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.
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.
Diana Rodgers is a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who’s written a couple cookbooks that cater to Paleo Dieters and is putting together a documentary film tentatively titled Sacred Cow. She talks with Eric about her path to the Paleo Diet, her experiences helping patients with nutrition, and her vision of the future of food and health in the US.
Walter Poleman lectures at the University of Vermont, directs the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Engagement) program, and founded the Burlington Geographic initiative. He talks with Eric about what the physical underpinnings of a sense of place, place-based education, human impact, and the relationship between a sense of place and terroir, among other things.
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.
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.
Jason Hirsch earned a Masters’ degree in Anthropology focusing on medical anthropology at McGill University. He talks with Eric about the roots of mainstream, ‘scientific’ medicine in industrial capitalism, and differentiates our mainstream, reductionist approach to human health from the more holistic, broad-pattern approaches rising to challenging its ideological supremacy.
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.
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.
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.
Lynn Trotta is a naturalist, certified life-coach, passionate gardener, facilitator of rites of passage for women, and co-founded the Sagefire Institute with her husband, Michael. Lynn talks with Eric about grief, depression, the importance of mentors and elders in facilitating connection, and how to draw people into connection-based experiences, among other things.
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.
Beth Lambert is the Executive Director of Epidemic Answers and the creator and producer of the Documenting Hope Project. She talks with Eric about what motivated her to write her book A Compromised Generation, the many factors that contribute to chronic disease in children, and how her Documenting Hope Project seeks to empower parents to heal their sick kids, among other things.
Shannon Martinez is a former Neo-Nazi who develops and implements programs to inoculate people against hate-based ideologies through her organization Free Radicals. She talks with Eric about how anger and a desire for belonging drew her to Neo-Nazism, what led her away from hate, and the importance of listening to people trapped in cycles of hate, among other things.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. A. Breeze Harper consults, writes, and lectures on topics of race and diversity, and founded the Sistah Vegan Project. She talks with Eric about the origins and meaning of the term ‘white fragility’, talking about our privilege, cruelty and racism within food systems, and ways to bring unconscious bias into conscious view without shaming people, among other things.
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.
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.