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Your Environment. Your Health.

Podcasts: Environmental Health Chat

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health

PEPH Environmental Chat Podcast

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This podcast series explores how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

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Combining Technology and Training to Protect Workers’ Health 14:22

In this episode, we’ll learn how two NIEHS grantees are turning to technology to enhance health and safety training for hazardous materials workers.

Worker Health and Safety 01/06/2023

Food Security, Nutrition, and Indigenous Health in the Arctic 11:15

In this episode, Sappho Gilbert, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, discusses how climate change is altering food security and nutrition among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic.

Native American health, Climate Change 11/14/2022

Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Children’s Health and Your Health 10:32

In this episode, Kari Nadeau, M.D., Ph.D., talks about how climate change and air pollution affect children’s health. She also discusses what health care professionals, policy makers, and parents can do to better protect kids from climate change- and air-pollution-related health impacts.

Climate Change, Children's Health 10/12/2022

PFAS and Your Health 8:44

In this episode, Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., talks about how PFAS exposures affect health and how communities can learn more about this large class of chemicals, including ways to reduce exposure.

PFAS 09/22/2022

Campaign Promotes Eating Safer Fish 11:43

In this episode, a researcher and community partner discuss how they teamed up to create a campaign to help communities understand the risks of consuming certain fish from a polluted waterway. They also share tips on how to choose, prepare, and cook fish to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants.

Fish Consumption, Environmental Justice 08/17/2022

Community Science Aids Harmful Algal Blooms Research 7:40

In this episode, George Bullerjahn, Ph.D., discusses a community science program in which charter boat captains and the U.S. Coast Guard work with researchers to collect water samples from Lake Erie. These samples provide NIEHS-funded researchers the robust data they need to monitor, predict, and mitigate harmful algal blooms.

Harmful Algal Blooms 07/13/2022

Redlining Still Affects Health Today 7:57

In this episode, we’ll hear from Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D., who discusses how redlining has shaped disparities in health and environmental exposures today.

Health Disparities 06/15/2022

NIEHS Program Empowers Women, Improves Health 10:51

In this episode, we’ll hear from Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D., who directs the Women’s Health Awareness program at NIEHS. She discusses how the program empowers women to take control of their health address environmental health challenges in their communities.

Women's Health 05/17/2022

Community-engaged Research Leads to Soil Cleanup 10:23

In this episode, we’ll hear about a community-engaged research project to test the soil in urban gardens for lead and other harmful contaminants and raise awareness of children’s health risks associated with exposure.

Urban Gardening, Lead 04/13/2022

The Shrinking Salton Sea and Children’s Health 9:34

In this episode, you’ll hear about a community-engaged research project that aims to understand how the drying Salton Sea will affect air pollution and children’s lung health in Southern California.

Air Quality, Children’s Health, Community Engagement 03/16/2022

Air Pollution Monitoring Turns Students into Citizen Scientists

In this episode, we’ll hear Jessa Ellenburg discuss why it’s important to get students and communities involved in citizen science. She also shares stories and lessons learned from her more than 10 years in science education and outreach.

Air Pollution, Citizen Science 02/15/2022

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

In this episode we talk with Joseph G. Allen, D.Sc., who is merging the fields of building science and health science. Allen discusses his research on indoor air quality and health and offers strategies people can use to promote healthy buildings, healthy lives, and a healthy planet.

Indoor Environment, Climate Change 01/19/2022

Parkinson’s Disease, Pesticides, and the Gut Microbiome

In this episode, Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., talks about how the environment, gut microbiome, and brain interact to influence the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Microbiome, Pesticides, Brain Health 12/16/2021

Environmental Justice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Movement 12:04

In this episode, Robert Bullard, Ph.D., often referred to as the father of environmental justice, shares his knowledge and insights from more than 40 years as a leading voice in the environmental justice movement.

Environmental Justice 11/23/2021

Why Neighborhoods Matter: Brain Development in Children 11:15

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Megan Herting, Ph.D., who discusses why neighborhoods matter when it comes to brain and cognitive development. She also shares her thoughts on how we can promote neighborhood equity to improve children’s health.

Children’s Health 10/12/2021

Botanical Safety 8:33

In this podcast, you’ll hear from Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., who talks about what we know – and don’t know – when it comes to botanical safety.

