Important, Not Important

Important, Not Important

By Important, Not Important
Join us as we bend the motherf’ing arc of history towards a radically more livable planet for you, me, and everybody else.

Our Webby-nominated, weekly conversational podcast dives into a question affecting everyone on the planet right now: climate change, clean energy, space, artificial intelligence, antibiotics, cancer, and medicine.

Our guests: scientists, doctors, engineers, politicians — even a reverend. We work towards action steps our listeners can take with their voice, their vote, and their dollar.

Hosted by Quinn Emmett and Brian Colbert Kennedy
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Fun Talk: I Was High in the Bathtub & She Was Making Me Dinner
This week’s Fun Talk is coming in hot and Quinn & Brian have a lot to talk about: Amazon’s non-recyclable recyclable plastic bags, Brian’s introduction to bear cameras (and his deep desire to play with bears), voting on the fattest bear, an awkward but fun audition experience, why we hate the optimism and excitement of youth, the best birthday present ever, a real-life friend test, (not) hanging out high in the hot tub, Brian living in sin, flipping Virginia, what we are and aren’t watching on TV, organic growth, and our promise to finally play some of your voice messages next week... if we remember. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Heated.world Watch bears at Explore.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
33:05
October 9, 2019
#81: Legalizing the Other Weed
In Episode 81, Quinn & Brian discuss: Legalizing the weed of the sea. Our guests are Bren Smith and Tom Ford, two fine, clean-living gentleman who are out on the water, every day, trying to change the way that we eat and use the ocean to our benefit — and, more importantly, to the ocean’s benefit (which seems obvious to us, but apparently is not). Bren started the Thimble Island Ocean Farm, a farm dedicated to restorative ocean farming, and is the Executive Director and co-founder of GreenWave, a nonprofit supporting a new generation of ocean farmers feeding the planet and building a blue-green economy in the era of climate change. Tom Ford is Executive Director of The Bay Foundation, Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program, and Co-Director of the Coastal Research Institute at Loyola Marymount University — all of which adds up to him being a super smart guy with a lot of ideas about how we can improve both the ocean and our lives, and as we’ll learn today, some of them are surprisingly cheap and easy! Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: The Lorax & In a Fisherman's Language: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message GreenWave: www.greenwave.org The Bay Foundation: www.santamonicabay.org/ Eat Like a Fish by Bren Smith: www.amazon.com/Eat-Like-Fish-Adventures-Restorative-ebook/dp/B07GMYJJWM “Is Seaweed the Next Superfood?”: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/a-new-leaf Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
1:16:04
October 8, 2019
Fun Talk: Green Urban Design as a Troll Would
Welcome to another Fun Talk, the episodes that most of you listen to because it’s just Quinn & Brian talking about things that don’t really matter that much, like: why human beings are such thoughtless and selfless shitheads, LA traffic problems that won’t affect most of you, not caring how small your dick is while you’re driving, green urban design troll posts, getting fewer white guys on the show, giving the gift of 75 rolls of toilet paper, what we’re watching on TV, Brian becoming an old man, Jameson and beer, why Brian’s tum tum is feeling off, the perfection of sandwiches, what we’re reading, and sending Brian birthday wishes. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have birthday wishes for Brian? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Send Brian audio birthday wishes: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
47:15
October 4, 2019
#80: Mosquitoes. The Serial Killers of Nature. Should We Make Them Go Away?
In Episode 80, Quinn & Brian discuss Quinn’s wife’s least favorite thing: Mosquitoes! Our guest is Dr. Natalie Kofler, a trained scientist and the founding director of Editing Nature at Yale University, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. Dr. Kofler’s work navigates the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of gene editing applications designed to impact wild species, such as CRISPR-edited mosquitoes to prevent malaria transmission. Dr. Kofler shares a deep level of technical understanding, paired with a heaping helping of compassion and nuance that is really something to behold. We are so happy she’s one of the people leading us into the future, and leading by a much-needed example. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Editing Nature: editingnature.org Twitter: twitter.com/nataliekofler Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:06:59
October 1, 2019
Fun Talk: Serving Up Dead Cow to (Mostly) Idiots
For the first Fun Talk of Fall, Quinn & Brian chat about how Brian disappointed Quinn (again), the awesomeness of Greta Thunberg, celebrating Quinn’s wife’s birthday, the future of Impossible Foods, trying to win a Spartan race, weed delivery services, Quinn’s desire for a weed sommelier, the marijuana vape pens that promise they won’t kill you, and Brian’s on-queue texting. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Join us at Science Hack Day San Francisco 2019 (it’s FREE!): http://sf.sciencehackday.org HeirloomLA catering: www.heirloomla.com Dosist: dosist.com/lab-results Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
41:16
September 27, 2019
#79: Air Pollution: The Low Hanging Fruit of Our Hellish Future
In Episode 79, Quinn & Brian are back to discuss: Optimism in the air (wait... that doesn’t sound like us). Our guest is Beth Gardiner, an environmental journalist and the author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution. We talk about why Beth was driven to write Choked, how we got to the sad state that we’re in on this planet right now, and how we’re actually getting out of it. It’s not improving everywhere, and it could definitely be improving faster, but this is one area where you can actually see and feel change happening. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: “Field Notes from a Catastrophe” by Elizabeth Kolbert: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Read “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution:” www.amazon.com/Choked-Life-Breath-Age-Pollution/dp/022649585X Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:12:19
September 24, 2019
Fun Talk: Blast That Guitar Solar
We’re finally back in the office for this week’s Fun Talk! To celebrate, Quinn & Brian chat about why Brian is now late to everything (but only by a few minutes), Stallone’s relative acting ability, the MLB breaking the league’s all-time homerun record, running for something, flipping Virginia in 2020, being so excited for the new Picard show, getting up at 7AM, go-to candies, Quinn isn’t always right, and some soggy falafel. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Godfrey for CA State Assembly: www.godfreyforassembly.com/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
41:30
September 20, 2019
Fun Talk: Miniature Dolls, Phallic Amulets, Necklace Beads, and a Tiny Skull Among Other Objects
We’re still on a brief hiatus from our regular episodes, but Quinn & Brian are back this week for more Fun Talk! And we brought all kinds of good stuff to help this Friday go down real smooth: the morning show that starts in the afternoon, cats against Trump, Brian’s ongoing move, a female sorcerer's phallic objects found in Pompeii, the badass women in the movie Hustlers, our old friends at Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and a message that Quinn sent Brian (without response) at #420. We’ll be back to our normally scheduled programming on 9/24! FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message “Experts in Pompeii Have Discovered a Female Sorcerer’s Mysterious Arsenal of Charms—See Them Here:” news.artnet.com/art-world/sorcerer-trove-discovered-pompeii-1623607 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
25:57
September 13, 2019
Fun Talk: Break the Glass in Case of Need of Party Playlist.
Fun Talk is here to help you start the holiday weekend by drowning out the people you actually know with two strangers talking in your ears! This week those pessimistic strangers that everyone loves to love, Quinn & Brian, chat about Quinn’s fairweather nature, apartment searching, Scott Reinhard’s sweet-ass maps, asking our Presidential and Senatorial candidates questions, finishing the get-it-done draft of Quinn’s book, the different ways that people approach writing, and some sweet-ass globes. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Check out these sweet maps: scottreinhard.com/Mapping-and-Visualization Globe Makers: instagram.com/globemakers Shazam Discovery Top 50 Playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/shazam-discovery-top-50/pl.eba7614f65cd42ff8868b2d8181f49f4 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
38:19
August 30, 2019
#78: Planning for Chaos: Strategies for Our Mad Max World
In Episode 78, Quinn & Brian discuss: Planning for chaos. Our guest is Bina Venkataraman, author of the upcoming book The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age and a teacher in the program on Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Fair warning, so you don’t get upset like Brian did: this is not a real telescope. But you should still be excited, like Brian is now, because Bina is awesome and her book sounds fantastic. As you can probably tell from the title of Bina’s book, this is actually a pretty positive episode! Of course, because we can’t let the silver lining distract you from the thundering cumulonimbus above our heads for too long, we will remind you that a book like this is only necessary because we’re pretty much one Instagram filter away from it being Mad Max out there. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Preorder The Optimist's Telescope: writerbina.com/the-optimists-telescope Twitter: twitter.com/binajv Bina’s TEDTalk: ted.com/talks/bina_venkataraman_the_power_to_think_ahead_in_a_reckless_age Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:09:10
August 27, 2019
Fun Talk: Incoming Calls from the UN (They Have the Wrong Number)
It’s Fun Talk, and you know what that means – it’s a conversation that’s fun! ...or, sometimes, super sad. But that would be a bad title. Anywho! This week, Quinn and Brian chat about whether you’d rather have a break or replays, the Emmett family’s ALS fundraiser, Chernobyl 2.0, insensitive polls, your feedback about this podcast (good and bad), podcast swapsies, Brian’s Giphy stats, postcards from Antarctica, sponsoring Science Hack Day San Francisco 2019, vegan protein bars, the most dangerous movie ever made, moving as far away from Quinn as possible, joining a basketball league, and Quinn’s vacation vacation. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Sarai - Winner Represent (Pepperjuice Remix) by Pepperjuice: soundcloud.com/pepperjuice/winnerrepresent Science Hack Day San Francisco 2019 (it’s FREE!): http://sf.sciencehackday.org “'Aquarela': Inside The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made”: www.indiewire.com/2019/08/aquarela-the-most-dangerous-movie-ever-made-documentary-1202048704/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
37:35
August 23, 2019
BEST OF THE BEST: Where Does Ebola Go From Here?
