The Sweaty Penguin

The most fun you've ever had while learning environmental issues! Episodes include a comedy monologue, expert interview, and bipartisan conversation. Welcome to Antarctica's Hottest Podcast.

Hosted ByEthan Brown

More so than ever, liberals and conservatives really don’t like talking to each other right now. In 1994, 21% of Republicans viewed Democrats “very unfavorably” and 17% of Democrats viewed Republicans “very unfavorably.” In 2016, those numbers were up to 58% and 55%. Furthermore, about half the nation finds it “stressful or frustrating” to talk to people on the other side.

Meanwhile, environmental issues continue to mount, requiring swift and intricate solutions, but since we’re not talking to each other, we often struggle to agree on what the problems even are!

Disagreeing on solutions is inevitable (and important!), but if we can’t agree on the problems, it’s hard to make progress.

Each episode of The Sweaty Penguin focuses on one specific environmental problem. We welcome two guests with minimal prior knowledge of the problem, one more conservative and one more liberal. After a late-night-comedy-style monologue explaining the problem and various possible solutions, the host and guests interview a professional with expertise in that particular problem and then have a conversation where the guests form first impressions. In each episode, we aim to find common ground, both on what the problem is and some strategies to solve it.

The Sweaty Penguin is hosted by Ethan Brown, an Environmental Analysis & Policy and Film & Television student at Boston University. The podcast is produced by Brown; Caroline Koehl, an Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relations student at BU; and Frank Hernandez, a Journalism student at BU.

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All Episodes

18. Wastewater Treatment Plants

With special guest Dr. Patricia Keen: Visiting Assistant Professor of Energy Management at the New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver Campus.

17. Vanilla

With special guest Dr. Julie Zähringer: Senior Research Scientist in the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Bonus: Queen Methane Emissions

With Sweaty Penguin Researchers Olivia Amitay, Megan Crimmins, and Dain Kim.

16. Fast Fashion

With special guest Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte: Assistant Professor of U.S. History and Material Culture at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

15. Pellagra

With special guest Dr. Christopher Conz: Lecturer in African Environmental History at Tufts University.

14. Megacities

With special guest Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler: Director of the City Planning and Urban Affairs program at Boston University.

13. Wild Salmon

With special guest Dr. Syma Ebbin: Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Connecticut Sea Grant Research Coordinator at the University of Connecticut.

Bonus: Chariot of Chameleons

With Sweaty Penguin Researcher Olivia Amitay and Producers Frank Hernandez and Caroline Koehl.

12. Rethinking Climate Change

With special guest Dr. Adil Najam: Inaugural Dean of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies and co-author of the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, work for which the panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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