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Nance Klehm with Monica Eng

Monica Eng is a reporter at WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio and the co-host of the podcast Chewing. Currently she reports for the Curious City show and Worldview show on issues of Chicago, health, food and sustainability.
She has worked in Chicago journalism for three decades, mostly as an editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune. Over the years her reporting has focused on Chicago culture, ethnic communities, health, sustainability and food. Her children are fourth generation Chicago Public School graduates.

In this episode, Monica discusses the history of lead pipes in Chicago, preserving old trees in Andersonville, and Mayor Lightfoot's environmental strategy.

#Chicago #Environment #Politics #EnvironmentalJustice

Nance Klehm with Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

Listen Live to Spontaneous Vegetation from 5-6pm CST on WLPN 105.5 FM (Chicago)
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Vivien Sansour is an artist and conservationist who uses image,
sketch, film, soil, seeds, and plants to enliven old cultural tales in
contemporary presentations and to advocate for the protection of
biodiversity as a cultural and political act. As the founder of
Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the Traveling Kitchen project, she
works with farmers to promote seed conservation and crop diversity.
She is co-director with Riad Bahour of the feature film El Bizreh Um El
Fay, which was awarded best project at RamallahDoc 2015 and will be
released in 2020. She has presented her work as an artist at the
Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington, DC; SALT Art Center, Istanbul; and
the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Born Jerusalem; lives in Bethlehem, Palestine and Los Angeles, USA

Nance Klehm with Lynn Fang

Lynn Fang, MS specializes in soil and compost ecology for community compost and urban farming projects in the Los Angeles, CA area. She has helped start pilot projects in the Pomona and Claremont area that are rooted in ecological design and increasing community access and connection. Her work bridges healthy soils and healthy communities, making ecological education fun and accessible for everyone. She recently launched an online class series called Soilify!

Nance Klehm and Elisa Pepple (Marfa Public Radio)

Elise Pepple is the GM of Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. She believes in the power of storytelling to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Elise spent the last decade learning the contemporary branches of oral storytelling apparent to her: oral history, radio, live storytelling, and podcasting. She got her start in radio when she brought StoryCorps to her small town in rural Alaska. She studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Study. She used to produce fun projects like The Other AK: an experiment in narrative tourism and Portland Brick, a project building public memory. She also used to host a live storytelling series called Hear Tell where everyone would end up laughing and crying together. She also also used to teach college students. Now she fills out a lot of paperwork, deals with lightning strikes to a transmitter on a mountain, and raises money.

Nance Klehm with Heidi Gustafson

Heidi Gustafson is an artist, pigment worker and ore whisperer based in rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of northern Washington. Her intuitive and highly collaborative ochre and iron research projects include work with award-winning scientists, paleontologists, anthropologists, linguists, citizen foragers, artists and friends around the planet. She’s a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, studied forensic art/science at the University of Baltimore and holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Nance Klehm with Myriam Fallon

Myriam Fallon has been an environmental activist for 10 years. She has worked in community organizing, campaign communications, activist training, and most recently as a crew member on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. Over the years she has worked on a variety of issues from local fights to shut down old coal plants, to global campaigns to get toxic chemicals out of clothing manufacturing and to reform the global fishing industry. Through her work with Greenpeace she's been able to work with activists around the world to tackle some of the biggest environmental issues of our times. Myriam has recently come home to Chicago, where she was born and raised.

Nance Klehm and Willoughby Arevalo

Mushroom Ecologist, Cultivator and Author, Willoughby Arevalo is my guest on my next Spontaneous Vegetation Show!

Sunday 5-6pm CST 105.5 FM Chicago or stream at

Willoughby Arevalo is passionate about the ecology of fungi, the ways they shape our world and the ways we shape theirs. His lifelong friendship with fleshy fungi has led him down a mycelial pathway – from a start in field identification and mushroom hunting, branching into cuisine, DIY cultivation, farming, education, writing and eco-arts. In his thirty years of self-mtivated inquiry and intmate lived experience with fungi, he has spent the last decade prioritizing sharing mycology with people in communities across North America This has manifested in numerous presentations, art projects, teaching tours, collaborations, gatherings, and his new book, DIY Mushroom Cultivatioon, out now from New Society Publishers. Between the mycology and art work, and caring for his kid, Uma, he works part time on an organic vegetable farm. Originally from Arcata, California (Traditional Wiyot and Yurok Territory), he lives as a guest on Unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, Canada. #mycology, #mycoecology, #lumpenradio, #coprosperitysphere, #willoughbyarevalo, #fungi

Nance Klehm with Trinity Pierce

Trinity Pierce is a nature steward based in the Chicago area. She began her restoration journey during barefoot summers exploring woodland, bogs, and roadside wildflowers of northern Wisconsin. With a formal background in history and landscape architecture, Trinity thrives on leading and learning alongside volunteers of all ages. She has designed and implemented restoration projects from the mountain west to the midwest; from rural to urban ecosystems.

Nance Klehm with Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.

Photo by Shae Detar

Nance Klehm with David Fenster

This week's guest on Spontaneous Vegetation is filmmaker David Fenster.

David Fenster is a filmmaker based in Marfa, Texas. His films link the cultural and historical with the ecological and mystical - celebrating the specificity of a particular place. His work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, HBO, the Hammer Museum, and many other museums, festivals and media outlets.

Nance Klehm with Olga Bautista

Olga Bautista has dedicated her professional career and efforts to improving the lives of her community members. As one of the lead organizers for the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Pet Coke Olga led the fight that forced state and local politicians including Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office, the City Council, and the Governor’s Office to address the pressing environmental issues in the 10th Ward.

She is strongly involved with her local school council, the Immigrant Defense Alliance, migrant education, crisis counseling and is a board member of the Southeast Environmental Taskforce (SETF). She is trained in Restorative Justice Conflict Resolution and DIY Balloon Mapping. 

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