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For The Wild

For The Wild Podcast is an anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land-based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism.

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ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN on Pleasure as Birthright /115

This captivating conversation explores how the denial of pleasure contributes to our own oppression, how radical honesty and kindness can transform our relationships, moving through the limitations placed on radical imagination and desire, the importance of pleasure beyond sex, and how our pain and sorrow is a measurement of our pleasure and joy.

17 Apr 2019

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Dr. BAYO AKOMOLAFE on Slowing Down in Urgent Times /155

We are invited by this week’s guest, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, to pause and abandon solutionism, step back from the project of progress, and dance into a different set of questions: What does the Anthropocene teach us as a destabilizing agent that resists our taming? How can we show up in our movements of justice if “the ways we respond to crisis is part of the crisis”?

22 Jan 2020

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STEPHEN JENKINSON on Ancestry and Misanthropy /41

Stephen Jenkinson is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer, with a masters degree in theology from Harvard University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Jenkinson is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of the Orphan Wisdom School and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.

8 Dec 2016

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PETER WOHLLEBEN on the Hidden Life of Trees /67

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Peter Wohlleben studies the social life of trees, how they rely on one another and build communities. A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it and each tree performs a specific role in the health and well being of the forest– our tree elders have so much to teach us about relationship building and community.

1hr 8mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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ROBIN WALL KIMMERER on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing /35

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

58mins

14 May 2016

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ROBIN WALL KIMMERER on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing ⌠ENCORE⌡ /35

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a mother, scientist and writer, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

2 Aug 2018

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BRONTË VELEZ on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy ⌠PART 1⌡ /139

In Part One of this expansive conversation, Ayana and brontë delve into topics surrounding authentic expression, the distortion of feminine and masculine powers, beauty and aesthetics, queerness, dominatrix energy, and power as agency.

2 Oct 2019

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QUEER NATURE on Reclaiming Wild Safe Space /101

Join Ayana in conversation with So and Pinar as they explore how tracking and trailing answer the call of our ancestral bodies and the land, what deep intimacy with the more than human world looks like, how place-based skills are tools of liberation, and how to heal community.

20 Dec 2018

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MICHAEL MEADE on Cultivating Mythic Imagination /124

Michael and Ayana discuss topics such as the power of creative imagination and youth, the danger of hyper-individualism, pretentious heroism, and the obsession with newness. Michael explores the relationships between wounds and dreams, chaos and beauty, and meditates on his own journey of initiation and the archetypal ground of ancestors, as well as the potent nature of retelling stories.

19 Jun 2019

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PAVINI MORAY on Alchemizing Trauma and Ancestral Healing ⌠PART 1⌡ /144

Join us for Part One of Ayana and Pavini’s conversation as they delve into deep dialogue on the necessity of relational repair, trans and queer belonging, navigating states of trauma, and breaking settler mentalities within healing spaces.

8 Nov 2019

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STARHAWK on the Roots and Shoots of Earth-based Community /46

Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality, and a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism.

57mins

13 May 2017

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ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN on Emergent Strategy /68

At the heart of what brown calls Emergent Strategy, is moving towards life and learning from the wisdom of nature to drive our social movements. Emergent Strategy asks us to think about spirituality and transformative justice as central to the resilient future we are imagining together, urging us to really show up, for ourselves and one another...

50mins

8 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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PETER McCOY on Fungi and the Birth of the Modern Psyche /37

We welcome back Peter McCoy, who leads us through the earliest evidence of the fungal “queendom” in the development of culture and human intelligence, and shows how understanding fungal biology and mycelial webs can steer our social experiments.

2hr

20 Jul 2016

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CHARLES EISENSTEIN & IAN MACKENZIE on the Age of Transition /112

Charles Eisenstein and Ian MacKenzie join Ayana to discuss what features are inherently built into this money system, how economics does not have to be a merciless system, the importance of universal basic income, what it looks like to step into gift giving, and how we can hold healthy boundaries in the process.

20 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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Dr. KIM TALLBEAR on Reviving Kinship and Sexual Abundance /157

Dr. TallBear and Ayana confront western science’s continued appropriation of Indigenous sexuality, ancestry, and creation while unearthing our universal desires for love and belonging.

5 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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LYLA JUNE on Lifting Hearts Off the Ground /147

In honor of Truthsgiving, join us as we meditate upon the true spirit of giving. Lyla and Ayana unravel the great potential held within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and well as some of its false assumptions, and propose Indigenous-led frameworks for sovereignty. Lyla reminds us that when we yearn to speak the language of life, love and healing, we must turn to poetry.

28 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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ROB GREENFIELD on Confronting Convenience /123

Rob and Ayana reflec on growing food and foraging, reimagining wealth and de-monetizing your life, how to hold and move through hypocrisy, and the importance of addressing intersectionality and structural oppression in this work.

12 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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ROSEMARY GLADSTAR on Uniting Plant Savers /31

Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'.

58mins

23 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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ROOTS OF LABOR BIRTH COLLECTIVE on Decolonizing Birth /102

Join us in conversation as we dedicate this week to exploring ancestral legacies around birthing, how we can invest in reproductive rights outside of the current hetero-patriarchal capitalist white supremacist system, the womb space as a place of creation, and birthing support as a human right.

9 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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WINONA LaDUKE on the Prophesied Green Path /57

As the Founder and Executive Director of Honor the Earth, Winona is fighting against pipelines while simultaneously creating tangible solutions for oil independence. She is rooted in the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties of north-central Minnesota.

16 Nov 2017

Rank #20