In the podcast’s first ever panel discussion show, Gridlocked writer and producer Nick O’Hara is joined by:
The panel discusses some of the key issues raised in the previous episode of Gridlocked, addressing questions such as how we can all elevate our perspective to a Spaceship Earth mentality.
The clear link between access to energy and economic development/ poverty reduction is discussed, including whether we should seek to ‘energy conserve’ our way out of climate change.
The guests consider the question of agency and collective action, sharing their reflections on effective climate advocacy approaches to mobilizing action to flatten the curve on greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
The show ends with Pia and Kristin sharing what gives them cause for optimism about the future, as we focus our efforts on meeting the climate emergency facing humanity.
Energy is the key driver of climate change. This episode, Spaceship Earth, introduces listeners to the current worldwide energy context, focusing on the climate emergency against the backdrop of increasing global energy demand.
Podcast host Rolake Ojo is joined by Gridlocked creators Mark Havenner and Nick O’Hara who, through a mixture of narration and discussion, explore key climate science and economic themes in global energy... from a non-science viewpoint.
In this episode, we hear from Joshua Goldstein, who co-wrote the newly released film Nuclear Now with legendary film director Oliver Stone.
The show starts by looking at planet Earth from the perspective of outer space, with insights from former NASA deputy administrator, Dava Newman, and International Space Station architect Guillermo Trotti. Both go on to talk about the importance of respecting nature and preserving biodiversity on land and in our oceans.
Listeners will then hear contributions from world-leading atmospheric scientist, Kerry Emanuel, as well as leading nuclear science professor, Jacopo Buongiorno. Together with renowned economist Pia Malaney, co-founder and director of The Center for Innovation, Growth and Society, they provide an overview of key issues in climate change from an energy policy perspective.
The episode also features the planet’s most prominent living architect, Lord Norman Foster, who talks about the critical role energy plays in improving the quality of our lives– especially for those currently living in developing countries. Foster argues that, “the quality of our lives is at stake, and being challenged by climate change.”
This episode introduces Gridlocked, the new docuseries podcast exploring ‘why the 21st Century is broken and how to fix it.’
Podcast host Rolake Ojo is joined by Gridlocked creators Mark Havenner and Nick O’Hara, co-founders of global thought leadership consultancy Renovata, who provide an overview of Season One: Energy, before going on to discuss their wider ambitions for future seasons of the show.
Through a mixture of narration and discussion, the episode covers how Gridlocked gives voice to those with the ideas and solutions to deliver change, starting in Season One with the one issue underpinning so many others today: energy. This episode covers how the season shifts conversation away from the current debates about ‘net zero’ and climate ‘fatigue’ to examine the possibilities for better outcomes new ‘energy mixes’ involving clean technologies like nuclear and renewables can achieve.
One of the things setting Gridlocked apart from other podcasts is the caliber of its contributors, and this episode highlights who listeners can look forward to hearing from in Season One. This includes the planet’s most prominent living architect, Lord Norman Foster, together with a world-leading atmospheric scientist and a designer for the International Space Station, who will cover how innovative design can help us combat the climate emergency, and get real about decarbonization.
Season One also features Joshua Goldstein who co-wrote the new film out with director Oliver Stone, which releases in US cinemas April 2023, called Nuclear Now.
Gridlocked Season One: Energy has been produced in association with the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by Professor Jacopo Buongiorno.