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Storytelling Animals
Storytelling Animals
Dayton Martindale

Storytelling Animals is a green new podcast where we use books to help make sense of the ecological crisis – and think... more

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Looking Back on Storytelling Animals, with The Real Dancing Eagle

In this bonus episode of Storytelling Animals, I look back on what I've learned from almost two years of the... more

27 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
Crossings: Ben Goldfarb on How Roads Devastate Wildlife

Today's guest is Ben Goldfarb, author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet. It's the... more

29 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Toward Better, Greener Public Transit and Trucking, with Kevin Shen

Part 3 of my series on car dependency, my guest today is Kevin Shen of the Union of Concerned Scientists,... more

03 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
How Science Fiction Depicts Cars and Bikes, with Jeremy Withers

Today's guest is Jeremy Withers, author of Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles: Contesting the Road in American Science Fiction. We... more

11 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Carmageddon: Daniel Knowles on Real and False Solutions to Our Car Crisis

This week I talk with Daniel Knowles, author of Carmageddon: How Cars Make Life Worse and What To Do About... more

27 Jun 2023 · 59 minutes
"Let Birds Be Birds": On VINE Sanctuary, with pattrice jones

Part 4 of my 4-part series on animal agency! An interview with pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary. We talk about... more

06 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
De-extinction and Jurassic Park, with Matt Haugen

I talk about Jurassic Park--both the book and the movie--with Matt Haugen of Terrain. It's a joint episode of our... more

23 May 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Toward an Interspecies Democracy, with Eva Meijer

Part 2 of a series on animal agency! An interview with Eva Meijer, author of When Animals Speak: Toward an Interspecies... more

09 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Creative Lives of Animals, with Carol Gigliotti

Part 1 of a series on animal agency! An interview with Carol Gigliotti, author of The Creative Lives of Animals.For... more

25 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Re-Release: Emma Marris on Wild Souls

I am republishing my very first episode, an interview with Emma Marris about her book Wild Souls, out newly in... more

29 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Why I Am a Vegan

Season 1 finale! A personal history of how and why I became a vegan. For more resources on animal liberation,... more

10 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf: Animals, Nature, and Modernist Fiction with Bonnie Kime Scott

January 25, 2023, is acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf's 141st birthday! To celebrate, I invited scholar of modernist literature Bonnie Kime... more

25 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
Justice for Animals: Martha C. Nussbaum on Law, Ethics, and Our Collective Responsibility

Martha C. Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, and the author most recently... more

03 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
The 2022 Storytelling Animals Book Awards

I read 78 books this year, the most in my adult life, and I want to share some of my... more

20 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
As Gods: Matthew Cobb on the Perils and Promise of CRISPR

With CRISPR technology, it is easier than ever for geneticists to alter human DNA, make deadlier pathogens, render mosquitoes infertile,... more

07 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
From Duck Vaginas to the Human Egg, an Anatomical Voyage with Rachel E. Gross

Rachel E. Gross is the author of Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, depicting how a new generation of (mostly) women... more

08 Nov 2022 · 51 minutes
The Wonderful, Tragic Worlds of Hawai’i's Endangered Snails, with Thom van Dooren

Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis week's guest is Thom van... more

19 Oct 2022 · 1 hour,
Dan Chodorkoff on Utopia, Democracy, and Working with Murray Bookchin

Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis week's guest is Dan Chodorkoff,... more

12 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Talia Lakshmi Kolluri on Writing the Animal Voice

Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodToday's guest is fiction writer Talia... more

05 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
On Pakistan, Permitting Reform, and Plastic Bags

On today's episode I explore three topics from recent climate and environmental headlines: the devastating flooding in Pakistan, debates over... more

16 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
"The Trees Belong Each to Themselves": On Tolkien's Ecology with the Rev. Tom Emanuel

With a new Lord of the Rings television series out, I thought it was high time to explore the powerful... more

06 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Animal Revolution: Ron Broglio on Sharing the Earth

This week's guest is Ron Broglio, English professor at Arizona State University and author of the book Animal Revolution. We... more

30 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
What Does the Inflation Reduction Act Mean for Climate? with Johanna Bozuwa

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate legislation in US history, just passed Congress. What is the good, the... more

16 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Animal Crisis: A New Ethical Paradigm, with Alice Crary and Lori Gruen

Today's guests are philosophers Alice Crary and Lori Gruen, authors of the new book Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory.... more

09 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
The Book of Minds: Philip Ball on Animals, Plants, AI, and Consciousness

Am I conscious? Yes. How about you, or a chimpanzee or a parrot? Almost definitely. What about an oak tree,... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Novel of the Apes: On T.C. Boyle's Talk To Me, Amitav Ghosh, and Animals in Fiction

In T.C.Boyle's 2021 novel Talk To Me, one of the main characters is a chimpanzee. It's a fascinating study in... more

