Extinction Rebellion Radio

Join us every Tuesday night from 6:30-7PM on WBAI for Extinction Rebellion Radio. Extinction Rebellion Radio is dedicated to covering weekly news and stories on the climate crisis through conversation, interviews and expert perspectives. Our stories focus on our rebellion against the climate crisis with a focus on the systems that have brought us to crisis and the complexities, people, and nuances that exist within them.

This show is rooted in Extinction Rebellion’s four demands: government must declare a climate and ecological emergency, government must halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, government must be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice, and we must prioritize the most vulnerable people to create a livable planet for all.

Previous episodes are listed below.

First Episode, Dec. 11, 2020

Covers how the Trump administration is actually encouraging pollution, and discusses two chapters from the book 'This Is Not A Drill' showing that Extinction Rebellion does not have one unified ideological program, and why that's a good thing.

Second Episode, Dec. 18, 2020

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Trump administration's thought police-like restrictions on pension funds, and a montage on fascism and the climate crisis.

Third Episode, Feb. 2, 2021

A short overview of Extinction Rebellion as an organization, the Biden administration's initial orders on climate, and a victory for Nigerian farmers over Shell corporation.

Fourth Episode, Feb. 9, 2021

An interview with Rev. Chelsea MacMillan, one of Extinction Rebellion's experts on regenerative culture, exploring how to stave off deep depression amid relentless bad news on climate.

Fifth Episode, Feb. 16, 2021

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Trump administration's thought police-like restrictions on pension funds, then a montage on fascism and the climate crisis.

Sixth Episode, Feb. 23, 2021

Interview with author Ben Tippet on class and the climate crisis. We cover the ultra wealthy hiring private fire fighters, airport protests in the UK, and more.

Seventh Episode, March 2, 2021

This week we talk about extreme weather events and the Texas power grid, with a look at walking in the snow while Black. Or a more snappy expression: The Climate Crisis is messing with Texas.

Eighth Episode, March 9, 2021

An interview with Nora Maynard, singer, music teacher, and climate activist. We talk about how and why to sing at protest and how music can be part of changing the world.

Ninth Episode, March 16, 2021

Pollution in cancer alley, what's not working in climate science communication, and an environmental lawsuit in California

Tenth Episode, March 23, 2021

This week on Extinction Rebellion Radio we talk with the founder of Austin Mutual Aid, a grassroots community aid hub that has been active in the wake of the climate-related disruptions in Texas. Most media have left out the experience of individual Texans helping each other, and that's what we'll be covering.

Eleventh Episode, March 30, 2021

This week we will talk about the Amazon basin turning from a carbon sink into a net carbon source—bad news. A recent meeting between the Biden administration and all of the major oil companies and how they've kept secret who attended. An oil spill in California that our co-host and her neighbors experienced first hand. The major historical precedent for five-year social transformation with huge collective effort and sacrifice, which is exactly what we need to solve the climate crisis. The historical precedent is World War II. And, finally, methane-eating bacteria. Yum yum.

Twelfth Episode, April 6, 2021

This week we are talking about a major piece of legislation pending before the New York State legislature called the Climate Community Investment Act. We do an interview with Xaver Kandler, an organizer helping lead the fight for this. You will hear about how this bill, in effect, redistributes resources from fossil fuel companies to climate justice communities, green energy, and unionized green jobs. You'll also hear about what the bill does not do. You hear about where we are in the state legislative session, and what to do if you like the sound of it. This is time-sensitive major climate legislation, and we talk all about it.

Thirteenth Episode, April 13, 2021

This week we talk about what absolute zero emissions means, hopefully the first of many segments on that. We hear the latest numbers on greenhouse gas emissions—remember that 350 parts per million target? And helping the environment by making roads out of recycled plastic.

Fourteenth Episode, April 20, 2021

We look at President Biden's virtual Climate Summit and begin a series on the Biden plan, the Green New Deal and the Paris Accord which fall short of the goals needed in this climate emergency.


Matthew Kearney is an active member of Extinction Rebellion's Boston chapter and the Northeast Region. His B.A. is in English and his Ph.D. is in Sociology. He is the author of 'The Social Order of Collective Action: The Wisconsin Uprising of 2011' about the massive protest defending labor rights that pre-figured the Occupy Movement, showing how organizing outside of formal structures can produce massive mobilizations. His writing has appeared in The Progressive and several academic journals, and has been translated into German and Chinese. He has taught at Harvard University, Emerson College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Alycee Lane is an activist with XR SFBay and author of the award-winning book, 'Nonviolence Now! Living the 1963 Birmingham Campaign's Promise of Peace' (Lantern Books, 2015). She is also host and creator of the Patreon podcast The Wretched of Mother Earth, where she “decolonizes our climate catastrophe.” Her podcast takes its name from her most recent book 'The Wretched of Mother Earth: The Handbook for Living, Dying, and Nonviolent Revolution in the Midst of Climate Change Catastrophe' (2018). In that work, Alycee argues that “if we hope to save ourselves from climate change catastrophe, we must face not only the prospect of human extinction; but also we must radically confront what produced the climate crisis in the first place: the “colonial power matrix” and our deadly attachments to it.”

You can find her articles on our climate crisis in Counterpunch, Truthout, and Common Dreams magazines. A graduate of Howard University, Alycee studied English literature and later obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy from UCLA, where she specialized in African American literature and culture of the civil rights and black power movements. From 1995 to 2003, she served as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after which she obtained her Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

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