HCP #34: Anchoring our Sense of Place with Wild Foods, with Bronislaw Grala

Bronislaw Grala has spent much of his adult life learning the art of wildcrafting, and can frequently be found in the local forests and fields gathering food, medicine, and raw materials for his apothecary and kitchen. He talks with Eric about what attracted him to wildcrafting, how wildcrafting can anchor our sense of place, the risks associated with commercializing wild plants, and regulating the take of wild plants as public trusts much like states do wild game animals, among other things.

HCP #33: The Erosion of US Food Sovereignty, with Heather Retberg

Heather Retberg operates Quill’s End Farm with her husband in Penobscot, Maine. She advocates for local food sovereignty ordinances in her home state, and played a role in crafting the Maine Food Sovereignty Law that was passed in summer of 2017. She talks with Eric about what food sovereignty is, the links between food and water sovereignty, how large corporations gain control of resources in rural areas of the United States, and lessons she has learned in her years of food sovereignty activism, among other things.

HCP #30: Bearing Witness to the Great Unravelling, with Harlan Morehouse

Harlan Morehouse teaches at the University of Vermont and has a keen interest in how people negotiate their futures with regard to 21stcentury social and environmental uncertainties. He talks with Eric about how catastrophism and apocalypticism show up in modern film and literature, how they tend to favor individualism over collectivism, and how he stays balanced while immersed in these narratives, among other things.

HCP #29: Questioning Social Narratives, With Layla Abdel-Rahim

Layla AbdelRahim is an anthropologist whose books Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams, and Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundationactively critique the foundational social narratives that support a human-centered view of the natural world. She talks with Eric about human supremacy, anthropocentrism, decolonizing our minds, and questioning social narratives, among other things.

HCP #27: The Need for Cultural Healing, with Charis Boke

Charis Boke is an herbalist, educator, community organizer and an anthropologist who earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University. In this episode she and Eric talk about her research on Transition Towns in the northeast US, the need for cultural healing, seeing racism as a cultural sickness, and the impermanence of social institutions, among other things.

HCP #26: On Endings, English, and Citizenship, with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson is an author, teacher, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. He talks with Eric about the link between the paucity of initiatory experiences and elderhood in the Western world, how grievance is a childish occupation, the risks of becoming lazy with our use of language, the intricacies of sustainability, and the need to reconstitute how we see citizenship, among other things.

HCP #25: Oppression, Isolation, and Holistic Resistance, with Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson lives in a self-made 13 x 13 ft earth dome in Southern California, and is a singer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these media, and others, to dismantle racism. He talks with Eric about his counseling programs and his workshops, the challenges that some white people face as they try to get closer to blackness, and the relationship between isolation, toxic masculinity and racism, among other things.

HCP #23: Towards an Ecological Economics, with Robert Costanza

Robert Costanza is the Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Australian National University, and was among the co-founders of ecological economics. He talks with Eric about the origins of ecological economics, the importance of seeing human beings as part of nature, how to change paradigms and overcome social addictions, and the benefits of payments for ecosystem services, among other things.

HCP #20: Humor, Hurt, and Living Ultra Spiritually, with JP Sears

JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, video producer, teacher, speaker, and curious student of life. His book How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12-1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority, was released in March of 2017. He and Eric talk about how using humor can help people see their shadows more clearly, how hurt people tend to hurt people, and how our beliefs are wonderful servants but terrible masters, among other things.

HCP #19: Confronting White Fragility, with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, a lecturer at the University of Washington, coined the term ‘White Fragility’ in an essay of the same name published in 2011. In this episode she and Eric talk about the turn of events that led her to write about white fragility, what set of behaviors it describes, what role those behaviors play in perpetuation white supremacy in the United States, and how owning our racism is an act of liberation, among other things. 

HCP #18: Farming in Challenging Times, with Tyler Webb

Tyler Webb runs Stony Pond Farm in Northern Vermont where he specializes in grass-based dairy and beef production. In this episode he and Eric talk about what compelled him to go into farming, why he gravitated towards cattle, using payments for ecosystem services to overcome market failures in agriculture, and the detrimental feedback loop associated with focusing on producing more milk, among other things.

HCP #16: Getting Close to Blackness, with Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson lives in a self-made 13 x 13 ft earth dome in Southern California, and is a singer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these media, and others, to dismantle racism. He talks with Eric about how different a black person’s experience of the world is from that of a white person, the role of trauma in perpetuating prejudice and racism, and about holistic resistance, among other things.

HCP #15: Nature Awareness and the Present Moment, with Nicole Apelian

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, educator, wilderness guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor who founded Ecotours International and appeared on the survival-themed show Alone in 2016. In this episode she talks with Eric about nature connection, bird language, how she controls her multiple sclerosis, and the importance of giving women who are interested in survival skills female role models in the media, among other things.