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
John Scanlon: Hope is Ending Wildlife Crime
In this fireside chat, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by John Scanlon, who is CEO of Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation and chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, of which the Jane Goodall Institute Global is a champion. Recently John served as Special Envoy for African Parks and was the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. John has dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and conservation of countless species of plants and animals. John and Jane have an insightful and moving conversation about the dire need to more effectively protect wildlife against criminal activities by joining forces beyond national borders, as well as work with local communities. For Jane’s part, she promotes education through Roots & Shoots youth programs and JGI’s Triangle Approach in countries like the Republic of the Congo, including work with law enforcement and sanctuaries, as well as the ForeverWild campaign. John, for the sake of future generations, finds hope in fighting for a better, more equitable world for all species. “We can't, in good conscience, leave the next generation with the system that we're living with today when we know that it's not fit for purpose.”At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a never-before-aired clip of Dr. Goodall’s speech for Interpol in 2020, urging communities, countries and citizens around the world to unite to end the devastating trade of vulnerable wildlife.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
38 min
John Simpson: Hope is Finding Adventure and Unc...
Dr. Jane Goodall sits down for an exciting and inspiring conversation with her longtime friend, British foreign correspondent and world affairs editor of BBC News, John Simpson. They reminisce upon their most memorable and intrepid adventures and share their experiences traveling to some extraordinary places, often via single engine planes. John shares how fate landed him in a recently bombed hospital in war torn Sarajevo and how a local surgeon saved him. They both remark upon how they were often guided by intuition and courage in moments of their careers that might have seemed “jolly stupid” to some of their colleagues, but have yielded great success for both of them. Dr. Goodall also discusses what it was like to demonstrate her research on Gombe chimpanzees after publishing papers on the “Four Year War” among a divided chimpanzee group - one of the first observations of great ape “warfare.” The result was controversial concepts on innate aggression in great apes during “nature vs. nurture” scientific debates of the 1970s. John and Jane have an enlightening and open-minded discussion on spirituality, including where they find their deepest connection to life’s greater meaning.At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall seeing for the first time how chimpanzees use and create tools - an insight that forever redefined what it means to be “human” as part of the rest of the animal kingdom.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
32 min
Mailbag: From Argentina to the UK, Jane Answers...
For this Mailbag episode, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by honorary “Hopecaster in Chief” Shawn Sweeney, the Associate Vice President of Communications & Policy for the Jane Goodall Institute. Shawn and Dr. Goodall listen to inspiring and insightful messages from Hopecasters around the world. A young Hopecaster from Mexico thanks Dr. Jane for being her reason for hope by always making space for love and kindness. She also hears from a Hopecaster in Canada who asks Jane how she manages her mental health when the state of the world seems so negative. And at just 11 years old, Hopecaster Heidi from the UK is already taking action by designing and selling postcards to raise money for conservation, very much in line with the work of JGI’s Roots & Shoots program. Her question inspires Jane to reminisce upon one of the proudest moments of her life.Submit your own questions and comments for a chance to be included in a future Mailbag episode here.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
16 min
Razan Al Mubarak: Hope is Empowering Individua...
Dr. Jane Goodall has an insightful and meaningful conversation with her good friend, Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Razan has devoted her life to advocating for biodiversity protection solutions working both with governments all over the world and also with companies in the private sector. Jane and Razan reminisce over their eight years of friendship and collaboration, from establishing Roots & Shoots in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to traveling to the desert to learn about the conservation efforts started by the first Sheikh and Founder of the UAE, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Together, they discuss the importance of finding solutions that benefit communities and how modern society, just like nature, is most resilient when it is diverse. Razan distinguishes the crucial need to fight for action for both biodiversity and climate change and she shares a quote from one of her favorite authors, Elif Shafak, that echoes both her and Jane’s perspective on the future of this fight: “We need pessimism of the mind and optimism of the heart.”At the End of the Rainbow:  Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane reflecting on our planet's two "lungs."See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
36 min
Janet Hayes: Hope is Fostering Curiosity and Sp...
