The conversation about climate change is stuck. This American Life investigates why.
If you're not familiar with This American Life, you should know that it is one of the most popular radio programs and podcasts around. That's why it is important to note that the most recent episode, "Hot In My Backyard ", covers climate change.
Here's the show synopsis:
After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire. Lots of people were wondering if global warming had finally arrived, here at home. This week, stories about this new reality.
The show is in three parts. Part one covers the challenge Colorado's state climatologist has had in explaining climate change to that state's farmers and ranchers. Part two covers the strategy Republican climate hawks are taking to try and explain the science to their party. And part three looks at the role Bill McKibben has had in pushing the conversation towards fossil fuel divestment.
You can listen to the show above.
PHOTO: CAMARILLO, CA - MAY 3: Firefighters with the Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), based out of the Lone Peak Conservation Center, in Draper, Utah, build a fire break as the Springs fire continues to grow on May 3, 2013 near Camarillo, California.