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Weekly Roundup: Sandra Steingraber, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jessica Valenti

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Get into the week by checking out what some of our headlining speakers are up to:


Reporting live from Paris:  Dr. Sandra Steingraber gives us a first-hand account of the Paris Climate Summit, where the enthusiasm is palpable for making change and paving the way toward renewable energy and a decarbonized future.


In more movie news for this week, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson shares his thoughts on the realistic alternative to the new Disney Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur. What would REALLY happen if the Jurassic era continued?


Finally, check out the latest thoughts from Jessica Valenti over at Are college students really as coddled as we think they are?


That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Rinku Sen, Lilly Ledbetter

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Check out the latest headlines from some of our speakers in the news:


Sandra Steingraber has taken an amazing journey to crusade for the environment, leading to a ban on fracking in New York. Read about her accomplishments as she prepared to discuss her life’s work on toxic chemicals at a gala for the wildlife protection organization WildEarth Guardians in Santa Fe on Friday.


Colorado State University held its 15th annual Diversity Symposium last Thursday, hosting Rinku Sen as the keynote speaker. She “focused on strategic framework for advancing racial justice by discussing emotional skills, equity, equality and intent vs. impact.” Check out what had to say about her encouraging speech and conversation.


Huge congratulations to Lilly Ledbetter, who was just awarded one of’s 2015 Women Who Shape the State for her tremendous contribution to women’s equality! Tickets for the celebratory awards luncheon on Thursday, November 5th may be purchased here.


That’s it for the week! Gear up for fall and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


Trending Now: Kyle Thiermann, Sandra Steingraber, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Discovery Digital Networks has added another video network to its portfolio with the launch of Seeker.  Starring in one of the network’s inaugural shows — Pro-surfer Kyle Thiermann shares his passion for waves and preserving the oceans that are his playground.



Head over to EcoWatch and read Dr. Sandra Steingraber’s remarks to the chief commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner on behalf of “We are Seneca Lake”.


Star Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson recently made his opinion known on a controversy sweeping through the Internet – the color of that dress: “If we were honest about shortcomings of human physiology then ‘optical illusions’ would instead be labeled “brain failures”


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Happy 2015!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and is ready for a healthy and productive year in 2015!


Let’s get caught up on what some of our speakers have been up to:


On December 17, 2014, New York  Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (of shale formations) in New York State. Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Steingraber and all others whose hard work helped lead to this important decision.


Founder of Microsoft and noted philanthropist, Bill Gates, recommends Sonia Shah’s book  The Fever, saying:  “If you want to read just one book about malaria, The Fever is probably the best choice…it’s a great overview of malaria, its impact, and the solutions to it.”


Head over to the NYT for  Stephanie Coontz’ latest editorial “The New Deal and Civil Rights Helped Make the Dream More Attainable”.


That’s all for this week —  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest!




Getting people to listen!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Jodi Solomon Speakers has been a strong supporter for the People’s Climate March which happened this past Sunday. So what is the next step?  Raising awareness is dependent on getting everyone to listen (governments, companies, and fellow citizens).


People's Climate Marchers including your very own, Jodi Solomon

People’s Climate Marchers, including your very own, Jodi Solomon


The throngs that marched in support of actions to prevent negative climate change got people listening due to the sheer number of people participating. When the hundreds of thousands of marchers like Michael MannChuck Collins, Sandra Steingraber Tim DeChristopherAnnie LeonardDavid Helvarg, and Emily Hunter, Robert Bullard, talked to their friends, family, co-workers, social media networkers and fans, you can imagine the multiplied effect of this awareness.   One person can make a difference.



Sandra Steingraber making her voice heard

Sandra Steingraber making her voice heard

Sandra Steingraber and Tim deChristopher rally support together

Sandra Steingraber and Tim deChristopher rally support together














How will you help to spread the word?


