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For The Wild Podcast is an anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land-based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism.

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For The Wild Podcast is an anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land-based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism.

    ALEXIS SHOTWELL on Resisting Purity Culture /298

    ALEXIS SHOTWELL on Resisting Purity Culture /298

    This week we are joined by guest Alexis Shotwell to discuss how we might turn from the purity politics that govern many of our lives and this hurting world toward collective struggles for transformation and liberatory futurisms. Rather than forfeiting our complicity and implication in a world with mounting problems, we learn of a helpful heuristic for transforming inaction or the urge to be the perfect activist to a ground where we might be better- equipped to stick around for the long hall in struggles for social justice. According to Alexis, this practice calls for admitting our mistakes and centering repair.

    In this episode, we dive into the relationship between purity culture and white supremacism, our complicit locations and implications in violence, and the importance of showing up to repair our broken and harmed relations inherited or otherwise. Alexis elucidates that it is only through the messy process of owning up to these broken relations throughout time and seeing how we might participate in and take on culturally appropriate relations of repair, responsibility, friendship, and comradeship in the struggles for liberation that we can survive these times. We hope this episode inspires your curiosity and (re)activates your commitments to this world.

    Alexis Shotwell’s work focuses on complexity, complicity, and collective transformation. A professor at Carleton University, on unceded Algonquin land, she is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (aidsactivisthistory.ca), and the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.

    Music by Anne Carol Mitchel and Daniel Cherniske.
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    DR. JAMAICA HEOLIMELEIKALANI OSORIO on Reclaiming Aloha

    DR. JAMAICA HEOLIMELEIKALANI OSORIO on Reclaiming Aloha

    How might traditional Hawaiian lifeways and teachings usher in a reclaimed understanding of aloha and a world beyond capitalism? In this episode, Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio centers Pilinia, precolonial Hawaiian intimacy and relations, as technology for increasing capacity for relationships and pleasure, care and reciprocity, love for each other and the Earth, and the actualization of the Hawaiian concept of aloha ʻāina. Dr. Osorio opens this episode by charting iterations of Pilina throughout the history of sovereign Hawai’i, describing nets of intimacy within Pilina multiple partners, expansive ‘ohana family networks, and how queer lovemaking is reflected in the land as inherent in creation. From that grounding, Dr. Osorio guides us into a fuller understanding of aloha by returning the commodified phrase to the more extensive knowledge of aloha ‘āina, wherein the possibilities for abundance and other worlds are not only born but remembered and recalled from the long history of sovereign Hawai’i and traditional Hawaiian teachings and lifeways. Dr. Osorio reminds us that for Native Hawaiians and Indigenous peoples, the future beyond capitalism, settler colonialism, heterosexuality, and other forms of domination resides in the living knowledges from ancestral pasts. There are other ways of being for Hawai’i and the planet.

    Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kānaka Maoli wahine artist, activist, and scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her Ph.D. in English Hawaiian literature in 2018 from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor, and published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford University (BA), and New York University (MA). Her book Remembering our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea was published this fall with the University of Minnesota Press.

    Music by Pura Fé, Rising Appalachia, and Justin Crawmer,

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    DR. LARRY WARD on Healing the Colonial Mind

    DR. LARRY WARD on Healing the Colonial Mind

    In this episode of For The Wild podcast, we plumb into racial karma and healing systemic trauma in the American context with guest Dr. Larry Ward. Covering the neuroscience of trauma, the habit of racism, and various typologies of systemic trauma, Dr. Ward provides insight into how we might consciously choose to activate our neuroplasticity toward justice rather than collectively rewarding our neuroplasticity for violence and oppression. We are reminded in this episode that we are more than our colonial traumatic memory; we are, in fact, part of the one living reality of the natural world. According to Dr. Ward, cultivating a spiritual practice of awareness of our embeddedness with the world allows us to transcend the conditioning of the colonial mind. Harkening to the potential for anima mundi, the creation of a new world soul, we are invited to lead in the direction of the positive deconstruction of the current world order and to be vigilant in putting our minds and behaviors toward creating generative possibilities for the planet and generations to come.

