Best-selling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality - it’s just part of who they are. From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy, and much more. Why won’t Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?
"So That's Why!"
Jack Casey was the FBI's best profiler until a madman forced him to watch the brutal murder of his pregnant wife. Six years later, he's rebuilding his life as a small town cop. But suddenly, a killer known as the Sandman is in town, torturing and murdering entire families at a time. The Sandman knows all the sordid details of Jack's past, and he's using them to taunt him. Can Jack face his demons and risk everything again to stop the slaughter?
"Ferrone is a master voice actor for this genre."
Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation. As Darby navigates the blood ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows all the while the killer is watching, circling his next target: her.
"Starts off slow"
Darby McCormick had known Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens forever. Best friends since childhood, the threesome had survived high school together. But one night in the woods, drinking beers to celebrate Melanie's 16th birthday, the three unsuspecting teenagers witnessed the grisly murder of a woman. Darby and her friends fled the scene, but they left behind a clue to their whereabouts, which only simplified the killer's revenge. It didn't take long to find them. This time, only Darby survived.
"Well Written, Well Read"
When Harvard student Emma Hale disappears, her father believes she has been kidnapped. Months pass and the trail goes cold but then her body is found floating in Boston Harbour. A year later, Judith Chen, another student, disappears. Like Emma, she is soon found dead in the river. CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a key piece of overlooked evidence, one that brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher ...a former profiler, now on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Ten years ago CSI Darby McCormick investigated a child abduction case. Today, Charlie Rizzo is back and holding his family hostage. He makes only one demand. Bring me Darby McCormick... When Darby arrives to defuse the scene, she finds him horrifically mutilated, with a mask of human skin sewn in place over his own face. Within minutes, a group of men disguised as SWAT officers bursts in and releases deadly gas, killing the Rizzo family and leaving Darby barely alive.
"BONE CHILLING, GRUESOME, BUT A PHENOMONAL STORY"
A mother and her son have been executed in their home and fingerprint matches show their attacker died 20 years ago. When CSI Darby McCormick is called to the crime scene, it’s one of the most gruesome she’s ever seen. But the forensic evidence is even more disturbing: someone watched the murder unfold – and the killer died in a shoot-out two decades earlier. The deeper Darby digs, the more horrors come to light.
"Excellent Book, Horrible Production"
In the summer of 2015, a team of federal scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a blockbuster paper in Science that appeared to wipe away one of global warming doubters’ favorite arguments. The skeptics had for years suggested that following the then-record warm year of 1998 and throughout the beginning of the 21st century, global warming had slowed down or “paused.” But the 2015 paper, led by NOAA’s Thomas Karl, employed an update to the agency’s influential temperature dataset, and in particular to its record of the planet’s ocean temperatures, to suggest that really, the recent period was perfectly consistent with the much longer warming trend.
"NOAA Challenged the Global Warming ‘Pause.’ Now New Research Says the Agency Was Right" is from the December 04, 2016 Energy and Environment section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and narrated by Sam Scholl.
On Friday, a major milestone will arrive for global climate change diplomacy. The so-called Paris climate agreement, an international accord forged last December by countries across the world, will become a legal reality far sooner than almost anyone anticipated.
"Why Activists Are Pushing a “Supply Side” Strategy for Fighting Climate Change" is from the September 15, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The Arctic continues to amaze. Hit by a second bout of extremely warm winter temperatures in recent days, the seasonal growth of floating sea ice has flattened out, just as it did when hit by similarly dramatic heat in November.
"2016’s Super Warm Arctic Winter ‘Extremely Unlikely’ Without Climate Change, Scientists Say" is from the December 28, 2016 Energy and Environment section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Half a decade before he took this trip to the farthest reaches of the north, Andreas Muenchow had his doubts about whether warming temperatures were causing one of the world’s great platforms of ice to melt and fall apart. He even stood before Congress in 2010 and balked on whether climate change might have caused a mammoth chunk of ice, four times the size of Manhattan, to break off from this floating, 300-square-mile shelf. The University of Delaware oceanographer said he wasn’t sure. He needed more evidence.
"With Enough Evidence, Even Skepticism Will Thaw" is from the December 30, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"There's Basically No Landscape on Earth That Humans Haven't Altered, Scientists Say" is from the June 06, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The Interior Department on Tuesday finalized a much anticipated new regulation aimed at the oil and gas industry, one that seeks to capture flared natural gas and corral so-called “fugitive” emissions of methane that are escaping drilling operations on public and Native American lands.
On Friday in Maricopa County, Ariz., the U.S. government will hit a clean energy milestone: What officials are calling the largest procurement ever of renewable energy by the federal government, in this case from a desert solar array.
Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and one of the leading young environmental journalists and bloggers working today, immerses listeners in the world of those who study hurricanes. What was once an arcane branch of meteorology (itself an arcane science) has become embroiled in one of the most politicized and hotly contested debates in American science: whether or not the recent hurricane disasters, culminating in Katrina, are connected to global warming.
"A compelling history of the science of hurricanes"
Last month, temperatures in the high Arctic spiked dramatically, some 36 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — a move that corresponded with record low levels of Arctic sea ice during a time of year when this ice is supposed to be expanding during the freezing polar night.
"What the Earth Will Be Like in 10,000 Years, According to Scientists" is from the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic.
Atop the ice sheet covering the Arctic island of Greenland, you now see dramatic melting in the summer. It forms lakes, rivers and even dangerous “moulins” in the ice.