Gill’s ‘Warm Regards’ nominated for iHeartRadio’s ‘Best Green Podcast’

Jacquelyn Gill’s “Warm Regards” was one of five nominees for “Best Green Podcast” at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards 2020 on Friday, Jan. 17 in Los Angeles.

And the University of Maine paleoecologist expects this coming season’s podcast will be even better.

When the podcast began in 2016, it was the only one about climate change. But now, Gill says multiple others — including Best Green Podcast winner “Drilled” — also focus on the pressing issue.

So Gill and co-host Ramesh Laungani, a biologist at Doane University, have made some changes to the format to better serve listeners.

Gill and Laungani will continue to have empathetic conversations, put a human face on climate change and the people doing the science, and lift the voices of those most affected by climate change.

And going forward, each season will now have a theme. Data is the theme for 2020. “It’s way cooler than it sounds,” Gill joked last month when they announced the changes.

The format will allow for more flexibility and targeted deep dives into various topics, she says.

The first episode of 2020, which will be in February, will cover “how did we get here and how do we know what we know” about climate change. Other topics this season are slated to include misinformation and abuses of data; data as art (which will include an interview with UMaine graduate and artist Jill Pelto; and an episode about indigenous knowledge.

“We’ll keep the conversation going. Hearing voices on a podcast has a magic to it,” says Gill, who considers the podcast an extension of her teaching. “It allows for more of a personal connection.”

On Twitter, 84,400 followers also stay connected with Gill (@JacquelynGill), including Greta Thunberg, Sarah Parcak, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Margaret Atwood, Ava DuVernay, Bill McKibben, Martina Navratilova, Popular Science and Sally Kohn.