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Coffee with Hx2 is a webseries hosted by SoMAS faculty and Sustainability Studies Director Dr. Heidi Hutner.  For the most up-to-date episodes, check


Coffee with Hx2: Kristen Iversen

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Kristen Iversen; author of the acclaimed book, Full Body Burden. They discuss Full Body Burden, a nonfiction investigative memoir about Rocky Flats, a plutonium factory (nuclear weapons) in Colorado.

Coffee with Hx2: Ellen Weininger

Join us in this interview with Ellen Weininger; Director Educational Outreach at Grassroots Environmental Education.

Coffee with Hx2: Courtney Williams

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Courtney Williams; cancer researcher who brings over a decade of experience and the molecular mechanisms of disease to parse the emerging data on the health and environmental impacts of shale gas development.

Coffee with Hx2: Dr. John Warner

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Dr.John Warner; Green Chemist, about the need for “safe” and non-toxic green chemistry, and safe products. He calls for the re-education of chemistry students and scholars, so that they design and create products with precaution and safety in mind–first and foremost.

Join us in part 2 of John Warner’s interview where he engages in a Q&A with Stony Brook students.

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Coffee with Hx2: Wahleah Johns

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Wahleah Jones; employee of Black Mesa Water Coalition, a nonprofit organization working toward building healthy and sustainable communities on Navajo Nation and across the southwest.

Coffee with Hx2: Colin Beavan

Join us in this interview with Colin Beavan; the world’s best known spokespeople on environmental issues, consumerism and human quality of life. He was called “one of the ten most influential men” by MSN, an “eco-illuminator” by Elle Magazine, a “best green ambassador” by, and his blog was selected as one of the top 15 environmental blogs by Time Magazine.

Coffee with Hx2: Antonia Juhasz

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Antonia Juhasz; leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic,, The Nation, Ms., The Advocate, and more.

Coffee with Hx2: Eban Goodstein

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Eban Goodstein; Economist, author, and public educator who directs both the Center for Environmental Policy and the MBA in Sustainability at Bard College. He is known for organizing national educational initiatives on climate change, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and community organizations in solutions-driven dialogue.

Floating on Warmer Water with Bethany Wiggin

Floating on Warmer Water with Bethany Wiggin, Fall 2016

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Bethany Wiggin; Her interests lie in the intersections between the early modern period and contemporary theoretical concerns, including global and transnational literature, translation and multilingualism, and the environmental humanities.

The Gas Patch with John Fenton

The Gas Patch with John Fenton, Fall 2016

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with John Fenton; a real American cowboy from Wyoming, where the unconventional gas industry has run rampant. John has worked to scientifically analyse water samples from his and other peoples’ property, and to conduct research about health impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

Not In My Water with Leona Morgan

Not In My Water with Leona Morgan – Fall 2017

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Leona Morgan; coordinator with the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining. Their mission is to protect the water, air, land and health of communities in areas impacted by uranium mines.

Medicine Not Bombs with Patricia Wright and Peter Small


A special episode on the breaking story of the first use of medical drones in Madagascar, the third poorest country in the world. The story involves the work of Dr. Peter Small, head of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University; Dr. Patricia Wright, Stony Brook Anthropology Professor, and founder of Centre Val Bio in Madasgar; and four Stony Brook University medical students who headed up the research project that lead to the use of drones for medical and humanitarian purposes.

For more on Stony Brook University’s Global Health Institute and Dr. Peter Small, please visit:…. For more on Dr. Patricia Wright and Centre Val Bio:

Environmental Activism with Josh Fox


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.

Safe Nuclear Power with Paul Blanch


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.

Earth Guardians with Rachel Marco-Havens


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.

Our sound and Our Town with Nancy Seligson


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.

The Father of Environmental Justice-Robert Bullard


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).

The Clean Energy Revolution is Now With Jon Bowermaster


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

The Solutions Project With Mark Jacobson


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.

Clearwater wth Shameika Hanson


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!

The Effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima with Tim Mousseau


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.

The Conservation of Sounds with Ben Mirin


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.

“Contamination” With McKay Jerkins


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.

“Beyond Words – What Animals Think and Feel” with Carl Safina


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.

The Dirt Cure with Maya Shetreat-Klein


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.

Madagascar Lemurs and Conservation with Professor Patricia Wright


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.

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