Terra Firma Terra Firma is a podcast about the outdoors, the sounds of the natural world and our place in it. Each episode runs about 5-10 minutes and pairs reflections on nature with gorgeous soundscapes captured in wild places.Terra Firma unites stories and musings by CMarie Fuhrman, a Colorado-born, Indigenous poet and writer, with audio captured by outdoor sound recordist Jacob Job.
Terra Firma

Terra Firma

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Terra Firma is a podcast about the outdoors, the sounds of the natural world and our place in it. Each episode runs about 5-10 minutes and pairs reflections on nature with gorgeous soundscapes captured in wild places.Terra Firma unites stories and musings by CMarie Fuhrman, a Colorado-born, Indigenous poet and writer, with audio captured by outdoor sound recordist Jacob Job.

Most Recent Episodes

Greeting a New Decade (Comb Ridge, Utah)

At sunset on the eve of her 50th birthday, CMarie hikes up a slickrock ridge with her dog Carhartt. She passes petroglyphs, and cottonwoods, and at the top of the ridge, as the sun disappears over the mountains, she slips on a red evening gown. The light soaks into her hair and skin, and CMarie greets a new decade. This episode takes place on Navajo, Pueblo, and Ute homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site near Guernsey, Wyoming Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

The Eyes of Ancestors (Payette National Forest, Idaho)

Leaning against a ponderosa on a ridgeline, CMarie watches a storm roll in. CMarie knows this storm, this nature, has something to teach her. The flowers on the mountainside opposite look like eyes; like the eyes of her ancestors, asking her to learn from and fight for nature. This episode takes place on Nimiipuu, Tukadeka, and Shoshone Bannock homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Snowy Starry Horse Ride (Collegiate Peaks, Colorado)

Late at night, after a long day of emails and meetings, CMarie climbs on top of a horse. She rides without saddle or bit into a frozen meadow under snowcapped peaks. There, with the bobcats and the aspen and the snow, she feels as big as the wild itself. This episode takes place on Ute homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

A Silvery Cold (Rawah Wilderness, Colorado)

In the tundra's quiet, unburdened by the chaos of technology, CMarie listens to the wind over the lichens and reflects on the word "rawah," which her ancestors, the Ute, spoke: "wild place." This episode takes place on Eastern Shoshone and Cheyenne homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded in the Rawah Wilderness in Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Miracles Everywhere (Payette River, Idaho)

Returning to the river to witness the annual kokanee salmon migration, CMarie starts to see the seasonal red of the fish everywhere. The kokanee mating, the flowers on the hillside, all these fleeting rituals, are miracles. This episode takes place on Shoshone-Bannock, Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Robin's Home Song (Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado)

In the birthplace of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park, CMarie remembers an early-morning robin song from her childhood. It's a song that stirs an ancient recognition, and it sings us home. This episode takes place on Cheyenne, Ute, Eastern Shoshone, and Arapahoe homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Healing a Wounded Wilderness (Payette National Forest, Idaho)

On a trail thousands of years old, CMarie sits among the wildflowers near the South Fork Salmon River and watches a tractor cover a fifty-year-old logging road. Maybe someday a woman sitting with her dog in the same place won't know a logging road was ever there at all. This episode takes place on Nimiipuu, Tukadeka, Shoshone Paiute, and Shoshone Bannock homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Sequoia National Park, California Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Elk Song (Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado)

On a late afternoon in autumn, when the sun bends the shadows and gives a gold tip to the crowns of Doug fir and lodgepole, CMarie Fuhrman walks into the forest with her cello. Playing for the first time in years, her mind drifts to the ancient death of a robin, the recent death of an elk, the way humans play guns and cellos both. This episode takes place on Cheyenne and Arapahoe homelands. Do you want to reach out to the team? Email us at terrafirma@cpr.org. We've collaborated with Apple Maps to create a guide to the special places in nature that you've heard about in this podcast. It's a list of beautiful settings in the Rocky Mountains, handpicked by CMarie Fuhrman. To check it out, go to apple.co/terra-firma-guide. Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman Field Recordist: Jacob Job Outdoor audio recorded at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Editor: Erin Jones Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón Executive Producer: Brad Turner Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Welcome to Terra Firma

Terra Firma is a new podcast that combines writing about nature with the sounds of the outdoors. It's hosted by CMarie Fuhrman — a writer, a poet, an educator, an indigenous woman. Each episode pairs CMarie's writing with recordings by Jacob Job. He's a conservationist, an educator, a man very concerned with protecting wild places and with sound. The sounds in Terra Firma come from places like Buena Vista, Colorado, and a snowy field in late December. Or to Bluff, Utah at the top of Comb Ridge. Or the Payette River in Idaho. It's a podcast for those who cannot leave their home, or don't have the time or access to these places. Take a walk up a mountain, or sit with me beside a river or be CMarie's companion in these wild places. Terra Firma from Colorado Public Radio arrives on January 25th. Find it on your favorite podcast app. And don't miss an episode.