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The Climate Pod

Mar 24, 2021

This week, Kim Stanley Robinson, renowned science fiction writer and author of "The Ministry For The Future," joins the show for a wide-ranging discussion on the systemic collapse that's led to the climate crisis, the power and importance of language and fiction in dissecting complicated policies and decisions, his problem with most economists, and what keeps him optimistic about what could happen in the future. He also tells us how the American leftist tradition helped shape his politics in the 1970s as a student and what it has been like writing fiction amid the parallel rise of neoliberalism over the course of his career. 

About Our Guest: Kim Stanley Robinson is an award-winning novelist and New York Times bestseller. He has authored more than 20 books and won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is well known for his bestselling Mars trilogy and in 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine.

Buy The Ministry For The Future

Further Reading/Listening:

Our conversation with Dr. Stephanie Kelton on MMT

Our conversation with Zachary Carter on Keynes and Climate

Zachary Carter's New York Times OpEd

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