In Episode 62, Quinn & Brian asked: Where does Ebola go from here? Our guest is Karin Huster, a Field Coordinator at Doctors Without Borders, where she is currently bouncing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She spent a decade in the trauma ICU before flinging herself head first into humanitarian efforts across the globe. She’s sorta the Forest Gump of humanitarian field nurses; if there’s a health-related outbreak, or a storm-related outbreak that turns into a health-related outbreak, she’s there – and she’s inspiring as hell! The latest Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, which is the worst on record for the DRC and the second largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. Ebola is a beast of a disease, the kind of thing Hollywood uses as a go-to when they need a horrible disease outbreak. However, we do actually have some experimental drugs for treatment and a promising vaccine, thanks to recent medical advancements, but they don’t seem to be doing a lot to slow the spread of this disease. But why? We get into it in this episode, and Karin explains in further detail in a beautifully written New York Times opinion piece, “Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?” Trump’s Book Club: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Support: http://doctorswithoutborders.org “Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/ebola-treatment-democratic-republic-of-congo.html LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-huster-a225352/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/reunionislagirl Read all of Karin’s articles: https://muckrack.com/karin-huster/articles Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
1:12:56
August 20, 2019
Fun Talk: Café Gratitude Mental Breakdown Day
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about how Brian’s bar (eating) habit is destroying the environment, Brian being too sexy for more Instagram stickers, the mysteries of Costa Rica, Auntie Anne’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand partnership, tidally locked planets, big emotions on the East Coast, bending the mother effing arc of history, and Journey releasing on iOS. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
36:23
August 16, 2019
#77: Please, Please, Please Do A Good Job, Colorado
In Episode 77, Quinn & Brian discuss: How Colorado can fix this wholllllle thing with one little election. Our guest is Mike Johnston, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado and the first in our series of conversations about the 2020 elections. The 2020 Senate elections are going to be really important because flipping the Senate is one of the only protections we might have from another four years of a Republican President – or, if we want to think a little more optimistically, it will allow a new President to make more significant and impactful changes to policies that affect everyone, everywhere. Colorado is the state where we're most likely to flip a seat, so it’s really going to set the tone for the rest of the 2020 elections. And we like what Mike has done with his political career so far. As a State Senator, he passed major legislation that opened the doors of college to undocumented students, invested in renewable energy, and won a fight with the NRA to pass common sense gun safety. As Mike said when he announced his campaign, “Colorado deserves a U.S. Senator who will run to our hardest problems and show the leadership to pass real progressive policy.” Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/important-not-important/message! Trump’s Book Club: Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Support Mike at https://www.mikejohnstonforcolorado.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikejohnstonco/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeJohnstonCO/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeJohnstonCO These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore: https://www.amazon.com/These-Truths-History-United-States/dp/0393635244 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant
59:24
August 13, 2019
Fun Talk: Medicine Cabinets: Pro or Con?
Fun Talk is the most funnest talking you’ll hear all week, on this podcast feed, and this week Quinn & Brian dive into why plant names are the best, recommending products like Oprah, the vegan cheese struggle, wanting to be eaten by an alien, some great new comics that have come out recently, there’s some really good anime(?), medicine cabinets: pro or con, our reignited fear of asteroids, and your friendly reminder that you should be joining us at L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand if you will be in the area. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register Plant Delights Nursery: www.plantdelights.com UnReal snacks: getunreal.com Mylk Guys: www.mylkguys.com Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
36:00
August 9, 2019
#76: Save the Corals, Save the World
In Episode 76, Quinn & Brian discuss: What you don’t see (any more) when you snorkel. Our guest is Dr. Kim Cobb, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who specializes in climate change, specifically how the extremes of climate change are changing in the ocean due to anthropogenic greenhouse gasses. She describes herself as 40% Climate Scientist, 40% Mom, and 20% Indiana Jones, somehow managing to balance research in remote areas of the world with raising four children. So she’s definitely badass, probably super human. Dr. Cobb, like some of our other guests who are researching the future of climate change impacts, is doing so with increasing urgency and desperation in a valiant effort to help us avoid the worst effects of climate change. As science and Dr. Cobb’s body of work are actively attacked by politicians, policy makers, and the public, she and her colleagues are being forced to stand up and scream that we need different policies, now, to keep our communities clean and safe – and we’re happy to at least offer our roof as another place to shout from. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Dr. Cobb’s lab: shadow.eas.gatech.edu/~kcobb Twitter: twitter.com/coralsncaves Citizens’ Climate Lobby: citizensclimatelobby.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:07:49
August 6, 2019
Fun Talk: It Behooves
Another week, another Fun Talk. Today, Quinn & Brian chat about this dope ice cream they found at Salt and Straw, Quinn’s quiet life in Virginia, looking forward to checking out The Boys, squeezing peanut butter and jelly right into your mouth, Brian looking for a place to move in with with his girlfriend, the most annoying thing about living with Brian is how perfect of a roommate he is, using MyFitnessPal to track Brian’s macros and calories, the L.A. pier to pier swim, and Water Country USA. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Salt and Straw flavors: saltandstraw.com/flavors/# Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
24:55
August 2, 2019
BEST OF THE BEST: It’s Getting Hot in Here, and America’s Poor Are Dying Faster Than Everyone Else
In Episode 50, Quinn & Brian discussed: How D.C. and LA are dealing with urban heat issues.   Our guests are Yesim Sayin Taylor and Molly Peterson. Yesim is the founding Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center and Molly is a renowned reporter focusing on the environment and climate change (and our first returning guest!). We all remember when Nelly said, “It’s getting hot in herre,” but not a lot of people remember the whole verse: “It’s getting hot in herre, so take off all your clothes / all of the poor minorities in America are suffering and dying before everybody else / Uh, uh, uh, let it hang all out.” But it’s a shame, really, because if we’d just paid more attention to Nelly’s important message back in 2002, maybe we wouldn’t be facing this problem today. Trump’s Book Club: The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepúlveda Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns Links: Learn more at https://www.dcpolicycenter.org Yesim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yesimsy Check out https://pactio.us/host/molly-peterson Molly on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mollydacious Greater Greater Washington: https://ggwash.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
59:31
July 30, 2019
Fun Talk: I Would Like to Fly, But I’d Also Really Like to See in The Dark
In this week’s Fun Talk, Brian stuffs a power bar between his cheeks while we explore none of the topics fit to print: our favorite peanut butter brands, why people look forward to these conversations, why Starship Troopers is controversial, some more deets on the Zebrafish, heat waves, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and sci-fi that Brian should read or watch. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register “How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research”: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/15/zebrafish-human-genes-project “It’s The End of the World As They Know It”: https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/07/weight-of-the-world-climate-change-scientist-grief/ Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/080701429X Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
31:38
July 26, 2019
#75: Can Zebrafish Beat Childhood Cancer?
In Episode 75, Quinn & Brian discuss: Beating the crap out of childhood cancer with science and... zebrafish? We’re getting really nerdy about beating childhood cancer with Dr. Jaclyn Taroni and Dr. Genevieve Kendall. Dr. Kendall is a Postdoctoral scholar at UT Southwestern Medical Center who utilizes zebrafish genetic models to understand how pediatric muscle cancers develop and better identify any therapies we can use to treat it.  Dr. Taroni is a Principal Data Scientist at the Childhood Cancer Data Lab, an initiative of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, and her job is to help childhood cancer researchers like Dr. Kendall use data to answer some of the most important questions in the field. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: these badasses are trying to beat kid cancer, so if you don’t care or understand why this is important, you’re a monster. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand by Liz Scott, Jay Scott, and Pam Howard & Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register Jaclyn-taroni.com Dr. Taroni on Twitter: twitter.com/jaclyn_taroni Childhood Cancer Data Lab: ccdatalab.org Dr. Kendall on Twitter: twitter.com/genkendall “Zebrafish expose tumor pathway in childhood muscle cancer”: https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/articles/year-2018/zebrafish.html Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
1:06:33
July 23, 2019
Fun Talk: Are You a Massage Guy?
