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Best of Blue Dot: Fire as a friend rather than foe: Cultural burning with Pyrogeographer Don Hankins


Host Dave Schlom welcomes back California State University at Chico Pyrogeographer Don Hankins. They talk about Don's background as a member of the plains Miwok people and how indigenous people worldwide are trying to reassert using fire as a healing tool for landscapes that are meant to burn and have for millennia.

They discuss the role of prescribed and cultural burning as a tool to try and put balance back into ecosystems that have been thrown completely out of whack by European influences, including poor forest management and nearly two centuries of fire suppression.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
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.