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For The Wild Podcast is a forum where we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, and enter the minds of Earth-based people, rekindling the mysteries of intuition. We will join today’s brightest visionaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity can find its way back into the web of life.

Updated Wed, 12 Feb 2020 02:11:15 +0000
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1. ERIEL TCHEKWIE DERANGER on Solidarity with Unist'ot'en ⌠ENCORE⌡ /159
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Description: This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, initially released in February of 2019. In light of the second invasion by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on February 6, 2020, we are releasing this episode with the hope that it provides some background for those who are just learning about TC Energy’s (formerly TransCanada) $6.6 billion proposed pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. Music by Wildlife Freeway. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.

2. CHRISTIAN SCHWARZ on the Sublime World of Fungi /158
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Description: This week on For The Wild, we journey along the “Redwood Coast” with naturalist Christian Schwarz to revisit a favorite topic, mushrooms. Beginning with fungal diversity, our conversation with Christian grows to discuss the global mushroom market, migration patterns, and invasive versus native fungi. Not only do Christian and Ayana discuss the incredible diversity of fungi, but also the reality that the Earth is poised to experience a significant loss in fungal diversity due to climate change. Sitting with these realities, we are reminded that mushrooms have much to say when we are quiet enough to listen. Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). Music by Grant Earl LaValley and Dimples. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points

3. Dr. KIM TALLBEAR on Reviving Kinship and Sexual Abundance /157
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Description: Intimacy and sexuality is the soil that gives rise to creativity, pleasure and regeneration of new life. As mainstream understandings of sex, marriage, and family shift, Dr. Kim TallBear highlights how the colonial project of nation-building disrupted the vitality of Indigenous kinship by imposing heteronormative monogamous marriage and the nuclear family structure. How have these constraints bred hyper-sexualized, paradoxical and fetishized beliefs that degrade relationships, wellbeing of communities and the land? Bringing enlivening perceptions that echo from the personal to collective, Kim TallBear is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. By unraveling the doctrines of scarcity and separation, we are challenged to shatter pervasive beliefs of boundaries, binaries, and scarcity within our relations. Music by M83, Frazey Ford & FRASE. Visit forthewild.world for our full episode description, references, and action points.

4. Dr. MAX LIBOIRON on Reorienting Within a World of Plastic /156
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5. Dr. BAYO AKOMOLAFE on Slowing Down in Urgent Times /155
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Description: Our hearts and minds are set to work by the urgent eco-social crises of this time. We are invited by this week’s guest, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, to pause and abandon solutionism, step back from the project of progress, and ask: What does the Anthropocene teach us as a destabilizing agent that resists our taming? How can we show up in our movements of justice if “the ways we respond to crisis is part of the crisis”? What happens when we unfurl into a space of slowness and relinquish human mastery into a wider cosmic net of relations? Author, speaker, renegade academic, and proud father, Bayo is Director and Chief Curator for The Emergence Network and has authored two books: ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home.’ Music by Daniel Higgs. Visit our website for full episode descriptions, references, and action points:

6. KYLE WHYTE on the Colonial Genesis of Climate Change /154
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Description: The United States has more miles of pipeline than any other country in the world. Pipeline construction is one of the many ways in which the U.S. continues terraforming the land in support of ongoing settler colonialism. On this episode of For The Wild, we are joined by Kyle Whyte to discuss this very issue in connection to the vast extractive energy network that surrounds the Great Lakes area. Kyle Whyte is Professor and Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the departments of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Music by Cary Morin and Bonnie "Prince" Billy Visit our Website for our full episode description, references, and action points.

7. Dr. RUPA MARYA on Decentralizing the Power of Healing /153
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Description: How can we understand our own ailments as a map of society’s illness? A by-product of an inhuman, unbridled industrialized society where the pressures of productivity and the harm inflicted by violent institutions are causing a collective decline in health. On today’s episode, we explore these topics with Dr. Rupa Marya. Rupa Marya, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, a collective of over 450 health workers committed to addressing structural issues that make health impossible for communities. Dr. Marya has been working to make visible the health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence through: her medical work; The Justice Study (national research investigating the health effects of police violence on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities); helping set up a free community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine under Lakota leadership at Standing Rock (the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic and Farm); and international outreach with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes. She is currently working on a book with author Raj Patel looking at the health impacts of colonization and capitalism. 
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8. MIKE PHILLIPS on Gray Wolves and the Vitality of Death /152
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Description: Not long ago, packs of gray wolves roamed freely across so-called North America from the grassy prairies of Florida to the snow-capped peaks of Colorado. Alongside a growing agricultural industry and settler expansion West, the U.S. government marshalled a perverse, ruthless campaign to systematically eradicate the gray wolf, driving this keystone species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s, the slow process of wolf recovery has begun, but the gray wolf remains endangered. On this week’s episode, we speak with Mike Phillips, a conservationist and longtime ally of gray wolves who has served as the Executive Director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and advisor to the Turner Biodiversity Divisions since he co-founded both with Ted Turner in 1997. During his employment with the Department of Interior Mike served as the leader of historic efforts to restore red wolves to the southeastern US and gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park. He also conducted important research on the impacts of oil and gas development on grizzly bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, predation costs for gray wolves in Alaska, black bear movements in northeastern North Carolina, and dingo ecology in Australia. In 2006, Mike was elected to the Montana legislature where he served as the representative for House District 66 in Bozeman until 2012 when he was elected to the Montana Senate. Ayana and Mike’s conversation touches on the history of cattle ranching and grazing rights, trophic cascades, the violent lineages of conservation, and ecological restoration as an antidote to species loss. Music by Mac Demarco

9. MARIAME KABA on Moving Past Punishment /151
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Description: If we want a just and humane world, we must create one in which apparatuses of oppression are no longer considered reasonable. This week on For The Wild, we are joined by Mariame Kaba for an expansive conversation on Transformative Justice, community accountability, criminalization of survivors, and freedom on the horizon. Mariame addresses punishment as an issue of directionality while reminding us why it is vital to have the prison abolition movement in conversation with the movement for climate and environmental justice. When we engage with these issues and shape our actions out of a commitment to removing violence at its core, we are working to transform our world beyond recognition into something teeming with possibility, beauty, and life.  Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded multiple organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Love and Protect and most recently Survived and Punished. As a Researcher in Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), Mariame Kaba works with Andrea J. Ritchie, fellow Researcher in Residence, on a new Social Justice Institute (SJI) initiative, Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action. Mariame is on the advisory boards of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Critical Resistance and the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Nation Magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, In These Times, Teen Vogue, The New Inquiry and more. She runs Prison Culture blog. Mariame’s work has been recognized with several honors and awards. Music by Wyclef Jean, Jason Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield

10. Dr. SUZANNE PIERRE on Reshaping a Siloed Science /150
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11. InTheField, KASYYAHGEI on the Law of the Land /149
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12. InTheField: WANDA KASHUDOHA CULP on Rooted Lifeways of the Tongass /148
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13. LYLA JUNE on Lifting Hearts Off the Ground /147
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Description: Lyla June returns to For The Wild bearing poems that imbue the rigid language of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) with embodied story and prayer. Lyla reminds us that when we yearn to truly speak the language of life, love and healing, we must turn to poetry. Lyla and co-creator Joy De Vito’s collection Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry grounds the 46 articles of the UNDRIP in the lived experiences, languages and traditions of Indingeous peoples, as well as the perspectives and responsibilities of settlers on Turtle Island. Lyla shares how the UNDRIP “begins to Speak of the sacred. To achieve its goal, the numbed world must come into the format of the sweat lodge.” In this rejuvenating interview, Lyla and Ayana embrace the natural laws that flow from land, language and culture. Lyla June was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. Lyla June ultimately attributes any achievements to Creator who gave her the tools and resources she uses to serve humanity. She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge. In honor of Truthsgiving, join us as we meditate upon the true spirit of giving. Lyla and Ayana unravel the great potential held within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and well as some of its false assumptions, and propose Indigenous-led frameworks for sovereignty. We trace the lineages of pain first brought ashore by colonizers, and awaken to the emboldened Indigenous resistance to present-day attempts at erasure. At the core of this conversation, we listen in to the innate wisdom of the Earth and remember how we are meant to be gifts to the land. ♫ Music by Lyla June + ACTION POINTS + 100% of the proceeds from the beautiful poetry collection Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry go directly towards uplifting initiatives in Indigenous communities. You can find and purchase a copy here: https://www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/2/19399 You can also sign up and make a donation to attend Lyla’s webinar “Medicine Theory” happening on December 14th, 2019. Instructors will be teaching about being in solidarity with Indigenous communities, as well as practices in Indigenous hydrology and climate resilience. All proceeds will go towards the protection of natural springs and water resources at Indigenous sacred sites. You can sign up here: https://lylajune.wixsite.com/medicinetheory + REFERENCES & RECOMMENDATIONS + You can always find some of Lyla’s spoken word poetry and music here: https://soundcloud.com/lylajune Learn more about Lyla June’s work, poetry, and essays by visiting her website: http://www.sodizin.net/sodizin You can explore more of Lyla’s multi-disciplined work by reading some of her recent articles: “Lyla June on the Forest as Farm” “Yes world, there were horses in Native culture before the settlers came” Read the complete United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

14. Reshaping the Landscape of Conservation Media at JACKSON WILD /146
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Description: Journey with us this week to Jackson Wild Summit, an annual convergence of filmmakers, conservationists, scientists and innovators exploring critical conservation and environmental issues. Within this rich overlap, we seek to ask meaningful questions that crack open the dominant paradigm of conservation. As media makers, how can we responsibly tell stories of people and place in service of greater reconnection and mobilization? Where are we failing to show up with integrity and address issues of access and power? And, perhaps most importantly, what is possible when space is held for brilliant, diverse voices to chart the path forward? Tune into this episode to hear Ayana’s conversations with seven storytellers who are shifting the landscape of conservation from behind their cameras, bold media strategies, and work in the field. These honest and refreshing interviews touch on the topics of balancing global and local narratives, centering communities in the management of their own natural heritage, and breaking the creative boundaries of multi-platform storytelling. We hope these voices—from the salty mangrove forests of the Kenyan coast to the endangered vaquita still swimming through the Gulf of California—spark an ongoing dialogue about how to meaningfully be of service to life, land, and water. Voices featured in this interview include: Tiffany McNeil of Yellow Balloon Productions, Creative Director & Innovations Lead for CBS; Dr. Ayana Flewellen of The Society of Black Archaeologists and Diving With a Purpose; Meaghan Brosnan of WildAid’s Marin Protection; Rodrigo Farias of Parley for the Oceans; Kaitlin Yarnall of National Geographic; and Faith Musembi, an award winning visual storyteller and filmmaker of Salt Water Survivors. ♫ Music by South London HiFi, Bad Snacks, Chris Haugen, Josh Lippi & The Overtimers

15. PAVINI MORAY on Unlocking Eros and Sacred Reciprocity ⌠PART 2⌡ /145
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Description: In Part Two of our conversation with Pavini Moray, we continue to trace the river of eros, sensation, and spirit that flows through our ancestral lineages and portals of the everyday. Turning inwards, we ask what must be animated within the self to show up for the places and beings we love? Beyond this, what intuitive sensibilities and knowledges yearn to be reawakened in order to receive? At the heart of this episode’s inquiry into relationship and reciprocity lie emergent lessons for resilience, healing, and strength in this time of earthly crisis and collapse. Dr. Pavini Moray (pronoun: Pe) is a somatic sex therapist and ancestral lineage healing practitioner in private practice in San Francisco. Pavini works with individuals and couples who wish to resolve the past, inhabit their bodies and their pleasure and speak their desires. Pavini is also the founder of Wellcelium, an online sexuality and intimacy school committed to personal and planetary liberation. Pavini hosts a podcast called “Bespoken Bones: Ancestors at the crossroads of sex, magick, and science.” The podcast is released every new and full moon and addresses topics of transgenerational trauma, erotic wellness, and ancestral support. As a queer trans witch, Pavini walks the glitter path of dancing bones, ridiculous delight and old magick. Listen in to Part Two of this intimate conversation as Ayana and Pavini share their reflections on the forest as a teacher of wild love, the field of eros within and beyond the realm of sex, the cyclical nature of death as communion, and strategies for connecting with ancestors of blood and heart. We hope these timely and timeless words activate listeners to journey into the depths of our capacity to care for one another and our beyond-human kin. ♫ Music by Itasca + TAKE ACTION & LEARN MORE + To learn more about Pavini’s work and personal practice visit: https://www.pavinimoray.com, https://www.transcestralhealing.com, https://www.emancipating-sexuality.com, and https://www.wellcelium.org. You can listen to Pavini’s podcast, “Bespoken Bones,” across all platforms like the Podcast App and Spotify or explore the full archive at http://bespokenbones.com. To dig deeper into the topics of ancestral healing and lineage repair, Pavini recommends the following reading list: Ancestral Medicine by Dr. Daniel Foor, Jung and the Ancestors by Sandra Easter, By the Light of My Father’s Smile by Alice Walker. Pavini offers the idea of creating an ancestor altar and making offerings to your well and bright ancestors. + REFERENCES + Pavini references Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens for their paradigm around eco-sexuality & bell hooks’ Belonging: A Culture of Place. Ayana quotes bell hooks’ The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power & a post written by Pinar from Queer Nature https://www.instagram.com/queernature.

16. PAVINI MORAY on Alchemizing Trauma and Ancestral Healing ⌠PART 1⌡ /144
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Description: This week, we are savoring in the delight of slowing down and wading into the generative waters of free-flowing eros, healing, pleasure, and embodiment. In a culture of severance and disconnection, how can we collectively move towards inhabiting our bodies and experiences on Earth in a way that is whole, visceral, and pleasurable? What might the winding path of lineage repair and ancestral reverence offer in the here and now? In this week’s episode, Pavini Moray holds a wide container for exploration within these unseen and magical realms, guiding us back to the unique wisdom and gifts each one of us carries within our bones for reawakening. Dr. Pavini Moray (pronoun: Pe) is a somatic sex therapist and ancestral lineage healing practitioner in private practice in San Francisco. Pavini works with individuals and couples who wish to resolve the past, inhabit their bodies and their pleasure, and speak their desires. Pavini is also the founder of Wellcelium, an online sexuality and intimacy school committed to personal and planetary liberation. Pavini hosts a podcast called “Bespoken Bones: Ancestors at the crossroads of sex, magick, and science.” The podcast is released every new and full moon and addresses topics of transgenerational trauma, erotic wellness, and ancestral support. As a queer trans witch, Pavini walks the glitter path of dancing bones, ridiculous delight and old magick. Join us for Part One of Ayana and Pavini’s conversation as they delve into deep dialogue on the necessity of relational repair, trans and queer belonging, navigating states of trauma, and breaking settler mentalities within healing spaces. Pavini’s alchemy of ancestral connection, radiant embodiment, and eros is equally playful and nourishing to the soul, leaving behind trails of light for us to follow back to the sacred vessels of our bodies, somatic senses, and intuitive knowing. Music by Itasca. http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/itasca/ + Take Action & Learn More + + To learn more about Pavini’s work and personal practice visit: https://www.pavinimoray.com/, https://www.transcestralhealing.com/, https://www.emancipating-sexuality.com/, and https://www.wellcelium.org/. + You can listen to Pavini’s podcast, “Bespoken Bones,” across all platforms like the Podcast App and Spotify or explore the full archive at http://bespokenbones.com/. + To dig deeper into the topics of ancestral healing and lineage repair, Pavini recommends the following reading list: Ancestral Medicine by Dr. Daniel Foor, Jung and the Ancestors by Sandra Easter, By the Light of My Father’s Smile by Alice Walker. + Pavini offers the idea of creating an ancestor altar and making offerings to your well and bright ancestors. + References + + The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk + Tada Hozumi: https://selfishactivist.com/author/tadahozumi/

17. JADE BEGAY & JULIAN BRAVE NOISECAT on Restorying Power for a Just Transition /143
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Description: Last October, the IPCC reported that we must cut global emissions in half by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Faced with the enormous task of decarbonizing our economies and radically transforming nearly all systems of life, we must dream into new and ancient futures. At the heart of this calling for transition lies evermore urgent questions of justice: How will power and resources be distributed? Whose voices will be represented and needs prioritized? Join us with Jade Begay and Julian Brave NoiseCat for a live recording at Bioneers 2019, as they share their thoughts on decolonizing a just transition and recentering Indigenous leadership within the movement. Jade Begay is a filmmaker, communications strategist, impact producer, and climate justice activist. Jade’s work explores Indigenous futurism, inclusion, and representation in the media landscape. Jade has partnered with organizations like Resource Media, United Nations Universal Access Project, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, Sierra Club, Bioneers, Indigenous Climate Action, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Allied Media Projects, and Tribal Nations from the Arctic to the Amazon to create content, develop strategies, and storytelling campaigns to mobilize and create more engagement around these urgent, complex, and sensitive issues of our time. Jade is also the Creative Director at NDN Collective, an Indigenous led organization that builds indigenous power through decolonizing the world of philanthropy and creates direct funding opportunities for Indigenous and Native communities. Julian Brave NoiseCat is Director of Green New Deal Strategy at Data for Progress, a think tank, and Narrative Change Director with The Natural History Museum. He is a correspondent for Real America with Jorge Ramos and contributing editor for Canadian Geographic. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The Paris Review and many other publications. Together, we are re-energized by the call for accountability within the environmental movement and invite you to reflect on your own habitual patterns of engagement and consumption. May this episode move you to not only listen, advocate, and stand alongside Indigenous and frontline communities, but also directly resource those at the forefront of climate chaos fighting for a just and livable world. ♫ Music by Sea Stars, Katie Gray, and The Ancient Wild

18. SEFRA ALEXANDRA on Seed Remembrance /142
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Description: Sefra Alexandra is “on the hunt to preserve the biodiversity of our earth,” and with over 90% of vegetable varieties already extinct, safeguarding remaining seeds is serious work. Preserving global seed diversity is both deeply important to maintaining our seed stewarding lineages and offering a means of community and self-facilitated resilience amidst a changing climate. We are honored to have Sefra join For The Wild on this episode as we explore seed as ancient embryo and listen to the call for our re-participation in agrarian ritual and proper stewarding of local landscapes. Sefra Alexandra, The Seed Huntress, is on a perennial ethnobotanical expedition to conserve the biodiversity of our farms and forests by safeguarding the world’s seeds. As a Genebank Impacts Fellow for the Crop Trust, she has gathered stories of the importance of utilization and sharing of plant genetic resource to adapt to changing climatic conditions. She has established community seed banks on island nations after natural disasters to fortify a regenerative model of resiliency, which supports food security & nutritional diversity through seed sovereignty. In her home state of Connecticut, she is reviving a once prolific allium heirloom to promote stewardship of the historic agrarian landscape. She holds her Masters in Agroecological Education from Cornell University, is a wilderness skills instructor, member of the Explorers Club & is designing a treehouse near a hot spring as a budding oologist. Sefra and Ayana begin their conversation by looking at the current loss of seed diversity, what does it mean that we are letting foods that we have eaten for thousands of years rapidly disappear? The conversation carries into the culture of seed saving, the importance of diversity in the global food supply, the grave impacts of seed relief on local agro-economic systems, undermining seed oligarchies, and the ways in which being in relationship with seeds offer us a deeper connection to all dimensions of life. We invite you into this conversation where we are reminded of the value of listening to and learning from the beauty, patience, and ingenuity of seeds. ♫ Music by Lotte Walda :diamonds: ACTION POINTS + REFERENCES :diamonds: To begin relearning the ancestral art of seed saving, visit The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance’s Seed School https://www.rockymountainseeds.org/attend/seed-school To join in the great global exchange of heirloom seed varieties, visit Seed Saver Exchange https://www.seedsavers.org To learn more about global genebanks, crop wild relatives, & how you can support this work, visit The Crop Trust https://www.croptrust.org To find a seed library near you, visit http://seedlibraries.weebly.com/sister-libraries.html To learn the basics of seed saving, visit Native Seeds SEARCH https://www.nativeseeds.org/pages/seed-saving-instruction To Adopt-A-Crop, specifically drought-adapted plants, visit Native Seeds SEARCH https://support.nativeseeds.org/campaign/adopt-a-crop/c235109

