to mark your calendars & register to vote) they are more necessary than ever. Because, as Shaughnessy tells us, “The attacks on science didn’t start with the Trump administration, but they’ve taken what felt like a war on science and turned it into an all-out war on facts.” So leading up to the elections, we’ll be speaking with a number of candidates endorsed by 314 Action so that we can spread some much-needed awareness and get some actually qualified people into office.

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#34: Electrocuting The Sh*t Out of Cancer

In Episode 34, Quinn & Brian discuss: Electrocuting the S#!t Out of Cancer.

Our guest is Theo Roth, an MB/PhD student candidate at UCSF who spends his days running experiments in the Marson Lab, and contributing to kick-ass research like the development of new tools for efficient CRISPR genome engineering in human cells.

The topic of this episode is extremely close to us and particularly relevant right now because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Childhood cancer, unfortunately, only receives 5% of the total federal research funding, which means we need more people like us supporting cancer researchers and hospitals that are working to help children with cancer. So our goal with this episode is to not only explain all of the awesome work that Theo does and how in the hell he electrocutes cancer cells – although we definitely get all up in that – but also to identify some steps you can take RIGHT NOW to support people like Theo who are fighting the good fight and working to eliminate cancer.

On that note: f#$k cancer in the face.

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#33: This is Zero Hour... So What The Hell Are You Doing?

In Episode 33, Quinn & Brian ask: This is Zero Hour... so what the hell are you doing?

Our guests are Elsa Mengistu and Emelly Villa, two of the young people behind Zero Hour, a movement that is aligning the voices of diverse in the conversation on climate and environmental justice. They’re doing incredible things to make this the world they want to (and can) live in – and they’re only 17 and 18!

The older generations, all around the world, have been stealing the future away from their children and grandchildren for far too long – and their children and grandchildren are fed up. #thisisZeroHour to act on climate change, and neither our planet or the youth can afford to wait any longer. If this episode doesn’t convince you to hop on board The Revolution train – not just any revolution, but the capital letter Revolution that’s going to change the world (and maybe put some backs against the wall) – then there’s probably nothing that will.

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#32: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?

In Episode 32, Quinn & Brian ask: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?

Our guest is Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, which we’re pretty sure means she’s the boss of all the religious folks out there – and luckily enough for you pious people, she’s delightful! The mission of Creation Justice Ministries is to “educate, equip, and mobilize Christian communities and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's Creation.” But more than that, and this is why we really wanted to chat with Shantha, they focus on providing support to the vulnerable and marginalized.

As an individual, when you watch the news and see all of the problems in the world (and then maybe pour yourself another drink or cry a little), those big problems can feel insurmountable for a regular person. And as the environment rapidly deteriorates and starts fighting back, the marginalized communities that are already suffering the most from our systematic problems just get more crap piled onto them.

But Creation Justice Ministries is going into small vulnerable communities, asking the people who live there what actually needs to be done, and then educating them on how to solve those problems themselves. Because that’s where people actually give a shit, and that’s where you can have the most impact.

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#31: Can Texas Go (Clean Energy) Independent?

In Episode 31, Quinn & Brian ask: Can Texas Go (Clean Energy) Independent?

Joining us this week is Congressional candidate for Texas district 21, Joseph Kopser. He’s a military vet and clean energy entrepreneur on the hunt for enemy of science Lamar Hunt’s seat.

This is the first in our series of conversations with candidates supported by 314 Action, the largest pro-science advocacy organization committed to electing scientists and STEM professionals to public office.

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#30: What's the Business Incentive for Going Green?

In Episode 30, Quinn & Brian ask: what’s the business incentive for climate/clean energy action?

In light of the Paris Agreement and all the bullshit that’s gone down since, we drafted Will Hackman to be our guest and explain it all.

Will’s been a campaign manager for the House and Senate, he’s worked as a marine fisheries conservation advocate, he represented Georgetown University at the UN climate change conference, and he’s an author on various energy, environmental, and climate change topics.

He’s also leaving immediately after this call to go to Alaska and potentially never come back.

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#29: The Pope Has Decided to Fix Climate Change With His Own Bare Hands

In Episode 29, Quinn & Brian ponder the fact that the Pope Has Decided to Defeat Climate Change With His Own Bare Hands

Our guest — Jose Aguto. Jose is the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, where he works to lead Catholicism into climate action, which includes building and providing the tools to do so.

We’re excited to continue our streak of talking to and hopefully not insulting the last segments of the population that we (desperately) need to get on board with climate action — whatever their beliefs. Cracking this little problem is gonna take every single last one of us, and yes that means you too, Steve.

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#28: Why the hell is space exploration important when the planet is literally on fire?

In Episode 28, Quinn & Brian ask: Why the hell is space exploration important when the planet is literally on fire?

To answer that, they’ve brought on The Space Gal, Emily Calandrelli. And boy does she set the record straight.

Emily is an MIT-engineer turned Emmy-nominated science host on TV and online, and she’s also a children’s book author.

Join us as we discuss the history of space exploration, what she’d do as NASA administrator/dictator, and her own upbringing in West Virginia.

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#27: What Happens When the Atlantic Ocean Invades the Arctic Ocean?

