Melody Travers

Host and producer of The Power Podcast from the Post Carbon Institute.

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The Power Podcast: Episode 8 Powered Down and Better Off

We’re currently on a pathway to collapse, but the future doesn’t have to be bleak. We can develop communities where we take care of one another and the ecosystems we inhabit.

November 9, 2022

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The Power Podcast: Episode 7 Optimal Power

We can still choose our path forward, we can still sacrifice for what we value. But to do so we must recognize the power we possess, build on it in community with others, and acknowledge the ways in which we wield it.

November 2, 2022

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The Power Podcast: Episode 6 Overpowered – the Days of Climate Chaos

But what if our voracious appetite is less to blame than the types of things that hunger has been directed toward? Could we direct our attention instead toward beauty, tenderness, and collective action?

October 26, 2022

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The Power Podcast: Episode 5 Fossil Fuels Changed Everything

Improve your energy literacy with stories about pushing motor vehicles, enduring blackouts, and growing $10 tomatoes, and take a tour of history that visits ancient China, industrializing Britain, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Green Revolution.

October 19, 2022

Conquistadors in America

The Power Podcast: Episode 4 The Rise of Social Inequality

Richard Heinberg explores the development of social power – simply defined as the ability to get other people to do something.

October 12, 2022


The Power Podcast: Episode 3 Fire, Tools, and Language

As people learned to wield fire, deploy an array of tools, and coordinate actions through increasingly descriptive language, they became more capable of concentrating power.

October 5, 2022

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