We're all dependent on the land, although some people feel that connection more keenly than others. Those are the people we'll hear from in the next hour. We hear from people planting stones for posterity and gathering peace from emptiness, people who commit to patch of land, invest their energy, and hope for a harvest—but not necessarily in any way you'd expect.
Les Hook and Nova Kim weigh a recent catch of mushrooms gathered in the north woods of Vermont. Photo by Emily Botein
Wild Crafting Vermont ~ For more than 25 years, Nova Kim and Les Hook have made a living by foraging the woods of Northern Vermont. Produced by Emily Botein.
Flowers in Charles Bowden’s Tucson garden. He calls his garden a sanctuary. Photo by Jeff Rice
Construction workers in China. Reflecting on her trip to China, reporter
Elizabeth Arnold said “the people and the land [looked] exhausted, worn out
from being so productive for so long.”
Photo by Elizabeth Arnold
Faith in Fishermen Stonington, Maine ~ These things are clear about Maine fishermen: They keep secrets. And they distrust scientists. Unless, of course, you're Ted Ames, who is both fisherman and scientist. Produced by Neenah Ellis.
Desert Blooms Arizona ~ Charles Bowden on the ecstasy of Selenicereus plerantus, which offers its bloom on just one night—the hottest and blackest of the year. Produced by Jeff Rice.
Elbow Room Alaska, China and Mongolia ~ How much land does a person need? Elizabeth Arnold, who lives in Alaska, goes in search of even more wide-open space—and ends up with a case of claustrophobia in Outer Mongolia.