The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, John Green rates different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. This week 99% Invisible is featuring two episodes of The Anthropocene Reviewed in which John Green dissects: pennies, the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain, a 17,000-year-old cave painting, and the Taco Bell breakfast menu. Plus, Roman talks with John about the show, sports, and all the things we love now, but hated as teenagers.

This podcast is a co-production of Complexly and WNYC Studios.

John Green is a #1 New York Times bestselling author (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) and maker of entertaining and educational videos with his brother Hank Green.

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Anthropocene Reviewed is hosted by John Green; This episode was edited for 99% Invisible by Chris Berube

  1. Kirk

    Two things struck me about this piece: the comments about Sports and Fame (Keanu). Being a nerd, it stunned my geek friends in high school, who had known me for years, when they suddenly discovered that I was a football player, one saying “You’re a jock?!?” To me, sports and intellectual curiosity have never been diametrically opposed worlds.

    On fame (ending in a reference to Keanu) Green may want to take some time to delve into the lyrics of Peart: “I can’t pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend.” []

  2. Solid 5 stars for sure. Somehow that conversation provided a few existential pokes in the gut that I did not see coming!

  3. JHall

    Shouldn’t John Green give the 👣 footprint rating on the Anthropocene⁉️ And will he do the interrobang⁉️

  4. Hahaha, “my high school self”, very true how we evolve to embrace stuff we used to hate. I really enjoy this podcast, thanks!

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