We open tonight’s show with a discussion of David Suzuki’s transformative book, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, and its reexamination of the four classic elements. How can our relationship with earth, air, fire and water guide us to a healthier relationship with the planet? Environmental science can give us some insights — but we also need a new story about our place in the world. We learn more about the profound psychological aspect of our relationship with nature in Steven Kotler’s article, “Ecopsychology in Ten Easy Lessons,” where he comes face to face with the impact of global warming… and almost dies!
April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we talk about some creative ways to bring a little bit more poetry into your life. (We also give away the secret to what’s really going on at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. — Shhhh! Don’t tell!) In honor of one of our favorite poets, Mary Oliver, we share a letter from the tribute blog, Dear Mary, plus a poem of the month.
We also get a chance to chat about one of Jeff’s favorite animals: bees! In Smithsonian Magazine’s recent article, “The Secret Life of Bees,” biologist Thomas Seeley shares his insights about the mysterious workings of the collective hive-mind, and we spend some time speculating about what lessons we can learn about human brains and political hierarchies from the stories that modern science tells us about these familiar and fascinating insects.
Finally, Alison performs a reading of her short story, Yewberry, that was recently published in the fiction anthology, The Scribing Ibis, and we wrap things up with ‘Texan Jeff’ treating us to an excerpt from Suzuki’s book on the spirit of nature and the nature of spirit.
Join us next week for another episode of Faith, Fern & Compass!
- The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, by David Suzuki
- “Ecopsychology in Ten Easy Lessons,” by Steven Kotler
- 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets
- Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. and 826 Seattle
- “The Fear of Not Being Good Enough,” a letter by Jennifer Lunden on Dear Mary
- “Swan,” by Mary Oliver
- “The Secret Life of Bees,” by Carl Zimmer
- “Yewberry: A Myth Retold,” by Alison Leigh Lilly
- Opening and closing theme: “Dragonfly” by Brian Boyko
- “Getting Late,” by Emilie Lund
- “Bitter,” by Indigolab
- “A Word at Sea,” by These Animals
- “The cloud that carves the mountain” and “Big Sky,” by Tuonela
- Original photography by Alison Leigh Lilly
- Thanks to Playingwithbrushes for the textured background!
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