Exploring the Maze of Nature in Los Angeles.The Labyrinth Project explores the diverse and surprising ways in which Los Angeles is full of different natures--- a veritable trophic cascade of the absurd and surprising. Wetlands, lawns, rats, cats, coyotes, mountain lions interact with human affect, state power, indigenous politics, aesthetic pleasure, local governmental power and much more. It is a collaborative research project at UCLA, based in the Institute for Society and Genetics, and in collaboration with the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, and using a mix of participant-observation, structured interviewing, collaborative urban anthropology, historical and archival digging, ecological observation, and analysis of social media content. Does this maze have a monster? Did you bring thread?
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The Lion and the Rat
In this episode, produced by Christopher Kelty, we ask, “what can you live with” in Los Angeles? It’s a simple question without any good answers. It’s a deeply cultural question, about why we love some animals and hate others, and how that never works out well. Part of the UCLA Labyrinth Research Project, more at https://labyrinth.garden/
Are you doing your part to save the planet today? Surely you’ve thought about it. All around you there are signs urging you to recycle, to save water, to use less energy. In this episode, Emma Horton asks why we feel so bad for not doing our part, and whether it’s healthy to keep trying. Part of the UCLA Labyrinth Research Project, more at https://labyrinth.garden/
Coyotes in the Cloud
You just saw a coyote on the street in front of your apartment. What should you think? In this episode, Coyotes in the Cloud, Spencer Robins asks whether you actually saw that coyote or whether maybe you’ve followed a ghost into another political storm in Los Angeles. Part of the UCLA Labyrinth Research Project, more at https://labyrinth.garden/
The Responsibility of Feral Cats
The maze has brought you to a cat's cradle story of responsibility and moral failure. Listen as Niaz Sassounian takes us on a whirlwind tour of the feral cat controversy in Los Angeles. Part of the UCLA Labyrinth Research Project, more at https://labyrinth.garden/
How to See Coyotes
Everybody in Los Angeles has a coyote story, but nobody can quite agree on what seeing a coyote in the city means. What do coyotes mean by the things they do? In this episode Chase Niesner explores how what we see in coyotes is a matter of what they see in us.
In this episode, Christopher Kelty explores the rather surprising background to the No Kill Movement in LA.
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