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

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 focuses on a specific environmental issue. Our host Ethan delivers a late-night-comedy-style monologue (sort of like John Oliver/Hasan Minhaj), which is a thoroughly-researched introduction to what the issue is, why it’s an issue, to what degree it’s an issue, and what steps (individually or politically) we can take to solve the issue. Then he interviews an expert to learn about their research and hear their perspective. The Sweaty Penguin has covered a wide range of topics from traffic to ADHD to vanilla to fast fashion and interviewed experts around the world. Our goal is to make environmental issues more fun and less politicized, so people of any political ideology or interest level can learn, engage, and find common ground.

In bonus episodes starting in season 2, Ethan invites on two guests with minimal experience with environmental issues, one liberal and one conservative. The guests pick a previous episode, and Ethan facilitates a bipartisan conversation to hear their first impressions of the issue and discuss potential solutions.

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.

Welcome to Antarctica’s Hottest Podcast!


All Episodes

25. Carbon Neutrality

With Dennis Carlberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment and Associate Vice President of University Sustainability at Boston University.

Bonus: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Yellowstone Hot Springs

A bipartisan conversation on “20. Economic Recovery from Coronavirus” with student guests Christian Alberga and Matt Grottkau.

24. Organic and Fair Trade Certifications

With special guest Dr. Graeme Auld: Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Canada and author of “Constructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification.”

23. Old-Growth Forests

With special guest Dr. Michael Dietze: Associate Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University.

22. Light Pollution

With Dr. Douglas Arion: Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Carthage College.

21. ADHD

With special guest Dr. Luz Claudio: Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the Chief of the Division of International Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Bonus: Annoying Orange Jr.

A recap of season 1 and preview of season 2 which begins next week with Researchers Olivia, Megan, and Dain and Producers Shannon, Frank, and Caroline.

20. Economic Recovery from Coronavirus

With special guest Dr. Jennifer Allan: Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University in Wales.

19. Mercury

With special guest Dr. Noelle Eckley Selin: Associate Professor of Data, Systems, and Society and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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