Episode 34 – Haunted by the K-Cup

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On this week’s episode, Elise tells the story of the regretful inventor of Keurig and the single-use pod coffee phenomenon.

Other topics include the overwhelming news of the last few weeks, drinking 30 to 40 cups of coffee a day, and plans for future mini-series.


It’s been a week! We hope you’re hanging in there.

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If you want to learn more about the Marsha P. Johnson park in New York City and the community activism that helped push the city to scrap the short-sighted thermoplastic/foam decorations in favor of more sustainable, community-oriented design, check out these links:

Story: Keurig and its Regretful Inventor (Elise)
KAFFEEKLATSCH Keurig’s first functioning unit. (Peter Dragone) via Boston.com

Sources
K-Cup creator John Sylvan regrets inventing Keurig coffee pod system, CBC, March 2015
Kill the K-Cup video aims to show environmental impact of coffee pods, CBC, Jan 2015
The Keurig K-Cup’s inventor says he feels bad that he made it — here’s why, Business Insider, March 2015
Inventor of K-Cups regrets the idea, CNN Money, March 2015
A Brewing Problem, The Atlantic, March 2015
Life cycle assessment of spray dried soluble coffee and comparison with alternatives (drip filter and capsule espresso), ScienceDirect, Oct 2009
A Coffee Conundrum, New York Times, Aug 2010
The Buzz Machine, Boston.com, Aug 2011
Single-serve coffee revolution brews industry change, Seattle Times, Feb 2014
Single-serve coffee market – statistics & facts, Statista, Dec 2020
Recycling Is A Big Deal At Keurig, Keurig.com
Kill the K-Cup video

Kill the K-Cup video
The Dump

Olivia had a good experience traveling with Flixbus as an affordable, clean, punctual bus option.

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Criminal – Episode 167: 48 Hours & Episode 168: 48 Hours Part 2


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Ep. 46 – Free Leonard Peltier and People vs. Fossil Fuels World Is Burning

In the 1960s and 70s, rising leader of the American Indian Movement Leonard Peltier was known for providing mutual aid from his auto shop and advocating for Native civil rights. After a controversial trial concerning the deaths of two FBI agents, Peltier was sent to jail to serve two life sentences. Despite cries for clemency from the likes of Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, Peltier has spent over half his life in jail. This week, Elise tells his story. Then, Olivia talks about her time down at the People vs. Fossil Fuels action in Washington DC. She witnessed the first occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs since the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972 (which Peltier participated in). The demands of both occupations are eerily similar. Plus, we talk about how to get involved in current urgent actions, which climate activist is a fan of Rick-rolling, and Elise's vote for best environmental film. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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