Summer is in full swing and we’re out here living our best lives, so today’s Fun Talk is packed full of nonsense: recording in your PJs, what the world will look like without us, the bad people who say Ace Ventura: Pet Detective sucks, how Brian convinced his mom that he did a good job sweeping (spoiler: he didn’t), Quinn’s kid getting caught lying to him, how rude his kids are for not listening to this podcast, why kids are dumb and other shade, going full wedding planner, Erewhon making Whole Foods look like a dumpster, multi-tasking during the recording (y tho?), a donut and a cookie: the breakfast of champions, how pointless life would be if you were allergic to avocados (sorry Seth), that good EVOO, running into the hilarious Drew Spears, so much dark eating, why L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand is like the best thing, and the anniversary of Apollo 11. FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
46:25
July 19, 2019
#74: Incentivizing Those Dirty Capitalists to Solve Climate Change for Us
In Episode 74, Quinn & Brian discuss: Making carbon capture suck more (but this time, with carrots). Our guest is Henry Elkus, the frustratingly young and impossibly optimistic founder of Helena, an organization that assembles “some of the world’s most remarkable people to develop and lead projects that help build a better tomorrow.” They’re a little different from other think-tanks, though, because they focus on one problem at a time, creating projects that aim to operationally address a societal problem. The first project Helena focused on was a carbon capture solution – one of the most positive and lucrative possible solutions for addressing the excess carbon in our atmosphere, which has to be done if we want to slow down and possibly reverse climate catastrophe. They helped build and scale the world’s first commercial carbon capture company, Climeworks, creators of the first carbon capture plant that is carbon net-negative. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com www.helena.org www.climeworks.com Henry on Twitter: www.twitter.com/henryelkus The Elk List: www.instagram.com/elklist Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:11:44
July 16, 2019
Fun Talk: A Lot of the Time, It’s Just Deep Sighs for 23 Minutes
FYI: Fun Talk is when we talk about whatever we want, we don’t have a topic, and we stop whenever Brian gets tired. If you want to hear us staying on topic and pondering the many ways we are approaching world-wide catastrophe, check out the episodes that publish on Tuesdays. And in this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn and Brian chat about their month-long separation, ice cream dates, the jungles of Las Vegas, the NBA’s summer league tournament, a slightly back-handed review of the show, when we didn’t talk about white guys, existential sighing, the second consecutive World Cup Championship won by the U.S. women’s national soccer team, re-making The Matrix, the five movie posters that we want most, what Daniel Tiger teaches us about emotions, our excitement for The Lion King, and sleep. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Why Ghostbusters Shouldn’t Work (But Does): https://twitter.com/chrismcquarrie/status/1147934258931163136?s=20 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
46:37
July 12, 2019
BEST OF THE BEST: What’s it Feel Like To Be Asked To Save the World?
Today’s episode is a rerun of Episode 56, where Quinn & Brian asked: What’s it feel like to be asked to save the world? Our guest is Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who is writing policy and leading the Green New Deal project at New Consensus, which is one of the main think tanks working on the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is one of the most important pieces of policy being worked on right now, and it could have wide sweeping effects that impact not just our generation but the future for everyone. Conversations around environmental topics tend to get real political real fast, but Rhiana reminds us that this isn’t a political issue – this is not a political game and millions of people will die. Sorry, no joke there, just a stark reality that too many people are happily ignoring. Trump’s Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Rhiana Gunn-Wright on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rgunns Rhiana Gunn-Wright on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rgunner New Consensus: https://newconsensus.com/ Green New Deal explainer: bit.ly/2tgm66v  The official GND resolution: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text Data for Progress GND Report: https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal Sunrise Movement: https://www.sunrisemovement.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com
1:27:49
July 9, 2019
Fun Talk: Why Does He Keep Doing It With His Face?
It’s a long-distance Fun Talk this week as Quinn and Brian defy distance to have a not-that-important conversation about the 3,000 miles separating them, Brian’s least-favorite time of year, watching soccer while recording a podcast, recording a podcast in your underwear, our first not-five-star review, the superhero women who don’t drink pop, good doggos, where you can send your hate mail, Teddy’s real dad, and straight hanging. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
37:04
July 5, 2019
#73: Did A.I. Just Make My Life’s Work Obsolete?
In Episode 73, Quinn & Brian ask: Hold On A Minute -- Did A.I. Just Take Our Jobs?  Of course, we aren’t talking about our jobs. If A.I. took our jobs, the show would have won that Webby. We’re talking about really, really important jobs – like curing cancer and slowing down our climate collapse. But we are talking about people like our guest Dr. Mohammed AlQuraishi, who is a Department Fellow at the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Still, Dr. AlQuraishi is hopeful about the future and his role in it – an attitude so refreshing it’s like stumbling onto a digital oasis in the internet’s hateful and pessimistic desert. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Learn more at https://moalquraishi.wordpress.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/moalquraishi “The Future of Protein Science will not be Supervised”: https://moalquraishi.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/the-future-of-protein-science-will-not-be-supervised/ Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: https://chanzuckerberg.com Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:06:01
July 2, 2019
Fun Talk: He Put a Piece of Lasagna in the Bagel
Fun Talk is 6 months old today, and to celebrate, we are back on their BS again. Quinn and Brian talk over each other, discuss Mercury’s retrograde status (and maybe make fun of astrology a little), plea with Baby Boomers to accept their responsibility in all sorts of crap, consider how awesome the tree spaceship from Saga is, plan to read Watchmen before the HBO show comes out, reflect on the regrets that Quinn’s wife definitely doesn’t have, ponder how many calories are in a bagel-lasagna sandwich, go over the statistical breakdown of this show by topic, and dream of taking a vacation. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Saga Vol. 1: https://www.amazon.com/Saga-Vol-1-Brian-Vaughan/dp/1607066017 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
37:53
June 28, 2019
#72: The Monsoon Is 11 Days Late
In Episode 72, Quinn & Brian discuss: Monsoons, food, and people. Our guest is Dr. Deepti Singh, an Assistant Professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University - Vancouver who is motivated by the potential for climate studies to minimize future disaster risk to vulnerable communities around the world. Because here’s the thing: while there are still many people and governments who are still denying the existence and impact of climate change – or our active climate crisis – it’s already having a noticeable and negative impact on our planet and the people who live on it. And this is, perhaps, the most obvious (really, it’s pretty obvious) when we look at what’s happening to already extreme weather phenomenon, such as monsoons. Good news: we also talk about Dr. Singh’s dog! Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Climate Extremes in a Warming World: https://deeptis47.github.io/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatechirper Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:09:30
June 25, 2019
Fun Talk: Knocking Down Walls & Crushing Their Dreams
It’s the funnest and talkiest time of the week – that’s right, it’s Fun Talk! Today, Quinn & Brian chat about how a plant-based bun is different from any other bun, the pushback against big companies adopting plant-based meat products (like Burger King and Little Caesars offering Beyond meat), how perfection is the enemy of progress, Brian’s equal opportunity hate, interior design that eliminates echo, the gift that Brian gave to Quinn, when Quinn promptly lost the charger for said gift, Brian’s plans for a one man show, and albums we love. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Leave us a voice message at https://anchor.fm/important-not-important/message! Quinn’s moon lamp: https://www.theoriginalmoonlamp.com/products/original-moon-lamp Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
45:23
June 21, 2019
#71: Why Raising the Status of Girls Can Change Everything
In Episode 71, Quinn & Brian discuss: Why raising the status of girls can help change everything. Our guest is Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, a Vice President at Drawdown, an author, a public speaker, and an expert in just about everything. She’s made a very specific list of all the ways we can and should be fighting climate change and the climate crisis. She even put the list in order for us – and you won’t believe what number six is! So, this episode is pretty much an audio version of a Buzzfeed listicle, except it could literally change everything and save the planet. But you should still share it to Facebook like you would any other Buzzfeed list. That’d be swell. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Dr. Katharine Wilkinson: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Learn more at https://www.drawdown.org Read “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” http://www.drawdown.org/the-book Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrKWilkinson Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrKWilkinson Watch “How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming”: https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_wilkinson_how_empowering_women_and_girls_can_help_stop_global_warming Mothers of Invention: https://www.mothersofinvention.online Malala Fund: https://www.malala.org Girls Opportunity Alliance: https://www.obama.org/girlsopportunityalliance Marie Stopes International: https://mariestopes.org Pathfinder International: https://www.pathfinder.org Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.org Solar Sister: https://solarsister.org We Do: http://wedo.org Root Capital: https://rootcapital.org Room to Read: https://www.roomtoread.org Camfed: https://camfed.org Study Hall Educational Foundation: https://www.studyhallfoundation.org Komera: https://komera.org/ Akilah Institute: https://www.akilahinstitute.org
1:26:15
June 18, 2019
Fun Talk: I’m Scared of the Normal Things People Are Scared Of: Four Dudes Coming Coming at Me in My Sleep to Murder Me
This week Quinn and Brian double down on the funny business and get into some Fun Talk: great white sharks are in New York City, Brian’s fear of sharks and other totally rational things, Quinn’s middle name, digging through Ancestry.com, Quinn’s family tree, when Quinn was a dick, the weird dichotomy between Orson Scott Card’s beliefs and the messages of his books, imagining a world where Brian had to keep track of things, the many mistakes Brian made on the day of recording, Quinn spending some one-on-one time with his kid, needing bubblegum pop, and a creepy voice message. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Peep the view from Quinn’s vacation: https://drive.google.com/open?id=12D3qQXA7w0d7AyDlSzskjtLm-btmRUSt “A great white shark was spotted in Long Island Sound for the first time ever, researchers say”: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/20/great-white-shark-long-island-sound-first-time/3747970002/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
38:13
June 14, 2019
#70: Who’s Fixing the People Fixing Our Planet?
