The Rewilding Podcast explores the philosophy and practice of returning to place-based, regenerative subsistence strategies, inspired by those that existed prior to–or those that exist outside of–the formation of agrarian states.
Episode 37: Living in a Material World w/ Daniel of WHAT IS POLITICS
Anthropology is at the core of rewilding. Understanding the various ways in which humans act and why, helps us draw a picture of what is possible for humanity. Rewilding pulls its inspiration from the millions of years that humans lived in relative harmony with our environments–without causing the sixth mass extinction and without creating large-scale inequality, and how these crises came about. To make cultural transformations, we have to understand where material determinism and intentional idealism come together.
On this episode of the Rewilding Podcast, I’ve invited Daniel, the host of the What is Politics YouTube channel, to explain how this all works. What is Politics is a compelling series that delves into the natural histories and anthropology of politics, in the form of didactic storytelling. I came across Daniel’s long form videos on YouTube last year when I was complaining about how off the mark David Graeber’s book the Dawn of Everything is, (how much it omits, how much it ignores, how much it simply pretends doesn’t already exist on this subject) and someone sent me a link to the What is Politics critiques. People had been asking me to write a review, and I couldn’t get past the first 100 pages of what I considered a misdirection. The amount of time it would taken to review the book felt daunting, and I kept putting it off. I was super relieved to find and watch the What is Politics reviews, to see that someone had gone through the whole book with a fine-tooth comb and so much deeper than I ever could have. Now when people ask me what my thoughts are on the Dawn of Everything, I just send them to the What is Politics YouTube channel. It's a huge relief to be honest. For these reasons and more, I’m excited to have Daniel as a guest on the Rewilding Podcast, to talk about the material realities that give rise to, and/or provide the fuel for, certain human political and social organizations.
Daniel's What is Politics YouTube Channel:
Hierarchy in the Forest by Christopher Boehm
Chris Knight Works
Dawn Review: https://mronline.org/2021/12/20/the-dawn-of-everything-gets-human-history-wrong/
Early Human Kinship Was Matrilineal: https://libcom.org/article/engels-was-right-early-human-kinship-was-matrilineal
The Science of Solidarity: http://www.chrisknight.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/The-Science-of-Solidarity1.pdf
Did Communism Make Us Human: https://brooklynrail.org/2021/06/field-notes/Did-communism-make-us-human
The Human Symbolic Revolution: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/sites/default/files/pdf/pub_knight_power_watts_big.pdf
The Pseudoscience of 'The Secret'
No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture
The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter
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Episode 36: The Rewilding Podcast Episode 36: Challenges with "Rewilding" w/ Kara Moses
In this episode I’m chatting with Kara Moses. Kara is a biologist and educator teaching nature connection, rewilding, wild living skills and woodland management. She is a writer, a climate activist, chair of the Cambrian Wildwood project in west Wales, she created Radical Nature Connection at the Ulex Project in the pyrenees which brings nature connection practice into relationship with our struggles to challenge interlocking systems of oppression, such as racism, patriarchy, colonialism, and ableism and our efforts to build movements forging a life-affirming future. You can learn more about her work at her website rewildeverything.org and her social media handle RewildEverything.
Kara and I discuss the different ways rewilding has been used and the ways it has been perceived, and the challenges of using the word. We follow Kara through her transformative journey from primatology to direct action climate activism to nature connection, how she came to rewilding and beyond. This is a fun and deep conversation from a fellow rewilder who has dealt with similar and very different challenges than myself, in terms of spreading rewilding.
• How lemurs fight climate change
• Meet Kara Moses, the activist who helped shut down a Welsh coal mine
• Feral by George Monbiot
• Wild Awake Ireland
• ‘It’ll take away our livelihoods’: Welsh farmers on rewilding and carbon markets
• Anthropogenic heathlands: disturbance ecologies and the social organisation of past super-resilient landscapes
• Radical Nature Connection (RNC)
• My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
• Queer Nature
• Rewild Portland
• Weaving Earth
• We are the 99%
• Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall-Kimmerer
• The Old Way
• Access to You is a Privilege
• What Kinship is and What it is Not by Marshall Sahlins
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Episode 35: Invasive Species in Rewilding w/ Tao Orion
In this episode I chat with Tao Orion. Tao holds a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from UC Santa Cruz and a MSc degree in Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. Tao and I chat about invasive species, transforming people’s perceptions of them, learning to manage them without the use of herbicides and how we might start rethinking land management especially as global food growing and distribution systems start to shrink and collapse.
