Don’t Forget Your Boots
Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center

Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center

June 25, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center, where we talk about the need for wolves in America, the harsh benefits of looking at wolves through an economic lens, and their chances of survival. 

By the way, let's pretend to not notice that Maggie has the absolute best last name for someone who works with wolves... 

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Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture

Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture

June 10, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Paul Wheaton, the Duke of Permaculture, owner of Permies.com and RichSoil.com, and author of the recent book “Building A Better World In Your Backyard Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys”, which teaches readers how to save money, conserve energy (and even create your own), and save the environment—all while living a more luxuriant life. 

Paul and I have an engaging conversation about moving beyond sustainability, his now-famous Wheaton Eco Scale, and how to lower your 30 tons of carbon footprint impact to -400 tons!

Paul is giving away free copies of his book for the first 72 hours that the podcast is up, so if you'd like to get a copy of Building A Better World In Your Backyard Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys, email paul@richsoil.com and tell him I sent you! 

Copies of Building A Better World In Your Backyard Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys can be found at: permies.com/bwb

Wilderness Guide and Stand-Up Comedian Monte Montepare

Wilderness Guide and Stand-Up Comedian Monte Montepare

May 21, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I have Monte Montepare. Monte is the co-owner of Kennicott Wilderness Guides in Alaska, and he works as a wilderness guide during the summer and a standup comedian in LA during the winter. He first moved to Alaska when on a whim he was 19, and has been there for the last 15 years.

We go deep, and talk about anxiety and second-guessing choices we make in our youth, how Alaska has changed over the years, and doing intense things that require presence to trick yourself into quieting an overactive brain.
 
Also, make sure to check out his videos on his YouTube page and Instagram (links below), he gets in tons of jokes and an emotional crescendo, all in just a few minutes.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/montemontepare/?hl=en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQbrzanMn2duh6wDKIBpVCQ

Marine Biologist and Ecologist Carl Safina

Marine Biologist and Ecologist Carl Safina

May 6, 2020

In this episode of the pod, I speak with Carl Safina about his expansive career, positives in conservation, and his new book, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Family, Create Beauty and Achieve Peace.

Carl is an ecologist and conservationist for over 40 years, he’s won the Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships, book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies, and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals.

He named one of the “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century by Audubon magazine.

He won the MacArthur Genius Award in 2000...the man has credentials. 

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Interview with Brian Pope of Lubee Bat Conservancy

Interview with Brian Pope of Lubee Bat Conservancy

March 25, 2020

In the recent episode of the podcast, I speak with Brian Pope of Lubee Bat Conservancy. Brian has been working with animals his entire life, and but joined Lubee and started working with bats full time in 2007. 

I learned a lot speaking with Brian, mainly that bats love playing with toys and taking things apart, that they can eat nearly 5,000-7,000 insects a night, that they are the only things that can pollinate agave plants (which are crucial in the production of tequila), and that they are being used by the Center for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Army Medical Research of Infectious Diseases to find cures for some of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Brian puts a lot of myths about bats to rest, including that they are blind, that they are all nocturnal, and that they don’t all echolocate.

Sandra Shaw Homer, Author of Evelio’s Garden: Memoir of a Naturalist in Costa Rica

Sandra Shaw Homer, Author of Evelio’s Garden: Memoir of a Naturalist in Costa Rica

February 27, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Sandra Shaw Homer, an environmentalist and author, with a recent book called Evelio’s Garden: Memoir of a Naturalist in Costa Rica. We spoke about writing, travel, conservation, and her life as an ex-pat for 29 years in Costa Rica.

Sandra is incredibly inspirational and has an amazing story to tell, filled equally with beauty and sorrow. Below are links to where you can pick up a copy of Evelio's Garden as well as her previous books. 

Evelio’s Garden on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Evelios-Garden-Sandra-Shaw-Homer/dp/1646693248/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576966182&sr=1-1

Sandra Shaw Homer on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-Shaw-Homer/e/B00LLWLGOA/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Sandra Shaw Homer on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7884051.Sandra_Shaw_Homer?from_search=true

John Platt of The Revelator

John Platt of The Revelator

February 10, 2020

In this episode, I speak with John Platt (there is no relation between us, he just has the best last name ever) but he is a renowned environmental journalist covering endangered species, climate, and pollution-related issues. There was a bit of an audio issue at minute 23, and again at 29:00, as my recorder crapped out halfway through the podcast, however, John, the quintessential professional was recording the whole time and sounds great throughout.

We cover a lot, and talk about what is causing the species to become more endangered at a faster rate, why some environmental issues need to reach beyond economic solutions, the importance of emotion in storytelling, and staying positive in the era of Trump.

Thanks, and again, if you can, please rate, review, and subscribe, it helps a lot! 

Jona of Gate 1 Uganda

Jona of Gate 1 Uganda

January 7, 2020

In this podcast, I spoke with our tour guide, Jona, as my wife and I were on our honeymoon in Uganda. 

A lot of people don’t know much about Uganda, myself included, so I made sure to take the opportunity to ask Jona just about all the questions I had amassed since the trip began. We talked about a lot- rhinos, Uganda being safe, Kimberly Endicott, Ebola, economic drivers, the depiction of Uganda and Africa in general in the media, and conservation efforts.

Julie Vanassche of Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary

Julie Vanassche of Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary

December 2, 2019

In this podcast, I speak with Julie Vanassche of the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary, the only wildlife sanctuary in Liberia.

While we talk other animals, much of our conversation is about pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world.

Pangolins are desired locally for bushmeat (which is embedded in the culture) and internationally in many Asian countries, which tend to believe their scales have medicinal value.

Overall, quality isn't great since her internet on location is spotty. We tried recording it a few different ways, but this is the best we were to get. My hope is we can do another one in the future but, since Julie is so busy, I wanted to upload this one sooner rather than later.

Will Harlan of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

Will Harlan of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

November 5, 2019

In this episode, Will explains the difference between National Parks and National Forests, why environmental conservation shouldn't be a partisan issue, and some surprising conservation wins in the Trump administration. We also talk about the state of Red Wolves, one of the most endangered animals in the world, trail running, and his bestseller Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and The Fight For Cumberland Island