Climate change is calling. The adaptors are responding.

Adaptors are all around us: from the farmers and coastal-dwellers finding new ways to work and live, to the scientists thinking outside the box about energy, to the corporate leaders bringing new technologies to market, to the garage tinkerers and DIY inventors dreaming up the next big thing in green living. We want to introduce you to them, one story at a time. Our podcast comes out twice a month. We’re also making videos. Sign up for updates. Or send us an email.


FLORA LICHTMAN, Host

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Flora has been covering science and the environment for the last decade. Her science reporting -- radio, video and writing -- has appeared on NPR, in The New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic and in a number of film festivals. She is the co-director New York Times Op-Docs series "Animated Life" -- short films on pivotal scientific discoveries, animated with paper puppets. 

Prior to The Adaptors, Flora was the managing editor of video and substitute host for Science Friday, a two-hour live public radio show.  She is co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. Before getting into journalism, she worked at a NATO lab, studying marine mammals in the Mediterranean. (A good gig.) Say hi on Twitter or email.

 

 

KATHERINE WELLS, Senior Producer

Katherine is an independent multimedia journalist. She was most recently the senior producer for The Atlantic's original video team, where she created the popular web series "If Our Bodies Could Talk." Prior to that, she produced podcasts and radio shows for WNYC's Freakonomics Radio. She and Flora first began collaborating at the public radio show Science Friday, where Katherine did stories about science and art.
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ROBIN WISE, Technical Director

Robin is an audio engineer and sound recorder based in Portland, Oregon, who works on radio documentaries, audio books, documentary films and digital presentations. Robin’s studio, Sound Imagery, is all about bringing stories to life with sound. Among Robin’s many radio documentary series are The Promised Land, The DNA Files, Hearing Voices, and The Really Big Questions. Robin also works with independent producers on projects in radio, video and DVD authoring. Her numerous awards include: two Peabody Awards, the Robert Wood Johnson Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

 

CAROLYN SILVEIRA, Digital Producer

Carolyn is a writer, consultant, and producer who has developed strategies and content for radio, nonprofits, universities, and mission-driven businesses. She managed online organizing campaigns at Freelancers Union and has served on the editorial staff of the literary journals Anderbo and Lux, an innovative print-and-digital multimedia publication. She is also a contributing curator at Upworthy.
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MARY BETH KIRCHNER, Managing Producer

Mary Beth is a veteran producer and national program developer. Kirchner started her own production company after serving as National Programming Director at WETA, Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was Executive Producer at the Smithsonian Institution. Working for more than two decades in public radio, she has collaborated with National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, Carnegie Hall, the BBC, and ABC News “Nightline,” among many others. She is the recipient of more than 50 national awards including a 2011 Peabody medal — for her documentaries, music series, radio dramas and feature stories.

 

BARI SCOTT, Executive Director

Bari provides creative oversight and coordination for SoundVision’s programs and week-long Science Literacy Workshops for journalists, and she directs BURN and The Really Big Questions. Scott has won numerous awards, including the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, AAAS “Pinnacle of Excellence” and two Peabody awards, and she received a 2000-2001 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. She sits on the board of directors of many local and national foundations and organizations and is a certified emergency volunteer instructor with the Oakland Fire Department.

 

HAEWON MCJEON Ph.D., Science Adviser

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Haewon is a research scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. His research focuses on optimal decision-making under climate change uncertainties. His work has been published in Nature, Environmental Research Letters, Climatic Change, and Energy Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental policy from the Maryland School of Public Policy and a B.A. in economics from Seoul National University.

 

CHRIS JULIN, Digital Manager

Chris is an independent public media journalist. Recently, he's worked on the public radio shows The Really Big Questions and BURN. He's also worked as a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio and KUOW in Seattle. He’s been a college journalism instructor, and a community radio program director and news director. Projects Chris has produced and worked on have won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow and the Peabody.
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