Mothers of Invention

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Climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution! Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins in this uplifting and fascinating new podcast, and meet a host of game-changing women fighting to save all our lives.
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The Lungs of the North

48:57 | May 23rd

The Arctic and it’s melting glaciers are the first images to mind when we think about climate change. But what do we know about the millions of indigenous peoples, who are fighting back against not only shifts in climate, but invasions for mineral ex...Show More
Jugglers of Time

38:16 | May 7th

Reecha Upadhyay of Purpose Climate Lab India joins Mary & Maeve from Delhi as co-host for this week’s episode on city life. Cities currently consume almost 70% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. As mayors and...Show More
Minisode 3: Earth Day

11:35 | Apr 21st

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. Mary invites Susan Bass of the Earth Day Network onto the show, who takes us back to the very first Earth Day in 1970, and how it bears a stark resemblance to where...Show More
Specialsode: Displaced with Mary Robinson

43:03 | Apr 15th

This week we loan out Mary to International Rescue Committee’s podcast, Displaced, for a chat with Ravi Gurumurthy & Grant Gordon. If you came for Maeve but don’t know about Mary, this week’s specialsode is a chance to hear the story of her venture i...Show More
The Climate Name Game

08:43 | Apr 8th

This week Maeve & Thimali play The Climate Name Game! Environmental activist George Monbiot published a compelling list of alternate climate vocabulary. His list encourages us to take another look at the way we describe the climate crisis, and remind...Show More
A Second Chance at Life

40:27 | Apr 1st

As we imagine new ideas for our natural resources, a new green economy presents us with a second chance at making good with both the earth and our communities. What will it take to transition to renewable energy, and what can we learn from both indig...Show More
Fish Out of Hot Water

43:58 | Mar 18th

Co-hosting our episode this week is Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a lifelong ocean conservationist who creates solutions with social justice in mind. Ayana, Mary & Maeve take a wade through the work our oceans have been doing while we’ve been sleeping. As...Show More
Ghosting the Planet

40:55 | Mar 5th

This week’s episode is co-hosted by Rhiana Gunn-Wright, one of the lead policy writers of the Green New Deal. She joins Mary & Maeve in the studio to discuss public opinion on climate change in the United States, where it’s crucial that citizens and ...Show More
Paw Print

11:48 | Feb 26th

In our first minisode, Maeve and our new series producer, Thimali, have a sit in the park to stalk cutie pie dogs and contemplate meat alternatives to pet food for Maeve’s pal, Shadow.
Nothing Happens Unless You Press the Button

41:29 | Feb 19th

We recap the last four months in climate justice; dig into the rise of school strikes around the world, learn about the IPCC Special Report 1.5 direct from one of its authors, and hear how to convince a room full of heels and suits that the most intu...Show More
We Want a Colour TV!

40:50 | Sep 30th, 2018

This episode comes to you direct from New York City where Maeve lives and Mary was attending Climate Week. Governments, diplomates, business leaders and climate change gathered to assess progress and push for solutions to avert the climate crisis and...Show More
Against the Grain

36:42 | Sep 17th, 2018

This episode serves up an all-you-can-eat investigation into food and its connection to climate.
BONUS: When Mary met Gina

10:09 | Sep 12th, 2018

Mary Robinson sits on a park bench with Gina McCarthy, ex-head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US under President Obama. They watch the ducks and talk turkey about how America’s environmental protections can survive the Trump admi...Show More
Under the Weather

46:37 | Sep 3rd, 2018

This episode explores the impact of climate change on public health, traversing political, scientific, radical and spiritual realms with our Mothers of Invention.
BONUS: The Greatest Taxi Driver in New York

03:09 | Aug 30th, 2018

Taking into account Uber and Lyft there's now around 60,000 cabs in New York City — but Maeve thinks she's found the very best of them who's on a mission to effect while on the move...
Taking Over

47:41 | Aug 20th, 2018

This week Mary and Maeve turn up the volume on the women who are helping us consciously-uncouple from our toxic relationship with single-use plastic, a material created to be used for mere minutes but designed to last for thousands of years.
BONUS: Hello, Maeve Calling

05:11 | Aug 12th, 2018

True to her word, Maeve has decided to divest her own personal savings. Here’s the phone call when she lets her bank know...
The White Man Stole the Weather

37:02 | Aug 5th, 2018

Mary and Maeve are talking about money, money.   Fighting climate change might be a moral necessity but women are learning to hit vested interests where it hurts the most, in the pocket.
All Rise

43:39 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Mary and Maeve are laying down the law. Three years ago, 886 ordinary Dutch citizens sued their government over climate change... and won. Tessa Khan, a Bangladeshi-Australian lawyer is in the studio to talk new legal strategies for climate action. H...Show More
BONUS: What the Actual Paris?!

04:41 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Before Maeve and Mary’s new podcast series can truly begin, Maeve’s got a confession to make; she doesn’t really, properly, understand what the Paris Climate Agreement actually is. Luckily her co-host, the former Irish President, is more than happy...Show More
Introducing Mothers of Invention - Launching 23rd July

01:48 | Jul 16th, 2018

Climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution! Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins in this uplifting and fascinating new podcast, and meet a host of game-changing women fighting to save all our lives.