Paul Ehrlich, Unfiltered (Special Earth Day Episode)
A reprise of Paul Ehrlich’s candid conversation with us on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, in April of 2020. We discuss the COVID pandemic, overpopulation, The Population Bomb (including an amusing mistake on the cover), dinner with Johnny Carson, the deficits of our university system, the climate crisis, and human civilization’s prospects (“I’m very pessimistic about the future but very optimistic about what we could do”).
Dr. Paul Ehrlich is most famous for co-writing The Population Bomb (1968). He is Bing Professor of Population Studies, Emeritus at Stanford University, and founded the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
The Population Bomb by Anne and Paul Ehrlich
BOOKS MENTIONED (by Paul Ehrlich):
Rattlesnake Under His Hat by Sam Hurst
The Wisest One in the Room – by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect by Paul Ehrlich
Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment by Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren and Anne H. Ehrlich
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Dave Gardner directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.” Co-host Stephanie Gardner has degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Law & Policy.
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