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.... Show More

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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 dre...
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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 ...
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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 (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3463892) 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 (https://nyupress.org/9781479829675/reorganizing-government/) .
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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 (http://www.progressivereform.org/re...
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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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Shalini Vajjhala of re:focus partners talks about the meaning of resilience, considers the impacts of environmental disaster on city infrastructure, and explores how communities can take proactive approaches to achieving long-term change.
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February 20, 2019 40 min
Rachel Rye Butler of Greenpeace USA discusses North America's "Pipeline Wars." Learn how grassroots protests against proposed oil and gas pipelines relate to indigenous rights, environmental protection, economic growth, and climate change.
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Kate Sears, a member of Marin County's Board of Supervisors, returns, joined by CPR's Tom McGarity to discuss litigation against greenhouse gas contributors.
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Kate Sears, a member of the Board of Supervisors for Marin County, California, discusses a lawsuit brought by the county against oil and gas companies for climate change impacts that threaten the region. Also, Rob Verchick talks briefly with experts at a conference in Germany on disaster management and human culture.
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