How have humans become powerful enough to disrupt the world’s climate, trigger the sixth mass extinction, and cause serious harm to the biosphere? And with all the abilities and technologies we’ve accrued, why do we so often oppress instead of uplift one another? Join us as we explore the hidden driver behind the converging crises of the 21st century. It all comes down to power—our pursuit of it, overuse of it, and abuse of it. Learn how different forms of power arose, what they mean for us today, and why giving up power just might save us.
This podcast is based on the groundbreaking book, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on energy and sustainability. Hosted by Melody Travers (Absolute AI podcast) and Rob Dietz (Crazy Town podcast). New episodes weekly September through November 2022.
Special thanks to Victoria Cowell for producing episode transcripts.