19. ELSA SEBASTIAN on Loving the Last Stands of the Tongass /141
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Description: The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is the largest temperate rainforest left in the world and it is under attack. Wrapping around 11,000 miles of coastline, this land is the unceded territory of the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian peoples and home to precious wild salmon, towering ancient old-growth trees, and endangered wildlife species like the Alexander Archipelago wolf. Stretching 17 million acres, the Tongass holds some of the most pristine and productive estuaries still alive on planet Earth that Trump’s Forest Service would like to hand back over to a dying logging industry. Last year, the state of Alaska announced their decision to seek exemption from Roadless Rule, a 2001 landmark conservation measure, which would remove protections for over half of the Tongass and unleash devastating resource extraction upon the land. We will not stand by and watch the beating heart of this forest be cut out and assaulted by a management system that quantifies its productivity in board feet. What happens here and now will forever mark the landscape and impact the future generations of all beings who depend on these sacred forests and waters. Described by many as a sacrifice zone and subsidized timber colony of the US, Prince of Wales Island is one of the most heavily logged areas of the Tongass; there are over 2,500 miles of logging roads on an island that’s only 135 miles long. Our guest this week, Elsa Sebastian, knows this region well, having grown up in the fishing village of Point Baker on northern Prince of Wales Island. For most of her 20’s, Elsa captained a commercial salmon troller, fishing the wild coastline of Southeast Alaska. These days, Elsa deckhands on a drift gillnetter in Bristol Bay, and spends her winters working in conservation, most recently as Executive Director of Lynn Canal Conservation. Elsa loves wildlife and spent several years working with Alaska Whale Foundation to establish a remote field station on Baranof Island, now serving as chair of the Alaska Whale Foundation Board of Directors. Elsa founded the Last Stands project in 2017 to learn more about what remains of the worlds largest coastal temperate rainforest, the Tongass. Since founding the project she’s bushwhacked and beachwalked through hundreds of miles of forest and coastline, and sailed to threatened last stands of old-growth on her home island of Prince of Wales. Elsa is a 100 ton licensed captain and adventures from a 38-ft ketch sailboat, the Murrelet. We invite you to listen deeply to Elsa’s words and fall in love with the Tongass, as she shares stories from her time in the field, alongside communities where boom and bust industry have torn people apart, and out on the water salmon fishing. Joyful and heartbreaking, Elsa’s reflections as a second-generation activist fill us with the necessity to contend with our dark, complex histories around land and rethread them into our movements. Elsa brings us the urgent truth of this time: “It really comes down to now. Will we make the decision to actually gracefully transition the Tongass away from clear cut logging? Will we take care of the people who work at that mill and provide them other jobs? Or will we just let this go as every other boom and bust community will go if it’s allowed...take the last of what stands.” ♫ Music by Erin Durant

20. BRONTË VELEZ on the Necessity of Beauty ⌠PART 2⌡ /140
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Description: This week, in Part Two of our episode with brontë velez, we dive into the capacity for pleasure amidst times of great uncertainty and historical oppression. What does “pleasure in the apocalypse” mean? How might this conversation take on different meanings depending on whether we are talking about climate change as an abstraction versus the current lived experience of planetary uncertainty? As brontë defines it, pleasure is what makes us come alive, so how can we create a culture that is deeply attuned to our senses and directs our desire towards Earth and each other? By feeding our senses, how might we confront the isolation and industrialization of our bodies, while acknowledging the limitations of grief in that “suffering is not accountable to the Earth.” brontë velez (they/them) is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis of state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist and designer, they are currently moved and paused by the questions, “how can we allow as much room for god to flow through and between us as possible? what affirms the god of and between us? what is in the way? how can we decompose what interrupts our proximity to divinity? what ways can black feminist placemaking rooted in commemorative justice promote the memory of god, which is to say, love and freedom between us?” they relate to god as the moments of divine spacetime that remind us we are not separate, the moments that re-belong us to the earth. they encounter these questions in public theology, black prophetic tradition & environmental justice through their eco-social art praxis, serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collaborative, media director for Oakland-rooted farm and nursery Planting Justice, and quotidian black queer life ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life. Part Two of brontë and Ayana’s ripe conversation explores topics including appropriating propaganda and memetics, reorienting ourselves away from the spectacle of terror, tending to erotic energy and sensual spaces, and the nuances around beauty and aesthetics in dominant culture. In closing, we are asked to assess our capacity and privilege and then grow ourselves to create pleasurable pathways, ensure accessibility to embodiment, and foster environments where people are in their senses. ♫ Music by Jennifer Johns and members of the Thrive Choir and Jiordi Rosales on cello, recorded at the 2019 Lead to Life Oakland ceremony, a ceremony that melted weapons into the constellations above Oscar Grant the evening he was murdered. The event closed the annual Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy March, hosted by the Anti Police-Terror Project. Additional ♫ Music by Jeremy Harris

21. BRONTË VELEZ on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy ⌠PART 1⌡ /139
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Description: brontë velez opens this week’s episode inviting us to think about how supremacy’s submission to Earth is an invitation into a more life-affirming world. What does a future look like in which white, human, and patriarchal supremacy surrender their power in an act of pleasure? How does this release manifest and what spaces must we create in order to allow it? How can our own personal play aid us in these times? This week on For The Wild, we explore how playing with submission and domination can be a means towards both liberation and pleasurable redemption with brontë velez. brontë velez (they/them) is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis of state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist and designer, they are currently moved and paused by the questions, “how can we allow as much room for god to flow through and between us as possible? what affirms the god of and between us? what is in the way? how can we decompose what interrupts our proximity to divinity? what ways can black feminist placemaking rooted in commemorative justice promote the memory of god, which is to say, love and freedom between us?” they relate to god as the moments of divine spacetime that remind us we are not separate, the moments that re-belong us to the earth. they encounter these questions in public theology, black prophetic tradition & environmental justice through their eco-social art praxis, serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collaborative, media director for Oakland-rooted farm and nursery Planting Justice, and quotidian black queer life ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life. In Part One of this expansive conversation, Ayana and brontë delve into topics surrounding authentic expression, the distortion of feminine and masculine powers, beauty and aesthetics, queerness, dominatrix energy, and power as agency. We hope this episode provokes you to enter this world of pleasure, desire, devotion, surrender, relinquishment, and fluidity. At the end of this episode, listeners hear an excerpt from The Well prophecy, written by brontë velez and recited by brontë velez, Ra Malika Imhotep co-founder of the Church of Black Feminist Thought and Jazmin Calderon Torres and Liz Kennedy from Lead to Life. ♫ Music by Esperanza Spalding

22. THE BUREAU of LINGUISTICAL REALITY on Seeding New Language /138
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Description: Places with the richest biodiversity are also home to the greatest diversity of languages left in the world. As these remaining sanctuaries come under threat from climate disaster and resource expansion, we risk losing Indigenous languages that are alive and attuned to their homelands, and contain unparalleled ecological knowledge essential to healing the earth. Meanwhile, for those of us who learned to speak a dominant language like English, our tongues carry the legacy of colonialism, the stripping of the land, and we are constrained within a monocultural worldview of culture and land. How are we to express our grief at witnessing the loss unfolding amidst the Anthropocene, when we lack the words to begin with? Our guests this week are Heidi Quante and Alicia Escott from The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that inspires individuals to create new words to understand and articulate the sensations of living within our rapidly changing world. Heidi and Alicia open the doors to freeing trapped sensations and emotions that have gone unnamed and unfelt under the weight of climate disaster. Heidi Quanta was raised speaking three languages simultaneously and as a result, has long been fascinated with how words influence peoples’ thoughts, actions and ultimately culture. Creating new words is something she loves doing and has been doing since she first learned to communicate with other humans. (Adult reprisals of “That’s not a word” didn’t stop her when she was 5 years old, nor does it today). Quante was inspired to create this artwork with Alicia Escott because she was at a loss for words to describe the very real emotions, and feelings she found herself experiencing as our world rapidly changes due to social, political and environmental factors. Quante’s passion as an artist and founder of the non-profit Creative Catalysts is finding innovative approaches to inspiring cultures to address the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. This passion is a continuation of 17 years of designing and running a wide array of environmental and human rights initiatives. Quante received a Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of the Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley. Alicia Escott’s artistic thinking focuses on grappling with what it is to live a human life amid a moment that is profoundly rare in the geologic and ecologic history of the planet. She is interested in how we each are negotiating our immediate day-to-day realities and responsibilities amid an awareness of the overarching specter of climate change, mass extinction and other Anthropocenic events. She approaches these issues with an interstitial practice that encompasses writing, drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture and social practice. Escott holds an MFA from California College of Art, where she received the Richard K. Price Scholarship in painting and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In this refreshing interview, Heidi, Alicia and Ayana break through the limits imposed by dominant languages, and invite radical freedom of expression to enrich our unique identities, experiences, our relationships with each other and with the earth. Listen in as we meditate on the necessity to revitalize Indigenous languages, reawaken the joys of wordplay, celebrate the creativity of youth, and to empower ourselves by rewilding our vocabulary. We are reminded of the need to speak the truth in every circumstance, and to imagine the world we wish to create. Original Research: Madison Magalski ♫ Music by Arthur Moon

23. RAJ PATEL on Cheapness in the Age of Capitalism /137
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Description: This week, For The Wild is joined by Raj Patel, co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, which traces the historical origins of capitalism and the making of “cheapness.” Jason W. Moore and Raj write, “Cheap is a strategy, a practice, a violence that mobilizes all kinds of work—human and animal, botanical and geological—with as little compensation as possible.” The cheapness that marks our everyday experiences and transactions in a capitalist world isn’t natural or inevitable; rather, cheapness arises as a particular historical and sociocultural ideology, one that has been used to sustain the capitalist machine and its violences. Unearthing the true cost of cheapness, Raj dives into questions of justice and reparations for the land, labor, and lives made “disposable” under capitalism. Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. Raj co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. In 2016 he was recognized with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and was an Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Together, Raj and Ayana discuss cheapness in relation to the prison industrial complex, the invisibility of domestic labor and care work, the fallacies of fair trade, and the enclosure of the commons. How does modern-day cheapness deny collective fulfillment in our work and create a void of connection in our communities? What forms of recognition, reparations, and redistribution are urgently needed for justice and reinvestment in the sacred? As the commodification and devaluation of life plunges us deeper into ecological crisis, may we awaken to the truth that cheapness can’t last forever. ♫ Music by Lea Thomas

24. COREY LESK on Warming Winters and Southern Pine Beetle Migration /136
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Description: Across so-called North America, pine forests are rapidly changing as southern pine beetles expand into areas they would have otherwise never known. Our guest this week, Corey Lesk not only explains the phenomena of migrating southern pine beetles and their drastic impact on pine forest communities but also directly links this change as a by-product of our rampant consumerism and capitalist system. The southern pine beetle is often noted as one of the most destructive forest insects, as they parasitically kill off their tree hosts by suspending nutrient flow. How are pine deeply enmeshed in their forest communities and what might it mean if we lost them en masse due to southern pine beetle expansion? How is the southern pine beetle also an objective example of resilience and opportunity under changing climate regimes? Corey Lesk is a PhD student in Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University in New York. He works on the implications of extreme weather and climate change on ecosystems and global food production. Recently, he has published research on southern pine beetle expansion into the north due to warming winters. Corey spends summers paddling in the boreal forests of Eeyou Istchee and Mashteuitsh Nistassinan territories in so-called northern Quebec as means to “work on a more immediate and personal relationship” with the ecosystems he would otherwise reduce into mere scientific equation. In this episode, Ayana and Corey discuss the implications of southern pine beetle expansion, how forest structures will shift, the threat to native biodiversity, the importance of cold winters, and how, ultimately, forestry measures are not the solution to a transformation that is propelled by our own short-sightedness in choosing consumerism as the dominant expression of this culture. ♫ Music by Little Wings

25. PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA on Finding Uncommon Ground /135
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Description: The Isle of Éire (Ireland) is rich with stories held by the land, both ancient and modern, laden with fierce culture and colonial violence. Poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama perceives these complex layers of history with acute insights into the lingering impacts of imperialism and sectarianism that have divided Ireland. By acknowledging deeply rooted cultural pain, Pádraig calls for Irish, English, and the rest of us to heal by reckoning with the past and embracing the creative potential held within our differences. Pádraig’s work has been embodied by serving as a leader at Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization, where disagreement is a meeting ground for togetherness. In this interview, Pádraig exposes the wounds of colonization, famine, the partition of Ireland, and The Troubles, while illustrating today’s challenges to Irish sovereignty that have resurfaced with Brexit. To Pádraig, land and language form the bedrock of culture, both equally vulnerable to colonization that severs the fabric of communities; language also offers the promise of healing from conflict if we are to revive our connections to the land and to each other.Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, religion, conflict and art. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis. Enter a poetic journey where the land awaits us beyond the divide of borders, history, and suffering. Ayana and Pádraig explore the language of uncommon belonging; how we must learn from our shame and the danger of forgetting history, the life cycle of violence, the nature of colonial power, the poetic origins of violence embedded in policy, and how to confront the inheritance of privilege. Pádraig reminds us of the real power of story to shape our lives and calls for the revival of the bodily, earthen origins of Irish language. Music by Peia Luzzi.

26. RICHIE RESEDA on Dismantling Patriarchy /134
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27. TARA HOUSKA & RUTH BREECH on Divesting from Toxic Capitalism /133
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Description: Climate disaster is unfolding before our eyes every day, and yet banks have poured $1.9 trillion into maintaining and expanding the fossil fuel industry since the Paris Agreement was adopted. These investments prop up a dying trade while destroying our slim chance to stabilize global temperatures at a rise of 1.5°C. Around the world, banks are complicit in funding climate change and violating the rights of Indigenous peoples, humans, and Nature through their direct ties to the most extreme fossil fuel activities, including the tar sands, Arctic drilling, and fracking in the Permian Basin. A global movement of climate activists and First Nations people are demanding accountability and uniting to end greed, with divestment rising as a dynamic tool that disrupts the flow of financing between banks and the relentless fossil fuel machine. Indigenous women have been leading divestment delegations that empower them to meet directly with the financers behind violent extractive projects, building upon the foundational work of Eriel Deranger, Heather Milton Lightning, Melina Laboucan-Massimo and others, who united to pressure the backers behind BP & Shell's oil projects in the tar sands, Arctic and Nigeria. In this sharp-sighted interview, Tara Houska, Ruth Breech, and Ayana reveal the dirty union between the banking and fossil fuel industries, and explore practical and powerful strategies that impact their bottom line. Our guests this week are Ruth Breech and Tara Houska. Ruth is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network’s Climate and Energy team. She is working to meet the scale of the global climate crisis through corporate accountability campaigns focused on Chase Bank’s financing of climate change, supporting front line communities impacted by fossil fuel projects and racial justice within the environmental movement. Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, the former National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a wide range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. She spent six months on the frontlines in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is heavily engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere. Join us as Tara, Ruth, and Ayana navigate the worlds of man camps and resistance movements, track money trails, meet face to face with European banking leaders, and enter the boardrooms of America’s wealthiest shareholder meetings. Through strategy and story, we will learn how to target the heart of petro-capitalism with our dollars, and reflect on how the end-goals of divestment must lead to a just transition from fossil fuels. ♫ Music by Jordan Moser & Lake Mary

28. RACHEL HEATON & ROXANNE WHITE on Funding, Fossil Fuels and Femicide /132
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Description: This week’s episode seeks to shed light on the ongoing, urgent crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls or MMIWG that remains largely invisible in public life and mainstream media. In 2016, The National Crime Information Center reported that there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, though the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database, NamUs, only logged 116 cases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women.  These disturbing rates of violence are even higher in areas around pipeline construction and resource extraction projects, which bring an influx of thousands of male workers onto or nearby reservations. The encampment of temporary housing facilities, known as “man camps,” correspond with a surge of violent crime and aggravated assault over which tribal law enforcement does not have jurisdiction to prosecute. Veiled by institutional racism and the lack of data collection, this epidemic and its systematic erasure is part of the ongoing genocide against Indigenous communities and the desecration of their land and sacred sites.  We’re joined this week by two incredibly powerful Indigenous organizers and activists: Rachel Heaton is a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe of Auburn, Washington, a fierce activist, and mother. She traveled to Standing Rock several times to stand alongside water and land protectors and helped form a coalition that successfully persuaded the City of Seattle to divest their 3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo, one of the leading funders of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Rachel co-founded Mazaska Talks, an Indigenous-led organization that offers tools to help others divest their personal finances, cities, and organizations from Wall Street banks funding the desecration of Mother Earth. Recognized nationally for her work on Native issues, Roxanne White is Yakama and Nez Perce and serves as the Indigenous Outreach Coordinator for Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative in Olympia, Washington. Inspired by the tragic loss of her auntie, she works to amplify the voices of MMIWG across North America, providing advocacy and support for families with missing and murdered relatives. As a survivor of human trafficking, domestic violence, childhood abduction, and sexual abuse, Roxanne draws on her personal experience to empower and support other trauma survivors.  In this episode, Rachel and Roxanne share their experiences from the frontlines of resistance and call out the toxic culture of patriarchy and settler colonialism that underpins how we navigate issues of land, money, and resource extraction. Together, they discuss the complexity of jurisdictional issues on reservations, the need for free, prior, and informed consent, and potential paths towards justice, healing, and reconciliation. Those impacted by missing or murdered relatives, friends, and community members should not have to rely on hashtags to make their voices heard and seek justice. Let Rachel and Roxanne’s words move you to action; we must demand better from our elected leaders, our banks, the media, one another, and ourselves.  ♫ Music by Cary Morin, Justin Crawmer

