Spontaneous Vegetation

NANCE KLEHM, RADICAL ECOLOGIST  |  Podcast , ±54 min episodes every 2 weeks, 5 days  | 
Join host Nance Klehm for long format conversations with folks who find the cracks, break up the compaction, remediate the contamination and leave the soil (metaphorically or literally) better for us all.

Spontaneous Vegetation airs on Lumpen Radio (WLPN-LP Chicago) on 2nd and 4th Sundays 5-6pm CST.

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10
JAN

Nance Klehm with BIPOC Environmentalist and Designer Michelle Matthews

Michelle Matthews is a BIPOC environmentalist, artist, designer, and photographer, who was born in Iran to a Chinese/Vietnamese mother and a Black/Caucasian father, and her family was among the last ones to be airlifted from Iran during the Islamic revolution in February of 1979.

Traveling back and forth between her home in Hawthorne, CA and her high school in West Los Angeles, Michelle noticed how the quality of the landscape impacts the quality of life. She has spent most of her career working as a creative at nonprofits such as the ACLU, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Sundance Institute, host of the Sundance Film Festival. She is proud to bring her non-profit creative vision and landscape management experience together in her role as Executive Director of Arlington Garden, a free public garden in the heart of Pasadena, CA.
http://www.arlingtongardenpasadena.org
27
DEC
2020

Nance Klehm with Holistic Scientist Phillip Franses

Phillip Franses works to find the edge where science and spirit meet. He holds a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, teaches Holistic Science as Senior Lecturer across the world and applies these principles in the field as Director Strategy with The Flow Partnership (www.theflowpartnership.org). He is developing Waterways (www.waterways.world) - an online water school that enables community action globally through traditional methods of reviving landscapes. Philip is the chief editor of the Holistic Science Journal and the current issue In Dialogue (www.holisticsciencejournal.co.uk). Philip is also the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation published by Floris Books.
14
DEC
2020

Nance Klehm with Champoy

Champoy is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and performer. In his own words: "Born in the highlands of Bukidnon, a landlocked province in the island of Mindanao which is located in the Southern Philippines. I have been based in the US/Turtle Island since immigrating in 2002.
My drawings and paintings exhibit varied elements from comix, organic patterns and a humorous sense that is lifted from personal cosmology and ancestral visions mixed with a commentary on advertising and consumer culture. The site-specific installations that I create are personal inventories of fragments from a historical perspective that is constantly shifting. Usually starting off from points where the colonized and colonizer blurs out, they then become improvisational sites in which the constructed and the readymade are used to question materiality and our making of the world through language and knowledge. My arrangements strategically invites the viewers to look deeply into what is made present or absent, visible and not visible, and to move into the space with a heightened awareness of their body and senses.
My current work is centered around merging installation, line, video, and performance in countering the dominant narratives of empire mainly through uplifting my own stories. This ethno-autobiographical
approach allows me to inquire and look deeply into the multitudes that I inhabit and the complexities that come with it -to see and be seen as someone who not only produces objects but is also produced as the
object. www.champchampchampoy.com
28
OCT
2020

Nance Klehm with Emily Mercurio

Emily Constantine Mercurio is the CEO and cofounder at CivicMapper. Emily grew up in Pennsylvania coal country and at a young age became interested in geoscience , maps and the interplay of nature and humans activity. Her career has centered on creating innovative, data driven, and tangible solutions to support decisions at the intersection of our natural and built environment. She leverages more than 25 years of experience with earth science data and geospatial technology in the development of civic mapper's products and services. Emily has a PhD in geology and is a licensed professional geologist. www.civicmapper.com
25
OCT
2020

Nance Klehm with Virginia Montgomery

Spontaneous Vegetation airs on second and fourth Sundays on Lumpen Radio, 5-6pm.
Virginia Montgomery is a seeker, healer, music maker and visual artist. Her hope is that we are all seeking and or mentoring for the sake of a future that makes sense to us. When it comes to body work, the quest is to be IN OUR BODY enough to feel that we can be in connection with our highest self. We are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for and it's time we graciously see this truth and never give away our power. We have to know ourselves better before we can expect others to know us. Some of this comes through knowing our own bodies and it's messages when we are in pain. It's a time of many questions.
11
OCT
2020

Nance Klehm with Claudia Bernardi

Spontaneous Vegetation airs on second and fourth Sundays on Lumpen Radio, 5-6pm.

