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Food is a huge part of the holiday season,  but the food we eat also has many intersections with climate change and the ongoing pandemic. Listen to Molly and Jennifer's conversation with UP environmental studies professor Dr. Heather Carpenter for some food for thought.

PODCAST: What On Earth? Episode 5: Food for thought

Food is a huge part of the holiday season and with the year we’ve had so far, hearty meals are much needed. But the food we eat also has many intersections with climate change and the ongoing pandemic. From the greenhouse gas emissions to the overall agriculture industry itself, there are a lot of nuances to be understood and changes to be made. But the good news is that when it comes to our food choices, everyone has ways to make a difference in their own lives! Listen to Molly and Jennifer’s conversation with UP environmental studies professor Dr. Heather Carpenter about all of this and more!

In "The Siege", Mando and friends uncover details about Imperial experiments while on a mission to destroy the Empire's last outpost on Nevarro. Photo: Star Wars.

‘The Mandalorian’ season 2, episode 4 review

After last week’s thrilling episode, Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, titled “The Siege”, was a fun side adventure for Mando and Baby Yoda on their quest to reunite Baby Yoda with his kind. 

In "The Heiress", Mando finally encounters some real Mandalorians who give him some startling information. Photo: Star Wars

‘The Mandalorian’ season 2, episode 3 review

Wow. Chapter 11 of The Mandalorian blew me away. I watched the whole thing with the biggest smile on my face and immediately rewatched it at least four more times. There’s so much to gush about and so much to speculate on. Major spoilers ahead!

In Chapter 10 of "The Mandalorian", tensions run high after Mando, Baby Yoda, and their passenger crash on an icy planet.Photo: Star Wars

'The Mandalorian’ season 2, episode 2 review

After the exciting surprise character reveal at the end of last week’s episode that had my jaw on the floor, I went into Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian, “The Passenger”, with probably a bit too much anticipation and came out feeling underwhelmed. This episode didn’t acknowledge the cliffhanger of last week and dove into a new adventure.

In this episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer chat with UP environmental studies students about the 2020 U.S. election.

What On Earth? Episode 4: UP students react to the 2020 election

The week of the 2020 election was incredibly stressful, but it has resulted in a victory for Joe Biden over Donald Trump which will hopefully push the U.S. towards taking action to address climate change. But while we celebrate this win, there’s still a lot to unpack and a lot of work to be done for the future we want. Today, Molly and Jennifer chat with three current environmental studies students from UP about the election and what their hopes are for the future.

On Oct. 30, The Mandalorian returned for its second season and delivered an episode full of action and surprises. 

Photo: Star Wars

‘The Mandalorian’ season 2, episode 1 review

Season Two of “The Mandalorian” premiered Friday Oct. 30 on Disney+ with the first episode “The Marshal”. It picks up soon after the end of season one, with the Mandalorian, or Mando, searching for other Mandalorians to help him on his quest to return The Child, better known as Baby Yoda, to his kind.

In this episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer chat with Grist reporter Zoya Teirstein for a crash course on climate policy.

What On Earth? Episode 3: A Debrief on US Climate Policy

As the 2020 U.S. election draws closer, climate change remains one of the biggest topics that are being talked about. From the candidates’ climate policies and plans to the Supreme Court to the Green New Deal ideology, there’s a lot happening that could affect the way the U.S. acts on climate change in the near future. In this episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer chat with Grist reporter Zoya Teirstein for a crash course on climate policy. Resources: Grist.org - For all of your environmental-focused news needs. By calling climate change “controversial” Barrett created controversy - What Barrett’s evasive response could mean for the Republican party and climate change. How the U.S. can become a climate leader in 8 simple steps - 8 things the U.S. can start doing right now to take big action on climate change. NRDC Expert Blog - For opinion and analysis from NRDC’s science, legal, and policy experts. InsideClimate.org - Another source for climate change, energy, and environment news. Don’t forget to vote!

In Episode 2 of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer discuss all things COVID-19. Photo illustration by Jennifer Ng.

What On Earth? Episode 2: Breaking down COVID-19 with an immunologist

In the U.S., we’re seven months into the coronavirus pandemic which has changed our lives and left us with questions we may have never thought to ask. Where do viruses come from? What does it mean to be asymptomatic? How does a vaccine get made? And what do we do to stop the spread of the virus? In today’s episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer talk with Dr. Susan Murray from UP’s biology department about all things COVID-19.  Resources: New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker - Stay updated on the progress towards getting a safe and effective vaccine. Oregon Health Authority - For Oregon residents, find information on cases, testing, resources for mental health, and more.

Episode 1 of What on Earth? covers climate change and the west coast wildfires. Photo illustration by Jennifer Ng.

What on Earth? Ep. 1: Climate Change and the West Coast Wildfires

Wildfires have been raging up and down the West Coast of the U.S. Make no mistake, this is a product of climate change. Today, one year since the Global Climate Strike, Jennifer and Molly talk with Dr. Sharon Delcambre from UP's environmental science department about climate change, the West Coast wildfires, and how to stay hopeful and involved in the movement for climate action.

Jennifer Ng is the opinion editor and a photographer for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Why I'm not watching Disney's live-action 'Mulan'

But I know what you’re thinking. I’m Asian American. Doesn’t that mean I’m technically obligated to watch and support this movie that retells a traditional Asian legend with an entire cast of Asian people on screen? Shouldn’t I be cheering and celebrating what a “milestone” this is? I’ve reflected on this question a lot, talking about it with friends and family who all know that I am a big fan of movies and representation across media. And my answer is no.

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