“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.” -Dennis Hall

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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We don’t need to convince you that the weather in Boston has been gorgeous these past few days. But year after year, days like this are becoming more and more scarce as our seasons become increasingly more extreme. While many of our fellow citizens have taken serious steps to try to prevent our situation from worsening, governments have moved at a glacial (no pun intended) pace. And that’s why we support the marchers in NY in two weeks.


On September 21, 2014, many will gather for the People’s Climate March in New York, NY in support of:


a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”-People’s Climate March Website 


Who wouldn’t want these things? Just in case you aren’t sold on supporting the march, check out the video below of biologist Sandra Steingraber explaining why she thinks the world needs an event like this to happen. Alongside fellow activists like Annie Leonard, Emily Hunter, Tim DeChristopher, and so many others, Steingraber is taking a stand that we think should be noticed.


Soak in the weather folks- if this march doesn’t move enough decision-makers to act, we may not have many more of these days.

On an (almost) completely different note, for all you Emory’s World lovers out there, I leave you this new cartoon:

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Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jessica Valenti

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

What does the anti-fracking and the climate movements have to do with one another? EcoWatch posted a speech by Sandra Steingraber, who has been campaigning for anti-fracking, explaining the correlation between the two.


Host of  “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, was featured on a  “StarTalk”  broadcast with the creator of  “Cosmos,” Ann Druyan. Get a peek into what it’s like behind the scenes of this Emmy-winning science documentary!


Jessica Valenti, author of  The Purity Myth and advocate for third-wave feminism, wrote an interesting column about virginity on The Guardian US.


Cornell professor and mathematics wiz, Steven Strogatz, writes about how simple physics and trigonometry can determine the inclination of a steep hill  on Huffington Post.


Join Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder on his latest adventure:


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Trending Now: Spencer Overton, Michael Tubbs, Jeffrey Simon

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Ready for some spectacular news?! Political aficionado, Spencer Overton, has recently been appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.


A round of applause to the devote community organizer of Stockton, California and muse of documentary True SonMichael Tubbs, who has been accepted into Stanford’s Design School Fellowship. Check out the talk he had with Google about the documentary based off of his life and accomplishments, True Son


Terrorism expert, Jeffrey Simon, has been featured on CNN as a guest speaker upon the subject matter of female terrorists rapidly rising throughout the nation.


Congrats to the fascinating author of A Cup of Water Under my BedDaisy Hernández, on receiving a phenomenal review from Booklist and writer Diego Báez. Read the excerpt of this bang-up review on her website. 


Join Enrique Morones and his organization Border Angels, on August 21st, as they visit Holtville Cemetery— “a location of where 700 unidentified migrants are buried.” It is an educational and communal experience.


What an eventful week! Sandra Steingraber, advocate for anti-fracking, has extensively updated her website. Novel updates include sections on fracking and civil disobedience as well as current event listings about upcoming public appearances.




Don’t forget to like her book’s page Raising Elijah on Facebook  for constant updates on her fight against fracking.


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Trending Now: Enrique Morones, Sandra Steingraber, Robert Bullard

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Here is the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:


Amid the controversy and protests of migrants being sent to Southern California –speaker and activist Enrique Morones and his organization, the Border Angels, are leading the efforts to get basic supplies to those families.


Dr. Sandra Steingraber posits that a New York state Court of Appeals decision defending municipalities’ right to prohibit fracking through the use of zoning laws is only the beginning. “It’s a step in the right direction but it’s not sufficient. The pollutants we’re concerned about don’t recognize municipal boundaries.”


“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has become the most-watched series ever for National Geographic Channel International.


Dr. Robert Bullard’s latest article describes how Houston’s experimental recycling plan targets minority neighborhoods for a waste facility.


Check out the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.


That’s all for us — be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


Trending Now: Hassan Abbas, Gail Dines, Sandra Steingraber

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:


Salon gives us 11 reasons why Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is their favorite scientist!


Head over to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and check out Hassan Abbas‘ latest podcast on militancy and the pause in Pakistan drone strikes. 


Check out Dr. Sandra Steingraber‘s remarks at the  EU Commission’s “New Environmentalism Summit” this week. 


