Bioneers The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is an award-winning series featuring breakthrough solutions for people and planet.The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. The kaleidoscopic scope covers biomimicry, ecological design, social and racial justice, women's leadership, ecological medicine, indigenous knowledge, spirituality and psychology. It's leading-edge, hopeful, charismatic, provocative, timely and timeless – like nothing you've heard before.
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The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is an award-winning series featuring breakthrough solutions for people and planet.The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. The kaleidoscopic scope covers biomimicry, ecological design, social and racial justice, women's leadership, ecological medicine, indigenous knowledge, spirituality and psychology. It's leading-edge, hopeful, charismatic, provocative, timely and timeless – like nothing you've heard before.

Most Recent Episodes

Shamans and Scientists: Changing the Landscape of Power | Mark Plotkin

As we hurtle into the Sixth Age of Extinctions, we face the cataclysmic loss of half the world's biological diversity. 80% of the remaining biodiversity is on Indigenous lands. Ethnobotanist and Indigenous rights advocate Mark Plotkin of the Amazon Conservation Team tells us how scientists are helping protect the people who will protect the land, and the age-old wisdom that's imperative for our future. This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century | Terry Tempest Williams

Writer, naturalist and activist Terry Tempest Williams asks "Can we love ourselves, each other and the Earth enough to change?" She invokes our deepest humanity to honor and protect the wilderness that's the cauldron of evolution – and of our own imagination. "Our power lies in the love of our homelands," she tells us in this eloquent, heartfelt tour-de-force, and protecting the wild requires bringing democracy home. Featuring Terry Tempest Williams, one of the greatest living authors from the American West, is also a longtime award-winning conservationist and activist, who has taken on, among other issues, nuclear testing, the Iraq War, the neglect of women's health, and the destruction of nature, especially in her beloved "Red Rock" region of her native Utah and in Alaska. Find out more about Terry Tempest Williams and how you can engage with her campaigns and efforts by visiting her website. This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century | Terry Tempest Williams

From Slavery to Stardust: What Would Healing Look Like?

What's it like to be in someone else's skin? What if the color of the skin is different – say, black and white? What might happen when the descendants of a white slave trader and of black people who were enslaved meet? That is the brave and wrenching journey embraced by Thomas DeWolf, whose white ancestors were once the nation's biggest slave traders, and Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, descendants of African people who were enslaved. Together they depict their remarkable journey to discover what healing looks like. This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

The Blue Economy: Too Good Not to Be True | Bren Smith

In this second of a two-part program, we plunge into the mind-bending proposition that we get a second chance to remake our broken food economy. Bren Smith, co-founder and co-Executive Director of GreenWave, has created a revolutionary polycultural farming model that has low upfront costs, is easily scalable, and can help mitigate climate change. It's called regenerative ocean farming and aims to redesign the food economy away from destructive profit-driven practices and agribusiness monopolies in favor of democratizing the food economy.

Under the Skin We're All Kin: Reading the Minds of Animals | Carl Safina

Calling someone an "animal" means they're less than human – not worthy of respect, rights, or even of life itself. But in truth — and in biological fact — human beings ARE animals. Scientists continue to find that intelligence and what we call "consciousness" appear to saturate all of nature. Clearly it's high time to think differently about just what it means to be an animal. Can we know what it's like to be other-than-human? How can we see into the minds of animals? Visionary naturalist, author and conservationist Carl Safina says that the first step is paying attention and observing. And, he suggests, if we had humility, we'd have everything.

Under the Skin We're All Kin: Reading the Minds of Animals | Carl Safina

Creating a World Where Everyone Belongs: From a Change of Heart to System Change | Angela ...

In this moment of radical transformation, shifting the societal pronoun from "me, me, me" to "we" may be the single most transformational pivot we can make in order for anything else to work. Our destiny is ultimately collective. How can we overcome corrosive divisions and separations that are tearing us apart and create a world where everyone belongs? In this program, we dip into a deep conversation on this topic between Angela Glover Blackwell and john a. powell, two long-time friends and leaders in a quest toward building a multicultural democracy. Featuring Angela Glover Blackwell is Founder-in-Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity. One of the nation's most prominent, award-winning social justice advocates, she serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, including the inaugural Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve and California's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. john a. powell is the Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. A former National Legal Director of the ACLU, he co-founded the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. His latest book is: Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. Resources From Othering to Belonging | Bioneers 2022 Panel Discussion with Angela Glover Blackwell and john a. powell Angela Glover Blackwell – Transformative Solidarity for a Thriving Multiracial Democracy | Bioneers 2022 Keynote Address john a. powell – Healing Across Divides: Building Bridges to Challenge Systemic Injustice | Bioneers 2020 Keynote Address This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

Creating a World Where Everyone Belongs: From a Change of Heart to System Change | Angela ...

