Monthly Archives: April 2021

Ep. 40 – Michelle Nijhuis on the history of the wildlife conservation movement

In “Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction,” science journalist Michelle Nijhuis chronicles the history of the wildlife conservation movement through the stories of the extraordinary people — both legendary experts and passionate amateurs — who shaped its evolution and expanding ambitions. Nijhuis introduces us to the Swedish scientists who devised the system of naming and grouping species that endures today, the rebel taxidermist who led the fight to save the American bison from extinction, the New York City socialite who demanded that the Audubon Society stop ignoring the gunning down of game birds by sportsmen, and more. These inspiring, dogged, and often flawed characters transformed both the ecological communities and ideas that we inherited. In this episode, we speak with Nijhuis about what we can learn from the stories of conservationists and their efforts to protect the wild animals that they loved, and the possibilities within a more equitable, inclusive fight to defend life.

Where do we go from here? Lecrae and Professor Amy Arnsten

With recent steps towards accountability mixed with ongoing injustices and lack of accountability, many of us are asking, “Where do we go from here?” This week, we consider how music, neuroscience, and faith can help us move toward personal and societal empathy and healing, amidst these challenges. Hip hop artist & author Lecrae and professor & neuroscientist Amy Arnsten join for a personal, forward facing conversation on stress, activism, social justice, the police and de-escalation. Along the way, we’ll even hear Lecrae talk neuroscience and Professor Arnsten talk music!

Exploring the Unitarian Universalist tradition with Tisa Wenger and Tasha Brownfield

This is the third and final podcast in the Fireside Chat series that the Spiritual Formation Committee has sponsored this year. In this podcast, you will hear Professor Tisa Wenger and MDiv student Tasha Brownfield interview each other about their faith stories related to the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Power-Shifting in Policing

The need for transformative change to policing is clear. But the United States continues to grapple with what that change should look like – and who should have the power to decide. In this episode, Professor Jocelyn Simonson speaks to why we should view the regulation of policing through what she terms “the power lens,” and outlines the importance of shifting power over policing to directly impacted communities. Tracey Corder, a Deputy Campaign Director for the Action Center on Race and the Economy and an organizer with the People’s Coalition for Safety and Freedom, joins us to discuss her work and explore what power-shifting looks like in practice.

To learn more about this topic, take a look at Professor Jocelyn Simonson’s Article, Police Reform Through a Power Lens, recently published in the Yale Law Journal.

The Dean Speaks: A Conversation with Indy Burke

In our final episode of Season 3 of the Heartwood Podcast, Dr. Easley sits down with his colleague, and Dean of the Yale School of the Environment, Dr. Indy Burke. In this candid conversation, Indy reflects on how far the School of the Environment has come in terms of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic planning, and explores the work that still lies ahead. Indy provides insights on how similar institutions can and should prioritize DEI in their strategic plans, and demonstrates how strong leadership is key to success.

5. The Conservative Case for Carbon Pricing

In today’s episode, Casey, Maria, and Naomi talk to conservative climate activists about why they support carbon pricing policy. We’ll hear from former Congressman Bob Inglis (, Kiera O’Brien (Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends), former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, and Jerry Taylor (Niskanen Center). Read more at

ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 2: Dancing through the Sacred

Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, scholar and choreographer, talks about Christianity, dance, gender, color, and queerness with Clare Byrne, a master’s degree candidate at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

Careers in Education

In this episode we discuss the varied options for those interested in careers in education. We discuss the current challenges faced by educators in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ways in which a variety of skills are on display by these professionals, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Ep. 82 – How Photography Became Contemporary Art

As Michael S. Roth wrote in his review in The Washington Post, “The maturation of Grundberg as a renowned critic coincides with the maturation of photography as an art form and its conquest of the art market. With this fine book, he has given us a personal yet balanced account

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