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Amy Harder: Democrats Debate Energy Policy

The 2016 disagreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over the best energy mix to help us get to a 100% renewable future sure does seem antiquated these days with climate change deniers and fossil fuel interests at the helm in Washington. This week on Sea Change Radio, though, we get an update on the continued divisions within the Democratic Party from Axios energy reporter, Amy Harder. We discuss how the Sanders wing of the Party has been able to carve out a larger piece of the policy pie than many imagined possible, what that means for future elections and try to sort out the stances of the leading voices on the Left when it comes to natural gas and nuclear power. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives and re-visit our discussion with noted linguist George Lakoff as he gives a primer on climate change messaging – a lesson that’s more relevant and important than ever before.

Media Matters And The Climate

GeorgeLakoffShaunaTheelWhat forces have conspired so that millions of Americans believe that the overwhelming majority of scientists are dead wrong about climate change? It seems at times that facts are just pesky talking points to be swatted away by other talking points. Is this the result of a corporate-sponsored news media controlled by the bottom-line, or is it the fault of an audience hungry to believe what it wants to hear? We explore these questions today on Sea Change Radio first by talking with Shauna Theel of Media Matters, who tells us about her organization’s recent study that tracks how the network news programs discuss climate change. Next, we dip into the archives as host Alex Wise talks environmental messaging with prominent linguistics professor, George Lakoff.

The War on Empathy: Marion Nestle and George Lakoff

MarionNestleGeorgeLakoffRemember when President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and “empathy” was transformed by some political commentators into a dirty word? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to two giants in their respective fields who think empathy is probably pretty important, especially when it comes to policy.

First, host Alex Wise talks to Marion Nestle, a noted nutritionist and author whose latest book digs into the power of cartoons to drive home complex arguments for fighting food insecurity issues in this country. Next, progressive linguist extraordinaire George Lakoff discusses how liberals need to improve their messaging to convince people that policies that help people are actually a good idea.

George Lakoff Part II: Framing the Debate


LittleBlueBookGeorgeLakoff2Last week on Sea Change Radio, influential progressive and cognitive linguist George Lakoff laid out the principles of linguistic framing as they relate to environmentalism. This week, part two of host Alex Wise‘s discussion with Prof. Lakoff, where they delve into the framing of topics such as genetically modified organisms, greenhouse gas emission legislation, and what’s wrong with approaching ecological issues through a cost-benefit lens.

If you can’t get enough of Dr. Lakoff’s insightful views and would like to hear some of the more politically-focused parts of the discussion, listen to our podcast exclusive here.

George Lakoff podcast exclusive (not for broadcast)

podcast-iconGeorgeLakoffIn this podcast exclusive, more from Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise‘s interview with George Lakoff. In the discussion, Prof. Lakoff talks about the different approaches to messaging and framing by both Democrats and Republicans, the attack on empathy, and the Obama Administration’s embrace of the term “ObamaCare.”

George Lakoff Part I: The Message


4600583562_b030d51064_qThey say actions speak louder than words, but words are pretty important, too. This week and next on Sea Change Radio, we welcome George Lakoff, the prolific author and longtime professor of cognitive linguistics from UC Berkeley. He discusses the significant concept of linguistic framing and how it relates to both progressives and conservatives. He also applies framing principles to environmental concerns and explores what benefit might be felt by re-framing the movement’s current messaging.