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July 8, 2020
We are angry, angry when we are treated without dignity, when we witness or experience injustice, angry about politics, angry when we are unable to communicate, angry over wounds we haven’t been able to heal - anger is something we are all familiar with, yet amidst this familiarity, our relationship with anger is strained. This week on For The Wild, we are joined by Lama Rod Owens to explore anger’s purpose in liberation. Rather than denying our anger, or policing and demonizing the anger of another, how can we allow it to alert us to imbalance and injustice? How do we make space for anger as an illuminating and guiding force? And as we empower our feelings of rage, how do we recognize that anger is paradoxically both a privilege and a necessity under white supremacy? As we make space for our own rage, we are called to the work of denouncing the oppressor’s strategy of invalidating emotional expression, we are called to recognize and witness each other’s anger. Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. Music by Rupa and the April Fishes, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Nathan Salsburg, and Bird By Snow. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
July 3, 2020
We are experiencing a precarious moment in time. On the one hand, it is emblematic of late-stage capitalism and on the other, it is providing us with piercing clarity, luring us into consciousness. This week’s guest, Anjali Nath Upadhyay, M.A.², reminds us that because this moment is so precarious, false starts are no longer an option and recognition is not enough. Instead, we must engage in deep unlearning. Instead of remaining reliant on an exploitative and traumatizing system, we are called to feel into our creative powers, honor our responsibilities and cultivate our deepest curiosities in the name of collective liberation. ♫ Music by Zena Carlota and Amaara. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
June 24, 2020
Predatory lending and parasitic governance are propelling our society into a condition of extreme instability. In the wake of the initial economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, we are already seeing local governments authorize austerity measures, like increased policing and incarceration to fill revenue gaps. Coupled with the dramatically heightened police presence in our communities at this moment, we find ourselves standing at the precipice of an even more militarized, surveilled, and technocratic world. To resist the conjuring of this hostile future, we need to engage in some serious social visioning. This week, we are joined by Jackie Wang to discuss the function of the carceral state amidst late-stage capitalism and the pervasiveness of the debt economy. Jackie calls us to disrupt what we’ve normalized, break state-sanctioned cycles of harm, and reallocate our collective resources in the name of taking care of our communities. Jackie Wang is a black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. She received her PhD in African and African American Studies at Harvard University and was recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism. Music by Jackie Wang. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
June 23, 2020
Deeply Rooted is an offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This week, Leah Penniman guides us through an adaptation of a Haitian prayer from her maternal lineage that honors the forces of nature and our ancestors. Leah’s gracious offering invites us to open ourselves to the elements of the Earth that shape our lives. Together we practice reverence and gratitude for the gifts that surround us and give us our strength, health and nourishment. After months of quarantine anxiety and separation from each other and from Earth, let Leah’s uplifting words reconnect you with the ever-present and unstoppable flow of life in which we dance. In celebration of the summer solstice, Leah’s prayer is one to raise your arms wide, to touch your bare feet to the Earth, to give thanks, and to rejoice in this life! Follow our Deeply Rooted releases to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation.
June 17, 2020
In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen tremendous movement to defund the police and move into communities and economies of care across the country. This is long, long, overdue, yet we notice some real resistance from those who are just beginning to get involved with this work when it comes to imagining a world without the police. However, at this point, can any of us look to the world and feel confident that the police care about us? This week we’re re-releasing our episode with Mariame Kaba on Moving Past Punishment. Mariame joins us for an expansive conversation on Transformative Justice, community accountability, criminalization of survivors, and freedom on the horizon. We invite you to take a listen to this episode this week as a resource to feel empowered to further conversations on abolition, the movement to defund the police, and the violent and oppressive history of policing against our Black, Indigenous, and brown relatives, as well as to hopefully find the organizations in your community that have been doing this work since the beginning. 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. Music by Wyclef Jean, Jason Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
June 15, 2020
Over the years, our For The Wild community has been blessed many times by the scholarship and poetry of brontë velez. Through their word, we have been summoned to surrender, to imagine future worlds, and to embody the revolution. If you have had the pleasure of listening to brontë, For The Wild is asking you to give generously to them and Lead to Life, to support their divine, healing, and liberatory work. Through their work, brontë reminds us that “Black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson) and during these times of great transformation and tension, we must prioritize Black wellness and communal care. Financial resources given to Lead to Life will fund their rapid response work; a summer healing series led by Black healers for the Black community, care packages for mothers whose children have been murdered by the police, ongoing trauma stewardship programs focused on nature connection and expressive art therapy for families who are survivors of police and state violence, and more. We are asking our listeners who have believed in brontë’s musings as a guiding light, to support Lead to Life’s work as an investment towards the world we so desperately need, as well as an act of reciprocity for those who have richly given to our imaginations and hearts. As inspiration for giving, we present brontë’s prophecy “The Well”, written by brontë velez. Initially aired on For The Wild Podcast Episode 139, “on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy [Part One]”, this prophecy was written by brontë velez and originally recited by brontë velez, jazmín calderón torres, and Liz Kennedy of Lead to Life and Ra Malika Imhotep, co-founder and co-convener of The Church of Black Feminist Thought, with musical accompaniment by Jiordi Rosales at Lead to Life’s public alchemy ceremony in 2019. Give in gratitude directly to brontë through their Venmo at bronte-velez or directly to Lead to Life by becoming a monthly member of their alchemist guild or through a one time donation and ensure that Lead to Life meets their $25,000 goal by Juneteenth “in support of Black life, Black joy, and Black healing.” Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full description and biographies.
June 8, 2020
With a historical analysis of slavery and plantation labor, this week’s episode prompts us, at this critical time, to consider what is stolen from those among us who cannot rest under white supremacy and capitalism. While this conversation took place in April of 2020, as we release this episode amidst the powerful uprising in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, we want to make clear that for those of us who are white - this is not time to rest. Tricia Hersey is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance by curating safe spaces for the community to rest via Collective Napping Experiences, immersive workshops, and performance art installations. In this incredibly rich offering, we speak with Tricia on the myths of grind culture, rest as resistance, and reclaiming our imaginative power through sleep. Capitalism and white supremacy have tricked us into believing that our self-worth is tied to our productivity. Tricia shares with us the revolutionary power of rest. Music by Seba Kaapstad, Real J Wallace and Beautiful Chorus. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description references, and action points.
May 22, 2020
This week we are delighted to re-share our first episode with brontë velez on Embodying the Revolution, originally aired in 2018. brontë, a dear friend of For The Wild, poetically guides us through an expansive exploration of critical ecology, radical imagination, and decomposition as rebellion. brontë encourages us to examine our relationship to place and space, the unmaking of literacy, the decomposition of violence and the prioritization of Black wellness. Many of us are feeling pulled in this time, towards grief, towards urgency...towards feelings of helplessness. This week we invite you to shatter these repetitions and take a moment of intentional slowness to ask: How can I decompose violence in this life? Are urgency and intentionality compatible? What are the vessels that will carry us through these troubled times?
May 20, 2020
On this week’s episode of For The Wild, we are joined by Craig Santos Perez to discuss parenting and caring in the Anthropocene, the connection between tourism and militarism, Guåhan’s layered history and his most recent book of eco-poetry Habitat Threshold, which intimately explores ancestry, ecological collapse and the ongoing legacy of capitalism, imperialism and colonization. Craig Santos Perez is an Indigenous Chamorro poet, scholar, activist, and educator from the Pacific Islander of Guam. He is the author of five books of poetry and the co-editor of five literary anthologies. Music by Eliza Edens, Izé Goodfriend, Mary Beth Carolan. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
May 15, 2020
This week we’re reissuing this magical conversation with Starhawk, one of the most respected voices in modern Earth-based spirituality, that originally aired in 2017. A veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, Starhawk is deeply committed to applying 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, Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising, a call to re-conceive our political and economic systems at the very deepest levels, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing.  Starhawk’s call to bring together tools of spiritual empowerment with activism, asks us to critically examine systems of control and domination and our responses to them – including areas where we may be giving our power away unknowingly to so-called authority figures and/or systems and where sources of spiritual power may have been forcibly removed. During this global moment where governments are under pressure to uphold their end of the implicit social contract, it may behoove us to examine areas where fear may continue to dominate our thinking, and how we can reclaim our personal power during times of uncertainty by reclaiming a relationship to ritual, intuition, healing and nurturing power within.
May 13, 2020
Mountains rising and oceans swelling, Earth’s 4.5-billion-year story has been punctuated by the cyclical turning of processes, a dynamic, balancing act of breakdown and repair. This week on For The Wild, we dive into the folds of deep time with professor, author, and geologist Marcia Bjornerud, exploring the wealth of knowledge etched into the landscapes around us. How might we understand the unprecedented scale and pace of transformation we’re seeing today in the context of the geologic record? And what does our planetary story reveal about the adaptive capacity of life? Moving between theory and grounded practice, Ayana and Marcia discuss the notion of “timefulness” and healing our relationship with time, the marvel of mountain-building, the necessity of multigenerational spaces, mass extinction events of the geologic past, change as constant, and the brilliant complexity of Earth’s systems. Music by Rupa and The April Fishes and Te Martin. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
May 8, 2020
This week we are sharing our episode with The Wildfire Project on Transforming Toxic Movement Culture, originally aired in 2019. If we want to hold on to the visions of the future we are beginning to get a glimpse of now or create a world where we thrive, we are going to have to get involved with our communities and come together. However, this is often easier said than done when we’ve been preconditioned in a hyper-individualistic, self-serving society. We need voices that can guide us through these times of conflict and unease as we forge connection to create our vision.We must be willing to work through our preconditioning, conflict, disappointment and imperfections. As we listen to what Joshua Kahn, BJ Star, and Michael Storm share with us, we wonder: How can anger serve us in times of transformation? What is the value in challenging ourselves to be a part of what is not perfect? How can exercising our power be a just necessity? ♫ Music by The Peace Poets and The Wildfire Project
May 6, 2020
On this episode of For The Wild, we speak to Lauren Regan to discuss grassroots activism, corporate corruption, and our right to dissent. Paying special attention to the longstanding connections between private companies, the oil and gas industry and an ever growing increase in corporate-friendly punitive legislation, we ask Lauren about what the current increase of grey intelligence means for environmental activism? What agenda might be furthered when private security companies who once oversaw pipeline construction begin intervening in disaster recovery? Lauren Regan, Executive Director, oversees the Civil Liberties Defense Center as its founder and senior staff attorney. Music by Jonathan Yonts, County Line Bandits, and Dimples. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
May 1, 2020
In today’s Homebound encore, which originally aired in January, 2016, Andrew Harvey gives us a map of mystical teachings to help us navigate the dark night of the soul and to emerge empowered. 

