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Hot Take breaks down the climate crisis and reveals it as the giant injustice it is, with humor, humanity, and honesty. In the process, it reveals all the ways the media is missing the point and connects the climate crisis to every other  social justice issue, making the climate conversation accessible to a broader audience. Episodes have taken on topics like food, war, the technology industry, and white nationalism.

In 2020, we added a weekly newsletter to the podcast, curating each week's climate coverage and providing analysis of how the climate conversation is unfolding.

Paid subscribers to that newsletter help us keep the lights on! And get access to all content for their trouble. Free subscribers still get at least one full story a week plus the digest, and previews for other stories. You can also follow us on Twitter throughout the week for recommendations on what to read.



Mary Annaïse Heglar In addition to her work on Hot Take, Mary is an accomplished climate justice essayist whose work has been integral to getting the climate movement to understand climate change as a justice issue that intersects with every other justice issue. As one of the few Black women to become a public figure in the climate space, Mary is clear that she’s more interested in being Black people’s climate friend than the climate movement’s Black friend, and she’s very intentional about writing for and appearing in outlets that reach beyond the climate choir. Mary also coined the term “greentrolling” and is known for cyberbullying fossil fuel companies on Twitter. Some of her recent pieces include:

Amy Westervelt is the founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's 2019 Podcast Network of the Year. She is also an award-winning investigative journalist who has contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many other outlets. In 2007, she won a Folio for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuel. In 2015 she was awarded a Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism", and in 2016 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. As the head of Critical Frequency, she has executive produced more than a dozen podcasts aside from Hot Take, including her own show Drilled -- a true-crime style podcast about climate change—which was awarded the 2019 Online News Association award for "Excellence in Audio Storytelling". Her book Forget Having It All: How America Messed Up Motherhood, and How to Fix It was published in November 2018 by Seal Press, and received a starred Publisher's Weekly review. Some of her recent pieces include: