It's Hot In Here



WCBN's environmental talk show. News from the conservation front, interviews with environmental thinkers. Covering policy, ecology, politics, economy, education and quite literally the entire world. And fish.


  • Food Summit Recap


    Audio[audio:] (Skip through first part of audio to get to show start!) We hosted this conversation with Shannon Brines, Jason Frenzel, and Lucas DiGia, organizers of the April 2012 Local Food Summit. How did the summit go? What were the major themes and outcomes this year? Listen in to find out! (Don’t miss some of […]

  • Bird Geek Show!


      Listen Here! Listen to this bird-tastic episode of “It’s Hot in Here Radio” with special guest Taylor Forrest of the UM Ornithological Society….complete with bird trivia, sound-bites of Michigan birds, and resources to get started with bird-watching!

  • Environmental Ethics + Religion


      Listen Here! (Skip through first part of audio to get to beginning of show…) NOTE: In this episode, we erroneously reported that Bill McKibben left…this is not true! It was an April Fool’s joke that Laura mistook for truth. Please accept our HUGE apology for a news mistake of this magnitude! “It’s Hot […]

  • Journalism and Environment


    Listen Here! why is the news so depressing? can we trust the media to accurately report on environmental affairs? what will/should the future of environmental news + journalism be? Join Kat Superfisky (SNRE) + special guest co-host Phil D’Anieri (famous NPR and PitE legend), along with special guest Dave Askins (from The Ann Arbor Chronicle) […]

  • The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift


    Audio: [audio:] (Scroll past the first 1:30 to get to beginning of show) Join us for this in-depth preview of the recently released book: “The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift.” Dr. Raymond De Young, co-editor of and contributor to the book, joined us in the studio to chat about the book’s content and […]

  • House Greening


    Listen here:[audio:] (Fast forward through the first 10 seconds or so to get to start of show!) Matt Grocoff and Joe Trumpey are were the HOUSE today! Co-hosts Rebecca Hardin and Laura Smith conversed with Matt and Joe throughout the hour about their amazing homes in the Ann Arbor area. Joe Trumpey, a professor in […]

  • 2012 ReSkilling Festival Preview


    Listen Here:[audio:] (Fast forward through the first 10 seconds or so to get to start of show!) Dying to learn how to preserve food, keep bees, meditate or craft string from bark????? Please join us on the radio today as we highlight the 6th Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival with organizer Rebecca Streng. Also in the […]

  • Groundcover News and Uganda


    Audio:[audio:] January 9th show with Susan, Rissa, and Marquise of Ann Arbor’s Groundcover News! Later, an interview with Jennifer about her research in Uganda.

  • Consumption, Hoarding, Tight-wad Show


    Listen Here:[audio:] (Show starts 2 minutes at 35 seconds into the recording!) Consumption is necessary for survival but also produces negative consequences for human health, society, and the environment. Research across domains (addiction, obesity, debt, consumer behavior, material waste, hoarding) finds overlapping biological and psychological bases for consumption-related phenomena, suggesting the benefits of an interdisciplinary […]

  • Poverty and Sustainability: Lessons from (and in) Detroit


    Listen Here (Fast forward through the first minute until you get to start of the show!) Delray is one of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods. It is a long-time victim to city planning efforts, sits in the most polluted zip code in the state of Michigan, and is the future home of the bridge plaza for […]

  • Turkeys, Travel and Teleportation


    Audio[audio:] (scroll through the first minute and 25 seconds until you get to the show start!) Just in time for the mass exodus from Ann Arbor, SNRE’s own Shelie Miller, a specialist in life cycle assessment and energy, will share insights on sustainable transit.  Beyond the typical modes, we hope she will entertain our questioning […]

  • Environment, Information, and Sustainable Development: the Africa-Asia Nexus


    Audio[audio:] From oil wars to heroic computer geeks to strapping GPS devices on cows… Join us for this interview with recently hired faculty in the cluster for research and teaching on “Environment, Information, and Sustainable Development:  the Africa-Asia Nexus.”  Joyojeet Pal is assistant professor at the School of Information, Omolade Adunbi is assistant prof in the […]

  • Talkin’ GMO’s with Jeffrey Smith


    Audio[audio:]   Wondering about all this hype and controversy around GMO’s? “It’s Hot in Here Radio” presents an hour of GMO talk, punctuated with some catchy tunes, including, yes, a rap song about GMO’s. Millions of people speak out against the spread of Monsanto’s biotech food, but what is the science actually saying about the […]

  • UM Campus Sustainability Variety Show


    Audio[audio:] Sick of environmental talk being so gloomy-n-doomy? Wish you knew more about what sustainability-related initiatives and events were happening on U-M’s campus? Been hankering for some great tunes about Mother Earth? Welp, then WCBN 88.3FM has the answer for you! Co-hosts Kat Superfisky and Laura “Smitty” Smith bring you the “U’M Sustainability Variety Hour”! […]

  • Homegrown Festival Preview


    Audio[audio:] The righteous Laura Miesler joined us in the studio to chat about the upcoming, also righteous, Homegrown Festival(!) Listen to that conversation here…along with some great tunes by bands that will be at the festival. How can you listen and not get pumped about this event? Additionally in this episode: learn what to do […]

  • SELMA Cafe, Farmer Fund, 20 in 20, Tilian, and more!


    Audio Part 1[audio:] Audio Part 2[audio:] Well first at the start of the show we tried (epic fail) to talk to Scott Brines about the proposed new bridge / international crossing that would have landings in the Delray community of Detroit and Windsor. Scott is a Delray resident and a board member for the Southwest […]

  • May 23: Change. Chicken. Curiosity. Clean Air.


    Audio[audio:] Join us this week as we check-in and chat change with Kat Superfisky in Brooklyn, John Harnois on his farm in Whitmore Lake, Emily Plews in Columbus, and Michelle Martinez in Detroit! Bam! Lessons Learned The Big Apple is Green, and Superfisky is basically famous. The brand spankin’ new Ann Arbor Wednesday Night Market […]

  • May 16th: A Conversation with Michelle Martinez of the Sierra Club


    Audio[audio:] The Sierra Club‘s not just about birds anymore. Join us, as we talk fish, hair, toxics, green jobs, energy, environmental justice and more with Michelle Martinez, former UM School of Natural Resources and Environment M.S. student and current organizer with the Sierra Club. Michelle loves fish (and people) – truly a soul sister.

  • May 9th: Beth Diamond (in the back)


    Audio[audio:] This week we talk Earth Art, Detroit’s Heidleberg Project, liminality, and jam to some stone cold grooves with Beth Diamond. Beth Diamond An Actual Diamond (No Blood was Shed during the Cutting and Pasting of this Image) Beth is a “a landscape theorist, designer and cultural instigator,” Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the […]

  • May 2: Rain, Fish, Prostitution and (of course) Nasal Irrigation



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