Connect the Dots

In his "Connect the Dots" podcasts, CPR President Rob Verchick interviews experts on a variety of issues, including CPR Member Scholars and staff. His broad themes include the broad ramifications of climate change, creating harmony between green and grey infrastructure, smart regulatory design and more. Click below to listen, download, or visit our show pages to get more information on the topic of each podcast.

 
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Season Three

Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.6, April 2020

One Doctor's Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Guest: Dr. Andrew Duxbury is a geriatrician who is passionate about helping the elderly live their best lives as they age. He specializes in fall prevention, senior mobility, Alzheimer's and dementia care and preventing overmedication in seniors.

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In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks with Dr. Andrew Duxbury, about his work as a geriatric physician and professor of medicine amidst the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss his blog, Life, the Universe and Everything, and his work in local theater.

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.5, March 2020

The Vital Role of Expertise in Regulation

Guests: Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law at Corpus Christi College and the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford; and Sid Shapiro, CPR Board Member and Fletcher Chair in Administrative Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Development. 

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Host Rob Verchick talks with CPR's Sid Shapiro and Oxford University professor Liz Fisher about the role and importance of expertise in government agencies, rulemaking, and public policy development. The topic is of particular significance in light of the campaign by the Trump administration and others to ignore or eliminate such expertise in a range of different ways, hindering the ability of agencies to deliver on their legislative obligations.

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.4, February 2020

Youth's Climate Case Dismissed. What Now?

Guests: CPR Member Scholars Melissa Powers, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law and the Director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School; and Karen Sokol, Associate Professor of Law at the Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans.

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In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks with Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Melissa Powers and Karen Sokol about the 9th Circuit's dismissal of the Juliana v. United States youth climate justice case, what it means -- and doesn't mean -- for other climate cases working their way through the courts, and more. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.3, January 2020

To Dream the Impossible Burger … and Farm

Guests: CPR Board Members Gilonne D'Origny, Translational Advisor for the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington; and Laurie Ristino, Principal and Founder of Strategies for a Sustainable Future. 

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In this episode of Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick talks with CPR Board Members Gilonne d'Origny and Laurie Ristino about the threats to farming as usual. They also taste-test an Impossible Burger.

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.2, December 2019

Will We Always Have Paris? Can the World’s Climate Agreement Survive the 2020s?

Guest: Noah Sachs, Professor of Law;
Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies
University of Richmond School of Law. 

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In this episode of Connect the Dots, Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick interviews CPR Member Scholar Noah Sachs, University of Richmond School of Law, about the future of the Paris Climate Agreement, in the wake of U.S. withdrawal.

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 3.1, November 2019

Reorganizing Government: From Pizza to Climate Change

Guests: Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, CPR Member Scholars, authors of Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework.

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In this episode of Connect the Dots, Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholars Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman discuss the essential roles of government and regulation -- and how to improve both. It's based on their new book, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework.  

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Season Two

Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.6, October 2019

A Conversation with Former Senator Mary Landrieu: Climate Change, Energy & Coastal Protections

Guest: The Honorable Mary Landrieu, former U.S. Senator from Louisiana, now Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman, LLC

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In this episode, host Rob Verchick talks climate change, energy, and coastal protections with former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.5, September 2019

Regulation as Social Justice: Floods, Hogs, and Poisoned Air

Guests: North Carolina Attorney John R. Hughes and Sierra Club Director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Leslie G. Fields

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In this episode of “Connect the Dots,” Rob Verchick inteviews North Carolina attorney John R. Hughes, and Sierra Club Director of Environmental Jutice and Community Partnerships Leslie G. Fields. They discuss the horrific impact of factory-style hog farming on nearby communities and the environment more broadly. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.4, July 2019

Energy Policy and Public Lands

Guest: Alexandra Klass, CPR Member Scholar and University of Minnesota Law Professor

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Center for Progressive Reform Member Scholar and University of Minnesota law professor Alexandra Klass talks with host Rob Verchick to connect the dots among public lands, energy resources, and climate change. They discuss how land use makes powering our societies possible and the role of the federal government in developing renewable energy resources. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.3, June 2019

Working Toward a Just Transition

Guest: Sharan Burrow of The International Trade Union Confederation

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Rob Verchick is joined by Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation for a conversation about the importance of community involvement in policy making, the idea of a “just transition” away from a reliance on fossil fuels, the role of corporate and federal transparency in encouraging confidence of workers and unions, and the feasibility of the “Green New Deal.”