Botanical Safety 9/27/2021

Engaging Youth in Research 10:02

This podcast explores the many benefits of engaging youth in environmental health research.

Youth Research 8/19/2021

Wildfire Smoke and Children’s Health 10:32

This podcast explores the harmful effects of wildfire smoke on children’s health and provides tips to keep kids safe during a wildfire event.

Children’s Health, Wildfire Smoke 7/30/2021

Eating a Healthy Diet to Protect Against Pollution 9:32

This podcast explores how eating a healthy diet may protect against the harmful health effects of pollution.

Nutrition, Environmental Exposures 6/22/2021

Hair Care and Black Women's Health 9:30

In this podcast, you’ll learn about differences in hair product use by race and what exposure to the chemicals in these products means for health. Plus, you’ll hear about an NIEHS-funded intervention study to reduce the use of hair products containing harmful chemicals among pregnant women of color.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Health disparities 5/20/2021

Dogs Shed Light on Chemical Exposures and Disease 12:15

In this podcast, you’ll hear from two researchers who are using silicone monitoring devices to detect chemical exposures in dogs and their owners to gain insight into the ways our daily exposures may affect our health.

Environmental Exposures 4/14/2021

Using Implementation Science to Move Environmental Health Discoveries into the Real-world 10:39

This podcast explores how environmental health researchers can embrace implementation science to enhance the public health impact of their research and address environmental health disparities.

Implementation Science 3/17/2021

Greening Neighborhoods to Improve Health 10:08

In this podcast, we’ll hear from NIEHS grantee Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., who leads the Green Heart Study, an ambitious and first of its kind project to examine the impacts of green neighborhoods on heart health.

Air Pollution, Nature, Environmental Health Disparities 2/23/2021

Using Culturally Appropriate Messages to Promote Smoke-Free Homes 11:24

In this podcast, you’ll hear from NIEHS-funded researcher Patricia Nez Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., who is working with tribal communities to encourage the adoption of smoke-free homes, with the goal of improving their health.

Native American Health 2/8/2021

NIEHS Program Builds Careers, Changes Lives (Part II) 7:38

In this second installment of our two-part series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program, we’ll hear from Rocio Treminio-Lopez, a program graduate who is now the mayor of Brentwood, Maryland. Treminio-Lopez shares personal stories of her experiences in the program and how it shaped her life and career path.

Worker Health and Safety; Environmental Justice 1/13/2021

NIEHS Program Builds Careers, Changes Lives (Part I) 11:00

In this podcast, you’ll hear how the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) enhances life skills, creates jobs, and provides sustainable career opportunities for underserved populations across the U.S.

Worker Health and Safety; Environmental Justice 12/11/2020

Microplastic Pollution and Human Health 7:03

In this podcast, you’ll hear from Mark Hahn at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution about how microplastics impact human health and the ecosystem, and how researchers are working to address this issue.

Environmental Exposures 06/22/2020

Understanding Cell Phones, Radio Frequency Radiation, and Their Effects on Health 7:06

In this podcast, you will hear from a toxicologist at the National Toxicology Program about how cell phones work using radio frequency radiation (RFR) and what his team is doing to better understand potential health effects from their use. In addition, you will learn tips to reduce your exposure to RFR.

Environmental Exposures 03/5/2020

When Wildfires Hit Close to Home 9:12

In this podcast you’ll hear how NIEHS-funded researchers are studying urban wildfires to better understand these complex exposures and the unique ways they may affect human health. You’ll also learn how information from these studies could help communities better prepare for urban wildfires in the future.

Environmental Exposures 03/5/2020

Harnessing Social Media to Share Science on Breast Cancer and the Environment 8:23

In this podcast, you’ll hear how health communication researchers are improving information and messages about breast cancer online. Plus, you’ll learn how they are teaming with social media influencers to help people understand and reduce their risk.

Social Media, Breast Cancer, Communication 12/23/2019

Why Dad’s Environment Before Conception Matters 6:30

In this podcast we’ll hear about how researchers are exploring preconception, particularly for fathers to be, as a critical window of susceptibility to harmful exposures. Plus, learn what you can do to improve your preconception health!