29. DONNA HARAWAY on Staying with the Trouble /131
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Description: Since her 1985 essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto,” scholar Donna Haraway has transformed how theorists, academics, and artists think about humans’ deep and entangled relationships with technology, beyond-human kin, and each another. We know that our planetary community is intimately linked, though, as Donna writes, “[Certain dualisms] have all been systemic to the logics and practices of domination of women, people of colour, nature, workers, animals — in short, domination of all constituted as others, whose task is to mirror the self.“ Through an ongoing practice of thoughtful and curious investigation, Donna continues to unravels the myth of human exceptionalism, the hyper individualism of capitalist culture and Western traditions, and the rigid binaries we so often construct between the self and others. ♫ Music by Jeremy Harris

30. PUA CASE on the Heart of a Mountain ⌠ENCORE⌡ /130
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Description: This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Pua Case, initially aired in December of 2017. In the past two and a half weeks we have seen the powerful swelling of protectors across the globe in reverence for Mauna a Wākea. On July 15, 2019 construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was scheduled to begin. In response, eight protectors chained themselves to a cattle guard in the early morning to prevent equipment vehicles from accessing the Mauna. No arrests were made until July 17, 2019, when DLNR officers arrested 38 people, most of whom were elders. Following the arrests, the Governor of Hawaii declared a state of emergency, allowing for the deployment of the National Guard. Since then, the National Guard has been called off and interisland police troops have been sent home, but Governor Ige and TMT International Observatory have both stated that they have no intent to halt the construction. What is taking place on Mauna a Wākea is about so much more than the construction of the TMT. It is in response to the 50 years of serious mismanagement of Mauna a Wākea by its occupiers. It is in response to the proposed two 5,000 gallon tanks of chemical and human waste that would be stored below ground, above waters aquifers and on ancestral burial grounds, should the TMT be built. It is about the ways in which colonial science condones the use of police force in the name of research and the grave impacts that research protocol and infrastructure have on communities. And most importantly, it is in response to decades of colonial rule where Kanaka ‘Ōiwi have been silenced while settler-colonists and U.S. interests have exploited people, culture, and resources for private profit. We do not need to “understand the advent of the universe” through an 18-foot story tall telescope. In fact, when it comes to the TMT, our personal opinions do not matter. We simply must recognize Indigenous sovereignty in action. This week we rebroadcast Pua Case’s interview in honor of the heart of a mountain and the rising of a Nation. ♫ Music by Hawane Rios & Mike Wall

31. CINTA KAIPAT on the Militarization of Pågan and Defending Island Sovereignty /129
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Description: With over a quarter of Guam being solely occupied by U.S. military bases, a legacy of nuclear bomb droppings throughout the Marshall Islands, and the military’s lease of Kwajalein Atoll, much of the Pacific remains silently condemned to serve as a sacrifice zone in the name of U.S. empire. The implication of ongoing military presence in the Pacific Islands has profound consequences for all facets of life. However, rarely do we hear about the struggles faced by these communities. On this episode, we are joined by Cinta Kaipat to learn how the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth, are impacted by said militarization. In the Northern Marianas, communities are resisting a future in which aerial bombardments become the norm, where amphibious-assault trainings sever communities from key fishing grounds and decimate aquatic ecosystems, and shelling, artillery, and mortars destroy sacred land. Cinta M. Kaipat, of Refaluwash-Chamorro descent, is an advocate for Indigenous Refaluwash (Carolinian) rights; preservation of Indigenous cultural practices and beliefs; and promotion of responsible environmental stewardship in the Marianas. Cinta is an attorney, a former Assistant Attorney General; a former Congresswoman; and a former Hearing Officer, as well as a former Deputy Secretary for the Department of Labor. She founded Beautify CNMI!, co-founded PaganWatch, and co-founded the Alternative Zero Coalition, which was newly formed in 2015 to advocate for and protect the Mariana Islands, especially Pagan and Tinian, from irreparable destruction at the hands of the U.S. military and its allies. Should the military barge through with its plans, Tinian and Pågan could expect to be battered with almost 100,000 grenades, rockets, mortars, and artillery rounds. The fight to save Pagån is critical, should the military occupy the island it would ban the public from living on the island – “coincidentally” during a time in which Indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwash communities have been trying to return to Pågan via agricultural settlements. We share Cinta’s story in the hopes that you take time to both listen to and take action with this community that is facing down the world’s largest military ♫ Music by Pura Fé and traditional recordings from The Mariana Islands

32. Collective Liberation & Communal Gathering at LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE /128
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Description: This May, For The Wild was honored to attend and participate in Lightning in a Bottle. Spaces like LIB hold contagious and revealing energy, they highlight our creative dimensions and exemplify the abundance to be found in remaining present in our body and mind. LIB seeks to celebrate life, create community, practice respect, actively participate, honor the land, and exercise thoughtful citizenship. This year, For The Wild wanted to attend the Compass at LIB to explore how communal experiences can shift narratives and create new paradigms of being in relationship with one another. We were elated to reconnect and support our incredible community of friends, accomplices, collaborators, and previous For The Wild guests. In this week’s episode, Ayana begins by interviewing Eve Bradford and Isis Indriya, co-directors of the Compass, the educational heart of Lightning in a Bottle. This conversation explores the nature of festival culture, village living, and our inherent desire for community. You will also hear some of our favorite presentations, performances, and panels that covered topics near and dear to For The Wild’s heart, including creativity as the antidote, collective liberation, sovereignty, and ancestral wisdom. Voices included in this interview are Dr. Vandana Shiva, Desirae Harp & Niria Alicia, Eve Bradford & Isis Indriya, Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree, Dee Dominguez, Ayana Young, and Paul Stamets. ♫ Music by The Thrive Choir

33. KURT RUSSO on the People Under the Sea ⌠ENCORE⌡ /127
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Description: Last summer, the world watched as mother Orca, Tahlequah, carried her dead calf on a “tour of grief” for more than 1,000 miles over a 17-day period. The Lummi Nation of the Salish Sea believes that Tahlequah’s display of her dead offspring was an intentional act —not only an act of grieving, but intended to stir an empathetic reaction from those who live above the water. This moment continues to be a profound reminder that we share our place and experience with other beings that bear memory, whose capacity for love and loss mirror our own. It also highlights the uncertainty of the Southern Resident Orca's livelihood, and that of our entire planetary community, if we continue to act with reckless abandon.  In this week’s encore episode, we step back into conversation with Kurt Russo who has worked on environmental issues, land preservation, and treaty rights with The Lummi Nation of the Salish Sea for 40 years. He is also the Executive Director of The Foundation for Indigenous Medicine and the former Director of The Native American Land Conservancy. He holds a BS and MS in Forestry and a Ph.D. in History. Kurt shares with us the Lummi word “Elchnexwtex,” which refers to a time when all life forms were one — when the “black fish,” Orcas, and the “young ones,” Humans, were one. The black fish, "qwe 'lhol mechen,” are known as the people under the sea. Amidst ongoing colonial violence and resource extraction like the recent approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, The Lummi Nation continues to follow their sacred duty to protect and defend the sanctity of the lands, waters, and communities of the Salish Sea. This episode is a call to the human heart. The impassioned Kurt Russo, speaking on behalf of the qwe 'lhol mechen, is one that will imprint itself on your memory as a cold hard look into the mirror of humanity. Music by Monplaisir, Amoeba

34. LYLA JUNE on Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy ⌠ENCORE⌡ /126
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Description: In this transformative encore interview, Lyla June retraces the origins of oppression of European women, men and earth-based cultures through to recent histories of genocide, inter-generational trauma, and the enduring forces that seek to destroy Indigenous women and the earth. Industrial activities that impact the lands and humans at local levels reverberate at an energetic level that has bred today’s crises of environmental and spiritual disease. In resistance, Lyla and Ayana honor the power of women as constant life-givers who “lead with their hearts”, and the potential to heal the deep fractures in our society through renewing acts of forgiveness and love that affirm our togetherness as a global family. Music by Lyla June & Ed Lee Natay

35. EXTINCTION REBELLION on Mobilizing Mass Dissent /125
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Description: This past April’s Extinction Rebellion mass movement, acknowledging our climate and ecological emergency reality, successfully encouraged the UK parliament to declare a climate and environment emergency. However, efforts are still required before the government enacts relevant policies. Extinction Rebellion’s mission urges radical changes from the political sphere for citizens to adapt to our climate crisis, drive governments to halt biodiversity loss, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net 0 by 2025, and influence a citizen’s assembly on our climate and ecological emergency. This nonviolent civil disobedience and economic disruption aims to risk the least amount of resource drain for mass impact and dilemma action from those in power. Liam Geary Baulch, Jasmine Salter, and Linda Doyle are three of Extinction Rebellion’s core members who speak to us about the values, inner workings, and way forward of this soon to be international rebellion. An artist, activist and one of the key players in launching Extinction Rebellion, Liam Geary Baulch has been creating national actions with the movement since 2018 along with Stop Killing Londoners, one of Rising Up's earlier campaigns on air pollution. We also speak with former architecture student, Jasmine Salter who left school to become involved in climate activism. She is one of the Regenerative Culture co-ordinators who focuses on action well-being and has helped build support networks throughout Extinction Rebellion’s actions. Finally, Linda Doyle joins us. A social psychology master’s graduate, Linda is one of the coordinators of Extinction Rebellion's UK national citizens' assembly team.  In this episode, Ayana speaks to these three key members about creating the high-priority changes required in this time of crisis through nonviolent civil disobedience and economic disruption as the core movement, while using citizen’s assembly to provide a balanced view on our current issues among the people, and stakeholders. They delve into the importance of non-violent movements for climate momentum, navigating public awareness while risking the lowest criminal charge while discussing how regenerative culture and people’s assemblies create inclusive and democratic groups which work against ecofascism and towards a more democracy-focused political agenda. Music by Compassion Gorilla,Iskwé,alchemaná

36. MICHAEL MEADE on Cultivating Mythic Imagination /124
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Description: The crises of cosmological, mythological and psychological disconnection from nature and from each other may drive us to places of darkness and suffering; and yet there is great potential in that darkness to interact with creative energy. Retracing meaning through archetypal myth offers an opportunity to understand the great challenge of our time to heal the planet from its wounds, and to refresh our dominant worldview with one based on connection. This week, journey into Michael Meade’s expansive vision of awakening ancient meaning for the individual and collective consciousness. Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul and editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples. Music by Izaak Opatz

37. ROB GREENFIELD on Confronting Convenience /123
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Description: In our ever interconnected world, it feels near impossible to extricate ourselves from the harmful systems and oppressive structures that we seek to dismantle. The sheer scale and far-reaching consequences of our global economies, food systems, and industries raise challenging questions around individual impact and personal responsibility. How can we find agency and power by taking meaningful action steps in our own lives, while also grounding our work and movements in structural transformation and systemic healing? On this episode, adventurer, activist, and humanitarian Rob Greenfield invites us to sit in the complexity of this question, as we discuss the beauty and difficulty of living a conscious, sustainable life in 2019. Rob has dedicated his life to creating a more sustainable and just world, embarking on extreme adventures and activism campaigns to bring attention to important global issues and inspire change. He is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger and has cycled across the USA three times on a bamboo bicycle to bring attention to sustainability issues. Rob’s current project, Food Freedom (http://robgreenfield.tv/foodfreedomintro/), is to grow and forage 100% of the food that he eats for an entire year. Rob travels the USA and the world speaking and hosting action days getting people involved and activated in making the world a happier, healthier place for all. He is the host of Free Ride on Discovery Channel, the author of Dude Making a Difference, and has spoken at over 130 events in 13 countries. Rob donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits and has committed to living simply and responsibly for life. Take a moment to drop in this week and meditate on your own practices as you listen to Rob and Ayana’s insightful reflections on growing food and foraging, reimagining wealth and de-monetizing your life, how to hold and move through hypocrisy, and the importance of addressing intersectionality and structural oppression in this work. Amidst the hopelessness and paralysis we may feel in these times, Rob asks us to imagine how the offering of our one unique and precious life might cascade into a greater shift of consciousness. This week, we stand in the power of this truth: we have agency to embody the change we wish to see in the world and live in right relationship with those around us and the planet. Music by The Range of Light Wilderness

38. CHRIS HEDGES on Deflating the Ruling Elite through Civil Disobedience /122
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Description: All too often our conversations around the consolidation of wealth and power in America blindly fixate on the politics of the Right and Trump as the anti-hero archetype. We must deepen our analyses and rethink our movements beyond the two-party divide in order to truly understand and hold accountable the sociopolitical and economic forces that have brought us to such crisis. This week, we are honored to be speak with journalist and author Chris Hedges who guides us through the history and inner workings of neoliberalism, the rise of corporate capitalism, and our descent into fascism. Chris Hedges is a Truthdig columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig and hosts a show, “On Contact,” on RT America. Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries during his work for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. Among other topics, Ayana and Chris discuss wealth inequality, deindustrialization and the rise of the gig economy, the birth of fascism and Christian fundamentalism, and the fusion of corporate and government power under the reigning umbrella of the security state. Candidly reflecting on his own experiences, Chris implores us to rise up in our power and defend our agency through civil disobedience and mass resistance; from within the political ferment and our resounding rejection of these toxic systems, may we articulate the people’s vision of freedom and set a new path forward. Music by Charlie Parr

39. MICHAEL MARTINEZ on Transforming Waste Relations /121
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Description: A burgeoning national food movement asks us to think critically about where our food comes from, and yet rarely do we consider where our food actually ends up. Shocking statistics on food waste reveal a broken food system that creates exorbitant waste at every step of the supply chain from our agricultural fields and grocery store dumpsters to our dinner plates: the *Guardian*, for example, has reported that roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away — 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually, an amount constituting “one third of all foodstuffs.” Mainstream waste management systems are failing us, and our top soil, waters, farmers, ecosystems, and communities are paying the price. Join us this week as we take a dive into the compost pile with Founder and Executive Director of *L.A. Compost,* Michael Martinez, and explore the transformative power, unexpected collaborations, and rich abundance to be found in the decomposition of food. A certified Master Gardener and former elementary school teacher, Michael has over 8 years of experience building gardens and compost systems throughout the County of Los Angeles as well as other parts of the country. Michael has grown L.A. Compost from a group of volunteers collecting organics with bikes (30,000 pounds of food scraps in the first few months!) to a decentralized network of community compost hubs that span across the most populated county in the country. Mimicking the soil structure and the underground interconnected web of life, L.A. Compost seeks to bring city residents, municipalities, state assemblies, nonprofits, food recovery agencies, and existing community organizations together in true partnership to reconnect both with our food as well as our fellow neighbors. In this conversation, Michael and Ayana discuss our widespread culture of disposability, the ecological services and benefits of healthy soil, the beauty of decay and decomposition, the necessity of circular economies, the importance of individual responsibility and community action, and the lessons that compost teaches us about humanity, value, and reverence for what we cannot see. Retelling the story of food from seed to table and back to the earth, Michael ultimately leaves our For the Wild community with a simple and profound message: we need each other. Compost on! Music by Mountainhood and Carter Lou and One For The Road

40. Dr. MARY EVELYN TUCKER on Cosmological Re-inheritance /120
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Description: To wrap our minds and bodies around creation stories, whether rooted in culture, faith, Earth, or cosmos can be both comforting and overwhelming. Both religious and scientific traditions have long wandered within the realms of this radical reverence for creation. As this week’s guest, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, puts it, “Religious traditions help us to rest in the mystery, scientific traditions are pushing towards discovery…but the origin in awe is very compatible.” As we become mired in the minutiae of our individual existence, we must remember ourselves to be anthropocosmic beings. In doing so, we might find great benefit in once again weaving the threads of connectivity between our cosmological and ecological histories. This week’s episode with Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker explores these truths and many more. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale where she teaches in an MA program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. With John Grim, she organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-author, with Brian Thomas Swimme, of Journey of the Universe and the executive producer of the film with John Grim. She regularly lectures on the significance of this story for the environmental and social challenges of our times. She has published _Ecology and Religion, Worldly Wonder_, and edited Thomas Berry’s books including _Great Work, Evening Thoughts, Sacred Universe,_ and Selected Writings. Tucker and Grim recently published _Thomas Berry: A Biography_ (Columbia University Press, 2019). Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker’s work explores the intersections between religion, ecology, and academia, and how these intersections are a part of creating structures of change and accountability for our collective planetary community. The conversation between Ayana and Mary Evelyn explores how spiritual traditions can respond to environmental crisis, why it is so valuable to understand the emergence of the early universe as we navigate the Anthropocene, and how we can nourish stories of birth, inheritance, and long lineage between body and universe. Music by Lauren Cole & Evelyn Frances To learn more about Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker’s work with the Emerging Earth Community, visit http://emergingearthcommunity.org/ To learn more about the Journey of the Universe Project, visit https://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/

41. JOHN A. POWELL on Institutions of Othering and Radical Belonging /119
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Description: Now more than ever, we are reminded of the vital importance of creating practices that strengthen and recognize our shared humanity. However, in order to do so, we must examine the systems, ideologies, and actions that have emboldened us to deny humanity in the first place…At the beginning of this week’s episode, john a. powell defines any practice which denies someone’s humanity as an act of “othering.” Both at home and abroad it seems we are witnessing a surge of "othering," whether it is reflected in election cycles, the rise of ethnonationalism, or the pervasiveness of violent acts. We must wonder, how and why do societies rely on the process of othering? And more importantly, how do we move into engagement, organizing, and “bridging?” john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that john was the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity-based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. This week’s conversation between john and Ayana explores the frameworks of “othering and belonging” and "targeted universalism," as well as ideologies of supremacy, global dislocation, rethinking citizenship, and lastly, how we can co-create shared visions and practices of humanity that bring us back into belonging. Music by Ani Difranco

42. Dr. VANDANA SHIVA on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women ⌠ENCORE⌡ /118
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Description: In honor and anticipation of Lightning in a Bottle 2019, For The Wild is encoring one of our favorite episodes from the archive, “Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water, and Women.” This week, Ayana will join Dr. Vandana Shiva and Paul Stamets as panelists at Lightning in a Bottle. Additionally, For The Wild will screen When Old Growth Ends and Ayana will present on “Wild Revolution” at LIB. “What is called agriculture today is not agriculture, it is not the culture of the soil, it is not a culture of the land, it is the culture of oil and fossil fuels…” Dr. Vandana Shiva begins this episode by reminding us of the constructs our world is growing within. Many of us remain trapped in the “monoculture of the mind” while contributing to our destruction. We must broaden our understanding and acknowledge that we can create biodiversity while feeding the world and we can work towards addressing climate change while fostering biodiversity, these pursuits are not mutually exclusive. Dr. Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization. Dr. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author of many books, including _Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply_ and _Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge._ Before becoming an activist, she was one of India’s leading Physicists. This conversation extends far beyond the realms of biodiversity and agriculture. Dr. Shiva explores how systems of domination have been artificially constructed, the pervasiveness of GMOs, the root of violent agriculture, the importance of seed saving, cultures of violence, economies of care, and the role of women in changing paradigms. Music by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Tracy Chapman, and Hemant Chauhan. + To learn more about seed saving, visit https://www.seedsavers.org/how-to-save-seeds + + For more information about Lightning in a Bottle 2019, visit https://lightninginabottle.org/ + + To learn about Ayana’s presentation “Wild Revolution” at Lightning in a Bottle, visit https://lightninginabottle.org/lineup/#/lineup_groupings/learning-culture

