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“The more you look at it, the more connections you find,” says John Green in his new podcast, Anthropocene Reviewed. The podcast discusses our relationship with our environment and the consequences of human influence. The first episode is delightful and dense with intriguing ideas about what it means to be human.
If you enjoyed the angsty teen existentialism of Looking for Alaska or the metaphors in The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll love the new perspective in John Green’s first podcast. He analyzes Diet Dr. Pepper and the Canada Goose (the animal, not the jacket all your rich friends have).
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Green structures the podcast as a review, so he uses a five-star scale to rate each subject he covers. By analyzing what we often overlook, he finds a way to make connections that seriously make you think.
Somehow, as he often does, Green makes the mundane and common goose seem very meaningful. Most of us who have lived in a suburb are super familiar with the Canada Goose and never think twice about them. It’s simply a part of our lives. We don’t think about how they were once endangered, or how geese migration follows the same pattern as our own, or how our suburbs helped them bounce back from endangerment.
However, Green challenges that. The episode is clearly well-researched, but the true genius is in his application to the human condition. “So much of what feels inevitably, inescapably human to me, is in fact, very very new. Including the species of the Canada Goose.”
Then, after an anecdote of a college girlfriend, Green concludes by explaining why the Canada Goose has become representative of his biggest fears. “The goose isn’t to blame of course, but still, I can only give it three stars.”
Arguably, his piece on Diet Dr. Pepper is even better. If you keep up with John Green, you might already know his opinion on the unique soft drink–spoiler alert: he is fascinated. Either way, it’s a very funny yet intriguing segment.
As far as my review on John Green’s take on the Anthropocene, I give it five stars. You can listen to the episode wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll also find his latest (released February 21) equally wonderful episode, “Halley’s Comet and Cholera.”
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