BURN: An Energy Journal


BURN: An Energy Journal

It is the fundamental issue of our time: Energy; where we get it; how we use it; what happens then. It powers our homes and our economy; it creates troubled alliances and disturbing divisions; it empowers and impoverishes; it enables almost all that we do and now threatens all that we have become. The Peabody-award winning SoundVision Productions presents BURN: An Energy Journal, a broadcast and digital project hosted by one of public radio's most trusted journalists and master storytellers, Alex Chadwick. Alex will explore our energy future through the intimate stories of visionaries of research, maverick inventors, industry insiders and concerned citizens. These personal stories will help explain how and why we face an energy crisis, the dilemma of the continuing demand for energy, the realities and consequences of a mostly carbon-based industry and infrastructure, and some possible alternatives and personal/global solutions to what looks increasingly to be an ever more grim energy and climate future in the coming decades. BURN will follow the quest for Energy answers and the stirring public initiative required to transition to this new energy world.


Alex Chadwick


Length = 59:00
Clock = one-minute billboard; five-minute newscast window; two one-minute breaks, at :20 and :40. (The breaks at :20 and :40 will be floating.)

number of programs/frequency

1 special, spring 2015

2 specials, summer and fall 2013

Earth Day 2015 Special

An Earth Day Special (April 22nd) from BURN
With hosts Alex Chadwick and Flora Lichtman

Climate change is calling. The Adaptors are responding ...

The Peabody Award-winning SoundVision Productions announces a new one-hour special from BURN for Earth Day (April 22) called “The Adaptors.BURN has won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for Excellence in Radio Reporting, has aired on 330 stations, and has been carried in 36 of the top 40 major markets.

Hosted by public radio veterans Alex Chadwick and Flora Lichtman, “The Adaptors” chronicles how people are adapting to climate change. Adaptors are all around us: from the farmers and coastal-dwellers finding new ways to work and live, to the scientists thinking outside the box about energy, to corporate leaders bringing new technologies to market, to the garage tinkerers and DIY inventors dreaming up the next big thing in green living. We want to introduce you to them, one story at a time.

In fact, we’re all adaptors. That’s what makes us human. So while climate change stories often feel impossibly hopeless and divisive, “The Adaptors” suggests the opposite. We are finding people from all walks of life who are creatively working to counteract energy and climate crises. These human-scale stories provide a window into the essence of who we are as a species - and a measure of hope that we can muster the will to tackle perhaps the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced.

“The Adaptors” is produced by SoundVision Productions, under the direction of Executive Producer Bari Scott and Managing Producer Mary Beth Kirchner, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is distributed by American Public Media.


This one-hour special is intended for broadcast around Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Feed Date/Content Depot:

Friday, April 10, 2015. Time: 9 a.m. ET.


April 10, 2015-April 30, 2015 (exemptions are possible).



promo feed schedule

Two 0:29 unique promos for each special can be accessed on ContentDepot one week before the feed date.

program website



For more information on each of the specials and the Burn Series contact Marge Ostroushko, Marketing Manager: mostroushko@visi.com or 612-418-6255.

broadcast rights

BURN: An Energy Journal's The Adaptors is available to American Public Media affiliates. The Adaptors is a one-hour special intended for broadcast around Earth Day (April 22) 2015 because of relevant content and must be carried in its entirety and broadcast before April 30, 2015 (exemptions possible). The Adaptors is a one-hour special available for broadcast from April 10, 2015 – April 30, 2015 due to the timeliness of its content. Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only or by special request. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement.