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375 – Chris Paine (Filmmaker/Environmentalist)

By April 27, 2019October 3rd, 201911 Comments

Chris Paine is an American filmmaker and environmental activist. His notable works as director include the documentaries Who Killed the Electric Car? Revenge of the Electric Car and Do You Trust This Computer? Paine received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay for Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Fences,” by Chris Frisina; “Canzoni d’Amore,” by Neil Sorsby; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.


  • logue says:

    I Love your podcast!! But I was dismayed to hear you read off a long list of writers that you admire and will feature on your new podcast, and not one of them was a woman. Lots of old white men….

    • Christopher Ryan says:

      Fair point. Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Dillard, Flannery O’Conner (didn’t I mention her?). I’ll try to keep some balance, but let’s remember that until recently, almost all published writers were white men of one sort or another.

  • JOE peeer says:

    esteemed Mr Ryan…
    u constantly and consistently doubt scientific veracity….
    yet when it comes to global warming u buy it all hook line and sinker ,,,,
    why do u think that b ?

    • Christopher Ryan says:

      I doubt the veracity of a study or handful of studies — especially in areas where there is a strong cultural bias in favor of the results "found" by the researchers. So, when German scientists "discovered proof" that Jews were inferior in some way, for example, I’d be very doubtful. Similarly, when scientists funded by sugar companies "proved" that fat caused heart disease, there was reason to be doubtful.

      The cultural bias (and money) in the question of climate change is AGAINST the findings that ALL the world’s most respected climate scientists have been announcing for decades. Literally trillions of dollars of interests DON’T WANT THIS TO BE TRUE. So the fact that so many scientists are going against that cultural current makes is more likely that they are right, not less.

  • David says:


    What was that Amazon Prime show you mentioned?…I believe it was about a woman and her sexuality… I think, haha

  • Yay on the publisher’s willingness to reconsider the cover for C2D, which was IMHO was way too bland and uninteresting.

    The cover deserves to be worthy of the explosiveness within the text.

  • Abi says:

    Mr Paine has the most excellent laugh! Thx for such awesome conversations…I’m out here listening ✌🏻

  • Abi says:

    My bad, I was thinking of Mr Ostrer. His laugh was so contagious. Mr Paine has the most excellent electric car movie 😉
    All your conversations rock.

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