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Wilding, Bamberger Ranch, The Stowaway, Asteroids

Constant Wonder
  • Oct 10, 2019
  • 01:41:12

Converting an English Estate into a Thriving Ecosystem (originally aired September 18, 2019) Guest: Isabella Tree, journalist and author, “Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm” Take a walk on the wild side--the wild side of conservation, that is! When Isabella Tree’s 3,500 acre farm was failing, she and her husband decided to switch gears from intensive farming to a hands-off conservation technique called “rewilding.” Check out the miraculous tenacity and wonder of nature. Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve (originally aired September 30, 2019) Guest: J. David Bamberger, founder, Bamberger Ranch Preserve David Bamberger set out to buy the worst piece of ranchland he could find in Texas Hill Country. He now lives on a 5,500-acre nature preserve that he created out of Texas’s most desolate wilderness. Sprout Lands Guest: William Bryant Logan, faculty, New York Botanical Gardens, and author, “Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees” The act of pruning trees to both care for them and benefit from them is being lost. Pollarding and other related practices used to provide us with the means to make living fences, diversify our forests, and feed our families, without simply destroying the trees.  Stowaway Guest: Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author, “The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica” What would you do to explore the ends of the earth? One cold swim across the Hudson River sent Billy Gawronski, the 17-year-old son of Polish immigrants, all the way to Antarctica on an expedition with the explorer Richard Byrd over 90 years ago.  Do we need to worry about an asteroid impact? Guest: Paul Sutter, astrophysicist, Ohio State University, author, and host of “Ask a Spaceman” podcast How likely is it that we could have a catastrophic collision with an asteroid? Show More...

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