The Anthropocene Reviewed

By Complexly, John Green

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So soothing and hopeful. It's exactly what to listen to if you're feeling down.


The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

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Penguins of Madagascar and the Smallpox Vaccine

Preorder The Anthropocene Reviewed book, out May 18, 2021:

Join John Green and special guests on the The Anthropocene Reviewed virtual book tour! Each ticket purchased will grant access to the respective live event and include a signed copy of The Anthropocene Reviewed.  Ticket links and more information at

Tour dates:
Monday, May 17th at 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET
Northeast Event in partnership with The Wilbur Theatre
With special guest Clint Smith

Tuesday May 18th at 7:00 PM PT / 10:00 PM ET
Western Event
With special guest Sarah Green

Wednesday, May 19th at 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET
Southern Event
With special guest Hank Green

Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET
Midwest Event
With special guest Ashley C. Ford

For every ticket purchased, $2 will be donated to Partners In Health. $1 is included in the ticket price, and my publisher Dutton will match every $1.

Apr 29, 2021

John Green reviews historical outbreaks of bubonic and pneumonic plague.

The Anthropocene Reviewed book will be released on May 18, 2021 and is available for preorder now

Sep 24, 2020
The Anthropocene Reviewed, Reviewed

John Green reviews the podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed.

Aug 27, 2020
Mortification and Civilization

John Green reviews mortification and civilization.

Jul 30, 2020
Seventeen Listener Suggestions, Reviewed

John Green reviews seventeen--that’s right, seventeen--topics suggested by listeners who emailed him at anthropocenereviewed at gmail dot com. 

Jun 25, 2020
You'll Never Walk Alone and Jerzy Dudek

John Green reviews the song You'll Never Walk Alone the performance of a Polish goalkeeper named Jerzy Dudek on May 25th, 2005.

May 28, 2020
Monopoly and Academic Decathlon

John Green reviews the board game Monopoly and a high-school nerdfest called the Academic Decathlon.

Apr 30, 2020
Humanity's Temporal Range

John Green reviews humanity's temporal range. 

Mar 26, 2020
Staphylococcus Aureus and the Non-Denial Denial

John Green reviews a micro-organism, staphylococcus aureus, and a rhetorical device called the non-denial denial.

Feb 27, 2020
Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Doi

John Green reviews two works of visual art—a series of six paintings by Agnes Martin called “With My Back to the World,” and an untitled 2003 ink drawing by Hiroyuki Doi.

Jan 30, 2020
Auld Lang Syne

John Green reviews Auld Lang Syne in this podcast's first ever one-review episode.

Dec 26, 2019
Notes App and Sports Rivalries

John Green reviews the Notes app and the strange phenomenon of sports rivalries.

Nov 27, 2019
Capacity for Wonder and Sunsets

John Green reviews humanity’s capacity for wonder and sunsets.

Oct 31, 2019
QWERTY Keyboard and the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō

John Green reviews the QWERTY keyboard layout and a bird species called the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō.

Sep 26, 2019
Hot Dog Eating Contest and Chemotherapy

John Green reviews a hot dog eating contest and chemotherapy. 

Aug 29, 2019
Air Conditioning and Sycamore Trees

John Green reviews air conditioning and sycamore trees.

Jul 25, 2019
Gray Aliens and Rock Paper Scissors

John Green reviews Rock, Paper, Scissors and the little gray aliens that humans began imagining—or possibly seeing—in the early 20th century.

Jun 27, 2019
Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500

John Green reviews two sensorial wonders: scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers and the Indianapolis 500.

May 30, 2019
Prom and the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment

John Green reviews the teenage celebration known as prom and the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.

Apr 25, 2019
The Hall of Presidents and New Partner

John Green reviews the Hall of Presidents and the song "New Partner" by Palace Music. 

Mar 28, 2019
Velociraptors and Harvey

John Green reviews velociraptors and the 1950 film Harvey.

Feb 28, 2019
Indianapolis and Love at First Sight

John Green reviews Indianapolis and love at first sight.

Jan 31, 2019
Teddy Bears and Penalty Shootouts

John Green reviews teddy bears and penalty shootouts.

Dec 27, 2018
Tetris and the Seed Potatoes of Leningrad

John Green reviews the video game Tetris and the seed potatoes of Leningrad.

Nov 15, 2018
A Word From John

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.

WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin

Nov 08, 2018
Pennies and Piggly Wiggly

John Green reviews an ostensible form of currency and a grocery store chain.

Oct 25, 2018
Whispering and the Weather

John Green reviews an unvoiced way of speaking and the state of the atmosphere. Thanks to Brilliant for sponsoring this episode:

Sep 27, 2018
The Yips and CNN

John Green reviews a sporting malady known as the yips and the 24-hour news network, CNN. Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this episode: When I First Went to Sea by Katie Else:

Aug 30, 2018
Lascaux Paintings and the Taco Bell Breakfast Menu

John Green reviews a 17,000-year-old painting and the Taco Bell breakfast menu. Thanks to Simple Contacts for sponsoring this episode:

Jun 28, 2018
Hawaiian Pizza and Viral Meningitis

John Green reviews a pineapple and ham yeasted flatbread and an inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring this episode:

May 31, 2018
Super Mario Kart and the Bonneville Salt Flats

John Green reviews a kart racing video game series and a vast expanse of salt-encrusted earth located in the desert of northwestern Utah. Thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring this episode:

Apr 26, 2018
Googling Strangers and Kentucky Bluegrass

John Green reviews a plant species with no relationship to Kentucky and the contemporary practice of searching for the lives of people you don't know. Thanks to this episode's sponsors. Audible: Casper:

Mar 28, 2018
Halley's Comet and Cholera

John Green reviews Halley's Comet, a celestial body visible from Earth once in a lifetime, and cholera, an infection caused by bacteria and people. Thanks to audible for sponsoring today's episode:

Feb 21, 2018
Canada Geese and Diet Dr Pepper

John Green reviews Canada Geese (a bird species that was not too long ago on the brink of extinction) and Diet Dr Pepper (a zero-calorie soda popularized by a man named Foots). Thanks to Audible for sponsoring today's episode.

Jan 29, 2018