Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Podcasts: Environmental Health Chat

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health

PEPH Environmental Chat Podcast

We want your feedback!

Like what you are hearing or have suggestions to help us improve the podcast? Please take a few minutes to provide feedback.

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.

Listen on Google Podcasts

Subscribe on iTunes

Podcast Topic Date

Spending Time in Nature May Slow Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease Progression 7:01

In this episode, we’ll hear how access to nature may protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease risk.

Nature, Neurodegenerative diseases 04/14/2023

Gas Stoves and Your Health 6:57

In this episode, we’ll learn how pollutants released by gas stoves can harm health and the environment. Plus learn ways to reduce indoor air pollutants and health risks associated with gas stoves.

Indoor Air Pollution, Climate Change 03/22/2023

Reducing Exposure to Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water 10:37

In this episode, we’ll learn about compounds in drinking water, called disinfection byproducts, that can harm health. We’ll hear how researchers and community groups in rural Kentucky are working to reduce residents’ exposure to these compounds.

Water Quality, Environmental Exposures 02/22/2023

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
Feedback bubble

We want your feedback!

Like what you are hearing or have suggestions to help us improve the podcast? Please take a few minutes to provide feedback.

to Top