43. JAMES BALOG on The Human Element /117
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Description: On this week’s episode, Ayana interviews world-renowned photographer James Balog on his newest film, The Human Element, which explores how elements like earth, water, fire, and air are changing due to human impact and interaction. As we recognize dominant culture’s relationship with the planet, we must remind ourselves that over fifty percent of the planet’s land surface has been transformed, approximately nine out of ten people on Earth breathe “high polluted” air, and over forty percent of Americans live in potentially uninhabitable coastal areas. The Human Element seeks to explore this relationship, the power of human activity, and how communities are regionally adjusting and reacting once they discover they are already at the frontlines of climate change. With decades of experience as a “nature photographer,” James candidly speaks of the simultaneous beauty and horror of documenting the Anthropocene, on the complicity of industries like the arts and entertainment in contributing to fossil fuel emissions, and the importance of language and imagery in mobilizing climate momentum. Ayana and James’ conversation reminds us that amongst the staggering statics of planetary change we cannot fall victim to despair, we must acknowledge this as the honesty of our time and learn to move through it. For 40 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) in 2007. It is the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project was featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special Extreme Ice. James is the author of eight books. His images have been collected in dozens of public and private art collections—and extensively published in the world’s magazines, particularly National Geographic. His new film, The Human Element, is an innovative and visually stunning look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire, and water. To learn more about The Human Element and where you can rent or buy the film, visit https://thehumanelementmovie.com Music by Drugdealer. https://www.mexicansummer.com/artist/drugdealer/ https://drugdealerband.bandcamp.com/

44. KERRY KNUDSEN on Lichen and Life after Capitalism /116
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Description: Lichens make up around eight percent of our planet’s biomass, yet rarely do we pay much attention to these symbiotic, part algae, part fungi organism. On this episode, For The Wild speaks to one of the world’s leading lichenologists, Kerry Kent Knudsen. Ayana’s conversation with Kerry spans the dreamiest of worlds, from the surreal and psychedelic presence of lichens to the magic of creating life post-capitalism. In addition to Kerry’s field-based understanding of lichen, Kerry also speaks to the times we are living in, “just like the butterfly that beats its wings and causes a rainstorm around the other side of the world, we have to embrace the chaos of our lives.” In embracing this chaos, Kerry reminds us that we may very well find creation, bring our magic to fruition, and embody complete unity with reality wherever we may be. Kerry Kent Knudsen is a mycological taxonomist and lichenologist at the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Kerry founded a lichen herbarium at the University of California at Riverside (UCR) and has published 215 papers and articles on lichens. He is a specialist in the lichen biodiversity of southern California and in the order of Acarosporales, which occur around the world. With his wife Jana Kocourkova, who is also a lichenologist, they have begun a four-year project working on lichen biodiversity in the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. If you have ever wondered what constitutes a good lichen habitat, what our understanding of lichens reveal about the value systems we prescribe to, or how to navigate beyond the chaos of today, then this episode is for you. We are reminded that while lichen may have a smaller presence or hold little “value” in utilitarian terms, they still possess ethereal qualities. Other topics Kerry and Ayana cover include the fragility of lichens in changing climates, the invaluable work of citizen scientists, the limitations of science as a “rational” data-driven field, and how the Anthropocene is shaping our understanding of biodiversity and extinction. Music by The Savage Young Taterbug

45. ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN on Pleasure as Birthright /115
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Description: adrienne maree brown begins this week’s episode by asking, “If we were not ashamed of our pleasure, what would become possible? If we started to understand that pleasure is something that everyone should have access to, what would become possible?” This week on For The Wild, we are exploring how to embody pleasure in its many forms with adrienne maree brown. Drawing upon Audre Lorde’s seminal publication, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power, adrienne maree brown’s latest book, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, reiterates how once we truly know the pleasure of being alive, suffering becomes unimaginable. Above all, pleasure resides in our body, but many of us seem to forget this through lifetimes of social conditioning, performative identities, and the multitude of ways in which capitalism and patriarchy have filtered love and desire through the lens of ownership. Yet, whether we are cognizant of this or not, our pleasure and our liberation remain inextricably bound together. adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. adrienne facilitates social justice and Black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, the Detroit Narrative Agency and is part of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. She and her sister, Autumn Brown, co-host the How to Survive the End of the World podcast. This captivating conversation explores how the denial of pleasure contributes to our own oppression, how radical honesty and kindness can transform our relationships, moving through the limitations placed on radical imagination and desire, the importance of pleasure beyond sex, and how our pain and sorrow is a measurement of our pleasure and joy. We hope this conversation inspires you in your own experimentation when it comes to acceptance, desire, and liberated relationships as we collectively pursue sustainable long-term pleasure. You can purchase Pleasure Activism here, https://www.akpress.org/pleasure-activism.html Music by The Boom Booms http://theboombooms.com JB The First Lady https://www.jbthefirstlady.ca/ Small Town Artillery https://smalltownartillery.com/

46. Dr. DAVID WAGNER on the Ever Indispensable Insect /114
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Description: Entomologists estimate that there are millions of insect species that remain “unknown” to the scientific world. While official categorization or recognition doesn’t matter much in the way of determining existence or ratifying inherent value, the fact that so little is known about insects highlights the seriousness of potential insect decline. In this week’s episode, Dr. David Wagner reminds us of the fascinating world of insects, the tremendous roles they play, and the possible peril should the insect apocalypse come to fruition. Dr. David Wagner is an entomologist and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. In this episode, Ayana and Dr. Wagner discuss insects as biological controls, insect decline in relation to political and economic destabilization, how cultural understandings of insects influence the field of entomology, and the main drivers behind insect decline. It is certainly true that while some people can’t live with insects, we know we can’t live without them.
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47. ANDREA CROSTA on the World of Wildlife Crime /113
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Description: The topic of wildlife crime is inherently complex, and more often than not, dominant narratives fail to draw out the ever-present nuances regarding poaching and illegal trafficking. Regardless, we cannot ignore the fact that wildlife crime is the world’s fourth largest criminal enterprise. Over a century ago, the world’s tiger population exceeded one hundred thousand. Today, there are less than four thousand, meaning that we have lost ninety-seven percent of the world’s tiger population in just one century. Yet again we are reminded of the atrocities unfolding under a supremacist, capitalist, global market that supports the rapid and senseless killing of living beings for the mere commodification of their “parts.” This week on the program Andrea Crosta joins Ayana in a conversation around wildlife crime. Andrea is all too familiar with dominant narratives that misplace fixation, assume guilt incorrectly, or aid in sweeping generalization that disregard cultural sensitivity and further western imposition associated with wildlife crime. Ayana and Andrea discuss a myriad of topics ranging from the importance of an intelligence-led approach to combating wildlife crime, how wildlife crime impacts local and global economies, the geography of trafficking, the socio-political realities that necessitate poaching and trafficking, and the grave danger posed by an increased militarization of conservation. Andrea Crosta has over 30 years of experience in conservation projects around the world and in a parallel professional career, has been working for over 18 years as an international consultant to companies and governmental agencies on high-end security technologies and services, homeland security, anti-piracy, and risk management. Andrea now applies this unique knowledge to conservation and wildlife protection as the Executive Director and co-founder of Elephant Action League, an intelligence-led non-profit organization focused on fighting wildlife crime. Andrea is also the creator and project manager of WildLeaks, the first whistleblower initiative dedicated to wildlife crime. Andrea is among the main protagonists of the documentaries ‘The Ivory Game’ and ‘Sea of Shadows,’ which recently won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival 2019. Music by Y La Bamba http://www.ylabamba.com/

48. DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER on Replanting the Global Forest ⌠ENCORE⌡/32 & 33
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Description: This week on the podcast we present an Encore episode of a staff favorite from the For The Wild archives. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a one-woman force of regeneration of the biosphere! A botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined "renegade scientist," she brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Diana was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and told to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Diana has done exactly that. Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, and A Garden for Life. Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings WorldQuest fellow in 2010 and named one of Utne reader’s World Visionaries for 2011. A delightful meander into the deep knowledge of the forest! How do trees communicate with one another and act for the common good? Why are oceans utterly dependent on healthy forests? How would a regenerative society meet its resource needs? What do children know that their parents have forgotten?

49. CHARLES EISENSTEIN & IAN MACKENZIE on the Age of Transition /112
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Description: Most of us know that our current economy does not play in our favor...When we choose to monetize all facets of society we disintegrate community and starve ourselves of our basic emotional and spiritual needs through the commodification of our values. So why do we keep fueling an economic system of domination, deception, and separation when very few of us would be brazen enough to proclaim that we are supported by it? In this week’s conversation, Charles Eisenstein and Ian MacKenzie join Ayana to discuss what features are inherently built into this money system, how economics does not have to be a merciless system, the importance of universal basic income, what it looks like to step into gift giving, and how we can hold healthy boundaries in the process. Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. Charles’ books cover much ground: Climate: A New Story makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction. The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, offers a highly distilled exposition of our society’s transition in its deep stories. Sacred Economics explores the transition as it applies to the world of money, economy, and gift and The Ascent of Humanity traces multiple crises — ecological, medical, educational, political, and more — to a common origin. Ian Mackenzie is a filmmaker and writer, who has spent over a decade exploring and amplifying the seeds of emergent culture. His films include Occupy Love (co-produced with director Velcrow Ripper), and more recently Amplify Her, which follows the rise of women in the electronic music scene). His focus covers a range of diverse topics & subjects, though all fall under his mission of exploring the intersection of eros, emergence, and village. So many of us are aching for gift giving in our personal lives but remain challenged by the mindset of existential scarcity. Let this conversation be a vessel to guide you in the age of transition, in an age where we must simultaneously starve a system that is not serving us while creating our own nourishment and sustainability on the periphery of crisis. Charles and Ian encourage us to step more into the “gift” to radically transform our selves, community, and the systems we build. Music by Skeppet https://skeppet.bandcamp.com/music skeppet.bandcamp.com Skeppet Skeppet. Malmö, Sweden. http://www.notnotfun.com/posts/skeppet-phase-3-lp/

50. Dr. M JACKSON on the Teachings of Glacial Beings /111
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Description: Our planet is covered in over five million square miles of ice, yet most of us have not encountered the intimacy and majesty of a glacier in person. We have not listened to their songs nor witnessed their shades of white and blue in clarity and opacity. In fact, most of us could only tell a single story around glacial beings – that they are disappearing. Our episode with Dr. M Jackson gives us a moment to pause and wonder, what other stories and experiences exist below this dominant story? What lives do glaciers live beyond their relationship to climate change? Dr. M Jackson is a geographer and glaciologist, National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar, and author of the recently released book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers. M earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in geography and glaciology, where she examined how climate change transformed people and glacier communities in Iceland. M serves as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society, holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. She’s worked for over a decade in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 memoir While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. M writes about glaciers and people worldwide and lives outside of Eugene, Oregon. In this conversation with Ayana and Dr. Jackson, we learn how glacial retreat is impacting communities, the connection between extractive tourism, extractive science, and glaciers, why it matters that the majority of glaciology has been produced by white men, and the ways in which polar and mountain explorations have furthered colonial, capitalist, and imperialist projects. Much of this episode’s conversation is deeply grounded in the topic of Dr. M’s latest book, _The Secret Lives of Glaciers_, which explores the heartfelt connections between people, place, and ice. Music by Fountainsun https://fountainsun.com/ + Action Points + + Support M Jackson’s ongoing research and pick up a copy of her recently released book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers, to learn more about the complex story of glaciers. + Take a moment to connect, observe, and sit with the environment around you — whether your neighborhood garden, local watershed, or forested landscapes. Ask yourself what relationships with the natural world you may want to tend. + Make an effort to spark conversations with your friends, family members, co-workers, and the wider community about our shifting environment and planetary crisis. + Reflect on your own individual stakes, experiences, and passions in this time of socio-ecological transformation. For what or whom do you feel called to be an advocate? How might you step into more active positions and allyship roles to uplift these often silenced voices? + Deepen your commitment to seek out alternative histories, narratives, and visions of environmental science and climate change that fall outside of the traditional Western paradigm.

51. THE WILDFIRE PROJECT on Transforming Toxic Movement Culture /110
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Description: In this time of revelation and disintegration, we are being required to come together in order to navigate the present and create the future. However, more often than not, coming together is not enough – we must be willing to work through our preconditioning, conflict, and imperfections to holistically recognize an authentic vision and set of values. In order for our social movements to be the strongest they can be and successfully guide us through turbulent times, we must tend the needs of both the individual and the group. This week, Joshua Kahn, BJ Star, and Michael Strom from The Wildfire Project join Ayana in a conversation on toxic movement culture, thinking about power structurally, generative conflict, self-limitations, and collective liberation as social movements adapt to ever changing terrain. Music by The Peace Poets and The Wildfire Project

52. ADA RECINOS on Corporate Destabilization and Local Resiliency in El Salvador /109
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Description: This week’s episode is a special live recording from our time at The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January of 2019. We were delighted to join Ada Recinos of EcoViva in a conversation around the connections between ecosystem restoration, political and climate resilience, and food sovereignty in times of extreme instability. Music by Dirty Birds & Myrra Rós Þrastardóttir https://www.facebook.com/myrrarosmusic/ https://www.thedirtybirdband.com/

53. Intersectional Justice in Film and Media at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL⌠ON LOCATION⌡ /108
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Description: In January 2019, For The Wild was honored to attend the annual Sundance Film Festival, facilitating our social justice and environmental film, press junket liaising with filmmakers and other amazing influential folks who work with visual storytelling to share about the critical issues of our time. We were elated to speak with these creative visionaries covering so many of the topics that are near and dear to For The Wild’s heart, including: endangered species, immigrants’ rights, youth activism, ethical storytelling, decolonization, the prison industrial complex, environmental activism, and cultural protection, to name a few. Music by RF Shannon https://rfshannonmusic.bandcamp.com Fountainsun https://fountainsun.com

54. ERIEL TCHEKWIE DERANGER on Solidarity with Unist'ot'en /107
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Description: This week, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger joins us in a conversation around the recent developments regarding TransCanada’s LNG Pipeline proposal on Wet’suwet’en Territory. It is our hope that this episode provides some historical context to the actions of corporations and colonizers regarding the 4.7 billion dollar pipeline project. Beyond the headlines, we think it is important to have a broad understanding of what Unist’ot’en Camp represents, the ongoing history of surveillance faced by frontline protectors, how policy is used as a tool of assimilation, and the illegality of the actions taken by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. Unist’ot’en People’s reoccupation of their traditional territories cannot solely be understood in relation to infrastructure development – it must also be understood as a means to decolonize and return to the land, to connect with culture and identity, and revitalize forms of governance that seek to truly govern and lead, not to oppress and exploit.

55. Dr. CARLOS NOBRE on the Shifting Future of the Amazon /106
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Description: What are the limitations of the body you occupy? At what point do you begin to break down physically, emotionally, and psychologically? The Amazon Rainforest, like any other living body, can only handle so much… Music by Les Halles https://halles.bandcamp.com

56. SUBHANKAR BANERJEE on Defending Arctic Alaska /105
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Description: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides calving grounds to Porcupine Caribou and beluga whales, a place of interlude for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, denning grounds for polar bears, and sanctuary for over fifteen thousand migrating bowhead whales during the spring and fall. However popular, and political, depictions of the Arctic rarely draw upon the diversity of its vast tundra, wetland, mountain, and forest regions. Instead we are imprinted with a false depiction of these latitudes as one mere stretch of vast, barren, and icy terrain. When we forget the Arctic lives as a birthing ground and a place rich in culture, we allow the hands of petro-capitalism to tighten their grasp around this immense and incredibly biodiverse ecosystem… Music by Sun Araw http://www.sunaraw.com/main.html

57. CAMILA THORNDIKE on Carbon Pricing /104
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Description: A price will be paid for carbon emissions regardless of whether or not one believes in the climate crisis. In fact, many are already paying this price in the form of ailing health, polluted communities, and exacerbated natural disasters. However, private industry has gotten off scot-free and turned a blind eye as the Earth and our communities suffer under unsustainable consumption. Shouldn’t the fossil fuel industry, one of the wealthiest industries to ever exist, be held financially accountable for the global pollution, displacement, and loss they have fueled? Music by SK Kakraba http://www.sunaraw.com/YONYE.html

58. Dr. WILLIAM LAURANCE on the Uncertain Future of Giant Trees /103
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Description: For years, many observers of our global forests have been witnessing significant tree mortality, and Earth’s largest living organisms, like giant redwoods, sequoias, and baobabs, are not immune to this phenomenon. If temperatures rise as projected by four degrees Celsius by the end of this century, we may witness the death of these ancient trees whose lifespans far exceed our own. Giant redwoods can live beyond 2,000 years in age, giant sequoias and baobabs reach up to 3,000 years, and large canopy trees found throughout Amazonia range from 400 to 1,400 years old. What possible futures await these ancient ones? What contributions do these massive trees make that we are blind to? And what exactly is the driving force behind the disappearance of old trees? Music by Grant Earl LaValley https://grantearllavalley.bandcamp.com/

59. ROOTS OF LABOR BIRTH COLLECTIVE on Decolonizing Birth /102
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Description: This week on the podcast we begin to traverse into the history of reproductive justice and how colonization, sexism, class, and racism impact all areas of birthing and medical practices. Ayana’s conversation with Roots of Labor Birth Collective extends beyond most reproductive justice discourse. It will stretch you to think about justice, autonomy, and decolonization. As a part of our healing month, Roots of Labor reminds us that we must confront the legacies of violence we have suffered under, both as perpetrators and survivors. Music by Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, & Climbing PoeTree

60. QUEER NATURE on Reclaiming Wild Safe Space /101
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Description: How can a queer framework guide us as we move through this liminal time period? How can queer ecology radically change our way of knowing? This week’s episode acknowledges that in order to expand ourselves to our fullest capacity, we must bend beyond the cultural and gender binaries that dominant society projects amongst us, to begin this process we need not look further than what has always been. Music by Y La Bamba & Elisapie. http://www.ylabamba.com/ https://www.elisapie.com

61. FOR THE WILD: An Anthology of The Anthropocene /100
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Description: Four years and one hundred episodes later…Today we celebrate listening, storytelling, loyalty, each other, and the love song that is For the Wild. Music by Lyla June Theme Music: Like a River by Kate Wolf

62. DALLAS GOLDTOOTH on Responding to Toxic Masculinity /99
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Description: This week, Dallas Goldtooth joins Ayana in a conversation around toxic masculinity, accountability, and dismantling patriarchy as a decolonial approach. So often, conversations around gender wounds quickly deteriorate into oversimplifications of, and accusations towards, one gender or another – failing to realize how we are all hurting under patriarchy. We must honor masculinity and femininity in harmony and give space to recognize our relatives who do not fit within, or feel represented by, today’s gender binary system. How can we hold Men accountable in transformative ways? How can we envision, or for some, remember, healthy and sacred masculinity? “Dallas Goldtooth is the Keep it in the Ground Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is also the co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group The 1491s. Dallas is Dakota and Dine, a loving husband, dedicated father, comedian, public speaker, recovering exotic dancer, plastic shaman extraordinaire, and body double for that guy who plays Thor in them Thor Movies.” Music by Lyla June

63. JOHN SEED on Deep Ecological Identity /98
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Description: John Seed is the founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia, which has engaged in the protection of rainforests worldwide. Since 1979, he has been involved in direct actions, which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests. He has since created numerous projects protecting rainforests throughout South America, Asia, and the Pacific. In addition, he is an accomplished songwriter, filmmaker, and author, writing and lecturing extensively on deep ecology and conducting re-Earthing workshops for the past 25 years. John co-authored “Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings” with Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess. His most recent project with the Rainforest Information Centre focuses on the protection of Ecuador’s rainforests in the Los Cedros Biological Reserve. Join us as Ayana and John explore topics of ecological identity, embodied wisdom, moving beyond the individual, the tenets of Deep Ecology, and the Rainforest Information Centre’s recent work in Ecuador with the Los Cedros Biological Reserve. Music by Y La Bamba http://www.ylabamba.com/

64. Dr. CHAD HANSON on The Myths & Misinformation of Wildland Fires /97
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Description: This week Dr. Chad Hanson, a forest and fire ecologist, with the John Muir Project, joins us. Dr. Hanson is a member of the Sierra Club's National Board of Directors and he holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems. He is the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book, "The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix." Studies published by Dr. Hanson cover topics such as: habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-severity fire; post-fire conifer responses and adaptations; fire history; and current fire patterns. Join us during this difficult week to learn about what happens in a post fire habitat, why fire is an ecological treasure, not a disaster, how significantly climate change will impact wildfires, and why both politicians and the United States Forest Service have a vested interest in spreading misinformation when it comes to forest management. " http://johnmuirproject.org Music by Itasca Action Points + Call your state's U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives at the Capital Switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask them to (1) Keep the Appropriation Bill and the Farm Bill clean – keep all logging provisions off these two bills and appose any logging riders on these bills. Specifically ask them to keep the "Forest Resilience Bill" or H.R.2936 off of the Farm Bill reauthorization. (2) Ask them to support an end to any logging on National Forests and commit publicly to saying they are in support of ending logging on National Forests.

65. REVEREND M. KALANI SOUZA on Personal Preparedness in Advance /96
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Description: The Hawaiian Islands, like so many of our planetary coastal communities, are at the forefront of rising waters, diminishing trade winds, and climate chaos. We can choose to prepare and respond in ways that will sustain our communities and strengthen our families. This week we interview Reverend M. Kalani Souza, a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. Kalani currently works as Community Outreach Specialist for the University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and is the founding director of the Olohana Foundation, focused on community capacity and global response to climate adaptation. Music by Cover Story Doo Wop

66. QUEEN QUET on The Survival of Sea Island Wisdom /95
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Description: This week we are honored to be in dialogue with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is striving for justice on the front lines of the most pressing Anthropocentric intersections: climate change, resource extraction, corrupt and negligent government bodies, land theft, encroaching development and exploitative tourism. The Gullah/Geechee are descendants of the first enslaved Central and West Africans who remained isolated along the inland, coastal area, and Sea Islands between present-day Jacksonville, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. After the Civil War, these peoples were the first group of African descendants to own land in mass in the United States, allowing them to preserve their African cultural traditions and Indigenous practices. Queen Quet, Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, film consultant, and “The Art-ivist.” Music by The Gullah Singers

67. KEVIN SCHNEIDER on Legal Liberation for More Than Human Kin /94
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Description: This week we interview Kevin Schneider, an attorney and the Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project. Founded in 1996 by attorney Steven M. Wise, the Nonhuman Rights Project works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education. Their mission is to change the legal status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Music by Izaak Opatz & Sun Araw

68. Dr. BIRUTÉ MARY GALDIKAS on Orangutan Refugees in Their Own Land /93
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Description: Palm oil has become the second-most valued oil after petroleum, and 85% of all produced and exported palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia, making them the largest producers of palm oil worldwide. According to The Nature Conservancy, forest loss, largely for palm oil concessions, in Indonesia has contributed to the death of nearly 3,000 orangutans a year over the past three decades. At our current rate of destruction, It is predicted that orangutans will face complete extinction by 2050. This week we are joined by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, a globally renowned anthropologist, conservationist, and orangutan researcher. She has been researching and working with wild and wild-born ex-captive orangutans for nearly half a century. With the exception of Dr. Jane Goodall, she has conducted the longest continuous study of any wild population of animals in the history of science. She has published four books, including her biography Reflections of Eden.

69. BEN GOLDFARB on Beaver's Complex Inter-Weavings /92
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Description: In 1620, pre-colonization, there were an estimated 400 million beavers roaming and shaping Turtle Island. Most of us have forgotten, or maybe never knew, that we live on a land stewarded and engineered by the tireless workings of beaver. Before the fur trade, or as Ben Goldfarb coins “fur-pocalypse,” much of the American midwest was a soggy, wetland maintained by the work of beavers stewarding hundreds of millions of ponds and wildlife habitat. Beaver's build environments which serve as baseline habitat for almost every living more than human kin, from large to small, moose to salmon. What is the relationship between the destruction of beaver population and ecological collapse? How was the decimation of beaver directly linked with colonization & exploitation of the Indigenous people's on Turtle Island? We are honored to be joined by beaver believer, Ben Goldfarb this week on For The Wild. Ben Goldfarb is an independent environmental journalist based in Spokane, Washington, whose writing has appeared in publications such as Mother Jones, Science, The Guardian, and High Country News. He is the author of "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter." Music by Fountainsun

70. KURT RUSSO on The People Under The Sea/91
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Description: It feels only right that we begin our “more-than-human” themed month of October in honor of the mother Orca, Tahlequah, who carried her dead calf on a “tour of grief” for more than a 1,000 miles over a 17-day period. It is a profound reminder that we share our place and experience with other beings that bear memory, whose capacity for love and loss mirror our own. It also highlights the uncertainty of the Southern Resident Orca's livelihood, and quite frankly the livelihood of our planetary community, if we continue to act with reckless abandon. There has not been a successful Orca birth in the Salish Sea since 2015. This week we interview Kurt Russo who has worked on environmental issues, land preservation, and treaty rights with The Lummi Nation of the Salish Sea for 40 years. He is also the Executive Director of The Foundation for Indigenous Medicine and the former Director of The Native American Land Conservancy. He holds a BS and MS in Forestry and a Ph.D. in History. Music by Monplainsir & Amoeba

71. ELIZABETH FOURNIER on A Green Afterlife/90
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Description: Our conversation today is with Elizabeth Fournier, who has worked seven generations in the funeral industry, focusing on green burial and rethinking the way we bury our dead. What is the relationship between the civil war and our funerial industrial complex? What is the impact of putting our dead, and now toxic, bodies in to the earth? What are the environmental concerns of cremation? How can our deaths contribute positively to the regeneration of our earth? Elizabeth Fournier, affectionately called “The Green Reaper,” is the author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial. Find out more about her work at www.thegreenreaper.org. Music by Anne Laplantine & Kevin Macleod

72. HEATHER MILTON-LIGHTENING on Reframing Direct Action /89
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Description: This is a beautiful conversation about collective memory, power and strategy regarding the climate change movement. Heather Milton-Lightening has seventeen years of organizing experience from local issues to international campaigns. Heather was a founding member of Native Youth Movement and has supported the national Native youth network that supported Native youth organizing across the US and Canada with the Indigenous Environmental Network From funding board participation on the Funding Exchange Saguaro Fund and Honor the Earth; to helping build the Indigenous People's Power Project through the Ruckus Society that trains on non-violent direct action tools. Heather currently is the Co-Director for the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign out of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, ON. Music by Lobo Loco

73. NNIMMO BASSEY on Niger Delta as Sacrifice Zone/88
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Description: “We thought it was oil But it was blood” This week’s conversation is with Nnimmo Bassey, an inspirationally committed Nigerian activist, who is fighting the global petrol military complex to reveal the full ecological and human horrors of oil production. Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action. He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” The global complacency about the oil war in Niger Delta is the embodied intersection of global racism and ecological destruction as we continue to employ Africa as the resource colony and sacrifice zone of the world. Music by Nneka.

74. STEVEN MARTYN on Letting Land Lead/87
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Description: "We have interrupted an orchestra that is already in session. What we can do is stand at the edge of it and hope that nature will accept us.” This week we are welcoming a dialogue with artist, farmer, wildcrafter, builder, and teacher of plant and plant identification, Steven Martyn. Steven and Ayana explore the ideas of co-creative integrated polyculture, living reciprocally with the land, autonomous evolution of nature, invasive species, and the origins of our food and medicine plants. Steven has more than thirty years experience living co-creatively with the Earth, practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. In 1996, he started the Algonquin Tea Company, North America’s premiere bioregional tea company. In 2014, his partner, Megan, and he started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School. Steven released his first book, “The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden” in 2016, and his second “Sacred Gardening” was released in June 2017. Music by The Range of Light Wilderness and Lea Thomas.

75. LEAH PENNIMAN on Land Based Liberation /72⌠ENCORE⌡
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Description: This conversation between Ayana and Leah is beyond inspiring, it confronts us with the harsh realities of injustice by two voices that simultaneously speak of healing, possibility, and reconciliation. We must acknowledge the current state of our food system; as of 2016 nearly 42 million people in this country are living in food insecure households, 85% of farmworkers are Latinx or Hispanic workers, yet less than 3% of farms are owned by Latinxs or Hispanics, industrial agriculture is responsible for 24% of climate change, 1/3 of farmworkers live below the poverty line, and while the average wage for a white farmer is around $12/hr, farmers of color average about $9 an hour. Reflecting upon these statistics it becomes so clear that land and food sovereignty are essential to liberation. Many of For The Wild’s podcast episodes allude to the work of our imagination and the process of envisioning a world of reciprocity and balance outside of the corrosive and supremacist capitalist machine. What Leah Penman and the folks at Soul Fire Farm do is exactly that, they have created a vision for a different future; one in which food gives life and communities are able to sustainably support their farmers. By re-evaluating our relationship with land and agency, we can fix the problems of our food system and heal our communities in the process. I hope this episode inspires you to take action and support your own community, wherever you may be.

76. RON FINLEY on Cultivating the Garden of the Mind ⌠ENCORE⌡ /79
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Description: “All of us humans need the same thing. I ask the question around the world, what is the single most important thing to your life? People say, “love, god, kids, my wife, my cats,” but .000% say oxygen. What I am trying to do is to teach people how think differently about what we value. That’s what needs to be cultivated, the garden between our ears.”-- Ron Finley Molly here, Media Director of For The Wild. My episode encore is a recent one that premiered this May with “Ron Finley on Cultivating the Garden of the Mind”. When I first hear this episode I listened to it a few days in a row. I was blown away by the universality of Ron’s wisdom, there is no one out of the reach of his contact. He is speaking to all human people and asking them to cultivate the space between our ears-- our mind. He is asking us to inquire about our socialization, our indoctrination into a capitalistic system of values that perpetuate unwellness. Ron Finley is an artist, farmer and visionary who “envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food.” What I love about Ron is he isn’t trying to be someone else’s gardener, he doesn’t want to manage a bunch of farms around the city of Los Angeles; he wants everyone to critically assess the values we have inherited under the great hand of Capitalism. Who and what do we have to step over to have our needs met? What kind of action can we take in our daily lives towards a healthier philosophy of being rooted in the values of nature? He wants this to be something every single person, community and society takes active participation towards building. What does it look like to move beyond the “build it and they will come mentality” towards a more inclusive “let’s build it together” paradigm of collectives and cooperation?

77. STEPHEN HARROD BUHNER on Plant Intelligence & The Imaginal Realm Part 2 /14 ⌠ENCORE⌡
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Description: This week’s encore episode opens up a plethora of curiosities around human's relationship to art, creation and mind altering substances. An evergreen classic chosen by Research Director, Madison Magalski. Stephen Harrod Buhner is the earth speaking on behalf of themselves. He so beautifully and scientifically challenges us to give ourselves fully and humbly in our relationships with our more than human elders and kin, he asks us to walk our talk when it comes to unlearning human supremacy and civilized consumptive conditioning through relationship to plants. Humans have always made things more beautiful than they perhaps had to have been for functionality. We dialogue with Stephen about what is the particular role of art in these times and how humans have used intoxicants to create that which comes forth from spirit and moves through us. Art allows us to shift. Art acts as a depatterning figure. Art shifts the perceptual frame of the people experiencing it. Art upsets. “Art is an amazing thing. For example a poem, when someone is able to capture something that cannot be captured in words and put it in words. It causes one to have an experiential perception of the world that is not in the words, but rather gather momentum and then land in another frame of reference. This is a crucial element of Art.” As always, listen in weekly on forthewild.world/listen and subscribe & review our podcast on iTunes.

78. JANINE BENYUS on Redesigning Society Based on Nature /71 ⌠ENCORE⌡
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Description: This week we are excited to feature an encore episode chosen by our dear Podcast Editor and Producer Andrew Storrs. Biomimicry asks us to look at nature’s blueprint for a game plan. High speed trains from technology of the kingfisher birds, wind turbines from the humpback whale, harvesting fog air as inspired by the stenocara beetle, shock absorption from the woodpecker, planet cooling ventilation from termites-- these are fully functioning technologies that have existed in the vision of nature’s sheer brilliance.. Rather than drilling, pummelling, mining, exploding, taking, we could simply just look and see how it has been done since the very beginning. Sustainability should be the bare minimum when we have all the necessary technology to be thriving. Listen again this Thursday to this episode full of inspiration!

79. ROBIN WALL KIMMERER on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing ⌠ENCORE⌡ /35
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Description: Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer has authored numerous literary essays and scientific papers on restoration and plant ecology, as well as the award-winning books Gathering Moss, and Braiding Sweetgrass, which interweave indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

80. DUNE LANKARD on The Day the Water Died /86
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Description: Dune Lankard has worked tirelessly and creatively to leverage so many disasters to his people, to all people, and the land that provides for his culture into structural changes. The ecological disasters that are certain consequences of capitalism can be catalysts to change mentalities and structures. Since the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, Dune has worked legally to spare enormous amounts of land from further extraction. He has insisted on and implemented conservation voices in the business and law of native resource management. Dune’s determination to bring reason back to the dialogue happening in courtrooms and board meetings, and to take on lawsuits with visionary alternatives to the status quo, has made the wildest possibilities of conservation happen in Alaska. He has turned cultural corners from the forced corporatization of native peoples’ relationship to their land, trees, and fish of Alaska. Music by Tonstarttsbandht

81. FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ on Art & Migration Know No Borders/85
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Description: “The freedom of butterflies invite an entirely different reaction. They help us see that all living things move, we have always been moving since the beginning of time. Migrants are in line with what human beings have been doing for years, the punishment of this is a result of dominant culture”-- Favianna Rodriguez This week we are thrilled to have Favianna Rodriguez on the show. Favianna Rodriguez is an transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the U.S. at the intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity. Favianna invites us to explore the wisdom of nature and Earth relations as a lense through which to envision an alternative to the current immigration crisis. Music By Rebecca Lane

82. ZAYAAN KHAN on The Place of Sweet Waters Part 2/84
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Description: There is a principle of ecology that can give us some ground in understanding the unraveling world around us: thresholds. Within a stable ecosystem, the diversity of relationships and resources creates a strong resilience to shock. An ecological community can endure shock again and again, and can actually unravel quite a ways without showing it, until a threshold is reached. And then collapse happens, abruptly—which is really transformation. . There is another principle ~ it is called the Adaptive Cycle. At the beginning (though as a cycle, it is never-ending), all the energy is available, relationships are not yet established, and the form taken could move in many possible directions. What people are experiencing now in South Africa with the water crisis is a threshold being reached.

83. ZAYAAN KHAN on The Place of Sweet Waters /83
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Description: Kayaan Zhan masterfully weaves a deep understanding of what forms true relationship to land, and how this informs the culture upon it. The basis of a people is the land that sustains them, even today—though we are psychically disconnected, we cannot physically be disconnected. Apartheid severed people’s connection to their lands, to the waters, to the connectivity of the landscape. City planners would just erase people from their land, where in Africa, they have lived for all time. The southwest of Africa is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and not coincidentally, is an origin place of human life. There is a telling & poetic tragedy in the source of human life being today one of the most unequal and oppressive places.

84. STEPHEN JENKINSON on Closing Time /82
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Description: In a manner as unique as water, Stephen Jenkinson uses English in ways that begin to polish off our clinging and confusion, that make the ancient in us sit up and listen, wide-eared. A piece of his magic is in illuminating where we have come from by masterfully tracing our language back down dark burrows to ancient roots. Etymologically, he teaches, to be awake is to be gathered into the web of consequence. “A” is an old English root for locating, as in “at,” or “of,” or “with.” A wake is a ceremony to honor the dead, and also what extends out after and before you as you move through water. Thus to be a-wake is to be with the recognition of the consequence of your movement, of your being. Growth untethered to consequence is cancer. We are approaching now the reckoning of our endeavor to outgrow our limits. Elderhood is a consequence of life’s limits. It is one of the original permaculture principles, edited away, that limitations create abundance. It is in the nature of addiction to prescribe a solution for the addiction, Stephen says, which includes continuing to use. We are deeply addicted to the thing that got us here: a stratagem for relief. And what is it really that brought us to hunger, at almost any cost, for such relief? One of Stephen’s answers is the loss of elderhood. And it is another kind of relief entirely to bathe in how and what he teaches. We are living through a time when there are more people dying, more creatures, more plants, more cultures, than ever before. We are surrounded by more death—and of course we feel that tremendous presence of death all around us. The debts of generations past have accrued to us, but not the wisdom. Our inheritance of obligation, of reciprocity, has broken. And we are left with the dying, but no understanding of how to be with it. Your longing is one of the manifestations of your ancestry. A consequences of our abandonment is that we’ve lost all sense that we are longed for by our ancestry, too. A time before you is singing for you ~ a longing for home that becomes miscast as a search for freedom.

85. ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN on Emergent Strategy /68 ⌠ENCORE⌡
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Description: At the heart of Emergent Strategy is moving towards life and learning from the wisdom of nature to drive our social movements. Emergent Strategy asks of us to think about spirituality and transformative justice central to the resilient future we are imagining together. This asks of us to really show up, for ourselves and one another, leaning into conflict across horizontal hostility and vicious critique. adrienne maree brown is the author behind Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. Based in Detroit, she facilitates social justice and black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and is on the teaching body of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and generative somatics. She and her sister co-host How to Survive the End of the World podcast, and she writes the Pleasure Dome column for Bitch Magazine.

