Inspiration from Buffy Sainte-Marie

September 9, 2009

On Labor Day morning this week, KAOS Olympia played a selection of “working songs,” including the song “Working for the Government” by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

This led me to discover a recent interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie by Scott Simon of NPR, originally aired August 29, 2009 on Weekend Edition Saturday.  This interview includes a performance of her song “Universal Soldier,” which Sainte-Marie tells us is about “individual responsibility for our world.”  Listen, and be inspired!

Visit Buffy Sainte-Marie’s website to learn more about her work and her newest album Running for the Drum.

PS – Also included among the KAOS “working songs” selections this past Monday was the song “Growing Trade” by Levon Helm (included on the album Electric Dirt).

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Nalini Nadkarni tackles trees and people on NPR Morning Edition

November 12, 2008

Full Moon Sunrise, October 2008, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

Visit NPR.org to listen to an interview by Robert Krulwich with author and forest biologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni:

“Going Out On A Limb With A Tree-Person Ratio”
Krulwich on Science by Robert Krulwich.  Morning Edition, November 12, 2008

In her new book Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees (University of California Press, July 2008), Nalini Nadkarni explores the many subtle and extraordinary ways that people rely on trees for the products they yield, the imagery they invoke, and the ecosystems they support.

It was my distinct pleasure to support Nalini Nadkarni in the creation of this book. You’ll hear me chime in with a few words in the middle of this NPR broadcast.