Cultures of Energy brings writers, artists and scholars together to talk, think and feel their way into the Anthropocene. We cover serious issues like climate change, species extinction and energy transition. But we also try to confront seemingly huge and insurmountable problems with insight, creativity and laughter. We believe in the possibility of personal and cultural change. And we believe that the arts and humanities can help guide us toward a more sustainable future. Cultures of Energy is a Mingomena Media production. Co-hosts are @DominicBoyer and @CymeneHowe.

Recent Submissions

  • Ep. #205 - Intersectional Ecologies 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Guarasci, Bridget; Moore, Amelia; Vaughn, Sarah (2017-12-14)
    Cymene and Dominic talk war, sunglasses and unexpected colors and then (10:27) we pivot to the main event, a discussion of intersectional ecologies featuring three brilliant minds: Bridget Guarasci (https://www.fandm.edu/bridget-guarasci), Amelia Moore (https://web.uri.edu/maf/meet/amelia-moore-2/) and Sarah Vaughn (https://anthropology.berkeley.ed ...
  • Ep. #204 - Elizabeth Povinelli Returns 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Povinelli, Elizabeth (2022-02-23)
    A potpourri of hot topix leads off this week’s episode: ASMR, Super Twosday, Ukraine, Bitcoin, and the correct pronunciation of Lindsey Lohan’s name. Then (17:36) we are so very thrilled to welcome Beth Povinelli back to the pod to discuss her latest book, The Inheritance (Duke UP 2021), a graphic memoir that plumbs the messy relationships among ...
  • Ep. #203 - David Farrier 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Farrier, David (2017-12-14)
    Cymene and Dominic discuss extraterrestrial lavatology, evil corporate accounting software, skyfarms and chinchillas on this week’s intro. Then (14:15) we are so delighted to welcome David Farrier (U Edinburgh) to the podcast to discuss his justly acclaimed latest book, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils (FSG, 2020). David talks about how the ...
  • Ep. #202 - Shannon Mattern 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Mattern, Shannon (2022-02-10)
    Cymene and Dominic talk about the vine that’s taking over their house and then (12:30) we welcome the New School’s magnificent Shannon Mattern to the podcast We discuss her new book A City is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences (Princeton UP, 2021) which explores the limits of computational models for understanding knowledge in urban contexts. ...
  • Ep. #201 - Arturo Escobar 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Escobar, Arturo (2017-12-14)
    Aaaaand we’re back! Cymene and Dominic start off with their usual nonsense, which culminates in a lively discussion of the missile silo now listed on the real estate site Zillow (we were wrong on some of the specs btw, it’s in Abilene, Kansas and only $380,000, survivalist bargain hunters can find all the deets here: https://www.zillow.com/homedet ...
  • Ep. #200 - Laura Nader 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Nader, Laura (2019-10-24)
    Wow, we made it to 200 episodes and 250k downloads this week. Thank you everyone for listening for the past nearly four years.  It also seems like a good milestone for a change of pace. Your tireless cohosts need to take an extended break from weekly podcasting in order to commit ourselves more fully to a couple of other creative opportunities that ...
  • Ep. #199 - Bathsheba Demuth 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Demuth, Bathsheba (2017-12-14)
    Your co-hosts talk clonal trees and dispense important advice about relationships, breakups, and having “the conversation” with your children on this week’s podcast. Then (17:16) we talk to Brown University’s Bathsheba Demuth (http://www.brdemuth.com) about her new book Floating Coast (https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393635164) a beautifully conceived ...
  • Ep. #198 - The Mississippi (an Anthropocene River) 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Rosol, Christoph; Turnbull, Tom (2019-10-10)
    Dominic and Cymene discuss Swiss silence and whether soup can be a meal on this week’s podcast. Then (13:53) we sit down with Christoph Rosol and Tom Turnbull, two of the organizers of the baroque and fascinating project of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (https://www.hkw.de/de/index.php) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science ...
  • Ep. #197 - Climate Book Club Special! 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Stokes, Leah; Venkataraman, Bina (2019-10-01)
    In this week's special guest episode, Leah Stokes (UC Santa Barbara) and Bina Venkataraman take over the Cultures of Energy podcast to discuss Bina's new book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735219472?aff=penguinrandom). This interview is part of the Twitter discussion, #climatebookclub, ...
  • Ep. #196 - Energy Democracy 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Endres, Danielle; Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea; Peterson, Tarla (2017-12-14)
