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Always Take Notes is a fortnightly podcast from London for and about writers and writing. Hosts Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd speak to a diverse range of people in the industry on a variety of topics, from the mysteries of slush piles and per-word rates, to how data are changing the ways newspapers do business and how to pitch a book. patreon.com/alwaystakenotes
 
Do you believe that the evolution of the human species is accelerating? What if you could take part in the creation of the new species while transforming your own life at the same time? Join us as we learn how to create our own big, bright, beautiful, sexy, abundant life and incite the healing of the world in the same motion, helping to usher in the Age of Miracles!
 
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Bill Gates (pictured) of Microsoft fame is fantastically wealthy and promotes solutions for many issues, and was recently in Australia - "Looming El Niño could push us into a new era of global heating". "Want to take action on climate change? These books can help"; "Louisiana Democratic Party ‘Funneled’ Utility Donations to Climate Candidate Challe…
 
Tatura's Bruce Gill (pictured) has long wanted to be as fossil fuel free as possible and his "new" (it's a 2018 model) Tesla takes him much closer to that goal. The research scientist came to Tatura decades ago to work on the Goulburn Valley's then-salinity problem and he now works on broader agriculture issues. Bruce has been pursuing the fossil-f…
 
For this informative episode, Rachel sits down with CEO Julie Wootton and HR Lead Traci Hagan from San Diego Human Resources Consulting to discuss HR laws that every employer needs on their radar in 2023. Are you in compliance with all the changes this year? Listen in as these experts walk through all you need to know. And you'll learn a little abo…
 
UN Secretary General, António Guterres, says we must act this decade. Richard Heinberg gives us a bonus episode of his power podcast: "How to Navigate Power with Wisdom"; "McGowan Government commits to legislating net zero by 2050 and introducing five-year interim targets"; "Liverpool Plains farmers oppose seismic testing and Hunter Gas Pipeline"; …
 
Garett Jones is an economist at George Mason University and he is the author of The Cultural Transplant, Hive Mind, and 10% Less Democracy. This episode was fun and interesting throughout! He explains: * How migrants bring their values to their new countries, * Why national IQ matters, * How the Chinese people are an unstoppable global force for fr…
 
A new Ag podcast asks "What is innovation & what motivates people to do it?"; "‘No miracles needed’: Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world"; "The Dawn of Gas Stove Denialism"; "Yes, 2022 was warmer and wetter"; "Floods drain $5bn from national economy"; "The world’s carbon price is a fraction of what we need – because on…
 
Simon and Rachel speak to Orlando Figes, author of nine books on Russian and European history which have been translated into over 30 languages. Born in London, Figes studied history at Cambridge and, as a graduate student, completed archival research in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. He rose to prominence in 1996 with his second book, "A People's …
 
The ABC podcast, "Who's gonna save us" investigates - "The energy it takes to be extremely online"; "‘Everyone wants a piece’: Are electric vehicles Australia’s opportunity of a lifetime?"; "‘Super-tipping points’ could trigger cascade of climate action"; "Solar panels are leading the clean energy revolution, but recycling them isn't easy"; "Austra…
 
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (pictured), the head of its state-run oil company, to manage the COP 28 climate summit - "Leader of the next global climate talks defends fossil fuels"; "The High Cost of Cheap E-Bikes"; "As Climate Protests Get Bolder, British Police Strike Back With New Powers"; "Climate change threatens songbird breeding"; "Gomeroi people f…
 
Melbourne GP, Dr Grant Blashki (pictured) talks about extreme weather and mental health - "New report reveals adverse mental health impact of extreme weather events"; "Survey results: National study of the impact of climate-fuelled disasters on the mental health of Australians"; "Dealing with climate anxiety: tips, tools and resources"; "Hidden men…
 
Dr. Susan is Doctor of Psychology and the author of 11 books, including multiple best sellers (“Getting Real: 10 Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life” & “The Couples Journey: Intimacy as a Path to Wholeness”). Her career spans over 5 decades and includes important work on the evolution of consciousness, conscious communities, and buildin…
 
Greta Thunberg (pictured) is now 20 and probably one of the world's best known climate activists - "Climate change activist Greta Thunberg manhandled by cops during coal mine demo"; "John Kerry backs UAE appointment of oil chief to oversee UN climate talks"; "Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023"; "Call to make carava…
 
World-recognized climate activist, Bill McKibben (pictured), has regularly made the point that fossil fuel companies are the villains in the whole climate issue. "Revealed: Exxon made ‘breathtakingly’ accurate climate predictions in 1970s and 80s"; "Let’s face reality. Fossil fuel interests have destroyed the Cops – we need something new"; "ExxonMo…
 
Professor Bill McGuire wrote the book, "Hothouse Earth: An inhabitant's guide" and through his wise and gentle counsel, he helps readers better understand the complex and disagreeable issue of global heating. People can learn much more about Bill from his website or from The Word Forest Organisation where he has been appointed as the group's Specia…
 
