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Bonus episode: Confronting the loss that climate change promises

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! 

We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you.

It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change. 

This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change.  This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next. Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.
  1. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  2. HumaNature: Afrovivalist
  3. How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?
  4. So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.
  5. Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?

Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us!

For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.

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HumaNature: Afrovivalist

Doomsday prepping seems more and more logical to us on the Life Raft team. Climate change-induced weather disasters are only getting worse, and it never hurts to be prepared, right?

Today on the show we’re going to get a glimpse into the world of prepping through the eyes of Sharon Ross, who wanted to be prepared for anything, but later found herself the odd one out.

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change.  This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next. Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.
  1. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  2. HumaNature: Afrovivalist
  3. How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?
  4. So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.
  5. Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?

This story comes to us from our friends at Wyoming Public Media. It’s from a terrific podcast called HumaNature, which tells stories about human experiences in nature. 

You can read more about Sharon Ross and her efforts here, and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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Here’s a climate change podcast playlist to get you through a boring holiday — and maybe make you smarter

It’s been a big year for the environment, what with the 2020 hurricane season and the wildfires and everything else. We wanted to put together a little playlist of climate-related podcasts that you can chip away at over the holidays.

We’ve tried to include a little bit of everything: a breakdown of this year’s record-breaking hurricane season, a historical look at America’s relationship with litter, and — because ‘tis the season — how to talk to your family about climate change. And, as they used to say on TV, that’s not all.

Listen to them all or pick and choose your favorites. To cut down on all the clicking I made a handy Spotify playlist with all of these episodes. Enjoy!

— Travis Lux, coastal reporter and Life Raft co-host

Climate Change And 2020’s Record-Breaking Hurricane Season (Short Wave)

Let’s get this out of the way first: what the heck was up with this year’s hurricane season? It broke all kinds of records: number of named storms, number of storms that made landfall, number of storms that rapidly intensified, and so on. So how much of this can we blame on climate change?

This episode of NPR’s daily science podcast Short Wave tries to answer these questions and more, putting 2020’s hurricane season in a little context.

Bonus: New Orleans Public Radio has also reported on this. The Coastal Desk’s Tegan Wendland wrote an autopsy of the 2020 hurricane season, trying to parse out the influence of climate change.

Premium Elevation (There Goes The Neighborhood)

Gentrification is changing neighborhoods across the country — from bustling big cities to scenic small towns. In Miami’s Little Haiti, which sits on higher ground than much of the rest of the city, climate change is one of the contributing factors.

This episode is the first of a terrific three-part series that takes a look at “climate gentrification.” It’s produced by WNYC Studios’ There Goes The Neighborhood and WLRN, Miami’s public radio station.

So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It. (Life Raft)

Oof. Two heavy episodes in a row. It’s time to step back and take control of that simmering anxiety. In this episode of Life Raft, New Orleans Public Radio spoke with science writer Britt Wray about the overlap of climate change and mental health. She tells the story of her own climate anxiety, defines some terms, and importantly, offers some tips for how to deal with it.

The Afrovivalist (HumaNature)

You could also handle your climate anxiety by diving deep into the world of doomsday prepping. In this episode of HumaNature from Wyoming Public Radio, we hear the story of a Black woman in Oregon who joined the prepper movement only to find herself quite different from the rest.

The Litter Myth (Throughline)

But hold on now — how much responsibility do individuals really have in cleaning up the mess of climate change? This episode of NPR’s history podcast Throughline takes a look at how one organization changed America’s relationship with trash, and asks who should be responsible for it.

Plan “B” (Outside/In)

We know that we need to reduce our emissions dramatically in order to get a handle on climate change. But what about in the meantime? This episode of Outside/In from New Hampshire Public Radio takes a look at the controversial topic of geoengineering — the idea that altering the Earth’s atmosphere could be part of the puzzle.

Trying to Talk to Family about Climate Change? Here’s How (How To Save A Planet)

Let’s say you’re going to be around family this holiday season and are thinking about bringing up climate change with a skeptical family member. How to go about it? This episode of Gimlet Media’s How To Save A Planet shares a bunch of tips and tricks, and tells the story of a father and son who had a successful go of it.

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Episode 4: ‘How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?’

When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it floods. 

More and more, that appears to be the situation down South. In New Orleans, several big rain storms in recent years have turned streets into rivers and flooded homes and cars. 

This week on Life Raft: flooding. What can we do about it?

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change.  This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next. Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.
  1. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  2. HumaNature: Afrovivalist
  3. How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?
  4. So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.
  5. Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?

We speak drop by a bar that regularly floods, get the latest science on climate-induced rainfall, and visit with a New Orleanian who decided to get her hands dirty and take some action. 

