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

9. Asthma

With special guest Dr. Elizabeth Garland: pediatrician and Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Bonus: Socks, Sandals, and Barbecue Fires

Updates on environmental news and episodes 5-8 with The Sweaty Penguin Producers Shannon Damiano, Frank Hernandez, and Caroline Koehl.

8. Natural Gas Compressor Stations

With special guests Nell Curtin (Boston University), Jack Kelly (Northeastern University), and Dr. Nathan Phillips: Earth & Environment Professor at Boston University and Acting Director of BU’s Sustainable Neighborhood Lab.

7. Earthquakes

With special guests Joe LoDuca (University of Connecticut), Mollie McGrann (UCLA), and Dr. Robert Buchwaldt: Earth & Environment Research Professor at Boston University.

6. Rare Earth Minerals

With special guests Joe Perrotta (Marist College), Melani Zuckerman (Boston University), and Dr. Julie Klinger: Professor of Geography at the University of Delaware and author of the award-winning book “Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes.”

5. Beef

With special guests Sebastian Bishop (Reed College), Adrian Castanon Galicia (Boston University), and Dr. Rachael Garrett: Professor of Environmental Policy at ETH Zürich.

Bonus: Plankton Buys a Glowstick

Updates on environmental news and episodes 1-4 with The Sweaty Penguin Producers Shannon Damiano, Frank Hernandez, and Caroline Koehl.

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.”