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

71. Aerosols

With special guest Dr. Faye McNeill: Professor of Chemical Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

70. Smart Grids

With special guest Dr. Ankit Kumar: Lecturer in Development and Environment at The University of Sheffield.

69. Rubber

With special guest Dr. Miles Kenney-Lazar: Assistant Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore.

Tip of the Iceberg E4: Melting the Thwaites glacier is worse than the worst-case scenario

Ethan breaks down the recent research at Antarctica’s Thwaites glacier that has scientists alarmed.

Tip of the Iceberg E3: We don’t know if climate change affected this month’s tornadoes

Ethan breaks down the December tornadoes.

68. Sharks

They’re older than the dinosaurs, they’ve survived four mass extinctions, and yet today, in the wake of climate change, pollution, and commercial fishing, sharks are endangered. As an apex...

67. Policy Development

With special guest David Johnson: Lecturer in Law at Stanford University.

66. Influenza

With special guest Dr. Jeffrey Shaman: Director of the Climate and Health Program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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.