The Sweaty Penguin

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

Hosted ByEthan Brown

Sometimes, climate change IS a laughing matter. Every week, The Sweaty Penguin cuts through the noise and the doom-and-gloom of the climate conversation with late-night-comedy-style monologues and in-depth conversations with leading global experts on a variety of environmental issues. Through a nonpartisan approach, The Sweaty Penguin makes environmental issues less overwhelming and politicized and more accessible and fun. In partnership with Peril and Promise, a PBS/WNET public media initiative on climate change, The Sweaty Penguin invites you to join the hottest conversation in town.

The Sweaty Penguin is presented by Peril and Promise: a public media initiative from PBS flagship station The WNET Group in New York, reporting on the issues and solutions around climate change. You can learn more at

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All Episodes

Tip of the Iceberg E2: Phasing “out” coal versus phasing “down” coal

Ethan breaks down the last-minute word change in the Glasgow climate pact.

65. Coffee

With special guest Dr. Janina Grabs: Assistant Professor of Business and Society at Esade Business School in Spain.

Tip of the Iceberg E1: COP26 was not dead on arrival

In The Sweaty Penguin’s first ever edition of “Tip of the Iceberg,” Ethan breaks down some of the challenges facing global environmental governance and considers why COP26 may be meaningful even if the resulting pledges and treaties don’t seem groundbreaking.

64. Orangutans

With special guest Dr. Liana Chua: Tunku Abdul Rahman Lecturer in Malay World Studies at the University of Cambridge.

63. Worker Productivity

With special guest Dr. Matthew Neidell: Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

62. Nuclear Energy

With special guest Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno: TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

61. Chocolate

With special guest Dr. Sophia Carodenuto: Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria.

Bonus: Tinderbees

After some of the latest environmental news updates, Ethan sits down with The Sweaty Penguin’s Researchers Olivia Amitay, Megan Crimmins, and Dain Kim to recap season 3.

60. Rethinking UNEP Reform

With special guest Dr. Maria Ivanova: Associate Professor of Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.