25 episodes

A podcast about the wonderful world of molds, mushrooms, and mycology.

Fungi Town Jen Parrilli

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A podcast about the wonderful world of molds, mushrooms, and mycology.

    Episode 24: The Fungus Olympics Part 3

    Episode 24: The Fungus Olympics Part 3

    Welcome back, citizen!
    Now in its third year, the Fungus Olympics has become a popular event. In episode 15 and episode 18 of Fungi Town, I spoke with some of the contestants of the very first competition. In Part 3, I catch up with two of my guests to talk about the ups and downs of being Fungus Olympians. Dr. Derreck Carter-House from the Stajich lab spoke with me from California and Dr. Ilkka Kronholm joined me from Finland! 
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Official Fungus Olympics Website
    Great article from the University of Adelaide about their participation (pics and video)
    The Stajich Lab
    Rhizopus stolonifer
    Phycomyces sensory perception
    University of Jyväskylä (apologies for mangling the pronunciation!)
    Neurospora crassa
    If you’re like me and want to see videos of fungi navigating the Olympic mazes, check out @FungusOlympics on Twitter!
    Thank you to my guests, Dr. Carter-House and Dr. Kronholm for agreeing to chat with me again. Thanks to Fungi Town’s newest patron, Alyson! If you’d like to support the show, please check out the great rewards here. A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. 
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos!

    • 31 min
    Episode 23: Richer Than Gold II

    Episode 23: Richer Than Gold II

    Welcome back, citizen!
    In this follow-up episode, Fungi Town welcomes back Dr. Roo Vandegrift from the University of Oregon. Last time, Dr. Vandegrift shared his enthusiasm for Xylaria, a group of fungi with a unique lifestyle. This time, he’ll talk about his upcoming documentary Marrow of the Mountain and the urgent need to stop a new mining development in the most biologically diverse place on the planet. *This bilingual episode is presented in Spanish and English.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Marrow of the Mountain Movie Trailer
    OMASNE - Elisa Levy’s organization
    Reserva los Cedros (Facebook)
    Rainforest Information Center’s call for protection of the reserve
    Bryn Detinger’s Lab
    Tobias Policha’s Blog
    Cornerstone Capital Resources Canadian mining company
    Thank you to Dr. Vandegrift for his time and to Sarah Prentice for her help connecting with Roo. Deepest gratitude and appreciation goes to Laura Briseno Cazares for translating this episode! A transcript of this episode is coming soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order. A percentage of sales goes to support the show!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. The Ecuadorian national anthem, Salve, O Patria, was provided by Wikipedia.
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos!

    • 49 min
    Episode 22: Richer Than Gold

    Episode 22: Richer Than Gold

    Welcome back, citizen!
    In this episode of Fungi Town, I chat with author, illustrator, and documentary filmmaker Roo Vandegrift from the University of Oregon about his work with Xylaria fungi in the Ecuadorian cloud forests.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Endophytes
    Xylariaphilia - Dr. Vandegrift's site
    Richer than Gold paper
    Marrow of the Mountain Kickstarter
    Van Bael Lab at Tulane University
    David Grimaldi - American Museum of Natural History
     
    Thank you to Dr. Roo Vanegrift for his time and to Sarah Prentice for suggesting this episode’s guest. You can access a transcript of this episode coming soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order. A percentage of sales goes to support the show!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Romantic background music is: Magic Eye (Ants Smoove Groove Mix) by Ant (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/YSE/16379 Ft: Frank Carter III
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email: fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos!

    • 29 min
    Episode 21: Flying Salt Shakers of Death

    Episode 21: Flying Salt Shakers of Death

    Welcome back, citizen!
    What sounds make you think of summer? For me, the sound of cicadas is a big one. These are fascinating insects on their own, but my guest, Dr. Matt Kasson from the University of West Virginia, has discovered something even more fascinating about the fungi that infect them.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Dr. Matt Kasson’s paper in Fungal Ecology
    Protea Bioscience
    What is Khat? (LiveScience.com)
    Thank you to Dr. Matt Kasson for his time and past guest Kristin Wickert for suggesting our topic. Also, thanks go to Fungi Town's patrons for their support! You can access a transcript of this episode soon, on the transcript page.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 20% discount on your order. A percentage of sales goes to support the show!
    You can also get 20% off of Zen Hen chicken treats by entering coupon code "Fungi Town."
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Sound effects: ice cream truck by ciccarelli, skateboard by situational, and ocean waves by Eelke were all found on Freesound.com. The cicada sounds are via Wikipedia Commons.
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos! Don't forget to become a patron and support the show!

    • 27 min
    Episode 20: No Bad Yolks

    Episode 20: No Bad Yolks

    Welcome back, citizen!
    In this episode, we peek over the fence, looking for fowl play. It's all about backyard chickens! The makers of Zen Hen join me to talk about their chicken treats and share how they're using fungi to improve the health of hens. My guests are two enterprising entrepreneurs, Craig Rouskey and Doug Manofsky, founders of Pando Nutrition. They'll talk about biotech, how to spot a healthy chicken, and the innovative ways they're utilizing fungi. You'll even hear a special discount code, just for Fungi Town citizens.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Pando Nutrition
    Zen Hen
    Real Vegan Cheese
    Backyard Chickens.com
    How Soy Sauce Is Made [National Geographic]
    The Strange Allure of Pioneer Living [The Atlantic]
    Thank you to my guests Craig Rouskey and Doug Manofsky from Pando Nutrition. A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order. A percentage of sales goes to support the show!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. The theme music is by the awesome Athens, Georgia band Shehehe. 
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos!

    • 27 min
    Episode 19: Musical Mycelium

    Episode 19: Musical Mycelium

    Welcome back, citizen!
    You've seen fungi, you've likely eaten fungi, but have you heard fungi? In this episode, you'll get to do just that and learn how two artists have discovered how to collaborate with our nonhuman friends. Trust me, it's mind-blowing. My guests this time are: Tosca Teran and Andrei Gravelle of Nanotopia. 
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Aquarian Hydrophone
    Energy Bending Lab
    Humus Sapiens
    MIDI Sprout
    Monophonic Moss Piglet
    Tosca Teran was recently awarded a bio art residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto which runs through the summer. If you're in Toronto, you can check out Nanopod's workshops. 
    Thank you to Tosca Teran and Andrei Gravelle for sharing their incredible music with us and to patron William Denton for suggesting this episode. You can access a transcript of this episode coming soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. 
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpodor email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

    • 44 min

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What makes a fungus a fungus?

I love the story telling nature of this podcast. I particularly liked the walk through the house looking for everyday fungus - the visit to the bedroom was an eyeopener!
Also, I always thought mushrooms were plants, well I was wrong.
I can't wait to dazzle the kids with my newfound knowledge.

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