Amy Westervelt is my guest today. She’s an award-winning print and audio journalist. She contributes to the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. In 2015, she received a Rachel Carson award and, in 2016, an Edward R. Murrow award for her environmental journalism.
She’s the creator and host of the podcast Drilled, the first true-crime style podcast about climate change, which we’ll be discussing today. You can find transcripts of Drilled episodes online. The first season of the Drilled podcast traced the corporate-funded creation of climate denial and fossil fuel propaganda. It includes a segment on universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT that have changed their agendas after receiving donations from the energy industry. The current third season digs into the longer history of the propaganda industry itself.
Amy also founded the Critical Frequency, a podcast network which she describes as a platform for independent creators and those who are often overlooked in mainstream media.
Here is a transcript of this episode.
- How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable by Amy Westervelt, Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2019
- Scientists have discovered how to make people care about climate change by Amy Westervelt and Climate Confidential, Quartz
- The fossil fuel’s industry’s invisible colonization of academia by Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran, The Guardian
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