86. JACINDA MACK on The Planetary Cost of Luxury /81
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Description: On August 4, 2014 the Mount Polley Mine Disaster occured. The indigenous community of Xat’sull, located near Williams Lake, British Columbia, the waterways, salmon, bears and ecosystems will be reaping the devastation of this event for generations to come. Jacinda Mack is someone who is wholeheartedly leading the way to ignite the fire in people’s hearts around this critical topic of responsible mining, rooted in seven generations thinking.  Hailing from the Secwepemc and Nuxalk indigenous peoples, raised on the land in her indigenous community. Jacinda has worked with First Nations communities on the central coast and northern interior of B.C. as community organizer, researcher, natural resources manager and self government coordinator on First Nations territory-related issues.

87. TOM GOLDTOOTH on Climate Change Capitalism /80
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Description: This week on For The Wild podcast we are joined by Tom Goldtooth, an indigenous rights leader in the climate and environmental justice movement. He has served as executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) since 1996. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice, co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!, a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative, a co-founder of the first Bioneers Conference Indigenous Forum, and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. He advocates for building healthy and sustainable indigenous communities based on traditional knowledge foundations, and works within tribal governments to develop indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. He serves on numerous boards, and works with indigenous people worldwide. Tom also co-produced "Drumbeat for Mother Earth," an award-winning documentary which explored the story of toxic and synthetic chemicals contaminating the food web and violating indigenous rights. Tom is of Diné and Dakota descent.

88. RON FINLEY on Cultivating the Garden of the Mind /79
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Description: In the 1960s, economic development in the suburbs of Los Angeles led to “supermarket flight,” which paralleled other public and private divestment in neighborhoods like South LA, contributing to lost tax revenues, jobs, and access to amenities. This set the stage for the deep frustration that erupted in South LA following the controversial verdict of the 1992 Rodney King trial, out of which the community experienced additional losses in business including grocery stores. Through the subsequent ReBuild LA program, 32 new grocery stores were proposed to be built in South LA. Ten years after the unrest, there was only one. South LA remains a food desert. There has been some success in South LA through changes to zoning regulations to preserve the limited remaining land there. In 2008 the city responded to community concerns regarding South LA’s over-concentration of fast food restaurants by putting a moratorium on the development of new free-standing fast food restaurants within ½ mile of an existing fast food restaurant. Since the moratorium, 14 new grocery stores have opened in the area, and only one new fast food restaurant. Only through people power and community agitation does change arise, and as more communities organize to shape their own lives, hope spreads like a seed on the wind. Policies can structure change, and good ideas can be borrowed from one neighborhood to another. This Thursday, we speak with Ron Finley, a South LA "gangsta" gardener & designer who made the change he wanted to see in his own neighborhood. Ron started out with one guerrilla garden and now runs the organization LA Green Grounds, which plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA yards free of charge and has installed public gardens in curb strips, homeless shelters, abandoned lots, and traffic medians. The all-volunteer organization has installed over 30 gardens. “It's amazing what a sunflower can do - it's almost impossible not to smile at a sunflower. It transforms you to walk down the street and see color, smell smells. Beauty in, beauty out.” -Ron Finley

89. ALEXANDRA MORTON on the Virulence of Farmed Salmon /78
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Description: This week’s episode is about the devastating impact of salmon farming on the Pacific coast of British Columbia. A salmon farm exists in a calm ocean inlet, where overcrowded salmon are enclosed in netted areas about the size of 2 football fields, below the nets, are dead zones and the fish are essentially saturated in their own excrement where water circulation and oxygen availability are limited. Because of this enclosement, disease agents spread where salmon must be regularly vaccinated. In order to maintain the appearance of salmon, synthetic carotenoids are added to their feed so their flesh turns pink. Farmed salmon flesh will remain white in the absence of a rich wild diet. The greatest threat imposed by enclosed salmon farms are the diseases they foster and spread to our precious remaining wild salmon. This week’s guest, Alexandra Morton, is an expert in salmon farming and the viruses perpetuated by this destructive aquaculture practice-- she has written 26 papers on the topic alone and is a leader in the movement to halt salmon farming off the coast of British Columbia. She co-published the first scientific article about Piscine reovirus, a salmon virus that travelled from Norway to Canada when salmon farms were first introduced, and the coverup is becoming an international scandal. Infected farm salmon are continuing to pour in to BC salmon farms, impacting wild salmon, who infected with this disease are too weak to swim upstream to spawn. ACT NOW TO ENSURE SALMON FARM TENURES ARE NOT RENEWED: In June 2018, British Columbia salmon farm tenures expire. IT IS OUR TIME TO RISE UP AND COLLECTIVELY SAVE OUR SALMON. Please email premier@gov.bc.ca to respectfully request/demand that the Premiere of British Columbia do away with the Salmon Farms in the waters off the west coast of B.C. or move farmed salmon to contained holding tanks on land. This week's music is by: Eola & Ben Chace

90. IAN McALLISTER on Ferocious Conservation for the Last Wild Wolves /77
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Description: “I don’t doubt that the ancestors of these wolves lived with the ancestors of the Heiltsuk people here. When these wolves let us into their lives, are they waiting for us to rediscover that relationship? With all such encounters, I believe that a fragment of the trust that once existed between wolves and the First Peoples of this coast is rekindled, that I am witnessing the potential for humans to find their place again in the natural world.”-Ian McAllister Ian McAllister is co-founder and executive director of Pacific Wild, a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a recipient of the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero award. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine amongst "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Wolves are time honored as messengers, providers, protectors. This conversation with Ian McAlister is a call to rekindle and reclaim our relationship as humble companions. Where roads have not been built, nor forests plowed and paved over, the wolves can experience a freedom from the slaughter that their continental kin have suffered for hundreds of years since the arrival of Europeans to Turtle Island. The wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest give us an entry point into understanding the wolves of the past in an unbroken lineage- and an offering for us to remember our humanity. The hour glass has flipped on these wild and sacred places and the wolves are calling on us to stand up to protect that which remains, that which serves as the reminder of beginningless time. The parallels to the havoc wreaked upon these wolf populations and that of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island are both astonishing and completely in line with European modus operandi. Follow the money and the desire for convenience, and we will find time and time again an insidious path of destruction that first demolishes our wild kin and Indigenous Peoples and then leaves us in the wreckage with broken hearts, feeling empty and disconnected. It is up to us to save the remnants of our eldest ancestors. This week’s music by: Kitchen Dwellers & Rumpke Mountain Boys Pacific Wild https://pacificwild.org/about-us Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Denny Island. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest Pacific Wild Alliance is a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. It is not a charitable organization, which allows us to engage in advocacy work. However, PWA partners closely with the Great Bear Education and Research Project (formerly known as the Pacific Wild Initiative) at Tides Canada Initiatives Society, which is a Canadian charitable organization. The Great Bear Education and Research project (GBEAR) carries out research and education work on the central coast and beyond. GBEAR is a partner in Pacific Wild's Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network, Great Bear LIVE, SEAS Community Initiatives as well as other efforts to elevate awareness of wildlife and habitat issues in this region.

91. ULRICH EICHELMANN on Saving The Blue Heart of Europe /76
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Description: Ulrich is a German ecologist and conservationist who has been living in Vienna, Austria for 29 years. He worked for the World Wildlife Fund Austria for more than 17 years until 2007, being primarily concerned with river conservation and restoration. He has been campaigning internationally against the construction of hydropower plants, such as dams along the Danube and the Ilisu Dam project on the Tirgris River in Turkey. Between 2010 and 2012 he produced the film Climate Crimes, a documentary about the abuse of climate protection and the consequences of so-called green energies. In 2012, he founded the Vienna-based conservation organization River Watch – a society for the protection of rivers. In addition, he is freelancing for the Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung, an environmental protection foundation based in Bremen, Germany. In November 2014, he was awarded the Great Binding Prize for Nature Conservation and in June 2015 he received the Wolfgang Staab Prize for Nature Conservation.

92. MALIK YAKINI on a Food Sovereign Future in Detroit /75
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Description: Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom,justice and equality. He has a strong interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. Malik is the founder of D-Town Farms, the largest farm in Detroit growing the most diversified vegetables and runs the The Detroit Food Justice Task Force, a consortium of People of Color led organizations and allies that share a commitment to creating a food security plan for Detroit that is: sustainable; that provides healthy, affordable foods for all of the city’s people; that is based on best-practices and programs that work; and that is just and equitable in the distribution of food and jobs.

93. JUREK LUBINSKI on Protecting Europe's Last Primeval Forest /74
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Description: This week on For The Wild podcast we are joined by Polish forest protector, Jurek Lubiński. Jurek and his community, Obóz dla Puszczy (Camp of the Forest) are successfully fighting for the rights of this ancient forest’s protection. This forest hosts an enormous amount of biodiversity due to a critical part of the forest ecosystem: dead trees. Over 40 percent of the logging was taking place within the Białowieża UNESCO World Heritage site, in which many animals, lichens, mosses, and fungi are dependent on dead and rotting wood for survival. On April 19th, ‘Democracy Now’ reported that "Europe’s highest court ordered an immediate halt to large-scale logging in this pristine forest. The ruling by the European Union Court of Justice found Poland violated EU laws by allowing as many as 100,000 ancient trees to be logged in the Bialowieza Forest. Following the ruling, Greenpeace and other forest protectors have demanded Poland’s government drop charges against 300 activists arrested during protests against the illegal logging." The forest protectors are still fighting for the remainder of the forest to become National Park land, and will not leave the forest until it is recognized as such by the Polish government. Jurek, this week’s guest, is one of the activists camped out with Camp of the Forest-a non-hierarchic, grassroots, no-logo camp based on equality. Theirs is a movement for everyone, “It’s not a movement of some radical fighters. It’s not a movement of young men or young women or any specific social, economical, age group, or gender group. It’s open for anyone, from any country around the world, who wants to come and help protect this forest.” Thank you to the forest protectors near and far reminding us the power of putting our bodies in the line of that which we love, that which we stand on and for- our Earth. Let’s let these stories be our collective legacy.

94. JEREMY LENT on Depatterning Wetiko /73
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Description: This week’s interview is with Jeremy Lent, an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. His book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, published last year, explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. Most of humanity’s ailments can be traced back to a mind virus known to some Indigenous cultures as Wetiko. Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit that is driven by greed, excess, and selfish consumption (in Ojibwa it is windigo, wintiko in Powhatan). With Jeremy, we will unpack the history of Wetiko spirit and its relationship to capitalism- the culmination of humanity’s hyper individualistic self destruction. Rooted in history and patterning, Jeremy explores the ancient and primeval patriarchal drive towards violence and destruction, offering us an alternative way forward based on community, collaboration and collective divestment from Wetiko through reembodying intuition and feeling sense.

95. LEAH PENNIMAN on Land Based Liberation /72
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Description: This week we are honored to host activist, farmer and educator Leah Penniman on For The Wild. Leah lives in steadfast dedication to her mission of weaving the vast and vital threads of honoring heritage, building relationship to land and ending racism and injustice in the food system. Soul Fire Farm in Upstate New York is a hotbed for regeneration, grassroots activism and education based in agroecology and Afro-Ecology, a form of art, movement, practice, and process of social and ecological transformation that involves the re-evaluation of our sacred relationships with land, water, air, seeds and food. In 2009, Soul Fire’s soil was initially ranked on the worst level by the USDA Agricultural Soil Classification, with only 6 inches of topsoil. From 2009 to 2017, their topsoil increased by 300% (6 to 18 inches) through regenerative and ancestral farming practices now sequestering up to 4,000 pounds of carbon. Leah and the folks of Soul Fire Farm leave no stone unturned in the integration between social and environmental justice. Leah serves as a true leader of our generation, asking us to show up to these times with full heart rooted tangible action, healing the earth and one another.

96. JANINE BENYUS on Redesigning Society Based on Nature /71
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The Earth is some 3.8 billion years old. There are systems and structures in place that have withstood the test of time, trials and errors that exist in the deepest time. This week’s podcast guest, Janine Benyus, is a pioneer in the school of thought known as Biomimicry. The only way to survive is to learn from life how to be life. Life has learned how to create soil, clean air, water, cycle nutrients. Life, remarkably, creates conditions to produce more life, so nature is our model and our mentor. .
In this time, we are being asked to abandon reductionist science and hyper individualism that perpetuate the cannibalistic systems of our societal workings. Janine invites us to explore systems conducive to creating more life. .
Everything we do must create conditions conducive to life, if we want to stick around here. Janine encourages us to live by the questions, “What would nature do here?” And, “What wouldn’t nature do here?” .
This Thursday, listen to Janine expound upon the power of Biomimicry as a force for regeneration. .

97. DAVID SHEARER on Last-Ditch Climate Ingenuity /70
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Description: The advent of modern technology within deeply misguided institutions and cultures has accelerated the near-demise of the biosphere. Our guest today argues that coupled with a deep awareness of ecological realities, visionary technology can benefit nature and society, and perhaps even help avert a worst-case climate disaster. Dr. Shearer is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar. Prior to launching Full Circle Biochar, Dr. Shearer was Chief Scientist at California Environmental Associates and Principal Environmental Scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in the next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology space. In addition to his private sector activities, Dr. Shearer has directed groundbreaking work in both public policy and philanthropic investment for climate change mitigation. Dr. Shearer sits on several nonprofit and educational boards including SkyTruth and Black Rock Labs (formerly Black Rock Solar). He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology and a M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of California, and B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.

98. RUE MAPP on Nature as the Great Equalizer /69
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Description: Rue Mapp is pioneering a movement of equity and justice in the outdoor recreation and environmental movement. Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature, letting people know that they are welcome in the outdoors to build community and find healing.

Outdoor Afro is as much about representation as it is about paradigm shifts. Rue and her team are alchemizing the painful lineages of separation and trauma, to tell a story rooted in Black joy and seeking refuge in nature.
 :: “I think about the Redwoods who were all clearcut, and now those trees are all second and third growth—that is the story of regeneration. I think nature holds those stories of relief. Nature relieves the stress of racism that we all feel. The trees don’t know what color I am. The birds don’t know what gender is. The flowers don’t know how much money I have in my bank account. I think we can rely on nature to be the equalizer for us so we can shed that weight. The possibility is there for us.”-- Rue Mapp on For The Wild :: This episode is in collaboration with the Geography of Hope Conference, where Rue will be keynote speaker March 17 + 18 in Point Reyes, California. https://gohconference.org

99. ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN on Emergent Strategy /68
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Description: At the heart of Emergent Strategy is moving towards life and learning from the wisdom of nature to drive our social movements. Emergent Strategy asks of us to think about spirituality and transformative justice central to the resilient future we are imagining together. This asks of us to really show up, for ourselves and one another, leaning into conflict across horizontal hostility and vicious critique. adrienne maree brown is the author behind *Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds* and *Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements*. Based in Detroit, she facilitates social justice and black liberation through the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute and is on the teaching body of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and generative somatics. She and her sister co-host How to Survive the End of the World podcast, and she writes the Pleasure Dome column for Bitch Magazine. The book: https://www.akpress.org/emergentstrategy.html The blog: http://adriennemareebrown.net/

100. PETER WOHLLEBEN on the Hidden Life of Trees /67
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Description: Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Peter Wohlleben studies the social life of trees, how they rely on one another and build communities. A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it and each tree performs a specific role in the health and well being of the forest-- our tree elders have so much to teach us about relationship building and community. Peter Wohlleben is a German forest protector and author of the best selling book *The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World.* After working for over 20 years in Germany's forestry commission, he drastically shifted his career from a commercial forester to a humble steward of a woodland of familial beings. Peter claimed that prior to awakening to the interconnected intelligence of the forest, "he knew about as much about the hidden life of trees as a butcher knows about the emotional life of animals." As far as human relations with forest goes, Peter has spent time studying homosapien interdependence on trees throughout time as one that impacts our psycho-spiritual wellbeing in our daily life, no matter how “disconnected” we may feel from nature: “Going in to an old growth forest is a feeling of coming home. A good stable forest provides good feelings, lower blood pressure and has mood stabilizing properties. But when we go into tree plantations our body reacts to the unnatural and unhealthy aspect of it. These studies show that we are still part of the forest. People may think we have lost connection with nature, but in fact, we cannot lose connection with nature because it is in your body and in your genes.” This episode is in collaboration with Geography of Hope Conference, “Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Time” happening March 17-18 in Point Reyes, CA. On Sunday morning March 18, attendees will take part in land-based restoration and environmental efforts with Peter Wohlleben. [https://gohconference.org][1] [1]: https://gohconference.org

101. MIRIAM HORN on Conserving Common Ground in America's Divided Heartland /66
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Description: Miriam Horn has worked at the Environmental Defense Fund since 2004. She is the author of three books: Rebels in White Gloves, the New York Times bestselling Earth: the Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming, and Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland. Horn was also a producer of a film based on the book which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and aired globally on Discovery in August 2017. Before joining EDF, Ms. Horn spent two decades writing for U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications. Her first job was with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, doing timber management, trail construction, mine reclamation and education. Ms. Horn holds a BA from Harvard University and completed two years of post-baccalaureate study in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Music by Bea Troxel, “Be Gone” and “Delta” and by Fletcher Tucker, “Buried on the Wind.” Both are available on bandcamp.com.

102. BRONTË VELEZ on Embodying the Revolution /65
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Description: This week’s journey on For The Wild is with the mesmerizing visionary leader brontë velez who poetically guides us through an expansive exploration of critical ecology, radical imagination and decomposition as rebellion. brontë graciously encourages us to examine our relationship to place and space, the decolonization of literacy, the decomposition of violence and the prioritization of Black wellness. brontë is guided by “the many rivers that have come together” to make and sustain them. as a black-latinx multimedia artist, life-long student, and designer, their praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of critical geography, black liberation ecologies and creative placemaking. they live by the call that "black wellness is the antithesis of state violence" (Mark Anthony Johnson). their work intends to compost the violences forged by environmental racism through radical imagination. this commitment iterates through several mediums and this year grows through Lead to Life. in their last year at Brandeis University, brontë worked as a copy editor on a retrospective of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ work. when they witnessed his projects Disarm and Palas por Pistolas - in which he transforms weapons into shovels and instruments - they were met with profound healing and a deep desire to share this medicine through continuing the rituals in the united states as a direct response to losing a dear friend to gun violence alongside the larger traumatic impact on black communities and environments from police brutality. they are committed to joy, wellness, decomposition as rebellion and walking in the prayer that “justice is what love looks like in public."

103. BILL McKIBBEN on Dampening the Blow of a Spiraling Climate /64
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Description: Today we join Bill Mckibben from Vermont to discuss the news from the frontline of climate chaos and resistance. We discuss potential scenarios regarding the fate of modern civilizations and the imperative to survive and restore biodiversity. Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books and receive the Right Livelihood Prize. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat (Megophthalmidia mckibbeni) in his honor.

