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Climate Change Therapy - Ep. 13 - Tomthy Heaney

Welcome back to Climate Change Therapy, the podcast where we force ourselves to sit for a good solid hour and talk about nothing else but climate change, because as John F. Kennedy once said, the only way to reduce your eco-anxiety is to talk about the anxiety-inducing topic itself. On today’s (12/9/19) episode, host Hank Felsman welcomes transportation planner Tomthy Heaney onto the program, to discuss climate change, urban planning, and other unrelated topics, including:

4:30 - Tomthy’s job in the regional and intercity rail industry

10:25 - Talking about climate change with friends, before and after grad school

15:00 - The mind-numbing effect of climate change numbers, cognitive dissonance, and the inability of human beings like us to process large numbers, such as trillions of dollars or large death tolls, in a manner that is consistent with their magnitude

19:15 - Segment: Climate Change Fact and React, featuring extremely large mind-numbing numbers

25:30 - Dealing with the moral conundrums raised by climate change, including biking, Amazon, and buying shrimp

36:30 - Tomthy meeting David Byrne on multiple occasions while biking around New York, including Tomthy’s spot-on impression of David Byrne

38:45 - Segment (unplanned): Best biking cities

44:50 - Tomthy’s biggest beef with biking in Philly

50:40 - Amazon, surrendering personal data, and whether an HR robot will ever be able to reveal Tomthy’s true identity

54:00 - Technological advances that we are most in need of therapy to deal with, including Genetic Engineering Therapy

1:05:30 - The particularly taboo subject of overpopulation

1:08:30 - The point at which we recognize that shit has hit the fan

1:12:30 - Children, and love as the best Climate Change Therapy

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