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.2, May 2019

Building Resilient Cities

GuestShalini Vajjhalla of Re:Focus Partners 

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Host Rob Verchick is joined by Shalini Vajjhala of re:focus partners. They discuss the meaning of resilience, consider the impacts of environmental disaster on city infrastructure, and explore how communities can take proactive, rather than reactive, approaches to prompting long-term change. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 2.1, February 2019 

Pipeline Wars

Guest: Rachel Rye Butler of Greenpeace USA 

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The hydraulic fracturing and tar sands "revolution" in the United States and Canada has left new oil and gas pipelines traversing the lands of indigenous communities. The pipelines are dirty, polluting, dangerous, and built without local consent. CPR President Rob Verchick explores these mounting environmental injustices with Rachel Rye Butler, the head of the Democracy Campaign at Greenpeace.

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Season One

Connect the Dots PodcastEpisode 1.6, September 2018

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Suing Oil Companies for Climate Change Disasters (Part 2)

Guests: Kate Sears, Marin County Board of Supervisors and CPR's Tom McGarity

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This episode continues the discussion about city, county, and state climate justice litigation against major oil companies. Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Marin County (CA) Supervisor Kate Sears and CPR Board Member Tom McGarity

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Connect the Dots PodcastEpisode 1.5, September 2018

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Suing Oil Companies for Climate Change Disasters (Part 1)

Guest: Kate Sears, Marin County, California, Board of Supervisors

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Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Marin County (CA) Supervisor Kate Sears about California localities that are suing companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, and others for hiding the dangers of and damages caused by climate change. This episode also includes short Interviews with participants in the Cultures and Disasters III Conference, held on June 28-29, 2018 in Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany. 

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Connect the Dots PodcastEpisode 1.4, August 2018

Keeping Workers Safe in the Era of Climate Change

GuestsCPR's Sid Shapiro and Katie Tracy

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Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with CPR Vice President Sid Shapiro and Policy Analyst Katie Tracy about keeping works safe from heat stress and other hazards in the era of climate change. Their book chapter on climate impacts on workers appears in Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law: Barriers and Opportunities (Lyster & Verchick, eds., 2018) 

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Connect the Dots PodcastEpisode 1.3, July 2018

Preparing for Climate Change and Toxic Floods in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Guest: CPR's David Flores, co-author of Toxic Floodwaters: The Threat of Climate-Driven Chemical Disaster in Virginia's James River Watershed.

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Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Policy Analyst David Flores about the risks of toxic flooding from hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and repeated heavy rain events like the ones the Chesapeake Bay watershed experienced during the spring and summer of 2018. This episode also includes a segment called "It’s about the Octopus," performed by David Ossman and Judith Walcutt of Other World Media, based on a December 2016 Miami Herald op-ed by Verchick and CPR Member Scholar Dan Farber. This episode was produced by CPR and the Center for Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast: Episode 1.2, June 2018

The Age of Climate Migration

Guest: CPR's Maxine Burkett

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Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Member Scholar Maxine Burkett and intersperses short interviews with participants at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Conference on Climate Change and Human Migration, held on November 27-28, 2017, in Busan, South Korea. 

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Connect the Dots Podcast. Episode 1.1, May 2018

Drafting a Farm Bill for a Warming Planet 

Guest: CPR's Laurie Ristino

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Center for Progressive Reform President Rob Verchick talks with Member Scholar Laurie Ristino of Vermont Law School about the connections between climate change, food security, and policymaking tools like the Farm Bill that could be better used to promote sustainable agricultural practices.

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