104. ANGELO BACA on The Elders of Bears Ears /63
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Description: As a PhD student in the department of anthropology at New York University, Angelo has research interests in indigenous international repatriation, indigenous food sovereignty, and sacred lands protection. He promotes a local participatory research methodology and empowering traditional knowledge keepers. He has taught a variety of Native American and Indigenous course topics from college to Ivy league university settings. As a documentary film-maker, Angelo has developed digital storytelling projects in close collaboration with indigenous communities. His latest film is Shash Jaa': Bears Ears. He is the co-president of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU, assisting in facilitating an Indigenous Studies Program minor at the institution and he is on the selection committee for the Chief Diversity Officer at NYU.

105. NALINI NADKARNI on Discovering Forest Canopy Microcosms /62
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Description: Called "the queen of canopy research," Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. Dr. Nadkarni has spent two decades climbing the trees of Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon and the Pacific Northwest, exploring the world of animals and plants that live in the canopy and never come down; and how this upper layer of the forest interacts with the world on the ground. A pioneering researcher in this area, Nadkarni created the Big Canopy Database to help researchers store and understand the rich trove of data she and others are uncovering. Nadkarni taught biology at Evergreen State College in Washington for twenty years, followed by University of Utah, but her work outside the academy is equally fascinating -- using nontraditional vectors to teach the general public about trees and the ecosystem. She worked with prison inmates to grow moss for the horticulture trade, to relieve the collecting pressure on wild mosses and to inspire a new reverence for nature—named by TIME magazine as “One of the best inventions of 2014.” She holds a PhD from University of Washington and a BS from Brown University/University of British Columbia. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aldo Leopold Fellowship, the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation. She's the author of over 100 scholarly articles and four books, including Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees (read an excerpt or purchase book: https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520261655)

106. JACQUI PATTERSON on Eco-Justice in the Age of Disasters /61
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Description: Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

107. PUA CASE on the Heart of a Mountain /60
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Description: Pualani Case, born and raised on the Island of Hawai’i surrounded by the high mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala, the fresh waters of Kohakohau and Waikoloa and the plains of Waimea. Pua’s life path and purpose has led her to become a Kumu Hula, a teacher of traditional dance and chant, and a teacher of the ways, culture and traditions of the kanaka maoli or native peoples of Hawai’i. With a degree in Hawaiian Language and culture, and a teaching degree in Social Studies, interwoven with the traditional teachings, philosophies and expectations from her kupuna or elders, Pua has integrated ‘Ike Hawai’i or Hawaiian knowledge and lessons into the public school system for over 30 years. Pua and her ‘ohana, her family are active as spiritual and cultural leaders in and beyond their community. They are an integral part of the protocol and ceremonies for Na Kalaiwa’a, Moku o Keawe Makali’i Voyaging Canoe, as well as for Hokule’a and other Pacific Island Voyages. Pua sits on various educational and cultural boards including the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Waimea Community Education Hui, and MKEA, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness. Pua and her family are petitioners in the Contested Case hearing filed on behalf of Mauna Kea Mountain. As a representative of the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana Na Kia’I Mauna, Idle No More Hawai’i Warriors Rising and Idle No More Mauna, Kea she and her family have traveled throughout the continent, to Europe and various places across the Pacific to network, support and address the issues and challenges facing sacred places and life ways of the people of Hawaiʻi.

108. GEORGE MONBIOT on Reinhabiting an Ecological Commons /59
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Description: Today we speak with George Monbiot, who studied zoology at Oxford, and has spent his career as a journalist and environmentalist, working with others to defend the natural world. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world. George is the author of the bestselling books Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a New Politics for an Age of Crisis. Among the many prizes he has won is the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, presented to him by Nelson Mandela.

109. CLAYTON THOMAS-MÜLLER on Disrupting Planetary Destruction /58
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Description: This week, join Ayana in conversation with organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice, Clayton Thomas-Müller. As a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada, Clayton is the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with 350.org. For the last fifteen years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend their traditional territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands. lifeinthecityofdirtywater.com/ For The Wild's Kickstarter: kck.st/2B14M7d

110. WINONA LaDUKE on the Prophesied Green Path /57
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Description: This week on For The Wild we are honored to have environmentalist activist, economist, writer, orator, Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a living embodiment of earth activism and Indigenous sovereignty and longtime inspiration of the For The Wild team. • As the founder and executive director of Honor the Earth, Winona is fighting against pipelines while simultaneously creating tangible solutions for oil independence. • She is rooted in the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties of north-central Minnesota and is the founding member of Turtle Island Slow Food Association, the first indigenous-led slow food association in the world. • Winona is currently raising funds to purchase Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm in Osage, MN where she has plans to cultivate acres of industrial hemp and foster the next generation of Anishinaabe land stewards. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/winonashemp/winonas-hemp-and-heritage-farm/rewards

111. SYLVIA EARLE on the Fate of Marine Biodiversity /56
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Description: “It's taken us a short time to change the nature of nature. In my lifetime, there has been more change than during all preceding human history put together.” This episode we speak with Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine. Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts in 1970. She is the subject of the Emmy Award-winning film Mission Blue. As the founder of Mission Blue, an organization uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas, or Hope Spots. These habitats or ecosystems are home to rare, threatened or endangered species. Nominated and protected by civilians, all of these Hope Spots will create a global wave of community support for ocean conservation that leaders and policy makers can’t ignore. mission-blue.org

112. PAUL WATSON on Sea Shepherd's Life-or-Death Direct Action /55
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Description: Today’s powerful conversation revolves around the state of the oceans, the threats to the world’s marine wildlife, the tactic of aggressive non-violence, the political dynamics at play, the tensions between indigenous hunters and conservationists, and the psychological barriers to sane co-existence. Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservationist and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977 Watson left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has served as master and commander on seven different Sea Shepherd ships since 1978 and continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns. Alongside his crew, he has starred in seven seasons of Animal Planet’s series “Whale Wars.” Among many honors, he was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002 and he was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000. seashepherd.org

113. TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS on Sacred Rage and the Battle for Public Lands /54
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Description: We are at a crossroads. We can continue on the path we have been on, in this nation that privileges profit over people and land; or we can unite as citizens with a common cause--the health and wealth of the Earth that sustains us. If we cannot commit to this kind of fundamental shift, then democracy becomes another myth perpetuated by those in power.”- Terry Tempest Williams, Land of Hour . This week on For The Wild is Terry Tempest Williams. Williams is a prolific writer who speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. . A native of Utah, her naturalist writing has been richly influenced by the sprawling landscape of the West. Her most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks where her writing is described to "follow wilderness trails into the realm of memory and family, exploring gender and community through the prism of landscape." . This conversation invites insight into renewed relational understanding of land, sacred rage, and protecting the breathing spaces of public lands. Terry Tempest Williams guides us to explore acts of the imagination into our shifts of consciousness and expanding our sense of family to both human and wild. For the identity of Americans, we are facing a welcome and necessary shift towards mindful reverence, active respect, and intentional renewal of our remaining open public spaces.

114. KANDI MOSSETT on the Hidden Costs of Modernity /53
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Description: Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota) has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. After completing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Ms. Mossett began her work with the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instate community based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as the IEN’s Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several United Nation Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands. Quotes: “Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak, and never give up hope.” "We're not guaranteed change when we make our voices heard against injustice, but we are guaranteed to fail if we don’t at least try."

115. CALLA ROSE OSTRANDER and JOHN WICK on Carbon Drawdown in Abrupt Climate Change /52
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Description: As greenhouse gas concentrations continue to climb to perilous extremes, scientists are observing dozens of new self-reinforcing feedback loops taking effect and a once-mighty biosphere begins to sputter. The pace of climate breakdown has greatly outpaced projections, and will continue to accelerate as these tipping points are reached—unless!—there were a secret power we could harness to pull CO2 out of the sky and safeguard it in the soils of a verdant food-bearing landscape. On the California coast, breakthrough research at the Marin Carbon Project has given a glimmer of hope to the disillusioned. We’re joined today by two people whose mission is to realize the potential of plants and soil communities to restore our future. John Wick is a rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate. He is the co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangelands, agriculture and forest soils, and is the co-owner of Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin County, California. On the ranch, John manages molecules, microorganisms and rain at the watershed scale. John’s personal mission is to remove enough CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis to get us below 300 ppm, or “climate drawdown.” Calla Rose Ostrander is a strategic advisor and activist who works with leaders in California and the western US to rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle. She worked for ten years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco, leading climate action and resilience planning and internal sustainability reporting, and also worked for Earth Economics, the California Carbon Campaign and the Rocky Mountain Institute. marincarbonproject.org/ guymcpherson.com/climate-chaos/climate-change-summary-and-update/ conference.bioneers.org/

116. JODY HOLMES on Keeping the Great Bear Standing /51
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Description: Today we are joined by Jody Holmes, forest defender and primary architect of the historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreements which protected the largest expanses of old growth temperate rainforest in the world. The Rainforest Solutions Project is a unique and innovative coalition consisting of Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC and Stand (formerly ForestEthics). For almost 2 decades, they have had a singular mission of “pioneering collaboration between deeply divergent interests (government, First Nations, environmentalists and logging companies) in the Great Bear Rainforest to develop a world-leading legal and policy framework called Ecosystem-Based Management”. The decades-long struggle over British Columbia's enormous coastal rainforests culminated in one of the most extraordinary conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights victories in recent memory: a historic multi-generational agreement between the parties to conserve and sustainably manage the 15-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old growth temperate rainforests on the planet. Eighty-five percent of these forests are now legally off-limits to logging. savethegreatbear.org

117. THERESA TWO BULLS on Uniting to Reclaim the Black Hills /50
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Description: Theresa Two Bulls is an attorney, prosecutor and politician in the United States and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. In 2004 she was elected to the South Dakota Senate, the first American Indian woman to be elected to the state legislature. In 2008 Two Bulls was elected as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, the second woman to serve in this position. In elective office, Two Bulls has particularly worked to develop stronger relationships between tribal and local and state governments. She also served on a United States Department of Justice task force to develop guidelines for and implementation of a study to reduce violence against Indian women. When the rate of suicide rose among youth on the reservation in late 2009, Two Bulls declared a state of emergency to address the problem. As of 2015 she is secretary-treasurer of the National Congress of American Indians. She is a lead organizer of The Unity Concert, a gathering of members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation, also called the Great Sioux Nation), artists, performers and concerned global citizens committed to educating and raising support for the Black Hills Initiative. Its organizers and participants believe that the only way for the United States of America to be truly great is to honor its word. Honor the treaties. Join us in healing the Heart of a Nation by restoring the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation. The Black Hills Unity Concert, FREE, September 8-9-10, 2017: http://www.theunityconcert.com *All donations to For the Wild through September 10th will go to the Unity Concert

118. ALNOOR LADHA on Capitalists and Other Cannibals /49
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Description: Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, storytelling, technology and the decentralization of power. He is a founding member and the Executive Director of The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality, climate change and poverty around the world.

119. JASMINE FUEGO on Social Permaculture and Harnessing the Power of Festival Culture/48
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Description: Ahead of their joint appearances at the forthcoming Global Eclipse Gathering in Oregon, Ayana speaks with Jasmine Fuego about mobilizing regeneration through harnessing the power of festival culture and social permaculture. Jasmine Fuego is an activist, artist and permaculturist redefining the transformational festival scene by bridging the gap between art and action. Fuego helped birth into being the Permaculture Action Network, providing hands on educational experiences layering relationship building with community, land, art and music.  Facilitator of youth mindfulness, art as activism and social entrepreneurship, Jasmine is hands on at the forefront of engagement with creative social transformation. Jasmine is currently living in the Bay Area teaching mindfulness to Youth in Richmond with the Mindful Life Project, organizing Permaculture Action Days nationwide and singing with the purpose driven community Thrive East Bay Choir This episode is in partnership with Oregon Eclipse and Living Village Culture

120. CHIEF CALEEN SISK on the Fight for Free and Wild Salmon Rivers /47
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Description: Ayana is joined by Chief Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California, to explore how the forces of industrial society have attempted to tame and exploit living waters, and how these native stewards are facing the ecological predicament that has ensued. Upon learning that the extinct Chinook salmon of her territories had survived a world away in New Zealand, Caleen has led the unprecedented effort with Maori and federal fish biologists to return Chinook to the McCloud River. Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe as well as advocating for California salmon restoration, the Human Right to Water and the protection of indigenous sacred sites. Caleen is an internationally known speaker on traditional tribal and spiritual issues, having spoken on diverse topics such as spiritual medicine ways, the spirit of water, global warming, sacred sites protection and the responsibility of tribal people to honor their tribal lifeway. Please visit gofundme.com/salmonwillrun to donate to this historic effort to bring back the long-lost Chinook salmon! Learn about the journey at run4salmon.org

121. STARHAWK on the Roots and Shoots of Earth-based Community /46
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Description: Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality, and a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development for film and television. She is a founder of Earth Activist Trainings (EAT), teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism.  Together with Charles Williams and others, she co-teaches EAT courses in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She also champions ‘social permaculture’: the application of permaculture principles to social organizations, policy and strategy. She has taught in many Bay Area colleges and universities, and is presently adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Starhawk travels internationally, lecturing and teaching permaculture, earth-based spirituality and ritual, and the skills of activism. She lives between San Francisco and West Sonoma, where she is developing a model of carbon-sequestering ranching, incorporating holistic management rotational grazing with sheep and goats, restorative forestry, food forests and perennial systems.

122. ERIEL DERANGER on Radicality Amid Expanding Tarsands /45
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Description: In this episode we speak with activist Eriel Tchekwie Deranger about the largest industrial project in the world, the Tarsands in Alberta, Canada, and strategize about the future of the fossil fuel resistance. We discuss institutional warfare waged by extractive industry on indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and the boreal forest—“the other Amazon”—Earth’s preeminent carbon sink. We cover the political manipulation that has secured new oil and gas pipeline construction in Canada despite exuberant public outcry, and how a movement must target the source and the motive of the extraction, not just the routes of transport.   Eriel is an Indigenous rights advocate and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Treaty 8 of Northern Alberta, Canada. She works to raise awareness about the negative climate, human and Indigenous rights impacts of the extractive industry in her Nations traditional lands and territory. Eriel is a founder of Indigenous Climate Action, a national Indigenous civil society vehicle to push for a united Indigenous climate action strategy in Canada. She has worked with various Indigenous and non­ Indigenous organizations, including the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Indigenous Environmental Network, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and the UN Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. She is married and mother of two and currently resides in Edmonton, Canada.

123. BREN SMITH on Underwater Food Forests For Ailing Oceans /44
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Description: As living communities on land and sea continue to unravel, Bren Smith of Green Wave is determined to pioneer and popularize a food system that carries marine restoration in its very architecture. Having spent his life on the seas from Newfoundland to Alaska, Bren has witnessed first hand the collapse of global fisheries. Over the last decade and a half, he has spearheaded and developed the methods of vertical 3D ocean farming. His visionary model has the potential to feed the world, while sequestering carbon and pollution, creating crucial habitat for aquatic and bird species, and ensuring a livelihood for farmers and fisher-folk everywhere. With the low-hanging fruit of wild fish nearly exhausted and with famine lurking on the world stage, ocean farming may represent a genuine way forward. Bren argues a sustainable food system must go beyond the innovations: we need to shift our priorities by reducing our consumption of wild fish and embracing the thousands of novel varieties of sea veggies. The New Yorker called Bren’s system “the culinary equivalent of the electric car” and it has recently been honored with the Buckminster Fuller Prize for Ecological Design and the European Sustainia Award, among others.

124. LYLA JUNE on Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy /43
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Description: Lyla June traces back to the origins of the mass-psychosis that permitted a Native American holocaust: the institutionalized destruction of millions of European indigenous women, which precipitated a power play of great moral decline and severance from the sacred. Lyla argues that by facing this dark history and exposing the backward logic of a “sophisticated” death culture, a way forward emerges: in tandem with the resistance AGAINST the murder of the planet, a movement FOR LIFE must inhabit the depths of our being. Beneath the activist’s hard shell may be the living tissue of love and compassion, the drive to empower women and restore the sacred to our language and our action, a curiosity to uncover wider and more significant patterns in history, and a voice calibrated to prayer and teaching.

125. LYLA JUNE on the Endangered Diversity of Language and Life /42
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Description: Lyla June was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. Lyla June ultimately attributes any achievements to Creator who gave her the tools and resources she uses to serve humanity. She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.

126. STEPHEN JENKINSON on Ancestry and Misanthropy /41
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Description: As we throw off the mental shackles of the dominant culture and seek sanity and meaning amid the fragments of heritage and conquest, we turn for guidance to a veteran of challenging transitions. Stephen Jenkinson is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. His book Die Wise recently received the Nautilus Book Award. He has a masters degree in theology from Harvard University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Jenkinson is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.

127. NINA SIMONS on the Holistic Endeavor of Shifting Culture /40
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Description: For those of you who have listened to Unlearn & Rewild over the last two years, welcome to the first episode of the show under a new name. We are happy to announce the launch of For the Wild, a broader organization to take on Earth renewal in a tangible sense. (website: forthewild.world) As we join in this work, we give thanks for the numerous exceptional teachers who have come into our lives through the diverse networks of biocentrics and Earth defenders, including the Bioneers network. Today we are joined by the co-founder and president of Bioneers, Nina Simons, an award winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker. For nearly three decades, Bioneers has been identifying, gathering and disseminating breakthrough innovations that reveal a positive and life-honoring future that’s within our grasp, today. The annual Bioneers summit takes place every October in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nina takes on some far-reaching questions about organizing for systemic change amid convergent ecological crises. She passes along her own nuanced observations as well as lessons from the many visionary thinkers she has crossed paths with. Her deeply informed critiques shed light on some of the topics that challenge us all: sacrifice, denialism, gender and race tension, privilege, empowerment, indigenous leadership, and building successful movements that address the many layers of societal disfunction.

128. FAITH GEMMILL & PRINCESS LUCAJ on an Arctic Untouched by Oil /39
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Description: Today we’re speaking Faith Gemmill, a Pit River/ Wintu and Neets’ aii Gwich’in Athabascan earth defender from Arctic Village, Alaska. She is a campaign organizer for REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands). Faith has worked on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation for over ten years as a representative, public spokesperson and Gwich’in Steering Committee staff to address the potential human health and cultural impacts of proposed oil development in the birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Faith continues as a public spokesperson, press and tribal liaison and human rights advocate. Faith is a current field representative of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and has represented the Gwich’in Nation at United Nations. Faith also serves on the advisory board of Honor the Earth and and National Wildlife Federation. Also joining us is Princess Lucaj. She is the former Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and Alaska Director at the Indigenous Leadership Institute. She was a Production Manager with Native Voices at the Autry National Center, a member of the Board of Dancing with the Spirit, and she is an actor, director and activist. http://www.wearethearctic.org/action/tell-president-and-congress-protect-arctic-refuge

129. PETER McCOY on Fungi for Personal and Planetary Healing /38
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Description: Today, the conversation with Radical Mycology’s Peter McCoy probes onward, as we invoke the powers of fungi in Earth healing and the integration of human societies into our delicate and compromised biosphere. We begin with cutting-edge uses of fungi for personalized medicine, which promises sweeping advances in healthcare and natural healing. We surmise the potentials and the limitations of myco-remediation in confronting industrial agriculture, logging, oceanic plastics, and other major pollution. We’ll also discuss the imperative to preserve fungal diversity and the methods of creating local spore and culture banks. Despite being sidelined by academia and the social mainstream, understanding mycology and fungal ecology—and the universal patterns therein—is an essential tool for reigning in the ecological crisis.

