Matt Fidler

Producer

Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.

Chico News & Review

Chico physician Dr. Kelley Otani combines what he learned in his medical training with healing practices from other sources. The principles in his book, Paradox of Conscious Healing, have been tested by his patients. He is joined in the studio with some of his patients who survived the Camp Fire on November 2019.

Dr. R. Kelley Otani is a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and did his residency at the University of Washington.

Mary Reynolds

Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland - in all its complexity and mystery.  As a plantswoman and guardian/gardener - she listens to her place and works in partnership with her place to move us all forward towards a better world.

Mary is a nature activist, a self-described reformed Landscape Designer, the author of "The Garden Awakening", and the inspiration behind the 2015 movie Dare to be Wild – Cultivating Place revisits this BEST OF episode in celebration of NSPR’s Fall Membership Drive. Listen in!

Josh Willis


Dave talks to longtime friend of the program, Josh Willis, the Principal Investigator for NASA's OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) program. 

 

Josh was flying missions over the places where the glacial ice sheets meet the sea all summer and was joined by several major media outlets (like NBC with Al Roker pictured above) that highlighted the pace at which Greenlands glaciers are melting.

Abelow Sherman Architects


 

This week Cultivating Place is joined by award winning architect David Abelow. David asks us look at our gardens from the inside out and his exploration of our gardens as the “first next room” out of every door and window gets us re-viewing what our gardens are and can be. Listen in!

Amazon

Geralynne Rader recounts the events of November 8, 2019 when she was serving her community of Paradise as a police volunteer.

Journalist Kathryn Reed has loved Lake Tahoe since she was a child. She put together a hiking guide to the trails, The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes for everyone who likes to explore the outdoors. Author and retired English professor Carol Burr makes the case for literature in the 21st century.

James Lewis

 

Smokey Bear is arguably the most effective advertising campaign in American history—but Smokey’s message created a fear in many of us that’s led to a misunderstanding of fire.

In this first episode of California Burning, we explore what Smokey got wrong, and we learn how a series of unprecedented wildfires in the early twentieth-century started forest management policies that have contributed to the catastrophic wildfires we’re experiencing today.

Matt Fidler

Native Californians used fire to maintain the forests that surrounded them for more than 14,000 years. This prevented future wildfires and supported many plants and animals that need fire to thrive. On the second episode of California Burning, Matt shadows a pyrogeographer and learns how the Yurok Tribe on the Klamath River and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Santa Cruz are bringing fire back to the land.

Matt Fidler

 

Wildfires are no longer isolated to our forests in California. They now also threaten our cities. On the fourth episode of California Burning, we focus on where urban and wild spaces meet and hear from people who have experienced some of the most tragic fires in California’s history.

Matt Fidler

 

How can we address all the different factors associated with the wildfires plaguing California? On the fifth and final episode of California Burning, we seek solutions. We learn about alternative building materials that can withstand fire, and we go to a fire-resistant house that was the only in its neighborhood to survive the 2018 Carr Fire.  

Alan Stern

On this Best of Blue Dot we revisit our Father's Day episode that featured three pairs of father's and their kids that went on to careers in science. One of our pairs was famed planetary scientist Alan Stern (Principal Investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt) and his father Leonard.

 

Leonard Stern passed away on September 13, so we thought it fitting to replay this episode. Alan Stern has been a great friend of Blue Dot appearing in one of our earliest specials on Pluto in 2015 and with Queen guitarist Brian May earlier this year.

 

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