Fill your ears and feed your mind with some great environmental storytelling.


The Revelator staff loves podcasts. In fact, we plan to launch our own podcast later this year. Until that happens, here are a few of our favorites to keep your ears busy and your heart green.

Terrestrial — The newest podcast on our list, this one comes to you from NPR affiliate KUOW and environmental journalist Ashley Ahearn, who’s tackling some tough topics. The first three episodes to date have covered eco-friendly burial, the fear of environmental doom, and whether or not people want to have kids in a world of climate change.  Good stuff.

Threshold — This podcast used its just-finished first season to tell a long-form story about the American bison. Each episode tacked a different piece of the story, ultimately presenting a full picture of the history and future of the bison. Fascinating. Plan to listen to the whole thing on a nice four-hour hike.

Mongabay Newscast — From the venerable environmental news site, every episode of this podcast features some great topics along with pretty incredible guests. They even landed singer-songwriter Paul Simon for a recent episode.

PRI: Living on Earth — Give them an hour a week, they’ll give you the rundown on the most important environmental headlines of the past 7 days. (You can also listen to individual segments in much shorter doses, if that fits your schedule better.)

The Energy Gang — If energy issues are your thing, then this podcast from the experts at Greentech Media is for you. Recent episodes have asked some tough questions about wind power, Tesla’s solar roof and the future of nuclear energy.

Behind the Schemes — This podcast only releases a few episodes a year, but host Rhishja Cota-Larson of the nonprofit Annamiticus always does a great job covering issues related to wildlife trafficking. The most recent entry, released this past February, covered South Africa’s rhino poaching epidemic. Last year’s two episodes on Asian and African pangolins are also must-listens.

What else are you enjoying? Send us your favorite eco-themed podcasts at or post them in the comments below.

John R. Platt

is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.

2 thoughts on “6 Hard-Hitting Environmental Podcasts”

  1. World Ocean Radio is a great weekly podcast! Now in its 11th year. Short, five-minute episodes on a wide range of ocean issues–from the work of other advocacy groups to fascinating people and projects to scientific endeavor and education. Hosted by Peter Neill.

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