In Episode 27, Quinn & Brian ask: What happens when the Atlantic Ocean invades the Arctic Ocean?

Our guest: Julia Roberson, vice president of relations for the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. Julia takes complex issues, like one ocean invading another, and makes them real and relevant to human beings, and finally (and most specific for us) helps us act on them. She’s damn funny and way smarter than us, but once again, a gentle reminder: it’s a low, low bar.

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#26: He's Given 200 Climate Speeches to Congress. What's Next?

In Episode 26, Quinn & Brian ask: what drives a man to give 200 climate speeches to Congress? That's once a week since 2007, if you're counting.

Our guest today: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the junior senator from Rhode Island. We discuss his speeches, his future carbon bill, bi-partisanship, calling bullshit when we see it, Rhode Island’s fossil-fuel lawsuit, and so much more.

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#25: Middle School Physics: Lame, or the First Step to Becoming A Superhero?

In Episode 25, Quinn & Brian ask: “Middle school physics class: Lame, or the first step to becoming a superhero?”

Our guest today is “The Physics Girl”, Dianna Cowern. She’s hunted for dark matter with MIT and Harvard, worked at GE, and is now one of the world’s most popular science communicators. And holy hell is her enthusiasm contagious.

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#24: When Will San Francisco Be Underwater?

In Episode 24, Quinn & Brian ask: When will San Francisco be underwater?

On the mic today is the ever-intrepid Molly Peterson, a renowned reporter focusing on the environment and climate change. 

Molly’s worked at Southern California Public Radio, ISeeChange, funded by NASA, she's traveled to and reported from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a fellow for the International Women’s Media Foundation, and is now at Pactio, a super-cool new organization supporting independent journalists.

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#23: Can We Predict The Next Big Earthquake?

In Episode 23, Quinn & Brian ask: can we predict the next big earthquake? Pretty please?

Joining us is Josh Bashioum, founder of Early Warning Labs, an earthquake early warning technology developer, whose mission is to improve, expand, and lower the costs of existing earthquake early warning systems.

Listen in as we discuss San Francisco, the northwest, San Andreas, The Rock, other dreamy action stars, and how LA is (shockingly) more prepared than you think.

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#22: How does your phone call become law?

In Episode 22, Quinn & Brian ask: how does your phone call become law? 

To help answer that question, they’ve got Andres Jimenez on the line. Andres is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Citizens Climate Lobby, working with both the House and Senate to expand the voice of citizens, as well as push relevant legislation through.  He’s also a leading member of GreenLatinos. Andres has worked with the Ocean Conservancy and in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office in New York.

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#21: What’s the #1 thing YOU can do to affect climate change?

In Episode 21, Quinn & Brian finally get to the heart of it: What’s the #1 thing YOU can do to affect climate change?

On the mic and down the street, Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Peter wrote a book called “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” and also he’s got chickens and no longer a motorcycle (BRIAN).

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#20: How the hell are we gonna feed 10 billion people?

In Episode 20, Quinn and Brian wonder: How the hell are we gonna feed 10 billion people?

Enter Fred Iutzi of the Land Institute, where they’re focused on the incredibly modest goal of working to displace the predominant industrial, disruptive system of agriculture by providing staple foods without destroying or compromising the cultural and ecological systems upon which we so very much depend. So.

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#19: What’s the future of antibiotics?

In Episode 19, Quinn & Brian ask: What’s the future of antibiotics?

To answer: the irrepressible Dr. Gautam Dantas, the professor of pathology and immunology and biomedical engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He leads the Dantas Lab, where they work at the interface of microbial genomics, ecology, synthetic biology, and systems biology, to understand, harness, and engineer the biochemical processing potential of microbial communities.

We have a lovely, not terrifying chat about designing new antibiotics in the post-antibiotic area. Topics covered include bacteria as the O.G., Thanos, precision medicine, cows, horror shows from the ancient past buried in ice cores, and your vote and where it should go. 

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#18: A new science foundation in America

In Episode 18, Quinn & Brian try to build a more flexible, approachable, and fun new science foundation in America. But they don't know where to start.

Enter the legendary Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer”. He's an astronomer (obviously), author, and science communicator extraordinaire and we chat about rebuilding the foundations of American science.

And that, friends, starts with enthusiasm. Science — fuck yeah!

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#17: What’s the future of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change?

In Episode 17, Quinn & Brian ask: What’s the future of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change?

Joining us: Jason Friesen, the founder and executive director of Trek Medics, a 501 c3 registered NGO dedicated to creating or improving emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies.

We talk about the current and future state of emergency medical systems in the age of climate change. Because the big one's coming.

Jason would like you to know that they make their services available to all communities, regardless of race, religion, or creed. He's saved six lives since Brian woke up.

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#16: Clouds ruin EVERYTHING

In Episode 16, Quinn & Brian ask: what's the future of climate modeling? Also, what's a climate model?

Enter Dr. Kate Marvel. She's a climate scientist and a writer. A theoretical physicist by training, she is now an associate research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. Because, sure.

Dr. Marvel's research focuses on how human activities affect the climate and what we can expect in the future, using satellite observations, computer models, and basic physics to study the human impact on variables from rainfall patterns to cloud cover.

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