Pregnancy, Early Development 10/11/2019

Understanding the Global Burden of Disease Part II 7:20

In this podcast we will focus on the Pollution and Health Initiative, which aims to expand the number of environmental factors that are included in the GBD and how impacts on human health are measured.

Global Burden of Disease 08/14/2019

Understanding the Global Burden of Disease Part I 8:13

In this podcast we will focus on the Global Burden of Disease Study and how it is helping inform health organizations and decision makers as they prioritize environmental factors that need to be addressed.

Global Burden of Disease 07/17/2019

From the Lab to Real-World Impacts: NIEHS Tools for Translational Research 8:32

In this podcast, we will learn about Translational Research at NIEHS and how a new tool, called the Translational Research Framework, can help move research from the lab bench to impacts in the real world.

Translational Research 06/17/2019

PFAS and Children's Health 7:56

In this podcast, we’ll learn about a complex group of chemicals known as PFAS and how researchers are working to understand how they may impact early development in children.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Children’s Health 05/16/2019

The Many Factors Involved in Chronic Kidney Disease 8:14

In this podcast, we’ll hear about a unique epidemic of kidney disease that cannot be explained by traditional or known risk factors like high blood pressure or genetics, called chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu), and what NIEHS-funded researchers are doing to understand and address this growing problem.

Chronic Kidney Disease 04/22/2019

Understanding the Link Between Environment, Nutrition, and Autism: Examining Approaches to Reduce Risk 7:49

In this podcast we’ll learn more about the national health priority of autism and what NIEHS-funded researchers are doing to understand gene-by-environment contributions to autism. Plus, we’ll hear how prenatal vitamins may be useful in reducing the risk of autism.

Autism 03/21/2019

Opioids and Worker Health 7:35

In this podcast, hear more about the significant risks that opioids pose to worker health and safety, and how different agencies and nonprofit organizations are working to address these concerns.

Opioids, Worker Health 01/24/2019

A Community Approach to Studying Noise and Health 9:04

In this podcast, we will talk about efforts to raise awareness of noise pollution and work to engage communities in documenting their noise experience.

Noise and Health 10/25/2018

E-Cigarettes and Teen Health 7:46

In this podcast, we’ll learn about why the increased use of e-cigarettes, particularly among teens, has generated concern among health professionals and researchers, and how NIEHS-funded researchers are working to understand and address this growing problem.

E-cigarettes, Teen Health 09/14/2018

Economic Benefits of Improving Air Quality and Protecting Children’s Health 8:40

In this podcast, we will explore how the physical, psychological, and economic stress of chronic diseases can be taken in to account when considering air quality. Plus, we will learn about the many social and economic benefits of preventing early exposures and protecting children’s health.

Air Pollution, Children's Health 8/23/2018

Vapor Intrusion and Your Health 9:09

In this podcast, we’ll hear how researchers are working to better characterize and predict vapor intrusion so they can help communities understand what it may mean for their health. We will also share tips for improving the air quality in your home.

Vapor Intrusion 07/19/2018

Harmful Algal Blooms and Your Health 8:18

In this podcast, hear more about the adverse impacts of toxins from harmful algal blooms on human health, ecosystems, and the economy. In addition, learn how scientists are exploring the use of toxins and other chemicals released by these algae to treat certain diseases.

Algal Bloom 06/20/2018

Circadian Rhythm and Your Health 8:20

In this podcast, Helmut Zarbl, Ph.D., discusses his research on circadian rhythms, and highlights why people who work night shifts and are frequently exposed to nighttime light have increased rates of certain types of cancer.

Circadian Rhythm 05/17/2018

Enhancing Community Resilience for Disaster Preparedness 10:13

In this podcast, hear how researchers are working with communities to develop research questions related to resilience, while learning how communities and individuals are impacted by disasters and how they recover from them.

Resilience 04/30/2018

Crumb Rubber in Playgrounds and Children’s Health 9:16

In this podcast, learn more about what scientists are doing to understand the health risks of crumb rubber in playgrounds, and what you can do to reduce children’s exposure to potentially harmful contaminants.

Crumb Rubber, Children 03/20/2018

Demystifying the Common Myths About Lead 6:29

In this podcast, learn about common myths around lead, and the evidence debunking them.

