Welcome to the archives of Generation Anthropocene. Seasons 1 through 6 ran from April 2012 to August 2014. We talked to dozens of experts, scientists, writers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and more. Back in day, we pretty much only did long-form interviews, though you’ll find a few produced pieces sprinkled in. Every episode has its own individual post on our website, but we’ve also organized the seasons into playlists on SoundCloud. Here they are, all in one place, for easy access. Happy listening!
Our co-producer, Miles, gives a talk about San Francisco’s hidden nature that is simultaneously informative, funny, surprising and slightly uncomfortable (you’ll know what we mean when you get there). From the gold rush to the bay to the delicious food, Miles tries to explain why humans ever came to the Bay Area… hint: it involves geology. The talk was given as part of a collaboration between the California Historical Society and the Odd Salon.
Ever wonder what Westeros looked like long before the Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters, or Targaryens roamed its surface? How far back can we really imagine the history of the Game of Thrones planet? According to Generation Anthropocene producer Miles Traer, we can look back through 500 million years of history if we apply geologic principles learned here on Earth, and a little imagination. He has even made a detailed geologic map to prove it. In this episode, producer Mike Osborne talks with Miles and gives a brief tour of the map, details how it was pieced together, and explains why the project isn’t quite as ridiculous as it seems. So brandish your swords, tame your dragons, and stay well clear of the white walkers as we explore the geology of Game of Thrones.
The 5th report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being released, so Gen Anthro is breaking the hiatus to bring you a special episode. These two back-to-back interviews are with Chris Field and Thomas Stocker. Both scientists hold high-level positions within the IPCC. They cast light on the current state of climate science, the inner workings of the IPCC, and, as always, a bit on the Anthropocene.
Hello Gen Anthro fans! Today’s episode is a little bittersweet because we have to announce two things: 1) producer Leslie will be leaving the show (at least for a little while) while she travels across the country to learn how to become an even better producer! 2) Generation Anthropocene will be going on hiatus for the next few months as producers Mike and Miles complete their PhD programs. We will be back! But it might be a few months.
BUT, before this happens, team GenAnthro got together for one final story! As part of KCRW’s Radio Race event, we completed a story about “the last thing you’d expect.” At the turn of the century, an American General lines the streets of a major American city with barrels of dynamite. This is the story of what happened when he lit the fuses. We call the story Fire with Fire and we hope you enjoy! Thank you for all of your support and we’ll see you soon!
ps. If you like our show, and you’d like to give Leslie a shout out for all of her amazing work and give her best wishes as she continues to be an awesome producer, please send those along to GenAnthropocene <at> gmail <dot> com.
Today, we discuss the future of the automobile and all of its possibilities with Sven Beiker. Sven discusses car specialization and why the “Swiss Army Knife” car just won’t work. We also talk about changing driver patterns, connecting your car to the internet, how changing cars might change our roads as well, along with a brief exploration of how the idea of our cars as a symbol of freedom might be shifting. We also take a second to figure out how to say the plural of the Toyota Prius.
On today’s episode, our friend and co-creator of the wildly popular Science…Sort Of podcast, Ryan Haupt, joins us to talk about Pleistocene re-wilding. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry! Follow along as we try to figure it out too. Along the way, Ryan touches on the science of Iron Man, African elephant birth control, running zebras in the Kentucky Derby, and the worst safari ever.
Fran Moore talks about various ways that farmers in Europe have adjusted to higher temperatures in recent years, and sheds light on the difficulty of singling out the effect of climate change on farmers’ decision-making. She also discusses how differently climate scientists and economists view adaptation. For her masters research, Fran studied the way climate adaptation policy is put together during international negotiations, and she explains why there isn’t a clear definition of what counts as “successful” adaptation.
Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, believes that in the Anthropocene we should widen our repertoire of conservation strategies, rather than exclusively relying on traditional conservation methods that “look backwards.” Emma also shares how her own relationship with nature has changed over the years, and suggests that we can learn to appreciate all forms of nature, from weeds growing in sidewalk cracks to grand mountain landscapes.
In the second half of his interview with Gen Anthro, Hari Mix talks about his experiences this past spring in the Himalaya and his summit bid for Lhotse without oxygen. He also sheds some light on the costs of mountaineering, respecting weather conditions on the mountain, and what he learned about his own physical ability and about the way rescue decisions are made on mountains. Finally, Hari shares some of his ideas for potential directions he might take his mountaineering in the future. If you missed the first half of Hari’s interview, you can listen to it here.