Spontaneous Vegetation

NANCE KLEHM, RADICAL ECOLOGIST  |  Podcast , ±54 min episodes every 2 weeks, 6 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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Nance Klehm with INGA books founders

This interview is with the 3 founding members of INGA books. INGA is a Chicago bookshop with a focus on self-published independently distributed artists' book on design, art, film, theory and more. They program events semi frequently including readings, lectures, and performances in conjunction with the shop's interests and stock. They also publish books, bookmarks and other additions.


Nance Klehm with Ecosexuals Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have collaborated together since 2002. They are founders of the “ecosex movement” where they aim to make the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse through film, art, performance and writing. They were official documenta 14 artists (2016-17) where they premiered their film, “Water Makes Us Wet”, had a visual art exhibit, and performed several Ecosex Walking Tours. They were named 2019 Eureka Fellows. Their book, “Assuming the Ecosexual Position: Earth as Lover” will be available in July 2021 from the University of Minnesota Press.

This is the *uncut and uncensored* interview - contains some profanity.


Nance Klehm with Sustainability Officer Carter O'Brien

Carter O'Brien is the sustainability officer at the Field Musem's Office of Strategic Science Initiatives. He works to institutionalize sustainable principles such as recycling, food operations, alternative transportation, urban agriculture, community gardening, and renewable energy. A 49 year old Chicago native, he is the vice president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, a tree keeper, as well as an avid cyclist, musician and martial artist.

Nance Klehm with Ecosystems Ecologist Dr. Suzanne Pierre

Dr. Suzanne Pierre is a scientist, educator, and social organizer dedicated to the liberation of human beings through deep understanding of and communion with the natural world. Suzanne is trained as an ecosystems ecologist and biogeochemist focused on global environmental change and critical ecological study. Through her scientific research on the global cycles of matter and energy between plants, microbes, and the non-living environment, Suzanne has begun to explore how oppression, supremacist ideologies, and extractive societies have shaped the past and present natural environment at the micro and macro scales. She investigates and promotes this novel perspective on environmental and climate change through the work of her research and social change collective, the Critical Ecology Lab. www.suzannepierre.com www.criticalecologylab.org

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.

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.

Nance Klehm with Geologist 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

Nance Klehm with Body Worker and Musician Virginia Montgomery

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.

Nance Klehm with Printmaker and Activist Claudia Bernardi

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.

Nance Klehm with compost cooperative The 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).

Nance Klehm with Forest Ecologist Dr. 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.

Nance Klehm with Weaver 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

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