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Under Our Feet is a podcast that dives deep into the Earth and deep into time to explore the ways geologic events have shaped our experience of the world. Follow along to discover how we‘re intricately connected to the world beneath our feet! More at www.uofpod.org

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United States

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Under Our Feet is a podcast that dives deep into the Earth and deep into time to explore the ways geologic events have shaped our experience of the world. Follow along to discover how we‘re intricately connected to the world beneath our feet! More at www.uofpod.org

Twitter:

@RudyMolinek

Language:

English


Episodes
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PFAS Bonus: Public Trust

5/13/2024
This week, we share the first episode of Public Trust, a podcast about PFAS in Wisconsin from Midwest Environmental Advocates and Wisconsin Sea Grant. Thanks to Bonnie and Richelle for sharing! Learn more at midwest advocates.org/podcast. More Under Our Feet soon, in the meantime, learn more at UOFpod.org.

Duration:00:26:56

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PFAS: Speaking Up

1/9/2024
This episode we hear directly from people living with acute PFAS contamination in Peshtigo and Marinette, Wisconsin. We also hear how industrial contamination impacts the site of the Menominee Nation's origin: the mouth of the Menominee River in Marinette. Support Under Our Feet by subscribing to our Patreon page - there's a link on our website, uofpod.org. The music in this episode is from the Blue Dot Sessions and Wade Fernandez (more at wadefernandezmusic.com). UOF is a production of Meandering Media, LLC.

Duration:00:45:10

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BONUS: Seeing the Unseen

12/13/2023
In this bonus episode, originally only available for subscribers on Patreon, we hear how the scientists in the PFAS: Spreading Out episode see invisible molecules like PFAS and processes like groundwater flow. To get early access to bonus content like this and more, you can join our Patreon community for as little as $1 a month. There's a link at our website: UOFpod.org. The music in this episode is by the Blue Dot Sessions. Under Our Feet is a production of Meandering Media, LLC.

Duration:00:12:55

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PFAS: Spreading Out

11/20/2023
Episode three of our series about PFAS forever chemicals. In this installment, Chris Zahasky, Maureen Muldoon, and Christy Remucal guide us through the hidden groundwater systems that let PFAS spread through the environment and into our drinking water. More information, and a link to support the show on Patreon, at UOFpod.org. Music by the Blue Dot Sessions. Under Our Feet is a production of Meandering Media.

Duration:00:27:04

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PFAS: Seeping Through

10/19/2023
We learn how PFAS forever chemicals escape from the places they're supposed to be, and start their journey to places they're not. We'll explore landfill history and design, and the story of open-ground training and testing with aqueous film-forming foams in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Find more on our website: uofpod.org, and support the show on Patreon (patreon.com/rudymolinek). Music for the show is by the Blue Dot Sessions (session.blue).

Duration:00:23:26

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(REPLAY) PFAS: Zooming In

10/5/2023
This is a re-release of the first episode of Season 2! New full episodes start October 19th! The debut of Season 2 on PFAS "forever" chemicals and groundwater! This episode explores the history of PFAS development, their basic chemistry, and what they do once they get in our bodies - they're found in 98% of Americans blood! Learn more on our website: www.uofpod.org. Music in this episode is by the Blue Dot Sessions (https://sessions.blue/). Under Our Feet is a production of Meandering Media.

Duration:00:31:03

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PFAS: Zooming In

3/24/2023
The debut of Season 2 on PFAS "forever" chemicals and groundwater! This episode explores the history of PFAS development, their basic chemistry, and what they do once they get in our bodies - they're found in 98% of Americans blood! Learn more on our website: www.uofpod.org. Music in this episode is by the Blue Dot Sessions (https://sessions.blue/). Under Our Feet is a production of Meandering Media.

Duration:00:30:37

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Trailer: Season 2

2/3/2023
Get ready for Season 2 of Under Our Feet! Perhaps the way we are most intimately connected to the Earth system is through the water we drink. Turning on the tap is something many of us can take for granted, but groundwater's interaction with the environment has the potential to expose us to things we don't want to drink. This season we go deep into the story of PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals", exploring how the water that comes out of our faucets connects us to the rocks beneath our feet, and how it's much more than just H2O. Music for this episode from the Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

Duration:00:03:35

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10: Leading with Stories

9/27/2022
In this episode, Jeff Grignon takes us through stories from the Menominee Nation, showing how the rocks and geology we've learned about all season fit into the traditions of a group that has been living on Wisconsin's landscape since the beginning. For more from Jeff, check out this podcast from Edge Effects, and this essay cowritten with Robin Wall Kimmerer. https://edgeeffects.net/jeff-grignon/ https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.7208/9780226444970-010/pdf Music in this episode is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:38:34

