Monthly Archives: May 2022

Rare Diseases: Interview with Carrie Flynn

In this episode, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast hosts Emma and Elizabeth interview Carrie Flynn, a MD/PhD candidate in Yale’s Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, on her perspective on rare diseases both as a physician scientist studying rare amoeba born-diseases and as a rare disease patient.

Ep. 47 – Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil on writing love letters to nature

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s exuberant book of essays, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments, has unlocked protective passion for nature among readers since its release in 2020. In the book’s thirty dazzling essays, Nezhukumatathil weaves love stories about being a daughter, a partner, a mother, and a teacher with reverence for a delightful catalogue of wild animals and plants and what they give us: their ability to expand our imaginations, to connect us with others, to unearth memories, to break habits of thinking, to teach us lessons, and to simply leave us awed that we co-exist with such wildly magical creatures as frogs and fireflies. In this episode, Nezhukumatathil reads from her collection, tells us about animals who have shaped her experiences and understanding of the world, and discusses the power of wonder and astonishment to expand our empathy.

Time with Vicki

Join us in some Time for the Soul as Yale University Chaplain Sharon Kugler and the Rev. Vicki Flippin, pastor at First & Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, discuss the inspiration found in flowers and dogs, the pressures on our sense of self-worth, the weight of privilege, the search for personal wisdom, and the spark of inner potential.

11. What Have We Learned From Internal Carbon Pricing?

Yale, Microsoft, H&M, Mahindra, Smith College, and University College London share lessons from their experience putting prices on their own carbon emissions. Casey Pickett, host of Pricing Nature and Director of the Yale Carbon Charge, shares experiences from the last six years and makes a big announcement about the future of carbon pricing at Yale. And we hear advice about internal carbon pricing from Joanna Marshall-Cook (Head of Sustainability Programmes, University College London), Kim Hellstrom (Strategy Lead, Sustainability, H&M Group), Elizabeth Willmott (Carbon Program Director, Microsoft), Anirban Ghosh (Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group), and Alex Barron (Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, Smith College & Co-author, “Internal Carbon Pricing in Higher Education Toolkit”).

10. Tax Ourselves? Why Companies and Institutions Are Pricing Their Own Emissions

What is “internal” carbon pricing? And why are more and more private companies and institutions using the tool to reduce their emissions? We hear from Elizabeth Willmott (Microsoft, Carbon Program Director), Anirban Ghosh (Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group), Kim Hellstrom (Strategy Lead, Sustainability, H&M Group), Alex Barron (Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, Smith College & Co-author, “Internal Carbon Pricing in Higher Education Toolkit”), and Long Lam (Lead Author, CDP’s “How-To Guide to Corporate Internal Carbon Pricing”). Read more at

A Conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusionwith Enrico Manalo

On this episode of the Heartwood Podcast, Dr. Easley is joined by Enrico Manalo, Creator and Lead Host of Intentionally Act Live. The two discuss the issue identity in helping address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the workplace, our personal lives, and our relationship to the environment.

On Culture, Society, and Being a Voice for Marginalized Communities with Juju Chang

Award winning journalist and ABC News’ “Nightline” co-anchor, Juju Chang, joins for a powerful and wide-ranging conversation about her coverage of the societally transformative stories of our time. In this episode, Juju shares insights on how she connects with people from various, and often marginalized, backgrounds and how she navigates delicate situations to give voice to nationally important narratives. We’ll talk through many topics, including Juju’s family immigration journey, her coverage of increasing Anti-Asian hate, and our need to address the myth of the AAPI model minority and the stereotype of “crazy rich Asians.” We also talk through the ways Juju is bringing her identity more centrally into her work, and the life-giving nature of authentic, mental health check ins from colleagues and friends. In this generative conversation, we’ll hear gripping stories of hope in the midst of tragedy, consider opportunities for unity in the fight against hate, and discuss the healing power of grace and forgiveness.

Using Regulatory Law to Reform Prison Conditions

When prisoners are served food with bugs in it or given medical care by unlicensed physicians, where can they turn for help? Believe it or not, such prison conditions may not be deemed cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment, but they could violate existing administrative regulations that set standards for food safety, medical licensing, building safety, and other so-called “free-world laws.” Professor Aaron Littman joins us to discuss his recently published Article, Free-World Law Behind Bars, to discuss the difficulties of prison condition litigation and how regulatory law could provide much needed relief. We open this episode on a conversation with Roy Bolus, former president of the Project for A Calculated Transition (PACT) about his first-hand experience surviving the harsh conditions of incarceration and his inspirational story of service. We also speak with renowned prison-condition litigator Easha Anand of the MacArthur Justice Center on the many possible paths reformers and advocates can take to better prison conditions.