Cli-Fi Research: Can Climate Fiction Influence Behavior + Interview with MIT’s Today I Learned: Climate Podcast

In episode 89 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews Yale-Nus College Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Matthew Schneider-Mayerson about his recent literacy research on how “Cli-Fi”, or climate change fiction, can influence a reader’s behavior. Doug is joined in this interview by Cli-Fi expert, Dr. Amy Brady, a previous guest on America Adapts.  In a bonus conversation, Doug interviews Laur Hesse Fisher, host of a new podcast, Today I Learned: Climate (TILClimate), based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Discover how this new podcast is teaching climate fundamentals in short, science driven episodes.

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Other Topics covered:

  • Using “Cli-Fi” to influence a reader’s behavior.

  • Amy Brady weighs in on need for empirical evidence in the cli fi genre.

  • Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, says “the future is a distant country.”

  • Using “Cli-Fi” to move people from just awareness to actual action.

  • “Cli-Fi” can help bring people together to talk about climate change.


Links in this episode:
https://yale-nus.academia.edu/MatthewSchneiderMayerson
https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/about/faculty/matthew-schneider-mayerson/
http://news.mit.edu/2019/mit-tilclimate-podcast-breaks-down-climate-change-facts-0502
https://www.academia.edu/37913124/The_Influence_of_Climate_Fiction_An_Empirical_Survey_of_Readers
https://climate.mit.edu/users/tilclimate-podcast
https://climate.mit.edu/
https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/

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