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Listen in on conversations with WRI experts and other guests on a wide range of issues. Lawrence MacDonald, WRI Vice President for Communications and a recovering journalist, seeks solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems at the nexus of environment, economic growth and human well-being in these lively 20-minute interviews.

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"If you want to change the world, it’s not a little bit like Archimedes said: ‘Give me a lever and I can tilt the world,’” says Paul Polman, chair of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU). “Here you need a few levers to tilt the food system.” Polman and FOLU's Ed Davey explain how those levers can work, following a high-level meeting organized by WRI and WWF and attended by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

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WRI Water Program Director Betsy Otto knows the world should be worried about water: Her team's research showed this year that one-quarter of the world's population lives in extreme water stress. In this conversation, though, she talks about the solutions—technological, political, and managerial—that can alleviate the strain.

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John Woolard, a Senior Fellow in World Resources Institute’s Energy Program, argues that it’s time for consumers to shift their focus from adding more renewables to committing to 100% zero-carbon energy.

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Nicholas Walton gets on the phone with Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, an expert in cities and water for WRI India, to understand why Chennai ran out of water—and what can be done to prevent residents from going thirsty.

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WRI President and CEO Dr. Andrew Steer recently joined the IMF Podcast to explore ways fiscal policies can help countries implement climate strategies. The big takeaway: Done smartly, rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will actually benefit the economy.

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Mobility is a gateway to opportunity, and transportation can make cities more wonderful, livable and equitable. WRI Vice President Lawrence MacDonald is joined by Robin Chase and Harriet Tregoning to talk about the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and how they are building better cities for all.

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Daniel Vennard, director of the Better Buying Lab in WRI's Food Program, discusses the link between his work and social marketing, how your brain models taste while you're ordering and why "vegetarian" and "vegan" might not be the language that shifts the majority of the population to more sustainable diets.

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With the U.S. Congress largely silent on the subject of ambitious climate legislation—at least since the 2009 push for a federal cap-and-trade program—the idea of a Green New Deal has stirred attention to climate change like never before.

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Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy at WRI, sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about the tech (batteries and rooftop solar), policy (net metering and RPS), movements and politics that are powering the renewables surge in the United States.

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There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the course the oceans are on, but Peter Thomson, U.N. Special Envoy for the Ocean, is optimistic. He joins WRI's Lawrence MacDonald and Kristian Teleki to discuss why a 2017 conference marked a sea change.

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