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Lisa Song: Mississippi Levee Wars

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Sometimes we lose sight of what Audrey Hepburn called “that old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second.” This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from ProPublica reporter Lisa Song who has done some recent reporting on a little known problem that could have very big effects: the impact of illegal overbuilding of levee systems in the Midwestern flood-prone regions of the Mississippi River. The folks responsible are flouting the rules and lobbying to have them changed.

Progressive Race in the Keystone State

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What would US energy policy look like if we had more committed progressives in Congress? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio, Ray Linsenmayer, hopes he can help us find out. Just weeks ago, Democrat Conor Lamb narrowly beat Republican Rick Saccone in a Pennsylvania special election to fill a seat in the US House of Representatives. Now Conor Lamb finds himself having to run again in a different, newly created congressional district – the primary set for May 15th. Ray Linsenmayer is among Lamb’s Democratic challengers.

Autonomous Vehicles at a Crossroads

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The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. There are vast resources currently being spent to transform it into something more efficient, greener, and safer. Many think that the technology behind autonomous, self-driving vehicles, will be a key piece to how we get around in the not-so-distant future. Looking at the size of the companies diving into the autonomous automobile space, from Google and Apple to Über and General Motors, it seems these self-driving vehicles are coming whether we like the idea of it or not.

Frank Carini on the State of the Ocean State

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This week on Sea Change Radio, we focus on Southern New England and how climate change is affecting the region. We hear from Frank Carini, the co-founder of ecoRI News, a publication which recently came out with a special report on the topic. We discuss the often overlooked issue of rising incidents of Lyme Disease in the region and how they’re connected to the warming atmosphere, how the livelihoods of local fisherman are being affected by changing oceans, and what cities like Providence, Rhode Island are doing to offset rising temps.

Indivisible: Sam Ball and Joan Blades on the American Creed

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Can’t we all just get along? That’s the hope of Sam Ball, the director of the new documentary film, American Creed, which tells a story of the American Dream, our nation’s patchy history of advocating for equality, and the great red/blue chasm in this country. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Ball, alongside Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org, who’s featured in the film. American Creed, which aired across the country recently on PBS, was made in partnership with Pulitzer Prize winning historian David M. Kennedy, and former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice.

Tomorrow Never Knows: Daniel Kirk-Davidoff

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How far into the future should we be planning when it comes to the environment? 20 years? 100 years? These are vital questions with which scientists, politicians and futurists are grappling, as our icecaps melt and our seas rise. This week on Sea Change Radio, we delve into the moral dilemma policymakers face today with Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. The starting point for our conversation is a soon-to-be-published paper comparing the timescale of methane versus CO2 emissions.

Amy Harder: Democrats Debate Energy Policy

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The 2016 disagreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over the best energy mix to help us get to a 100% renewable future sure does seem antiquated these days with climate change deniers and fossil fuel interests at the helm in Washington. This week on Sea Change Radio, though, we get an update on the continued divisions within the Democratic Party from Axios energy reporter, Amy Harder.

“Catch Colt Draws a Coffin Cart”: Remembering John Perry Barlow

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John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead lyricist, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and environmentalist, died in his sleep this past week at the age of 70 after a lengthy illness. Host Alex Wise had the honor of meeting and interviewing Mr. Barlow for Sea Change Radio a couple of times and this week we pay tribute to him by re-visiting those discussions. Among other things, he talks about the his time with the Grateful Dead, his conservative Wyoming roots, and potential energy solutions for the next generation.

Maya van Rossum and the Green Amendment Movement

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When the crafters of the Declaration of Independence affirmed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as inalienable rights, they could not have known that private industry practices like fracking would one day pose grave dangers to the holders of those rights. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio, Maya van Rossum, asserts not only that protection from these dangers should be understood as inalienable, but that environmental protections should be explicitly named in our constitution.

Rebecca Leber on the Dawn of Solar Protectionism

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a headline that the Trump Administration has made a new announcement, I generally assume that it’s bad news before I even read the article. This week on Sea Change Radio we dig deeper into one of those recent headlines, and see how bad the news actually is. The decision to impose a 30% tariff on solar panels and solar cells coming from overseas is a move that leaves most renewable energy advocates apoplectic.

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