In Episode 70, Quinn & Brian discuss: When things are broken, when the people who are working on those things are also broken, and why we need to help them. Our guest is Nikki Silvestri, the founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project development firm designing economic and environmental strategies with human left in. As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. She is a nationally recognized thought leader and general good doer, including being named as one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans and receiving ELLE Magazine's "Gold" Award and OxFam America's "Act Local, Think Global" Award. We don’t hesitate or feel like we’re overselling things when we say that what Nikki has to say is something that most people need to hear, and this could be a truly transformative message if it falls on the right ears. Brian said it, Quinn took credit for it, and now we hope you take it to heart. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: I Hate You - Don't Leave Me by Hal Straus and Jerold Jay Kreisman: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com https://www.soilandshadow.com https://www.nikkisilvestri.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikki_silvestri Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
1:27:38
June 11, 2019
Fun Talk: Whatever You’re Doing, It’s Not Working & It’s Horrendous
It’s that time of the week again, and you know what that means: two white guys talking on a podcast!  Just for funsies, Quinn and Brian chat about not drinking a beer, Brian horrifying Quinn because he’s picking kale out of his teeth, recording woes, informal rage, how Quinn uses his read later services, Brian’s new mic stand, the new massage place from the woman who created Dry Bar, their Boy Scout experiences, and our neighbor Bill Nye swearing. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
40:04
June 7, 2019
#69: Rebuilding Los Angeles & L.A.’s Green New Deal
In Episode 69, Quinn & Brian discuss: Rebuilding Los Angeles and L.A.’s Green New Deal. Our guest is Jeanalee Obergfell, who works just down the street from Important, Not Important HQ as a City Planning Associate for Los Angeles. When it comes to making L.A. greener and more equitable, you know Jeanalee is either helping someone’s cause or leading the charge. Really, if the Game of Thrones were the game of creating more equitable housing and transportation options in a less hot and more breathable city (as opposed to literally burning all of the infrastructure and citizens, like some people), Jeanalee would be sitting on the Iron Throne. But, will real life end better than the show? For our sake, we sure hope so.  Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Laudato Si’—On Care For Our Common Home by Pope Francis: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com L.A.’s Green New Deal: http://plan.lamayor.org/ Food Forward: https://foodforward.org/ SEE-LA: https://seela.org/ S T A N D - L.A.: https://www.stand.la/ Los Angeles Food Policy Council: https://www.goodfoodla.org League of Conservation Voters: http://lalcv.org/ Sierra Club: https://angeles.sierraclub.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanalee-obergfell/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:09:37
June 4, 2019
Fun Talk: What’s Wrong With White Guys
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian get right down to business and chat about Brian’s money management, where they used to get coffee, Quinn’s barista hacks, why Quinn is lying to his kids about these stupid gluten-free waffles, the multi-talented music maker Tim Blane, talking to fewer white guys, baby boomers ruining the whole thing, Millennials not cheating on their spouses as much, the five(ish) movies we like most, the lack of good role models in Game of Thrones, and some sportsball. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Listen to Tim Blaine’s music: https://soundcloud.com/timblane/magnetic John Williams and Steven Spielberg work out the E.T. Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDC_fppZ1Kg Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
35:00
May 31, 2019
#68: Let’s Send Our Homework into Space
In Episode 68, Quinn & Brian discuss: Sending our homework to space. Our guest is Michelle Lucas, an actual rocket scientist and the founder of Higher Orbits. Michelle spent 10 years at NASA, where part of her role involved teaching astronauts how to... you know, do space stuff. And now, at Higher Orbits, she’s teaching young people who aren’t astronauts yet, but might be, some day, because of her! Now, this isn’t an episode about how to get away with not doing your homework. On the contrary, this is an episode that might actually make a kid want to do their homework – because, this time, an actual astronaut in space might help them finish it. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Learn more at https://higherorbits.org Donate: https://higherorbits.org/donate/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/spacechelle Failure Must Be An Option | Michelle Lucas | TEDxFargo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K_uEYVNHAc Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:12:29
May 28, 2019
Fun Talk: Introducing Nicole!
In today’s Extra Special Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian sit down and get to know Nicole Chase, our Technical Analyst, Secretarial Extraordinaire (TASE). She’s the newest employee over here at Important, Not Important HQ and we couldn’t be more excited to have her on the team! Well... she’s in Portland, but she’s still really helping everything run more smoothly here at the HQ. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Current Management in Child Neurology by Bernard L. Maria: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cape_gurl Watch Nicole in  “Mortified”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YbLZ0qqPec&feature=youtu.be The Good Place The Podcast: https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place/exclusives/tgp-podcast Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
15:37
May 27, 2019
Fun Talk: #IDONTMIND Talking About Mental Health
Another Friday, another Fun Talk. So Quinn & Brian get loose(ish) and chat about just shutting the whole thing down, Getting Things Done (the concept and the book), Mental Health Month and the #IDONTMIND campaign, their disagreements about peanut butter, plus ones at weddings, other wedding do’s and dont’s (don’t have one, do alope, etc), and Brian’s coffee troubles. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Getting Things Done by David Allen: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280 #IDONTMIND: https://idontmind.com/ Thrive Market: https://thrivemarket.com/trial/welcome Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/important-not-important/message Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
50:12
May 24, 2019
#67: Is Climate Change "Flippable"?
In Episode 67, Quinn & Brian ask: Is Climate Change "Flippable"?. Our guest is Catherine Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder of Flippable, an organization dedicated to flipping state governments from red to blue. You may not be surprised that Catherine is, indeed, one of the people trying to make a positive change by getting states back on the light side of the Force. So, when it comes to things like climate change, cancer, clean energy, (the Presidency,) artificial intelligence... are those things Flippable? The answer better be yes, or this is going to be a very depressing episode. So, pay attention today, because the answer just might help us get on the right track to an even better place – not to where we were or are, obviously, because that place was and is not great. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Learn more at https://flippable.org/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flippableorg/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cv0 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-vaughan-759a649/ One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson: https://www.amazon.com/One-Person-Vote-Suppression-Destroying/dp/1635571375 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:15:54
May 21, 2019
Fun Talk: Every Time My Kids Ask Me to Order Hawaiian Pizza, I Think Less of Them
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian meander about all the fun that’s fit to talk about: why Quinn’s obsessive behaviors are a necessary evil, going straight Mad Men, loving spreadsheets, Mint (but if you never used it), how other people’s dreams affect our real life, how you get people off of drugs (like, bad drugs), and Quinn’s nuclear power soapbox. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Read “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501144316 Watch “Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6jAC6XxAI Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
41:57
May 17, 2019
#66: So We Can’t Just Blow Up Asteroids, Then?
In Episode 66, Quinn & Brian discuss: Why, apparently, we can't -- and further -- shouldn’t just blow up asteroids. Our guest is Professor K.T. Ramesh, who is a professor of mechanical engineering at John Hopkins, founding director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), and our new hero. You can think of HEMI as a real-life Avengers (no, we’re not just stuck on Endgame), except every member is like Bruce Banner without all the Hulk-iness or Tony Stark if he was never kidnapped by terrorists. Every day, they’re working to protect people, structures, and the planet, exploring a number of topics that are both critically important and impenetrably complicated.  One of their newest studies reveals that Hollywood and Atari may, in fact, have been incorrect when they repeatedly suggested that one viable way to defend the planet from an incoming asteroid would be blowing it up. We don’t know about you, but we certainly feel lied to – so it’s refreshing to have this conversation with Professor Ramesh to set the record straight. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: These Truths by Jill Lepore: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3\ Links: Learn more about Professor Ramesh & HEMI: https://hemi.jhu.edu/the-hemi-team/leadership/k-t-ramesh/ “If We Blow Up an Asteroid, It Might Put Itself Back Together”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/science/asteroids-nuclear-weapons.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/jhu_hemi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopkinsExtreme/ Listen to Radiolab’s Dinopocalypse ep: https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/dinopocalypse Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission: https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com
1:03:25
May 14, 2019
Fun Talk: Here’s The Thing About Smoothies for Lunch
It’s time for another Fun Talk, your chance to hear Quinn & Brian talk about drinking big ol’ crazy smoothies, not winning a Webby (unsurprisingly), being buddies at the gym, which Avenger we would be (which is totally not the same thing as when we did Marry, Fuck, Kill with the Avengers), Brian finally getting to come to Easter, whether Elon Musk is a soon-to-be super villain or just kind of oblivious when he’s talking, why Brian is maybe probably going to stop eating chicken, another one of Brian’s tier one friends, and new shirts coming soon.  Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
32:21
May 10, 2019
#65: Chernobyl: A Preventable and Rare Accident from the Past or a Vivid Picture of Our Hellish Nuclear Future?