For this episode, Jane meets Janet Hayes, CEO of Crate and Barrel Holdings, Inc. Jane's and Janet’s conversation touches on unique, yet similar childhoods filled with exploration, as well as the practical aspect of hope, and the power of curiosity and intuition. Discussing Jane’s philosophy of partnering with companies for the greater good, Janet shares some of the ways that Crate and Barrel is championing sustainability and supporting the values of customers today, and how Jane continues to inspire her. The duo also share excitement over how that philosophy has come to life through the Jane Goodall Institute x Crate & Kids collection. The playful collection was designed to celebrate wildlife and the natural world by sparking curiosity in children and their families and providing a path to action through JGI’s youth program Roots & Shoots). The conversation’s hopeful energy stems from Jane's and Janet’s shared belief that these trying times can also foster the kinds of connection, creativity, and curiosity needed for humanity to form a better relationship with the natural world.At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane speaking with a young interviewer about her purpose and the importance of empowering every young person to be the change.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
34 min
Azzedine Downes: Hope Is Protecting Animals and...
Dr. Jane Goodall chats with  longtime friend Azzedine Downes about wildlife conservation, complex reflections around the pandemic and our relationship with the natural world, and the importance of redefining success to focus on the health of the planet, other animals, and ourselves. Azzedine is the President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), where he works to protect wildlife across the globe everyday. In this episode, Azzedine and Jane tell stories from their years of conservation work around the world,, including learnings and ways to engage, listen, and collaborate for the good of all. They also discuss the “enchanting” pangolin, the most heavily trafficked animal in the world and one of the least known, and the importance of giving animals names to increase empathy and respect for their wellbeing. At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane talking about her first experiences with the pangolin on the Serengeti in 1957, a creature she calls “so worth saving.”See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
32 min
Mailbag: From Dubai to Colombia, Jane Answers H...
For this first Mailbag episode, Dr. Goodall is joined by Hopecaster and podcast executive producer Michelle Khouri as they hear from Hopecasters from around the world.
17 min
Genesis Butler: Hope is Empathy and Action for ...
Genesis Butler is a climate change activist, animal rights advocate, and founder of Genesis for Animals, a rescue and sanctuary organization. And she’s just 13 years old. In this episode, Dr. Jane Goodall talks with Genesis about her own beginnings as a young environmentalist, with both activists sharing parallel stories from the same early age, albeit seven decades apart. With empathetic hearts, curious minds, and supportive mothers, both young activists found themselves drawn to a life of advocating on behalf of people, the planet and other animals. The conversation explores what being an animal and environmental advocate means today, ways to get younger generations involved through programs like Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, and how Genesis finds hope in opening the minds and hearts of people who come to understand the profound likeness we share with other animals, and their innate value. As Dr. Goodall has shared, “We are not the only beings with personalities, rational thought and emotions. There is no sharp line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is a very blurry line, and it gets more blurry every day.”At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane’s mother Vanne, her greatest support in life, telling the story of a young Jane’s disappearance as a four year old to discover where eggs come from.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
29 min
Dave Matthews: Hope Is Taking Action and Inspir...
Dave Matthews and Dr. Jane Goodall’s kindred passion for wildlife and shared dedication to the planet has forged a close friendship between the two icons. In this intimate conversation, Dave talks about his childhood split between South Africa and the U.S. and explains how his scientist father and early experiences inspired much of his appreciation for nature and wildlife. Now an internationally acclaimed musician for over two decades, Dave uses his platform to spread awareness for environmental and conservation issues and to support organizations creating powerful impact, including the Jane Goodall Institute. The vibrancy and passion of their conversation is sparked by many difficult questions including: What are some of the biggest challenges we face in saving life on Earth and what can we each do about it? At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dave Matthews playing a tribute to Jane as she sits on stage with him.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
40 min
Dr. Jane Goodall: You Are Reason for Hope
In the premiere episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall records from her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, where her journey of curiosity and passion for the natural world began. This is the first time Jane has been in one place for longer than two weeks in nearly three decades, and the urgency to share her message is greater than ever. In a fireside style chat, Jane shares intimate stories from her childhood, including how growing up during World War II taught her to take nothing for granted, and why she believes hope is essential to fuel positive action, individually and together, for a better world. While Jane doesn’t shy away from the adversity we face - the Sixth Great Extinction and the Climate Crisis in particular - she shares the importance and power of making space for hope, as it spurs the indomitable human spirit to take action, even in the most grim situations. Now through the Jane Goodall Hopecast, she will share stories of hope and resilience, encouraging listeners to embrace the power of every individual to make a difference for people, other animals, and the rich tapestry of life with whom we share this precious planetary home.At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Jane speaking at the 'Understanding Chimpanzees' conference in Chicago, Illinois, in 1986, which was the catalyst moment that transformed Jane from a scientist to activist.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
19 min
Dr. Jane Goodall Previews the Hopecast
Dr. Jane Goodall previews her aspirations for the Hopecast and what listeners can expect from this new podcast's programming.
2 min