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Episode 24: Climate Comedy

Brian Ettling

Brian Ettling

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.

Conversations about climate change can get downright dire and dreary. But isn’t there room for comedy? Brian Ettling is a comic who is not ashamed to pull out a rubber chicken for a gag. He joins show host Peterson Toscano for a lively conversation about climate comedy.

Art House

Playwright Chantal Bilodeau returns to the Art House. This time, she tells us about two visual artists whose work helps make the invisible worlds of pollution and climate change visual in very visceral ways. Learn about American artist Eve Mosher with her flood lines, and Chinese artist Brother Nut and his pollution bricks.




Last month’s puzzler asked: Should we just wait for a technical fix to climate change? We hear what you have to say in response to the fictional Samantha who believes geo-engineering will solve all of our climate woes.

For this month’s puzzler, imagine you are on a break with a coworker. Let’s call him Murphy. You tell Murphy about a climate change conference you attended, hoping to engage him in conversation. Murphy blurts out, “Seriously? I never pegged you as one of those ‘save the whales and the polar bears’ kind of person. The way I see it, humans are the most adaptable beings on earth. Whatever is coming our way, we will be able to handle it. Sucks for other creatures, but humans will be just fine.”

Murphy has put just you in a certain environmental box. It may or may not be a fit for you. How can you respond to Murphy to help crack open the conversation?

Send Peterson your answers by July 15, 2018, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ or, better yet, leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 570.483.8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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