CPR’s Connect the Dots

CPR’s Connect the Dots

CPR's "Connect the Dots" with Rob Verchick launches engaging, accessible discussions with top policy experts, helping listeners "connect the dots" between real issues in their lives and new developments in climate change, environmental protection, worker and consumer safety, and social equality.

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June 3, 2021 44 min
President Biden put climate policy front and center on his campaigning platform and wasted no time in pushing his agenda when he took office. The president has proposed $14 billion in spending on initiatives to fight the crisis in the nation’s 2022 budget, and he has appointed cabinet officials with informed backgrounds to offer guidance. He’s also altered tax incentives to favor clean energy over fossil fuels and promised to spur ...
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A couple weeks ago, Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live, a gig typically reserved for A-list movie stars, Grammy Award winners, and stand-up legends. But Musk has risen to fame through his electric vehicle and clean energy company Tesla.    Musk and Tesla have become a social, political, and cultural force in our country, driving an interest in environmental business, investing, and innovation. Through his company, Musk has put re...
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Companies using fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal are facing heavy pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. If they don't, they could get hit with financial penalties or be completely shut down. In response, these corporations have come up with a treatment of sorts — it's called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS for short.    The idea is that the industry can continue operating as it always has, but as a...
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In 2020, the world banded together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in 2021, the world continues to change, and we seem to be progressing forward. In turn, the spotlight shifts to another great calamity: climate change. The environmental crisis has made headlines with the Biden administration making climate mitigation and renewable energy top priorities.    With these advancements, researchers, corporations, innovators, and act...
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December 15, 2020 41 min
In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick discusses one of the more perplexing challenges facing those working to mitigate climate disruption: industrial workers, the people laboring in factories, farms, coal mines, and other businesses directly affecting or affected by the climate crisis. 

On the one hand, industrial workers need jobs. They depend on these jobs to feed their families and support themselves. On the ot...
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    In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick explores the ways the climate crisis drives raging wildfires like the ones that have scorched the western United States, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Joining him are firefighter Sam Perkins, Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center, and Cinthia Moore of Moms Clean Air Force.

    As of mid-October, unprecedented blazes have destroy...
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    In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks about how the climate crisis hurts children – and presents ideas for possible solutions. He's joined by CPR Member Scholar Maxine Burkett, Sierra Club Senior Director of Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities Leslie Fields, mother and NRDC advocate Gina Ramirez, mother and Moms Clean Air Force member Leah Barbor, and Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Cen...
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    September 22, 2020 38 min
    In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks climate migration with CPR Member Scholar Maxine Burkett, NRDC advocate and third-generation Mexican-American Gina Ramirez, and Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University.   Imagine a world where an afternoon thunderstorm floods your basement with sewage and industrial pollutants. You come to dread...
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    September 8, 2020 36 min
    This season on Connect the Dots, we’re looking at people living in the cross hairs of climate change, those disproportionately carrying the burden of the world and suffering on a daily basis.    African Americans and people of color make up one of these communities. Packed into neighborhoods surrounded by smokestacks and highways that are unusually susceptible to floods, blocked from greenspaces and left without a voice, African Am...
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with CPR Member Scholars Michael Duff and Thomas McGarity about worker safety in the era of the coronavirus – the gaps in law, regulation, and enforcement that leave workers exposed to the virus while permitting employers to escape accountability for putting workers and the public in danger. The conversation touches on the difficulty of creating foolproof physical transmission barriers, the ...
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Dr. Andrew Duxbury about being a geriatric physician and medical school professor during the COVID-19 era. Dr. Duxbury teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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    In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Board Member Sid Shapiro and Oxford University professor Liz Fisher about the role and importance of expertise in government agencies, rulemaking, and public policy development. This topic is of particular interest as there has been a campaign in the Trump administration and by others to ignore or eliminate that expertise in a range of d...
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Melissa Powers (Lewis & Clark Law School) and Karen Sokol (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law) about the 9th Circuit's dismissal of the Juliana v. United States youth climate justice case, what it means -- and doesn't mean -- for other climate cases working their way through the courts, and more.
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with CPR Board Members Gilonne d'Origny and Laurie Ristino about the threats to farming as usual. They also taste-test an Impossible Burger. 
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholar Noah Sachs. They discuss Sachs' new article on the Paris Agreement and what's next for the world's climate change accord now that the United States has started officially withdrawing from the agreement.
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    In this episode of Connect the Dots, Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman discuss the essential roles of government and regulation -- and how to improve both. It's based on their new book, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework.
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    In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks climate change, energy, and coastal protections with former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. 
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    Leslie Fields, Director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships at the Sierra Club, and John Hughes, an attorney representing clients harmed by giant hog CAFOs in North Carolina, talk with host Rob Verchick about environmental and social justice, noxious odors, and dangerous pollution. This episode was taped live at the Center for Progressive Reform's Regulation as Social Justice conference in June 2019.





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    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.

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    Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation discusses the importance of community involvement in policymaking, the need for a just transition away from a reliance on fossil fuels, the role of corporate and federal transparency in encouraging the confidence of workers and unions, and the feasibility of the Green New Deal.

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