Praise for America Adapts


I post a podcast every Sunday on my FB page! favs include @ourwarmregards and @nplhpodcast and @usaadapts
— Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University, via Twitter

America Adapts is a brilliant podcast, with so many interesting people doing such important work in the world of adaptation. I have a new appreciation not only for adaptation but for the largeness of that word.
— Professor Donald Wright, Political Science, University of New Brunswick

I started listening to your podcast earlier this summer and have been binging on it for the last few months. I find your range of guests, knowledge of topics and interview style to be endlessly enjoyable. I really liked your recent repost of your conversation with skeptic Marc Morano and - even more - your thoughtful, patient rebuttal of Marc with Dr. Randy Olson. As a non-scientist writing a thesis largely aimed at awakening the investment community, I consider your discussion with Randy on the importance of narrative to be particularly wise.
Daniel Hare
MIT Master of Real Estate Development Candidate

Resilience and adaptation vary greatly in their meanings across disciplines and practices. It’s not just an epistemological problem; it is a management and communication challenge. America Adapts highlights the great diversity of people and perspectives that mimic the pluralism that currently defines the landscape. At the same time, the show is asking the tough questions that challenge the agency, intent, capacity, subjectivity and biases of this community. The result is a frank picture of the boundaries of a fast-growing body of knowledge. I also like the gossip. 
— Dr. Jesse M. Keenan, Harvard University

I really enjoy the in-depth conversations with adaptation experts, many of whom I’ve wanted to meet. It’s like I get to sit down and chat with them myself for an hour – something that rarely happens at conferences where interactions are either 5-minutes in a hallway or listening to a presentation. And the podcasts are as witty as they are informative. I’ve learned a lot to help inform my own work. 
— Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, World Wildlife Fund

I’ve been a fan of America Adapts for several months now. I’m working on my 3rd career change, really an evolution from architecture, urban planning and now into climate change adaptation. When I discovered the podcast, it was a real godsend. I’m in the ‘sponge’ phase trying to soak-up as much information as I can and I have listened to every one of the podcasts, taken notes and followed-up with the links in the show notes. America Adapts has been incredibly helpful in providing a crash-course in adaptation!  In this age of fake news, TV infotainment shouting matches that foist themselves off as discussions and 140 character soundbites, it is a real pleasure to listen to in-depth interviews that are insightful, detailed and civilized, even with such divergent opinions. And Doug provides footnotes for each show, incredible! Doug has a very fresh and engaging interview style that seems like from an earlier era. 
— John Echlin, Echlin Planning Advisory,

Tell NASA podcasting is the perfect medium for explaining science to science-challenged (like me).
— Phil Stanhope, Florida

AV Club reviews by Dan Caffrey:

  • The Intrinsic Value Of Climate Change Adaptation, One of the biggest hurdles in the fight against climate change, from a preventative or adaptive standpoint, is convincing people of its urgency. Despite it being a universal problem of epically disastrous consequences, it’s hard to get citizens to care when so many of them don’t feel extreme weather affecting their daily lives—yet. Or, as World Wildlife Fund Senior Director Of Adaptation And Resilience Shaun Martin puts it, most folks only want scientists to tell them exactly when the seawater is going to come rushing underneath their door. Until then, they won’t bother to give any of it much thought. As Martin explains to America Adapts host Doug Parsons, that’s a wrongheaded way of viewing climate change—a stance that’s ignorant of its complexity and constant mutation. He then pulls out a surprisingly non-fatalistic Titanic analogy that makes the issue much more understandable and easier to talk about. It’s the sort of discussion that makes this episode and America Adapts as a whole indispensable in the Trump era, a time when so many elected officials make a point of not addressing climate change at all, or worse, actively encouraging use of fossil fuels.

  • Sea Level Rise, The Florida Everglades And The Role Of Research In Adaptation: Dr. Evelyn Gaiser Of Florida Coastal LTER , It’s easy to joke about Florida. The crystal meth, the bozo criminals, the exotic-animal attacks—all of this and more has made it a hotbed of weirdness that more than justifies the existence of the Florida Man Twitter account. But the oddities of the Sunshine State tend to eclipse its many achievements, including Miami’s progressive efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change. That’s a huge topic discussed by host Doug Parsons and this week’s guest, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser. As lead principal investigator at the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program, she has her finger on the pulse of the state’s constantly morphing ecology. That makes her a crucial resource for anyone worried about climate change. Even though she’s obviously concerned about the problems that severe weather presents to humankind, she also gets infectiously excited when talking about preserving the wetlands and how Miami is changing its infrastructure to plan for the future. It’s refreshing to hear someone from the scientific community value enthusiasm and optimism over dread. As America Adapts posits with all of its episodes, that’s an important part of making people feel motivated enough to adapt to climate change themselves.

  • State Level Adaptation Planning, Despite its undeniable threat to human civilization, climate change remains a grossly under-addressed topic across all fields of pop culture, podcasts included. But there are a handful of informative programs that will hopefully change that. Among them is America Adapts. As the hopeful title suggests, the podcast is concerned less with the doomsday scenarios found in so much other climate change coverage, and instead focuses on how we can work through the effects of global warming that are already in place. This week’s episode features Davia Palmeri, the climate change coordinator with the Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies. During her conversation with host Doug Parsons, she points out how climate change won’t just affect exotic species in far-off places, as many people believe, but also closer-to-home animals such as elk and monarch butterflies. She then explains some of her organization’s adaptation strategies, which include connecting already existing nature reserves, thus making for easier travel for North America’s wildlife. Though dense and covering a wide range of topics, the episode also has a human face, thanks to Parsons’ and Palmeri’s easygoing, non-panicked demeanors. That seems like an essential trait to get the rest of the country to start listening.

Each podcast is a like an extremely productive informational interview. Doug uses his experience and intuition in the field of climate change adaptation to target specific questions and extract kernels of knowledge from his interviewees that are tremendously important and valuable for people working in the field or attempting to pivot to it. As a scientist, a water quality policy practitioner, and budding community organizer studying and pivoting towards climate change adaptation implementation, I found Episode 8 with Rebecca Esselman (‘Rivers, watersheds and climate change adaptation’) particularly helpful. 
— Tanja, biologist, EPA, SCBinDC President

A frank picture of the boundaries of a fast-growing body of knowledge. I also like the gossip.
— Dr. Jesse M. Keenan

As a mom and a professional with little time to spare, it is really hard to keep up with all the latest science across all of the subjects I want to follow. I love how Doug’s interviews cover solid science about climate change and adaption but are also entertaining to listen to. Instead of putting on something from Netflix, I can catch up on the latest science during downtime with my husband, after dinner, after a busy day, when we want to listen or watch something fun. 
Effie Greathouse, Scientist/mother

Tell NASA podcasting is the perfect medium for explaining science to science-challenged (like me) because it forces scientists to simplify their explanation because of the podcast shorter timespan. My favorite podcasts frequently mix pop culture (movies, music, TV, games) and hard science, so naturally my favorite episode is the “Climate Change Goes To The Movies” one…

Phil Stanhope, Florida

Like many people, post election I was suffering from a feeling of hopelessness and desperation. I generally console myself with an overload of information in times of stress and so was scouring the interwebs for various balms. I stumbled upon your podcast and became a huge fan! I work as an endangered spp biologist so I especially identify with the episodes revolving around state and federal stories. Thanks so very much for all your good work and I look forward to 2017 — if not for feelings of hope (which I still try to hold onto) than for at least a place I can “go” to hear about like-minded folks fighting the good fight!

Image: US Coast Guard via Creative Commons