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This weekly hour-long program is a forum for powerful conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet to its natural balance. The show deals with the most urgent questions facing the next generation of Earth stewards. How do we reverse ecological damages and create a culture of regeneration? How do we confront the psychological challenges of an uncertain future, while healing the age-old wounds of alienation from nature?




Jody Holmes on Keeping the Great Bear Standing /51

Namesake of the Great Bear Rainforest: Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the Spirit bear. Photo by Richard Sandor. 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)....

Duration: 00:53:05

Theresa Two Bulls on Uniting to Reclaim the Black Hills

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...

Duration: 01:02:12

Alnoor Ladha on Capitalists and Other Cannibals /49

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.

Jasmine Fuego on Social Permaculture and Harnessing the Power of Festival Culture/48

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...

Duration: 01:03:05

Starhawk on the Roots and Shoots of Earth-based Community

Second-growth woodlands in the Peak District, England, photo by James Mill 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...

Duration: 03:31:19

Stephen Jenkinson on Ancestry and Misanthropy

Photo by Aravind Krishnaswarmi 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...

Duration: 00:55:00

Nina Simons on the Holistic Endeavor of Shifting Culture

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. 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...

Duration: 02:58:42

Faith Gemmill & Princess Lucaj on an Arctic Untouched by Oil

Photo: Ayana Young 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...

Duration: 01:48:48

Peter McCoy on Fungi for Personal and Planetary Healing

Photo: Ayana Young 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...

Duration: 01:54:56

Peter McCoy on Fungi and the Birth of the Modern Psyche, Part 1

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...

Duration: 01:22:44

Jill Stein on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution

Photo by Cheryl Dunn, 2011 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...

Duration: 01:15:54

Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Replanting the Global Forest, Part 2

Painting by March Young 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...

Duration: 01:06:12

Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Replanting the Global Forest, Part 1

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...

Duration: 00:57:25

Rosemary Gladstar on Uniting Plant Savers

Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadenisis) 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...

Andrew Harvey on Confronting Crisis with Divine Dignity

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...

Duration: 00:54:35

Buffy Sainte-Marie on Creative Decolonization in a Global Village

"Neon Hula" -Digital art by Buffy Sainte-Marie 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...

Duration: 02:16:17

Elizabeth Kolbert on the Coming Age of Lonliness

Irrigated fields in Texas. 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...

Duration: 00:57:59

Trebbe Johnson on Bearing Witness to Wounded Places

Photo by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. Website (new tab) 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...

Duration: 00:57:59

Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women

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,...

Duration: 00:57:59

Curt Stager on the Deep Future of Earth’s Climate

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.Dr. Stager blends the long-term perspective of a climate historian and multidisciplinary outlook of a biologist-geologist with the...

Duration: 00:58:00

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