The Meaning of Green reveals why environmental policies succeed, fail, or fall in between failure and success.

With help from others, podcast host Dr. Vivian Thomson analyzes why some environmental problems have been solved and others have not. At the end of the podcast, we will apply these lessons to the biggest environmental challenge of our time, climate change. The goal is to figure out which policies stand the best chance of being adopted and of working effectively.

About Professor Thomson

Professor Thomson taught environmental policy for 20 years at the University of Virginia, from 1997 to 2017. She also offers policy insider scoops from her work as an air pollution official at the state and national levels. She has published articles, editorials, and three books, on garbage transport, climate change politics, and how power is wielded in the air pollution policy arena. 

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For botany buffs: the striking tree above is a 70-year-old fig tree (Ficus drupacea var. pubescens (Roth)) that was one of the first plants landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx added to his incredible tropical preserve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Topics we'll cover


Acid rain

Leaded gasoline

Environmental justice

Trash

Endangered species

Renewable energy

Lessons from other countries

Climate change 

Partisanship

Social movements

The hole in the ozone layer

Preview Episodes

October 1

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November 1

Sneak Peek

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Schedule of Podcast Episodes: 7 November t0 6 February

November 7

Rachel Carson and Richard Nixon

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November 14

Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?

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November 21

"Bad Mothers" and Bad Drivers: Getting the Lead Out of Gasoline

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November 21

"Bad Mothers" and Bad Drivers: Getting the Lead Out of Gasoline

December 5

Trash Matters and Moves

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December 20

Water: "Undoing the Wrongs Caused by Earlier Generations Doing What They Thought Was Right."

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December 20

Water: "Undoing the Wrongs Caused by Earlier Generations Doing What They Thought Was Right."

January 2

The Legacy of Fossil Fuels; Nuclear Power and the "Screw Nevada" Act

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January 2

The Legacy of Fossil Fuels; Nuclear Power and the "Screw Nevada" Act

January 9

Renewables: There Is No Free Lunch

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January 9

Renewables: There Is No Free Lunch

January 16

Rescuing Endangered Species

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January 16

Rescuing Endangered Species

January 23

Meeting the Challenges Posed By Climate Change: Past Actions

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January 23

Meeting the Challenges Posed By Climate Change: Past Actions

February 6

Climate Change Policy: Into the Future

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February 6

Climate Change Policy: Into the Future

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