Professor Bill McGuire (pictured) wrote "Hothouse Earth" and was kind enough to have a chat with Climate Conversations. "Greens showdown with gas sector threatens Labor’s climate reforms". "UAE to launch Cop28 presidency with oil boss tipped for leading role"; "The past eight years were the hottest on record, despite La Nina"; "Cannon-Brookes takes…
 
Jason Roberts is co-founder and CEO of Frontline Careers, a social impact startup on a mission to connect frontline employees looking for more, with companies that offer more. The startup’s proprietary Frontline Friendly℠ Assessment and Certification process enables frontline job seekers, customers, and investors to better identify those companies …
 
Rachel and Simon speak to Moya Lothian-McLean, contributing editor at Novara Media. She began writing articles about music for Vice in 2015 while studying at university; in 2016, after graduating, she joined Stylist as an editorial assistant and wrote features as well as articles for the website. In 2020 she joined gal-dem, an independent magazine,…
 
Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt (pictured) has returned from a trip to WA, where the Kimberley is experiencing record-high flood levels and talks with Hammish Macdonald on Radio National - "Emergency Management Minister on WA floods"; "Chubb review of Australia’s carbon credit scheme falls short – and problems will continue to fester"; "I…
 
One of my best episodes ever. Lars Doucet is the author of Land is a Big Deal, a book about Georgism which has been praised by Vitalik Buterin, Scott Alexander, and Noah Smith. Sam Altman is the lead investor in his new startup, ValueBase. Talking with Lars completely changed how I think about who creates value in the world and who leeches off it. …
 
Australian engineer, thinker and entrepreneur, Saul Griffith, was a recent guest on the ABC podcast, "Who's gonna save us?" in the episode "Better call Saul". "Electric scooters are a useful addition to our transport network"; "2022 in Photos: Gaslighting by the Fossil Fuel Industry and Its Supporters"; "Widening Highways Doesn’t Fix Traffic. So Wh…
 
General Motors makes a bid to join the fossil fuel hungry Grand Prix scene. "Climate change is leaving African elephants desperate for water"; "Lula revives $1 billion Amazon Fund and environmental protections"; "Ski slopes in Alps facing snow shortage in unusually warm winter"; "She Is Africa’s First Heat Officer. Can She Make Her City Livable?"; …
 
Violet Coco (pictured) was sent to gaol for her Sydney Harbour Bridge protest and the letter I sent to her was "return to sender' - this is what I said and this is what Violet said when interviewed recently for Climate Conversations. "'Very unpredictable, severe event' as WA's Kimberley region smashed by once-in-a-century floods"; "NSW forests coul…
 
Holden Karnofsky is the co-CEO of Open Philanthropy and co-founder of GiveWell. He is also the author of one of the most interesting blogs on the internet, Cold Takes. We discuss: * Are we living in the most important century? * Does he regret OpenPhil’s 30 million dollar grant to OpenAI in 2016? * How does he think about AI, progress, digital peop…
 
Yale Climate Connections has warned that increasing global heat threatens amphibian habitat - "The warming climate is altering a key amphibian habitat"; "Subpoenaed Fossil Fuel Documents Reveal an Industry Stuck in the Past"; "Setting aside the superglue, Extinction Rebellion UK flags tactical shift"; "Extinction Rebellion in Australia could shift …
 
Dr Saul Griffith (pictured) sees our homes as the frontline in the climate crisis struggle and you can hear /watch him talk about that view on an ABC 7:30 report - "Dr Saul Griffith – decarbonisation for Australia begins in the home". "Climate chaos of 2022 with flooding hell, raging wildfires and freezing of waterfalls"; "El Niño or not? This is t…
 
Richard Heinberg (pictured) from the Post Carbon Institute asks: "Can Civilization Survive? These Studies Might Tell Us"; "Plibersek faces 140 decisions pitting koalas against development"; "Climate change may have encouraged the Huns to invade Europe"; "Climate data to help you better understand the climate crisis"; "Is there a ‘right to disobey’?…
 
I had fun chatting with Aarthi and Sriram. We discuss what it takes to be successful in technology, what Sriram would say if Elon tapped him to be the next CEO of Twitter, why more married couples don’t start businesses together, and how Aarthi hires and finds 10x engineers. Aarthi Ramamurthy and Sriram Krishnan are the hosts of The Good Times Show…
 
Mary Annaïse Heglar (pictured) takes us along on the journey that arises from carrying the world on your shoulders: "What Happened When I Tried to Carry the World on My Back". "Weathering the Weather: Mental-health professionals are trying to figure out how to talk about the climate"; "Staying Sober on a Dying Planet: I gave up drinking to give mys…
 
Simon and Rachel speak to the novelist Mohsin Hamid. Born in Lahore, he grew up mostly in Pakistan but spent part of his childhood in California and returned to America to attend Princeton University. He worked in New York and London as a management consultant before returning to Lahore to pursue writing full-time. Mohsin's first novel, "Moth Smoke…
 
Dr Andrew King (pictured) from the University of Melbourne is mentioned in a New Dailey story: "Warmer weather, less rain on the way as La Niña wanes"; "No greenhouse gas limits for Victoria's coal-fired power plants as Supreme Court rejects challenge"; "Arctic Air Brings Dangerous Cold to U.S., Could Test Texas Grid"; "A Tale of Two Cities – Jakar…
 
