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re: Wild

re: Wild

By Boyce Upholt

How do we live on this Earth? How should we? Our answers to these questions are shaped by our idea of "nature" as something separate from humanity.

re: Wild is a series of conversations with people who are pushing the boundaries of that old idea. We'll talk to people who -- instead of conceiving of the wilderness as a place apart -- live, eat, and work in a more-than-human world.

New episodes drop twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays.
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Julia Rosen: We Are Grass People

re: WildSep 07, 2022

Jessica Camille Aguirre: The View From Space

Jessica Camille Aguirre: The View From Space

Jessica Camille Aguirre is a writer whose work focuses on climate change and extremes.


[01:41] AFAR Magazine: “The Promise and Peril of Space Tourism

[05:13] Frank White’s The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution

[06:34] The Space Studies Institute: Gerard K. O’Neill

[08:19] NASA: “Blue Marble

[08:23] NASA: “Earthrise

[08:58] Kenneth E. Boulding: “The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth

[09:14] Wikipedia: “Whole Earth Catalog

[18:02] Harper’s Magazine:Another Green World

[22:25] University of Arizona: “Biosphere 2

[31:56] Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature

[36:40] Southlands newsletter

Dec 21, 202237:06
Justin Gregg: Us Dumb Humans
Dec 07, 202229:22
Defending the Forest

Defending the Forest

May and Hadley identify as members of the Defend the Atlanta Forest movement.


[0:05] Atlanta City Studio’s Our Future City report (h/t Charles Bethea at the New Yorker)

[1:18] Defend the Atlanta Forest

[12:41] Resident Advisor: “Inside the American South’s Anti-Cop Raves

[19:23] Rolling Stone: “The Battle for ‘Cop City’

Nov 02, 202234:23
Laura J. Martin: Designing the Wild

Laura J. Martin: Designing the Wild

Laura J. Martin is a historian and ecologist who studies how people shape the habitats of other species. She is the author of Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration and an environmental studies professor at Williams College.


[1:21] Laura J. Martin’s Wild by Design

[3:47] The Society for Ecological Restoration

[7:49] “A New Global Framework for Managing Nature Through 2030

Oct 19, 202231:52
Wyatt Williams: Life and Death and Meat

Wyatt Williams: Life and Death and Meat

Wyatt Williams is a writer and a former restaurant critic.


[1:19] Springer Mountain: Meditations on Killing and Eating

[2:01] Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma

[2:04] Food Inc.

[9:45] “Will the Next Pandemic Start with Chickens?” (The New Republic)

[10:58] “When the National Bird is a Burden” (The New York Times Magazine)

[14:09] Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm

[17:16] Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals

[23:44] “What Went Wrong With Eleven Madison Park's Vegan Menu" (Bon Appetit); “Restaurant Review: Eleven Madison Park's Vegan Menu” (The New York Times)

[28:39] Emma Marris’s Wild Souls

Oct 05, 202235:41
Rien Fertel: The Pelican Holds Everything

Rien Fertel: The Pelican Holds Everything

Rien Fertel is the author of Brown Pelican and three previous books: Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera, The One True Barbecue, and Imagining the Creole City. He is currently a Visiting Professor of History at Tulane University.


Mentioned in this episode:

[1:14] Rien Fertel’s Brown Pelican

[2:25] Fantasy Birding

[2:50] eBird

[9:20] Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

[15:19] Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

[15:58] Walter Anderson

[17:46] Jack Davis’s The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird

Sep 21, 202226:53
Julia Rosen: We Are Grass People

Julia Rosen: We Are Grass People

If you're anything like me, when you think of nature the first image that comes to mind is a tree. But, as beautiful as forests are, another ecosystem is even more important to human history: grasslands. For centuries, grasslands have been ignored by Western scientists, sometimes even denigrated as wastelands. Julia Rosen says that's due in part to a bias against grasslands that emerged in Europe and was exported overseas. In this episode of re: Wild, Boyce and Julia discuss grasslands — both their past and the key role they may play in our future.

For further reading, see Julia's July article in The Atlantic, "Trees Are Overrated."


Julia Rosen is a freelance journalist covering science and the environment from Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Hakai, High Country News, and many other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @1juliarosen

Sep 07, 202223:31
Peter Alagona: The Nature of Cities

Peter Alagona: The Nature of Cities

Cities and suburbs across the U.S. are filled with wildlife, from squirrels to hawks to coyotes and bears. Indeed, you're more likely to run into a bear outside of Newark, New Jersey, than outside of Anchorage. How did this come to be true? That's the subject of The Accidental Ecosystem by environmental historian Peter Alagona, the guest on this episode of re: Wild.

Aug 09, 202237:43
Lyndsie Bourgon: Tree Thieves

Lyndsie Bourgon: Tree Thieves

The act of carving up a tree on public land can seem like a desecration: our forests are our natural cathedrals, after all, at least according to the classic cliché. But as writer and oral historian Lyndsie Bourgon points out in her new book Tree Thieves, crime in the forest is a bit more complicated.

Jul 12, 202237:06
Marcia Bjornerud: Timefulness
Jun 21, 202231:52