According to Harvey, the economic, political, spiritual world crisis that we currently find ourselves in, is a call to action. It is an opportunity for us to understand the realities around us and to rally together to do something different. Harvey believes that we have before us the possibility of using crisis to empower ourselves, and each other. Embracing an uncertain future, he urges us to support leaders who are inspired, courageous and effective to rise up, to renew the energy of people who are burnt out and apathetic in institutions, and for us as individuals to rediscover an inner compass that renews and inspires creativity. 

He believes that when the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, that what Harvey calls a “holy force” – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force is what underscores his concept of Sacred Activism. 

Andrew invites us to remember that we have seen throughout history, that in the very heart of chaos, an extraordinary lineage of ordinary people, who have fused deep spiritual knowledge, experience, and practice, with wise, incessant action for justice and peace, rise up. Emerging against all odds, to accomplish the unimaginable and that we can too. Especially if we’re willing to ask ourselves: Where are we feeling small and helpless right now? How can we creatively renew our spirits to ward off fear and/or apathy? What is one thing we could do today to let our spirits lead us into positive action? Music by Bad Snacks and Kate Wolf
April 29, 2020
On this week’s episode, we explore the importance of place and placemaking with guest Teju Adisa-Farrar. Teju begins this conversation by sharing how the exploration of human geographies encourages us to think about and reclaim our understanding of the environment, community and power. How have spaces been historically weaponized against us? How can we remake our shared places so that they are in alignment with our values? Teju is a Jamaican-American writer, poet and geographer. Her work centers on climate and environmental justice, adaptive responses, ecological resilience and cultural equity. Music by Jason Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield, Rebirth Brass Band. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
April 27, 2020
Deeply Rooted is a new offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during these uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This week, Lyla June gifts us with a poem that rides with the rushing current of Creation and beckons us to wade into the ever-moving stream of life. Allow Lyla’s poem to wash over you, to uplift your capacity to find strength, forgiveness and connection in times of adversity. May Lyla’s testament to the ancient power of water and geologic time invite deep healing and love into your life.  Follow more of our Deeply Rooted releases to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation. Theme music by Pura Fe & Lyla June. The poem “And God Is The Water” was written and performed by Lyla June.
April 24, 2020
Today we are re-listening to our conversation with Jacqui Patterson on Eco-Justice in the Age of the Anthropocene, originally aired in 2017.  We’re bringing this episode back from the archives because over the past couple of weeks, we have seen far too many narratives of disposability when it comes to the communities who are already impacted the most when it comes to environmental, social, and economic injustice (rural, disabled, BIPOC, undocumented, incarcerated, LGBTQIA2S+, etc.). Jacqui reminds us that we must strategically address the needs of our communities; when we work to uplift those at the bottom - we all rise. In light of this conversation with Jacqui we are asking ourselves: Why is it that so many of us are so willing to sacrifice others? Where did we first learn disposability? How can people of all positionalities take back power in times of emergency? Music by Althea and Donna and Sister O.M. Terrell
April 22, 2020
In the last 150 years, we have turned fossil fuels into a disposable resource that now threatens our very existence on the planet. This week, we’re joined by journalist Antonia Juhasz to investigate how we got here and the new landscape of big oil in the U.S., now the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world. With a global market in free fall, a rising climate activism movement, and the uncertainty of elections on the horizon, this episode tackles a set of essential, timely questions: How has the fracking boom radically transformed communities, ecologies, and life in states across the country? Why are oil prices crashing and how does this reflect an industry in debt, teetering on the brink of collapse? Music by Marty O'Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
April 20, 2020
Deeply Rooted is a new offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during these uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This week, Kailea Frederick invites us to open space in our busy everyday lives to harmonize our body and breath with the deep rhythms of Earth. Kailea offers a poetry reading woven with simple movements to reawaken our inseparable connection to all of Creation. This offering honors the hard-working mothers and caregivers who provide care so generously, and who are so deserving of moments to cultivate wellness. Follow our Deeply Rooted releases, coming your way on Mondays, to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation. Music by Pura Fe and Lea Thomas. The poem “Remember” was written by Joy Harjoy.  Kailea Frederick created & read “A Meditation for Remembering Back into Ourselves.”
April 17, 2020
This week, we share our episode with Alnoor Ladha, originally aired in 2017. 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. Prior to /TR, he was a Partner and the Head of Strategy at Purpose, an incubator for new types of social movements. Alnoor is a writer and speaker on new forms of activism, the structural causes of inequality, the link between climate change and capitalism, and the rise of the Global South as a powerful organizing force in the transition to a post-capitalist world. In addition to the Greenpeace USA board, he also sits on the Stakeholder Board for the P2P Foundation, a key organization in the commons movement. Alnoor holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
April 15, 2020
On this week’s episode, we speak to Linda Black Elk on traditional medicine, community wellness and systemic transformation amidst pandemic. Our conversation begins with hands-on measures we can take to boost our wellbeing and what honorable harvest looks like during times of panic. How can we deepen our actions so that they are not just a response to fear, but are rooted in the promise of collective wellbeing? In addition to these questions of right now, Ayana and Linda discuss what will be left in the wake of COVID-19, how will we tend to the wounds of disposability? What systems will endure? What must we dismantle and what will we grow? Music by Matti Palonen & Chris Pureka. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
April 13, 2020
Deeply Rooted is a new offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during these uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This week, Milla Prince will transport us on an embodied journey away from anxiety, and back into deeper knowledge of our ancient and integral place within the Web of Life. Milla invites us to root ourselves through the very soil, minerals, water and air of our own bodies. Listen in as we shed what is old and give ourselves to the stream of life pulsing through the body of nature. Follow our Deeply Rooted releases, coming your way on Mondays, to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation. Music by Pura Fe and The Baltic MoonShine Band Photo by @koakalish Visit our website at forthewild.world to learn more.
April 10, 2020
For The Wild presents Homebound as an offering of curated episodes from the archives intended to share perspective and guidance in the midst of a time of tremendous uncertainty and possibility. In light of the personal and global impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, our team has been drawing on wisdom from the archives to anchor us and help us to navigate this new reality. We understand that while society appears ripe for transformation, we are also being inundated with information that may feel paralyzing and that also perpetuates a culture of fear. As a response, we offer this series that explores physical, emotional and spiritual preparedness, self-reliance and community sovereignty. We invite you to join us on Fridays to hear seeds of wisdom from the weavers of transformation and mobilizers of personal and cultural shift featured in Homebound. We hope that this may serve as a North Star as we all traverse through our grief and fear that accompany this perplexing time fraught with shattering of systemic injustices alongside opportunities to co-create the world anew. As our second offering, we’re re-releasing our conversation with Dr. Rupa Marya on “Decentralizing the Power of Healing.” As you listen, please take moments of gratitude for the incredible healthcare workers and frontline responders, like Dr. Marya, who are showing up every single day.  Initially aired in January of 2020, this episode reminds us that the blatant neglect for people’s wellbeing amidst this global pandemic is not coincidence or negligence, it is the result of a global system that has historically centered profit over people. Rupa reminds us that “the health of the people should be our guiding light and principle” so we ask ourselves the following:  How can we begin investing in our own economies of care?  Why is healthcare for all and the abolition of medical debt and the for-profit medical system absolutely imperative?  And most importantly, how can we derive our medicine in relation to one another, as we acknowledge that the wellness of self is inextricably connected to the wellness of others? Music by Rupa & the April Fishes
April 8, 2020
Today we are joined by Estrella Santiago Pérez to discuss Borinquén grassroots action and community sovereignty amidst natural disasters and climate change. Common understanding of Puerto Rico exists in a dichotomy, either defined by lush resort colonies or the aftermath of tropical storms. The reality is, of course, much more dynamic and the vulnerabilities faced by communities amidst climate change and natural disasters, are political and colonial created conditions. Estrella speaks to this reality through her work to rehabilitate the Caño Martín Peña, a 3.5 mile long tidal channel that is a part of the San Juan Bay Estuary. Music by Los Hombres Calientes. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references and action points.
April 6, 2020
Deeply Rooted is a new offering devoted to inviting relief, balance and abundance into our lives during these uncertain times. We've brought together some amazing folks who we feel are wise stewards of Earth, spirit, community and bodily wisdom who will share a variety of grounding practices and coping tools to lend support during this unprecedented time where it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This week, brontë velez transports us through revolutionary prayer. We hope brontë’s incantation ignites your creativity and fills up your inner well with joy, strength and peace. Follow our Deeply Rooted releases, coming your way on Mondays, to find solace and awaken inspiration through guided meditations, poetry and prose readings, questions for deep inquiry, story-telling, musical performances and more. May these offerings nourish your inner sanctuary and foster resilience, empowerment and liberation. Music by Stoic Beats & Pura Fé. The Lead to Life mantras were written by brontë velez and Kyle Lemle from Lead to Life. Visit our website at forthewild.world to learn more.
