Hi there...welcome to Mushroom Hour. Listen in as we venture into kingdom fungi with unique and beautiful humans who all share a passion for mushrooms. We'll go forage for wild mushrooms, explore their potency as nature's medicines, become citizen mycologists, transform human consciousness and learn how mushrooms inspired art, spirituality and culture throughout our history. There are so many ways that mushrooms can benefit (wo)mankind - we just need to tap into the mycelium network and let them share their gifts. Excited to have you along for the journey! Mush Love
Ep. 165: Hongos in Patagonia - Pedomorphosis & Rethinking Evolution (feat. Dr. Francisco Kuhar)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Francisco Kuhar. Dr. Kuhar is a Mycologist specialized in the fungal diversity of gasteroid and ectomycorrhizal fungi and biotechnological applications of fungal enzymes. He has a special interest in the evolutionary biology of sequestrate forms of fungi. Dr. Kuhar is an Associate researcher at CONICET in the Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biologia Vegetal (IMBIV - UNC), curator of Fungi at the CORD Herbarium and one of the leaders of Inommy Labs helping to pioneer a new fungi-based product platform.
Freud, Linguistics and Life Sciences Hongos in Patagonia See the Future in a Spore Hypogeous & Sequestrate Fungi Pedomorphosis Mutations Happening too Fast in the Evolutionary Record Are We Too Obsessed with Adaptation in Evolutionary Biology? The Story of Rhizopogon and Suillis Alan Turing Equations Predicting Biological Forms Approaching Scientific Questions with an Open Mind Burning Questions on Underground Fungi Matching Genetics to Traits in Fungi Inommy Labs Fungal Bioprospecting LINKS:
Francisco Kuhar IG: https://www.instagram.com/franfungi Innomy Labs: http://innomylabs.com/index.html Hongos De Argentina: https://hongos.ar/ "Ontogeny and Phylogeny": https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674639416 Turing pattern: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_pattern Geastrum genus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geastrum
Ep. 164: Which Fungi - The Edibles, The Deadlies, The Wild Ones (feat. Elise Rothman)
Hi there…welcome to Mushroom Hour. Today on Mushroom Hour we are graced by the presence of author, researcher, and mycological maven Elise Rothman. Coming to us from her hideaway in the woods and wilds of France, Elise is here to share her newest creation – a set of mushroom identification card decks that have been lovingly crafted with beautiful artwork and thoughtful graphic design elements that will help mycologists and ordinary folk alike to identify common edibles, deadly toxic and psychoactive mushrooms in North America and Europe. And I’m excited to learn everything about this project including a brand-new form of mushroom identification methodology.
Entering St. George’s Fairy Ring Mushroom Identification Cards Deck 1 – The Edibles Collaborating with Scientific Advisors Deck 2 – The Deadlies Artistic License and Composite Mushroom Artwork Features of a Mushroom The Twins – Separating Edible from Deadly What is a “Lookalike”? A New Methodology for Mushroom Identification Deck 3 – The Wild Ones Rethinking Identification with Psychoactives Mushrooms in France Breaking the Publishing Mold EPISODE RESOURCES:
WhichFungi website: http://whichfungi.com/ WhichFungi IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/CufBjBDMxwL/ Russula cyanoxantha: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russula_cyanoxantha
Ep. 163: Fruits of the Forest - Pacific Northwest Edible Mushrooms (feat. Daniel Winkler)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the honor of being joined once again by mycological legend Daniel Winkler. A mushroom educator, trained ecologist and award-winning photographer, he grew up collecting mushrooms in the Alps. Daniel has been foraging for more than 25 years in the Pacific Northwest, in addition to South America and High Asia, where he is involved in ethnomycological fieldwork. He served as vice president of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, who recognized his lifetime of service with their Golden Mushroom Award. Through his travel agency, Mushroaming, Daniel runs mushroom-focused eco-tours to Tibet, Bhutan, the Amazon, Colombia and the Austrian Alps as well as in the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re going to dive into his newest field guide “Fruits of the Forest” – A Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Edible Mushrooms.
