What on Earth

About What on Earth

About the show

Air Times

CBC Radio One
Sundays at 12:30 p.m. (1 p.m. NDT), Tuesdays at  11:30 p.m. 

Sirius XM
Sundays at 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:10 a.m., Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Anytime at Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts

About the Show 

There are a lot of questions, ideas and emotions about climate change. Whether you feel scared, excluded, curious or overwhelmed, What On Earth hears you. Host Laura Lynch understands we're at a pivotal time for shaping our future. Tune in as she explores your experiences, grapples with the challenges and examines the potential solutions. 

About the Team

Laura Lynch, Host

Laura Lynch is best known for her award-winning work as a globe-trotting foreign correspondent and her political prowess from decades spent covering different governments, both in Canada and abroad. 

Laura has also covered environmental issues around the globe, including stories of the destruction of a way of life in river delta towns in Pakistan, the increasing presence of baboons in and around Cape Town as they search for food out of their regular habitat, and an Danish island that's become a model for carbon free sustainable living.

As the environment reporter for CBC News in Vancouver early in her career, her reporting led to the resignation of a B.C. cabinet minister over an undisclosed conflict of interest regarding a crucial decision cut timber in an area opposed by indigenous people.

In the 1990s, Laura served as a national reporter with CBC's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. She was also based in Washington, D.C., when the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks happened and covered the aftermath.

While posted in London as CBC's Europe correspondent, she reported on the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. That same year, Laura went undercover to report on the Zimbabwe election when Western journalists were barred from entering the country. 

Manusha Janakiram, Senior Producer

Manusha Janakiram started her career at CBC as a Joan Donaldson Scholar in 2007, and after a brief stint in television, she found her home with CBC Radio. Since then she has worked at both the local and national level, won some awards along the way, and from time to time, you'll find her out of the control room and in the studio.

She is most passionate about telling stories that make you think differently. When she isn't making radio, she's teaching others how to do it. She's a recognized mentor, and co-leads training workshops at CBC for reporters, producers, editors and hosts on the basics of audio storytelling and show producing. 

When she isn't working, she enjoys trail running, gardening and spending time with her family — the dog included. 

Lisa Johnson, Producer

Lisa Johnson joins What On Earth after more than a decade reporting and editing for CBC News in British Columbia, with a keen interest in science and environment issues – especially how nature is changing.

She's also covered kidnappings, earthquakes, a riot, and won a Gracie Award with Manusha Janakiram for the radio special they produced on calming down.

Before she became a storyteller, Lisa graduated from UBC with an honours degree in biology, which had her pipetting stickleback DNA, counting kelp and watching fish mating dances. 

Molly Segal, Producer

Always ready for a reporting adventure, Molly's toolkit includes bear spray and binoculars along with mics and a recorder. Her audio work focuses on the environment and science, taking her up in helicopters over remote mountain tops, to the side of scree slopes looking for fossils, or riding along with scientists capturing grizzlies.

She was host and producer of a podcast about a celebrity grizzly, Bear 148, and her documentaries have aired internationally and across Canada on CBC Radio programs, including Quirks & Quarks, Ideas, Tapestry and The Current.

Molly was a 2019/2020 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she researched how people relate to large, toothy animals, and studied at Harvard and MIT, including the history of scientific misinformation and climate change technologies. In 2018, Molly was Science Communicator in Residence at York University in Toronto. She has given talks on field reporting at universities in Canada, the U.S. and Germany.

Rachel Sanders, Associate Producer

Rachel Sanders has been an audio storyteller for nearly two decades. As a freelancer, she reported on Canadian arts and culture, education, the environment, and the changing world of work. For the past four years, she has been a valued member of the current affairs radio team at CBC Vancouver. 

She seeks to tell stories with heart, humour and impact and is never happier than when she hits upon the magical combination of all three. Her work has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Landsberg Award for reporting on women's equality issues in Canada. 

Rachel's longstanding interest in environmental issues has grown even stronger in recent years as she has watched her two children become aware of the realities of climate change.