This is Science with Jess Phoenix.
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This is Science with Jess Phoenix

Ignorance is the disease, and curiosity is the cure!

Ignorance is the disease, and curiosity is the cure!

Welcome to This Is Science with Jess Phoenix, a Union of Concerned Scientists production. In this podcast, Jess brings her experience as a volcanologist and science communicator to the mic through science storytelling and conversations with dynamic scientific explorers, change-makers, and innovators.


Meet our host

Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, extreme explorer, and science ambassador at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Her expertise is in volcanic hazards and environmental conversation.

Her work has taken her to six continents, where she has organized and led over 25 scientific research expeditions. She has been chased by narco-traffickers in Mexico, dodged armed thieves in remote Peru, raced horses across Mongolia, worked on the world’s largest volcano in Hawaii, piloted the Jason2 submersible on an undersea volcano, and rappelled into the 3rd largest sinkhole on Earth.

Jess is a Fellow in The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a frequent contributor for CNN and the BBC. Prior to creating This Is Science with Jess Phoenix at UCS, she created and hosted the podcast Catastrophe! and is the author of “Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life” from Timber Press. She holds degrees in history (B.A. Smith College), geology (M.S. California State University Los Angeles), and nonfiction writing (M.F.A. Goucher College).

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Carlos, teenager Kaz, and a small army of rescue animals.



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Dr. Jo Lukito joins Jess for the third episode in our ongoing series about the science of democracy in the 2024 election cycle.
This is Science with Jess Phoenix Episode 24: Earth Day Two Ways

Earth Day Two Ways

Jess hosts a conversation between climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel and environmentalist and actor Eric Balfour about climate solutions and the future of humanity and our planet.