Mushroaming Tours & Book Deals Creating a Mushroom Guide Focused on Edibility Lobsters, Scaberstalks and Wooly Chanterelles How You Prepare Your Mushrooms Makes a Big Difference Under-Researched Compounds in US Common Mushrooms Old Mushrooms, Rotten Proteins and Stomach Upset Gyromitra Controversy Mitigating Toxicity When Eating Wild Mushrooms Getting Comfortable with Bugs in Your Wild Mushrooms? Shaggy Parasols Nutritional Value of Mushrooms Diversify Your Fungal Portfolio Grounded Approach to Medicinal Mushrooms Wild Mushroom Recipes EPISODE RESOURCES:
BOOK LINK: https://www.mushroaming.com/node/253 Mushroaming Website: https://mushroaming.com/ Daniel Winkler IG: https://www.instagram.com/themushroamer/ "All the Rain Promises and More": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_That_the_Rain_Promises_and_More... Chlorophyllum genus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyllum Russula brevipes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russula_brevipes Leccinum scabrum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leccinum_scabrum Turbinellus floccosus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbinellus_floccosus Laccaria amethystina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laccaria_amethystina "Mushrooms Poisons and Panaceas": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6387576-mushrooms
Ep. 162: The Flowering Wand - Rewilding the Sacred Masculine (feat. Sophie Strand)
Today on Mushroom Hour we join in communion with the overflowing font of mythos, play and animated everything Sophie Strand. Sophie is a poet and writer with a focus on the history of religion and the intersection of spirituality, storytelling and ecology. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous projects and publications, including the Dark Mountain Project, poetry.org and the magazines Unearthed, Braided Way, Art PAPERS and Entropy. Their newest book “The Flowering Wand – Rewilding the Sacred Masculine” is a potent retelling of classical European myths and masculine characters like Dionysus, Merlin, Jesus that encourages men to put down the iron sword and pick up a myceliated, vegetal thyrsus.
Staying Alive by Exploring Ecology Mediterranean Religions & Arthurian Myths Myths as Vessels of Environmental Information Replanting Myths - Reroot, Rewild, Retell Polyphonic Iconography Partnership Cultures and Dominator Cultures Medusa & Mothers Turned into Monsters Symbiosis & Synchronism The Rebellion of Dionysus Gender as a Morphic Field & a Mycelial Web The King Becomes the Kingdom Expanding Masculinity Jesus the Magical, Nature-Loving Rabbi Returning to the Compost Heap EPISODE RESOURCES:
"The Flowering Wand": https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Flowering-Wand/Sophie-Strand/9781644115961 "The Madonna Secret": https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Madonna-Secret/Sophie-Strand/9781591434672 Sophie Strand Substack: https://sophiestrand.substack.com/ Sophie Strand IG: https://www.instagram.com/cosmogyny/ "Bitch": https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/lucy-cooke/bitch/9781541674905/?lens=basic-books Microanimism: https://www.microanimism.com/ Chlorophyllum molybdites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyllum_molybdites "Enlivenment": https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262536660/ "An Immense World": https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/616914/an-immense-world-by-ed-yong/
Ep. 161: Minnesota's Mushroom Valley - Mushroom Caves & the Unexplored Underworld (feat. Dr. Greg Brick)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are going spelunking with the gracious Dr. Greg Brick. Dr. Brick has worked as a hydrogeologist with environmental consulting firms, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and has taught geology at local colleges and universities. He has edited the Journal of Spelean History for the past 20 years. He has published more than 200 articles about caves and was the recipient of the 2005 Cave History Award from the National Speleological Society. His has written for books including his most recent, "Minnesota Underground", co-authored with Doris Green and released in 2019. He served as co-editor of "Caves and Karst of the Upper Midwest", a textbook covering Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. His work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure magazine as well as on the History Channel. He has led guided tours of caves for the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Today he is taking us on a subterranean journey into the centuries-old caves of Mushroom Valley near St. Paul Minnesota!
