What do melatonin gummies and lasagna have in common? General election-night anxiety, of course. Join host Andrew Simon and co-host Yessenia Funes for the second episode of Temperature Check, Grist’s weekly podcast on climate, race, and culture. After debriefing about election night, they dive into fracking, environmental justice, and the uncertain future of climate policy.
Soon after, Simon speaks with guest and Grist 50 Fixer Julian Brave NoiseCat about connecting social movements; mapping environmental racism; the artwork of his father, Ed NoiseCat; the powwow dancing circuit; and, inevitably, New York rap giants Jay-Z and Nas.
Host Andrew Simon is Grist’s director of leadership programming and founding editor of the Grist 50, an annual list of emerging climate and justice leaders. Previously a senior editor at Fast Company and ESPN, Andrew is also the author of Racing While Black: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR.
Co-host Yessenia Funes is the climate editor for Atmos, a new climate and culture magazine. She was previously the environmental-justice reporter at Earther/Gizmodo. In her work, Funes covers the intersection of race and the environment.
Guest Julian Brave NoiseCat is vice president of policy & strategy for Data for Progress and narrative change director for the Natural History Museum. A fellow of the Type Media Center, NDN Collective, and the Center for Humans and Nature, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Julian grew up in Oakland, California, and is a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie.
Useful links from the episode:
Julian Brave NoiseCat, “How Indigenous Filmmakers Are Shaping the Future of Cinema,” Aperture, Oct. 6, 2020
Julian Brave NoiseCat, “Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Fatherland,” Canada’s National Observer, August 20, 2020.