April 3, 2020
For The Wild presents Homebound as an offering of curated episodes from the archives intended to share perspective and guidance in the midst of a time of tremendous uncertainty and possibility. In light of the personal and global impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, our team has been drawing on wisdom from the archives to anchor us and help us to navigate this new reality. We understand that while society appears ripe for transformation, we are also being inundated with information that may feel paralyzing and that also perpetuates a culture of fear. As a response, we offer this series that explores physical, emotional and spiritual preparedness, self-reliance and community sovereignty. We invite you to join us on Fridays to hear seeds of wisdom from the weavers of transformation and mobilizers of personal and cultural shift featured in Homebound. We hope that this may serve as a North Star as we all traverse through our grief and fear that accompany this perplexing time fraught with shattering of systemic injustices alongside opportunities to co-create the world anew. As our first offering, we’re rereleasing this potent discussion with Reverend M. Kalani Souza, a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. This episode originally aired in November of 2018 but we feel that these words on preparedness are more relevant now than ever. Music by Cover Story Doo Wop
April 1, 2020
The Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers are three of the largest salmon producing rivers that originate in so-called British Columbia and flow into Southeast Alaska. These transboundary rivers breath vital nourishment, cultural vibrancy, and economic sustenance into this region, yet there are no enforceable policies to protect wild salmon, clean water, or the many jobs and lifeways they support from mining projects upstream. In this special, in-person interview with Jill Weitz, campaign director at Salmon Beyond Borders, we take a closer look at the corporate mining sector and transboundary watersheds, following wild salmon in their path across borders to find common ground in the issues that unite us all. Music by Eliza Edens, Bird By Snow, Treya Lam. Visit our website at forthewild.word for the full episode description, references, and action points.
March 25, 2020
Last fall, For The Wild was invited to participate in a workshop on art and technology in the Anthropocene hosted at the Guggenheim Museum. Facilitated by Kenric McDowell, alongside support from Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiative at the Guggenheim, we explored the role art and technology will play in our future depending upon its design. On this week’s episode we rejoin Kenric in conversation to follow up on some of the most fruitful topics from this workshop, like the cultures in which machine learning and technological advancement are cultivated in, the implications of anthropocentrism in design and how our understanding of relationship impacts technology and design. Music by South London HiFi, Bad Snacks, and Qenric. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
March 18, 2020
Amidst a global swell of change, we are taking the cue to slow down where we can this week and lean back into the healing arms of our community, seek loving accountability rather than fragmentation, and ground ourselves in the great wisdom of this Earth. In this timely work, we find particular resonance and resource in our “plantcestors” (plant ancestors) — the leafy and thorned ones that have co-evolved alongside us humans, digesting the patterns of the stars and sky, mingling with pollinators and soil-dwellers, and giving life to material creation itself. Unfurling from our tender conversation with this week’s guest, ancestral re-membrance practitioner, medicine maker, storyteller, and archivist Layla K. Feghali, we turn to our beloved flora to aid in our collective restoration, the revival of our ancestral ways, the reclamation of earthly kind, and the great global project of healing. Music by Zikrayat. Visit our website at forthewild.word for the full episode description, references, and action points.
March 11, 2020
This week we are rebroadcasting our episode with Kurt Russo on the People Under the Sea, originally aired in October of 2018. Kurt and Ayana’s conversation explores the powerful memory held by Southern Resident orcas, the threats they face from vessel noise, chemical pollutants, and declining Chinook salmon population, the health of the Salish Sea, and the Lummi Nation’s sacred duty to return Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (formerly known as Tokitae/Lolita), from where she is being held captive at Miami Seaquarium, to her natal waters in the Salish Sea. Music by Monplaisir and Amoeba. Photo courtesy of © George Karbus Photography. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
March 4, 2020
In environmental spaces, we often speak about disconnection from the natural world, but within this framing, rarely do we voice the parallel violation of severance that has been enacted upon the self. If the shapes of clouds, the ground beneath our feet, and the song of birds sculpt the very elemental nature of our beings, then the trauma of separation starves the deep roots and blossoming expression of our emergent selves. This week on For The Wild, we turn to the acclaimed author, ecological activist, artist, historian, and folk herbalist Jesse Wolf Hardin to call us into the rich, dynamic ways of our earthly existence towards a reclamation of our embodied wisdom, resilience, and knowledge. How can sites of connection with the animated worlds of living ecology—plants, water creatures, grasslands, mycelial webs, tide pools & urban gardens—serve as healing terrain for both these inner and outer landscapes? Music by Wildlife Freeway. Please visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
February 26, 2020
From roller coaster rides at Disney World to museums dotting the Pacific Northwest, symbols of mining and the Gold Rush remain deeply enshrined in the collective imagination of the mythic West. Hidden beneath this cultural veneer, the material realities of today’s superscale mining are often out of sight, out of mind. In this week’s In The Field episode, we trace the historical contours and material legacy of the mining industry across so-called British Columbia, unearthing stories from a region that bears an estimated 1,100 abandoned mines, 150-year-old mining laws, and more mining exploration companies than anywhere else on Earth. Guided by the raw testimony of mother, water protector, and organizer Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack), this episode braids together the history of the Gold Rush and colonization in B.C., the state of salmon, the practice of free, prior, and informed consent, dirty mining for a “clean” energy revolution, and the urgent necessity of reform. Music by Cary Morin, Compassion Gorilla, Lynx and the Servants of Song, The Mynabirds, Melawmen Collective and The Honey Tongues. Please visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.
February 19, 2020
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.
February 12, 2020
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
February 5, 2020
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.
January 29, 2020
Today, over 310 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year. The ubiquity of plastic cannot be ignored as it has become an inextricable part of our living systems, circulating and making home within our bodies, urban environments, marine life, and waterways. Expanding the dominant discourse on plastics, this episode features Dr. Max Liboiron, an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University. Together, Ayana and Dr. Max Liboiron explore the notion of plastic as kin, oil and petrochemical subsidies, the body burden of plasticizers, the historical construction of disposability, and more. Music by Y La Bamba and Ani DiFranco. Visit our website for our full episode description, references, and action points.
January 22, 2020
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:
January 15, 2020
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 & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Visit our Website for our full episode description, references, and action points.
January 8, 2020
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, whose work explores health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence. Dr. Marya’s musings inspire us to take a moment to think about the deep communication that goes on between the body and its surroundings and why we must approach medicine with root cause analysis if we ever want to see meaningful change.  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. Through her compositions and her band, Rupa & the April Fishes, they create a sound that pulsates with the pluralism of Bay Area culture, celebrating life and the art of resistance through a wide musical palette that pulls from over a decade of playing street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts through 29 countries with songs in 5 languages. Under the direction of composer, front-woman, activist and physician Rupa, the band creates a live experience which is a manifestation of a world beyond nations, where the heart of humanity beats louder than anything that divides us. This expansive conversation touches on Dr. Marya’s work to decolonize medicine, the pervasiveness of medical debt, the need for medical reparations, and the fruitfulness of community-based medicine. Beginning with the nitty-gritty of the health system, we explore how society might look like if the pursuit of health and wellbeing for all was at the foundation of our organizing. Dr. Marya ends this episode by reminding us that we have the opportunity and privilege to imagine a new way of being that centers wellbeing, healing, joy, and imagination. ♫ Music by Rupa and the April Fishes + ACTION POINTS + Explore Do No Harm Coalitions current & past actions. Learn more about The Justice Study. + REFERENCES + Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-Led Theory, Art, Words, and Tears Across Mama Earth by Tiny Lisa Gray-Garcia, Dee Garcia, & the Poor Magazine Family
January 3, 2020
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, a symbol of the “untamed” wild, 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 by human activity and ensnared in a dark mythic past. On this week’s episode, we speak with Mike Phillips, a conservationist and longtime ally of gray wolves, who gives voice to these great ecological engineers and their elemental place within the balance of life.  Mike Phillips 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 June 1997. Prior to that Mike had worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service since 1981. 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. Beyond the prospect of gray wolf recovery, Ayana and Mike’s conversation touches on the history of cattle ranching and grazing rights, trophic cascades and the vitality of death, the violent lineages of conservation, and ecological restoration as an antidote to species loss. From within the story of the gray wolf emerges a vital question around our coexistence with wild, self-willed nature. We are haunted by their resounding howl and heed their call to relinquish power and honor the cyclical turning of our earthly existence. ♫ Music by Mac Demarco +TAKE ACTION & LEARN MORE+ To learn more about gray wolf restoration efforts in western Colorado, check out Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.  Please consider making a donation to the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund to support their efforts in bringing a ballot measure in 2020 to restore the gray wolf to the great wildlands of western Colorado.  +REFERENCES+ Ayana’s references: The Song of the Dodo (David Quammen), How Wolves Change Rivers (2014), Mountain & Prairie Podcast: Mike Phillips - Audacious Goals, Relentless Action,  Mike’s references: A Sand County Almanac & “Thinking Like a Mountain” (Aldo Leopold)
December 27, 2019
If we want a just & 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, & 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 & environmental justice. When we engage with these issues & 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, & life.  Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator & curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, & transformative justice. She is the founder & director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded multiple organizations & projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls & Young Women, Love & Protect & most recently Survived & 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 & 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 & more. She runs Prison Culture blog. Mariame’s work has been recognized with several honors & awards. For anyone who is dedicated to liberation, regardless of area of focus, conversations on criminalization, policing, & the prison industrial system need to be in orbit. As Mariame reminds us, if our focus is to end harm, there is no excuse to uphold inherently harmful institutions. :musical_note:Music by Wyclef Jean, Jason Marsalis & Irvin Mayfield. Mariame Kaba’s Reading Recommendations: Until We Reckon by Danielle Sered Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis Missing Daddy by Mariame Kaba Episode References: Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America by Brett Story Community Safety Looks Like… A Green New Deal for Decarceration by Brett Story & Seth J. Prins INCITE! Are the Cops in Our Heads and Hearts? By Paula X. Rojas “The Sexual Politics of the New Abolitionism” by Elizabeth Bernstein (coining of Carceral Feminism) A New of Life Re-Entry Program The Survived & Punished Commissary Fund Action Points: Donate to Mariame’s Survived and Punished Commissary Fund for the Holidays Donate to Survived and Punished’s Survivor Solidarity Fund Learn more by visiting Transform Harm & Survived and Punished Our episode with Mariame highlights the importance of community accountability & understanding what truly provides safety & security in society. We encourage you to think about where you reside, invest in your community, & get to know your neighbors as a small and meaningful act of resistance against the carceral state.