130. PETER McCOY on Fungi and the Birth of the Modern Psyche /37
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Description: Today we welcome back Peter McCoy, who speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. Peter leads us through the earliest evidence of the fungal “queendom” in the development of culture and human intelligence, and shows how understanding fungal biology and mycelial webs can steer our social experiments. Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology and the primary author behind Radical Mycology, a nearly 700-page book on accessible mycology and mushroom cultivation. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, street medic, zinester, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher.

131. MONIQUE VERDIN & CHERRI FOYTLIN on the Gulf Coast’s Unsound Future /36
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Description: Today we will look deep into the challenges faced by frontline indigenous activists in one of America’s most vibrant, and imperiled, regions, the Mississippi Delta. Monique Michelle Verdin is a native daughter of southeast Louisiana and the creator of the film My Louisiana Love. Her intimate documentation of the Deltas’ indigenous Houma nation exposes the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate and change. Cherri Foytlin is a Cherokee and Dene journalist, and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of "Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion," and she has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystems of Gulf Coast communities, across many forms of media.

132. ROBIN WALL KIMMERER on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing /35
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Description: Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer has authored numerous literary essays and scientific papers on restoration and plant ecology, as well as the award-winning books “Gathering Moss,” and “Braiding Sweetgrass,” which interweave indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

133. JILL STEIN on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution /34
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Description: The first season of this program has explored our ecological predicament from the vantage of activism, science, indigenous knowledge, and eco-psychology, and we have brainstormed and dreamed about how to move towards a regenerative future as an Earth community. The window we must pass through to escape a total unraveling of the climate and biodiversity is so small that we must focus all our creative powers on hitting that target, no matter how radical the changes we must make in our societies and ourselves. The other part of the message is that we can’t do it alone, and we must partner with the plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria, those ancient survivors and healers who give so freely of their gifts. In separation, all creatures perish, but together we comprise a complete intelligence, a beating heart. Our inquiries have often been conceptual, as we dig down to the roots of our collective confusions and shadows. We have set aside the fine-toothed political and economic discussions, because they often conclude that what’s necessary is impossible, and thus produce no meaningful solutions that change our destructive course. Today marks a new direction. Our guest today is a rare breed: a politician who not only can admit our political system is broken and our home planet cries for radical change, but who is absolutely dedicated to building a movement around making it through that diminishing window of opportunity. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s 2016 candidate for President of the United States.

134. DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER on Replanting the Global Forest, Part Two /33
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Description: A delightful meander into the deep knowledge of the forest! How do trees communicate with one another and act for the common good? Why are oceans utterly dependent on healthy forests? How would a regenerative society meet its resource needs? What do children know that their parents have forgotten? Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a one-woman force of regeneration of the biosphere. A botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined "renegade scientist," she brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Diana was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and told to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Diana has done exactly that. Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. Her books include “The Sweetness of a Simple Life,” “The Global Forest,” “Arboretum Borealis,” “Arboretum America,” and “A Garden for Life.” Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings WorldQuest fellow in 2010 and named one of Utne reader’s World Visionaries for 2011. Learn more about Diana's amazing upcoming film "The Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees" at http://dianasjourney.com

135. DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER on Replanting the Global Forest, Part One /32
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Description: Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a one-woman force of regeneration of the biosphere! A botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined "renegade scientist," she brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Diana was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature. Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and told to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Diana has done exactly that. Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. Her books include “The Sweetness of a Simple Life,” “The Global Forest,” “Arboretum Borealis,” “Arboretum America,” and “A Garden for Life.” Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings WorldQuest fellow in 2010 and named one of Utne reader’s World Visionaries for 2011. Upcoming event: Call of the Forest: Climate, Water, and Spirit, in Point Reyes, CA. ptreyesbooks.com

136. ROSEMARY GLADSTAR on Uniting Plant Savers /31
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Description: Come fall in love with plants, not just as teachers and healers, but as powerful partners in land stewardship and renewal. Rosemary Gladstar joins us to discuss her activism in protecting and restoring medicinal plants and their habitats. She is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her shop, Rosemary's Garden in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, and is the organizer of the International Herb Symposium and The annual New England Women's Herbal Conference. She is the author of numerous books and has taught extensively throughout the United States and worldwide at venues as varied as backyard gardens, native villages, garden clubs, universities and hospitals. She is also the co-founder of the Traditional Medicinals tea company. Rosemary’s greatest passion has been the work of United Plant Savers, a non profit organization that Rosemary founded in 1994 and is currently president. UpS is dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at risk North American medicinal plants and to preserving botanical sanctuaries across the U.S. to help preserve the land that these precious native species thrive on. Rosemary lives and works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont. https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/

137. ANDREW HARVEY on Confronting Crisis with Divine Dignity /30
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Description: As we stand in awe before biotic and societal collapse, Andrew Harvey gives us a map of mystical teachings to help us navigate the dark night of the soul and to emerge as empowered Earth defenders. Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action to preserve and heal the planet and its inhabitants. Andrew was born in south India in 1952, and went to school in England. He studied history at Oxford, receiving England’s highest academic honors. Over the last forty years he has plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Sufism. He has synthesized these mystical explorations with a deep environmental and humanitarian ethic in the practice of Sacred Activism. He is the author of over 30 books.

138. BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE on Creative Decolonization in a Global Village /29
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Description: Today we are speaking with the legendary artist, educator and political activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy was born to Cree parents on the Piapot Cree Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She was orphaned as an infant and moved to Massachusetts, where she would later get her degree in Eastern Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts. In the early Sixties, Buffy played the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, where her music was so well received that her career skyrocketed to international fame soon thereafter. Almost 50 years after the release of her first album, It’s My Way, Buffy’s new album, Power in the Blood, is filled with the same fierce messages, eclecticism and passion unique to this unstoppable woman. We explore creativity in an age of commodification, being indigenous in a global village, demythologizing the power elites, and more!

139. ELIZABETH KOLBERT on the Coming Age of Loneliness /28
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Description: In the race to name this new bizarre geologic era, "Anthropocene" seems to have stuck the most. Some people are cautious to embrace a name meaning the age of humans, as it can be latched onto by industry and used as a justification for the murder of the planet. More descriptive, cautionary names have been suggested, too. Michael Soule suggested the Catastrophozoic Era. Other contenders include Homogenocene, the Age of Homogeneity, Mixocene, the Age of Slime, and the most resonant to me, coined by EO Wilson, Eremocene, the Age of Loneliness. With the human population in explosive expansion, it is easy to forget, the Earth is going through the most rapid extinction crisis the world has ever seen. Joining us today to help us digest the great amount of information being amassed around the globe about this major juncture in Earth’s history, is Elizabeth Kolbert. Elizabeth is a staff writer for the NEW YORKER, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change, and most recently The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction.

140. TREBBE JOHNSON on Bearing Witness to Wounded Places /27
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Description: There are virtually no places left that have not been logged, mined, tilled, paved, overfished, overhunted, irradiated, drilled, bombed, or built to the sky. As public discourse swirls around how to meet our material needs as we approach the limits of growth, there is another conversation going on about how to give back and make offerings of beauty amid the plunder. As Albert Einstein said, we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Hyper-rational linear thinking alone cannot impassion us to defend the sacred places that are buried beneath the sprawl of infrastructure. Our guest today, Trebbe Johnson, helps people break through the walls that isolate them from the pain and healing of the Earth. She has been leading vision quests, workshops, and ceremonies worldwide since 1994. She is the founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a non-profit organization devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places, and the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover. A passionate explorer of outer as well as inner frontiers, Trebbe has camped alone in the Arctic, traveled in the Sahara Desert, and is an award-winning multimedia producer.

141. VANDANA SHIVA on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women /26
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Description: Does wild nature have a place in the future of farms and human society? How close to the edge of genetic unraveling will we come before stopping biotech pollution and safeguarding seed diversity? Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author of many books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply and Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. Before becoming an activist, she was one of India’s leading Physicists.

142. CURT STAGER on the Deep Future of Earth’s Climate /25
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Description: An expansive discussion on the climate, past and future: the weight of humanity on natural systems, repercussions of temperature and sea level rise, the future of the amazon, the history of salmon and northwest forests, and more. Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science journalist with a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University (1985). Stager blends the long-term perspective of a climate historian and multidisciplinary outlook of a biologist-geologist with the communication skills of a lifelong teacher and writer. He has published over three dozen peer-reviewed articles in major journals and has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic, New York Times, Fast Company, and Adirondack Life.  Since 1990, he has also co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio. He currently teaches at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, where he continues to investigate the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America, and the northeastern United States.

143. PETER MICHAEL BAUER on the Survival of the Wildest /24
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Description: Just as returning wolves to their former territories benefits all other creatures, humans—also apex predators—have an ecological role to play. Our very survival in the face of the inevitable collapse of modern civilization, Peter suggests, depends on us remembering ancestral skills and strengthening the native plant populations that sustain us. Peter is the founder and Executive Director of Rewild Portland, a local non-profit that creates cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies.

144. LEILA DARWISH on Grassroots Earth Repair /23
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Description: Leila Darwish is a community organizer, author, permaculture designer, educator, urban gardener, and grassroots herbalist with a deep commitment to environmental justice, decolonization, food sovereignty, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Over the last decade, she has worked as a grassroots bioremediation instructor for different environmental organizations and community groups in Alberta, BC and the USA on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. We will be discussing her book from New Society Publishers entitled “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes.”

145. MARTIN PRECHTEL on Identity and Sacred Rites of Passage /22
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Description: A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul. For more information visit: www.floweringmountain.com

146. DERRICK JENSEN on Civilization and Creating a Culture of Resistance /21
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Description: Civilization took millennia to congeal, and in the last few hundred it has really accelerated its world take over. The health of the world’s plant and animal species has inversely plummeted, where now species extinctions are in the hundreds per day, and the wounded remnants of ecosystems are finally succumbing to desertification, which is evident across over two-thirds of the planet. Joining us today to help us interpret these patterns of history, and how to break them, is author Derrick Jensen. Philosopher, teacher, and radical activist Derrick Jensen has authored over twenty books and is the best-known voice of the growing deep ecology movement.

147. MILES OLSON on Making a Life in Wild Places /20
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Description: Today, we are talking with the eloquent young visionary Miles Olson, who is living an ongoing experiment in rewilding. Miles has spent the past decade deeply immersed in learning and practicing Earth Skills, while foraging, hunting, gardening and gathering for his livelihood. His experiences have given him a unique perspective on rewilding, radical self-reliance, and the impact of civilization on the natural world. Miles offers a candid discussion into the social and technological drivers of our separation from nature. We muse about collapse scenarios, and revel in thoughts of the beautiful mess of the ensuing wildness.

148. TOM WALDO on Fighting For Alaska's Ancient Rainforest /19
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Description: Today we will take an in depth look at the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, which has been called the “crown jewel” of Americas forests. The largest of US national forests, it consists of one third of the world’s coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem, which only occurs in three percent of Earths landmass. The Tongass has already had nearly half of its very large old growth trees cut down due to a process known as high-grading—where loggers remove the oldest and largest trees from the forest. These trees are often essential to the ecosystem, simply because they are so large and provide vital habitats for woodland creatures. Last month, an Alaska court approved further logging of this rare heritage old-growth that has just begun and will continue for ten years unless we organize a strong push-back. Joining us today to fill us in about this top-priority conservation issue is Tom Waldo, senior staff attorney with Earth Justice in Alaska, who has dedicated the last 25 years to defending Alaska’s ancient forests and other urgent causes.

149. MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL on the Spine of the Continent /18
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Description: Today we explore an epic nature conservation project that encompasses the great North American Rockies, and we examine the infinite delicate relationships between the species that inhabit them. Mary Ellen Hannibal is a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture. Hannibal’s book The Spine of the Continent is about a social, geographical, and scientific effort to save nature along the Rocky Mountains. A “thoroughly satisfying gem,” The Spine of the Continent chronicles landscapes, people, critters, and issues along the Spine. A former book review and travel editor, Hannibal is Chair of the California Book Awards. She was a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow.  She is a recipient of the National Society of Science Writer’s Science and Society Award 2012 and Stanford University’s Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.

150. COURTNEY WHITE on Climate Solutions in the Soil /17
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Description: Carbon has become synonymous with “the problem,” but all terrestrial life is based on carbon, and figuring out the carbon cycle is a prerequisite to taking effective climate action. As a continuation of our exploration of restoration agriculture with Mark Shepard, we discuss grassland ecosystems and their capacity to pull massive amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and back into the ground—representing a real, promising solution to our planetary crisis. Globally, 99% of grasslands are drought-stricken, overgrazed, and weakened by exotic species invasions. With some subtle adjustments to cattle management and some basic awareness of the carbon cycle, we can make a large dent in greenhouse emissions. Imagine what we can do with some more radical changes!Courtney White, formerly a frontline environmental activist and author of Grass, Soil, Hope, is tapping this extraordinary potential by bringing “carbon ranching” to the American Southwest through his work with the Quivira Coalition.

151. CLIMBING POETREE on being Radical Solutionaries /16
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Description: Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service of their vision for a more just and livable world. They just published a breathtaking poetry anthology, available at climbingpoetree.com. They tells us about their valient projects and experiences in art-activism, and then get into the juiciness of vision-work, the future of human society, and their advice to budding "solutionaries."

152. MARK SHEPARD on Restoration Agriculture /15
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Description: Many of the topics we cover on this program either deal with the complex and difficult situation humanity has awoken to find itself in, or the growing pool of solutions being proposed. Few authors are able to span both areas as deftly as our guest today. We’re taking a journey into the deep wells of knowledge of restoration agriculture pioneer Mark Shepard, who has created a forest where there once was just degraded Wisconsin farmland, not just any forest, but a mega-permaculture, a 106-acre food production environment. He has just written a phenomenal book entitled Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers, which is a handbook on large scale perennial polyculture, padded with generous servings of philosophy and big-picture analysis on how to move forward through the impasse humanity faces and confront it square-on.

153. STEPHEN HARROD BUHNER on Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Part Two /14
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Description: The conversation from last week continues. What has the role of psychedelics been in human and plant evolution? What is the ecological function of art? How is science changing as it moves out of reductionism? What do the heart, the brain, and the gut have in common? Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian studies, described as a bardic naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. His most recent book is Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City New Mexico.

154. STEPHEN HARROD BUHNER on Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Part One /13
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Description: This week’s interview is a mosaic of mind-shattering insights from Earth-poet-philosopher Stephen Harrod Buhner. Stephen is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian studies, described as a bardic naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. His most recent book is Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City New Mexico.

155. JOANNA MACY on The World As Lover And Self /12
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Description: Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth. She offers her wisdom for remaining sane and grounded as life-long activists in the uphill battle of ecological crisis.

156. MATTHEW WOOD on the History and Fate of Herbalism /11
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Description: We are in the company of Matthew Wood, author and herbalist of thirty years speaking to us on age-old plant medicine usages, the crucial task of upholding the habitat of plant communities, and much more. Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.

157. ALBERT BATES On Where Activism Meets Counterculture /10
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Description: Albert Bates has been the director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center at the Farm in Tennessee since 1994 where he has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology to students of more that fifty nations. Albert regales us with his charisma, discussing the miracle of biochar, which can trap carbon while building soil and reversing desertification. We tie carbon farming into the wider climate movement and talk about breaking the cycle of climate denial. Albert discusses the joys of communal living, the interesting relationship they have with money, and the fate of nuclear energy, and the importance of celebration amid the madness.

158. XANDRIA WILLIAMS on Curing Cancer with Food /09
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Description: We take an in depth look at the scientifically proven cancer treatment and prevention menu with Xandria Williams. Xandria began her career as a geochemist, but turned to biochemistry and the study of nutrition, naturopathy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. She has written hundreds of articles, 15 books, and appears frequently on television and radio. Xandria lectures extensively at natural therapy colleges and conferences. She practices in London.

159. PETER McCOY on the Way of the Mycelial Warrior /08
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Description: Peter McCoy is the main author of the new book Radical Mycology. What began as a self-guided passion in his younger years has since developed into a life-long devotion to the fungal kingdom and educating the world about its ability to heal the bodies, minds, and ecosystems of the planet. In 2006, Peter co-founded the Radical Mycology project with a focus on teaching the simplest and most effective methods of mushroom cultivation for the purposes of food sovereignty, medicine production, community-scale remediation, and resilient living.

160. WILL HARLAN on the Wild Woman of Cumberland Island /07
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Description: Today we will have a rare glimpse into one of the last remaining wild places in the Eastern United States, Cumberland Island, a 18 mile long island just off the coast of Southern Georgia, a semi-tropical eden of endangered wildlife and pristine ancient forests that has been protected as a wilderness area since 1982. In addition to loggerhead turtles and wild horses, it is home to Carol Ruckdeschel, subject of the new biography *Untamed: the wildest woman in America and the fight for Cumberland Island*. Today we are speaking with the author of that book, Will Harlan, the editor in chief of *Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine* and award-winning journalist. Will was a park ranger on Cumberland Island for nearly twenty years. He initially dreaded crossing paths with this legendary witch of the wilderness, but the real Carol Ruckdeschel turned out to be a distinguished biologist, tireless steward of Cumberland island, and one of the most wildly fascinating people in America.

161. MATTHEW FOX on Deep Ecology Through the Eyes of a Mystic /06
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Description: Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. He has been renewing the ancient mystical tradition of Creation Spirituality, founding the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, which incorporates Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sufi, Native American, goddess, Hindu traditions as well as ecology, social justice, feminist theory and art. Fox’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmic Christ tradition, as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics. He has authored two books with British biologist Rupert Sheldrake, and has worked closely with Native American leaders such as Buck Ghosthorse. We discuss deep ecology as a spiritual practice that must be put in action.

162. Dr. CAROLINE FRASER on Rewilding the World /05
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Description: Our guest today, Caroline Fraser, has written the first definitive account of a visionary campaign to confront ecological crises, entitled Rewilding the World, Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. Breathtaking in scope and ambition, rewilding aims to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and brokering peace between people and predators. Traveling with wildlife biologists and conservationists, Caroline reports on the vast projects that are turning Europe's former Iron Curtain into a greenbelt, creating transfrontier Peace Parks to renew elephant routes throughout Africa, and linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico and beyond.

163. TOBY HEMENWAY on Permaculture for Nomads /04
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Description: Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues. We discuss the broader social context of food, the ecological problems of civilization, the joys of nomadism, and permaculture’s place in restoration.

164. CHARLES EISENSTEIN on Foundations of Earth Activism /03
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165. DR. SUSAN MURPHY ROSHI on Zen & the Planetary Emergency /02
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166. LINDA TUCKER on White Lions in Mythology and Nature /01
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