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Nov 9, 2018

In episode 77 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons is joined by author and professor, Elizabeth Rush. Elizabeth discusses her recent book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. Doug and Elizabeth dig in to the positive reaction it’s received, her book tour, and they take a deep dive on how vulnerability to climate change relates to the #MeToo movement. It’s a provocative and enlightening conversation. And we have a bit of fun too.  

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Topics covered:

  • The origins of the book Rising.
  • How communities are ‘letting go’ and retreating from coastlines.
  • What Hurricane Katrina means for New Orleans’ identity.
  • When “resilience” is a dirty word.
  •  “Parallel vulnerabilities,” comparing sexual harassment with sea level rise vulnerability...yes, you have to listen to understand this provocative thought.
  • Dealing with sexual harassment as a writer and professor.
  • Those at risk of sexual harassment, and those at risk in highly vulnerability coastal areas, can find support through coming together. A new #WeAdapt movement.
  • Elizabeth wants us to use ‘vulnerability as a rallying cry”
  • Discusses her book tour, and having to get evacuated from a hike due to wildfires in California
  • Does coastal retreat mean you have to fracture existing communities?
  • What’s it like to become a ‘climate persona/celebrity’?
  • Who will play Elizabeth and Doug in the movie version of Rising, and much more!

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