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New Episode of LEC Airs on April 30

Posted in Uncategorized 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.

Episode #21 airs Sunday January 29

Posted in Uncategorized 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.

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part 1

part 2

The Living Earth Connection #18 airs Sunday, May 29

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2016 by Amy Gustin

Before European contact, California was home to an abundance of large animals, including some of the largest grizzly bears in North America.  For an exploration of the ecological wealth of Old California, tune in to The Living Earth Connection on Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. PST on http://www.kmud.org.  Host Amy Gustin presents selections from A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by ecological historian and artist Laura Cunningham.   The destruction of ecosystem abundance by totalitarian agriculture is well documented in the history of California. Taking stock of what was lost helps us put our current situation in perspective.  Be sure to check out the book for yourself.  Laura beautifully reconstructs forgotten landscapes in her paintings as well as prose.

 

Episode #14 of The Living Earth Connection airs this Sunday

Posted in Community Radio, Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 26, 2015 by Amy Gustin

In the next episode of The Living Earth Connection I present a reading of The Book of the Damned by Daniel Quinn. Written a decade before Ishmael, The Book of the Damned powerfully conveys Daniel Quinn’s ideas and insights.  In it he draws our attention to two different stories about the world, and man’s place in it.  “What difference does a story make?  It makes a difference.  Because the story we have, we are enacting.  We are making it come true.”  One story represents man’s destiny, while the other leads to extinction.  Please tune in on Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. to http://www.kmud.org or 91.1 FM to hear The Book of the Damned.

LEC#13 Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis available to download or stream

Posted in Community Radio, Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2015 by Amy Gustin

Episode #13, Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis is available to download or stream.  Click on the links below.

pt.1  Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis

pt.2  Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis

In this show we explore the amazing diversity of the animal kingdom, the role top carnivores play in protecting biological diversity, habitat needs of animals, relationship between habitat size and extinction, and the relationship between agriculture and the extinction crisis.  The adaptations and habitat needs of caribou, wolves and cougars are featured.

LEC #13 Animals, Habitat, and the Extinction Crisis airs Sunday March 29

Posted in Community Radio, Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2015 by Amy Gustin

In the vast outpouring of creativity known as life on earth, animals display more diversity than any other class of organism.  For a celebration of the diversity of the animal kingdom, tune in on Sunday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. PST to http://www.kmud.org.  We will explore some of the conditions and relationships that promote this diversity, including the special importance of top carnivores in ecosystems.  We will also explore the fundamental need of all animals for sufficient habitat, and ask what island biogeography tells us about habitat size and extinction.  We will also explore the relationship between agriculture and the extinction crisis.

Wildlife Matters #5 Sea Otters available

Posted in Community Radio, Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by Amy Gustin

Wildlife Mattes #5 on Sea Otters is available to download or stream by clicking this link.