The Biggest Story in the World
It can be really hard to think about climate change. We know it's happening. We know it spells disaster for ourselves and our kids and the polar bears. But even as the problem feels huge and urgent, it's also vague, somehow distant, a massive, dark stormfront just hovering there on the horizon. It'll be fine, we think, glancing nervously at it from time to time, hoping that someone more capable than us will step in.
With six months left in his long tenure as editor-in-chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger decided that his newspaper would be that someone. They had to tell this tired, 20-year-old story in a way that felt different, in a way that engaged readers, and in a way, he hoped, that would effect real change. This fascinating fly-on-the-wall podcast follows Rusbridger and his team through the process of trying to tell that story. It's about the nuts-and-bolts of journalism - the research and the pitching and the frank newsroom debates - and the difficulties of trying to become a newspaper with a message. It's about the politics of climate change and the current, almost-fucked state of our planet, with perspectives from stakeholders across the spectrum: activists and skeptics, church leaders and Shell executives. Last, but not least, it's about Rusbridger himself, and his desire to leave a legacy that matters.
The 12-part series is concluded and it's totally gripping. Ingest whole.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1, Keep it in the ground (11 March) / Episode 6, Psychology (29 Apr) / Episode 10, Shell (27 May)