Interview: Joanna Steinhardt on Mushrooms, Ecological Movements, and the Anthropocene – Epistemic Unruliness 14

In this rhizomatic episode, James is joined by Joanna Steinhardt, PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and today’s resident expert on all things mushroom! Joanna studies radical mycological subcultures, or practices relating to the appreciation of and strategic application of fungi. James and Joanna discuss the mycelial web that exists just beneath our feet, and how mycelium relates to other forms of life in the biosphere to contribute to healthy soil by recycling organic materials, purifying toxins, and in some special cases, lending itself in psychedelic fashion to the expansion of human consciousness. Are mushrooms the anthropocene’s antidote? Listen and find out! Find Joanna and check out her research on the web here.

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Ep. 9 – Dipesh Chakrabarty on Climate, Species, and Universality

Join us for another hearty episode of Always Already Podcast with B, John and Rachel. This time we’ll be discussing Dipesh Chakrabarty‘s “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Exploring the relationship between capitalism, climate change, and the role of humans as a species in the warming of the planet, Chakrabarty pushes us to rethink narrow constructions of history that minimize a longer-range geological perspective. In this podcast we discuss the People’s Climate March in New York City, Flood Wall Street, the potentiality and limits of the term “species” in organizing efforts, and universality. We conclude by digging into the implications of a geopocentric take on climate change for political theory.
During the Shoddy Advice portion of our show we entertain a question from Regan in British Columbia about how to pick up somebody in the library. Good riddance and good luck, Regan.
Thanks for Ittai Orr for suggesting we read Chakrabarty. Requests for texts for us to discuss? Advice questions to submit? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 here. RSS feed here. This episode’s music by B (intro and outro) and Jordan Cass (inter-segment).
One of John's photos at the Climate March

One of John’s photos from the Climate March