Caves, Karsts and Crevices Natural Caves, Artificial Caves, Anthropogenic Caves Exploring Caves & Claustrophobic Limitations US Geography of Caves & Karsts Human Cultures & Caves – Lore and Culture Around Caves Hollow Earth Theory The Underexplored Underground Minnesota’s Mushroom Valley Mole People of the NY Subway Mushroom Farming from the Paris Catacombs to Minnesota Economic Ecosystem that Supported Mushroom Farming in Caves Subterranean Nightclubs - Mystic Caverns & Castle Royal Conservation & Biodiversity in Cave Systems LIDAR & Future of Exploring the Underworld EPISODE RESOURCES:
Website: https://drgregbrick.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@GregBrick Carver's Cave: https://drgregbrick.com/carvers-cave-wakan-tipi/ David J. Weary & Daniel H. Doctor's Cave Map of the US: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1156/pdf/of2014-1156.pdf Mystic Caverns & Castle Royal: https://twincitiesmusichighlights.net/venues/castle-royal/
Ep. 160: Osmose Studio - Biomaterials Reimagined, Mycelium Futures & Regenerative Design (feat. Ashley Granter & Aurelie Fontan)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are blessed once more by the presence of Mycomaterial Specialist Ashley Granter. Along with Biofashion Designer Aurelie Fontan, Ashley is a founder of Osmose Studios - a multidisciplinary design studio dedicated to exploring how society should draw inspiration and processes from Mother nature. Working with mycelium as well as natural dyes and fabrics, they aim to bring forward beautiful design that doesn’t cost the planet and actually fosters the regeneration of lost ecosystems.
Birth of Osmose Studios Working with Classic Biomaterials in New Ways Fashion, Materials, Regenerative Design Future of Biomaterials Rooted in Technologies of the Past? Product Design Grounded in Consumer Experience Dresses Made with Kombucha & Mycelium Leather Interior Design made with Mycelium Diverse Landscape of the Biomaterials Industry Scaling Sustainably and Decentralized – like a Fungus Integrating Waste Streams into New Materials Genetic Modification vs Directed Evolution Business’ Role in Preserving Ecosystems and Biodiversity Biomaterials as a Craft vs Mass Production Working with Your Life Partner as a Business Partner EPISODE RESOURCES:
Osmose Studio IG: https://www.instagram.com/osmose_labs/ Armillaria (fungal genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armillaria Cantharellus (fungal genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantharellus Francis Crick's books: https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/francis-crick/219274/ "Synthetic Aesthetics" by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: https://www.daisyginsberg.com/work/synthetic-aesthetics-book
My favorite mushroom podcast by a long shot!!
Platformed someone who spreads eco-fascist propaganda
it’s possible that this podcast just doesn’t vet their guests but it’s also possible they platformed Olga from smugtown mushrooms specifically because she’s spread eco-fascist propaganda on social media,particularly Michael Moore’s planet of the humans documentary which talks about human overpopulation being the major concern for climate change and also has links to anti-semitic conspiracy theories. In my community she has a reputation that leads people to avoid working with her but she’s treated like an ‘expert’ in some circles for being a business owner, lending her credibility even when she spreads fascist takes online
This is one of my favorite science podcasts out there (ok it is my favorite, but I really like learning about mushrooms). This one is top notch. I also listen to Allie Ward and Talk Nerdy To Me.
Every time I listen I feel like my brain is exploding with so much information. It weaves organic chemistry, culture, botany, community, food, foraging, medicine, bioremediation, cultivation… all of this into the realm of fungi. I love this podcast.
The host does a phenomenal job asking questions and you can tell he’s engaged and just as curious as the listener. He’s great. Thank you for all your hard work and getting really thoughtful and smart, so smart, guests. It’s been such a pleasure getting to listen to this gem of a podcast!
My world is brighter because of it. Thank you 🍄