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The Living Earth Connection airs interview with Monty Caid of Lost Foods.

Posted in Uncategorized 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  Tune in on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. PST to, to hear this informative and inspirational interview with Monty Caid.

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Living Earth Connection airs October 29

Posted in Uncategorized 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

Tune in to at 9:30 a.m. PST, to hear The Living Earth Connection #24.

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New Episode of LEC Airs July 30, Available Now to Download or Stream

Posted in Uncategorized 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  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.

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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   Go to 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 on Sunday, January 29 at 9:30 a.m. PST.

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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  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 or 91.1 FM to hear The Book of the Damned.