December 18, 2019
On this week’s episode, For The Wild delves into the many threads of Dr. Suzanne Pierre’s work as a soil scientist and purveyor of Critical Ecology. Dr. Pierre reminds us that the current exclusionary and hierarchal scientific field within the academy must be repurposed into something meaningful, just, and responsible. Critical Ecology asks us to explore how access to the stars, land, soil, and water act as a social filter to the world of knowledge production. What are the ramifications of this “exclusion by design” when it comes to climate research, national policy, and justice? Dr. Pierre beautifully balances between the soil as scientific matter and soil as an intimate part of our Earthly experience, while offering a critique that is deeply rooted in love and reverence for community & Earth. Dr. Suzanne Pierre (she/her) is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. She is trained as a global change ecologist and biogeochemist and researches the ways that climate change is altering the elemental exchanges between plants, soils and microorganisms in different habitats. She started writing about marginalized people’s relationships to nature and science in 2013 when she began pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology at Cornell. She’s now interested in the ways that human interactions with nature, mediated by science, labor, and freedom, have influenced local and global exchanges of the elements, energy, and social/economic power. Suzanne organizes these ideas under the umbrella of Critical Ecology– a conceptual thoroughfare she is building across the earth and climate sciences, histories of science, and sociology of the environment. You can read some of Dr. Pierre’s work on this on Instagram @critical_ecology. This conversation begins by honoring soil, something that Dr. Pierre describes as “silent, but teeming with life.” By trade, Dr. Pierre focuses on carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial environments and soil at the molecular level. This week’s conversation oscillates between the importance of nitrogen, building the knowledge commons, the many new entry points that climate change necessitates, and the ways in which we can root ourselves in frameworks inspired by Earth. ♫ Music by Aisha Badru, Handmade Moments, & John Newton + EPISODE REFERENCES + Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan Black Speculation, Black Freedom by Petal Samuel https://www.publicbooks.org/black-speculation-black-freedom/ Belowground Activity by Dr. Suzanne Pierre https://loamlove.com/engage/belowgroundactivity?rq=suzanne%20pierre Environmental Experiences Have Racial Roots by Dr. Suzanne Pierre https://freerads.org/2017/06/15/environmental-experiences-have-racial-roots
December 13, 2019
Following last week’s In The Field episode featuring Wanda Kashudoha Culp, we turn to Wanda’s longtime friend and partner in justice, Kasyyahgei, as she continues to weave the threads of story and spirit in the Tongass National Forest. Kasyyahgei is a respected Tlingit knowledge keeper, a mother and grandmother, a spruce root basket weaver, and a fierce protector of her community and village of Hoonah. In the 1980s, Kasyyahgei brought a lawsuit against the National Forest Service for logging in Hoonah and, since then, has continued to stand with unwavering integrity and courageously speak truth to power. Through Kasyyahgei’s spellbinding stories, we are transported to the salmon-filled waters and rich forested landscapes of her home in Hoonah. Meaning “protection from the North wind,” the lands and waters of Hoonah have provided her people with sustenance for generations in an ever-turning cycle of reciprocity ruled by “the Law of the Land.” As in many communities throughout the Tongass, this delicate balance of life greatly shifted when the trees started to come down and trucks criss-crossed through the forest hauling old growth giants on their backs. Leaving a trail of splintered trees in its path, the insatiable, industrial machine of extraction has only shapeshifted in its monstrous form, as cruise ships and tourists in the thousands descend upon Hoonah’s docks every year. Kasyyahgei’s striking account of Hoonah and the imperial history of Alaska are urgently needed to understand the political and economic battles encircling the Tongass today. Lean into Kasyyahgei’s haunting testimony of heart that bridges stories from her childhood, the incredible mycelial worlds humming beneath the forest floor, and the land of talking trees. Bear witness to the life and death that this vast place cradles within its arms and surrender to this well of wonder whose bottom is beyond the reach of the human mind. Then, reawaken and offer yourself to the future of this great mother forest and the generation of Indigenous leaders rising to defend it. You can also make a public comment directly to the Forest Service through the channels below. In your letter, please be sure to urge Secretary Perdue and Chief Christensen to “select the ‘no-action’ alternative on the Alaska-specific Roadless Rule” and describe why the Tongass and/or roadless areas are important to you. Again, the deadline is December 17th, 2019 at midnight Alaska time. Web: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511 Email: akroadlessrule@fs.fed.us Mail: USDA Forest Service, Attn: Alaska Roadless Rule, P.O. Box 21628, Juneau, Alaska, 99802 Fax: 907-586-7852 In-person delivery to Forest Service: 709 W. 9th Street, Room 535B, Juneau, Alaska 99801 Please share this episode and send out the above links to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, businesses—anyone who cares about the future of our public lands. You can also download and share Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s Roadless Rule Toolkit: https://www.seacc.org/roadless_rule_toolkit. We request that you support Indigenous stewards of the Tongass by making a direct donation to Kasyyahgei for many years of activist work, public service, and ongoing community organizing in Hoonah and beyond. Make a donation through our PayPal link below & add a note that clearly identifies Kasyyahgei as the recipient of your donation (such as, “For Kasyyahgei”). All funds raised will go directly to Kasyyahgei. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=4CQdJPu7R7AczvWIx39CG5do7JmMngwO8p9-_H0VZwuvEItvsHNjFDOGqAkByrFFBoMdim&country.x=US&locale.x=US To stay up to date and informed about issues in the Tongass, please check out the following organizations and follow them on social media:Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Sitka Conservation SocietyLast StandsWomen’s Earth & Climate Action NetworkAudubon AlaskaLynn Canal Conservation Earthjustice For more resources, readings, and videos on the Tongass and issues raised in this episode, visit our updated webpage: Tongass Campaign / When Old Growth Ends. Beyond these points, we also recognize the need to courageously expand the existing envelope of action. We need a panoply of resistance from established tactics like public comments, advocacy and demonstrations, blockades and encampments, to even more creative gestures of resistance and daring acts of land defense. We ask that you meditate on this call to action, honor what comes alive in your spirit, and hold the complexity of all that it takes to show up in this time of often-conflicting demands asked of your body, heart, and time. What can you offer? What can you give—of your resource, your love, your gifts, your spirit—to this moment of unraveling & becoming. ♫ Music by Cary Morin, Theresa Andersson, Pura Fe, Kermit Ruffins, Lea Thomas
December 6, 2019
With arms outstretched in gratitude for those fighting on the ground to protect life and land, we humbly offer this first episode of In The Field, For The Wild’s new place-based storytelling series and fierce prayer for a wild and free future. Join us this week as we travel to the Tongass Rainforest, the largest remaining intact temperate rainforest on earth and the traditional territory of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples. The primordial heart of this place still beats to the rhythm of life, a kaleidoscopic turning of towering old growth trees, braided rivers, jumping salmon, eagle, bear, and glacier. In the wake of the Trump administration’s renewed attack on the Tongass—a plan that would end Roadless Rule protections on 9.2 million acres of land—we are honored to amplify the call of those who are courageously rising to protect this great northern forest. This episode features the powerful Wanda Kashudoha Culp, an Indigenous Tlingit activist and advocate, born and raised in Juneau and Hoonah, Alaska. A professional paper-pusher and artist by trade, Wanda is also a hunter, fisherwoman, and gatherer of wild foods. She is the mother of three children, and is recognized as a storyteller, cultural interpreter, playwright, and co-producer of the film Walking in Two Worlds. A long-time forest defender, Wanda currently serves as the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network Coordinator for the Tongass National Forest. Make space this week to tune into this deep, visceral listening experience, as we step into the moss-cloaked forest and meditate on the scars and stories held by this sacred ground. Guided by Wanda’s indomitable warrioress spirit, we wind through the history of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Tlingit balance of Raven and Eagle, Indigenous food sovereignty, extractive tourism, and more. Wanda’s testimony moves us beyond the story of old-growth logging as it has been told, unearthing the ugly truth of colonial extraction in Alaska and the powerful resistance seeded in its wake. May her impassioned words ignite an honest reckoning of all that has been lost, all that we are losing, and all that we have left to stand for. ♫ Music by Cary Morin, Lea Thomas, Rising Appalacia, Hana Shin, Carter Lou McElroy, and the Tlingit citizens of Hoonah, Alaska. + ACTION POINTS + The most immediate action step you can take to defend the Tongass is to submit a thoughtful, effective public comment to the Forest Service. The deadline is December 17th, 2019 at midnight Alaska time. Please submit your comment below TODAY: You can also make a public comment directly to the Forest Service through the channels below. In your letter, please be sure to urge Secretary Perdue and Chief Christensen to “select the ‘no-action’ alternative on the Alaska-specific Roadless Rule” and describe why the Tongass and/or roadless areas are important to you. Again, the deadline is December 17th, 2019 at midnight Alaska time. Web: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511 Email: akroadlessrule@fs.fed.us Mail: USDA Forest Service, Attn: Alaska Roadless Rule, P.O. Box 21628, Juneau, Alaska, 99802 Fax: 907-586-7852 In-person delivery to Forest Service: 709 W. 9th Street, Room 535B, Juneau, Alaska 99801 Please share this episode and send out the above links to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, businesses—anyone who cares about the future of our public lands. You can also download and share Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s Roadless Rule Toolkit: https://www.seacc.org/roadless_rule_toolkit. Support Indigenous stewards of the Tongass working on the ground by making a direct donation to Wanda Culp for her 30+ years of activist work and ongoing community organizing in Hoonah, Washington D.C. and beyond. Make a donation through our PayPal link below -or use the button- & add a note that clearly identifies Wanda Culp as the recipient of your donation (such as, “For Wanda Culp”). All funds raised will go directly to Wanda Culp. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=4CQdJPu7R7AczvWIx39CG5do7JmMngwO8p9-_H0VZwuvEItvsHNjFDOGqAkByrFFBoMdim&country.x=US&locale.x=US
