23 episodes

The “Love Nature” podcast explores humans’ inherent fascination with the natural world by connecting listeners with experts from across fields of science, research, art and more. Listen for lively, passionate discussions as guests share their affinity for nature and their hopes for its preservation. Listeners will find our guests’ inspiration infectious, walking away with a deeper understanding of how to better navigate our ever-evolving environment and live more responsibly in it. For more information or to listen, visit http://love-nature.org or http://anchor.fm/lovenature.

Love Nature NC Museum of Natural Sciences

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The “Love Nature” podcast explores humans’ inherent fascination with the natural world by connecting listeners with experts from across fields of science, research, art and more. Listen for lively, passionate discussions as guests share their affinity for nature and their hopes for its preservation. Listeners will find our guests’ inspiration infectious, walking away with a deeper understanding of how to better navigate our ever-evolving environment and live more responsibly in it. For more information or to listen, visit http://love-nature.org or http://anchor.fm/lovenature.

    Bringing Dinosaurs to Life

    Bringing Dinosaurs to Life

    Julius Csotonyi, Ph.D., is an award-winning natural history artist with a background in ecology and microbiology. Csotonyi illustrates the results of scientific research, providing compelling and accurate visual depictions of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life as well as a variety of living creatures. Csotonyi has collaborated with NC Museum of Natural Sciences researchers on the upcoming Dueling Dinosaurs project, providing beautiful renditions of the Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus specimens. See Csotonyi’s vivid murals featured prominently in the Museum’s new limited-time special exhibition, “Life Before Dinosaurs: The Permian Monsters,” now open through September 4, 2022.


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    • 32 min
    Poetic Connections to the Natural World

    Poetic Connections to the Natural World

    As an author, poet and activist, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD, makes lyrical connections to the environmental observations of our time. Hear about Gumbs’ enthusiasm for marine mammals and how they not only inspire her creative writing, but her relationship with history and connection to the natural world. Gumbs also reads a poem from her recent publication, "Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals." Listen now to this fascinating exploration of poetry, culture and the environment.


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    • 36 min
    The Art of Science Communication

    The Art of Science Communication

    Welcome to the third season of the Love Nature Podcast. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a proud participant of the North Carolina Science Festival, a month-long celebration of science every April. We are kicking off our season with award-winning science communicator, host and producer, Emily Graslie. Emily is a regular host for PBS programs, including the 6-part digital series, “In Our Nature.” As a classically trained violinist and former museum curator, Emily knows science and art are about communication and connection. Hear Emily’s perspective and discover how she uses her talents and experiences to advocate for Museums and natural spaces.


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    • 37 min
    The Classroom Around Us

    The Classroom Around Us

    Tom Earnhardt grew up surrounded by nature in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. This experience forever shaped his perspective and passions, leading him into a career in environmental law, teaching and advocacy for the natural world. As Tom says, “The more you know, the more responsibility you have to those resources.” Listeners may also know Tom as the longtime host of PBS North Carolina’s “Exploring North Carolina,” which has produced 100 episodes to date.  Join us for the Season 2 finale of “Love Nature,” and learn why Tom is enthusiastic to share the stories of North Carolina’s natural history.


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    • 27 min
    Starstruck

    Starstruck

    Rachel Smith is an astrophysicist and the Head of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and Curator for Meteorites. Rachel is in interested in the origins of life, how it began on Earth and investigating perhaps the greatest mystery of all: are humans alone in the Universe? Discover why astronomers and astrophysicists are looking to galaxies far, far away to unlock mysteries right here on Earth, deepening our connection and understanding of the natural world around us.


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    • 29 min
    Changing Climate; Adaptive Architecture

    Changing Climate; Adaptive Architecture

    Find out how growing up near 600 acres of woods in the DC area and a pivotal trip to Jacques-Cartier National Park inspired George Elvin, a professor of architecture at NC State University, to join his love of architecture with his respect for nature. George believes there is an urgent need to mitigate the negative effects of human design on the environment and discusses a current project to create affordable, resilient housing projects for coastal communities affected by climate change.


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

klynn_06sci ,

Connect to Nature

Thank you for this podcast! I’m a middle school science teacher working to connect kids to nature in urban & suburban locations by visiting our local parks. This is so important.

Artemis21 ,

A joy to hear

So proud of my local museum for putting out this podcast. Dr. E.O. Wilson is a treasure! Looking forward to more episodes. Really miss visiting the museum since the pandemic, so this podcast has helped fill that gap.

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