Lead, Children 01/31/2018

Addressing Environmental Health Disparities through Research 8:16

In this podcast, hear about the complex social and environmental factors that are involved in environmental health disparities. Plus, learn how the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and NIEHS-funded researchers are working to address environmental health disparities and promote environmental justice for all.

Environmental Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health 10/26/2017

Windows of Susceptibility 6:41

In this podcast, hear how researchers are studying sensitive windows of susceptibility, such as during pregnancy and early development, and learn how to prevent potentially harmful exposures to environmental stressors.

Pregnancy, Early Development 08/21/2017

Flame Retardant Chemicals 7:33

In this podcast, hear how researchers and advocates are working to reduce exposure to flame retardants in particularly vulnerable communities, and to communicate with decision makers to further protect human health.

Flame Retardant Chemicals 07/25/2017

Understanding Bioavailability of Arsenic and Lead in Soils at Hazardous Waste Sites 7:38

In this podcast, learn about bioavailability and hear how it can affect people’s exposure to metals like arsenic and lead. Plus, learn how to reduce exposure to arsenic or lead present in contaminated soil.

Bioavailability, Lead, Arsenic 05/10/2017

Wood Burning Stoves and Human Health 7:37

In this podcast, hear how researchers at the University of Montana are working in their communities to understand exposure to indoor air pollutants and the negative health impacts it causes, and to identify promising interventions to protect human health.

Air Pollution, Health 03/15/2017

Children, Nature, and the Importance of Getting Kids Outside 8:10

A shift towards sedentary lifestyles has far reaching impacts on children’s health, including increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and attention deficit disorders. In this podcast, hear how spending time in nature can increase physical activity, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and improve children’s sense of emotional wellbeing. Plus, learn how health professionals and unique initiatives are working to prescribe nature to improve the health of children and their communities.

Children, Nature 01/09/2017

Antibacterial Agents: 8:21

Did you know that some products claiming to kill germs may actually be harming your health?

Antibacterial Agents 09/20/2016

Children and the Changing Climate: 7:15

In this podcast, we take a close look at how climate change affects one particularly vulnerable population: children.

Children, Climate Change 07/07/2016

Healthy Child Care Environments: 6:48

In this podcast, we speak with an expert about ways to reduce harmful exposures and create healthy environments in child care settings.

Child Care Environments 03/29/2016

Household Chemicals: 6:39

Do you know what’s in your cleaning supplies, automotive and home improvement products, garden supplies, and craft or hobby supplies? In this podcast, Dr. Paul Blanc, author of How Everyday Products Make People Sick, discusses the health impacts of some common household chemicals and how to protect your family.

Household Chemicals 02/25/2016

Dealing with Disasters (Part 2): 7:07

In this podcast learn what NIEHS is doing to improve researchers’ ability to collect data, track recovery, and inform future disaster preparation and response as part of a national disaster risk reduction effort.

Disaster Research 01/19/2016

Dealing with Disasters (Part 1): 6:56

In this podcast hear about the types of health risks associated with disasters and how disaster research helps to reduce the health-related impacts of disasters.

Disaster Research 12/07/2015

Air Pollution and Your Heart: 6:39

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many factors are known to raise the risk of heart disease, including diet, smoking, inactivity, and genetic factors. According to a growing body of research, air pollution also plays an important role in the development of heart disease and in triggering cardiac events. In this podcast, we’ll hear about the latest research and offer tips to reduce your risk.

Air Pollution 09/30/2015

Mapping Environmental Health: 7:15

This podcast discusses recent developments in mapping technology, challenges with data management and training, and the potential for these technologies to improve our understanding of environmental health around the globe.

Emerging Issues 07/10/2015

The Environment's Role in Infertility: 7:00

This podcast considers the potential relationships between certain environmental chemicals and infertility in both men and women.

Reproductive Health 06/23/2015

Air Quality Monitoring for Citizen Science: 7:09

This podcast explores the potential and limitations of next-generation air quality monitors and offers strategies for citizen scientists as they get started.

Citizen Science 05/22/2015

Careers in Environmental Health: 6:44

Learn how you can contribute to environmental health whether you’re interested in science, health care, engineering, communication, community leadership or many other areas.