November 28, 2019
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)
November 27, 2019
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
November 20, 2019
This week For The Wild is joined by Tamo Campos, extreme snowboarder, youth facilitator, and filmmaker, to discuss a myriad of topics from warming winters, the outdoor sports industry, community building, fish farming, and many of the stories told in Beyond Boarding’s film, The Radicals. We begin our conversation with Tamo looking at the narrative around outdoor recreation and the privileges many of us hold, as an entry point into how we can change our relationship with the mountains, rivers, oceans, and communities for the better. At the root of our conversation with Tamo are two powerful proclamations on relationship and responsibility. Tamo is clear in that we all have a responsibility to community, place, and Earth. By centering this responsibility, we are empowered to act in accordance with our true value system. Tamo Campos is a 29-year-old filmmaker, youth facilitator & extreme snowboarder based in the Pacific North West. His father is from Chile and his mother’s heritage is from Japan. Tamo co-founded the environmental organization Beyond Boarding, a non-profit collective that combines a love of outdoors with environmental outreach and action. Whether it’s working with youth outdoors or leading environmental film projects, Tamo embeds himself in the community wherever he goes and is dedicated to combining social impact with his adventures in sport, activism, and filmmaking. Campos currently resides in a converted waste vegetable oil-powered ambulance with a small yet cozy wood stove. Beyond Boarding’s recent film, The Radicals, highlights ecological restoration work in Xwísten territory, the Musgmagw Dzawada'enuwx Nation’s decades-long protection of wild salmon from fish farms, and Haida Gwaii weavers using art as a form of resistance. These instances remind us of the need for systems change, and in conversation with Ayana, Tamo points out how for too long we have conflated consumer change with systems change through actions like so-called sustainable consumerism. We can’t buy ourselves out of the problems we are in, we must look to relationship, youth stewardship, and community building as the antidote to a commodified world ♫ Music by Jeffrey Silverstein + REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS + Watch Tamo Campos & Beyond Boarding’s Film, The Radicals. Watch Wild Salmon, Sovereignty, & Resistance (A Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Mural Story) To learn more about PRV & the threat of fish farms, listen to For The Wild’s interview with Alexandra Morton, “On the Virulence of Farmed Salmon / 78.” For further updates & resources on open fish farms and wild salmon runs, visit WildFirst.CA
November 13, 2019
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.
November 8, 2019
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/
October 31, 2019
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
October 23, 2019
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
October 16, 2019
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
October 9, 2019
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
October 2, 2019
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
September 25, 2019
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
September 18, 2019
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
September 11, 2019
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
September 4, 2019
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.
August 28, 2019
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government, I can not be silent.                                                                                            -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Those sentiments shared by Dr. King fifty years ago about wars abroad continue to ring true both domestically and globally. Today, we focus on our government’s perpetuation of domestic violence via prisons and jails, and the inherent relationship between patriarchy and mass incarceration with music and freedom producer, Richie Reseda. We must recognize that patriarchy does not have to be the foundation of our society, punishment does not mean justice, and everyone’s growth is severely limited under domination and power. So how do we encourage one another to step away from patriarchal notions and identities and step into relations rooted in responsibility and love? How is our so-called justice system enacting trauma on individuals and families? How do we confront these violent systems through organizing and policy change? Freed from prison in July of 2018, Richie Reseda is a feminist ally, community organizer, recording artist, and founder of the social-impact record label, Question Culture. Success Stories, the anti-patriarchy organization he started while incarcerated was chronicled in the CNN documentary “The Feminist on Cell Block Y.” He changes California prison policy with Initiate Justice, an organization he co-founded in prison. This week’s conversation between Richie and Ayana continues to examine how harmful patriarchy is to us all, why we must let go of our limited understanding of crime, the geography of prisons, and meaningful and revolutionary organizing in prisons. As we explore another facet of our society’s mass violence problem, we are reminded of the dire need to abolish the carceral state and dismantle patriarchy for once and for all. ♫ Music by Paul Cannon & Lake Mary
August 21, 2019
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
August 14, 2019
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
August 7, 2019
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
July 31, 2019
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
July 24, 2019
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 & traditional recordings from The Mariana Islands
July 17, 2019
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
July 10, 2019
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
July 3, 2019
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
June 26, 2019
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
June 19, 2019
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
June 12, 2019
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
June 5, 2019
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
May 29, 2019
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
May 22, 2019
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/
May 15, 2019
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
May 8, 2019
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
May 1, 2019
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/
April 24, 2019
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
April 17, 2019
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/
April 10, 2019
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, especially given that out of the million or so known species on Earth, insects make up approximately 80 percent of that number. The “insect apocalypse” that is currently unfolding is simultaneously slow and rapid, depending on the time scale one abides. While this decline is recorded at about one to two percent per year, it adds up to a total loss of ten percent biomass over a decade. Should this decline continue or hasten, an ecological collapse will surely ensue. While some argue that not enough is known about this ongoing phenomenon, we do know that insects are declining almost twice as fast as vertebrates, and to not act until we are one hundred percent sure, is both reckless and ignorant. 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. His research interests are in the biology and evolution of moths and insect conservation. He has published several books on caterpillars – his 2005 guide with Princeton University Press, Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History is in its ninth printing. 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… Music by Santiparro https://soundcloud.com/santiparro + Action Points + + Habitat conservation can happen in your own backyard. You can create habitats for insects by avoiding neat, tidy, and manicured spaces. Instead, considering growing out the grass, leaving areas with natural ground cover, or making deadwood piles. Additionally, plant native species that naturally have easily accessible pollen and nectar, instead of double-flowered plants. Learn what plants are loved by insects, for example, cow parsley attracts many flying insects, milkweed attracts butterflies, and jasmine and honeysuckle are food for moths. Consider planting flowers, trees, and shrubs with overlapping bloom times to support pollinators during the Spring through Fall. For a comprehensive list of plants that are attractive to native pollinators, categorized by your region, you can visit https://www.wildflower.org/collections/ + If you don’t have a garden or yard of your own, you can still create mini-habitats with window flower boxes, potted plants, rooftop gardens, and vertical gardens. + Reports on insect loss continuously cite our agricultural food system as a main contributing factor in insect decline. The scale at which pesticides and fertilizers are used on monocultures is not conducive to sustaining ecological diversity and wellbeing. Recent publications have suggested that global and comprehensive reduction in pesticide use could prevent the extinction “of over forty percent of the world’s insect population.” If you have the means to make choices regarding your diet, directly consider your eating habits and where your food is coming from. Is your dollar supporting agricultural giants who push the use of pesticides? Another way to resist pesticide use is to understand how your community is using pesticides. Consider speaking with your local officials about eliminating their use. For a list of cities in the United States that have passed different municipal ordinances or city resolutions regarding the banning of Glyphosate, for example, you can visit https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-roundup-lawsuit/where-is-glyphosate-banned/ + As always, think about your insect kin when you consume. Support local farmers who are growing food that is free from synthetic pesticides, avoid processed foods that contain GMO ingredients, and considering purchasing organic cotton when possible as conventional cotton cultivation is responsible for an enormous consumption of pesticides. Always ask yourself if the item you are buying is worth the costs paid by our more than human kin. + Remember that your individual actions have tremendous impacts on insect communities, for example, the lights we leave on outside at night attract insects that would otherwise not show up, positioning them as easy prey. Additionally, light pollution at an urban scale interferes with nocturnal insects orientation. Honor the night!
April 3, 2019
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/
March 27, 2019
Website: Diana Beresford-Kroeger on Replanting the Global Forest (Encore) 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? Learn more about Diana's amazing upcoming film The Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees at http://dianasjourney.com
March 20, 2019
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/
March 13, 2019
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.
