Adam McKay – Hope is Looking Up (Jane Goodall Hopecast S2 EP13 )


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Episode Summary

Adam McKay – Hope is Found in Climate Action and Community Created by Laughter

In this special first ever LIVE episode of the Jane Goodall Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall speaks with Adam McKay, Academy-Award winning writer/director/producer. Adam most recently created the satirical Netflix comedy ‘Don’t Look Up,’ starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio. In this wonderful conversation, they discuss the power of storytelling to drive climate action, the importance of humor in inspiring change, and whether the movie could have ended differently than it did. As two people with both very similar and different approaches to storytelling, and certainly different subject matters, the pair explore what it means to connect audiences with the narratives that are both relatable and spark the imagination. Goodall and McKay also contemplate what is necessary to rewrite the current story of human history, and what audiences can do if they felt moved by the core message of the film. As climate films of the recent past have centered on the weight of the crises’ realities, this film and their conversation examine what it means to face the darkness through humor, and how film can help us all see the light, before it’s too late.

At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear an archival clip of Dr. Goodall discussing the initial resistance she faced from the scientific community in the 1960s and how science, as a peer reviewed process, can evolve new thinking, and did – thanks to Jane. 

Stay tuned…Season 2 Episode 14 coming soon!

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About Author

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of-a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to build a better world for all. As we face some of the greatest challenges to humankind and the natural world, we have a unique opportunity: the power of technology to connect and share ideas. Now is the time to galvanize people around Jane’s message of hope in action and bring big thinkers together to change hearts and minds alike. The Jane Goodall Hopecast is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute by Dan DuPont, Shawn Sweeney, and Ashley Sullivan. Our production partner is FRQNCY Media. Michelle Khouri is our executive producer, Enna Garkusha is our producer, and Matthew Ernest Filler is our editor and sound designer. Our music is composed and performed by Ruth Mendelson with additional violin tracks from Angie Shyr. Sound design and music composition for the Conservation Chorus is by Matthew Ernest Filler.