19 episodes

Terra Firma is a podcast about the outdoors, the sounds of the natural world and our place in it. Each episode runs about 5-10 minutes and pairs reflections on nature with gorgeous soundscapes captured in wild places.

Terra Firma unites stories and musings by CMarie Fuhrman, a Colorado-born, Indigenous poet and writer, with audio captured by outdoor sound recordist Jacob Job.

Terra Firma Colorado Public Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 347 Ratings

Terra Firma is a podcast about the outdoors, the sounds of the natural world and our place in it. Each episode runs about 5-10 minutes and pairs reflections on nature with gorgeous soundscapes captured in wild places.

Terra Firma unites stories and musings by CMarie Fuhrman, a Colorado-born, Indigenous poet and writer, with audio captured by outdoor sound recordist Jacob Job.

    The Damning Silence (Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado)

    The Damning Silence (Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado)

    All night, camped near a mountain stream, CMarie lies awake listening. She's hoping to hear a sound she hasn't heard in a long time: a wolf howl. And as she waits, she considers the ways each of us howls -- and how sometimes, when we don't, the silence aches.

    This episode takes place on Eastern Shoshone and Ute homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Outdoor audio recorded in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 6 min
    The Human Element (Near Payette Lake, Idaho)

    The Human Element (Near Payette Lake, Idaho)

    On a bright morning at her mountain cabin, CMarie fills the birdfeeder. Trees, birds, flowers, and a spider all greet the brand-new sun. And CMarie greets each of them, and considers her own species' place among this citizenry.

    This episode takes place on Nimiipuu, Shoshone Bannock, and Shoshone Paiute homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Outdoor audio recorded in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 7 min
    Beauty in the Burn (Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado)

    Beauty in the Burn (Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado)

    A wildfire has recently blazed through. CMarie's friend is dismayed: her beautiful wilderness, destroyed. But CMarie quietly finds this recent ruin beautiful. And she wonders if maybe fire has something to teach us about beauty.

    This episode takes place on Cheyenne, Ute, Eastern Shoshone, and Arapahoe homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Award-winning outdoor audio recorded in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 8 min
    Sounds of Mountain Water (Powderhorn Wilderness, Colorado)

    Sounds of Mountain Water (Powderhorn Wilderness, Colorado)

    High in a mountain meadow, CMarie notices that a small mountain stream makes much more noise than an enormous flood. As she reflects on a waterfall, and what fish may hear, she wonders what the world would be like if we could make more space for these simplest of sounds.

    This episode takes place on Diné Bikéyah, Cheyenne, and Ute homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Outdoor audio recorded in Sequoia National Park, California
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 8 min
    The Dark (Masonville, Colorado)

    The Dark (Masonville, Colorado)

    CMarie lies on the lawn of the house she grew up in, and considers the stars. How little the night needs from us -- we do not need to know the constellations, or which creatures are making what sounds. And still they give us awe.

    This episode takes place on očhéthi šakówiŋ, Arapahoe, Ute, and Cheyenne homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Outdoor audio recorded in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 6 min
    The Sandhills (Bear Valley, Idaho)

    The Sandhills (Bear Valley, Idaho)

    Sandhill cranes swirl and kettle in a high mountain meadow. As she watches them and listens, CMarie wonders what the cranes would make of her, if they wrote poetry. She wants to live in a way that causes them the same delight they cause her.

    This episode takes place on Nimiipuu, and Shoshone-Bannock homelands.

    Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
    Field Recordist: Jacob Job
    Outdoor audio recorded in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    Editor: Erin Jones
    Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
    Engineer: Luis Antonio Perez
    Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner
    Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Emily Williams
    Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Brittany Werges, Martin Skavish, Justin Peacock and Jon Pinnow

    Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

A wave becoming water... ,

Peace

We all need to cultivate peace right now, this podcast is very helpful.

Alpine soul ,

Feeds my soul

Recordings of my Western land and water scapes carry me away from pavement, sidewalks, over-tended or abandoned landscaping of town and into increasingly hard to find quiet natural spaces. CMarie’s essays and readings fully engage my imagination and surprise me with new and engaging ideas. Colorado Public Radio and the producers are on to something! Thanks to all who make this luminous experience possible.

Missyfefa ,

Calming

Living in the city, I crave some nature and gentle, calming reflection. This is a nice blend of poetry and nature—of contemplation and activation.

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