O'Neill Speaks

O'Neill Speaks

O’Neill Speaks is the official podcast of the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. O’Neill Speaks showcases our world-renowned faculty and researchers who provide their analysis of the most pressing challenges facing society. Through their insight and policy expertise, our guests will educate and change the way you think about our world.


August 1, 2023 21 mins
The mercury has been soaring for weeks now as summer temperatures have reached record-breaking levels throughout the United States and the world. For many, staying cool isn’t a luxury. It’s a matter of life and death. And, of course, staying cool doesn’t come for free. Rising temperatures lead to skyrocketing energy bills for consumers, and when those bills aren’t paid, utility companies are disconnecting service, putting customers...
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The issue of climate change is considered by many to be THE most critical issue of our time, and extreme weather-related disasters continue to stack up week after week. Combating climate change will require a number of strategies, the most critical of which is the drastic reduction of fossil fuel emissions. But another key strategy is the use of nature-based climate solutions that allow the use and enhancement of existing natural r...
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The news was splashed across the country May 31 when police in Atlanta arrested three leaders of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which supported protesters of the city’s proposed police and fire training center. Investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they found evidence linking the trio of leaders to financial crimes, including money laundering and charity fraud. That’s how the story was presented in most news outl...
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For more than a year, Ukraine has been defending itself from the invading Russian army, and the world has been watching to see what happens next. The outcome of the war is in doubt, but Bob Kravchuk, a professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a world-renowned expert in Ukrainian-Russian relations, says that the very survival of Russia may be at stake in the conflict.

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Replacing traditional combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles is seen as a critical component of transitioning away from a fossil fuel-based economy, but recent proposals for adoption will be difficult if not impossible to reach unless price barriers are lowered for consumers. We're joined by Professor John Graham, who outlines some of the challenges EVs present and what it will take for consumers to fully embrace EVs and...
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The scenes of the fire that destroyed a plastic recycling warehouse in Richmond, Indiana have been stunning, but the impact of the disaster will be felt long after the rubble cools. We're joined by Assistant Professor Marta Venier to discuss the short- and long-term effects of the fire, the health hazards associated with the chemicals that were released, and what can be done to avoid such disasters in the future.

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Joining us for the debut episode of O'Neill Speaks is dean of the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Sian Mooney. Mooney details her path to becoming dean of the O'Neill School, how the nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant changed her life, her career as a Nordic skiier, how she envisions the future of the O'Neill School, and much, much more.

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