LEC airs Sarah’s Search for Santa

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2019 by Amy Gustin

amanita-muscaria-mushroom_wide-625827afc5f0bf254b4cbb865dbde7871fd97a9e-s800-c85Today, at 9:30 am, PST, on http://www.kmud.org, the Living Earth Connection airs Sarah’s Search for Santa, an original fairy tale written by Amy Gustin and set to music composed by John Hardin.  Sarah’s Search for Santa explores the Animist and Shamanic elements of the winter holiday, including Santa the Shaman, and personification of the Amanita muscaria mushroom.  Sarah’s parents have recently told her that Santa Claus is a myth, so when she sees a mysterious stranger by her Christmas tree, she follows him.  With a flying reindeer as her guide, Sarah travels through time and space to find him.  To find out what Sarah discovers, please tune in, or follow this link to our bandcamp page.

Sarah’s Search for Santa is available to purchase as a download or CD at:

Sarah’s Search for Santa, by Amy Gustin and John Hardin


LEC Talks to Thomas Gaelok About Sami Culture

Posted in Indigenous Cultures with tags , on September 27, 2019 by Amy Gustin

Tune in to http://www.kmud.org on Sunday, September 29, at 9:30 am PST, to hear a conversation with Thomas Gaelok about Sami culture and history.  The Sami people are indigenous people living in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola peninsula of Russia.  Like other indigenous people, the Sami have been severely impacted by farming culture and civilization.  They have withstood efforts to wipe out their language, religion and culture.  We met Thomas Gaelok at Saemien Sijte, the South Sami Museum and Cultural Center in Snasa Norway, where he has worked as a guide during the summer season, for over a decade.  Thomas also performs as a musician, singing joiks, a traditional Sami music.  To learn more about Sami culture, please tune in.

To hear this interview:

part 1 Thomas Gaelok interview

part 2 Thomas Gaelok interview

Living Earth Connection talks with Tamarack Song about Nature Speak

Posted in Ecology with tags , on March 27, 2019 by Amy Gustin


Please tune in this Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. PST to http://www.kmud.org to hear the Living Earth Connection.  In this show I speak with Tamarack Song, author of Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants, and founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. He shares his insight and experience in communicating in Nature Speak, a wordless, sensory based communication mode. In this mode we merge with the natural world, allowing us to know wild animals intimately, rather than as a spectator.  I greatly enjoyed my conversation with this insightful teacher and author, and think you will too.

Living Earth Connection presents Tales of Adam

Posted in Ecology, Spirituality with tags , on September 28, 2018 by Amy Gustin


Please tune in this Sunday, September 30 at 9:30 AM PST to kmud.org to hear a presentation of Daniel Quinn’s Tales of Adam.  This collection of parables is an offering of hunter-gatherer wisdom and insight as interpreted by Daniel Quinn.

Living Earth Connection Looks at Wolf Recolonization in Czech Republic

Posted in Ecology with tags , , on July 27, 2018 by Amy Gustin


A new episode of the Living Earth Connection airs this Sunday, July 29 at 9:30 AM  PST.  In this episode I talk to large carnivore expert, Dr. Miroslav Kutal about wolf recolonization in the Czech Republic.

Wolves were once the most widely distributed carnivore in the world, inhabiting most regions of the northern hemisphere.  They were abundant throughout Europe.  The adoption of herding and farming had a catastrophic effect on wolves due to changes in attitudes and land use practices.  Wolves suffered direct persecution and a reduction of prey caused by habitat loss and fragmentation.  Wolf eradication efforts ramped up in the Middle Ages, and became more systematic in the 18th and 19th centuries, leading to a great reduction in numbers, and extirpation in many countries, including the Czech Republic.

However, wolves did not die out everywhere.  A number of regions, especially the Balkans and Eastern Europe, retained a significant population of wolves.  Wolf populations have grown in recent decades, and wolves have expanded their territory in Europe.  Tune in to http://www.kmud.org  on Sunday, July 29 at 9:30 AM to hear Dr. Miroslav Kutal talk about some of the challenges wolves and people face as they learn to live together.

LEC Talks With Monty Caid About the Importance of Native Plants

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County with tags , , on December 29, 2017 by Amy Gustin

This Sunday, December 31, I present an interview with Monty Caid of Lost Foods.  Lost Foods is a non profit organization dedicated to restoring native plant diversity and abundance, by reintroducing native food plants that provide food, medicine and wildlife habitat.  Monty Caid shares vitally important information on the importance of native food plants to the health of native habitat, wildlife and human health. I recorded this interview with Monty Caid by John Hardin at the Lost Foods Native Plant Sanctuary, located in the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka, CA.  They are open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m..  To learn more, go to http://www.lostfoods.org.  Tune in on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. PST to http://www.kmud.org, to hear this informative and inspirational interview with Monty Caid.