Beyond the War on Invasive Species
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson
The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation
In contrast to green image, Portland continues using weedkiller Roundup in parks
What Will They Do with His Garden?
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Episode 34: Rewilding Contraception w/ Samantha Zipporah
My guest for this episode is Samantha Zipporah. Samantha is devoted to breaking the spells of oppression in reproductive & sexual health through education, healing & liberation. She has over 20 years of experience honing her craft as an educator, guide & caregiver tending to fertility, sex, & cycles spanning the full womb continuum. Sam’s work rises from an ancient lineage of midwives, witches, & wise women. A fierce champion of critical thinking skills, her knowledge is integrative & inclusive of modern medicine & science as well as traditional & ancient healing practices. Sam provides vital education for everyone from professionals to preteens in her books, courses, & live classes. Her online community The Fruit of Knowledge features monthly live workshops & an abundance of resources & dialogue for womb wisdom keepers & seekers.
In this conversation Samantha and I talk about rewilding contraception, and a few of the threads connected to that.
Peter’s “How to Rewild Yourself” MemesSeeing Like a State by James C. ScottSand Talk by Tyson YonkaportaCaliban and the Witch by Silvia FedericiIUD Side Effects Facebook GroupIUD Awareness WebsitePlease Bleed: Plants and Practical MagicConscious Contraception SkillshareMiscarriage and Abortion Support CourseIncidence of Post-Vasectomy Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisSupport the show
Episode 33: Art, Storytelling, and Survival Skills in Rewilding w/ Hannes Wingate
Hannes Wingate is an artist, builder, designer, and outdoor survival-skills instructor. He was educated at Central St. Martins College of Art in London. He is known internationally for constructing giant, human sized nests from natural materials found within close range of the build site. He has traveled the world, spending time living with and learning traditional skills from the Sami, Maori, Basque and Native American cultures.
In this conversation Hannes and I discuss his practice as an artist, looking at how he transforms people’s perspectives through his sculptural art, storytelling. We touch on some interweaving philosophies and practices like biomimicry, ancestral skills and how creativity lends itself to state resistance. In the second half, Hannes debriefs my experience at Boulder Outdoor Survival School.
Boulder Outdoor Survival School
Making by Tim Ingold
Eli Loomis Interview
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Episode 32: Death Work and Collapse w/ Rachael Rice
In this episode I talk with my friend, Rachael Rice. Rachael is an artist, writer, death worker and certified weirdo who crafts scroll-stopping content for people who want to shape change. Her work centers collapse-informed learnings about grief, death, myth, magic and meaning-making in pale times. A neurodivergent queer witch navigating multiple health diagnoses and broadly coded as a white cis woman, Rachael is of Swedish, Scottish, Irish, French, German and English ancestry living and loving with her partner whose income supports her work on the lands of the Chinook in Portland, Oregon. She works in a dozen kinds of media, plays four instruments, speaks three languages, parents two children, and hollers at one cat, usually not all at once. In this conversation, Rachael and I discuss what it means to be “collapse aware,” what death work is and how it relates to societal collapse, and ways you can engage with it.
Collapse Care w/ Carmen Spagnola
“Curse of Knowledge”
Lotka Volterra Cycle
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i started with episode 6 with dr leonard martin and since then, i’ve listened to a few episodes. each listening my mind is opened a bit further. ideas about collapse, the sixth extinction, rewilding are presented with care and depth. personally i had never heard of some of these ideas before, but the deep resonance in my body tells me that these are just names to experiences that we have already been living through. in a sense, it’s comforting to talk about the crisis we’re living through with openness. it reminds me that to be scared or to grieve is understandable and healthy. and for giving some contextual understanding to what we’re living through, i am so grateful.
enriching and inspiring
peter is an incredible host - knowledgable, engaging, funny and passionate. each guest shares wonderful insights and information. truly enriching and inspiring. my new favorite podcast!
Love the flow of the conversation, great audio quality and unique guests with refreshing perspectives