The Jane Goodall Hopecast

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of –a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion and take action to build a better world for all.

Society & Culture
Emma Lewisham: Hope is the Beauty of Circular &...
22 min
Mailbag: From Tanzania to Germany, Jane Answers...
21 min
Jenna Johnson: Hope is Companies Leading Soluti...
32 min
Margaret Atwood: Hope is The Legacy We Build To...
21 min
Robin Wall Kimmerer: Hope is the Power of Plant...
25 min
Adam McKay: Hope Is Found In Climate Action and...
32 min
Mailbag: From Colombia to the UK, Jane Answers ...
19 min
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ): Hope is Expand...
36 min
Paul Polman: Hope is Putting the Heart Back in ...
32 min
Dr. Lilian Pintea: Hope Is Unlocking the Potent...
24 min
Mailbag: From Philadelphia to New Zealand, Jane...
19 min
Alice Macharia: Hope Is Communities Leading Con...
36 min
Dr. Evan Antin: Hope is Following Your Heart an...
30 min
Christiana Figueres: Hope Is Changing Systems a...
24 min
Mailbag: From Sweden to India, Jane Answers Hop...
20 min
Rhett Butler: Hope is Sharing Knowledge to Empower
31 min
Lisa Jackson: Hope Is Investing In Change
39 min
Dan Springer: Hope is Preserving the Earth’s Lungs
29 min
Season 2 of The Hopecast is Coming Soon
4 min
Mailbag: From Japan to Tanzania, Jane Listens ...
For this Mailbag episode and our final episode of the season, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute, USA, Anna Rathmann, as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world to close out the first season of The Jane Goodall Hopecast. Jane and Anna listen to powerful messages about what being part of the natural world means to Hopecasters, and how they take action to protect our shared planet. To Mimi from Myanmar, living on Earth means “family.” To Dr. Kulkarni, a biologist at Harvard University, living on Earth means “ours,” as in something that is shared. Anna and Jane reflect on how different countries and people the Hopecast has been able to reach and how Jane has continued to inspire younger generations to take on climate change and animal advocacy. One young Hopecaster from Spain encapsulates what the Hopecast has meant to her and how Jane’s words have encouraged her to become an activist at just 13 years old, telling Dr. Goodall: “You're more than an inspiration. You're the voice of hope.”Stay to the end of the episode for an exciting announcement from Jane and Anna.Click here to submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
25 min
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: Hope Is Courage An...
In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall sits down for a conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, author, as well as founder of Urban Ocean Lab, co-host of the podcast "How To Save The Planet", and co-editor of "All We Can Save,” an anthology of essays and poetry by women leading on climate. Ayana and Jane share their love of the oceans and the forests, respectively, speaking on the complexities of their ecosystems and the differences, but also how necessary both are to our planet’s survival. Jane and Ayana talk about their definitions of hope and how Ayana translates the message of having hope into having courage and working together for the greater goal of climate action. From Jane’s lifelong dedication to environmentalism, advocacy, and studying the natural world, she tells Ayana how after all these years and everything she’s witnessed she still has hope. Ayana shares that her hope, like Jane, comes from the younger generation. Listen to this passionate and inspiring conversation to learn more about what makes Ayana say, “I think I needed a little dose of hope from Jane Goodall, myself.”At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall speaking in her first National Geographic film ‘Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees,’ from 1965 about her own determination and how, despite all the hardships, “there was never any thought of quitting.”See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
35 min
Rebeca Atencia: Hope is Sanctuary and Second Ch...
