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Photo: Bayside Picnic Area after Hurricane Sandy (NPS Climate Change Response)

Pentagon delays rule to 'OK' transgender troops 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama and the Pentagon ordered America's armed services to welcome transgender recruits, but the plan is now being delayed.  President Trump's Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis is giving the chiefs of staff another six months to determine if transgender enlistments will affect the "readiness of lethality" of the services.  Aaron Belkin is Director of the Palm Center, which promotes the study of LGBT issues in the military.  He's author of How We Won: The Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Guests:
Aaron Belkin, Palm Center / UC Hastings (@AaronBelkin)

How We Won

Aaron Belkin

Is it 'geoengineering' or 'hacking the climate?' 32 MIN, 46 SEC

A raging dispute among climate scientists is breaking into the open.  Could they slow global warming by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight, or are the unintended consequences potentially so dangerous that even experimentation should be prohibited? The very idea was beyond the pale at the time of the Paris Agreement, but now it's gaining some traction. Opponents say it's beyond reckless.  Would trying to resolve one problem create others that could get out of control?

Guests:
David Keith, Harvard University (@dkeithclimate)
Raymond Pierrehumbert, University of Oxford
Simon Nicholson, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (@simonnicholson4)
Jack Stilgoe, Rutgers University (@Jackstilgoe)

More:
Keith on responsible solar engineeering research
Keith's 'A Case for Climate Engineering'
Pierrehumbert on the madness of climate hacking
Nicholson's 'Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet'

Experiment Earth

Jack Stilgoe

America divided by front-row and back-row 10 MIN, 25 SEC

Chris Arnade grew up in what he now calls "The Front Row." With a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University, he joined Salomon Brothers. But five years ago, in his late 40s, he finally rejected Wall Street values. He took a buyout from Citigroup, and moved his family from Manhattan to upstate New York. Now he's a photo-journalist who travels the country in a 10 year old Honda with a mattress in back… visiting, photographing and talking with folks from "the Back Row."

Guests:
Chris Arnade, writer and photojournalist (@Chris_arnade)

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