Careers 04/28/2015

All About Phthalates: 6:53

In this podcast, we explore the latest scientific findings about phthalates and offer tips on how to reduce your exposure.

Phthalates 03/23/2015

The Microbiome: 6:55

In this podcast, we hear about studies that are underway to assess the relationships between the environment, the microbiome, and human health.

Microbiome 03/2/2015

Preventing Prenatal Exposures: 7:25

This podcast identifies some common contaminants of concern and discusses how doctors and pregnant women can work together to reduce prenatal exposures.

Prenatal Exposures 1/27/2015

Controlling Allergens in Your Home: 6:49

In this podcast, we take a look at some common indoor allergens and offer tips on improving the air quality in your home.

Allergens 12/18/2014

A Second Look at the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing: 7:46

In this podcast, we consider how our understanding of the impacts of fracking has evolved since we last tackled the issue in 2013. Despite continued debate over the potential public health risks of fracking, many research questions remain unanswered. However, one thing seems clear: community members have an important role to play in research on the impacts of fracking.

Emerging Issues 11/11/2014

Chemicals in Personal Care Products: 7:12

This podcast takes a look at some common chemicals found in personal care products and highlights new research about how they might affect our health.

Consumer Health 9/14/2014

Obesity and the Environment: 6:32

In this podcast, we explore how exposure to chemicals in the environment called "obesogens" could increase the risk for obesity.

Obesity 06/16/2014

Citizen Science: 6:30

In this podcast, we look at some real-world science being done by everyday people with low-cost research tools.

Community Engagement 03/17/2014

Arsenic in Rice and Other Foods: 6:40

In this podcast, learn why rice and other foods sometimes contain arsenic and get tips on how to reduce your exposure.

Arsenic in Food 02/27/2014

The Exposome: 6:43

In this podcast, we learn how studying the exposome helps scientists take a holistic look at how environmental exposures can keep us healthy—or make us sick.

Exposome 01/6/2014

The Epigenome: 6:43

In this podcast, we discuss the recent research on how the epigenome affects our health.

Genetics 09/16/2013

Environmental Health in the Nail Salon: 6:32

In this podcast, we discuss the latest research on environmental exposures in the nail salon.

Occupational and Consumer Health 08/16/2013

Native American Health and the Legacy of Mining: 6:42

In this podcast, we learn how some Native American groups are teaming up with researchers to address the health legacy of abandoned mines on Tribal lands.

Native American Health 06/24/2013

Fighting Asthma with ... a Healthy Diet: 6:31

In this podcast,we learn why a healthier diet might help reduce asthma attacks.

Asthma 05/17/2013

Breast Cancer and the Environment (Part 2): 6:28

In this podcast, we talk to an expert about translating breast cancer research into the decisions we make in our everyday lives.

Breast Cancer 04/18/2013

Breast Cancer and the Environment (Part 1): 5:56

Worldwide, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women. In this podcast we talk to experts studying how the chemicals and other environmental factors we're exposed to early in life might contribute to the development of breast cancer later on.

Breast Cancer 03/15/2013

Safe Urban Gardening: 6:06

What could be healthier than a backyard garden? In this podcast, we learn why soil contamination makes gardening potentially risky in some areas. Our experts explain what recent research can tell us about safe gardening practices.

Metals 02/15/2013

Mercury in Seafood: 5:48

To eat fish or not to eat fish? This podcast explains why some types of fish contain high levels of mercury and how to find low-mercury seafood for your family to enjoy.

Metals 01/14/2013

Protecting Children from Contaminants at School: 5:56

Schools built on hazardous waste sites? Yes, it really happens. In this podcast: how researchers and community members teamed up to investigate contamination at Rhode Island schools.

Air Pollution 01/14/2013

Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing: 5:48

In this podcast, we talk about the science of fracking, what we do—and don't—know about its impacts, and how Health Impact Assessments could be used as an approach to identify how drilling might affect community members.

Emerging Issues 01/14/2013

Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon: 6:13

Many homes in the United States harbor an invisible guest—radon. Exposure to this colorless, odorless gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In this podcast, we discuss the latest radon research and what you can do to protect your family.

Air Pollution 01/14/2013
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