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Patreon Bonus #1: Countertops

7/26/2022
Under Our Feet is supported by listeners on Patreon (Patreon.com/RudyMolinek). With subscriptions of $15 a month or more, supporters get to choose a geology topic of their choice for a mini-episode! First up, Georgia Ringle's request for an episode on the geology of kitchen countertops. Featuring Nick Roberts, a structural geologist at Hamilton College. Music is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:12:19

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Bonus #4: When the Waters Rise

5/30/2022
In this season 1 bonus episode, Rudy talks to Eric Booth (a scientist) and Caroline Gottschalk Druschke (a professor of English) about their boundary-busting collaboration on flooding in Wisconsin's Driftless area. For more, and to support the show on Patreon, check out our website at UOFpod.org. The music in this episode is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:51:07

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Bonus #3: All About Our Lakes

4/26/2022
The third bonus episode for season 1 takes us to one of Wisconsin's most beloved natural feature: Our lakes! UW-Madison limnologist Hilary Dugan takes us inside and around these freshwater inland bodies that shape the experience of the state. More info and links to support the show on Patreon at UOFpod.org. Music is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:38:58

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Bonus #2: Of Icicles and Ice Sheets

4/4/2022
Originally published in Agate Magazine (agatemag.com), Rudy reads his essay "Of Icicles and Ice Sheets." Music is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions. Support the show by subscribing on Patreon: patreon.com/RudyMolinek

Duration:00:07:05

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Bonus #1: Erosion on the Lakeshore

3/25/2022
The first of Season 1's bonus episodes takes us to Wisconsin's shores of Lake Michigan, to learn about how storms and lake-level changes erode and move sediment. Chelsea Volpano takes us inside her research on beaches and bluffs, drones and remote controlled boats, and the computer models that put it all together. Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/RudyMolinek The music in this episode is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:29:18

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9: Dreams of the Driftless

2/16/2022
The final full episode of our first season delves into the unique "Driftless" area: the one part of Wisconsin that was never glaciated. Curt Meine and Eric Carson provide insights on the geology, history, and culture of the region. Support the show at patreon.com/RudyMolinek or find more info at uofpod.org. Music is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:01:02:11

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8: An Icy Visitor

1/3/2022
Episode 8 explores how ice shaped the landscape of Wisconsin, and how that landscape gives us clues about past and future climate. Featuring interviews with Luke Zoet and Libby Ives. More at uofpod.org. Support the show at patreon.com/RudyMolinek

Duration:00:50:04

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7: Becoming Badgers

12/22/2021
Ever wondered why Wisconsin is the "Badger" state? Or why Bucky is the University of Wisconsin mascot? Well, the answer is in the rocks. We go deep into the history and geology of lead mining the southwest part of the state to find out! More at UOFpod.org. Follow us on Twitter @UOFpod. Support the show at patreon.com/RudyMolinek

Duration:00:36:33

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6: Secrets of the Underground

12/6/2021
Episode 6 goes literally "Under Our Feet" to explore the caves of southwestern Wisconsin. Why are there caves here? And what secrets of Earth's past do these subterranean spaces hold? We hear from Jan Okeson (Cave of the Mounds) and Cameron Batchelor (University of Wisconsin Geosciences) about education and research that takes place underground. More at www.uofpod.org. Support the show at patreon.com/RudyMolinek. Music is the song Arizona Moon by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:39:12

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5.5: An Interview with Frank Bibeau

11/22/2021
This bonus episode brings you the full interview from Frank Bibeau, who was an important part of episode 5. If you haven't listened to that yet, go back and listen there first. Here, we talk about wild rice (manoomin), water, mining, pipelines, indigenous resistance, and much more. Visit HonorEarth.org for more information on his work. More on Under Our Feet at UOFpod.org. Music in this episode is the song Arizona Moon by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:49:34

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5: Manoomin and Mining

11/15/2021
This fifth episode breaks our chronologic streak, and deals with some breaking news: A proposed moratorium on new mining near the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota. What is the history and science behind this mining, and why are people worried about the risks? Plus, we hear from Frank Bibeau about wild rice and its unique place in Lake Superior indigenous cultures. This is one you won't want to miss. More at www.uofpod.org, where you can find contact info and a link to support the show on Patreon. Any support received in November or December, 2021 will be split between Under Our Feet and Honor the Earth (honorearth.org) Music in this episode is the song Arizona Moon, by the Blue Dot Sessions.

Duration:00:55:37