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.

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.

 

Margaret Renkl

"Loss is the twin of love" – so writes Margaret Renkl in her human and moving memoir of place, plants, people and life entitled "Late Migrations – A Natural History of Love and Loss". 

 

Margaret is a gardener, an observer, a contributing writer at the New York Times, and she joins Cultivating Place this week from her home in Tennessee.

 

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To kick off our California island tour, this week we head up the road to visit the Farallon Islands some 30 miles west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. These wild granite islands and sea stacks, distance geological relations of the Sierra Nevada, are also known by mariners as the Devil’s Teeth Islands, out of respect for their deadly shoals. Many ships have run aground in these unfriendly, roiling waters. Native Americans from around the Bay knew them as the Islands of the Dead, where the spirits of the dead could abide.

But life—abundant, wild, sea-going life—is the defining feature of the Farallon Islands, which Bay Area natives also knew.

For more than 10 years, award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein has documented the movement of the climate crisis from future threat to burning emergency. She makes the case for a green new deal in her book, On Fire.

Medical doctor and clown Patch Adams integrated laughter and creativity into healing. He wrote about our health care system in his book, Gesundheit!.

Jim Faulds


Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward from the San Andreas Fault to the so called "Walker Lane." He visits with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology tectonics expert Jim Faulds, who is one of the leading proponents of the new theory. 

 

We take a virtual geologic field trip from the Gulf of California, up through the Eastern California Shear Zone (where the July 4-5 Ridgecrest earthquakes rocked the high desert) and up one of the most scenic highways in the world -- Highway 395 east of the Sierra Nevada. 

Dean Kuipers

Dean Kuipers has studied and written about the field of environmental politics and the human-nature relationship for decades. 

His most recent book "The Deer Camp" is a memoir of both place and people - recounting how restoring a piece of land with his father and his brothers also restored their family bonds and abiding love. He joins Cultivating Place this week to share more - LISTEN IN!

 

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The first guest, Randy Crawford, who lives in a straw bale house in Chico, describes the benefits of living in a straw bale house.

 

Author John Sweringen compiled a guide to building straw bale houses, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. Joining John is workshop presenter Jenna Yu.

Kim Fulton Bennett


Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs.

 

In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study how animals find food sources in the vast oceanic environment. 

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