In Episode 65, Quinn asks: Is Chernobyl a preventable and rare accident from the past or a vivid picture of our hellish nuclear future? Our guest is Craig Mazin, a screenwriter, podcaster, and the creator of a new HBO mini-series called Chernobyl – which is debuting TODAY, May 6th. So, if you currently have an account just to watch Game of Thrones, you’re in luck! We’ve had some accidents, but we’ve learned from them... right? We answer that question, talk about the how and why of nuclear power (and disaster), and take a gander into the future of energy. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Final Exit by Derek Humphry Links: Watch Chernobyl (2019): https://www.hbo.com/chernobyl Chernobyl companion podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-chernobyl-podcast/id1459712981 Scriptnotes podcast: http://scriptnotes.net/ Ted Cruz’s Ex-Roommate (i.e. Craig) Shares ‘Misery’ Of Living With Him, After Porn Clip ‘Like’: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-roommate-porn-craig-mazin_n_59b7cff4e4b031cc65cc995d Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:23:55
May 6, 2019
Fun Talk: I Don’t Know if it’s the Irish in Me, But There’s a Monster Inside
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about Teddy being on his millennial shit, why colleges are upending traditional majors, creating curricula for the future, the anthropology and sociology of farming in Middle America, Quinn’s thoughts on his kid’s potential collegiate future, the mind-blowing trillion dollars of student debt, how an allergist appointment changed Quinn’s life, the cookie-fueled monster inside of Quinn (feel free to send fan art to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com), Brian’s childlike sense of answering questions, and eating nutrients. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app “Colleges are upending majors”: https://www.axios.com/future-of-higher-education-college-majors-8250f920-d8f6-4f1f-92de-7191d4cfd586.html Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
27:46
May 3, 2019
#64: Sunrise Movement Tour - Live (ish) in LA!
In a very special Episode 64, Quinn & Brian discuss (live! Kind of): everything that’s good at the Sunrise Movement Tour (and everything that’s not-so-good in the local communities)! Our guests are politician and native Hawaiian Kaniela Ing, environmental activist Michelle Cerecerez, native activist Miguel Quimichipilli Bravo, and LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez. We make some new friends and have a lot of fun while we chat about the Green New Deal, supporting indigenous people, the scars of hyper gentrification, being surprised when you meet people with basic consideration for other human beings, environmental racism, and all of the important work that Sunrise Movement is doing here in California. Links: Join the Sunrise Movement Tour: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/tour Kaniela Ing: https://www.kanielaing.com/ Michelle Cerecerez: https://www.calfac.org/person/michelle-cerecerez Miguel Quimichipilli Bravo: https://twitter.com/ogBravo1 Nury Martinez: http://www.nury-martinez.com/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
17:02
April 30, 2019
Fun Talk: Just Taught a Man to Fish Using Instagram
In today’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about how nice weather brings bad things, whether or not Quinn is a doctor (it’s so hard to remember sometimes), our love/hate relationship with medicine, why it’s so much more fun when just Brian is talking, teaching a man to fish using Instagram, robbing Girl Scout Cookies, making real changes in our lives, skiing with a baby, that fucking puppy we saw one morning, not winning a Webby, trying to meet people in the middle (as long as there are facts in the middle), the youth, and why we need to put a greater premium on empathy. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant In LA and listening on 4/26? Come hang out! http://sunrisemovement.org/tour Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
36:40
April 26, 2019
#63: Green Acres: Farming for Millennials and Other People Who Like Food
In Episode 63, Quinn & Brian discuss: Building a new pipeline of sustainable food growers. Our guest is Dena Leibman, the Executive Director of the Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (or Future Harvest for short), a non-profit that works to build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed from farm and fishery to table. But Dena is one to practice what she preaches – or a workaholic – so the Leibman family also started ZigBone Farm Retreat, a 100-acre sheep and goat farm in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains that they are slowly converting into a naturally built retreat center and event space. And you know what’s really cool? Food without a bunch of shit in it, literally and figuratively; food that keeps us healthy instead of making us sick; food that makes us stronger, faster, and generally more like The Six Million Dollar Man. Today, we learn where our current food pipeline fails us – and what we can do to start supporting more sustainable farming and distribution practices today. Trump’s Book Club: He’s maybe not reachable by book, but we try: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Future Harvest: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/ Beginner Farmer Training Program: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/new-farmers/how-apply Foodshed Field School: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/foodshed-field-school Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FHCASA/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fhcasa/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ Find a local CSA: https://www.localharvest.org/csa/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
52:28
April 23, 2019
Fun Talk: You Did Make it Sound Fun... But My Body Wasn’t Ready
We’re back for another Fun Talk, in which Quinn & Brian go on about Quinn’s choice of curtains, the Webbys, Carl Sagan’s insane brain and clear voice, a quick introduction to Battlestar Galactica, pitting science and religion against each other in a metaphorical ring, taking everything too personally, where we’re real cray cray, Brian’s vacation to Carmel, which character from Sex & The City Brian is, sports people, an un-approved message from friend-of-the-pod Conor, and the most frustrating texts that Quinn has ever sent. (If Quinn has ever sent you a frustrating text that made you question why you’re friends, send us an email to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com). Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Contact by Carl Sagan Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
43:03
April 19, 2019
#62: Where Does Ebola Go From Here?
In Episode 62, Quinn & Brian ask: Where does Ebola go from here? Our guest is Karin Huster, a Field Coordinator at Doctors Without Borders, where she is currently bouncing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She spent a decade in the trauma ICU before flinging herself head first into humanitarian efforts across the globe. She’s sorta the Forest Gump of humanitarian field nurses; if there’s a health-related outbreak, or a storm-related outbreak that turns into a health-related outbreak, she’s there – and she’s inspiring as hell! The latest Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, which is the worst on record for the DRC and the second largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. Ebola is a beast of a disease, the kind of thing Hollywood uses as a go-to when they need a horrible disease outbreak. However, we do actually have some experimental drugs for treatment and a promising vaccine, thanks to recent medical advancements, but they don’t seem to be doing a lot to slow the spread of this disease. But why? We get into it in this episode, and Karin explains in further detail in a beautifully written New York Times opinion piece, “Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?” Trump’s Book Club: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Support: http://doctorswithoutborders.org “Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/ebola-treatment-democratic-republic-of-congo.html LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-huster-a225352/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/reunionislagirl Read all of Karin’s articles: https://muckrack.com/karin-huster/articles Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:13:40
April 16, 2019
Fun Talk: Marry, F***, Kill: The Guys in The Avengers
Quinn & Brian chat about getting nominated for a Webby (check our more deets below), Quinn’s mean Slack messages, what Brian should do when his friend visits town, Marry/Fuck/Kill The Avengers, being excited for a new Star Wars coming out in December, meeting Dan Gordon & all of the awesome things that Dan is doing to create a more progressive future, and our short-lived improv careers. If you didn’t hear in our last episode, we have some BIG news: we have been nominated as Best Podcast Host in the 2019 Webbys! You can show us your support by going to importantnotimportant.com/vote! Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant Listen to Schmolitics: http://www.schmoliticsshow.com Run For Something: https://runforsomething.net Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
41:38
April 12, 2019
#61: How Do We Atone for Poisoning Generations of American Minorities?
