In his "Connect the Dots" series of podcasts, CPR President Rob Verchick interviews CPR Member Scholars and staff, as well as other experts on a variety of issue areas. His current series of interviews focuses on creating harmony between green and grey infrastructure -- that is, the natural environment in its infrastructure role, and the infrastructure we build. Click below to listen, download, or get more information on the topic of each show.
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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.4, July 2019
Energy Policy and Public Lands
Guest: Alexandra Klass, CPR Member Scholar and University of Minnesota Law Professor
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.” Get links and more on our show page.
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. Get links and more on our show page.
Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.1, February 2019
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. Get links and more on our show page.
Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 1.6, September 2018
Fossil Fuels on Trial: Suing Oil Companies for Climate Change Disasters (Part 2)
Guests:Kate Sears, Marin County Board of Supervisors and CPR's Tom McGarity
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. Get links and more information on our show page.
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. Get links and moreinformation on our show page.