To download or stream:

part 1

part 2

Living Earth Connection explores damage of the “Green Rush”

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County with tags , , on October 27, 2017 by Amy Gustin

7f23eb45a512d61072964a8659edb2abA new episode of The Living Earth Connection airs this Sunday, October 29, 2017.  In this show we explore an overlooked and unaddressed aspect of the damage Humboldt’s marijuana industry perpetrates on terrestrial animals and the forest habitat.  Damage that cannot be mitigated by organic standards or “best practices.”  Damage that leads to a decline in in animal abundance and diversity.  Damage that is trivialized or ignored, because of deep cultural conditioning to view the Earth as our property, rather than the community we belong to, that gives us life.

In order to better comprehend the damage, we explore some of the richness of life found in Humboldt’s forest habitat.

We also listen to music composed and performed by John Hardin.  To hear more of John’s music, go to http://www.electricearthmusic.wordpress.com.

Tune in to http://www.kmud.org at 9:30 a.m. PST, to hear The Living Earth Connection #24.

To download or stream:

part 1

part 2

LEC Presents Exuberant Animal

Posted in Health with tags , on July 28, 2017 by Amy Gustin



Tune in to a new episode of The Living Earth Connection on Sunday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. PST on http://www.kmud.org.  In this episode I present selected essays from Exuberant Animal: The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement by Frank Forencich.  Frank is an author and movement educator who examines health and fitness through the lens of our evolutionary heritage.

Drawing on our biological history, our evolutionary heritage, when examining our lives and experience, helps us to counter delusional and damaging cultural mythology.  For instance, accepting the fact that we are animals, runs counter to the foundational cultural belief that we are a superior life form, who is meant to rule the world as we see fit.

Learning how to live as just one member of the Community of Life, once again, necessitates embracing ourselves as animals.

In order to fully appreciate the biological world we belong to, this Great Mystery we call Life, we need to be fully alive ourselves.  Living beings detect the livingness in the world around them.  The meaning of Life, it’s sacredness, is something that we feel.

Fully experiencing the vitality of Life through our bodies is a sacred act.

Experiencing the pleasure of being alive is our birthright.

To down load or stream:

part 1

part 2

LEC Presents a Wordless Meditation

Posted in Spirituality with tags , on April 28, 2017 by Amy Gustin

Please tune in for a new episode of The Living Earth Connection this Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. PST on kmud.  In this episode I present a wordless meditation through instrumental music.

At the root of the ecological crisis, lies our cultural belief that we are the rulers of the world.  We believe that humans are superior to, and quite separate from the rest of the community of life.  Rather than knowing that we belong to the community of life, we think the world belongs to us, as resources to be used however we wish.

Related to this inaccurate and destructive belief, is our cultural belief in the supremacy of words and logic.  We rank other modes of being and communication as inferior or unimportant.  This bolsters our sense of superiority and separation from the community of life.  However, language and logic are but one aspect of our capacities, with limited usefulness.  We dismiss our full capacities to our peril.  We do better when we remember that we are bodies, we are animals, with senses developed to navigate the world. Reconnecting to our wordless selves is a powerful experience.

In this episode we reconnect to our wordless selves through instrumental music.  Music is an inexplicable urge that predates language in human experience, and we share this urge with other animals.

John Hardin composed LEC’s wordless meditation, off the grid, in his solar powered studio, using a collection of instruments he mostly built himself from recycled materials and found objects.  To learn more about John’s music, and see pictures of the instruments, go to www.electricearthmusic.wordpress.com.   Go to www.kmud.org to hear this episode live or archived under Sunday Spiritual Perspectives.

Living Earth Connection looks at fat and health

Posted in Health with tags , , , on January 27, 2017 by Amy Gustin

event_20006947What are we to make of a culture that does not provide good health for most of its members?  While the traditional diets of indigenous cultures provided their members with robust good health, our culture has spawned three multi-billion dollar industries centered around poor health.  The food industry creates foods that lead to ill health, while the health care and the pharmaceutical industry, at best, treat the symptoms of illness.  In all our talk about health care, what gets overlooked is our need for health.

Listen to The Living Earth Connection to hear a deconstruction of the myth that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease.  I present selections from Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.  Dr. Mary Enig was an international expert on the biochemistry of food and fat.  Sally Fallon is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Weston A. Price studied and documented the health of indigenous peoples who followed their traditional diets, in the early 20th century. Tune in to http://www.kmud.org on Sunday, January 29 at 9:30 a.m. PST.

To download:

part 1

part 2