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Pulitzer Prize nominated author and biologist Dr. David Haskell is an observer of life, and life, according to him, is inextricable from the networks that exist both within it and around the living object. Join us as we travel with David to two extremes: an old-growth forest in the mountains of Tennessee, and the streets of New York City. In both places we visit a singular hub which most of us take for granted on a daily basis: a tree. One “dead” and the other is “alive”. But in both places, you will see, as we did, that both trees are robust with such a dizzying array of networks that it leads us down a path of reconsidering the very idea of life itself… including our own.
We highly recommend both of David’s books “The Songs of Trees” and “The Forest Unseen”.
Additional music this week was provided by Lee Rosevere under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license. Individual tracks can be found here and here.
Further Additional music was provided by Laura Sheeran under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license. The track “Lupine Rot” can be found here.
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Every now and then we’ll have a piece of tape that–while it didn’t fit in to our episode–is still something that we think you should hear. So we’ll be releasing these bonus episodes intermittently. And we’d love to know what you think, so let us know on out forums page.
During our most recent episode, when Branan was interviewing Shearwater‘s Jonathan Meiburg, they found themselves diving into the subject of a strange biological phenomenon known as “genetic memory”. Enjoy!