Episode 1: Madagascar lemurs and conservation with professor patricia wright, spring 2016

Professor Patricia Wright, world-renowned anthropologist, primatologist, lemur specialist, and conservationist speaks with Heidi Hutner, PhD, Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University, about her life and work. Professor Wright is a MacArthur Fellow, an Indianapolis Conservation Prize Winner, among many prestigious prizes. She helped restore and build the magnificent Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. Presently, Wright is on a mission to rebuild the forest system in Madagascar and she needs our help. In this talk she explains how forests are good for the ecosystem and the well being of the people of Madagascar, and they are crucial in the battle to avert global climate change.

episode 2: the dirt cure with maya shetreat-klein, SPRING 2016

In this conversation on Coffee with Hx2: Conversations about Sustainability, Heidi Hutner, PhD, Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University, speaks with Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein a pediatrician, about her new book, "The Dirt Cure." The book says that children need to be eating fresh food (preferably lots of organic vegetables and fruits), playing in the soil and out in nature, and all this helps them grow well and healthfully in countless developmental ways.

episode 3: "Beyond words - what animals think and feel" with carl Safina, SPRING 2016

In this episode of "Coffee with Hx2," Dr. Heidi Hutner speaks with the author and ecologist, Carl Safina, about his most recent book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt, 2015). Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His writing appears in The New York Times, Audubon, Orion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and

He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia, the two best beach-running dogs in the world, some chickens, a couple of parrots, and Frankie the kingsnake.

episode 4: "Contamination" with mckay JEnKINS, SPRING 2016

In this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Dr. Heidi Hutner interviews McKay Jenkins--a journalist, nonfiction writer, and scholar of American studies, specializing in environmental studies and the history, journalism, and literature of race relations and social justice, at the University of Delaware. At U of Delaware, he is the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism, and Environmental Humanities, he has been writing about people and the natural world for 25 years.

In this conversation, Heidi Hutner talks to Professor Jenkins about his new book, CONTAMINATION (PenguinRandom House, 2016), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment.

episode 5: the conservation of sounds with ben mirin, SPRING 2016

Better known by his stage name, DJ Ecotone, Ben Mirin is a sound artist and television presenter who records wildlife and composes music from the sounds of nature.

This includes his own voice, since he is also an internationally recognized beatboxer. He is the host and co-creator of the television and web series Wild Beats on National Geographic Kids. Ben collaborates with biologists and explorers to gather sounds from some of the planet’s most threatened ecosystems, and makes music to engage people with the natural world to inspire conservation. He is currently working on tracks for his first album, and planning his next expedition as a Safina Fellow to record birds, frogs, lemurs and other wildlife in Madagascar.

Ben’s work has previously been recognized with a grant from the National Geographic Society, and artist residencies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute. His music has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, NPR, the BBC World Service, his two TEDx talks, The Guardian, and many other publications and broadcast networks. Ben holds a BA in English from Carleton College, and was previously a contributing science journalist for Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Audubon, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

episode 6: The effects of chernobyl and fukushima with tim mosseau, SPRING 2016

In this conversation on "Coffee with Hx2," Dr. Timothy Mousseau speaks with Dr. Heidi Hutner about the impact of radiation in Chernobyl and Fukushima on insects, animals and humans. 

Professor Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University and completed a NSERC (Canada) postdoctoral fellowship in population biology at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Professor Mousseau’s past experience includes having served as Dean of the Graduate School (2010-11), Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education (2010-11), Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-10), as a Program Officer for the Population Biology program at the National Science Foundation (1997-98), on the editorial boards for several journals, and on NSF, USGS, and a variety of international grant foundation advisory panels. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences panel to analyze cancer risks in populations near nuclear facilities. 

He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2008, a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009, and a member of the Cosmos Club (DC) in 2011. He was awarded both the President’s Appreciation Award and the Faculty Award from the national Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) in 2011.

Dr. Mousseau has published over 160 scholarly articles and has edited two books, Maternal Effects as Adaptations, 1998, with Charles Fox and Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild, 2000, with Barry Sinervo and John Endler, both published by Oxford University Press. He is currently co-editor (with Charles Fox) of the annual review series, The Year in Evolutionary Biology, published by the New York Academy of Sciences.

episode 7: clearwater with shameika hanson, SPRING 2016

Shameika Hanson, from Clearwater (and the Clearwater Festival), Pete Seeger's environmental and social justice organization, speaks with Dr. Heidi Hutner on Coffee with Hx2, about the organization''s goals and actions. Clearwater focuses on caring for the ecology of the Hudson River, environmental education, sustainability advocacy, social justice, and the arts. Shameika Hanson is a recent graduate of the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University. To learn more about Clearwater, go to their website:

Donate to support their efforts, volunteer, attend their concerts!

episode 8: The solutions project with mark jacobson, SPRING 2016

In this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, an engineer and Senior Stanford Woods Fellow at Stanford University, about his fifty-state plan to go fully renewable in the U.S. by 2050, and nearly there by 2030. Learn more about his work with the "Solutions Project" here:

Jacobson specializes in computer modeling and analysis of air pollution, weather, and climate and the impact of energy technologies on the atmosphere. Some goals of his research are to understand physical, chemical, and dynamical processes in the atmosphere better through numerical modeling and to improve the simulation of air pollution, weather, and climate. Some topics he has studied include near-source pollutant evolution, the effects of aerosols on climate and ultraviolet radiation, the effects of aerosol mixing state on radiative heating, the effects of black carbon and biomass burning on climate, gas- and aqueous-phase air pollution chemistry, cloud formation and evolution, aerosol microphysics and chemistry, wind energy resources, the effect of hydrogen fuel cells on the atmosphere, and the relationship between different energy sources and climate. As part of his research, he has developed and applied numerical algorithms that simulate gas, aerosol, cloud microphysical, radiative, and land/ocean-surface processes. He has also developed an air-pollution-weather-climate model that he has applied to study scientific problems from the freeway scale to the global scale.