In Episode 61, Quinn & Brian ask: How do we atone for poisoning generations of American minorities? Our guest is Dr. Michael Dorsey, a recognized expert on global energy, finance and sustainability matters. Dr. Dorsey holds Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity, and is a “full member” of the Club of Rome. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University, he is currently Senior Program Officer for Sustainability at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Dorsey is out there making change wherever he goes – which is just about everywhere, really – and today, he’s going to hold our hands and walk us through the history of environmental injustice in the United States (and beyond) – and how, ultimately, we can work together to make things better for future generations. We also have some BIG news to announce: we have been nominated as Best Podcast Host in the 2019 Webbys! We are so incredibly honored to be nominated with the likes of Serial, Conversations With People Who Hate Me, Ear Biscuits, and Pod Save The People. We’re the only independent podcast on the list, and with your help, maybe we won’t come in last! (Just kidding... kinda.) You can show us your support by going to importantnotimportant.com/vote! Trump’s Book Club: The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Dr. Dorsey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenHejira Detroit XPAC: Detroitxpac.org Watch Michael K. Dorsey discuss innovations in the energy sector: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta46deJf1Nc Climate Working Group: http://apa.nyu.edu/climate-working-group/ Vote for us in the Webbys! importantnotimportant.com/vote Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:15:20
April 9, 2019
Fun Talk: I Can Be Quiet & Calm (But Rage is Consuming Me on the Inside)
In today’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about why Quinn enjoys this job but Brian does not, baseball’s opening day, Presidential candidates Andrew Yang & Cory Booker, the no fossil fuels pledge, offsetting your carbon emissions, why the best thing you can do about climate change is talk about climate change, Brian being late to work (but not too late), Denver!, this Brexit stuff, and Brian being sad because he hasn’t made the gym a priority. ***ALERT ALERT ALERT: We've been nominated for Best Podcast Host in the Webby's! Vote for us right here and help save the planet!*** Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Venture for America: https://ventureforamerica.org/ Calculate your carbon footprint: https://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator Buy carbon offsets: https://www.terrapass.com/ https://www.carbonfootprint.com “If your carbon footprint makes you feel guilty, there’s an easy way out”: https://qz.com/974463/buying-carbon-credits-is-the-easiest-way-to-offset-your-carbon-footprint/ “Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?”: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/should-you-buy-carbon-offsets “Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights”: https://www.wired.com/story/airline-emissions-carbon-offsets-travel/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
44:29
April 5, 2019
#60: Why You Should Run For Something in 2020
In Episode 60, Quinn & Brian discuss: Why YOU should run for something in 2020! Our guest is Amanda Litman, the co-founder and Executive Director of Run For Something, a PAC that helps recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. They aim to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates – which could and should be you, unless you’re a white guy (because we have plenty of those) – by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to training. According to Run For Something’s strategic plan, their mission is to change the face of progressive politics, quite literally, by encouraging and supporting local candidates who can improve lives today, and who may be able to run for office on a national level in the future. They will never merge with the Democratic Party, and they never plan to support candidates in federal races – they are just here to create a much-needed, long-lasting infrastructure for regular people who just want to solve problems in their communities, but who have trouble finding resources because they’re not already part of the existing political system. Trump’s Book Club: What Happened by Hillary Clinton: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Learn more at https://runforsomething.net/ Run For Something’s strategic plan: https://medium.com/@runforsomething/run-for-somethings-2019-2020-strategic-plan-a272e5633849 Amanda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandalitman Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself by Amanda Litman & HIllary Rodham Clinton: https://runforsomething.net/book/ “Improving Building Codes to Prepare for Climate Impacts”: https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/building-codes-climate/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
1:01:36
April 2, 2019
Fun Talk: Woke Bois
In Fun Talk Version 13.00, Quinn & Brian chat about Brian’s black eye, being an interrogatee, filming a web video, how terrible it is that craft beer took off when Quinn started to get stuffy, making money on March Madness, other basketball things, being a Woke Boi, the new Apollo 11 documentary, living with a lot of Shoulds, and why L.A. (and especially Quinn) Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Links: “White Male Feminist” | Woke Bois | Casual Sketch”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpbvCf3lrY “Joy To The Universe | Woke Bois | Casual Sketch”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=wj-NGLx44UE L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019: https://www.alexslemonade.org/event/279/register Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Check out our Morning Show and other daily bite-size content on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Crate Media
40:33
March 29, 2019
#59: Is Florida the Harbinger of Doom? (Probably)
In Episode 59, Quinn & Brian ask: Is Florida the harbinger of doom? (Probably) Our guest is Dr. Salvador Almagro-Moreno, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. His lab, The Moreno Lab, lies at the interface between ecology and pathogenesis, studying the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens. From what we can tell, this means they’re focusing on how and why bacteria want to eat and/or kill us. This episode contains what has to be some of the most scientifically-laden potty talk you’ve ever heard as we learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly awaiting us in our poop and the water. But don’t get us wrong, this is some serious shit. We’ll also spoil one big takeaway from this episode now, and we hope you take it to heart: do NOT retire to Florida. Trump’s Book Club: Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links:  Learn more at http://vibriocholerae.org/  Florida Man: https://floridaman.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bioetry  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalvadorAlmagroMoreno  The toxic consequences of polluting our coasts | Salvador Almagro-Moreno | TEDxOrlando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXqJO5IJFQc The Darwin Awards: https://darwinawards.com/ “The Midwest flooding has killed livestock, ruined harvests and has farmers worried for their future”: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/us/floods-nebraska-iowa-agriculture-farm-loss/index.html Connect with us:  Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
1:14:24
March 26, 2019
Fun Talk: Today’s the Day, Teddy – We Have to Go Find His Body in the Street
In this week’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian discuss episode numbers, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, hitting a wall with your face, Teddy’s life on the streets of LA, (not) reading A Clockwork Orange, bringing your own milk to a coffee shop, nutritious pea milk, the fun ride of Captain Marvel, getting exciting for Chuck to be Shazam, how we handle grief over time (fun, right?), the joy of jury duty, having an all-the-time cold, and growth mindset parenting.  Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Pea Milk: https://www.ripplefoods.com/ Read Quinn’s post about his friend Andy: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu-bVjGAspI/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
43:43
March 21, 2019
#58: Is Faith Sustainable?
In Episode 58, Quinn & Brian ask: Is faith sustainable? Our guest is Dekila Chungyalpa, a trained scientist and Buddhist operating at the intersection of science, faith, and the environment. She is the director of The Loka Initiative, a new and innovative education and outreach program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for faith leaders and religious institutions. Its mission is to support faith-led environmental efforts locally and around the world through collaborations with faith leaders and religious institutions on environmental protection, sustainable development, and global health issues. Dekila believes that science and religion can be sympathetic, rather than adversarial, in their commitment to solving environmental and social problems compassionately and effectively. We are all different, in oh so very many ways, but there’s one thing that that every single human being has in common: if we destroy the planet through our own negligence, there will be nowhere left for us to argue about (and kill each other over) religion and politics. Trump’s Book Club: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Eric T. Swanson and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links:  Loka Initiative: https://centerhealthyminds.org/loka-initiative  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dchungyalpa  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dekilachungyalpa/  Episode #4: What does the bible say about climate change?: https://www.importantnotimportant.com/podcast/2018/2/13/e-4-what-does-the-bible-say-about-climate-change-  Episode #29: The Pope Has Decided to Fix Climate Change With His Own Bare Hands: https://www.importantnotimportant.com/podcast/2018/08/07-e-29-the-pope-has-decided-to-fix-climate-change-with-his-own-bare-hands Being  Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh: https://www.amazon.com/Being-Peace-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/dp/188837540X Connect with us:  Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
1:16:52
March 19, 2019
Fun Talk: My Asshole Cat Jumped In
In today’s Fun Talk, Quinn & Brian chat about the things children take for granted, fighting cancer with our sweat (and mixed drinks), famous drug kingpins, existential questions, Brian’s asshole cat, Brian’s best angry Christian Bale impression, watching (and not watching) Too Many Cooks, Quinn’s (futile?) efforts to keep kids out of his room, and doing team stuff. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Cycle for Survival: https://www.cycleforsurvival.org/ Alex’s Lemonade Stand: https://www.alexslemonade.org Listen to Tim Blaine’s music: https://soundcloud.com/timblane/magnetic Too Many Cooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGrOK8oZG8 Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
29:58
March 15, 2019
BONUS REPLAY: Is Food Waste the Stupidest Thing We Do (& How Do We Cut it in Half)?
