Listen to a curated list of podcast episodes (see list and links below) on a particular topic or theme and then we meet at the Rockcliffe Park branch for a moderated discussion led by Heather Goldik.
It’s the perfect discussion for time-starved folks. No long books to read! Listen to the podcasts while you commute, do chores or go for a walk. Listening to podcasts is such a great way to learn something new and then further reinforce that knowledge by discussing with others.
This month's theme is Forests! Join us as we go deep into the forest to learn how trees communicate and collaborate, the role of Good Fire for ecological health and Indigenous cultural empowerment and what we humans can learn from trees. We’ll look deep into the ground and up into the canopy and even into the place the forest has in our imaginations.
English event, Adult. Registration is required as space is limited.
1) BBC World Service: The Compass
Jessica unpicks the profound role that forests play in our imaginative life. We know of course that they feature heavily in the fairy tales and myths we use to navigate life as children, and as we hear from writers like Max Porter, Richard Powers and Melissa Harrison, they also offer ways of understanding the complexities of desire, politics and history in our adult lives. Poet Carl Phillips describes how forests mirror the wilderness within us, while Jinni Reddy tells of how she found beauty in the forest through facing down her fears.
We journey up into the sky and discover Forests above the forest. We learn about the secret powers of these sky gardens from ecologist Karuna Mafune, and we follow Nalini Nadkarni as she makes a ground-breaking discovery that changes how we understand what trees are capable of.
3) Good Fire
Episode: Welcome to Good Fire (23 minutes)
Wildfire is often portrayed in the media as being ‘destructive’ and ‘catastrophic’. In this podcast we explore the concept of fire as a tool for ecological health and cultural empowerment by Indigenous people around the globe. Good Fire is a term used to describe fire that is lit intentionally to achieve specific ecological and cultural goals. Good fire is about balance.
4) BBC World Service: The Compass
Writer Jessica J Lee, sets out to describe the myriad ways that forests operate in our lives and the life of the planet. She outlines the exciting developments that have taken place in our understanding of the ways forests work over recent decades, with science offering radical new ways of recognizing these places as communities of mutually supportive trees rather than competitive spaces where individual trees fight one another for survival.
5) Science of Happiness
Trees don’t just compete with one another for resources, they also cooperate. Scientist and author Suzanne Simard explains the surprising science of trees.
Heather has worked in libraries for over 15 years. As Adult Service Coordinator at the Nelson Public Library in BC—and inspired by her love of learning through books, podcasts, and conversation — Heather started a podcast club. Now living in the Ottawa area, Heather is happy to be sharing her interests with Rockcliffe Park.