Here are some great resources for how to help reduce flooding in your neighborhood:

  • This workbook from WaterWise Gulf South is a great how-to guide for getting started on your own green infrastructure. 
  • The Urban Conservancy has a program that reimburses New Orleanians for ripping up concrete in their yards. 
  • Healthy Community Services (run by Angela Chalk, who you heard in Episode 1) also does lots of work around green infrastructure in New Orleans.

P.S. Here’s the legendary photo of “Darryl.” 

Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us!

For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Episode 4: So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.

No matter where you fall on the eco-anxiety spectrum, on a scale from low-key stressed to lying up at night in a dread spiral, you could probably use some advice on doing something about it. Climate change can be scary, after all.

We talk with science writer Britt Wray, who has been researching the overlap of mental health and climate change. She defines some terms, offers some tips and tricks, and shares her personal experience with feelings of climate dread. Plus, she tells a fun story of that time she gave a presentation on climate denial and eco-stress to a bunch of energy executives.

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change.  This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next. Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.
  1. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  2. HumaNature: Afrovivalist
  3. How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?
  4. So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.
  5. Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?

Here are some great resources for digging deeper on climate change feelings:

Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us!

For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Episode 2: ‘Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?’

Is climate change coming for oysters?

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Happy New Year, Life Raft listeners! We’re busy readying the second half of the Life Raft season, but we still wanted you to feast your ears on some climate content, so here’s a story for you. It’s all about our attachment to place in the face of climate change — our connection to the land, our ways of life, and how we emotionally process what it means for those places to be threatened by climate change.  This story was originally produced by Davis Land for Houston Public Media. Davis is currently a senior producer for Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next. Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. For bonus pictures and extra fun vibes, follow us on social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.
  1. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  2. HumaNature: Afrovivalist
  3. How Can I Reduce Flooding In My Neighborhood?
  4. So You’ve Got Climate Anxiety. Here’s What You Can Do With It.
  5. Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?

This week on Life Raft, we take a dive into the world of food. We drop by a famous New Orleans oyster bar, and visit with an oyster scientist to get a better feel for the ways a changing climate threatens oysters and what’s being done to help ’em out.

Got a question you want us to explore? Send it to us.

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Episode 1: ‘Is it ever gonna be too hot to live here?’

In this debut episode of Life Raft we’re digging into extreme heat: Is it ever gonna be too hot to live here?

Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises Life Raft

Hosts Lauren and Travis talk to a doctor about what happens to the human body when it starts to overheat, and to a New Orleans resident on a mission to cool off her neighborhood by planting hundreds of trees. They share laughs with both.

Follow Life Raft on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@liferaftpod). Give Lauren (@_laurenmalara) and Travis (@travis_lux) a follow while you’re at it.

Do you have a question you want us to explore? Submit one to us! You can do that here.

The question for this episode came from New Orleans-based comedian Kamari Stevens (IG: @supermaribro).

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Introducing Life Raft, a new podcast exploring everyday questions about living with climate change

If you’re like us, climate change leaves you with a lot of questions, and they’re not about the rate of ocean warming — they’re about practical things that affect our everyday lives. So, for us and for you, we created a podcast about it.

It’s called Life Raft. It’s a production of WWNO, WRKF and PRX, and we’re super excited to share it with you.

Listen to the trailer

Each episode explores a different question about climate change in South Louisiana, submitted by a real person. 

“Is it ever going to be too hot to live here?”

“Have I had my last good oyster?”

To answer them, hosts Lauren Malara and Travis Lux talk to scientists, oyster shuckers, tree planters, and all kinds of people who are asking big questions and working on solutions. And it’s not all doom and gloom. Lauren and Travis are going to inject a little levity into these heavy conversations. 

In other words: climate change is scary, but Life Raft is not.

Let’s see if we can answer some preliminary questions right now…

You, a smart and inquisitive person: What can I expect from the first season?

The first season will be about 10 episodes. Current episodes we’re working on will tackle seafood, extreme heat, flooding, hurricanes, recycling and many other topics.

Who are these hosts?

Travis Lux is a coastal reporter for New Orleans Public Radio and has been reporting on climate and environment issues in Louisiana since 2017. Lauren Malara is a comedian, teacher, and New Orleans native, and has been cracking jokes since 1986. 

Sounds like you’re not taking climate change very seriously. 

On the contrary! We think climate change is a critically important issue that deserves everyone’s attention, especially here in Louisiana, which is at the forefront of many of the global changes already underway. 

It’s just that so much of the news coverage around climate change has an underlying tone of doom and gloom. Our reporting is still serious, we just think the conversation could benefit from a little bit more New Orleans, a city of people skilled at finding joy around any corner — even in the face of tragedy.

How can I listen?

You can listen wherever you get your podcasts. That means Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast — you name it. The trailer is out now and offers a short preview of the first season.

How often do episodes come out?

Episodes come out every two weeks. 

OK, I have bigger questions now. How can I submit them to Life Raft?

Two ways! Submit a question using the form on our website. Or you can email us directly: climate@wwno.org.