We’re digging into our vault and playing a hit this week because there’s big news for former guest Dr. James Rogers and his company Apeel Sciences: Fast Company named Apeel the 7th most innovative company on their list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2019 (and the 2nd most innovative company in the food sector). In this bonus replay episode, Quinn & Brian ask: Is food waste the stupidest thing we do, as a species, and how can we cut it in half? (or: avocado toast is about to go off, son) Our guest is Dr. James Rogers, founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences and one of our most mind-blowing guests yet. You may think you know about avocados, but you have no idea. Apeel Sciences is an agricultural innovation company that creates plant-based technologies to extend the shelf life of fresh produce – like an organic rinse that keeps produce fresh twice as long! These innovations are vital for our survival because, as we said in the title, food waste is quite possibly the stupidest thing our species does. And all of you American Exceptionalism fans out there will be pumped to know that we are the very best, wasting about $165 BILLION of food every year. That means almost 40% of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten. It’s staggering and a little heartbreaking, but Dr. Rogers is here to help. Trump’s Book Club: An Apeel avocado: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: apeelsciences.com 50 Most Innovative Companies: https://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2019 Connect with James on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/james-rogers-801a572a/ Instagram: @apeelsciences Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apeelsciences/ Twitter: @apeelsciences The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber: https://www.thethirdplate.com/ Learn about the egg biome: ginkgobioworks.com/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
59:16
March 12, 2019
Fun Talk: She Will Literally Put Our Child in the Fireplace to Go Make a Cocktail
In Fun Talk Episode 10, Quinn & Brian chat about binging The Good Place, sleeping with dinosaurs, touching a dinosaur bone, the one question we should always be asking in our relationships, whiskey maple donuts, getting Brian off of his motorcycle, coffee revelations, Brian’s trip home to surprise his family and friends, Tier 1 Vs. Tier 2 friends, and why Brian’s mom wants to punch Quinn.  Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ 'Russian Doll,' 'The Good Place,' 'Miracle Workers' & The Appeal Of The Existential Comedy: https://www.bustle.com/p/russian-doll-the-good-place-miracle-workers-the-appeal-of-the-existential-comedy-16176000 Listen to Tim Blaine’s music: https://soundcloud.com/timblane/magnetic Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
39:05
March 8, 2019
#57: Make Food Great (Nutritious) Again
In Episode 57, Quinn & Brian discuss: Why more food ≠ more nutrition. Our excellent guests are Professors Kristie Ebi and Irakli Loladze.  Dr. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington, where she has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.  Dr. Loladze is a professor of health sciences at the Bryan Medical Center at Bryan College, where he applies mathematical, computational, and statistical methods to life sciences – which is to say, he’s a math biologist.  Dr. Ebi recently testified in front of Congress – specifically, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – in the first of a series of hearings on climate science and why it matters (a series of conversations we’re pretty surprised and excited are actually happening at all, if you need any more evidence that your vote matters). She was speaking about the health implications, which Dr. Loladze has also spent much of his life studying. In fact, he linked rising CO2 levels to the quality of human nutrition and obesity, revealing that some of the advancements that allow us to grow more food also reduce the nutritional quality of those foods.  But you want to know what’s really screwed up about the whole situation? These two don’t have any funding for this potentially world-saving research.  Trump’s Book Club: Einstein in Love: A Scientific Romance by Dennis Overbye: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3  Links:  Irakli Loladze on Twitter: https://twitter.com/loladze  Kristie Ebi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristie_ebi  “The great nutrient collapse”: https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511  “Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter the protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content of rice grains with potential health consequences for the poorest rice-dependent countries”: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5966189/  “Hidden shift of the ionome of plants exposed to elevated CO2 depletes minerals at the base of human nutrition”: https://lens.elifesciences.org/02245/  “Plague of plenty”: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg17623715-200-plague-of-plenty/  “Net Farm Income Projected to Drop to 12-Year Low”: https://www.fb.org/market-intel/net-farm-income-projected-to-drop-to-12-year-low  “Why Is the Cold Weather So Extreme if the Earth Is Warming?”: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/winter-cold-weather.html  The Tantrum That Saved the World: Carbon Neutral Kids' Book: http://michaelmann.net/content/tantrum-saved-world-carbon-neutral-kids-book  Connect with us:  Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com  Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
1:18:15
March 5, 2019
Fun Talk: I Knowingly Put a Hot Iron on My Friend’s Arm... It Stuck
In Fun Talk Episode 9, Brian is texting, Rhiana Gunn-Wright tells us about her tattoos, and we talk about a whole bunch of other not important stuff: all of Brian’s tattoos, when Brian knowingly put a hot iron on his skin, how checklists can save your life, when kids become aware of things that you are not aware of, Ninjago, skipping an Oscar party, sleeping with dinosaurs, people who don’t believe dinosaurs are real,  Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Read Rhiana’s thoughts on tattoos (and more): https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1096061510806319111 Krissy “The Butcher” Tattoos: https://www.facebook.com/KrissyTheButcherTattoos/ The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande: http://atulgawande.com/book/the-checklist-manifesto/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
35:23
March 1, 2019
#56: What’s It Feel Like To Be Asked To Save the World?
In Episode 56, Quinn & Brian ask: What’s it feel like to be asked to save the world? Our guest is Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who is writing policy and leading the Green New Deal project at New Consensus, which is one of the main think tanks working on the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is one of the most important pieces of policy being worked on right now, and it could have wide sweeping effects that impact not just our generation but the future for everyone. Conversations around environmental topics tend to get real political real fast, but Rhiana reminds us that this isn’t a political issue – this is not a political game and millions of people will die. Sorry, no joke there, just a stark reality that too many people are happily ignoring. Trump’s Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Rhiana Gunn-Wright on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rgunns Rhiana Gunn-Wright on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rgunner New Consensus: https://newconsensus.com/ Green New Deal explainer: bit.ly/2tgm66v  The official GND resolution: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text Data for Progress GND Report: https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal Sunrise Movement: https://www.sunrisemovement.org Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
1:24:21
February 26, 2019
Fun Talk: My Wife is Just Not Going to Listen to This (Fair)
In Fun Talk Episode 8, Quinn and Brian discuss the joy of Quinn’s girlfriend (Michelle Obama) narrating her own book, benefiting from the inner turmoil of our favorite artists (fun, right?), Brian’s rough day, Brian’s favorite cookie, abstainers Vs. moderators, the need for something new / rash / spontaneous, filling the void deep in our hearts, Americans spending $3.2B on Valentine’s Day, and the long list of things that Quinn does to drive his wife crazy. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Listen to Michelle Obama narrate her book: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming/dp/B07B3JQZCL Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand: https://www.alexslemonade.org/donate Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
39:00
February 22, 2019
#55: What are the Energy Requirements of Well-being?
In Episode 55, Quinn & Brian ask: What are the energy requirements of well-being? Our guest is Julia Steinberger, a Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing) – or, what happens when you drive your car every damn day. She is interested in quantifying the current and historical linkages between resource use and socioeconomic parameters, and identifying alternative development pathways to guide the necessary transition to a low carbon society. Basically, all her research can be boiled down to one important question: are we going to make it and maintain our standard of living, given the resources available to us and the technology we have now? And, well... it’s possible, but it’s not going to be easy and some things are going to have to change. Fast. Trump’s Book Club: Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Learn more about Prof. Steinberger: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/staff/1553/professor-julia-steinberger Twitter: https://twitter.com/jksteinberger Check out Living Well Within Limits: https://lili.leeds.ac.uk/ Watch “Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: How to use the ocean without using it up”: https://www.ted.com/talks/ayana_elizabeth_johnson_how_to_use_the_ocean_without_using_it_up Cars vs Bus vs Bikes: https://humantransit.org/2012/09/the-photo-that-explains-almost-everything.html Listen to Doughnut Economics, Rethinking Economics for the 21st Century: Kate Raworth and Azeem Azhar in Conversation: http://exponentialview.libsyn.com/doughnut-economics-rethinking-economics-for-the-21st-century-kate-raworth-and-azeem-azhar-in-conversation Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin
1:01:40
February 19, 2019
Fun Talk: See You Later, Asgardia
In Fun Talk Episode 7, Quinn and Brian discuss the measles making a comeback, wiping negligent parents off of the planet, becoming old people who don’t listen to new music, the new music we (read: Quinn) actually are listening to (sometimes), a long-time-coming update on the space nation of Asgardia, the pros and cons of Spotify purchasing Anchor and Gimlet, the Green New Deal dropping like it’s hot, watching Free Solo on IMAX (go check it out if you can), and the ice cream we have to go take care of. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Read “Asgardia Micro-Nation to Launch 10,000 Satellites to Make Web Free”: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Asgardia_Micro_Nation_to_Launch_10000_Satellites_to_Make_Web_Free_999.html Listen to StartUp: https://www.gimletmedia.com/startup Call your representatives about the Green New Deal: http://fivecalls.org Listen to Quinn’s Essential Albums Playlist: https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/essential-albums/pl.u-06ql3sPW6Zp Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
30:04
February 15, 2019
#54: The State That’s Not a State is a Hell of a Lot Greener Than Your State
In Episode 54, Quinn & Brian discuss: why the state that’s not a state is a hell of a lot greener than your state. Our guest is Jamie DeMarco, a State-Level Carbon Pricing Coordinator with our friends the Citizens' Climate Lobby (who are working to save our collective asses every single day, NBD). Jamie is dedicated to passing state-level legislation that will serve as a model and inspiration for future national lawmakers – so he definitely has his work cut out for him. Dealing with society’s environmental self-harm, it turns out, is a lot like acknowledging a toxic relationship with your significant other: you acknowledge the problem (maybe publicly), stop participating in the toxic behavior, and then move to being proactive about the problem. What can we do on both a micro and macro scale to begin influencing environmental policy for the better, and encourage others to do the same?  We already have all of the technology we need to power our society from 100% renewable sources – we just lack the political will to get there. Luckily, we have people like Jamie out there creating will where there’s already a way. Trump’s Book Club: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Learn more at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ Find a chapter: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/chapters/ Donate: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/donate/ CCL on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/ CCL on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/citizensclimate/ CCL on Twitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate Jamie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamiedemarco1 Jamie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-demarco-402881118/ Find and contact your representatives: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative Read “It's now cheaper to build a new wind farm than to keep a coal plant running”: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/its-now-cheaper-to-build-a-new-wind-farm-than-to-keep-a-coal-plant-running/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant
52:56
February 12, 2019
Fun Talk: Take Your Toes Out of the Peanut Butter Waffle
In Fun Talk Episode 6, Quinn & Brian discuss Brian’s new water bottle, the greatest game ever made (Civilization), being more self-aware of how we spend our time, getting fancy online beds for our aging bodies, redecorating the office, what pastrami and jackfruit are, eating less meat and looking forward to the Impossible Burger 2.0, riding public transportation, what Brian is reading right now, and Quinn’s child’s toes in his other child’s breakfast.  Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com  Connect with us:  Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com!  Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com  Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett  Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken  Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant  Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant  Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp  Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant  Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com  Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
38:12
February 9, 2019
#53: How the Hell Do We Pull Clean Drinking Water Out of Thin Air?
