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.

Welcome to Antarctica’s Hottest Podcast!


All Episodes

4. Lead Paint

With special guests Frank Serpe (Boston University), Katherine Wright (Boston University), and Rick Reibstein: Lecturer at Boston University and Founder and Director of the Coalition for a Public Conversation on Lead.

3. Yosemite National Park

With special guests Leo Brother (Elon University), Velina Georgi (College of Charleston), and Dr. Sarah Phillips: Professor of History at Boston University and author of “This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal.”

2. Lawn Pesticides

With special guests Ben Brod (University of Connecticut), Spencer Brown (Quinnipiac University), and Christopher Brown: CEO and Co-Founder of Teed & Brown Lawn Care.

1. Traffic

With special guests Christian Alberga (Williams College), Matt Grottkau (Washington University), and Dr. Cutler Cleveland: Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University and Associate Director of the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy.

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