Episode 9: earth-keeping - a moral imperative with katharine hayhoe, SPRING 2016

In this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and political scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe is also a devout Christian.

Episode 10: The clean energy revolution is now with jon bowermaster, SPRING 2016

In this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with Writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon Bowermaster, a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741 mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films. 

His Oceans 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak over the course of ten years (1999-2008), bringing back stories from the Aleutian Islands to French Polynesia, Gabon to Tasmania, and more, reporting on how the planet’s one ocean and its various coastlines are faring in today’s busy world. 

Jon lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is President of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, and chairman of the advisory board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and a board member of the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship. 

To contact Jon or a member of his team, email


In this webisode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with the "father" of Environmental Justice, Dr. Robert Bullard.

Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. In 1990, he was the first environmental justice scholar to receive the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conservation Achievement Award in Science for “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality.”  

Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.” In 2012, he was featured in Welcomebooks Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time by Katrina Fried. In 2013, he was honored with the Sierra Club John Muir Award, the first African American to win the award. 

In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after Dr. Bullard. And in 2015, the Iowa State University Alumni Association named him its Alumni Merit Award recipient—an award also given to George Washington Carver (1894 ISU alum) in 1937; and the same year he was honored with the American Bar Association 2015 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship.

His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Dr. Bullard is co-author of In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987-2007 (United Church of Christ Witness & Justice Ministries, 2007). His latest books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009), Environmental Health and Racial Equality in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (American Public Health Association Press, 2011), and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (New York University Press, 2012).

Episode 12: our sound and our town with nancy seligson, SPRING 2016

On this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Dr. Heidi Hutner speaks with Nancy Seligson is Supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck and was elected to the office in November 2011. She served on the Town Board as a Councilwoman beginning in 2000. She was the Town Board liaison to the Town’s land use committees during her time as Councilwoman. As Town Supervisor Ms. Seligson serves as a trustee of the Westchester Joint Water Works and the Larchmont Mamaroneck Joint Garbage Commission. Ms. Seligson has spent most of her career in environmental advocacy and brings that interest to the Town. 

Ms. Seligson is a past member of the Westchester County Board of Health. She was also the chair of the Westchester Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters as well as the Larchmont Mamaroneck Coastal Zone Management Commission. 

She has been a leader in Long Island Sound environmental advocacy for over 20 years. Ms. Seligson is currently the New York Co-Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound Study. She is the past president and board member of the nonprofit organization, Save the Sound. She chaired the Westchester County Committee on Nonpoint Source Pollution of Long Island Sound and the Westchester County Environmental Management Council.

Ms. Seligson also studied and worked with Pace University’s Land Use Law Center’s Community Leadership Alliance (CLA) programs teaching local leaders about New York State land use law and facilitation techniques to improve municipal communications, efficiency and productivity.

Ms. Seligson moved to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community in 1988. She lives with her husband, John Feingold, and has a son and three step daughters. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics.

EPISODE 13: Earth guardians with rachel Marco-havens, spring 2016

In this webisode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner interviews Rachel Marco-Havens, communications director for Earth Guardians. Currently Rachel Marco-Havens is an artist, creative entrepreneur and community organizer, committed to focusing her time and creativity toward the expansion of solutionary activation. While working to avert a politically sponsored, tax-payer funded, corporate water grab in Woodstock, NY, she joined forces with RYSE Youth Council Member, Aidan Ferris, to start the first New York Chapter of Earth Guardians. Now, she brings her wide scope of talent to the team at EG Headquarters. As well as aiding to general organization, helping to create platforms for communications between EG crews and nurturing partnerships with other grassroots initiatives, Rachel works to expand the interaction between the RYSE Youth and Wisdom Councils and invigorate the RYSE mission to actualization.

EPISODE 14: safe nuclear power with paul blanch, spring 2016

On this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with Paul Blanch, engineer and nuclear safety consultant, about the Algonquin/Aim/Spectra pipeline expansion and safety issues. The planned expansion is to take place adjacent to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in New York.

Episode 15: environmental activism with josh fox, spring 2016

In this episode of Coffee with Hx2, Heidi Hutner speaks with Josh Fox, filmmaker of Gasland, Gasland 2 and, "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change." In this conversation with Hutner, Fox talks about Fracking, climate change, and how we must act to protect our earth. They also talk about Fox's latest film: "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change." In "How to Let Go of the World," Fox travels the globe, from New York City to the Marshall Islands and China, to follow the struggles of communities fighting the impacts of climate change. In one scene, a group of Pacific Climate Warriors chant, "We are not drowning, we are fighting." Fox’s new film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and airs on HBO this summer. His other films include "Gasland," the documentary which first exposed the harms of the fracking industry and was nominated for an Academy Award.