Dirt, Carbon, Shit & Saving the World

Image source: Beiler, K., Durall, D., Simard, S., Maxwell, S., & Kretzer, A. (2010) Architecture of the wood‐wide web: Rhizopogon spp. genets link multiple Douglas‐fir cohorts. New Phytologist. 185 (2). p543-553.

What on earth possessed me to move into an apartment without a damn dishwasher? I hate – really, it’s not too strong of  a word – I HATE doing dishes. It’s mind-numbingly boring task without end. Ugh. I guess I was bamboozled by the picture windows and the “old world charm.”

Anyway, the only thing that gets me through this onerous domestic task is listening to captivating podcasts. For a podcast to capture my antsy mind, it generally has to be (1) sciencey or philosophical in nature, (2) somewhat unpredictable, and (3) well-produced and scripted. I rarely have the patience to listen to any unscripted (i.e. rambling chit-chat) podcast all the way to the end, regardless of content. That said, I do sometimes enjoy Russ Roberts’ wide-ranging, off-the-cuff, nerdily-titled interview show EconTalk. He has a wonderful way of selecting interesting guests, and then just totally geeking out with them on their area of expertise in a really authentic way that I find endearing, and occasionally even captivating.

This week I scrubbed and lathered away to a lively interview with Moises Velasquez-Manoff about his recent article on regenerative agriculture and climate science in the New York Times Magazine. I actually listened to the end. (You could too!) Here’s my take on Velasquez-Manoff’s story.


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