The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
The Night Light with Joshua Johnson
Ep. 19: The case against Donald Trump / COP28's fossil fuel fight

Ep. 19: The case against Donald Trump / COP28's fossil fuel fight


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Climate Action Network International march at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, at Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (COP28/Christopher Pike)

On tonight’s show:

The United Nations COP28 climate change conference ended with a landmark agreement to transition away from fossil fuels. What would it take to succeed? How did OPEC make the deal happen (partly by opposing it)? And what does it mean for America’s fuel supplies?

Also: Special Prosecutor Jack Smith is asking the Supreme Court to quickly rule on whether former President Trump can be criminally prosecuted for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. That includes a key legal matter surrounding the January 6th attack on the Capitol. His trial in Washington is on hold until this constitutional question is resolved. I break down his argument and explain the other Supreme Court case that could cripple the prosecution.

Plus: you may have heard employers say they want their workers to “bring their whole selves to work”. It’s meant as a way to foster diversity and inclusion. In practice, however, this often goes sideways — it has for me multiple times. A recent New York Times profile of master animator Hayao Miyazaki gave me even more reason to push back on showing a bunch of strangers at the office my “whole self”. Boundaries seem to have worked well for Miyazaki-san… why not for us? His latest film The Boy and the Heron opened at #1 in theaters this weekend.

Where have the new episodes been?

It’s been a while since you’ve gotten a fresh podcast… but I’ve still been making new shows.

They’re just livestreams rather than my usual, obsessively produced episodes. And starting this week, you’ll be getting much more in your podcast feed as a paid subscriber than ever before. Each week free listeners will get one episode as usual: the audio from Friday’s livestream show. Paid subscribers, however, will get episodes Wednesday and Thursday as well. You can also watch live from 2-4p Eastern Time on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch. All the links to watch are HERE.

This week’s Wednesday & Thursday podcast episodes are for everyone: kind of a free preview. If you’re a free listener, you also have the option to subscribe to just the audio podcasts, without the essay archive access on Substack. You can start an audio-only subscription HERE, or upgrade your free subscription on Substack to get every episode and all articles/essays.