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Important, Not Important

Science for people who give a sh*t. Want to feel better AND unf*ck the world? The 6-time Webby nominee delivers deep conversations with the world's smartest people (scientists, doctors, CEO's, farmers, and more!), and digestible news updates every single week, loaded with tips and steps you and we can take to fix this place right up. We're talkin' clean energy and coral reefs, COVID vaccines and pediatric cancer research, clean water and carbon capture tech, asteroid deflection and artificial intelligence ethics. "A vital service in an era where important truths, outright fiction and mere trivia all compete for your attention.” - Craig Mazin, creator, writer, and executive producer of HBO's Chernobyl Hosted by Quinn Emmett


Last Episode Date: 10 June 2024

Total Episodes: 300

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10 June 2024
Bring A Folding Chair

How do we tackle huge systemic intersectional environmental justice issues at the local level?That's today's big question, and my guest is Jacqui Patterson. Jacqui is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project, which helps connect Black communities tha...

48 min
3 June 2024
The Science of Fiction

Why is it so important that we share the science of fiction, and what do we do with it once we have it? That's today's big question, and my guest is Maddie Stone. Maddie is a prolific science journalist. She is a doctor of earth and environmental sciences. She's the former s...

65 min
27 May 2024
Essay: In Bruges

This week: Do you like cookies? What about olive oil cake? What about chocolate chip coffee cake? Listen on.Here's What You Can Do:🌍️ Donate to support African farmers by increasing incomes and improving food security through the Alliance for a Green Afri...

19 min
20 May 2024
Chronic Illness: Not Actually Female Hysteria!

How do we take a huge chronic disease burden like Lyme disease or long COVID or even long flu and make it so personal that we simply can't ignore it anymore? That's today's big question and my guest is Dr. Mikki Tal, an immunoengineer and a principal scientist at MIT.Dr. Tal...

71 min
10 May 2024
Essay: How to get more Good Energy

This week: This week I wrote about a groundbreaking and essential new study that — thank christ — is not actually about which seemingly reasonable dietary supplement will definitely extend/tragically cut short your life.It’s about 🍿 film, and aft...

12 min
3 May 2024
Essay: Bridget Jones, Climate Hero

This week: In this essay, I will argue that Bridget Jones is the perfect climate-era hero, because she is all of us.Here's What You Can Do:🌍️ Donate to Project HOPE to support frontline teams working to strengthen healthcare systems and respond to cr...

29 min
29 April 2024
Keeping Long COVID In The News

Who is still covering Long COVID, and how much is the audience actually growing? That's today's big question, and my guests are Betsy Ladygetz and Miles Griffis, editors and co-founders of The Sick Times, a journalist-founded website chronicling the Long COVID crisis. The Si...

76 min
11 April 2024
Essay: Program The World

This week: Let’s talk about the Information Era.Here's What You Can Do:Donate (and subscribe!) to the 19th, an independent, non-profit, kick-ass newsroom reporting on gender and politics.Volunteer with Tech Shift to build a fairer, more just techno...

27 min
8 April 2024
The Social Infrastructure of Water

What have we learned from millennia of water insecurity, of climate changes and disasters, of building along freshwater ways and the ocean, that we can apply today?That's today's big question, and my guest is Dr. Amber Wutich.Dr. Wutich is an ASU President's Professor, Direc...

80 min
25 March 2024
Essay: The Aftermath

This week: Bernie decided March 15th is Long COVID Awareness Day, so I thought it was an appropriate moment to try to pull together the threads of why Long COVID pisses me off so much, examples of other self-defeating issues we never learned from, and a blueprint for how to ...

26 min
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