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Climate Change Therapy - Ep. 24 - Beverly Harper

Welcome back to Climate Change Therapy, the podcast where we honor our conscience by furthering the dialogue about the greatest problem, perhaps, that humanity has ever faced - climate change - while allowing, quite generously, for digressions down rabbit holes of much more immediate, local concerns. For example: the coronavirus. On today’s (6/25/20) episode, Hank welcomes his boss (at his real job), the legendary Philadelphia business leader Beverly Harper, onto the program to discuss climate change, COVID-19, the George Floyd protests, and unrelated topics, including:

5:05 – The effect of COVID-19 on climate change

9:00 – How the news and civil discourse have changed since the good ole days of Dick Cavett

14:00 – The removal of statues and monuments, such as the Columbus statue in Philadelphia

20:25 – How slavery and colonization was taught in schools when Beverly was a student, and teacher, in the 1960s

27:45 – The George Floyd protests, reasons for optimism, and 1960s comparisons

37:00 – Defunding the police

42:25 – A new segment called Beverly Reacts!

48:30 – A question from our only listener, steering the topic back to climate change

58:20 – Starting a small business in 1969, as a black woman without a business background, and then growing it into the successful business that Hank works for today

1:11:00 – Beverly’s family history, including a house immortalized in the National Museum of African-American History & Culture (

1:13:00 – Leading the charge for minority and women-owned business legislation in Philadelphia in the 1980s

1:29:00 – Schools and unrelated topics

1:41:00 – Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo

1:43:35 – Former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell

1:45:55 – Music

1:49:00 – The impact of COVID-19 on transit

1:53:30 – Advice to young people for remaining hopeful and optimistic in 2020 and beyond

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