In this episode, Tegan, Ellen, Melissa, Judith and Joram take a break from the world of the chlorophylled to learn about our nearer relatives: fungi! We’re lassoed into the dirt by these hunters, decomposers, delicacies and occasional bankers. If you thought a mushroom was just a little white rounded thing you can buy at the grocery store to add to fried rice, this episode is for you!
In this episode, Tegan, Ellen, Judith and Joram dive deep into the forest ecosystem. In Peter Wohlleben’s book “The Hidden Life of Trees” it’s all about what’s going on in the woods. Do trees feel pain? How do they raise their young? And what happens to the trees when the temperatures rise? We’ll try to find some answers in the book and take you along on this journey.
This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare. If you want an in-depth history of the relationships between African nations, scientists, healers and pharmaceutical companies, this is the book for you.
This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. If you’re curious about Johnny Appleseed and think Holland is ugly, this is your book!
This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and Melissa read Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson. This book taught us so much about the best ways to murder people (green potatoes!) and also how to avoid being poisoned by our weirdest fellow terrestrials.
This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and new friends Judith and Melissa read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. This book was a lot. Trigger warnings: toxic academia, disastrous road trips, and peeing in bottles.
This month, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. A book about human’s relationship with alcohol covers basically all of history, and Stewart picked the most interesting parts for our reading pleasure.
This month, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We were all spellbound by this book. Come listen as we discuss ponds, United States history, mushroom-related double entendres and the texture of salamanders.