    Dr. Larry Ward (he/him) is a senior teacher in Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition, author of the book America's Racial Karma, and co-author with his wife Peggy of Love's Garden, A Guide To Mindful Relationships. Dr. Ward brings twenty five years of international experience in organizational change and local community renewal to his work as director of the Lotus Institute and as an advisor/dharma teacher. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhism and the neuroscience of meditation. Larry is a knowledgeable, charismatic and inspirational teacher, offering insights with personal stories and resounding clarity that express his dharma name, “True Great Sound.”

    Music by Daniela Lanaia, Curran Runz, Lady Moon and the Eclipse, and The New Runes
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    KYLE WHYTE on the Colonial Genesis of Climate Change

    KYLE WHYTE on the Colonial Genesis of Climate Change

    This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Dr. Kyle Whyte originally aired in January of 2020. The United States has more miles of pipeline than any other country in the world. Pipeline construction is one of the many ways in which the U.S. continues terraforming the land in support of ongoing settler colonialism. On this episode of For The Wild, we are joined by Kyle Whyte to discuss this very issue in connection to the vast extractive energy network that surrounds the Great Lakes area. Kyle Whyte is Professor and Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the departments of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University.




    Music by Cary Morin & Bonnie "Prince" Billy




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    Dr. MAX LIBOIRON on Reorienting Within a World of Plastic

    Dr. MAX LIBOIRON on Reorienting Within a World of Plastic

    This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Dr. Max Liboiron originally aired in January of 2020. Today, over 310 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year. The ubiquity of plastic cannot be ignored as it has become an inextricable part of our living systems, circulating and making home within our bodies, urban environments, marine life, and waterways. Expanding the dominant discourse on plastics, this episode features Dr. Max Liboiron, an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University, where she directs the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR). Together, Ayana and Dr. Max Liboiron explore the notion of plastic as kin, oil and petrochemical subsidies, the body burden of plasticizers, the historical construction of disposability, and more.




    Music by Y La Bamba and Ani DiFranco.




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    LINDA BLACK ELK on What Endures After Pandemic

    LINDA BLACK ELK on What Endures After Pandemic

    This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Linda Black Elk originally aired in April of 2020. On this week’s episode, we speak to Linda Black Elk on traditional medicine, community wellness and systemic transformation amidst pandemic. Our conversation begins with hands-on measures we can take to boost our wellbeing and what honorable harvest looks like during times of panic. How can we deepen our actions so that they are no tjust a response to fear, but are rooted in the promise of collective wellbeing? In addition to these questions of right now, Ayana and Linda discuss what will be left in the wake of COVID-19, how will we tend to the wounds of disposability? What systems will endure? What must we dismantle and what will we grow?

    Music by Matti Palonen & Chris Pureka.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Dangerous Dazza ,

Survival

Really enjoying your show and guests
As some who sees very little to be optimistic about in the coming future of EARTH.
Your show is a wonderful place to hear some positive talk and awareness of the work others are doing. Let’s see what we can do and how far we can take this global movement. Keep up the great work and having great guests and activists. I have the upmost respects to all and everyone who takes to the streets in theses strange times.

allegra111nogi111 ,

My favourite podcast!

My absolute favourite podcast of all time. Such informative, deep dive conversations into our connection to the earth and the systemic ways in which humanity is hindering it.

This podcast offers is such a potent teaching tool that brings to light SUCH important topics.

Thank you so much to Ayana + the whole For the Wild team for being my most consistent teachers in ecology + for educating me each week in more reasons why we should love, care for + stand up for our planet!

artemisia vulgaris ,

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One of the best podcasts out there! Ayana Young approaches conversations with such intelligence and sensitivity, and gives a voice to such a rich range of perspectives. My best 2020 lockdown discovery, hands down. Very grateful that it exists.

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