At the Huffington Post, Gail Dines has some profound thoughts on feminism and porn.


Don’t miss the latest from Emery Jones , Boy Science Wonder!


That’s all for us — be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video. 




Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Wade Davis, Arsalan Iftikhar

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s what our speakers have been up to this week:


In an open letter to the NYT, Dr. Sandra Steingraber challenges the claim that there exists a “right way” to frack.


Arsalan Iftikhar talks with NPR about the tragic kidnappings in Nigeria and discusses how groups like Boko Haram are distorting the Muslim faith.


Congratulations to Michael Sam on being drafted by the St. Louis Rams! You Can Play Executive Director, Wade Davis, talks about how LGBT organizations can help support athletes.


Over at the Guardian, Jessica Valenti tells us “Why it’s OK to be a ‘bad feminist’ and Kathleen Hanna discusses “What happens when a riot grrrl grows up.”


We are happy to announce that Resurrection, the hit ABC show based on Jason Mott’s writing, will return for a second season!


That’s all for now, be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


Weekly Round Up: NFL Helmet Bans and Tips for Getting Your Life in Order

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Already 2 weeks down in 2014 – be strong and stick to those resolutions! Here’s what our speakers have been up to thus far in the new year.


In the Memphis Flyer, Susan Douglas publishes a scathing condemnation of right-wing political spending.  “Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing — impoverish older people, starve the poor, deny climate change, outlaw abortion and contraception, eliminate health care for millions — few are more foundational than defunding education in general, and higher education in particular.”


Houghton Mifflin named Daisy Hernández’ Before Love, Memory a notable essay of 2013.  Read her piece at Culturestrike about volunteering at a facility in South Florida for undocumented children separated from their families.


In response to the epidemic of concussions and degenerative brain disease among NFL players, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and her co-author of Newton’s Football: the Science Behind America’s Game, propose a ban on helmets.  “Hear us out.”


The battles and victories of Dr. Sandra Steingraber and her fellow fracktivists make Alternet’s list of 2013’s top progressive milestones.


Countercurrents sits down with Annie Leonard and hears her Story of Stuff journey, from the overwhelmingly positive response following its release to the death threats later on after Glenn Beck targeted her film with his vitriol.


Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann goes on CBC to talk about climate change and the polar vortex.


Dr. Stephanie Coontz at CNN talks about the Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and how we got to where we are now.  “The resurgence of poverty is not because government programs have ‘gotten in the way’ but because they have not done enough to get in the way of market forces going in the wrong direction.”


Comic Kate Clinton writes about intransigence during the holidaze in PTown, which is a snoozy place to be in the winter when the sun sets at 4PM.  She resolves, “with a bit of free time on my hands, I will think about changes I can make in my daily life to change the realities — poverty, hunger, homelessness, religious homophobia, transphobia, violence — for LGBT people in 2014.”


On Good Morning America, Justin Klosky creates order out of one family’s chaos.   Get Klosky’s tips for getting your own life in order!


Anticipating his appearance, the Santa Barbara Independent talks to Richard Rodriguez about his new book Darling, which centralizes women in its understanding of monotheistic desert religions.  “Male friends of mine are increasingly becoming atheists; they’re sarcastic, bitter, and angry toward organized religion. Many of the women I know are reconstructing religion.”


Sonia Shah is SUNY New Paltz’ 2014 visiting professor of journalism!


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the cover of Parade Magazine!  While having fun on his photo shoot, he also expresses his hopes that Cosmos’ prime time launch will land on fertile terrain.  Watch a preview of his appearance on Bill Moyers!


After the scandals in the news about bullying and anti-gay sentiment in the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings, Sporting News checks in with Wade Davis to get a more nuanced take on NFL culture.  “We sometimes talk about sports in a narrow, constricted way, but people keep playing because of the camaraderie.”

Wade Davis


Finally, we leave you with the latest Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder Cartoon from author Charles Johnson.