We’re Here aims to take listeners to a specific place each episode, so we can investigate the human side of environmental, psychological, and historical issues from the ground and when we get back home.
Unpacking Cults, Carbon, and Ecosystems
It is the end of season one and, to unpack, Abi and Melissa review the last three episodes, the takeaways from cults, blue carbon, and ecosystems, while pondering the larger impact of the season as a whole.
Saving our Predators: Ecosystems Inside and Out
Melissa travels to Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee to learn more about how the gradual disappearance of the endangered American Red Wolf affects the area’s ecology. Abi talks with Maren Hunsberger about the ecology of our guts, and how altering our routines can either help fix our problems or throw everything off.
To hear more from Maren Hunsberger, check out her podcast, Surprisingly Brilliant, which explores the true and astonishing unknown stories behind the scientific events and discoveries that have shaped our modern world, wherever you get your podcasts.
Out in the Bay, Swimming in Blue Carbon
We take a trip to the Chesapeake Bay waters off the coast of Virginia, to visit a seagrass monitoring program and discuss what it’s doing to protect and restore blue carbon stocks. Abi volunteers to help, and Melissa questions how this carbon market thing works.
All the Lonely People: America’s First Doomsday Cult
Abi and Melissa travel Philadelphia to see the Cave of Kelpius, the place where America’s first doomsday cult awaited the end of the world, and they discuss community, cults, and loneliness.
Unpacking Death, Land, and Historical Myth
Abi and Melissa break down the past three episodes, provide updates, and play a game of Truth or Myth. They also tell listeners where they’re headed for the next three episodes.
Reclaiming Coal: A Tour through the Anthracite
We head into coal country, Pennslyvania, to meet the people who are reclaiming abandoned mine lands and using coal refuse to create power. Along the way, we dive into the history of coal in the US, and the intricacies of burning rock responsibly.
Thought Provoking and Entertaining!
Abi and Melissa have taken expansive and challenging topics and brought them home in an entertaining, thoughtful, and approachable way. This podcast is well produced and planned. It made me feel like I was right there with them, and when I left, I had things to think about and actions to take. Well worth a listen!
Like Two Podcasts in One
The podcasters describe this as “a travel ideas podcast,” and after listening to the first episode, I think that’s very apt. The format feels to me like two podcasts in one. First, we’re taken to a place to meet people, learn their culture, and understand some of what it’s like to live in that place, with conversations centered on a particular idea. Then, we’re taken to a studio to have a discussion with a thought leader on that idea. Finally, the podcasters come together and sew the first two parts together in holistic fashion, leaving you to wonder about every aspect of that idea from the people it affects on the ground to an orbital perspective on the human condition. And, it’s all done with an air of wonder, fascination, and curiosity. I will be a consistent listener.