Legalizing Nature's Rights: How Tribal Nations are Leading the Fastest Growing Environment...

The Rights of Nature movement launched internationally in 2006 and is growing fast. Driven primarily by tribes and citizen-led communities, more than three dozen cities, townships and counties across the U.S. have adopted such laws to create legally enforceable rights for ecosystems to exist, flourish, regenerate and evolve. In this program, Native American attorneys, Frank Bibeau and Samantha Skenandore, and legal movement leader Thomas Linzey report from the front lines how they are honing their strategies to protect natural systems for future generations. Featuring Frank Bibeau, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, is an activist and tribal attorney who works extensively on Chippewa treaty and civil rights, sovereignty and water protection. Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER), an organization committed to advancing the legal rights of nature and environmental rights globally. Samantha Skenandore (Ho-Chunk/Oneida), Attorney/Of-Counsel at Quarles & Brady LLP, has vast knowledge and experience in working on matters involving on both federal Indian law and tribal law. Resources Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey – Changing Everything: The Global Movement for the Rights of Nature The Rights of Nature Movement in Indian Country and Beyond: From Grassroots to Mainstream Bioneers Rights of Nature Deep Dive This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

Legalizing Nature's Rights: How Tribal Nations are Leading the Fastest Growing Environment...

Staying Alive: Reconciling Nature, Culture and Gay Rights

As a backlash against LGBTQ rights escalates into an authoritarian crusade, acclaimed author and queer activist Taylor Brorby asks how we can still be fighting this battle? As a writer addressing the fossil fuel industry's acceleration in the midst of climate chaos, Taylor is forced to choose between the existential crises of the assaults on nature and on LGBTQ people. It's all connected, he says, as he seeks to reconcile nature, culture, diversity and belonging.

Forest Wisdom, Mother Trees and the Science of Community | Suzanne Simard

Forests have long occupied a fertile landscape in the human imagination. Places of mystery and magic – of wildness and wisdom – of vision and dreaming. Yet beyond mythic realms of imagination, we've largely treated forests as inert physical resources to satisfy human needs and desires. The main operative science behind this commodification has been market science – how to extract maximum resources and profits. Suzanne Simard is a revolutionary researcher who is transforming the science of forest ecology and coming full circle to the wisdom held by First Peoples and traditional land-based cultures from time immemorial. The story Simard is uncovering can change our story for how we live on Earth and with each other – for the long haul. Featuring Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes, soils, carbon, nutrients and water that underlie the adaptability of ecosystems, especially the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate interplant communication. Learn more about Suzanne Simard and her work at her website. Explore More Dispatches From the Mother Trees, Suzanne Simard's keynote address to the 2021 Bioneers Conference, in which she discusses the dire global consequences of logging old-growth rainforests, and nature-based solutions that combine Western science and Indigenous knowledge for preserving and caring for these invaluable forest ecosystems for future generations. Lessons from the Underground, a panel discussion from the 2021 Bioneers Conference featuring Suzanne Simard as well as Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery, a wife and husband team of scientific researchers whose groundbreaking work on the microbial life of soil has revealed its crucial importance to human wellbeing and survival. Moderated by Bioneers' Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan. Intelligence in Nature, a deep-dive resource featuring leading experts in this burgeoning field. What We Owe Our Trees, an article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker. This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

Forest Wisdom, Mother Trees and the Science of Community | Suzanne Simard

Radical Transparency: Mapping the Earth from the Ground to the Cloud | Rebecca Moore

New, democratized access to powerful analytical and mapping tools is transforming our understanding of the natural world – and with it, our ability to meaningfully conserve, protect and restore our collective home – the biosphere. In this program, we explore the boundless possibilities of digital maps and platforms with Rebecca Moore, visionary founder of Google Earth Outreach and Google Earth Engine. This is an episode of the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature series. Visit the radio and podcast homepage to learn more.

Radical Transparency: Mapping the Earth from the Ground to the Cloud | Rebecca Moore