March 6, 2019
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. “The Wildfire Project strengthens movements for ecological, racial, and economic justice by supporting organizations to transform, and spread a thriving culture: resilient in the face of changing terrain; grounded in history, vision, and strategy; connected to a “north star” bigger than themselves; building across identity; and prepared to grow and win. We do this through deep facilitation using democratic, experiential methods: fusing political education and skills training with personal and group transformation in a curriculum tailored to specific needs of grassroots activism. Wildfire develops leadership of frontline groups, and maintains long-term support with the communities with which it works.” Whether or not you are directly engaged in movement building or are an organizer, this is an episode you will not want to miss. Joshua, BJ, and Michael weave strategy on handling disappointment and harm, stepping into our power, and the politics of collapse and rebirth. We hope you will set aside some time this week for yourself to tune in and be reminded of the multitudes of ways in which we can fruitfully embody this life and the many complexities and contradictions that color our ways of knowing and engagement. Music by The Peace Poets and The Wildfire Project + To learn more about how members of activist organizations can apply to become a Wildfire Partner, visit https://www.wildfireproject.org/ +
February 27, 2019
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. The United States intrusion in Central and South America has caused decades of generational trauma while ballooning the power and overreach of corporations and outside interests. In addition to centuries of exploitation dating back to Spanish colonization, Central America is now being forced to navigate some of the most severe impacts of climate change and global warming. 2018 was one of the worst years for drought in the “Dry Corridor” of Central America, with certain communities experiencing up to one hundred percent crop failure. Amidst these changes, it has become clear that communities must begin strategizing in order to sustain resiliency. In this conversation, Ada shares how many land-based communities in El Salvador are finding solutions to revitalizing and sustaining food supplies by restoring mangrove forests, diversifying small-scale agricultural practices, and resisting transnational companies like Monsanto and their GMO seeds – which threaten both food sovereignty and community. Ada Recinos was born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who emigrated from El Salvador. She moved to Richmond after graduating from UCSC with a degree in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. Ada served as a Richmond City Councilor from 2017 to 2019, after serving nearly two years as a Human Rights and Human Relations Commissioner. She is currently the Communications and Outreach Manager for EcoViva, a non-profit that supports community-led initiatives and social justice movements for a sustainable future in Central America. Ada’s work has centered on organizing immigrants, renters, and women to advocate for their rights & progressive legislation. This powerful conversation spans many topics, from the deep wounds of violence and war to the pertinence of moving beyond sensational rhetoric around caravans and the border wall. Ada reminds us that food sovereignty is at the foundation of liberation and thriving communities. We need to invest in climate resilience, we need leaders who acknowledge that climate change is not only real but is happening now, and we need to confront the ugly mentality of anti-immigrant sentiment that continues to spread pervasively in all sectors of society around the globe. No longer can we allow our understanding of who is granted survival to be dictated by superficial understandings of criminality versus legality or who is born on what side of an ultimately meaningless border. Music by Dirty Birds & Myrra Rós Þrastardóttir https://www.facebook.com/myrrarosmusic/ https://www.thedirtybirdband.com/ + Action Points + + Learn more and support EcoViva’s community-led initiatives by visiting https://ecoviva.org/ + Seeking asylum is a human right and it is up to us to ensure that our government upholds this right amidst distractions of a manufactured “national emergency.” Call your Senators and Representatives and remind them of the deaths of Jakelin Maquin, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Roxsana Hernandez, Mariee Juarez, and Claudia Gonzalez. Remind them that the Department of Health and Human Services has released documents showing that thousands of migrant youth have suffered sexual abuse while in U.S. custody under the jurisdiction of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. You can call 1-844-872-0234 to be immediately connected with your representative by entering your zip code. Remind them of the continuous atrocities that are happening at the border and in for-profit detention centers across the country. + Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase financially benefit off of the criminalization and incarceration of immigrants at for-profit detention centers – you can express your outrage by visiting the following link, https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/break-up-with-private-prisons/ + While water scarcity in El Salvador might feel far from home, remember that more often than not communities across Central and South America are fighting for their water rights because of Big Business’ water usage. The municipality of Nejapa, in San Salvador, El Salvador is home to La Constancia, an industrial company and supplier that use’s the town’s aquifer to fill up cartons of Coca-Cola. When you purchase products owned by Nestlé and Coca-Cola you are funding corporations that are in the water business and are often unlawfully extracting water from aquifers and purchasing up water sources around the world. Take a stand against water privatization by boycotting Nestlé and Coca-Cola and their ownership of companies like Perrier, Honest Tea, Smart Water, S. Pellegrino, and Odwalla. + Did you know that on December 20, 2018 the USDA announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard? While the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture claims that this Standard increases transparency, what it actually does it drop all usage of the word GMO on labeling and substitute with the term bioengineer. In addition, many GMO foods and GMO derived products would have access to legal loopholes preventing them from being labeled. Reaffirm your commitment to avoid buying, selling, growing, or investing in Monsanto and other GMO companies. + Ada emphasizes the importance of having policy makers in office who recognize climate change and its impact on migration. Keep this in mind as we approach the 2020 elections. If you can vote, vote. ecoviva.org EcoViva Community-Led Initiatives for a Sustainable Future Families Belong Together Break Up with Private Prisons! - Families Belong Together
February 21, 2019
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. For The Wild recognizes the importance of independent media. Media has the power to obstruct or to grow our imaginations. What we consume through media, can either remind us of what is important, exercise our emotions, and inspire us or it can foster a culture of divisiveness and mistrust, feeding our insecurities and fears. Independent media, cultural work, and the arts are vital resources in navigating this world and creating the next, and we approached our time at Sundance with healthy curiosity. We wanted to know if it's possible for films to challenge corporate ideology in high profile spaces. We wondered which topics are receiving a lot of airplay, and which are being left out? We examined who readily gets to share their stories. And we inquired, how are artists challenging us, and how do we, as an audience, need to challenge them? We are committed to supporting independent media and to shining a light on the power of storytelling. Sundance provided a platform for so many incredible films that are bearing witness to this critical time. For The Wild is thankful for these stories and we offer this episode as an opportunity to take a peek into this world, to learn through these powerful narratives, and hopefully to inspire you to watch these films when they come to a theater near you. Films covered in this interview include; Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, The Infiltrators, Sea of Shadows, Advocate, Words from a Bear, Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, and Tigerland. Additionally, Ayana shared time with Shari Frilot, Chief Curator of New Frontier at Sundance. Music by RF Shannon https://rfshannonmusic.bandcamp.com Fountainsun https://fountainsun.com
February 13, 2019
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. Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Denesuline Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action. Eriel has spent over 6 years building-up the highly successful international Indigenous Tar Sands campaign and has become widely known as one of the world’s most effective organizers and coalition builders to defend Indigenous people’s rights locally, nationally and globally. This episode reminds us that corporate interests and colonial interests have always been deeply intertwined. Eriel articulates how narratives that surround the developments at Unist’ot’en Camp show how colonization has deeply warped our perspective on who get labeled the heroes and villains. While the state continues to prioritize the protection and expansion of infrastructure over people, we must encourage each other to see with clear vision where the true threat lies. Pipelines and policy are threatening biodiversity, both cultural and biological, across our planet. What is happening now on Wet’suwet’en/Gidumt’en territory is not an isolated incident, but rather a magnified example of what is unfolding amongst all Indigenous communities that are exercising their sovereignty, protecting the land, and taking a stand against exacerbating climate crisis and resource extraction. + Action Points + Unist’ot’en Camp is calling for solidarity action to stop any further development of pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory. Here is a list of actions we can take to let Canadian government officials know that what is transpiring is not only immoral but illegal as well. + If you live in so-called Canada, Unist’ot’en Camp is calling for supporters to occupy the offices of Canada’s Members of the Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament. If you live outside of the country, you can send an email to the provincial government of B.C. and the federal government expressing your outrage. For more information on whom to direct your email to and what to include, visit https://actions.sumofus.org/a/no-pipelines-through-unis-to-ten-lands + Call a key government Minister to demand that they rescind the previously approved permits, for guidelines on what to say and to learn who you will be speaking to, visit https://act.leadnow.ca/call-federal-support-wetsuweten/ + Donate. By donating directly your contributions ensure that supporters on the land have medical and food supplies. You can make a one-time donation, a monthly donation, or donate directly to the Unist’ot’en Camp Legal fund by visiting http://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/ + Host a fundraiser to help support the long-term expenses of sustaining Unist’ot’en Camp. For detailed guidelines on how to organize a fundraiser to benefit Unist’ot’en Camp, visit http://unistoten.camp/fundraiserprotocols/ + Further educate yourself by reading Unist’ot’en Camp’s guidelines and resources on allyship and solidarity as well as their zine “Heal the people, Heal the land” by visiting http://unistoten.camp/no-pipelines/resources/allyship/ and http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/healing/ + To find actions and events in solidarity near you, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/SupportWetsuweten/ + If you are interested in learning more about Unist’ot’en’s “Call to Action” or physically volunteering at the camp, you can visit the following resources: http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/call-to-action/ https://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/preparing-for-your-visit/ https://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/camp-registration/
February 6, 2019
