The Magnificent Monteverde Region

This episode, we will explore Monteverde, Costa Rica. This past spring break, 12 Skidmore students and 2 professors ventured in the forests of the Monteverde region to experience the lush, unique plant and animal life in the region. We will delve the region’s biodiversity and the threats the forests in the region currently face. Please join […]

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Domestication? Horses and Humans

AUDIO FIXED Labor can be sneaky. Domestication can be reciprocal. And it might be horses who can show us how. Elaine Larsen, a professor of biology at Skidmore College, shares her insights on the rich sociality and ecology of horses. From her long horseback riding expeditions to the longer history of horses in the landscape, […]

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Community Unseen

How do plants communicate? Is the city wild? Scott Kellogg joins us this week from Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an urban environmental educational center in Albany. We ponder these questions and more, starting to re-think our definition of community and find intimate connections in other bodies.   Follow this link to hear the playlist of music […]

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The Multispecies Munch

In this episode, we look at a sample of the ways that eating is entangled with a web of other processes, other lives, and other desires. With Skidmore Biology Professor Monica Raveret Richter, we consider both human foraging behaviors and their interdependencies and homologies with other species. Each of these other lives—whether microbes, pandas, honeybees, or […]

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Bodies of Time

This week, we discuss the many ways that we embody time–from the ways space can psychologically manipulate our perceptions of time to the circadian rhythms encoded in the very fabric or our cells. We spoke with Bernard Possidente, a Skidmore biology professor, about this biological clock, finding homologies from fruit flies to mice to humans, as well […]

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Mushroom Bioadaptation

Our first episode, focusing on mushrooms as a building material, draws from the Evocative lecture at Skidmore College. Listen to myco-expert Sue Van Hook as she discusses the mushroom queendom, sustainable products, and the wonderment of mushroom energies.  

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