In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Dr. Rebeca Atencia, someone she deeply respects and has been working with for over 16 years. Dr. Atencia is the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the Republic of Congo and Manager/Head veterinarian at JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in Africa. Jane thinks of her, “the mother of the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga,” a sanctuary that has housed hundreds of rescued chimpanzees, all victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade in the region. In the episode, Rebeca shares about how she became inspired to rescue wildlife as a young child in Spain when she encountered a dedicated ranger saving baby animals from a forest fire. Jane and Rebeca weave together how their individual experiences led them to cross paths in a forest in the Congo, and how much Jane recognizes aspects of herself in Rebeca. Today, Rebeca embodies Jane’s passion and respect for every individual animal and is helping to carry forward Jane’s lifelong mission to ensure the dignity and quality of life for great apes, in the wild and in captivity. During the conversation, Rebeca shares an incredible story of a time when a chimpanzee did something remarkable that saved her life. Ultimately, the two talk about how they find hope in the people doing the work of rehabilitation, rescue, and advocacy today, and why these innately valuable, sentient, and complex beings are so worth fighting for. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall describing the profound moment she saw Dr. Rebeca Atencia save the life of the critically wounded chimpanzee, Wounda, and perform the first (known) ever chimp-to-chimp blood transfusion in Africa.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
32 min
Emmanuel Mtiti: Hope is Communities Leading Con...
In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Emmanuel Mtiti, who she has worked with for nearly three decades. Emmanuel Mtiti, senior program and policy director at JGI Tanzania, is one of the co-creators of ‘Tacare’ - JGI’s community-driven conservation approach - alongside Dr. Goodall and George Strunden. Mtiti shares how this holistic, community-centered approach to conservation supports local ownership of the process of human development and managing local environments. In this illuminating conversation, Jane and Mtiti reminisce on how Tacare started in 1995 with just 12 Tanzanian villages around Gombe, and how today the innovative program includes 104 villages in Western Tanzania. As JGI has grown, so has Tacare with programs now in several countries including DRC, Republic of the Congo, Uganda and more across the chimpanzee range in Africa. Jane and Mtiti reflect on how this approach has provided a roadmap for the future of harmonious coexistence with the natural world. Together they discuss JGI's hope for the expansion of this model around the world. At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall reflecting on the perspective she gained by flying over Gombe National Park, which helped her realize that helping to improve quality of life for people who live around the park was integral in creating lasting change for wildlife and habitats.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
33 min
Mailbag: From China to California, Jane Answers...
For this Mailbag episode, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and podcast executive producer Michelle Khouri as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world. Jane and Michelle listen to a heartwarming and encouraging call from an 8-year-old Hopecaster in China who shares her dream of being an astronaut, and whose love of animals and nature was inspired by Jane. In another message, a courageous young Hopecaster shares her difficult journey of immigration from Iran to the U.S. and her ongoing difficulties with this issue, and tells Jane that her reason for hope comes from the story of the anemone, a beautiful, delicate flower that grows in the most inhospitable areas. Jane shares with this Hopecaster that this flower is like the indomitable human spirit “that enables us to have hope, even in the darkest times.”Click here to submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
16 min
Craig Foster: Hope is All We Can Learn from Ani...
In this episode, Dr. Goodall speaks with one of her biggest inspirations and good friends, Craig Foster of “My Octopus Teacher,” an Academy Award® nominated, BAFTA Best Documentary award-winning Netflix original, and co-founder of the Sea Change Project. In this captivating conversation, Jane and Craig speak about their passion for saving forests - for Jane, dense forests on land, and for Craig, kelp forests in the ocean. Craig shares how his documentary honors the eight-legged teacher he met in a remote kelp forest in False Bay, South Africa. Craig embodies the power of storytelling by showing the sentience, grace, and intelligence of our planet’s many species. Dr. Goodall and Craig have this in common and have used their profound and special ability to connect with non-human animals, chimpanzees and octopus, to share their individual stories worldwide, motivating conservation action. About his experience during the film, Craig speaks to the hope his octopus teacher instilled in him. This conversation demonstrates what it means to use science as a tool for growing understanding, and how we can each find teachers even in the most unexpected places.  *Dr. Goodall and JGI do not endorse close proximity or handling of wildlife.* This episode is sponsored by Netflix.At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall describing one of her first interactions with now-famous Gombe, Tanzania chimpanzee David Graybeard.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
41 min