Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, joins Lynn and guest co-host Chris Cherniak.  Brusatte's new book is called The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.  Brusatte gives us a sweeping scientific history of the dinosaurs, in narrative form, and tells us why today is the golden age of paleontology and why dinosaurs continue to, fascinate humans.



Earl Foote and Travis Gunn of Nexus IT join us to talk about the latest in cyber security, how much of your data is being stored and shared, and other bizarre stories from the world of technology.


In this segment, Chris and Nell talk about fireflies, which arguably are the coolest and most magical insects in North America. Christy Bills, entomologist at the Utah Natural History, joins in to discuss the magic and mystery behind these bright, nocturnal bugs.

Alex Gaffke, a graduate student in land resources and environmental science at Montana State University, and Professor David Weaver, his advisor, join Chris and Nell to discuss their research on tamarisk shrubs and the beetle that loves them.

Sustainability consultant Bill Wilson joins Chris and Nell to talk about how he assists local businesses  and municipalities in creating and managing plans which not only reduce energy, water, and resource consumption, but educate workers on the value of running a more environmentally minded business.

This Green Earth - April 24, 2018 Bugs

Apr 24, 2018

In Bugs, film director Andreas Johnson Follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.  The film Bugs is flying into the Santy Auditorium Thursday, April 2th. Executive Director of the film series, Katy Wang, Joins Chris and Nell on the program. 

Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Chris Cherniak speak with journalist Zach Schonbrun about his new book, The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience is redefining Athletic Genius. Whether it is timing a 95-mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires extraordinary computation that many take for granted--until now. The Performance Cortex ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we strain to see in our cavernous arenas. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain.


William T. Vollmann discusses a topic that will impact generations to come: the factors and human actions that have led to global warming.  His new book, No Immediate Danger, is the first of two volumes titled Carbon Ideologies. Matt Abbott, deputy program manager of sustainability and energy at the University of Utah joins the second half of the show.

This Green Earth - April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

The first guest on the program today is Bryan Bird, Southwest Program Director with Defenders of Wildlife.  He talks about Mexican Grey Wolves and the physical and legal challenges they face throughout the Southwestern U.S.  The second guest is Erin Brass, Executive Director of Summit Community Power Works.  Erin talks about “Watt Smart Communities.”  The final guest is Lori Faeth of Land Trust Alliance who discusses that organizations efforts to promote land conservancy, 

This Green Earth - April 3, 2018

Apr 3, 2018