“What’s crazier–plants speaking, or humans listening?”

An excerpt from The Overstory by Richard Powers, pp. 318-322, read by Steph.

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“A lot of evidence suggests that group loyalty interferes with reason.”

Maidenhair and Watchman trade smirks, like he’s just told them that science

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In-group Realignment

An excerpt from The Overstory by Richard Powers, pp. 232-238, read by Steph.

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Four years at Fortuna College come down to one afternoon: Adam in his spot in the front row, Daniels Auditorium. Professor Rubin Rabinowski at

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Photosynthesis

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A reading from The Overstory by Richard Powers. 2018, p. 124.

It’s a miracle,” she tells her students, photosynthesis: a feat of chemical engineering underpinning creation’s entire cathedral. All the razzmatazz of life on Earth is a

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“It’s a great idea, trees.”

A reading from The Overstory by Richard Powers. 2018, p. 114-115

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In this way, acorn animism turned bit by bit into its offspring, botany. She becomes her father’s star and only pupil for the simple reason that

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Pure Prop

A reading from The Overstory, by Richard Powers. 2018, p.86-87.

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He wants to keep heading west. Trouble is, the only strip still west of him feels like going east again. And yet he’s got his used

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The Belly Button of the World

A reading from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2013, p. 274-275.

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Umbilicaria is often the victim of its own success. Accumulation is its undoing. Slowly, slowly, the

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#042: MaddAddam, Riots

An excerpt from MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, p.33, read by Steph.

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“Physical objects have shacked their tethers; mine, yours, his, hers, and they’ve gone wandering off on their own. It’s like the aftermath of those riots they … Read more...

#041 Good Medicine – Braiding Sweetgrass

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“You can’t listen to the Thanksgiving Address without feeling wealthy. And, while expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines … Read more...

#040 Maple Sugaring – Braiding Sweetgrass

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“When my daughters remember our sugaring adventure now, they roll their eyes and groan, ‘That was I much work!’ They remember hauling branches to feed the fire and slopping sap on their jackets as they carried heavy … Read more...