    Cymene and Dominic wonder whether Brexit or Impeachment will make for better political theater in the months ahead. Then (14:22) we talk to three wonderful folks who are in the process of assembling the Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy, an interdisciplinary gathering of contributions spanning scholarly and activist engagements. Our three guests ...
  • Ep. #195 - Laura Watts Returns 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Watts, Laura (2019-09-19)
    Cymene and Dominic tease a family revelation and describe a museum full of caricatures of East Germany (a regime that tbh itself kinda caricatured socialism). Then (17:03) we welcome back to the podcast the one and only Laura Watts (https://sand14.com), now at Edinburgh, who has a marvelous new book out with MIT Press, Energy at the End of the World: ...
  • Ep. #194 - Christine Folch 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Folch, Christine (2017-12-14)
    Dominic and Cymene take a trip down MTV memory lane to the romantic 1990s on this week’s podcast. Then (16:00) we welcome the brilliant Christine Folch from Duke U to the pod to talk about her brand new book, Hydropolitics: The Itaipú Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America (Princeton U Press, 2019 - https://press.princeton.ed ...
  • Ep. #193 - Sea Level Rise (feat. Orrin Pilkey Jr) 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Pilkey, Orrin Jr. (2019-09-06)
    Your cohosts talk chihuahuas and squirrels on the verge on this week’s podcast. Then (14:56) we are delighted to welcome Orrin Pilkey Jr., Professor Emeritus at Duke University, to the podcast. Orrin is one of the world’s foremost experts on sea level rise and has just co-authored a new book with his son Keith Pilkey called Sea Level Rise: A Slow ...
  • Ep. #192 - Elizabeth DeLoughrey 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); DeLoughrey, Elizabeth (2017-12-14)
    Cymene and Dominic talk about Jakarta sinking and Greta rising in this week’s intro. Then (14:32) we are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth DeLoughrey (https://english.ucla.edu/people-faculty/elizabeth-deloughrey/) to the conversation! We start with her latest book, Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke UP 2019), and its effort to provincialize Anthropocene ...
  • Ep. #191 - Amanda Boetzkes 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Boetzkes, Amanda (2017-12-14)
    Dominic and Cymene compare denialist and evangelical hate mail on this week’s podcast and then share a few reflections on Sunday’s trip to the top of Ok mountain. Then (16:53) we welcome the marvelous Amanda Boetzkes (https://amandaboetzkes.com) to the conversation so we can talk about her terrific new book, Plastic Capitalism (MIT Press, 2019). What ...
  • Ep. #190 - Democrats on Climate (feat. Leah Stokes) 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Stokes, Leah (2019-08-15)
    Dominic and Cymene talk airbnb for flies, slime-mold residencies and close encounters with hypothermia to get things going. Then (11:36), hey, it’s primary debate season and if you’re like your co-hosts you probably find evaluating the sprawling field of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Presidency fairly bewildering. So in this week’s pod we drill ...
  • Ep. #189 - Sheena Wilson 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Wilson, Sheena (2019-08-09)
    Addled by cleaning products and dustballs, Cymene and Dominic imagine what a multispecies Ph.D. program might look like on this week’s podcast. Then (13:59) we welcome Queen of Feminist Petrocultural Studies™ Sheena Wilson to the podcast! We start with how growing up in Alberta helped attune her to the need for feminist and decolonial energy transitions ...
  • Ep. #188 - Andrew Revkin 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Revkin, Andrew (2019-08-01)
    Dominic and Cymene talk about the Democratic debates on this week’s podcast. Then (13:57) we are humbled and thrilled to have legendary journalist Andrew Revkin join the conversation. We chat with Andrew about the environment beat back in the 1980s and how he became one of the first American journalists to take on the topic of climate change. We talk ...
  • Ep. #187 - Mark Nuttall 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Nuttall, Mark (2019-07-25)
    Cymene and Dominic talk about Ok glacier’s 15 minutes of fame on this week’s podcast (e.g. https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/okjokull-iceland-glacier-death-plaque.html), ridiculous hate mail, and what it feels like being in the middle of the news maelstrom. And the first ever Cultures of Energy Everyday Climate Warrior™ award is bestowed upon Daisy ...
  • Ep. #186 - Joanna Zylinska 

    Boyer, Dominic (podcast host); Howe, Cymene (podcast host); Zylinska, Joanna (2019-07-18)
    Cymene talks about her exciting new life as a contractor on this week’s podcast. Then (10:14) we welcome the brilliant theorist, artist and curator, Joanna Zylinska (http://www.joannazylinska.net) to the podcast to discuss her excellent new book, The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse (U Minnesota Press, 2018). We start with the central argument ...

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