19 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau: On Walden and Social Justice, with Alda Balthrop-Lewis

Today marks the 205th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, and to celebrate, I brought on Alda Balthrop-Lewis, author of Thoreau's... more

12 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Future Is Degrowth, with Aaron Vansintjan

Today's topic is "degrowth": What does it mean? Is it actually desirable? How could we achieve it? And do we... more

28 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Steve Brusatte on Our Mammal Past and the Science of Jurassic World

Today's guest is paleontologist Steve Brusatte, author of the new book The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New... more

21 Jun 2022 · 46 minutes
The Science and Ethics of Animal Dreams, with David M. Peña-Guzmán

Today I talk with David M. Peña-Guzmán about his new book When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness.... more

14 Jun 2022 · 55 minutes
Obituaries for Extinct Animals, with Hannah Seo

My guest for the 20th(!) episode is science journalist Hannah Seo--we talked about her reporting on the tragic demise of... more

07 Jun 2022 · 38 minutes
Kate Soper on the Pleasures of Post-Growth Living

Philosopher Kate Soper explains why going beyond consumerism won't just help the environment--it will make us happier. Together we discuss... more

24 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Why I Chose the Train Over the Plane

Last week I took a 48+ hour Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. It... more

17 May 2022 · 36 minutes
Kim Stanley Robinson on Wildlife, the Martian Constitution, and Loving the High Sierra

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of the new autobiographical nonfiction book The High Sierra: A Love Story. He's also... more

10 May 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
Not Afraid of the Ruins: Dylan Harris on Hope for a Different World

Dylan Harris is an assistant professor and geographer at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, as well as an editor of... more

03 May 2022 · 48 minutes
Riley Black on Extinction, Evolution, and the Last Days of the Dinosaurs

You may know that an asteroid drove the dinosaurs extinct, but do you know what happened after the asteroid hit,... more

26 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change, with Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth

Today's guests are journalist Dahr Jamail and teacher of Native American literature Stan Rushworth, who edited the new volume We... more

19 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Too Hot To Handle? Rebecca Willis on Why We Need Deliberative Democracy To Fight Climate Change

As countries around the world fail to tackle climate change, many have begun to wonder whether democracy itself is up... more

13 Apr 2022 · 55 minutes
Half-Earth Socialism: Planning Utopia with Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergrass

Environmental historian Troy Vettese and environmental engineer Drew Pendergrass worked together on the new book Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to... more

05 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
lauren Ornelas on Food Justice, Farm Workers' Rights, and Veganism

lauren Ornelas, founder of the Food Empowerment Project, talks about her decades in the animal rights movement, why our food... more

31 Mar 2022 · 56 minutes
The Insect Crisis: Oliver Milman on Protecting Our Six-Legged Allies

Guardian environment reporter Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World,... more

22 Mar 2022 · 51 minutes
Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Jeff Sebo on Pandemics, Climate Change, and Animal Rights

I talk with philosopher Jeff Sebo about his new book Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate... more

15 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Animal, Vegetable, Junk: Mark Bittman on How Our Food System Got So Broken

Mark Bittman is the author of more than 30 books and nearly 200 New York Times op-eds, known both for... more

08 Mar 2022 · 51 minutes
Appleseed: Matt Bell on Doubting Techno-Optimists and Going Big with Wonder

Matt Bell's novel Appleseed has no shortage of urgent themes, and on this episode we talk about whether democracy is... more

01 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Resource Radicals: Thea Riofrancos on Democracy, Our Extractive Economy, and Indigenous Resistance

Thea Riofrancos, the author of Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador, talks about the challenges posed by resource... more

22 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Civilization and Its Discontents: On Station Eleven, Planet of the Apes, and Kim Stanley Robinson

How do stories set in a post-apocalyptic future look back at our present world: are characters nostalgic for the affluence... more

15 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Laura Jean McKay on Decentering Humans in Art and in Life

I talk with author Laura Jean McKay about her Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel The Animals in That Country, using... more

08 Feb 2022 · 53 minutes
Sarah Lazare Makes a Novel Case for Publicly Owned Utilities

On this episode we talk with Sarah Lazare, who finished writing the novel Testimony after the passing of her father... more

01 Feb 2022 · 50 minutes
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on Reparations, Climate Justice, and Thinking Like an Ancestor

In this episode, Georgetown philosophy professor Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò talks to us about his new book, Reconsidering Reparations, which makes... more

01 Feb 2022 · 53 minutes
Emma Marris on How To Fix Our Relationships with Other Species

For the very first episode I talk with environmental writer Emma Marris about her new book, Wild Souls: Freedom and... more

01 Feb 2022 · 57 minutes
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Appleseed: Matt Bell on Doubting Techno-Optimists and Going Big with Wonder
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Matt Bell's novel Appleseed has no shortage of urgent themes, and on this episode we talk about whether democracy is suited to... more