Host Sarah Syverson talks with Travis Custer from San Juan Mycology about how fungus grows and interacts with other plants and soil, why mushrooms are a food full of flavor and nutrition, and how certain forms of fungus can help with the clean up of environmental toxins.
The role of landscape in how we tell stories plays a vital role in the Four Corners area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local author Erica Olsen about how the perceptions of truth in history and the meanings we create through stories shape our understanding of place and identity here where four states meet.
Co-host Lyn Patrick talks with KSJD's Tom Yoder about how recent floods in Colorado have created public health concerns from impacts to oil and gas drilling sites and radioactive waste at Rocky Flats. Updates on geothermal activity in Hawaii and the Fukushima nuclear disater in Japan are also discussed. Originally aired on September 24th, 2013.
The American pika, small, high-elevation mammals, are considered an indicator species for detecting the ecological effects of climate change in mountain environments. KSJD's Melissa Betrone talks with Marcie Bidwell and Adrienne Antonsen from the Mountain Studies Institute about this animal and why researchers are looking carefully at its habitat to learn more about climate change.
Host Jay Loschert talks with local Grand Canyon river guide Tim Cooper about his life as a river guide and shares stories about his first descent of the Little Colorado River and a mother's day adventure on the Dolores River.
Host Jay Loschert talks with Sam Carter, a teacher at Southwest Open School in Cortez, about his experiences on the Dolores River, changes he has seen on the river in recent years, and how to get stuck in Snaggletooth Rapids.
As drought conditions continue in the Four Corners area, fire agencies and homeowners are preparing for a bad wildfire season. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, the Wildfire Education Specialist for the Montezuma County Fire Chiefs Association, about the current status of wildfire conditions, how climate change is factoring into wildfire planning, and what you can do to be ready in the event of a wildfire near you.
Host Jay Loschert talks with filmmakers Greg Cairns and Stephen Witherspoon, whose new documentary film "The Current" looks at water issues through the lens of their trip down the Animas and San Juan Rivers in 2012.