In Episode 53, Quinn & Brian ask: How the hell do we pull clean drinking water out of thin air? Our guest is Dr. Shing-Chung “Josh” Wong, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Akron In addition to pursuing bio-inspired materials research, he has worked on mechanical behavior and functional properties of polymers, electrospinning, processing-structure-property relationships, coatings, bio- and nano-materials, and composites. Dr. Wong has authored and co-authored over 70 archived articles in book, journal, and patent literatures, and in 2007, he was selected as a recipient for the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. There are a lot of words you may not understand in that bio – don’t worry, you’re not alone – but the reason Josh is awesome and we wanted him on the show comes down to one simple fact: he has invented some very cool shit that benefits anyone who enjoys being alive on Earth. He comes from a place of such moral integrity, constantly striving to use his capacity for innovation and discovery to help other people... a trait that is almost staggeringly uncommon these days, to our detriment. Trump’s Book Club: Biography of a Chairman Mao Badge: The Creation and Mass Consumption of a Personality Cult by Professor Melissa Schrift Links: Contribute to the University of Akron Foundation (with a note that it’s a gift to support water harvesting research by Professor Josh Wong): https://www.uakron.edu/treasurer/uaf.dot Check out Josh’s water harvester: https://www.uakron.edu/engineering/me/me-news-detail.dot?newsId=c1f0c8d5-a992-468b-bb91-7ba9e3ea4597&pageTitle=Recent%20Headlines&crumbTitle=Engineering%20professor%20to%20present%20freshwater%20research%20at%20ACS%20national%20meeting Brad Meltzer’s incredible books for kids: http://bradmeltzer.com/TV-Kids-and-More/Kids-Books Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr:
54:14
February 5, 2019
Fun Talk #5
In After Dark Episode 5 – AKA Fun Talk, AKA Not Not Important, AKA definitely not confusing at all – Quinn & Brian discuss Quinn’s potentially undiagnosed OCD, Brian declining “stupid” calendar invites (are they stupid? We’ll let you decide), getting cut doing the Deadpool workout, the one change each of us should make, the pressure Quinn puts on Brian for our 60-second morning show (check it out at https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/), talking to a cat, extravagant Armenian weddings, getting your first tattoo, the big beautiful canvas of Brian’s back, and an update on the LA county schools. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ Read: “Get Ripped Like Ryan Reynolds with the 'Deadpool 2' Full-Body Workout” Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
41:22
February 2, 2019
#52: What’s the Deal With the Green New Deal?
In Episode 52, Quinn & Brian ask (using their best Seinfeld impression): What’s the deal with the Green New Deal? Our guest is Varshini Prakash, a founder of the Sunrise Movement, a veritable army of young folks fighting to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We think Varshini will be, no exaggeration, one of the most instrumental people in American politics (and for the future health of our planet) over the next couple years. The Sunrise Movement’s army is comprised of ordinary people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places they love. They aren’t looking to the Left or the Right to solve the problem – they’re looking forward to unite millions of people and reclaim our democracy from the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executive and those who empower them. The cornerstone of this movement is the Green New Deal, a plan that will transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis. So this summer, thousands of people from Sunrise will descend on one of the first Democratic Presidential debates to #ChangeTheDebate and make sure the #GreenNewDeal is a top issue in the 2020 election. Like our friends Elsa Mengistu and Emelly Villa from episode 33, Varshini recognizes that #thisisZeroHour – and the Green New Deal is our chance to turn back the clock. Trump’s Book Club: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr. Links: Learn more at https://www.sunrisemovement.org Find or start a local Sunrise Hub: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/hubs Donate to Sunrise: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dec-dc-action?refcode=website-top-button Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunrisemvmt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunrisemvmt Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunrisemvmt Blueprint for the Green New Deal: http://ocasio2018.com/gnd Check out https://5calls.org/ Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp
52:13
January 29, 2019
Fun Talk #4
In After Dark Episode 4, Quinn & Brian discuss Brian’s new morning show (which you can find in our Instagram stories: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant), curse like sailors, rebel against airbrushing photos, commiserate with LA county teachers, cover the #trumpshutdown, stop buying new clothes and eating meat, consider opening a coffee shop, and go for a run. Links: Have feedback or questions? Send a message to funtalk@importantnotimportant.com Watch Brian’s morning show on IGS: https://www.instagram.com/importantnotimportant/ “#ShutdownStories: The impact of the government shutdown”: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46739180 Calculate your carbon footprint: https://www.footprintnetwork.org/ The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann: http://www.theworldatlasofcoffee.com/ “The Impossible Burger 2.0 is a plant-based beef replacement that's meatier than ever”: https://www.popsci.com/impossible-burger-2-taste-test-ces-2018 Look at Brian’s pretty face: http://www.iambck.com Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
36:55
January 25, 2019
#51: Are We Thinking About CRISPR All Wrong (& What the Hell is CRISPR)?
In Episode 51, Quinn & Brian ask: Are we thinking about CRISPR all wrong (and what the hell is CRISPR)? Our guest is C. Brandon Ogbunu, an evolutionary systems biologist working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Although the title is different, his role is almost identical to Brian’s here at INI: He uses experimental evolution, mathematical modeling, and computational biology to better understand the underlying causes and consequences of disease, across scales: from the biophysics of proteins involved in drug resistance to the social determinants underlying disease. In doing so, he aims to develop theory that enriches our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological underpinnings of disease, while contributing to practical solutions for clinical medicine and public health. So, like Brian, it’s pretty apparent why C. Brandon is vital to the survival of our species. (The similarities are just uncanny, aren’t they?) We’ve talked about CRISPR before on the show, but if you’re not familiar, here’s a brief and overly simplistic overview of this potentially world-changing technology: it’s scissors for DNA. It’s still a very young technology – it was only patented in 2012 – but it has the potential to do everything from eliminating genetic diseases from our lineage, to making our food supply more efficient and productive, to creating a real-life Jurassic Park. But what can’t we do with it – and perhaps more importantly, what shouldn’t we be doing with it? That’s what we’re going to find out today. Trump’s Book Club: From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton Links: Learn more at https://vivo.brown.edu/display/cogbunug Twitter: https://twitter.com/big_data_kane Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/big_data_kane/ Read C. Brandon’s writing: https://medium.com/ogplexus Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com
1:10:05
January 22, 2019
BEST OF 2018: New Antibiotics in a Post-Antibiotic Era
Back in Episode 19, Quinn & Brian asked: What’s the future of antibiotics? To find out, we sat down with bowtie enthusiast and professor of pathology and immunology and biomedical engineering Dr. Gautam Dantas. Dr. Dantas leads the Dantas Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, where they work at the interface of microbial genomics, ecology, synthetic biology, and systems biology, to understand, harness, and engineer the biochemical processing potential of microbial communities. We had a lovely, not terrifying chat about designing new antibiotics in the post-antibiotic area. Topics covered include bacteria as the O.G., Thanos, precision medicine, cows, horror shows from the ancient past buried in ice cores, and your vote and where it should go. This was one of our favorite and most-downloaded episodes of all time, and we wanted to share it as we prepare for some exciting stuff to come in 2019. Want to send us feedback? Tweet us, email us, or leave us a voice message! Trump’s Book Club: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3R5XF4WMZE0TV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_2Gr8Ab6RS5WF3 Links: Dr. Gautam Dantas on Twitter: http://twitter.com/VolatileBug Dantas Lab: http://www.dantaslab.org/ “Why Some Bacteria Eat Antibiotics,” NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/why-some-bacteria-eat-antibiotics-what-we-can-do-about-n870181 “Antibiotic Resistance is Ancient,” Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110831155334.htm Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at ImportantNotImportant.com! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: timblane.com Follow Quinn: twitter.com/quinnemmett Follow Brian: twitter.com/briancolbertken Like and share us on Facebook: facebook.com/ImportantNotImportant Check us on Instagram: instagram.com/ImportantNotImportant Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/ImportantNotImp Pin us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ImportantNotImportant Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: importantnotimportant.tumblr.com Important, Not Important is produced by Podcast Masters
1:06:23
January 15, 2019