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Produced by and recorded at WUGA, Aquathread illustrates the connections in our world from land to water to people, and everything in between. The podcast works to bring you new voices and often underrepresented perspectives on many intertwined topics. Aquathread is hosted by UGA environmental engineering professor, long-time plastics researcher, and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Jenna Jambeck. Each episode is co-hosted by a rotating set of early career co-hosts.

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  • Co-Hosts: Jenna Jambeck and Imari Walker-FranklinGuest: Dr. Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education AssociationOn this aquathread: How an oceanographer became interested in plastics and waste management; what it is like to have your science be used for global policy (like in G7 and G20 declarations); how in the world did we balance infants and scientific working groups; how being on your local solid waste commission can make a difference and why supporting women in oceanography is important. Bonus: Can you pass the SEA Plastics Quiz?Links referenced:SEA Plastics Lab
  • Guest: Taylor Griffin, a sustainable maximalist (previously Totally Taylored) and Jessica and Chris from Amis de la Terre Zero-Waste MarketOn this aquathread: what it is like to be a young (Gen-Z) entrepreneur from East to West Coast; how does a refill store operate in real-life?; running your own business while juggling early career or graduate school; why refilling is not just for those into sustainability; the highs and lows of running a small business and start-up; and how to find support in unexpected places.
  • On this aquathread: how working collaboratively in the “odd hours” produced A Sea of Opportunity; what does it mean for a city to have a just and equitable reuse system for foodware; what is it like to facilitate a United Nations Environment Programme workshop; and enter the living landscape of reuse solutions.Links referenced:Living Landscape of Reusable SolutionsGlobal Landscape Analysis of Reuse and Refill SolutionsA Sea of OpportunityLeveraging Multi-Target Strategies to Address Plastic Pollution in the Context of an Already Stressed Ocean
  • On this aquathread: The perspective of an undergraduate studying math and history at UGA; coastal roots as inspiration; the importance of coastal waters and history in our lives; how a shipwreck relates to the circular economy, and how all of this might provide insight into plastic pollution. Bonus: Find out what a mooncusser is.
  • On this aquathread: Drs. Walker-Franklin and Jambeck read excerpts from and discuss the making of their MIT Press book, Plastics, out August 22, 2023.
  • On this Aquathread: what circularity means on the ground in cities and how it can help prevent plastic pollution; how community-level data collection and other efforts from the ground-up can inform the global plastics treaty; how and why Taylor transitioned from running the plastics program at the National Geographic Society to her Ph.D. in environmental engineering; and what lengths (and heights) Husky dogs will go to join a slip and slide party.