Claudia Bernardi, installation artist and printmaker whose artwork is impacted by war and the post war period. Born in Argentina, Bernardi was affected by the military junta (1976-1983) that caused 30,000 “desaparecidos”. Bernardi participated with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team exhuming mass graves in investigations of human rights violations. In 2005 Bernardi created the School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin, El Salvador, a community-based art project where children, youth and adults work collaboratively. Bernardi is a Professor at the California College of the Arts where she designs classes on art and human rights in Latin America.
26
SEP
2020

Nance Klehm with Rust Belt Riders

Rust Belt Riders is nearly a worker owned cooperative of people inspired by what we do with food when we're done with it. They do the dirty, often sloppy work of collecting food from people, businesses, schools and organizations, and mixing them with woody materials and high quality compost to make organic potting mix to help recapture carbon on our degraded landscapes. All this while growing healthy food and community. Another world is possible (and it will be delicious).
12
SEP
2020

Nance Klehm with Nalini Nadkarni

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Professor of Biology and forest ecologist at the University of Utah. She studies the plants and animals that live in rainforest canopies, with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. She has written over 130 scientific papers and three books. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge about trees with all sectors in society. She has collaborated with modern dancers, poets, and creative writers to communicate the beauty and complexity of forests to arts audiences, and partnered with corporations to convey the importance of trees to public groups who might not otherwise be interested in forests. She has brought science lectures, conservation projects, and nature imagery to the incarcerated in prisons across the country. Her work has been featured in journals ranging from Science and the Journal of Ecology to Glamour and Playboy Magazine. Her recent national awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the AAAS Award for Public Engagement, the William Julius William Award for Achievement in Social Justice, and the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation.
www.nalininadkarni.com
24
AUG
2020

Nance Klehm with Maureen Walrath

Maureen weaves threshold vessels, tends willow and tends decomposition in baskets - bending water, shape shifting, remembering how to be human as a white, cis woman, as a soft and fierce student of birth/death/burial/blood mysteries, reverent farmer, full spectrum doula, and collaborative/interdisciplinary creatress. She is a guest here on S’Klallam land in rain shadowed Port Townsend, Washington where cormorants dive and eagles tell glacial memory sky stories with ancestral lines from the west coast of Ireland and Main River lands in Germany. woventhresholds.com
10
AUG
2020

Nance Klehm with Ashé Om

Ashé Om is a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. He is currently on a mission to lift, inspire and nurture space for collective healing through his art. Along with music Ashe has developed a fascination for nature and our relationship with it, recognizing the spiritual benefits of being in touch with the land. He plans on deepening his understanding through structured studies of herbalism in these coming times. @OmasheOm
13
JUL
2020

Nance Klehm with Organizer Kelly Pope

Kelly Pope is a genderqueer organizer with a background in fine arts and cultural criticism. They are based in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. They’re passionate about low tech biochar production, bioregional herbalism, somatic healing for grief and trauma, Florida natural history, and workers’ health and safety. They would not call themselves an artist; they utilize the arts as a means of opening lines of communication and ideas/exploration. As a scorpio and social chameleon they have a lived experience in liminality that informs their interest in all things transitory. And now, as an essential worker during a global pandemic, they have even more urgency around sharing their perspective and vision of the world. This episode aired on July 12, 2020. It includes clips from two separate interviews with Kelly, conducted in May 2020.
10
JUL
2020

Nance Klehm with June Kailini Ryushin Tanoue

Kumu June was born in Laupahoehoe on the Hamakua (Breath of the Ancestors) Coast on Hawaii Island. She began hula classes at age 6 with Louise Beamer and then danced off and on with other teachers like George Naope and Newton Hitchcock. She began studying seriously in 1988 with Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in his Halau Hula Ka No’eau (HHKN) in Waimea.
Kumu June went through traditional ʻuniki ritual and graduated as ‘Olapa (Dancer) in 1994, ‘Olapa/Ho’opa’a (Dancer/Keeper of the Chants) in 1996 and Kumu Hula (Master Teacher) in June 2000. She also studied with Native Hawaiian elder and master la’au lapa’au (Hawaiian medicinal plants and spirituality) practitioner Henry Allen Auwae for five years until his death in 2001.
She is the founder and director of Halau I Ka Pono hula school also a co-founder of the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago with her husband Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse and was fully empowered as a Zen priest and Sensei (teacher) in the White Plum Lineage in 2014. www.halauikapono.org

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