Inquiring Minds with Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas

Recently, Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas from Point of Inquiry (the flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry) abandoned ship because of some off-color remarks made by the “think tank’s” CEO, Ron Lindsay. Don’t worry; they’re back. And they’re as skeptical about scientific dogma as ever. The new show’s called Inquiring Minds, and it’s available in both video and audio.

intellegentMinds, in collaboration with The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and a couple other inflammatory whistle blowers, set out to challenge the status quo with critical thought.

I dove in on episode three with Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, a celebrated oceanographer, explorer and author. Earle is also former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a TED Prize winner.

Earle spent  a year of her life under water. If one guessed she’s concerned about the health of of our planet’s oceans, one would be guessing correctly. She talked at length about why the oceans are “not too big to fail.”

I love science, and I like oceanography, but am I alone in my exhaustion with the topic of climate death? I don’t think I have the energy to delve into humanity killing the planet every week. But again, this may be my burden, and my burden alone. The hosts do cover current events, but the tone is consistently shifting back to the aforementioned subject matter.

This is a quality show, with intelligent hosts, and impressive guests. It’s just not my cup of tea.

 

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