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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Jane Goodall Hopecast – S1E15: Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Criminal – Episode 167: 48 Hours & Episode 168: 48 Hours Part 2


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Ep. 37 – Bird Lady and Lady Bird World Is Burning

At the peak of 19th-century hat culture, an ounce of feathers was worth more than an ounce of gold. This extravagant trend, however, was putting once-flourishing bird populations in peril. Enter the bird lady: Harriet Hemenway, a controversial Boston socialite who co-founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society and used posh tea parties to protest the overhunting of birds. Elise recalls Harriet's story and the bird species that didn't make it. Then Olivia tells the story of Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. First Lady during the Johnson administration, who pushed a forward-thinking environmental agenda through seemingly superficial beautification projects. And she also might have sent the CIA after a beloved outspoken singer… Other topics include organizing among friends, easy access to climate change basics, and anti-car sneakers? 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. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
  1. Ep. 37 – Bird Lady and Lady Bird
  2. Ep. 36 – How to Survive Extreme Heat
  3. Ep. 35 – Coca-Cola and the Single-Use Mindset
  4. Ep. 34 – Haunted by the K-Cup
  5. Ep. 33 – Plastic Bottle Vanilla and CVS Receipts