This was one of my favorite episodes ever. Bethany McLean was the first reporter to question Enron’s earnings, and she has written some of the best finance books out there. We discuss: * The astounding similarities between Enron & FTX, * How visionaries are just frauds who succeed (and which category describes Elon Musk), * What caused 2008, and wh…
 
Coal seam gas plans for the Pilliga Forrest in New South Wales defy the position taken by Australia's Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, at the recent COP15 talks in Montreal - "‘Shameful day for Australia’: Santos given green light to drill 850 gas wells in native forest"; "This global pact to save biodiversity is historic but will it give nat…
 
Rachel Lowry (pictured) saw Australia as being on the right side of history at COP15 in Montreal - "Historic deal reached at UN biodiversity conference". "Climate goal of 1.5C is ‘gasping for breath’, says UN head"; "Calls for tougher regulations as Queensland records highest rate of land clearing in country"; "UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)";…
 
Mark Davis (pictured) has worked with and is still representing about 20 climate activists, all of whom he says are all good people and shouldn't be sent to gaol - you can hear his comments here on Radio National - "Should protesting be criminalised?" "Montreal talks lead to 'watered down' biodiversity targets: Greens"; "The US touts support for bi…
 
Mark Conroy (pictured) has been a full-time climate activist for the past two years and so has aligned himself with Extinction Rebellion and through that has helped raise the public's awareness that accelerated action on the climate issue is of critical importance. Violet Coco was discussed during our conversation, and Violet, who had disrupted tra…
 
Violet Coco (pictured) took the message of the climate and ecological crisis to Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year when she blocked one lane of traffic. She was subsequently arrested, then sentenced to 15 months in jail, appealed that but was denied bail, but now that has been overturned and Violet is free on bail until the appeal regarding h…
 
Nadia Asparouhova is currently researching what the new tech elite will look like at nadia.xyz. She is also the author of Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software. We talk about how: * American philanthropy has changed from Rockefeller to Effective Altruism * SBF represented the Davos elite rather than the Silicon Valle…
 
Bruce Mountain (pictured) tells Patricia Karvelis on Radio National that Australia's east coast is "swimming in gas" - "Government taking a bigger role in energy: analyst"; "Burning Trees for Energy Is Catastrophic for Biodiversity, Scientists Say"; "The ‘silent killer’ of flooding: Murray River fish in dire straits as water quality drops"; "Starvi…
 
Rachel and Simon speak to author, academic and literary critic Merve Emre. After a stint as a management consultant, she completed a PhD and taught English literature at McGill University in Canada, before taking up a role as an associate professor at Oxford. (This year she is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Wesleyan in the US.) Alongside he…
 
The Greens, lead by Adam Brandt (pictured), say the intervention to curb power bills is too generous to fossil fuel companies – a point the government disputes: "Greens threaten government’s plan to cut energy bills"; "Oil firms have internally dismissed swift climate action, House panel says"; "FIFA Helping to ‘Greenwashing’ Qatar Oil Company Prim…
 
Sex tips, porn revolutions, psychedelics, and enlightenment Aella writes at knowingless.com. Her posts and tweets provide a unique perspective about the data on sexual kinks and on being an escort & camgirl. In this episode, Aella talks about: * her escorting sex tips, * how tech will change pornography, * & whether trauma & enlightenment are real …
 
Deanna 'Violet' Coco (pictured) continues with her efforts of non-violent protests to alert our decision-makers to the threat of climate change. Violet was a virtual guest at Beneath the Wisteria in Shepparton in July 2021 and you can watch and listen to her at the Slap Tomorrow Zoom Files. "At least a dozen climate activists face jail time under N…
 
Biodiversity was centre stage at a November roundtable event organized by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the preservation of Earth's biodiversity is the subject of an international conference at Montreal in Canada. "Updates on the state of nature from around the world"; "Plibersek in push to halt extinctions, but defends ree…
 
Stefan Rahmstorf (artist's impression), who cried when he heard of Donald Trump's ascendency to President, receives the Stephen H. Schneider award for climate communication. "Green Buildings: Cooking Without Gas"; "‘World’s First Solar City Car’ Coming to U.S. for $6,250"; "Foundation For Climate Restoration"; "Britain Approves New Coal Mine Despit…
 
Climateworks Australia gives you "Five minutes with Dr Sale Bache" (pictured); "Planet Earth in 2022" - Professor Lesley Hughes; "‘Nature is being destroyed. Things have to change’: Plibersek flags environmental law overhaul"; "David Pocock and the Greens welcome Labor’s environmental reforms but push for more urgent action"; "If NSW wants to stop …
 
Aisha Khai (pictured) is the executive director of the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change and has written a strong piece for the Dawn newspaper: "Cost to the Climate". "Floods rejuvenate Australia's environment, yet have 'sting in the tail' for many species"; "Warning on Mass Extinction of Sea Life: ‘An Oh My God Moment’"; "Circular strateg…
 
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