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A podcast about the future of our planet's water — and why you should care. Hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab.

Latest Episodes

Season 2 Trailer

This season, host Jay Famiglietti sits down with some of the world's leading experts to once again talk about water and learns why some marginalized communities are denied safe water access, how flooding and droughts may end up forcing billions of climate refugees to flee their homes, which regulations have been gutted and need to be brought back to save us from disaster and more. Join us as we dive into our waters at home and abroad, confront the dangers they face, and learn how to save them.

1 min1 w ago
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Season 2 Trailer

Bide(n) time for America’s Water Resources with Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, believes Joe Biden could be the man to save American water policy, which has been foundering under Donald Trump. In his co-authored policy brief, Water Recommendations to the Next President, Gleick and his colleagues lay out the biggest issues with US water safety and access, and what President Elect Biden needs to do to guarantee clean water for all Americans and limit the global repercussions of climate change.

27 min1 w ago
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Bide(n) time for America’s Water Resources with Peter Gleick

Groundwater: 'Go Deep or Go Dry’ is Unsustainable

Debra Perrone, Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara, discusses the dwindling groundwater supply affecting 12 million US wells caused by global warming and over-consumption. The world relies on groundwater, which is getting harder and harder to find. With groundwater close to the surface vanishing, well-drillers are forced to turn to deep drilling for corporate, agricultural, and domestic water needs. But going deep this way is far more expensive and increasingly yields contaminated water.

28 min3 w ago
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Groundwater: 'Go Deep or Go Dry’ is Unsustainable

The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten

Abrahm Lustgarten, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated environmental reporter, talks to us about climate migration, one of climate change's biggest looming threats. Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and ever-increasing natural disasters are forcing people to abandon their homes and their ways of life to seek safer ground. As the planet heats up, the number of climate refugees will just keep swelling, up to 3 billion people - a third of the global population - by 2070.

27 minOCT 21
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The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten

How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities

Ingrid Waldron is a sociology professor at Dalhousie University who argues that African Nova Scotian and Indigenous communities are victims of environmental racism, forced to drink tainted water, breathe polluted air and live next to waste dumps. Now these concerns are reaching national and even global audiences thanks to a best-selling book and a widely streamed documentary, both titled "There's Something in the Water". It's made Waldron one of Canada's most influential environmental activists.

27 minOCT 7
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How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities

California Drying, California Burning

In this episode of "Let's Talk About Water" ... California is burning. And Oregon. And Washington State. And not only are mega wildfires in the U.S. threatening – and sometime taking -- lives and property, they're pumping smoke and fallout high into the atmosphere and spread as far as Canada and now even into European air space. Host Jay Famiglietti switches gears this week to talk about why the absence of water in his onetime stomping grounds of California is leading to a mega-disaster.

29 minSEP 22
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California Drying, California Burning

COVID-19 and Our Water Supply

What is the impact of COVID-19 on our water supply? As we learn on the Season 2 debut of "Let's Talk About Water" scientists' initial fears the virus could be a waterborne as well as airborne have lessened. But as it has in just about every other aspect of our lives, COVID has affected how we understand and use water. Host Jay Famiglietti speaks to water scientist Markus Brinkmann about the University of Saskatchewan's involvement in an important new international surveillance project. It tracks COVID-19 through large populations by studying their sewage. Jay also speaks to Navajo rights activist Emma Robbins. Robbins explains how COVID has jeopardized people engaged in the day-to-day struggle to find potable water on the largest Native American Reservation in the United States. And he talks to high-tech entrepreneur Trever Andrew, a member of the Shuswap First Nation in South-Central British Columbia. Clients from around the world are flocking to buy Andrew's new web-based app to h...

32 minSEP 15
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COVID-19 and Our Water Supply

Want to handle floods? Leave it to the Dutch.

Guest Henk Ovink, Netherlands' first-ever Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, joins host Jay Famiglietti to explore the difference between how humans react to disaster versus how they react to climate change. Both are fraught with danger.

32 minMAR 16
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Want to handle floods? Leave it to the Dutch.

Guest Aaron Salzberg has worked on spacecraft and studied cancer. Water is his biggest challenge yet.

From building rockets for a living to becoming a top US water diplomat, Aaron Salzberg has been down quite a few paths in his career — all while rocking a pretty sick ponytail. He's met world leaders, including some heavy hitters in American politics and made quite an impact in the water world.

31 minMAR 2
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Guest Aaron Salzberg has worked on spacecraft and studied cancer. Water is his biggest challenge yet.

