In his "Connect the Dots" podcasts, CPR President Rob Verchick interviews experts on a variety of issues, including CPR Member Scholars and staff. His broad themes include the broad ramifications of climate change, creating harmony between green and grey infrastructure, smart regulatory design and more. Click below to listen, download, or visit our show pages to get more information on the topic of each podcast.
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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.1, November 2019
Reorganizing Government: From Pizza to Climate Change
In this episode of “Connect the Dots,” Rob Verchick inteviews North Carolina attorney John R. Hughes, and Sierra Club Director of Environmental Jutice and Community Partnerships Leslie G. Fields. They discuss the horrific impact of factory-style hog farming on nearby communities and the environment more broadly.
Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholar and University of Minnesota law professor Alexandra Klass talks with host Rob Verchick to connect the dots among public lands, energy resources, and climate change. They discuss how land use makes powering our societies possible and the role of the federal government in developing renewable energy resources. Get links and more on our show page.
Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.3, June 2019
Working Toward a Just Transition
Guest: Sharan Burrow of The International Trade Union Confederation
Rob Verchick is joined by Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation for a conversation about the importance of community involvement in policy making, the idea of a “just transition” away from a reliance on fossil fuels, the role of corporate and federal transparency in encouraging confidence of workers and unions, and the feasibility of the “Green New Deal.”
Host Rob Verchick is joined by Shalini Vajjhala of re:focus partners. They discuss the meaning of resilience, consider the impacts of environmental disaster on city infrastructure, and explore how communities can take proactive, rather than reactive, approaches to prompting long-term change.
The hydraulic fracturing and tar sands "revolution" in the United States and Canada has left new oil and gas pipelines traversing the lands of indigenous communities. The pipelines are dirty, polluting, dangerous, and built without local consent. CPR President Rob Verchick explores these mounting environmental injustices with Rachel Rye Butler, the head of the Democracy Campaign at Greenpeace.
Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Marin County (CA) Supervisor Kate Sears about California localities that are suing companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, and others for hiding the dangers of and damages caused by climate change. This episode also includes short Interviews with participants in the Cultures and Disasters III Conference, held on June 28-29, 2018 in Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany.
Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Policy Analyst David Flores about the risks of toxic flooding from hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and repeated heavy rain events like the ones the Chesapeake Bay watershed experienced during the spring and summer of 2018. This episode also includes a segment called "It’s about the Octopus," performed by David Ossman and Judith Walcutt of Other World Media, based on a December 2016 Miami Herald op-ed by Verchick and CPR Member Scholar Dan Farber. This episode was produced by CPR and the Center for Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans.
Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Member Scholar Laurie Ristino of Vermont Law School about the connections between climate change, food security, and policymaking tools like the Farm Bill that could be better used to promote sustainable agricultural practices.