A sound-rich storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark.
Topics range wildly, encompassing a unique and surprising exploration into the darkness.
Episodes are released monthly. Independently produced by Vanessa Lowe since 2014.
The Red Flower
Clustering around the warmth and power of a campfire, it feels like the edges of people get softened - we speak and listen to each other differently - there's a deepening that doesn't happen in many other settings. What use to be the norm, is now a special treat - gazing into the embers, listening to the mesmerizing crackle, and telling our own secrets and stories in the night.
Through the Fog
There are only 6000 tule elk left in the world, all of them found in California. Some of them roam along the coastal hills of Point Reyes National Seashore, an area that is also occupied by cattle and dairy ranches. To protect grazing land for cows, some of the elk are confined by high fences. But as drought worsens, and the elk are cut off from food and water, large numbers of them are dying. A band of activists have been trekking through the fog, in darkness, to try to help them.
*The initially released version of this episode was revised on the same day of its release.
Through the Fog Credits
Nocturne is produced by Vanessa Lowe.
Nocturne theme music by Kent Sparling
Find more information about Jack Gescheidt.
Sounds of the nighttime water drop were recorded by Tony Sehgal, for his film, "Dying of Thirst at Point Reyes National Seashore".
More information on the issues related to the tule elk and cattle operations at Point Reyes National Seashore:
Episode art by Magdalena Metrycka
Kim felt an irresistible pull toward life on the road - the traveler's lifestyle, without schedules or responsibilities. Hopping freight trains and searching for places to sleep are now a thing of the past, but she still tries to hold on to the spirit of adventure and surprise she loved from that time.
The Same Stars
Grace felt everything deeply from an early age. She was having panic attacks at 9 years old, and separation anxiety in middle school. The anxiety came to a head when she was 12, and nothing she tried helped in any meaningful way. Until one night she looked out her window.
A Whole Night for the Future
Tonight, as you're lying in bed, take a moment to think about the fact that in the night sky right above you, a massive river of birds is on an epic, death-defying journey of survival.
Notes in the Trees
Most parents would never consider leaving their kids in the dark woods at night, and letting them find their way back. The Dutch do just that, and they call it Dropping, and the kids mostly have fun.
Surrounds me like a cool night fog
Such a wonderful podcast.
Into the fog episode
This is a very controversial issue and has been for a while, so when I provided a comment regarding the management of tule elk from the park service perspective the host responded kindly.