Ecojustice Blog – Special Update Posted on July 25, 2018 (updated: July 25, 2018)

Summer listening: EJ lawyers and staff share their favourite podcasts

Emily ChanStaff
Person in park with headphones
Photo by Clearfrost, via Flickr

Long summer days mean more time to pop in a pair of headphones and lose yourself in a new podcast while lounging on the beach, or to download a few episodes for an offline weekend at the cottage. If you’re looking for a new show to add to your playlist, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of Ecojustice-recommended podcasts to explore this summer:

For staying up to date on your daily commute

Climate One

I’ve been a longtime fan of Radiolab and This American Life (but who isn’t?), but I’ve recently started listening to Climate One. The podcast airs weekly and covers some of the most pressing climate-change related topics right now. Heavy hitters like Al Gore and Bill Nye, Jane Goodall and artist Ai Weiwei have all been guests on the show.

Most of my listening is one the streetcar back and forth to work. In fact some days I don’t ride my bike just because I want to listen to a podcast or live stream the CBC.

(Elaine MacDonald, healthy communities program director)

Living on Earth

I rely on podcasts to get me through my walk to work at our Calgary office. One of my favourites is Public Radio International’s newsy environmental podcast, Living on Earth. The 50-minute episodes air weekly, but you can check out their website to listen to specific segments, like this 12-minute story on Humpback whales.

(Dyna Tuytel, lawyer)

Dyna made an appearance on a podcast appearance herself in May, 2017. Listen to her interview on Skaana, a ‘pod’ cast, here.

Because News with Gavin Crawford (CBC)

Comedian Gavin Crawford hosts a panel on current events focused heavily on biting satire or drawing laughs. It’s on hiatus for the summer but will be back in late August.

(Devon Page, executive director)

Inspiration for your next outdoor adventure

She Explores

For fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: She Explores is a podcast “for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside.” It tells the stories of diverse and groundbreaking women, from Kareemah Batts, a cancer survivor who founded Adaptive Climbing Group, to Jaylyn Gough, the founder of Native Women’s Wilderness. Other episodes, such as “Episode 54: Fifty Plus,” feature stories submitted by listeners.

(Dyna Tuytel)

My Ocean by Ocean Wise

My sister recommended I listen to My Ocean for some inspiration when I first started working on Ecojustice’s Podcast, The Case for a Better Earth. Every episode of My Ocean features an “ocean champion.” As a former journalist, I was particularly interested in the interviews with Orla Doherty, who worked as a producer for Blue Planet II, and Paul Nicklen and Christina Mittermeier, two conservation photographers whom I personally admire.

(Emily Chan, communications associate)

The big picture

More Perfect with Jad Abumrad

I like this podcast because it provides an enlightening and entertaining peek into the rarefied world of the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawyers, the judges, the decisions – it’s all incredibly captivating. I’d particularly recommend the episode titled “Sex Appeal,” which explains how then-lawyer Ruther Bader-Ginsberg won “a key battle for gender equality … with frat boys and beer.”

(Kegan Pepper-Smith, lawyer)

Astronomy Cast

The more I learn about astronomy and space, the more I realize how special and delicate the conditions for life are on this planet and how important it is that we fight to preserve it. Chances are if you ever wanted to know something about the cosmos, Astronomy Cast has done an episode on it and presented it in an entertaining way that is understandable to those of us who don’t have physics degrees.

(Fraser Thomson, lawyer)

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo, a CBC podcast that follows the search for a missing Cree girl, is an essential but heart-breaking listening for everyone in Canada seeking a better understanding of why reconciliation is so important.

(Elaine MacDonald, healthy communities program director)

 The Case for a Better Earth

Have you listened to Ecojustice’s podcast, The Case for a Better Earth? We tackle timely environmental topics by interviewing Ecojustice staff, clients, and special guests such as Trip Van Noppen, the executive director of Earthjustice, and Gleb Raygorodetsky, author of The Archipelago of Hope.

Stream episodes on our website or download to your heart’s content on iTunes, and don’t forget to hit subscribe so that you never miss a future episode.

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Photo of a person in a park in Solothurn, Switzerland, by Clearfrost, via Flickr. Image obtained under Creative Commons.

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