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… Dr. Carlos Nobre has dedicated many years in the pursuit of understanding the Amazon Rainforest’s tipping point in relation to the negative synergies of climate change, deforestation, drought, and rampant fire abuse. We cannot feign ignorance about the crossroads our planetary community is just finally willing to recognize. We know that an increase of just 4 degrees Celsius, or mass deforestation above forty percent in Amazonia, will lead to this aforementioned tipping point. We also know that in the last sixty years, the region has already warmed by one degree Celsius and deforestation has reached twenty percent in the Amazon. What does it mean that we could very well be responsible for the savannization of an entire rainforest, the radical dismembering of the Amazon’s body? Dr. Carlos Nobre is currently Science Director of the Research Project “National Institute of Science and Technology for Climate Change”, chair of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change, and the creator of Brazil’s National Center for Monitoring and Alerts of Natural Disasters. Dr. Nobre chaired the Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia, an international research initiative designed to create the new knowledge needed to understand the climatic, ecological, biogeochemical, and hydrological functioning of Amazonia, the impact of land use and climate changes on these functions, and the interactions between Amazonia and the Earth system. He has also been a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was a member of the UN Secretary-General Scientific Advisory Board for Global Sustainability. As a climate and earth systems scientist, his work focuses on the Amazon and its impacts on the Earth system, climate modeling, and global environmental change. During a time in which environmental crisis has become synonymous with climate change, Dr. Nobre clarifies the complexities surrounding the driving factors of deforestation and savannization. Additionally, Ayana and Dr. Nobre discuss the margins of safety that must be implemented, the simultaneous rise of nationalism and the ramifications of climate change, and the possibility of a third way outside the realms of the preservation/consumption binary when it comes to Amazonia. Music by Les Halles https://halles.bandcamp.com (edited) halles.bandcamp.com Les Halles BOOKING: andrew@phantom-limb.co.uk
January 30, 2019
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… In the past thirty years, there have been fifty attempts to open the Refuge to drilling. What does it say about our civilization that we are so devoted to fossil fuels that we are willing to drill in sacred birthing grounds and risk losing an integrator of our planets atmosphere and oceanic climate systems? This week on the podcast, we explore the “Near North” with Subhankar Banerjee and reflect on our ethical and moral imperative to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born, American photographer, writer, activist, and environmental humanities scholar. He has been a leading voice on issues of Arctic conservation, Indigenous human rights, resource wars, and climate change. He has done work in the American Southwest that addresses desert ecology and forest deaths from climate change, and recently started a project to address climate change impact and politics of ecology in the coastal temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest. His research focuses on the intersection of art, eco-cultural activism and environmental humanities. Subhankar’s photographs, writing, and lectures have reached millions of people around the world. Join us in conversation as Subhankar calls us to find our connection with the Near North while clarifying many misconceptions about the current status of the Refuge and the history of extraction in Alaska. We must do these sacred grounds justice in our actions and minds. +TAKE ACTION+ Use the understanding you gathered from this episode to submit a written comment to The BLM Alaska State Office as they prepare to release an EIS to develop a gas and oil leasing program in the Refuge’s Coastal Plain. This EIS is in accordance with the passing of the Trump Administration’s Dec. 22, 2017 Tax Law. We ask you to join us in the decade long struggle to defeat drilling in the Refuge and speak out against continued extraction in Alaska. The Comment Period closes on February 11, 2019. You can mail your comments to: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS 222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13 Anchorage, Alaska 99513 -7504 Or submit electronically here: https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/plans-in-development/alaska/coastal-plain-eis Music by Sun Araw http://www.sunaraw.com/main.html
January 23, 2019
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? We are honored to be able to speak with Camila Thorndike and take an opportunity to contemplate what our lives would look like if we were to use less and be free of this polluting addiction, not only through taxing but through a true paradigm shift. In Camila’s own words: “The cultural change and the political-economic change we need cannot be separate, they are one and the same.” Camila Thorndike, a lifelong climate campaigner, was born and raised in rural southern Oregon and today lives in Washington, DC. Most recently she worked with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) to lead a campaign uniting 100 organizations and businesses to pass fair and effective local climate policy. After graduating from Whitman College, Camila worked for the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, led outreach for an Arizonan urban planning campaign, and spearheaded engagement for Firerock, a musical theater project on fossil fuels. In 2009 she worked with DC youth on energy efficiency in low-income households with the Mayor’s Green Summer Jobs Program. She later co-founded Our Climate, a grassroots national nonprofit that empowers the next generation of climate leaders to pass strong, fair carbon pricing laws. Camila is a Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Sitka Fellow, Udall Scholar, Mic50 awardee, member of the Young Climate Leaders Network, a Grist 50 "Fixer," and recipient of the 2018 DC Environmental Network award. Join Ayana this week in conversation with Camila Thorndike as we learn how the tax code can address societal ills, the difference between cap and trade and carbon tax, how policy arrangements reflect our values, and how we can create a price on carbon that is inclusive, progressive, and benefit communities that are often exploited by the so-called green market. Music by SK Kakraba http://www.sunaraw.com/YONYE.html
January 16, 2019
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? This week, Ayana speaks with Dr. William Laurance on the driving forces behind the disappearance of ancient trees and the critical ecological roles that they play in distinguishing & sustaining a variety of forest types. Dr. William Laurance is a Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University. An environmental scientist, he has written eight books and over 600 scientific and popular articles. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and former President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. His professional honors include the Heineken Environment Prize, BBVA Frontiers in Conservation Biology Award, Society for Conservation Biology’s Distinguished Service Award, and Royal Zoological Society of London’s Outstanding Conservation Achievement Prize. He is director of JCU’s Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and founded and directs ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers—a science-advocacy group that reaches 1-2 million readers weekly. He is a four-time winner of Australia’s Best Science Writing Award. Join Ayana and Dr. Laurance in conversation about the future of old growth forests, the many impacts of climate destabilization and drought, the dangers of positive feedback, and how infrastructure development is both driving and worsening climate chaos. Music by Grant Earl LaValley https://grantearllavalley.bandcamp.com/
January 9, 2019
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. Before globalization and colonization, before the health economy, people were able to take care of their own. This statement isn’t intended to romanticize or philosophize, but to remind us that current regimes seek to disempower us – to create a dependence that necessitates their existence. As Western infrastructures fail, networks of folks deeply committed to liberation, like Roots of Labor Collective, are creating different possibilities. Roots of Labor Birth Collective (RLBC) is committed to providing support and care for birthing members of our community. RLBC consists of birth doulas of color. We strive to reflect the communities we serve, while uplifting and caring for ourselves under these guiding principles: decolonizing birth, honoring birth, empowering ourselves and each other, and sustaining doula work. Elena Aurora is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Roots of Labor Birth Collective. It is her honor to organize with the radical and inspirational doulas of the Bay Area, California. She is mixed race, Peruvian and European descent, and has an environmental project called Woke n Wasteless that queers the conversation between the disposability of stuff, and the disposability of people of color. Juju Angeles is an active doula of RLBC. Currently occupying Ohlone Territory (West Oakland, CA) & serving the Bay Area, Juju is a mother, homeschools, works with plants, and supports people through their pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum journey. Founder of Babymamahood, an online platform to dismantle, reimagine, and reclaim solo parenting for women and people of color in the hood. Join us in conversation as For the Wild dedicates this week to exploring ancestral legacies around birthing, how we can invest in reproductive rights outside of the current hetero-patriarchal capitalist white supremacist system, the womb space as a place of creation, and birthing support as a human right. Music by Jason Marsalis & Irvin Mayfield" "+ Action Points from Roots of Labor Birth Collective + + Credit and listen to Black women, and other people of color who are defining Reproductive Justice. If your reproductive organization or circles do not have multiple people (or women) of color in leadership positions, then do not support them. One at the top does not count. + Redirect your resources to organizations that are doing POC centered birth work, and who are led by people of color. You can do this by sponsoring people of color to take the RLBC doula training, or sponsoring a full training so we can offer them for free. + Hire a doula for your birth, or your friends birth. + Stop buying baby items and doing large registries, consider hosting baby stuff swaps and events to reduce waste in our waste stream. + Support homebirth midwives, hire one for your birth or concurrent care. Sponsor a friend to hire one. + Use cloth diaper services to divert waste from the landfill. Those dirty diapers will outlive your children. + Divest in big oil who are the main causes of climate change and are poisoning our people, and putting POC communities at the front lines of destruction and climate-related disasters. These environmental injustices increase the Black, Brown, and Indigenous infant and maternal mortality rates. Music by Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, & Climbing PoeTree
December 20, 2018
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. Guided by culturally informed queer ancestral futurist dreams, Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd of Queer Nature explore how queering our awareness can dismantle the supremacist, ecocidal, and genocidal story we have found ourselves in. Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project based on Arapaho, Ute, and Cheyenne territories that actively dreams into decolonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land, and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Co-envisioned by Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQ2+ people and QTBIPOCs. Queer Nature carries the story and hope that these spaces create resilient narratives of belonging for folks who have often been made to feel by systems of oppression that they biologically, socially, or culturally don’t belong. Queer Nature has collaborated with Wilderness Awareness School, the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University, Women’s Wilderness, and ReWild Portland. Join Ayana in conversation with So and Pinar as they explore how tracking and trailing answer the call of our ancestral bodies and the land, what deep intimacy with the more than human world looks like, how place-based skills are tools of liberation, and how to heal community, we cannot solely be in reciprocal relationships, we must be in accountable ones as well. Music by Y La Bamba & Elisapie. http://www.ylabamba.com/ https://www.elisapie.com + Action Points from Queer Nature + + Check out the website https://native-land.ca (it is also an app), it lets you know what First Nations territories you are on! + See if you can find Indigenous dictionaries or language projects that can help inform you of the first names of rivers, mountains, and non-human beings in your bioregion. In our area, we consult the online dictionary at the Arapaho Language Project, which is part of CU Boulder. + You can support Queer Nature’s Patreon through https://www.patreon.com/queernature + You can donate directly to Queer Nature through our website: www.queernature.org (though we are an LLC and not a non-profit, so donations are not tax deductible). + Tax-deductible donations that support a local grant-funded series of workshops that we run collaboratively can be made here: https://www.womenswilderness.org/donations/ (For Women's Wilderness donations, please include a note that it's for Queer Nature programs!) + Donate to Right Relationship Boulder - They have been working with the Northern and Southern Arapaho tribes who were displaced from the Boulder Valley by colonization to give land and land use rights back to the Arapaho people: https://www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-right-relationship-2/#"
December 13, 2018