Pained communities, dry wells in Arizona: Ian James Part 2

Environmental reporter Ian James on his series "Arizona's Next Water Crisis"

23 minFEB 17
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Pained communities, dry wells in Arizona: Ian James Part 2

Latest Episodes

Season 2 Trailer

This season, host Jay Famiglietti sits down with some of the world's leading experts to once again talk about water and learns why some marginalized communities are denied safe water access, how flooding and droughts may end up forcing billions of climate refugees to flee their homes, which regulations have been gutted and need to be brought back to save us from disaster and more. Join us as we dive into our waters at home and abroad, confront the dangers they face, and learn how to save them.

1 min1 w ago
Comments
Season 2 Trailer

Bide(n) time for America’s Water Resources with Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, believes Joe Biden could be the man to save American water policy, which has been foundering under Donald Trump. In his co-authored policy brief, Water Recommendations to the Next President, Gleick and his colleagues lay out the biggest issues with US water safety and access, and what President Elect Biden needs to do to guarantee clean water for all Americans and limit the global repercussions of climate change.

27 min1 w ago
Comments
Bide(n) time for America’s Water Resources with Peter Gleick

Groundwater: 'Go Deep or Go Dry’ is Unsustainable

Debra Perrone, Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara, discusses the dwindling groundwater supply affecting 12 million US wells caused by global warming and over-consumption. The world relies on groundwater, which is getting harder and harder to find. With groundwater close to the surface vanishing, well-drillers are forced to turn to deep drilling for corporate, agricultural, and domestic water needs. But going deep this way is far more expensive and increasingly yields contaminated water.

28 min3 w ago
Comments
Groundwater: 'Go Deep or Go Dry’ is Unsustainable

The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten

Abrahm Lustgarten, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated environmental reporter, talks to us about climate migration, one of climate change's biggest looming threats. Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and ever-increasing natural disasters are forcing people to abandon their homes and their ways of life to seek safer ground. As the planet heats up, the number of climate refugees will just keep swelling, up to 3 billion people - a third of the global population - by 2070.

27 minOCT 21
Comments
The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten

How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities

Ingrid Waldron is a sociology professor at Dalhousie University who argues that African Nova Scotian and Indigenous communities are victims of environmental racism, forced to drink tainted water, breathe polluted air and live next to waste dumps. Now these concerns are reaching national and even global audiences thanks to a best-selling book and a widely streamed documentary, both titled "There's Something in the Water". It's made Waldron one of Canada's most influential environmental activists.

27 minOCT 7
Comments
How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities

California Drying, California Burning

In this episode of "Let's Talk About Water" ... California is burning. And Oregon. And Washington State. And not only are mega wildfires in the U.S. threatening – and sometime taking -- lives and property, they're pumping smoke and fallout high into the atmosphere and spread as far as Canada and now even into European air space. Host Jay Famiglietti switches gears this week to talk about why the absence of water in his onetime stomping grounds of California is leading to a mega-disaster.

29 minSEP 22
Comments
California Drying, California Burning

COVID-19 and Our Water Supply

What is the impact of COVID-19 on our water supply? As we learn on the Season 2 debut of "Let's Talk About Water" scientists' initial fears the virus could be a waterborne as well as airborne have lessened. But as it has in just about every other aspect of our lives, COVID has affected how we understand and use water. Host Jay Famiglietti speaks to water scientist Markus Brinkmann about the University of Saskatchewan's involvement in an important new international surveillance project. It tracks COVID-19 through large populations by studying their sewage. Jay also speaks to Navajo rights activist Emma Robbins. Robbins explains how COVID has jeopardized people engaged in the day-to-day struggle to find potable water on the largest Native American Reservation in the United States. And he talks to high-tech entrepreneur Trever Andrew, a member of the Shuswap First Nation in South-Central British Columbia. Clients from around the world are flocking to buy Andrew's new web-based app to h...

32 minSEP 15
Comments
COVID-19 and Our Water Supply

Want to handle floods? Leave it to the Dutch.

Guest Henk Ovink, Netherlands' first-ever Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, joins host Jay Famiglietti to explore the difference between how humans react to disaster versus how they react to climate change. Both are fraught with danger.

32 minMAR 16
Comments
Want to handle floods? Leave it to the Dutch.

Guest Aaron Salzberg has worked on spacecraft and studied cancer. Water is his biggest challenge yet.

From building rockets for a living to becoming a top US water diplomat, Aaron Salzberg has been down quite a few paths in his career — all while rocking a pretty sick ponytail. He's met world leaders, including some heavy hitters in American politics and made quite an impact in the water world.

31 minMAR 2
Comments
Guest Aaron Salzberg has worked on spacecraft and studied cancer. Water is his biggest challenge yet.

Pained communities, dry wells in Arizona: Ian James Part 2

Environmental reporter Ian James on his series "Arizona's Next Water Crisis"

23 minFEB 17
Comments
Pained communities, dry wells in Arizona: Ian James Part 2
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