Four years and one hundred episodes later…Today we celebrate listening, storytelling, loyalty, each other, and the love song that is For the Wild. We’ve been combing through the archives and crafting this very special episode for the community that has rallied around us these past couple of years. Today’s episode highlights some of the many conversations we keep in hearts and mind. Join us this week as we revisit dialogue between Ayana and Peter Wohlleben, Stephen Jenkinson, Chief Caleen Sisk, Ron Finley, Lyla June, Kurt Russo, Jacinda Mack, Terry Tempest Williams, Reverend M. Kalani Souza, brontë velez, Stephen Harrod Buhner, Angelo Baca, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Dune Lankard, Andrew Harvey, Derrick Jensen, Eriel Deranger, George Monbiot, Paul Watson, Nalini Nadkarni, Janine Benyus, Rue Mapp, Winona LaDuke, Nnimmo Bassey, Jacqui Patterson, Faith Gemmill, and Princess Lucaj. Plus, Ayana shares her own reflections and the personal history that birthed this podcast into a life of its own. Consider this a thank you to the community that has supported this work in a myriad of way, to our guests for sharing with us and inspiring us, and to the group of tenacious beings that have tended to For the Wild along this journey. Upon reflecting on how we got here, we have been reminded of how important it is to work in collective structures, to find your family and hold them close. Our guests constantly remind us that this work is not meant to be done alone, that each and every one of us has something to contribute. Despite the odds, For the Wild has resisted what this world is trying to strip away from us: creativity, loyalty, joy, and commitment. I can’t help but think that perhaps many of us arrived here, and stayed here, for the same reason, that we were feeling alone and wondering if anyone else could hear what we were hearing? Each week these episodes remind us that we are not alone, that there are others across this planet that deeply care about the things we care about, who hold immeasurable bodies of knowledge, and who are singing out in resilient song. We can’t say, and we don’t pretend to know, just what this podcast has done for its listeners – but we promise to keep going, to continue to put alternative narratives and ways of knowing into the minds of whoever may tune in. We are so excited to keep learning and growing organically in conversation, by way of experience, and in close observation. Ayana put it best, this podcast is an ode to sticking it out – we are devoted to the message and uplifting our co-conspirators in this movement. Consider this an affirmation of deep commitment and life itself. Music by Lyla June Theme Music: Like a River by Kate Wolf
December 6, 2018
As we enter into the twelfth month of the year and reflect on the tumultuous period that was 2018, For The Wild is dedicating December’s podcast episodes to healing community. This week, guest 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. Toxic masculinity, settler colonialism, and white supremacy are impelling us to a point of no return. If you are coming to this conversation as an environmental advocate, understand that in order to shift our relationship from that of domination over “nature” to one of reciprocity and understanding of the ecosystem we are apart of, we must examine our values with one another. What are we trying to build? What parts of ourselves must we heal to get there? 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 https://www.facebook.com/lylajune/ http://www.sodizin.net/ https://soundcloud.com/lylajune ACTION POINTS: Donate to and support groups like Wica Agli and Mending the Sacred Hoop: https://mshoop.org https://www.wicaagli.org/about-us/
November 29, 2018
What could our reality look like if we had not grown up in a society so deeply committed to an anthropocentric understanding of cosmos and planet? What would it mean to no longer identify as “the spider in the center, but as a single strand in the spider’s web?” These questions engage our imagination to think beyond what we know and envision a future that is both deeply connected and full of gratitude. Yet mere awareness of this possibility or awareness of the possibility of biological collapse has proven to be insufficient. We know the changes we face, we read the news, we have all the data and statistics to confirm a changing climate or the perils of resource extraction and loss of biodiversity. Yes, we are aware, yet we remain disempowered and continue to engage in the habits causing detriment to what extends beyond our very skin. This week’s guest, John Seed, reminds us that to move forward we cannot simply know, we must honor and engage with our deepest emotions in order to radically change the reality we are living in. 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. Now is the time to confront the illusions of separation we have held on to for so long. For those of us who are longing to deeply connect with Earth, we need only to begin by connecting with ourselves. Music by Y La Bamba http://www.ylabamba.com/ In lieu of a traditional action point for this week, we reflect on Thich Nhat Hanh’s guidance: “If we want to continue to enjoy our rivers – to swim in them, walk beside them, even drink their water – we have to adopt the non-dual perspective. We have to meditate on being the river so that we can experience, within ourselves, the fears and hopes of the river. If we cannot feel the rivers, the mountains, the air, the animals, and other people from within their own perspective, the rivers will die and we will lose our chance for peace.” – from Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
November 15, 2018
"In the past several days we have bore witness to three separate fires; the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill, rage across both northern and southern California. As the death toll has currently risen to fifty, hundreds remain missing, and over a quarter of a million Californians have been forced to evacuate – it is hard to think of any other words to describe this event other than disaster or tragedy. We begin this week by offering our hearts to all the people who are impacted by these fires. Narratives of wildfire in this country have long been muddled with myth and misinformation. On November 11th, the President of the United States perpetuated this by tweeting: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly, and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor…" The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of reasons for these fires. For one, the landscape of California is prone to fire and decades of fire suppression, has only made it more so. As for the fires in Southern California, those have very little to do with forest management, as they are urban interface fires, not wildland fires. Today there are nearly 1.8 million homes in high fire risk area across the Western United States, and in the past two decades Americans have started 84% of wildfires in the United States. So we must also hold one another accountable in our carelessness and persistence. 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. " Music by Itasca http://www.itascalosangeles.com/ https://itasca.bandcamp.com/ "Action Points for "Myths & Mis-Management of Wildland Fires" + 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. + If you live in or near a wildfire zone, learn about defensible space. (1) Keep your chimney cleaned and screened. (2) Keep your storage shed located away from your home. (3) Avoid outdoor burning. Recycle, mulch, and compost when possible. (4) Make sure your driveway is accessible and your address is visible. (5) Scatter trees within 30 feet of your housing structure. (6) Have 100 feet of garden hose attached. (7) Keep woodpile, fuel tanks, and other burnable materials 30 feet away from your housing structure. (8) Thin and prune coniferous trees. (9) Keep grass green and mowed if it is within 30 feet, keep vegetation mowed within 100 feet of your housing structure. Learn more at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prepare-For-Wildfire/ + The John Muir Project encourages more birders, "Did you know that most logging happens during nesting season? We need birders who will fight to document bird nests and occupancy in burned forests before these areas are devastated by logging. We want to use the weapon of information about the diversity and abundance of avian species in these areas to educate the public and the Forest Service on the true biodiversity costs associated with post-fire (a.k.a. salvage) logging. Please sign up today and start helping to preserve species by making their presence known." Learn more at http://johnmuirproject.org/get-involved/ + Join the John Muir Projects mailing list to stay up to date on the fight to preserve our National Forests at http://johnmuirproject.org
November 8, 2018
The Hawaiian Islands, like so many of our planetary coastal communities, are at the forefront of rising waters, diminishing trade winds, and climate chaos. As we face the continuation and intensification of natural processes, it is easy, and quite frankly lazy, to fall into pits of despair and pessimism, both of which are an insult to the imagination. We must remind ourselves and each other that change is both possible and necessary at this precise moment in time. We can choose to prepare and respond in ways that will sustain our communities and strengthen our families. Our survival demands our action and engagement and make no mistake, our actions, no matter how small, either add to the collective harm or collective healing. Do we choose to be predators or participants in life? 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, a non-profit 501(c) 3 focused on community capacity and global response to climate adaptation. He is a certified FEMA Instructor and serves on the Indigenous Knowledge HUI of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, PRiMO, which works to mitigate and respond to natural disasters. He also serves as a cultural competency consultant for NOAA Pacific Services Center and works with the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group and Rising Voices Indigenous Peoples and Practice in Climate Science and Adaptation alongside the National Climate Atmospheric Research Center. Join us in conversation as Ayana and Kalani discuss an “all hands on deck approach” to addressing human behavior and developing personal preparedness. Music by Cover Story Doo Wop
November 1, 2018
The Anthropocene tells the story of compounding injustice, towards people and planet. It tells the story of growth for growth’s sake, living beyond boundaries sacredly assigned to us by our Mother. 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. Taking on Indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and climate change resiliency plans, Queen Quet is a warrior of justice for not only her peoples, but all of humanity. 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. By obtaining land and being able to pass it down to their descendants, the Gullah/Geechee were able to continue their centuries-long relationship with the land. In 2000, they were internationally recognized as a nation. Hilton Head, a revered golfing and vacation paradise for the wealthy receives almost 2 million incoming tourists annually to visit the over 25 golf courses or "plantations." Each posted up on stolen land of the Gullah/Geechee heritage and funeral sites. The rampant development of this land is just one of the many attacks on these people and their land. Queen Quet and the Gullah/Geechee nation are an exemplary vision of resilience in an age of deterioration, holding on to spirit and hope amidst. Facing the onslaught of colonial terrorism towards both Black and Indigenous lives, Queen Quet's vision is lighting the way forward in troubled times. 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.” Queen Quet was selected, elected, and enstooled by her people to be the first Queen Mother, “head pun de bodee,” and official spokesperson for the Gullah/Geechee Nation. As a result, she is respectfully referred to as “Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation.” She is the founder of the premier advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. Queen Quet has won countless awards for being a woman of distinction, for her scholarship, writings, artistic presentation, activism, cultural continuation and environmental preservation. She was the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and at the United Nations COP 22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. Music by The Gullah Singers, Live recordings from GullahGeechee TV Nayshun Nyews with Queen Quet & The GullahGeechee Nation International Music Movement Festival.
October 25, 2018
How often do we zoom out to take collective responsibility for our impact as a human species on the voiceless nonhumans? What is constantly being sacrificed in exchange for our leisure, our luxury, our consumption? The inherent abuses of capitalism and the supremacist mindset do not value life. A stark reality that a corporation has rights in the court, while animals have the same rights as a car or a couch. This is the core of our insentience and our inanimacy which merit our Taker culture. 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. Since 2013, the Nonhuman Rights Project has filed lawsuits on behalf of non-human animals in captivity – including four chimpanzees and three elephants, so far – seeking a writ of habeas corpus. The organization is fighting for the autonomy of our more than human kin as we face the need for multi species liberation. Music by Izaak Opatz & Sun Araw
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